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Harry Potter DIY

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In this instructable we will look at a varaity of ways to make homemade Harry Potter paraphernalia for costumes, play, partys, or just for fun.


To start we will go over some basic and easy projects that you can do with materials found around the house.

(Oh and stay tuned- we will routinly add projects to this instructable or make sequels)



 
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Step 1: Mauraders Map

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In this project we will look at different ways to achieve the "Appearing Marauders’ Map" effect. There are a number of ways to do this but I like to keep it as simple as possible so I did it in these three ways.

I got the info on what would work as inks and how to reveal them from this site
http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/invisibleink2.htm


1. "The Potions Reveal" Personally I have found this to be one of the easiest ways of doing the marauders’ map because all you need to do is draw a map on paper in a half baking soda half water mix and then pour "Revealo Potion" over it (Grape Juice)


2. "Wand Reveal" This has got to be one of my favorite ways of doing this because the effect is the closest to that in the books and movies. Essentially what you do is get a basic invisible ink set (I got mine on Ebay) and make sure it is one of those that has a light to show the ink, and then draw the map with the pen included in the set and wire up the light from the set into either a homemade wand (I usually use the paper wand method when doing this to make running the wires up the wand easier) or any other hollow wand you might have. You may also be able to do this method using some tonic water and a black light if you can find one small enough to fit in your wand or can incorporate the larger light somehow into the harry potter theme.

3. "Heat Reveal" This method is very similar to the wand reveal method but it is a little bit cheaper if you happen to have the right materials laying around. Essentially the idea is that you are going to use heat instead of light to reveal the marauders’ map. I have not actually tried this method yet but in theory I would find a small but powerful light bulb that was small enough to fit in the tip of my wand and wire it up though my wand then draw with vinegar a basic marauders’ map and reveal it. Personally I have not done this yet due mostly to lack of time but also because this is not really the best method because I imagine that if you are using heat to reveal the marauders’ map it will be burning the fibers in the paper which would mean that it would stay revealed. Good for secret notes and perhaps other magical means but not the best for this particular purpose.
 

akshay73942 years ago
Could you pleeeeease try and make something Time Turner-related? :)
look that up on google and there is a good way to make one using keyrings
i havnt started mine yet but i want the looks to so how can i make it where its closed the they open it and it talks and stuff because i just cant figure out how the talking thing works
Diyified (author)  harry potter fanatic3 years ago
What I would do is just go ahead and make the howler the way you want it to look and then try to add the greeting card. The way that the talking thing works is that it is simply a recordable greeting card cut down to size and rotated into an envelope so that instead of making noise when someone opens the greeting card, it makes noise when someone opens the envelope. I would also suggest figuring out the greeting card before you cut up the card ( Figure out how to prerecord and such). Then stick it into your howler along the hinge of where it opens so that when the howler opens it opens what is left of the greeting card and makes it talk. Hope that helps!
how do you get the inside part
of the howler
Diyified (author)  SoccerChic9233 years ago
it is just a recordable greeting card- so you just buy a recordable greeting card and rip out the inside and there you go!
(YOUR N3 years ago
is dis good
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Diyified (author)  (YOUR N3 years ago
That looks really good! Did you already add the voice?
sorry dude dont know how to
Diyified (author) 3 years ago
Thanks! Yeah I have actually been looking for a website to purchase the modules from for this and other projects and will definately look into your website!
Great idea! We have lots of Harry fans in the family who will love this idea! To make it even easier, you can buy just the recordable module on a sticker-type sheet that you can adhere to the envelope. (I have a website where I sell 15-second recordable modules and recordable greeting cards, http://www.vocalgreetings.com/.)