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For Christmas 2013 I wanted to do something special for my wife. She has mentioned soooo many times that "It sucks, there is no Harry Potter Monopoly!" so I decided since it doesn't exist, I will just make her one.

Had I known it was going to be 3 months of work I may not have done it, but I do think I came up with something very special and unique for her.

I apologize in advance. I have done a few Instrucatables before and documented them all step by step, but I didn't think I would end up posting this so I don't have a lot of step by step images.

Take what you can from this and make it your own! :)
I am happy to answer any questions.
 
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Step 1: Get a Monopoly Set

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The first major step in creating a custom Monopoly set is getting a standardized one. You will need pieces from it to create your new one.

The board will be essential in gluing down your board print out onto (but more on that later).

The main reason you need to grab a copy of Monopoly is because of the house/hotel pieces.
More importantly, you can choose to not print out new Chance / Community Chest cards, even money if you decide (Although, most all the fun is in the aesthetics if you ask me!).

Houses and Hotels
All the houses and hotels have stayed the same. It is important to keep the same amount of houses and hotels as the original in case of building shortages. So I re-used these pieces.

I ran out of time to try and replace them with something a little more unique (I would have liked to have done castle pieces).

absolutely brilliant! kudos to you for thinking of it. sigh, any chance of a Doctor Who Monopoly for an encore???

as Ron would say "bloody brilliant!!!!" I take my (sorting) hat off to you.

That's so cool!!! I gonna have to make one myself!

Zachary48011 month ago

Amazing! I love how real it looks! I thought it was a real game when I first saw it!

emmyjanexx4 months ago
They look alright, will you paint them to match the style? Or leave that to the buyers choice? I also have a question about your files available on etsy for the board and money etc. when it's downloaded, what would it open up like on my laptop? Will It change the sizing or format because I don't have photoshop? I'd love to make my own but I can't afford photoshop and have no other need for it after this so ill probably buy yours. So basically I was wondering if it will still look the same when I get it printed at a professional store. :)
emmyjanexx4 months ago
Well the closest I found, because I'm buying the houses and hotels on eBay are the hobbit style ones which are around the same colour theme.. I also considered a second hand harry potter chess set but there wouldn't be enough in it I don't think. But I'll let you know
imreallyagoodman (author)  emmyjanexx4 months ago
I was able to find these little castle pieces that are custom made. I am going to include them in my prebuilt ones I sell on Etsy. I'm only getting a small number of them now, but if I can get some more maybe I can send some to you for the $5 cost I'm getting them for.

I'm going to use the castle instead a of hotels, but still keep houses as the smaller ones (huts).
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emmyjanexx4 months ago
I was thinking British pounds would be cool but also more expensive than just buying the doubloons like you suggested, something like yens where you get more for you money would be better, although yen don't follow the theme but I'll definitely have a look :)
It'll probably take me like a year to finish it since I'm always short on cash but it's so going to be worth it! Thank you heaps! Also I was a wondering when you make them for people, are they a little bit different to your first one, or do you manage to find the same pieces over and over. Are you still using hotels and houses instead of your idea of using castles instead?
imreallyagoodman (author)  emmyjanexx4 months ago
When I build them for people, they are for the most part the same. There will always be minor differences.

The pieces I never got to change were the buildings. I really wanted "huts" and "castles" but I wasnt able to find pieces like that. If you know of any, let me know! :)

I thought about maybe 3D printing them, but that's a lot of work too. I was hoping to just find some pieces somewhere. :-/
emmyjanexx4 months ago
So amazing! Planning mine out as we speak! Hopefully my boyfriend feels like helping me haha. Also I already have some of the props so I'm already a little ways there. I figure when I come across a nicely priced chest that's when I can properly begin making it, but for now I'm just looking for bargains for the pieces and also thinking about the coins.
I'm wondering if you know if it's possible to go to a foreign exchange store and exchange some money for a currency that has similar coins and isn't so expensive or whether it's frowned upon ?
imreallyagoodman (author)  emmyjanexx4 months ago
Hey There,

Luckily I'm building someone one right now. So this is all fresh in my mind.

For the trunk, I really recommend buying the one on Etsy that I provided a link for (see the link under the trunk section). They are mini replicas of Harry's trunk, and for the price you won't find anything more perfect. I just ordered one and the person that makes them (Brian) said he has some built and ready to ship.

As far as the coins go, luckily my wife works at a bank and I asked her for the scoop. You can go to some banks (like citi or mechanics), or N airport. The main problem though is she that most don't do coins. You may have to research it a bit. If you can get your hands on them, maybe British pounds would be cool.

Let me know if you have any more questions, I'm happy to help! :)
mtofte5 months ago
Hi there I ABSOLUTELY love this! I want to start making my own. My question is how you designed the game board what program did you use and how did you make all the squares to size?
imreallyagoodman (author)  mtofte5 months ago

Hi mtofte,

The board was a ton of work, but essentially I measured the board and created a file to match the size in photoshop. I then used a hi-res image of a monopoly board as a background/overlay reference. In the end though, as long as you have the board size right, you can make the boxes whatever size you like. It will just be overlaid in the end anyway.

Hope that helps.

Michael :)

uwarren6 months ago
Sorry again, but what did you print the Cards on?
imreallyagoodman (author)  uwarren5 months ago

uwarren,

As for both comments, sorry for the late reply. I print the cards on parchment stylized card stock. Here is an example here.

http://www.officemax.com/office-supplies/paper/col...

Its really whatever thick paper your office supply store has in stock that doesnt cost an arm and a leg.

Michael :)

uwarren6 months ago
Oh thanks. I just want to say. Thank you SOOO much for this . I've been wanting to make my own monopoly board for AGES! and I've been searching for so long. I was wondering weather you could upload the money on this. I absoulutley LOVE it. Thanks again. - Ultan.
imreallyagoodman (author)  uwarren5 months ago

Hi uwarren,

I'm so glad you want to build the game. I put a lot of hours (months) worth of work into this, so I decided to put the file up on Etsy.

So if you like, you can get them there.

Michael :)

imreallyagoodman (author) 6 months ago
Hi Uwarren!

The train stations are...

Kings Cross Station
Hogsmeade Station
Paddington Station
Surbiton Station


The utilities are...

The Owl Post Office
And
The Floo Network


I used photoshop to make the money, board and cards. If you don't want to make them yourself you can get them here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/177213706/wizards-monopoly-harry-potter-digital?ref=sr_gallery_2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Good luck in your build!! :)

Let me know if you have any other questions. -MG
uwarren6 months ago
Me again, what did you use to create the board, and galleon vouchers? Thanks again.
uwarren6 months ago
Sorry, could I ask what the Train Stations are on this board please. By the way, ABSOLUTLEY LOVE THIS!
Lms3757 months ago

I made a Harry Potter Monopoly a couple of years ago. I used a deluxe edition of monopoly b/c the houses/hotels are wooden rather than plastic. For monopoly tokens, use the pieces from the Scene It Harry Potter games.

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imreallyagoodman (author)  Lms3757 months ago

I really like how it still has that traditional Monopoly look. I wanted to use the wood pieces too, if I had known deluxe came with them, I probably would have gotten that set. Those pieces work great as well, like traditional ones.

Nice job!! :)

Kajtw7 months ago

How did u make the money for the game?

imreallyagoodman (author)  Kajtw7 months ago

I made the money in photoshop. About a months worth of work. I was thinking of putting them on Etsy for digital download. Or maybe I can upload them on here.


I really love how they came out though.

I printed them on different color paper as well, to resemble Monopoly money.

imreallyagoodman (author) 7 months ago
Thank you so much dporubcova!!
dporubcova7 months ago
this idea is good enough to be sold commercialy. job well done!