Happy Friday, guys! Here I am with yet another box from Loot Crate’s J. K. Rowling Wizarding World subscription series. Fair warning, if you are subscribed to this box and either have not received or opened it yet, there are spoilers of the contents below. And as always, this is not a sponsored post. Also want to say that this one was unfortunately delayed due to “an unexpected production delay” for one of the items inside. But now it’s here!
Lots of images inbound, and as usual, feel free to click on the images to see a larger view for more details! (And apologies for the formatting on smaller devices!)
I typically try and keep away from anything that might spoil the contents for myself until I get the box, even the theme. This time that didn’t happen because of the delay (Loot Crate sent an email with some details and apologies), but all I knew was that the theme was “Secrets.” And from the seal on the box, I was excited for maybe some Weasley twins secrets, or the Marauders.
Diving into the inside for the first peek, the box interior is decked out like the Marauder’s Map, and we can see a t-shirt, a box and something else on top. And to the guide that is included in every box, confirming the “Secrets” theme, this box contains magnets, a picture frame, a t-shirt, coasters, a collapsible tote, and a pin, the common-item between all the boxes.
Just from the quick glance and reading about the items, they definitely seem to go along with the “Secrets” theme, which is great! Moving on to the first item, it’s the t-shirt! It’s a nice dark blue with an image of the moon and the Whomping Willow, but that’s not all–it also glows in the dark! Unfortunately my shirt didn’t have enough juice to power the designs enough to get a nice picture, but it features Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs in their animagus/werewolf forms.
Next is the picture frame, a secret-box type one modeled after the painting of Ariana Dumbledore from the Deathly Hallows. I really like the idea of this item and how fitting it is to the theme! The picture of Ariana included is also one of those lenticular printed cards, so that she appears to move, as paintings in this universe tend to do. After opening the magnet-latched side, the inside leads to the Room of Requirement, as it should. 😉
The whole of the frame/box itself feels a little precarious, though–the surface feels like it’s already starting to crack a bit, and the lid feels like it’s not very stable. Might just need to tighten a screw or two, but it definitely makes me nervous about hanging it on a wall in the event it fell (or that it might cause a fall). Would probably be better suited to sitting on a dresser or something.
Next we have the collapsible tote! Honestly I was afraid to unfurl it for a picture because of how difficult it would be to stuff back inside nicely again (spoiler: it was difficult, and does not look nice, but that’s probably just me), but this is another item I love the idea behind. Number 12 Grimmauld Place is where Sirius Black lives/hides (as well as the Order of the Phoenix) in the Harry Potter series, and is hidden in plain sight by meshing into the rest of the living space that surrounds the building. Very fitting, then, that this tote modeled after this place would be a collapsible one. It’s a decent-sized one and is made of that thin, canvas-y type of material.
Then we have the coasters, which according to their description are a piece of the Blind Pig speakeasy from the Fantastic Beasts film. As far as what they’re made of it’s nothing fancy (I’d fear for a drink with condensation to sit on them and ruin the image, but who knows–they may surprise me), but the design is neat and it’s a nice, usable item to include in this box. (And I’m all about stuff that I can use!)
Then the magnets (yay magnets!). Keeping with the theme again, these are the same flaming letters that Tom Riddle (Voldemort) uses in the Chamber of Secrets to spill the beans to Harry who he is. The little letters are punch-out magnets from the main sheet, and this way you can spell whatever anagram is available to you. (I hid mine under my suspended work cabinet–who knows, maybe I’ll spook whoever stops by if they stoop down and look.)
Last of course is the pin, in the shape of Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, made into a Horcrux by the aforementioned Voldemort. I’m still obsessed with pins so I already like this one anyway. It feels nice and hefty and is very detailed–if I remember right the pins rarely disappoint.
That’s all for November’s (December) 2017 Wizarding World subscription box! I feel like the overall theme was very connected this time, however the quality of some of the items left me wanting a little bit. The ideas behind everything were awesome, so here’s hoping that they hold up to time and use.
Let me know what you guys thought of this box and post, and if you’d like to see more of these! And if you got this particular box, what d’you think? How was the theme, the goodies you got? I love sharing stuff like this so more people can see and enjoy the potential goodies out there! Hopefully it generates some interest to get more subs to it–the more the merrier! (Plus with more people, we might get even neater stuff!)
Have a great weekend, and happy holiday season!