Monday, October 31, 2011

Harry - I Mean Happy Halloween!

Greetings Wizards & Witches and Muggles and Squibs!
Halloween, it's finally here! Too bad it's on a Monday, but I digress... So! I'm excited to show you guys my final Halloween post, I think I've saved the best for last and I hope you like it too.

What I wanted to share with you guys today is a little interior Halloween decor, more specifically, the way I decorated the mantle above our fireplace. After seeing Jill's Harry Potter shrine last year (and this year too, look here!) I knew that this was something that I would love, love, love to do! I'm also a huge Harry Potter fan (to the point of obsession!) but I've already told you that. And although Harry Potter isn't necessarily tied with Halloween, when else could you decorate like this? Never. I'd probably leave my mantle like this year round if I thought I would get away with it. Ready?

I wanted my shrine to look realistic, items pulled right out of Hogwarts. My friend told me she thinks it looks like a movie prop, that made me really happy, that's exactly what I was going for! Ready?

Here is the first shot of the mantle, we'll go through it from right to left. I've packed in lots of little details, so we'll take a look at all of them. Get ready for lots of pictures! You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them for more detail.

The Sorting Hat! I've been sorted into Gryffindor. Yup~yup!

Someone's been into Professor Snape's stores! Boomslang Skin... Lacewing Flies? Could somebody be brewing Polyjuice Potion?

Harry's glasses, and a few of his galleons. Also, what's this?

Felix Felicis! Liquid luck! 

The star of the show, the jewel in my crown, my personalized, hand stitched Letter of Acceptance! You might remember that this was made for me by Gemma, Ms. Crafty & Devious, as part of the Phat Quarter Books Swap.

Harry's things, his books, his wand, the Golden Snitch he caught in his first Quidditch Match, and of course some goodies, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, and of course some Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.

This is the symbol of The Deathly Hallows. I couldn't *not* stitch something myself to add to this Harry Potter shrine.

 Is is Scabbers? Is it Peter Pettigrew? Is it Wormtail? This wretched traitor is one in the same!
Scabbers was known to have a raggedy left ear...

 And he was missing a toe on his left foot... that was all that was ever found of Peter Pettigrew.

Sirius Black, have you seen him? He might be in the form of a great, black dog.
Also pictured are Hagrid's keys, he was Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts, we can't forget about our half-giant friend.

And Fawkes, Dumbledore's highly intelligent companion and defender, a Phoenix. An amazing creature.

Fawkes has extraordinary plumage, his feathers are hot to the touch, and he gave two of them to Mr. Ollivander who fashioned them into cores for two wands. Two very famous wands.

I love Fawkes's eyes, they're pitch black.

And of course, who could forget Aragog, the great Acromantula? This must be one of his children, for we all know that Aragog, was a great, great hugely scary spider!

Here we are looking back from left to right...

Oh, and did I forget to mention, floating candles! Just like in the Great Hall.

And in the evening...

That's it my friends! What do you think? I've enjoyed "lighting" the candles every evening, and I've been watching all of the movies, and re-reading sections of the books again throughout the course of the month. It's like visiting old friends. I'll always love Harry and his magical world. There's so much to love Rowling's world, it's a rich tapestry. It's not just for kids either, if you haven't read it I encourage you to give it a go, it is a wonderful literary work.

Now don't think that I'm done here, oh no, I have plans! I'm looking forward to next year, there other things swimming in my mind to incorporate, more characters, more magical items, more fun! This might take over my house, y'all! You can't collect everything at once after all, where would the fun be in that? I'm looking forward to re-imagining this Harry Potter Shrine for years to come.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tour, please let me know what you think, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Wishing you all a very happy, spooky, silly, magical, wonderful Halloween!


Giggly said...

I love it! Awesome! Awesome!

Melissa Fried said...

I'm glad you posted detailed pics...there is so much to see! I have to admit I wish I had my own Harry Potter shrine. Your collection is amazing!! Can't wait to see what it looks like next year!!

Bex said...

This is fantastic! I want to make a pilgrimage to this shrine!

Jean Knee said...

we are all harry Potter fans over here. LOVE this mantel

Jill said...

Loooove this! Everything looks so great-- glad the Bertie Botts made it in before the post! Sure was fun to have you over for my little dinner party the other night... I love that you "get" the whole Harry Potter thing! Happy Halloween!

Becky said...

That is incredibly gorgeous! You left out nothing and it's wonderful!

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

I love this so much! All of the details are amazing!

my cup of tea said...

Great job Lisa!

Denise :) said...

What a fun post this was -- Happy Halloween! :)

beadgirl said...

WOW! I love it!

Bonnie said...

Ok!! I am seriously impressed! That is absolutely fantastic and creative! I completely LOVE it! I really liked Harry Potter..I read the first 3 books...and I've only seen the first 2 movies...I know...the shame of it! LOL! But besides that, I can totally appreciate this whole display and I "get it"! You totally rocked it. Now you've got me thinking!! I love this idea so much, I am now trying to think of a theme for my mantle for Thanksgiving...of course I can do the native americans, pilgrims, corn, mayflower, deer, turkey..stuff like that...I am searching my brain so see if there is any movie that might fit the bill though. You know, I was just thinking about a good idea for Christmas...I or you or whoever, could do a National Lampoon's Christmas vacation movie theme...the burnt christmas tree, the cat wrapped in the box, those moose head egg nog cups, maybe an over abundance of lights, a framed photo of cousin Eddie!! haha...anyhow, does that sound too over the top?? I love that movie so would be fun! By the way if you have any ideas for a themed Thanksgiving mantle....let me know. Thanks!

P.s. Those floating candles were so cool!!

Kira said...

Lisa, this is AMAZING. I love it so much!!! All the details are so stinkin' delightful! You are amazing!