Nursery Preview – Odds and Ends

Most of the nursery furniture was set up yesterday, but there’s still some things to do with all of that. Figured I’d leave it for another post.

I have a few things for Spawn’s room that we’ve either picked up over the years, or are just small pieces that I’ve brought in to make everything else more special.

Without further ado….

Harry now carried a large cage that held a beautiful snowy owl, fast asleep with her head under her wing.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s [Sorcerer’s] Stone, Chapter 5 – Diagon Alley

Every Potter fan I know always laments that no one has figured out a way to actually use owls for delivering mail. Harry’s owl, Hedwig, in particular caused a huge issue when parents started buying their kids snowy owls as pets not realizing that owls are…not pets. Clearly, I was not in the market for a live owl. But a ton of the stuffed animal owls I’ve seen look…not good.

Then Chapters came out with a 12″ tall white owl with actual feathers. I couldn’t find it in stores, but when it went on sale online I picked it up. Just came in today, and I am so pleased with it.

Now we just need a name...

Now we just need a name…

…it was tiny, about the size of a large walnut. It was bright gold and had little fluttering silver wings. “This,” said Wood, “is the Golden Snitch, and it’s the most important ball of the lot.”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s [Sorcerer’s] Stone, Chapter 10 – Hallowe’en

Much like with the winged keys, I thought about making a golden snitch. Then I found a super cheap version (also at Chapters) and just figured I’d call it a day. It comes on a small stand, but I may just hang it from the ceiling. We shall see…

I got 99 problems, but the snitch ain't one...

I got 99 problems, but the snitch ain’t one…

[Hermione] pinned the piece of parchment with all of their signatures on it on to the wall and wrote across the top in large letters: DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 – Dumbledore’s Army

When MFH and I went to Florida for our Honeymoon, we wanted to bring back something that was 1. sort of over the top and 2. something we’d normally never spend the money on. We ended up coming home with a set of wizards wands. The Dumbledore’s Army set, to be exact. It used to hang in our entryway at our old place. Now, though, it’s going to Spawn.

I won't deny that we've occasionally amused ourselves by waving these around and shouting nonsense at one another.

I won’t deny that we’ve occasionally amused ourselves by waving these around and shouting nonsense at one another.

As if you needed further proof that we’re Big Huge Nerds, we also own the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection BluRay/DVD set. (Just to be clear, we did not pay $699.99 for it, no matter what that Amazon link says. Holy Christ that’s a lot of money.)

It was a Christmas present to ourselves (along with the Bond 50 Collection) when MFH walked away from his office’s Christmas party with a $500 Visa Gift Card.

It comes in a great big box that opens up and has random compartments with things hidden in it. Opened, it’s huge, but closed it’s still a great big box. It never fit well in our living room, so it’s fun to be able to place it somewhere where it can be showcased properly.

It IS pretty awesome...

It IS pretty awesome…

I may or may not end up using some of the other “extras” that are in the above collection. One thing that for sure will end up as part of the décor is the map of Hogwarts, the surrounding area, and other places of note. It’s big, fabric, and sort of ideal for hanging on the wall. As per the usual, not exactly sure where exactly it’s going to go. Just that it will be there somewhere…

wizcollectionhogwartsmaplg

So that’s about it for now. More to come soon…

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8 thoughts on “Nursery Preview – Odds and Ends

    • Me too! I think doing a Hogwarts Nursery came about really organically for us. Mostly, it came down to the fact that Hubby doesn’t want to know the gender and Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow certainly allows for that…

  1. We got four wands on our honeymoon, too, and had great fun carting them around the Edmonton Expo this year. I love what you’re doing with the room for Spawn, and I can’t wait to see it all done!

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