Introduction: Marauder's Map

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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.

If you want to make a full size Marauder's Map, check out my other instructable here:

I downloaded the templates from littlefallingstar on deviantart and modified them to fit properly on 8.5x11 paper, removed repeated parts of the template, and removed littlefallingstar's watermark because I didn't see the point in using ink to print it in the margin of the paper that's just going to be cut and thrown out anyway. All credit for uploading the original scans goes to littlefallingstar.

You will need to download the templates I've provided and extract them to your computer before you continue.

For 8.5 x 11 inch paper, download For A4 size paper, download

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!

Step 1: Print the Templates and Cut Them Out

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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

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

Step 3: Glue the Pages Together

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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

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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

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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!

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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!


Muggle Magic (author)2016-09-11

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.

Brunettybb (author)2017-11-15

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?

abooyens (author)2017-08-23

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?

Muggle Magic (author)abooyens2017-08-23

That sounds amazing!

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

IreneB33 (author)2017-06-11

great project but cannot open file to printer.

bou1278-1 (author)2017-04-19

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.

nikkiespiner (author)2017-03-31

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 :)

Beyatriss (author)2017-03-22

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

Muggle Magic (author)Beyatriss2017-03-22

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

SarahN87 (author)2017-02-10

Great !

Artsy Potterhead (author)2017-02-10

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!

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!

squidwardslytherin (author)2017-01-07

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

AresellT (author)2017-01-05

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. :)

AlonM5 made it! (author)2016-12-12

Had a lot of fun making this, took about 40 minutes (20 for cutting and 20 for gluing up).

I recommend to score the fold lines before gluing and folding, makes for a clean fold.

1919491892 (author)2016-11-26

Thanks. Works perfectly. Already reccomended to a friend

nermall made it! (author)2016-11-25

mine turned out great!! I had a hard time folding it, but not because your instructions were bad. Your instructions were great! unfortunetly, my printer didn't print the words very clear so it's very hard to read. I also don't have a color printer but it still works without color. My camera is really blurry but you can kind of see how mine turned out!

Aferri02 made it! (author)2016-10-23

Thank you so much for this easy-to-follow instructable, I LOVE this map and I know my Potterhead sister will love it, too!

One question - I can't seem to get the 'Peeves may lurk here' text to align nicely on the T-shaped piece that gets glued to the left side of the map (see my third picture). Did I fold/print/do something wrong?

Muggle Magic (author)Aferri022016-10-24

You did everything right. The issue is in the original scans used to create the templates. The size seems to be off there too. I've noticed this and hope to correct it at some point. Thanks!

TehniyatS (author)2016-08-16

Hey how big does this look in the end? Is it as long as the long side of an A4 or is it like a mini version???? plz answer i might make it today

Muggle Magic (author)TehniyatS2016-08-16

This is a mini version, it's about 7 inches tall. But stay tuned, I'll be posting an updated instructable which shows you how to create a full-size map.

AnnaMC2001 (author)Muggle Magic2016-09-04

Hi, when about will you make the full size tutorial. I've been trying to make one myself but I don't have a printer that can print large pages yet

Muggle Magic (author)AnnaMC20012016-09-11

Here's the link to the full size instructable:

I meant to get this up a couple of days ago but my internet went down and I just got it back last night. Sorry for the delay!

Muggle Magic (author)AnnaMC20012016-09-05

I'll be posting the tutorial within the next day or two. Just finished most of the video editing tonight.

ChristianI23 (author)2016-08-14

I cant see the download button ?

Refer to this screenshot. You should see buttons on PC or possibly just simple download links on mobile.

Mitula123 (author)2016-08-14


love you so much <3

RoachToni made it! (author)2016-08-07

thanks so much this was amazing to make and such easy instructions to follow

Muggle Magic (author)RoachToni2016-08-08

Looks good, thanks for posting! I'm glad you enjoyed this instructable!

AshleyM164 (author)2016-08-06

I finally made it! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the tutorial! :D

annbrack (author)2016-07-17

this is amazing! Thank you

Muggle Magic (author)annbrack2016-07-20

Thanks! And you're welcome!

AngelikaM7 (author)2016-07-10

Hey if I download that files when I print it out it will be full over the bond paper? like what you did?

Muggle Magic (author)AngelikaM72016-07-20

Hi! If you print it on standard paper (8.5 x 11) and you set your printer options to use borderless printing, yes it should print all the way to the edges of the paper.

AngelikaM7 (author)2016-07-10

is it not too small? is it just the same size with the paper that you are going to print?

MenachemR (author)2016-06-26

do u have templates for bigger sizes?

Muggle Magic (author)MenachemR2016-06-26

If you follow the link to the original creator of the map scans, littlefallingstar (on deviantart) you can download the full size templates - unmodified by me. The link is in the introduction.

Misty Lupin (author)Muggle Magic2016-07-03

I am not a fan of the website at all i can't download anything without buying it so there is not even a need for the instructions because without the pdf they are useless

Muggle Magic (author)Misty Lupin2016-07-04

You don't want to download the PDF. You want to download the files included in the introduction. Here's a screenshot:

lic_wolf made it! (author)2016-07-03

excelente, ya lo hice!!!!

BryonyD1 made it! (author)2016-06-25

This is perfect, I needed some help and inspiration to create a marauders map of the bullring Birmingham for a Harry Potter treasure hunt, this is the best map by far.

BryonyD1 made it! (author)2016-06-25

This is perfect, I needed some help and inspiration to create a marauders map of the bullring Birmingham for a Harry Potter treasure hunt, this is the best map by far.

paniepotter made it! (author)2016-06-07

Hey! Thank you for this. :) I will give this to my friend and its her birthday tomorrow!

Lex BrisalynC made it! (author)2016-06-06

Hi! Thank you for this! I finished mine in a short time. Here it is! I've been dreaming of having one since I became a Potterhead. Thanks again!

EdmilJ (author)2016-05-26

can you create a video for this ? please :3

Muggle Magic (author)EdmilJ2016-06-05

Well, I was in the process of making a video. Maybe I'll finish it and post it.

bodyimageguru (author)EdmilJ2016-06-02

Demi Siriusly just did a video:

hogwarts10 (author)2016-06-05

How come when I try to save mine to a word document, it saves as a movie clip and I cant print confused too.

Muggle Magic (author)hogwarts102016-06-05

That's strange. Make sure you aren't trying to insert the zip file into the word document. You need to unzip the image from the zip file first.

If that's not the issue, I'd suggest opening the image in ms paint and printing from there.

gracey_glitter (author)2016-05-21

I cant print them even though I have downloaded them? Please help!

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