Gifts for Harry Potter Fanatics

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Totally crushing on these Harry Potter gifts. From Dumbledore to JK Rowling to Sirius Black quotes---swoon!

I was eleven years old when I was first introduced to Harry Potter. My friend was feverishly tearing through the pages.

I’ve always been a slow reader. Not a bad or disinterested reader. It’s actually an activity I’ve enjoyed and excelled at more than most other hobbies for as long as I can remember. But the length of the book intimidated me. I knew I’d never be able to keep up with my friend.

It wasn’t until months later that I finally picked it up. I was immediately enthralled. The pages kept turning at a break-neck pace. I was enchanted, but also a little discouraged that JK Rowling had the same idea for a witch school book as I did, and that she did it so much better than I could have dreamed.

Except I didn’t know JK Rowling was a she. Her identity remained mysteriously masked until a couple of years later. When I learned the reason she had kept her name and gender a secret was that her publishers didn’t want boys to stay away from reading the books’ great moral lessons, I thought for the first time that there might be something wrong with the way the world treated women.

Great the moral lessons were. The books will never be consistently taught in schools as they don’t follow a classical story arc, but the lessons were so powerful that studies show they may have cultivated the identifying trait of empathy we see in the vast majority of the millennial generation. Lord knows we need that empathy to battle the wave of prejudice that has entered our highest institutions in the years since we’ve become grown.

Finding My Place in the Wizarding World

I was recently talking with some friends who told me about Pottermore. It’s Rowling’s official site that sorts you into your house, gives you a patronus, and selects your wand.

I told them that every quiz I’ve ever taken puts me in House Slytherin. And that I’m always tempted to lie about it, but then don’t because that would further reinforce the fact that I’m a bad person.

So I took the quiz on Pottermore. And guess what? I can’t lie:

house slytherin

The result analysis showed me that not all people in Slytherin are bad. You can use your cunning, ambition, resourcefulness, determination and shrewdness to good ends. Which sounds like phooey until you remember that the sorting hat’s initial reaction was to put Harry himself into Slytherin.

So basically, I am Harry Potter sans the political influence to sway the sorting hat.

Or at least that’s how I sleep at night.

My Wand

Mr. Ollivander issued me a 10″ redwood wand of supple flexibility with a phoenix-feather core. Ten inches is pretty standard, but here’s what the rest of it means according to Pottermore.


I’m able to ‘fall on my feet, make the right choice, and snatch advantage from catastrophe.’

Short-term, I’m hesitant to attribute these characteristics to myself because I live in a state of constant self-doubt, but when I look at my life as a whole–at the ebbs and flows of struggle versus strength–I can’t deny that this is true.

AI might just be putting the real Ollivander out of a job here.

Phoenix Feathers

Phoenix feathers are super rare. But the description of ‘showing initiative,’ ‘acting of their own accord’ and the fact that this is a quality that ‘many witches and wizards dislike’ also sounds about right when meshed in with the story of my life.

I’ve never been one to follow the crowd, and I’ve straight up lost a lot of popularity contests because of it.

The symbolism of intensely bursting into flames followed by a rebirth is not lost on me, either.

My Patronus

My patronus was a white swan. Which according to (which is also a thing, apparently,) signifies:

  • Beauty
  • Grace
  • Loyalty (especially to your partner and kids)

While (inner) beauty and grace are something I aspire to, loyalty is the only thing I’m comfortable claiming at this particular moment in time.

But I think it’s super chill that my patronus will be there for me with all its beauty and grace when I need it.

Nerding Out for the Holidays with Harry Potter Gifts

I’ve obviously spent a lot of time reflecting on how Harry Potter has influenced my life lately. I’ve also been scouring the web for all those quotes I highlighted back in the day with a real highlighter because ebooks weren’t a thing. And images that remind me of the power of good over evil–even if you have to play the long game to log that win.

It turns out there are so many other nerds out there! One of my favorite collections that I’ve stumbled upon has been from Society6, which allows users to create designs on various different products.

This is my curation of favorites, but poke around the site a little more to find your own, too. Oh, and be sure to read all the way to the bottom to enter the giveaway–you could score a free or seriously reduced-priced gift for the Potter fan on your holiday list!

You can now use the promo code FEMME to save 25% off at Society6 through 12/31/17!

Dumbledore’s Magic Words Print

Because Dumbledore and I are on the same page about the power of language, I’m all about this Giclee print. Also, the prints are super affordable.

Sirius Black Quote Pillow

Sirius Black quote mourning

I believe in this truth so hard–especially when we continue telling our loved ones’ stories. If you’re looking for additional gifts for those who may be mourning, I highly suggest checking out The Midnight Orange.

That is, if this pillow alone isn’t powerful enough in its simplicity and truth.

Happiness Can Be Found Even in the Darkest of Times Throw Blanket

If only one remembers to turn on the light.

Society6’s throw blankets are crazy soft with sherpa fleece on one side and the printed image on the other. I feel like this gorgeous design could inspire me to set down the ice cream I just cuddled up with after a particularly depressing day.

Anything’s Possible JK Rowling Quote Mug

JK Rowling quote coffee mug

A mug like this with such a bad-a quote on it would get me amped up and ready to take on the day.

With the help of ample caffeine, of course.

Choices vs Abilities Harry Potter Coffee Mug

harry potter coffee mug

Same deal with this mug as the last. Our abilities are sometimes out of our control, but our choices aren’t. And our choices are ultimately what define us as people.

Now go make today the best decision making day ever.

-Your Coffee

I Solemnly Swear I am Up to No Good Comforter

harry potter comforter


This one makes the list solely because I think nerdy double entendres are hilarious when executed consensually.

What is Right vs What is Easy Tote Bag

Harry Potter tote bag

I’ve talked before about how we’re living in a time when our morals are being put to the test. I never imagined I’d live in a time where the decision between these two extremes was so prominent. I thought we had collectively learned our lessons.

But I was wrong, and we all need to be constantly made aware of it. Displaying the reminder on a tote like this one seems like a fairly non-aggressive yet effective way to get the word out in the parts of our world which remain analog.

Sirius Black Quote Tote Bag

We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.

Last but not least, this bag brings us back to my Slytherin diagnosis.

Full circle, people. Full circle.

14 thoughts on “Gifts for Harry Potter Fanatics

  1. Done by Forty

    Ha! I’m going to a Harry Potter event at our local museum this weekend. Mrs. Done by Forty is the big Potter fan in our house, but after buying the tickets, she somehow double booked herself a trip to visit relatives in Texas…so now I’m going with a friend.

    Anyway, we have some fans in our friend group who would go nuts for this stuff.

    Also, I took the Pottermore quiz a while back. I think I’m a Ravenclaw, can’t remember the wand, but I had some type of mare as my animal. πŸ™‚

    1. femmefrugality Post author


      And am now going to check and see why the CLPGH is slacking. Or, if they’re not, why I haven’t been made aware.

      Hmmm I wonder what the mare means? I have a lot of Ravenclaw blog friends, I’m finding. That probably means something, too. πŸ™‚

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Haha, IKR? I’m pretty much going to direct anyone who asks me what I want for Christmas this year to my blog, I think. :p

  2. NZ Muse

    I love this! I haven’t done that quiz but my badass-geek ratio I’m sure would put me straight into Ravenclaw.

    There is a shelter in Florida that has a quiz for dogs and they sort their rescues by Hogwarts house. One of ours is Slytherin and the other a Hufflepuff

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Whhhhhaaat? That’s amazing! I’d be decking my puppies out in their house colors lol.

      You should totally take the quiz. It’s fun. And not too too long. You’d be in good company in Ravenclaw, though, from everything I’ve been hearing back from this post. πŸ˜‰

  3. Emily @ JohnJaneDoe

    We are total Potterheads in this house. Little Bit has her Hermione cosplay outfit, plus House socks. And I’ve knitted us all Gryffindor scarves. Got to say, I’ve been on the lookout for a good Harry Potter mug for my coffee.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      That. Is. Amazing. Crossing my fingers for you–pretty sure the mug would end up being darn near free! I know we’re already following each other on a lot of those social networks, so be sure to grab the free entries. πŸ˜‰

  4. Revanche

    High five fellow Slytherin! I was mildly offended until a dear friend pointed out why exactly I’m Slytherin: I will protect my loved ones no matter what it takes and I will give no warning when I take an offender out. Fair assessment. πŸ˜‰

    That comforter! I want.


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