Introduction: Marauder's Map FULL SIZE Replica

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UPDATE: I've created a NEW VERSION of this map, complete with all the missing pages, hidden footprints, and a reversible cover with the Marauders' message to Snape! Check it out here:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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.


TeresaP60 (author)2017-11-06

Hi! Thank you so much for the template. I'm going to do this for a birthday party.

I've printed all the layout but found out that there are 3 backs missing from the sides- nevertheless i've printed the full back and worked wonderfully.

Thank you agin for the brilliant work!


MichaelT177 (author)2017-09-14

This is not the best one. For this is the one you can get from The Noble Collection or Amazon which is not the correct version from the film. You should see this one on youtube for the best and most accurate version.

Muggle Magic (author)MichaelT1772017-09-15

My instructable is a replica of the Wizarding World version, not the movie version. Jan Hamernik made a wonderful movie version replica, but sadly he didn't make his templates available for download.

MichaelT177 (author)Muggle Magic2017-10-05

Yes I agree Jan shouldve made templates available. Which Ive mentioned that on his page. But the Wizarding World version sucks and looks nothing like the real one. And as Jan has mentioned the same people who made the Wizarding World version were the same people who made the movie prop and not to make it look the same is a disappointment as if they were to lazy to do it a second time which they wouldve already be able to since they have all the artwork to do so.

Muggle Magic (author)MichaelT1772017-09-30

A new version is up!

metamarlen (author)2017-08-23

hey, thanks for templates and instructions for this cool project : )

I was wondering though if it is possible to change the brown/yellow background color to white to save my printer and then age the pages by hand. If anybody knows how to do that it would be great if you let me know.

Also what kind of glue did you use, anything to watch out for?

Muggle Magic (author)metamarlen2017-09-30

Here's the new version!

Muggle Magic (author)metamarlen2017-09-15

Hello, sorry for the delay. I'm working on a newer, better version of
this. The template will be available with and without a background, and
in a variety of sizes. I will post here and update the introduction when
the new version is out. It wont be long. As for the glue. I just used a
regular glue stick.

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!

Muggle Magic (author)kludge772016-09-12

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

hedgehogman (author)Muggle Magic2017-03-27

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!

Muggle Magic (author)hedgehogman2017-09-30

The new version is up!

Muggle Magic (author)hedgehogman2017-09-19

Unfortunately this is an issue with the original scans of the map. Fortunately, I am working on a brand new version of this which corrects that issue. The new version also adds more pages and other extras. I'm hoping to publish a new instructable very soon, so keep an eye out for it!

Muggle Magic (author)2017-09-29

NEW VERSION! Complete with all the missing pages, hidden footprints, and a reversible cover with the Marauders' message to Snape!

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

Muggle Magic (author)MarieV162017-09-19

I'm working on a brand new version of this with more pages and other extras. I'll include a pdf version of the templates. The new instructable should be up within a week or two if all goes well.

DamarisH2 (author)Muggle Magic2017-09-27

Any idea when you will be adding the new map your working on?
Currently making this one for my niece for her birthday but would love to make the new one! Thanks for this making these for us!

Muggle Magic (author)DamarisH22017-09-27

Shooting for tomorrow!

DamarisH2 (author)Muggle Magic2017-09-28

Wooooot! Looking forward to it XD!

Muggle Magic (author)DamarisH22017-09-29

NEW VERSION! Complete with all the missing pages, hidden footprints, and a reversible cover with the Marauders' message to Snape!

Muggle Magic (author)MarieV162016-10-31

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

heikalnour (author)Muggle Magic2016-11-04

i cant download it because i have to have a premuim

Muggle Magic (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)Muggle Magic2016-11-02

It's not a print out button for .ZIPs

Muggle Magic (author)MarieV162017-01-03

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

maurojrey (author)2017-09-18

I want to print the two full size pages but I don't know which size that would be :/

Muggle Magic (author)maurojrey2017-09-19

The full size pages are 49.6" x 21.1" and the constructed map measures 15.5" x 72" open, folds to 15.5" x 8.25".

maurojrey (author)Muggle Magic2017-09-19

Thanks! I'll upload the results later this week ^_^

cosmicknight782 (author)2017-08-01

How big is this?

The constructed map measures 15.5" x 72" open, folds to 15.5" x 8.25".

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

MichaelT177 (author)astolat2017-09-14

Rather than using Stealth ink in a printer if you can't either find the ink or afford it. For Im sure that kind of ink is not cheap and may be expensive. There is something else you can use that will work. Sharpie makes Glow in the Dark Neon pens. I have used them in the past on other projects.

Or you can use artist glow in the dark marker from Sakura

Muggle Magic (author)MichaelT1772017-09-15

That seems like a lot more work. You would have to draw the entire map by hand. And since you'd be using a marker, if you made a mistake you'd have to start over from the beginning...

Muggle Magic (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?

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....

Eggbot360 (author)Eggbot3602017-09-14

Never mind! I found a way and completed the map and it looks awesome! Thanks!

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.


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.

Looks great!

Park RiY (author)2017-06-15

Why I can't download it?

Muggle Magic (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

Robin_Hood (author)2017-07-04

I can't download it

Muggle Magic (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.....

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