In the Harry Potter universe, Harry receives a Nimbus 2000 racing broom from Professor McGonagall when he joins the Gryffindor Quidditch team. This is how I made mine for a Harry Potter Halloween party.

I've entered this in for the Halloween Props competition, feel free to cast a vote if you like this!

Step 1: Always reference your work

First step is to get reference pictures of the broom so you know what to aim for. I used this replica from Cinereplicas as the basis for my build. I imported the side view into a drawing programme and scaled it to the right size for my height. This allows me to work out the ratio of broom to stick and the right diameters. Close up photos also allow me to see what various parts are made of and how things go together. Notice how the back half is more curved like a tree branch and the front end has a sharper curve like it had been shaped into a broomstick.
<p>I'm currently in the process of making this, I used a piece of Oregan which my dad had lying around because it was closest to the dimension's a bit thinner and so far its turned out great. I have used Mahogany wood stain on it and it really does look sexy! I've just put the dowel into the end and now I just need to do the bristles, will post photos once I am done.</p>
<p>I've done two, so far. Took a couple days, at best, for each. Second build, I used old rags and duct taped them on the dowel instead of the foam. Did a few layers, till it filled out the &quot;football&quot; shape I wanted. Much easier than cutting out the foam, but did add some weight. Second broom was a rush job, so the details weren't as nice. made a laminate stencil of the logo to reuse. Cool build. Used this template.<br>http://beckerthorne.deviantart.com/art/Nimbus-2000-TEMPLATE-for-Cutout-475520929</p>
<p>Thanks for that template really helpful</p>
<p>Can I pay you to make me one?! It's beautiful, seriously! If you could email me at shelbym.stein@gmail.com I'd really appreciate it :)</p>
<p>how big was the finished broom</p>
<p>Hi, Im wondering how much it would cost for 5. email me @ </p><p>ccr2187@gmail.com. </p><p>Thanks.</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>I was wondering where you got the nylon rod or if you knew what it is supposed to be used for so i can try to find it myself. </p><p>Thanks </p>
You can get nylon or acetal rod from eBay if you're only buying the short amounts used here. It's an engineering plastic most of its life and is used as stock for lathe turning and machining to make bearings or bushes or rollers or tubes. Places that sell engineering materials like steel bar or hex bar or sheet goods often stock plastics as well. Nylon and acetal are thermoplastics which is the important quality as you want to bend them with heat.<br>If you can't get the plastic, I did make another one with a steel kickstand welded together that was functionally the same, just much heavier.
Thanks for such a quick reply! Now i can get started on the kickstand.
<p>Can u please give me a link i cant find any.</p><p>Cheers</p>
Breathtaking... I love this so much!
Can i pay you to make this for me? Ill even pay for shipping and materials. You can email me at moka724@yahoo.com. this isnt some scam i really just want one and all the ones i found online are plastic and dumb haha. This one is awesome but i honestly dont have the skill to do make one myself :P
Can i pay you to make this for me? Ill even pay for shipping and materials. You can email me at moka724@yahoo.com. this isnt some scam i really just want one and all the ones i found online are plastic and dumb haha. This one is awesome but i honestly dont have the skill to do make one myself :P
<p>The tutorial was really simple and everything was explain clearly! </p><p>Here's mine (thanks to you!) :</p>
Thanks for a great tutorial. I made a Nimbus 2000 over the course of a week and was amazed at the result. Working from your directions I was able to create a full size template and kickstand blueprint for printing (posted to my deviantart page). Though knowing my nimbus was going over a fireplace I skipped the kickstand bit for now.<br>And finding the bristles were a bit of a challenge until I ventured into Amish coutry. <br>None the less it was fun and thanks for your insight.
<p>Just so all of you guys know, a 35 degree angle doesnt work. I made the template out of cardboard and I actually made the bend with a 35 degree angle and it wasn't even close to fitting on the 2x6 piece of wood. I was lucky that I had a little bit of 2x8 wood sitting around that I could use. Too much work to remake the template. Great work by the way.</p>
<p>Could you give directions or a template for a nimbus 2001 or fire bolt? It would really help.</p>
What do you suppose those run at
How much did this cost total?
About &pound;30~ for the materials? I'm a hoarder or materials, so things like the aluminium strapping, nylon rod and the 2x6 pine were already in my possession. I had to buy the bristles and paint and FEV.
You instructable is great!&nbsp; Thanks for sharing your process.&nbsp; I used this instructable when I got stuck on <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Nimbus-racing-broom/" rel="nofollow">making my own racing broom</a> only 3 days before our Halloween party.<br> <br> Yours looks much nicer, I am impressed at your craftsmanship.&nbsp; Cheers!
Hi , i like the work you have done !! But i need to know some measures about the broom. <br>How long is broom handle ? <br>The inclined portion 45 degree seems ? <br>and the back straight after the inclined part ? <br>How long is all broom ? <br>Which is the drawin program you used for real size ? <br>Sorry for all this cuestions but i need de sizes to do the broom :) <br>
The exposed broom handle of mine was 850mm, the total length being 1500mm. The crook / bend in the handle is not quite 45 deg, more like 35 deg and straight back. I used Inkscape to scale my picture and drew lines to take measurements from it. <br> <br>Hope that helps.
Broom measures 1.5 m in total. The broom handle is 85 cm long, but with the 35 degree incline or without that tilt? <br>The inclination of 35 degrees how long is it? <br>And the last part of the broom how long is it ? I mean, the part whit the dry reeds. <br>Thanks in advance !
The broom is 1500mm from the tip of the broom (the bristles) to the top in a straight line. The 35 deg incline is about 180mm long I think. And the bristles section is 1500mm - 850mm = 650mm.<br><br>You can measure this all yourself if you print out the reference photo of the broom, measure the picture and used that as your scale factor to size your broom to the length that you want it.
Thx! for you help !
Thank you so much for this guide. I'm a primary school teacher and made it to put up in the class. It looks brilliant! Thanks again!!!
Outstanding! I am always delighted to hear that someone has been able to take my mish-mash of instructions and form something useable from it. It would be great if you could take a photo of it. I've given mine to a friend to mount on their wall like a musical instrument.
Is is possible that you could make the template for the broom downloadable? <br>Thanks in advance, <br>JTR14
I'm afraid not. The Nimbus 2001 has a much sleeker shape to the body and a different shape head stock. &nbsp;But the overall construction is similar. &nbsp;That being said, if you're going for the quick look, you could whack on black gloss paint and silver hardware instead and it will be convincing enough on first impressions. &nbsp;Do try it though, it's very satisfying. &nbsp;Here's a reference for the shape:<br> <img src="http://i34.servimg.com/u/f34/11/37/04/23/nimbus12.jpg" style="">
Does this pattern also work for a nimbus 2001? just a black stain instead, i feel would work and then some dye on the end of the bristles.
I really want to make one of these, but the problem im having is finding the bristles. Where did everyone else buy them from? Thank you
use pine needles and silver tape
umm I've never seen pine needles that long and where do you get them?
I also have never seen pine needles that long. Options are: bundles of willow which I believe you can find in a Hobby Lobby, hay or straw if you live near a farm, or bundles of decorative sticks from the IKEA garden and plant section. All will make fine bristles. I believe mine were some type of dried grass.
thank you! I have the the wood piece done, just been waiting to find the right bristles :)
get a large broom <br>go to the tallest building of ur city(required) <br>put the broom under ur ass... <br>Shout CHUUUUU <br>and jump off(required) <br>with a confidence that u will fly(required) <br>get a friend nearby to inform ur family that ur riding nimbus 2000. <br> <br>NOTE : don't knw hw to land or end the flight....... <br> <br>best of luck
does it fly? :)
Maybe Harry should have tried a steel pin biscuit and glue when he fell off his and it landed in the whomping willow
LOL. Sadly, although it was only broken into three visible pieces in the movie version, the book's record shows it was basically just splinters gathered in a paper bag. I'm pretty sure that if magic couldn't fix it, even a handy muggle solution of a steel pin biscuit and glue probably wouldn't have done any good. Although I have to say, the book's description of the Firebolt seemed way cooler than the Frankenstein's monster thing they schlepted together as an afterthought in the third and fourth films.
could you use shoe polish
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Hi, I love the work you've done and I'm trying my best to create a broom similar to yours. I'm trying to figure out the size ratio of the shaft/handle of the broom to the bristles/head of the broom. I&rsquo;m trying to make one according to the size of the replica which is 71&quot;. According to my measurements the shaft/handle of the broom is about 1.35 times the length of the bristles/head of the broom. I was wondering if you could give us some measurements on your broom so I could compare? Thanks again! You&rsquo;ve done a spectacular job to say the least!
You are pretty much spot on. The ratio is around 1.3 to 1.35:1, shaft to bristle length. So for a broom 1803mm (71&quot;) in length, you would want a bristle section around 780mm (30&quot;) to a shaft length of 1020mm (41&quot;). Mine is a bit smaller at 650mm to 850mm. Finding longer bristles would have been a pain for me.
That looks great! I love the detail, the name on the handle looks great!
I must admit that the lettering is my favourite part. I was worried about the detail of the lettering coming through, but carefully cut out and the spray glue on the back holds all the little bits down nicely.<br><br>I used a &quot;Metallic Gold Spray&quot; from Wilkinsons (UK) which isn't a name brand or anything, but offers excellent coverage for a metallic spray which really helped give an even look to the lettering. Thanks for your comment!
I can't wait to make this!!!

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