Introduction: Marauder's Map FULL SIZE Replica

Last Halloween I posted an instructable on how to create a miniature replica of the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter. The miniature version is only about 7 inches tall.

Well, this year I decided to take it a little further and create a full size replica of the map. I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and I hope you all enjoy making it as much as I did!

The miniature is quicker to make, however it looks like it's over 50% smaller. This full size replica is essentially exactly the same as the one you can order online or buy at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The original scans were stitched together by littlefallingstar@deviantart. She was generous enough to let me use those scans to create the 8.5 x 11 inch templates that I'm including with this instructable.


There have been a few requests for the entire template on one printable page in order to print the full size map on a plotter. I have included an optional file to do this called if you use these full templates instead of the 8.5 x 11 inch templates, you can skip gluing together the map and inside flaps. Jump straight to gluing the flaps into the map and then folding.

Before we begin, you'll need to gather these materials:

  1. A printer
  2. Standard 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper
  3. X-acto knife with cutting mat and ruler, or simply a pair of scissors
  4. 2-3 glue sticks
  5. Patience

Once you have these materials together, download the templates I've provided and lets get up to no good!

Step 1: Video Instructions

Follow along with the video

It's a good idea to read all of the steps detailed here before attempting to jump in and make the map using the video alone. But if you're feeling saucy, go for it!

Step 2: Print the Templates

First you'll need to print the templates

Open the file and extract all of the contents to a location on your computer that you can remember, such as a folder on your desktop.

You should see a bunch of .jpg files of the fronts and backs of different parts of the Marauder's Map. There are multiple "back" files. I did this in order to keep the back of the map from looking like repeats of the same pattern - however you could just use one of the backs for all of the front files if you want. It's up to you.

To print the templates properly (front and back), you will need to print a "front" file, then flip it over and feed it back into your printer. Then print the corresponding "back" file on the opposite side of the same page. If your printer has a "borderless printing" option in it's settings or preferences, use it. If not, no problem. Your map will just be about an inch or so smaller, depending on how large of a margin your printer leaves around the edges.


For middle-flap-01 and middle-flap-02, use any full-page back. For middle-flap-03, use back-a08 or back-b08. For side-flap-01, use side-flap-back-02. The reason I re-used some of the backs was to cut back on the download size of the zip folder.

Step 3: Cut Out the Templates

Next cut out all of the templates

This is where the patience comes in handy. You will need to cut out all of the white space around all of the template files.

If you're using an X-acto Knife and a cutting mat

Place the template you will be cutting on the cutting mat. Line your ruler up where you want to make your cut. Press down on the ruler with one hand to keep it or the template underneath from slipping around. With your dominant hand, use your X-acto knife to cut a straight line along the edge of the ruler, much like you would if you were using the ruler to draw a line with a pencil.

If you're using scissors

Not much to say here. Just cut the templates out as best you can. I highly recommend using an X-acto knife and ruler. You'll get much straighter, more professional looking edges.

Step 4: Glue the Map Together

Now it's time to glue the map together

Again, patience will be needed here. I glued the map together this by gluing all parts of the top half of the map together first, then gluing all parts of the bottom half of the map together. Then I glued the top and bottom half together to end up with one large map. This was the best method I found, but if something else works better for you, go for it. Use the photos and video as reference while gluing the map together.

Step 5: Glue and Fold the Inside Flaps

Next, glue together the pieces of the inside flaps

Use the photos above and video as reference as you do this. When you finish gluing them together, fold them according to the red dotted lines in the photos.

Step 6: Attach Flaps to Map

Glue the flaps to the map

Use the photos and video to locate where to apply the glue on the flaps. Then line up the flaps with the corresponding spots on the map and glue them down. You should end up with parts of the map that fold open.

Step 7: Fold the Map

Finally, you can fold the map up

Starting on the left end of the map, start folding it, using the crease lines as your guides. Some of them are very faint, but once you get going you shouldn't have much trouble. You will be doing an accordion-style fold. If you don't know what an accordion fold is, google it. I've also tried to illustrate it in the photos above. Again, once you start folding, you'll get the hang of it.

When you reach the middle of the map, start folding from the right side in toward the middle. Once you reach the middle from that side, you will have the finished product.

Step 8: You're Done!

You're all done!

Let me know what you think and feel free to post photos of your map in the comments below! As always, remember to recycle your scraps. Don't forget to share this instructable with your friends and subscribe for more like this!

None of this would have been possible without littlefallingstar. You can show your support by following her on deviantart.


Eggbot360 (author)2017-08-21

How would I do this with A4? Also, I don't have WinZip, so do I just open the files using file explorer? I'm so confused on what to do, but I really want to make the map because it looks awesome and I'm a huge Harry Potter fan....

malcombr (author)2017-08-11

Great project!

Some of the images did not print perfectly parallel with the paper edge. Made it more difficult to line up on a paper cutter. (It could have been my printer or paper cutter that is not square.) A razor blade or Exacto knife and straight edge is much easier to align and get more precise results.


cosmicknight782 (author)2017-08-01

How big is this?

AhmedS467 (author)2017-07-31

I need to know more about painting one folder on plotter please.
The size and the type of paper and ink and any additional info ☺

AshleyK101 (author)2017-07-27

Any chance of an A4 version of this one? I made the little one last time, would love a full size version but getting hold of US Letter paper in the UK is a real pain. Thanks! :)

JorgeGelntis made it! (author)2017-05-10

Awesome! We have been reading the book and my 6 year old wants to be Harry Potter for Halloween. So I have been getting a jump on all his accessories. Not sure who is having more fun.... me or him.

Appreciate all the instructables.

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Looks great!

Park RiY (author)2017-06-15

Why I can't download it?

DannyMcMurray (author)Park RiY2017-07-05

I'm not having any trouble downloading. Please make sure that
you're clicking the link in the introduction (not the instructables PDF

astolat made it! (author)2017-04-21

Thanks to you and littlefallingstar, I now have a blacklight-only Marauders Map :D :D :D

To make this work, I took the templates and ran them through a quick color select in Photoshop to strip out the backgrounds and leave only the map and ink splotches. I got parchment paper and printed the map templates out using Stealth iX ink on am HP Deskjet 1112.

I also stripped the background out of the back images and used a color laser to print the ink blots etc on the paper before I printed the invisible ink (although it worked either way).

Trimming and lining up invisible pages was not easy. :P My gluing also didn't come out nearly as perfect as what you've got -- tomorrow once it has dried a bit I will try brushing in a bit of glue in the remaining pouching spots and maybe putting it in a towel and ironing it a bit flatter, but it is pretty great already.

Next up will be wiring the blacklight to a smart switch so I can control it with the raspberry pi that will be running a spell recognition script. ;)

Mischief Managed! <3

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DannyMcMurray (author)astolat2017-07-05

Oh wow! That's amazing!

JediJillsS (author)astolat2017-06-23

This rules on so many levels. I want to try ALL of that--right now! BLAST! Can you tell more about the spell recognition script?

Robin_Hood (author)2017-07-04

I can't download it

DannyMcMurray (author)Robin_Hood2017-07-05

I can download the files without any issues. Please make sure that you're clicking the link in the introduction (not the instructables PDF link).

Maurosb (author)Robin_Hood2017-07-05

Me too. Why??

billieshade made it! (author)2017-06-11

as you can see in not the best folder, but I know my niece is going to love it!

Thank you!

TerryL23 made it! (author)2017-05-05

A big thanks for this! It worked out great for my daughter's school project. We tossed all the images in power point and lined them all up with the back image first followed by the front image. The images were all lined up with the image snug to the top left corner. Printed them duplex with flip along the long edge selected. Everything else was pretty easy.

One thing that might help others is if the images are slightly adjusted so that the glued edge is nowhere near a fold. Both sides have one fold that landed close to the glued portion that made it a bit tricky.

Other than that it worked out great!

mathsie (author)2017-04-02

Awesome! I want to use this in my planned Marauder's Clock (replica Weasley Clock for my household run by a Raspberry Pi decorated with the Marauder's Map). Any chance you might be willing to update the files to offer an option to print on A4 without losing a bunch of data though? 8 1-2 x 11 is so expensive in Europe.....

kludge77 (author)2016-09-12

Thank you for this. My wife would literally cast an unforgivable curse for one of these.... I'm forwarding it to her.

So cool!

DannyMcMurray (author)kludge772016-09-12

Awesome! Thanks! And I'm glad you liked it.


Hi Danny! Great tutorial and great material! I did put one map together, and I saw some other post abaout the miss-aligning left flaps, I have been digging in to that but I am a little lost still. Is there supposed to line up two "Peeves may be lurking....." There seem to be some big differences in the two areas, not only the alignment. But also that the areas looks different around the "Lurking" space. Have you got anything new on that? //Nils in Sweden PS Great work done by Littlefallingstar to!

Dartist54 (author)2016-09-29

ok have the download and ready to print! how can you tell which page is which for the backs? or does it matter? i can see this sucking down my ink and dont want to waste ink by making a mistake i didnt see any special printing instructions

Thanks :)

DannyMcMurray (author)Dartist542016-09-30

marauders-map-front-a01.jpg should be paired with marauders-map-back-a01.jpg and so forth.

You could use just one of the backs for all pages if you want, but I was worried that it would look too repeated, so each back is slightly different.

Dartist54 (author)DannyMcMurray2016-09-30

oh i noticed the numbers after i sent the comment :) thanks for being so prompt. Im hopeing for a good result cuz im making this as a gift. I am pretty good with my hands so im anticipating a good result, thanks again!

Dartist54 (author)Dartist542017-03-18

I finally got the map finished and I sure made a lot of mistakes lining it up... i had to tear it apart and then made a few patches, but in the end it looks pretty good thankyou for the download! im going to try again, and i noticed that using low tack tape actually worked well to keep the pieces from moving while being glued

TamaraP30 made it! (author)2017-02-26

Mischief managed!!
It was fun to make ?
Sadly it's just black and white but I think it looks awesome all the same.
Thank you fort uploading the files!!

BoraO2 made it! (author)2017-02-01

Yes! Thank you so much for these files and instructions! I used regular printer paper and A LOT of ink to make this. Just a heads up, the small flap on the left side of the map doesn't properly line up when folded in. Overall, one of the coolest things I have ever made.

DannyMcMurray (author)BoraO22017-02-02

Looks wonderful!

Dianna9 (author)2017-01-28

where can i find the printables?

DannyMcMurray (author)Dianna92017-02-02

There are two links in the introduction.

ChensS (author)2017-01-31

Who actually mad this with normal (thin) a4

MatejČ8 made it! (author)2017-01-10

HI, can i ask about BACK SIDE of 4 pages? There are missing :(

DannyMcMurray (author)MatejČ82017-01-19

Sorry for the confusion. I'll update my instructable to explain this as
well. For middle-flap-01 and middle-flap-02, use any full-page back.
For middle-flap-03, use back-a08 or back-b08. For side-flap-01, use
side-flap-back-02. The reason I re-used some of the backs was to cut
back on the download size of the zip folder.

DulceC2 (author)2017-01-07

Hi, thanks for sharing this with us. I have a question, what kind of paper did you use to make the map? I hope you understand me, sorry if my writing is bad, English is not my native language. XD

DannyMcMurray (author)DulceC22017-01-19

I used regular 8.5 x 11 inch white printer paper.

ZairaL (author)2017-01-07

Hay un problema, y es que a mi se me descarga un winrar con muchas imagenes, pero el problema es, que las partes de atras vienen separadas de las de alante, osea la cara delantera del folio separa de la trsera ¿me entiendes? y entonces es un lio...

DannyMcMurray (author)ZairaL2017-01-19

Debe imprimir el frente, voltear la página, volver a insertarla en la impresora e imprimir la parte posterior.

nickoderamos (author)2017-01-14

why there is missing side flap back 01

Andrea2616 (author)2017-01-03

I want to pay for the file?

DannyMcMurray (author)Andrea26162017-01-03

No, there is a link in the introduction to the files. You can download them for free.

Andrea2616 (author)DannyMcMurray2017-01-03

Thanks you are the best! I download it!

MarieV16 (author)2016-10-24

I cant print out this template. It would be way easier if you made a PDF not a ton of induidual pictures

DannyMcMurray (author)MarieV162016-10-31

What are you having trouble with while trying to print the templates?

heikalnour (author)DannyMcMurray2016-11-04

i cant download it because i have to have a premuim

DannyMcMurray (author)heikalnour2017-01-03

You don't have to have premium. The file links are in the introduction and they are free to download.

MarieV16 (author)DannyMcMurray2016-11-02

It's not a print out button for .ZIPs

DannyMcMurray (author)MarieV162017-01-03

You have to unzip the files first, then you can print them out.

Jpuza (author)2016-12-29

Mine won't work...

DannyMcMurray (author)Jpuza2017-01-03

I'm not sure what you mean. What exactly isn't working?

Drewbacca81 (author)2016-12-26

Just finished mine! Used ivory parchment paper, that I distressed to make it look old, mangled up the corners, and volia!


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