Unboxing – J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, January (Feb.) 2018

Happy Friday, and happy March! I’m back yet again with a box from Loot Crate’s J. K. Rowling Wizarding World subscription series. 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. As far as it being the January box in February (March as of posting, but I received it at the end of February), like last month there was “an unexpected production delay” for one of the items inside.

Image-heavy post 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!)

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Like I mentioned last time, I try not to spoil anything for myself in the box until I receive it, but the delay again had Loot Crate mentioning the theme, “The Ties that Bind (Us),” in the email they sent out about it. That’s pretty open to interpretation though, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The box itself was much smaller this time, and really beat up (but that of course could have been in shipping). Was a little disappointed and worried at the lazy way the usual sticker seal was just slapped on the box (twice–there were two for some reason, and not even over the edge) and the packing tape slathered all over it, but thankfully nothing was missing or damaged!

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Looking inside for the first peek, we can see a couple of the items and the box interior, which actually looks really cool! It looks like the clock face in the Weasley home that shows what/where the members of the family are at any given time. I like that it’s not just a copy of the one in the movie, too. It’s very uniquely stylized and rustic looking.

Then for the commonly seen guide to the box, it looks like only four items this time. Kinda explains the small box size. This round we got a tie in a specific Hogwarts House depending on which you choose when purchasing (in this case mine is Ravenclaw), a shawl/scarf, the iconic pin seen in all the boxes, and a book on wands.

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The first item is the tie, somewhat stylized after the ties the students wear in the Harry Potter films. It has a little version of the house animal on it as well, and the tie is really nice quality. Sadly I’m not really someone who wears ties, so it’s not going to do me much good, ha-ha.

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Next is the shawl/scarf, which is huuuge. Holding it up to myself it’s just a bit longer than I am tall, and I’m about 5’7″. The design on it is pretty neat too, as it looks like the family tree/wall mural in the Black house from Order of the Phoenix. I’m not much of a scarf or shawl-wearer, but I like the design on this one, and it’s nice and soft.

 

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Next is my favorite item in the box, and not just because I have a pin obsession. This box’s pin is in the shape of the diadem of Ravenclaw. It’s really detailed and pretty looking, and while hard to read, even has the philosophy of Ravenclaw written on it: “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” Despite this being my favorite item, I’m a little bummed about the quality of it. The little diamonds are very dull/scuffed looking, and while the quote being on it is a nice touch it’s extremely hard to read. I’d be worried to wear it for fear of it getting scratched up easily.

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Lastly is the wand book, showcasing the different wands from characters in the Harry Potter films. I like the idea of this item, because I’m always really into the lore of books/movies. The wands of the Harry Potter universe, because of the many different types and versions there are, are really neat to look at and explore.

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There’s a couple of pages that interested me more than others, and they were basically blueprint-esque pages on the make-up of wands/materials. In particular was Harry’s wand (actually the only one, if memory serves), and the breakdown of the wand itself is interesting to see. It’s not just a film BTS but also for the lore of wands themselves in the Harry Potter world.

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Otherwise it was primarily pages for main, secondary, etc. characters in the films and their respective wands. In the example I just opened up to the middle of the book and found Professor Sprout’s page(s). You get a description of the character, their wand, and an image of the character and an up-close view of the wand. The quality of the book is really nice, as well. It’s a neat collectible item, but I hate to say that it’ll probably just end up on a bookshelf and not get much use or perusal.

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That’s all for January’s (February/March) 2018 Wizarding World subscription box! I think the theme was good for the most part, but I’m a little disappointed in the lack of items, and the item types aren’t really anything I can find much use for this time. After having the box delayed this was a bit of a letdown, personally. Hopefully the next one will make up for it.

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 are your thoughts? Were you happy with the items this time, disappointed? I’m happy to share things like this so more people can see and learn about the goodies out there for these subscriptions! 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! It’s time to welcome March!

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