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A Harry Potter chess set? The nerd level in this post just went through the roof. Seriously though, I wanted to give my brother something for Christmas this year that he and his family would love. I remembered the chess scene in one of the Harry Potter movies and thought it would be, well, spellbinding to create my own.

This instructable is broken into three parts; the chess pieces, chess board, and a handy carrying case to put them in. I hope you enjoy it as much as they did!

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Step 1: Chess Pieces

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To start, purchase varying sizes of wooden "peg dolls" for the 32 total chess pieces. Let me break down what you'll need- in peg doll terms:

  • 2 Tall Men (kings)
  • 2 Tall Men (queens)
  • 4 Little Women (rooks)
  • 4 Large Boys (bishops)
  • 4 Small Angles (knights)
  • 16 Small Boys (pawns)

= 32 Total
You can purchase all the peg dolls aforementioned at the Etsy shop, "ClicketyClack." Also, here are the other slightly obvious supplies that you will need for the pieces (I found these in my house):

  • crafty paint
  • paint brushes
  • brown craft paper or newspaper to cover your table

Step 2: Chess Pieces: Pick Your Characters

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Decide which characters to use for your 32 pieces so you can paint them next. Since the two bishops, rooks, knights and eight pawns are the same characters, you'll have only 6 different characters to paint per side.

I divided the white and black sides so it's good versus evil. The "white" pieces are devoted to Gryffindor:

King: Harry Potter
Queen: Hermione
Bishops: Hagrid
Knights: Dumbledore
Rooks: Ron Weasley
Pawns: Gryffindor Quidditch Players

And the "black" pieces to Slytherin:

King: Voldemort
Queen: Delores Umbridge
Bishops: Lucius Malfoy
Knights: Vernon Dursley
Rooks: Draco Malfoy
Pawns: Slytherin Quidditch Players

I love this! I made Crabbe and Goyle and Fred and George my rooks instead :) lovely idea, thanks so much!

carrielynneh (author)  midnight-diamond6 months ago

Yes! Great idea. I'm so glad you made it! Thanks for the note!

gusserj11 year ago
So awesome !!!!!!!!! Can't wait to make it
WhyHello2 years ago
i've been wanting too do this but have been too lazy to do the math, thanks!
carrielynneh (author)  WhyHello2 years ago
Sweet. You'll love it!
Wow, what an amount of work you did here! I would feel really appreciated when someone made such thing for me.
carrielynneh (author)  SanneLaurenssen2 years ago
Thank you so much!
mancini10002 years ago
What can I use instead of the peg dolls
LadyTron2 years ago
but wouldn't the rooks be Fred and George? lol they are twins after all
claramecium2 years ago
great project for nerds like us! :P
claramecium2 years ago
cool concept! :)
seamster2 years ago
Nice work! I always love seeing creative Harry Potter-themed instructables.
Thrasym2 years ago
Totally NOT what I was expecting when I read the title and clicked the link. Great take on it. Gives me lots of ideas.

I think I'd ghost the snake on the board instead though. Just to make the squares a little more clear.
carrielynneh (author)  Thrasym2 years ago
I'm glad you liked it!
billjoh2 years ago
I think this be good for a wood lathe, that way you could make them how you want them to look. Great idea to make them Harry Potter but I think you would have to make them for your own use because of copy right laws. You would have to get permission to use the name if you wanted to sell them.
carrielynneh (author)  billjoh2 years ago
Thank you. I agree, a wood lathe would be great for something like this.
Oh my lord I needs it! So well made. You're awesome. :D
carrielynneh (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you so much :)
Kiteman2 years ago
Ee, this is grand!