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I recently found a huge collection of ruined old books at the local dump and immediatly thought of Harry Potter the Hogwarts library.
This is a tutorial to show how I converted these old encyclopeadias into Hogwarts style spellbooks.

These books are a great way to display your Harry Potter wands or other collactables, and are very cheap and pretty quick to do, all you need is and old book some easily avaliable supplies and a fair ammount of patience!

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Step 1: Choosing a book

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There are two VERY important disclaimers to note at this point, the first is that this is really and adults only project (or adult supervision STRONGLY recommended!) as you'll need to use a very sharp scalpel to cut the new title into the cover of the book. The second point is to be careful what book you use! The olny reason I could bear to de-face these books is because they had been left in the damp and rain for months so they were ruined before I started.
In short be VERY careful that you're not going to destroy a first edition copy of "Peter Pan" or "The Count of Monte Cristo"

Below is a pic of the book as I found it

Step 2: Picking the new title

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To find one of the titles from the Potter universe I used this site...

It's a list of the fictional books that J.K Rowling invented for her Potter series.

Then I typed the title into Word and then Photoshop and played with the fonts and styles until the text looked appropriate. I was basing the style of my book on the "Advanced Potion Making" book pictured on the cover of the adult version of "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"

Once your happy with the way the title looks, print it out and tape it to the cover of your old book.
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Very cool!
SparkySolar5 months ago

Thank you. I am 51 and my daughter and I read all the books watched all the movies

SparkySolar5 months ago

Thank you. I am 51 and my daughter and I read all the books watched all the movies

framistan6 months ago

HOW TO CURE THE MOLDY SMELL IN WATER DAMAGED BOOKS: First, I want to say THANK YOU for including the step to carefully choose a book to destroy.... and that is not a job for a youngster to decide! One suggestion I would like to make is concerning using old damaged books that might smell "musty" or "moldy." I have very often caught a bad cold after reading an old book that had water damage and smelled moldy. I recently found a way to kill the germs or molds in the old book to make it safe to read again without getting sick. I just place the book in an oven for a couple hours and bake at a LOW temperature for a couple hours... like 200 degrees. The book will not catch fire because paper catches fire at 512f degrees. But the molds are killed and the book is safe to read again without getting sick. I like your instructable a lot.


furby13161 year ago
Eeee :)
Emmely1 year ago
I love this tutorial so much! I want to try it on a new hard cover notebook for a friend to write his poems in :)
jimnecaise1 year ago
Awesome Work... Thanks
Awesome!!! My kids are totally Harry Potter fans and all they didn't have we're the books ... now they do
dpriestner1 year ago
Hi i was wondering if you could use mod podge glue for the gold leaf stage?
MarikeA2 years ago
If you just cut out the letters only on the paper, and then spray paint the book gold, would that look good? Because I only have gold spray paint. (Ofcourse i would protect the book so the cover wont get gold all over it)
raen7142 years ago
This is great! I'm planning on doing this to one of the old encyclopedias I'm trying to get rid of. After making it look like an old spellbook (or maybe another book on the list), I'm going to cut out the pages and turn the inside into a holder for a calculator, pen, pencil, eraser, and lead so I don't have to take my entire bag to a final exam.
Nifro2 years ago
Wow thats a great idea
106555 views nice!!
Heart girl3 years ago
Omg this is amazing just started mine to day keep up the good work
Niongi3 years ago
What font did you use for the Potions book Moste Potente Potions?
cpaxton3 years ago
This is so cool! But could you please tell me how to change what's on the pages inside? I want to make them authentic
you can get info on taking out the pages and putting in new on-line. Basicly, cut out the old pages from the inside of the book. (one good slice at the spine on eather side will do it. Then cheet and get a ream of paper from the office store that has the look you want. (the tea and bake method just take to long) Print what you want. Clamp the pages leaving about 1 1/2 to 2 inches sticking out of the clamp. flex the pages one way painting a non shrinking glue with the bend and then bend it the other way and do it again. Let it dry for a while (an hour or two). Use wax paper, or something that will not stick, against the clamp and shift the glued ends down so that it will dry without warpingor cerving as it dries. Next get 2 inside cover pages for the insides. They should be as tall as the book pages but twice the length. Fold them in half and then glue the edge agains the spine about a 1/4 inch more than the pages where glued. Then take a peice of fabric and use a glue gun to atatch it up the spine of the pages for extra support. Next, use more of that non shrinking pager glue (Any craft store) and attach the other half of the inside cover page to the cover of the book. Paint the glue on the whole back side of that page and smooth it down.Press with heavy book till it all dries adn there you go. (try bing - book binding techniques, videos. That should get you some results to help.)
mrsohtobe3 years ago
As Ron Weasley would say, "This is bloody brilliant!"

Here is my attempt:
buddhacat3 years ago
I can't wait to try this! But I think I'll try a Discworld title...
kiwi168773 years ago
Oh my gosh! This is so complicated! You must be so smart to figure out how to do this!
ataraschke3 years ago
This is phenomenal. I can't wait to try it!
dhill63 years ago
Sell these on etsy. I'll buy a couple.
Janipun4 years ago
Just amazing! It's the one item I would buy as it looks authentic and now it may be possible to make it myself, I can hardly believe my luck. Thank you!!!
mslaynie4 years ago
Wow. I am absolutely blown away by this. You took those poor, ruined books and turned them into something worthy of displaying! Such an inspiration...

Thank you so much for sharing this! Now I've got one more task on my list of things to do...
Oh my! I really have to try that! 8D Thanks for the tutorial! ♥
Great! Thumbs up!!
maxiaxie5 years ago
I am only 13 and I use 'very sharp scalpels' regularly in my dissections (best way to learn about the body) and in construction.
i am also 13, and use scalpels for modeling, and half the time unintentionally dissecting myself.
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I'm a 13 year old girl and I use scapels for modelling, dissection and craft. I can usually NOT dissecting myself, but my mum probably wouldn't let me near either her books or a scapel.
zayin maxiaxie4 years ago
I'm hoping that you are not harming live animals of any sort in order to dissect them. You can get organs of large animals from any real butcher shop - try kidneys, while reading about the transfers of solutes through membranes and the structures of kidneys in a college bio book. Maybe your school has dissecting scopes you can use in your investigations, or you can get an old on on eBay. In summer, I suggest trying dissecting flowers, seed pods, leaves, branches, etc. as well.
corse not, love animals, and i did plant biology over 5 years ago.
Clawdeen4 years ago
I'm definately looking forward to outfitting my Hogwarts outfit with the proper spellbooks!
crsunshine4 years ago
Wow, wow, wow!!! This has been a huge inspirtation.
Shastaw20064 years ago
I love this instructable, but cutting the title out was a bit much for me, so I'm combining it with this craftster tutorial:
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