Marauder's Map

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Introduction: Marauder's Map

I am proud to present this guide to make a very close replica of the Marauder's Map like you would find at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The only differences I'm aware of are the size (it's smaller) and the type of paper used.

I downloaded the templates from littlefallingstar on deviantart and modified them to fit properly on 8.5x11 paper. All credit for uploading the original scans goes to littlefallingstar.

You will need to download the templates from littlefallingstar and do the same before you continue.

Also, make sure you have:

  1. x-acto knife with ruler and cutting pad, or scissors
  2. glue stick and piece of scrap paper
  3. plain white printer paper
  4. A printer

Once you've gathered these materials, solemnly swear that you're up to no good and continue to the next step!

Download Marauder's Map Page 1

Download Marauder's Map Page 2

Download Marauder's Map Page 3

Download Marauder's Map Page 4

Download Marauder's Map Flaps

Download Marauder's Map Background

Step 1: Print the Templates and Cut Them Out

First, print out the templates. Use the marauders_back.jpg for the back of each page you print out. I printed 6 copies of the marauders_back file and then flipped them over, fed them back into the printer, and printed all the other files.

Using your x-acto knife or scissors, cut out all parts of the template.

You will have a lot of paper scraps left over, which you can safely recycle.

Step 2: Fold the Flaps

Fold the Tetris looking piece and the long middle piece as shown in the images above.

Step 3: Glue the Pages Together

Put the pages in order and line them up where they meet together. Decide where the glue should go, apply the glue, line up the pages and press them together. Use a piece of scrap paper underneath as you glue so you don't get any on your table. Smooth out any wrinkles. Continue this process until all 4 pages are combined into one map.

Step 4: Glue the Flaps

Apply glue to the backs of the flaps as illustrated in the photos. Line them up and press them onto the proper spots on the map.

Step 5: Fold the Map

If you look closely, you will see vertical crease lines on the map. Starting from the center piece with the Hogwarts flap that we just glued in, fold along the crease lines as illustrated in the photos above. Continue to fold on the crease lines in alternating directions for an accordion effect on both halves of the map.

You should end up with something like what you see in the photos.

Step 6: You're Finished!

That's it. You're done!

You should have a nice looking Marauder's Map now.

Let me know what you think in the comments and post pictures of your map!

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Here's a new instructable for creating a full size Marauder's Map replica. It is just like the one you can buy at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Marauders-Map-FULL-SIZE-Replica/

So I printed this beauty out and it came out several shades too light. It's not a lack of ink, I just bought new cartridges. Do you have any recommendations to darken it?

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hello, do you have this template?

Hello do you have this template? is not available now. :(

I cannot find the map link. Will it be available again?

This looks like its gonna be perfect!

1) I'm going to print 2 sets - make a map out of one and use the other to add some extra flaps - then I'll write stuff on those to make a Bachelorette treasure map. We're going to a maze so are going to have people's name scrolls attached to balloons so that you can see where they are in the maze even though you don't know the shortest route) - scrolls then float like in the movie. You find a person and you find a diadem or lost frog or whatever.

2) these look pretty high res. if I scale them up (print on A3 instead of A4) it should probably work?

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That sounds amazing!

Instead of up-scaling this one, I'd suggest maybe down-scaling the full size version found here:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Marauders-Map-FULL-SIZE-Replica/

great project but cannot open file to printer.

Hi. I LOVE this. Would I have to cut the white edges off after I print everything? Thank you SOOOOO much for this. I love it.

This is amazing! I had it done within an hour/an hour and a half, just in time for my Harry Potter crazy 10 year olds birthday tomorrow! Thank you :)

İ didnt understand how to download the papers but yours turned out very good.

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There are two links in the introduction. marauders_map.zip (for standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper) and a4_marauders_map.zip (for a4 size paper).

WOW I really want to make this! It seems awesome! P.S. Can I use the same templates (of this instructable) and also make an instructable, or youtube vid? (Not that I WILL be but just saying'...) GREAT JOB!

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I'm actually working on a YouTube video for this and I already have a YouTube video up for my full size Marauder's Map (which is assembled very similarly to this one). You can check that video out here:

If you end up using the templates for anything, please credit me and littlefallingstar with links back to this instructable. Thanks!

This was really easy to follow and turned out really well! I'm now adding in me and my friends in pen :D

Does anyone know how to edit the words from the Marauder's Map? Like a blank template for it. I'm having my 18th birthday on March and I'll have a Harry Potter themed party. and I can't see any of it from the internet. I'm using them as my invitations. Thank you. :)