Unboxing – J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, May 2017

Happy Friday, readers! It’s been a couple months again and that means another box from Loot Crate’s J. K. Rowling Wizarding World subscription series! Be warned, 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 before, this is not a sponsored post. I’m just a sucker for nerd merch, and Harry Potter themed things feed this addiction.

Obviously, be prepared for a lot of images! What fun would it be to not see anything? And feel free to click on the images to see a larger view for more details! (Also apologies for the formatting on smaller devices!)

Before taking that first peek, it looks like they switched things up a wee bit for the box. A new sticker seal! Not sure if this is a permanent change or for the theme, but if it’s the latter it looks like we’ve got some items based on some of the more “wrong side of the tracks” characters. It’s a neat depiction of the Dark Mark, the symbol indicating followers of Voldemort in the Harry Potter series.

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Now onto the inside! First peek gives us a look at a t-shirt, and the inside of the box is decked out in various designs of Death Eater masks. Very creepy/chilling to look at, but I really like the color scheme. Fits the apparent theme for this box very nicely.

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Speaking of the theme, we’re diving in to snag the Loot Crate provided guide to your subscription box. In past versions of this subscription it was a scroll detailing the theme and items. Looks like they switched it up this time, though! Now it’s a letter, tri-folded and on standard paper.

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I personally liked the scroll more as far as aesthetics, plus it seemed like it was nicer quality. The new format is neat, and easier to look at due to it not being rolled, but I feel like this would have been a more appropriate first-format for this box when it started–like when new students get their Hogwarts acceptance letters. Plus the inside of the letter-guide is a little disappointing as far as layout and looks. Doesn’t have that neat tie-in like the scrolls did. But I can appreciate wanting to try something new.

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But enough ranting about the changes. The theme this time is in fact baddie-related! We’re diving into the Dark Arts for this box, with a bunch of different types of items this time. We have our typical shirt, some decorative plates, a pouch, stationary set, and a pin. Starting with the shirt, it features Percival Graves from the Fantastic Beasts movie, and appears to be a Loot Crate exclusive! Can’t say he was my favorite character in the movie, but he fits the theme on this dark shirt, and the design looks pretty cool.

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Hiding underneath the shirt was the stationary set, which has a Chamber of Secrets motif. It has the door to the chamber itself on some cards, and includes envelopes to put them in! Bringing it all together is a stick of wax and a seal for closing off your dark messages. I can’t say this is something I’d probably use, but it’s still a neat item to include in the box.

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Next are the fancy plates, another Loot Crate exclusive which are modeled after the kitten decor found in the office(s) of Dolores Umbridge. It’s a small set of four with different images of kittens on them (but sadly mine don’t move. Aw). They feel like a nice plastic so, if you really wanted to, you could more than likely eat off of them, but otherwise they are great cat-lady decor. This is another item that I think is a neat treat for the box, but I’m not totally thrilled about (I’m all-the-way a dog person and not a plate collector).

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Then we have our pouch, which has a design inspired by the inmate plates of Azkaban, the wizard prison. This is probably my favorite item this time around–it’s got a cool, unique design on it, is something I can use for different purposes, and feels nicely made. Based on size you could easily use it as anything from a pencil case to a wallet or make-up bag, but it’s still small enough so that it’s not in the way or obtrusive.

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Last but not least is the pin! And I lied. I think this one is my favorite item in the box. (Sorry pouch. You’re a definite second.) The pin as an item is something we’ve seen in past boxes, and following the theme we are given a pin in the shape of Tom Riddle’s diary, post basilisk fang stabbing. Which, speaking of the fang, is also included with the pin. And the best part? You can take the fang and actually fit it into a hole made into the diary portion of the pin and reenact the piercing of the diary yourself. You know, for funsies. The pin feels nice and hefty, and the detail on it looks great–the black and gold go together very nicely.

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And that’s everything for the May 2017 Wizarding World subscription box! I sadly can’t say this one was my favorite. There was a lot of neat ideas in here, but I don’t see myself really using hardly any of it. Not to say that’s the point of this subscription, of course, but for me personally I don’t foresee a lot of mileage out of some of these items. Let me know what you guys thought of this, the box and the post, and if you’d like to see more of these! And if you got this particular box, what do you think of the items? Do you see yourself using some of the more obscure ones?

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!

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