I know I’m not the only one to find the Harry Potter book and film series exceedingly Christmassy.
From the awe-inspiring sight of Hogwarts castle dusted with snow, to the teenage angst of the Yule Ball, and of course, the sumptuous Hogwarts Christmas feast complete with ‘a hundred fat, roast turkeys’ and explosive Wizard Crackers.
So many of the dramatic, emotional and humorous highs of the epic story arc happen close to the Christmas holidays, when orphaned Harry is one of the few remaining students left at the wizarding school.
Who could forget when the previously unloved and neglected Harry received his first personalised Weasley jumper as a gift? As well as when the Weasley twins bewitched snowballs to bounce off Professor Quirrell’s turban, little knowing they were chucking snow at the face of Lord Voldermort?
Read for instance the following passage from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and prepare to feel that warm, festive glow inside:
Harry had never in all his life had such a Christmas dinner. A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas; tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce — and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table […]
Harry pulled a wizard cracker with Fred and it didn’t just bang, it went off with a blast like a cannon and engulfed them all in a cloud of blue smoke, while from the inside exploded a rear admiral’s hat and several live, white mice.
Ahh, can’t you just hear the tinkling of sleigh-bells? Or indeed the enchanted carols from a corridor full of singing coats of armour?
But enough about me being a massive nerd. It won’t be long until we’re all transforming our respective living rooms into our very own Great Halls; made complete, of course, with a Christmas tree. And gorgeous decorations are a must.
Luckily, for those of us who enjoy Yule ball glamour without spilling the sickles, Primark is absolutely on point this year.
The purse-friendly retailer has launched a Harry Potter Christmas bauble range. Prices begin at just £4 (a little less than a galleon) and they are seriously beautiful.
A pack of four Hogwarts house baubles will set you back £4. Each bauble bears a different animal to represent each Harry Potter house, and come in the house colours of blue, yellow, red and green.
Individual baubles cost £5 and are truly magical. I personally have my heart set on the golden Platform 9 ¾ one, but you can also get decorations to represent the Hogwarts Express and even loveable half-giant Hagrid.
Potterheads can barely stop themselves from putting their tree up right this second after checking out these spellbinding decorations.
One happy Gryffindor enthused:
Hell yeah!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this!! [sic]
This is a dream!
Just one more reason to start getting pumped for the upcoming festive season.
I’ll certainly be Wingardium Leviosa-ing some of these into my shopping cart!
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.