Here's my (poorly concealed) secret - I'm a Potterhead! Who would have guessed, right?.. That being said, welcome to the first J.K...

J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World LootCrate July '17 UNBOXING

Monday, August 14, 2017 Unknown 0 Comments

Here's my (poorly concealed) secret - I'm a Potterhead! Who would have guessed, right?.. That being said, welcome to the first J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World LootCrate unboxing!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling of course) has been a huge part of my life ever since I was around 9 - when I received my first Harry Potter book set (Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets & Prisoner of Azkaban) for Christmas.

It was the most magical time of the year, and I received the most magical present - I devoured all the 3 Harry Potter books in under a week! Thus, the obsession began...

To this day, I watch the movies *and complain loudly how inaccurate they are*, re-read the books for the *nth time (currently just finished Order of the Phoenix) and collect various representatives of the magical Wizarding World!

I don't consider myself a complete nutter, whereas my house isn't decked out in Slytherin & Hogwarts colours *TBH, I do have plans for a reading room once I have my own place, that certainly will be.*, so it took me a while to sign up to the LootCrate's J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World subscription box - it just seemed like a lot of unnecessary trinkets...

Alas, I couldn't resist the temptation much longer, and when I saw their ad for Defense Against the Dark Arts, I signed up! I was glad I didn't start earlier, because the Dark Arts box looked very underwhelming..

So, let's draw our wands, give a nice swish and flick and dive into the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

The box came about 2 weeks after being shipped, on the day I started worrying about it not coming.
It's a sturdy black cardboard box, securely wrapped and with a lovely sticker seal - Expecto Patronum!

Opening up the J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World subscription box I was greeted by a beautiful moonlit landscape of the Forbidden Forest - the perfect setting for a Defense Against the Dark Arts adventure!

The first item that also works to conceal the remainder of the box was a T-shirt - with a quirky 'Protect Against The Dark Arts, Get a Free Counter Curse' print on the front, in blue hues. The material is very soft and comfortable jersey, and I picked the largest size, so I expect it to become one of my go-to comfy 'home clothes'. 

However, I was slightly disappointed because the print is very generic, and not quite related to Dumbledore's Army or Order of the Phoenix (I was expecting something more along the lines of Fawkes the Phoenix, or Harry's stag..)
Still - lovely quality, and definitely a keeper!

Next is probably my favourite item in the whole box - Olivander's Wand Pen for Severus Snape.
This is a 'premium' wand pen, because I've seen the ones they sell at Warner Bros Studio Tour, and the Noble Collection, and they are much more flimsy.

This comes in a gorgeous black box, with silver lettering and decorations, with a velvet-lined inside - a mini version of an Olivander's wand box!

I was surprised how heavy this was when I first picked it up - as mentioned, I've tried the other wand pens available and they were all super plastick-y and light.

Not this *dark* beauty!

The detail of the handle is incredible - it's the exact replica of Snape's wand. There is very luxurious and hefty feeling to this pen - both when open and closed. When you open the pen and stick the lid onto the bottom, it becomes elongated, and certainly feels like you're holding a wand!

Another wonderful thing about the quality of this is that there is weight balance - it's quite perfectly balanced to sit in your hand, even elongated, comfortably. Finally - the heart is replaceable, so you can scribble jinxes and potion ingredients to your heart's content!

I was a little befuddled initially with their choice of character for Defense Against the Dark Arts, but it makes so much sense when you think about it. Severus Snape, although definitely a hateful, vengeful and anti-hero of a character, is probably the best representation of what Defense Against the Dark Arts stands for.
He used all his magical powers to fight for someone he loved, and to protect innocent people - and sacrificed his life doing so. He made a lot of mistakes, but his fight for the good side never wavered.

Next up is another exciting memento of the battle against Lord Voldemort - my very own Horcrux!

In the shape of Marvolo Gaunt's ring, this enamel pin looks and feels incredible. The detail is amazing, the Resurrection Stone sits securely, and the whole thing looks very elegant and worthy of, dare I say, Professor McGonagall?

I like the colour combination of antique gold & black because it goes with pretty much anything in your wizarding wardrobe!

Next is another wonderful piece of *magical history* - your very own Dumbledore's Army pocket notebook!
Why history, you ask?

Because you have a list of all the known members on the inner front page of the notebook! All in different handwriting, this is a very cool detail that impressed me further!

The notebook itself is of soft, cushy maroon faux-leather, with D.A. emblem on the front *for Dumbledore's Army, you muggle* and the emblem of the Order of the Phoenix on the back cover.
The pages are lined, and the paper is of good quality - my Severus Snape wand pen glides effortlessly!

Finally, we have a hefty, beautiful and goose-bump-inducing piece de resistance - stunning bookends that spell out Piertotum Locomotor *I've always wanted to do that spell!*

Again, this made my heart flutter with emotion - and what a perfect symbol for a bookend! Something that will protect your knowledge, like they protected Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry!

The quality of these, just like everything else in the box, is impressive - made out of brushed steel (I assume), the bookends have a good weight to them without being too heavy, a nice long stand for balance, and four felt feet to protect your shelves!

Talk about attention to detail with this box...

You also get a letter from the ministry detailing all the items in your J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World LootCrate subscription box:

Based on their markings, every single item in July's box is a LootCrate-exclusive!
Whilst I am sorry I can't point you to where to purchase these, I can only *happily* recommend you sign up for the box so you don't miss out on any more cool Harry Potter stuff!

Overall, this has been an insane success, in my opinion - every item is of amazing quality (aside from the meh T-shirt design), nothing is a throw-away trinket, and everything brings about so many magical emotions that I just can't...
I am very, very happy I signed up for the box, and I can't wait for September to roll by...

Here's your spoiler for J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World September 2017 subscription box - the theme is Magical Must-Haves, everything you need for a new year at Hogwarts, and you'll get some house items as well!

*Happiness can be found even in the darkest times, if one only remembers to turn on the light*

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***DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored. I have purchased the item(s) on my own accord, and my opinions are unbiased and 100% honest.***