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Do you have a young Harry Potter fan in your home? I sure do!
My seven year old has become obsessed with all things Harry Potter this year. Over the summer we started our journey by reading the books together at night. We have finished the first three already and just started the Goblet of Fire (book #4).
Reading Harry Potter Together is Magical
I love that we were able to take this amazing series of books and turn it into a nightly tradition. After the younger kids go to bed, my son and I cuddle on the couch and read for about twenty minutes. Occasionally the content is above his head so we discuss what happened. The boy is a sponge – he remembers every detail and name. He gets so excited when the answers to mysteries are revealed and I love experiencing this joy and excitement with him. I hope that when he is grown and rereads these books he remembers discovering the world of Harry Potter with his Mama.
Why are the Movies so Different from the Books?
After we complete a book we wait for the weekend and the two of us hang out in the basement and watch the movie from the book we just finished. It’s been interesting to watch him realize how different the movies are from the books. Last night we watched the Prisoner of Azkaban and he told me “the people who just watch the movie are really missing out – there is so much more in the book”. I am glad that he is realizing this at such a young age.
Anyway, his love for Harry Potter is deep so for Christmas this year he wants all things Harry Potter. We already own all the books and movies so I had to dig a little deeper. I’ve compiled a collection of gifts ranging from activity books to games to figurines that would appeal to any young Harry Potter fan. I’ve already bought several – I need to pick a few more but it’s so hard to choose.
Harry Potter Games and Puzzles
Oh my, I want all of these toys. I don’t even know where to start. How fun would it be to play wizard chess – pretending you are sitting in the Gryffindor Common Room or impressing your friends with your Harry Potter knowledge. I know my son would beat me in an instant at Pictopia. I don’t know how he remembers all those little details. And lets not forget the interactive coding wand. I kind of want that for me – it looks like so much fun. I also hope Santa brings the Perplexus to our house because it is just the type of toy my son with busy hands needs to keep himself occupied!
Harry Potter LEGO sets, Crafts and Activity Books
These toys and books are perfect for my son – he loves everything LEGO! His Christmas list has lots of Harry Potter LEGO sets on it and he wants to set up a really big scene and recreate the books. How awesome is that – what a great use of these toys for creative play. My husband will probably get into it and they’ll make a stop motion film. I just love open ended toys that allow for limitless play and learning experiences. We have several math coloring books from the same brand – mostly Pokemon themed – that the kids love, so I assume this one would be just as awesome. Really, I don’t see how you could go wrong with any of these options.
Harry Potter Stocking Stuffers
Stocking stuffers are some of the trickiest gifts to buy – they need to be physically small but no one wants more junk in their kids lives. My kids have always loved scratch art books so I assume these would be a big hit. And let’s talk about the candy for a minute – it just brings the stories to life for me – I envision selecting my jelly slugs and Frogs from Honeydukes in Hogsmeade. What Harry Potter fan wouldn’t be thrilled to receive these sweet treats in their stocking!
As you can tell – we are more than a little obsessed with Harry Potter around here – and you know what, I’m ok with that. I love that my son is enthralled with a magical world and if these gifts bring it to life for him I am all for it. I hope you found something new for the Harry Potter fan in your life. And if you are new to the world of Harry Potter I am including links to the books at the bottom of the post. And read the books first – as my seven year old says – You don’t want to miss out!