Have you heard? J K Rowling has only gone and brought us a brand new era of wizardry! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical new trilogy that hits the cinemas in November.
And I am BEYOND excited!
I’m not ashamed to admit that I big time love the Harry Potter films. I can watch them time and time again and never get bored. Everything about them is right up my street – from the storylines, to the production, to the costumes and the props.
Especially the props.
If we have nothing to do on a gloomy wet weekend, you’ll invariably find Beloved and I cosied up on the sofa with the Harry Potter Channel.
During one such Sunday, we discovered the hitherto unknown delights of the extended versions of films 1 and 2. We took great pleasure in identifying all the deleted scenes from The Philosopher’s Stone, but it was one particular scene from The Chamber of Secrets that caught my attention.
While solemnly up to no good in Knockturn Alley, Lucius and Draco Malfoy visit Borgin and Burkes to sell off items from the family home that might prove *ahem* embarrassing were the Ministry of Magic to call. As befitting such rare and special treasures, they’re safely stored in a beautiful, ornate box.
So taken with said box was I, it took but nanoseconds for me to whip out the iPhone, take a photo and start planning how I was going to make one just like it!
And here’s the result.
It’s not a faithful replica of the original as you can see.
As is often the way with my projects, what starts as a germ of an idea in my mind’s eye, often morphs into something entirely different once my creative juices start flowing.
(And, if I may be so bold, something equally spectacular!)
After sourcing a basic black box, which Beloved spotted sitting lonely and unloved on a shelf in TK Maxx shelf, I went to work decorating it.
What I used:
- Plain black box with decorative buckle clasp – TK Maxx
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foundation feet – Amazon
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hinges – I bought mine here as at the time I bought them, they were MUCH cheaper than anywhere else, even factoring in delivery
- Metal Corners – Amazon
- Papermania Madame Payraud Metal Frame embellishment. I bought mine at a Craft Shop in Burton that’s now closed down, but you can also find them on Amazon.
- Forever Friends Black Adhesive Dome Borders. Again, I bought these locally, but you can find them on (wait for it) Amazon, although they only seem to come in packs of 5 and work out quite expensive, I think.
- The central piece on the lid started life as a belt buckle that I found in the sewing section of our local British Heart Foundation. I gave it even more bling with a row of gold rose beads from my stash and some more of the adhesive domes, which I cut into individual pieces.
- To finish, I lined the inside of the box with pieces of cardboard, which I covered in black velvet that I again scored from a charity shop. Katharine’s House Hospice always comes up trumps and has exactly what I need!
What do you think? Wizard-worthy? Do you reckon Borgin would be threatened by what’s inside?
What’s inside, you say? Oooooh! More on that to come, but let’s just say… one of the items might be that fancy looking book 😉
If you’d like to see the original box in context, check out this video of all the deleted scenes from The Chamber of Secrets. The box makes its first appearance at 3:02.
I just ADORE Borgin and Burke’s, I could live in that shop.
There’s every chance more curios will find their way into The Witch at OneandSeventy’s lair over the coming months. In the meantime, I’m working on finishing the contents of the Harry Potter keepsake box, so watch out for those.
Until then, have yourself another wizarding fix and enjoy the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. See you in the queue!