It’s a lazy Saturday morning and I’ve been browsing through Amazon for far too long already. You know the drill: a cup of coffee in one hand, mouse in the other, and click click click. Fortunately enough, through my voyage into the bowels of Harry Potter merchandise, I’ve came across a handful of interesting items which could be interesting to our readers, despite not being directly related to Wizards Unite. Allow me to unlock this Chamber of Secrets for you.
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Full Sized, officially licensed, Marauders Map
Marauders Map (link) costs under $25 and, trust me, it’s worth every penny. Do I need to say anything more? When open, it’s a huge map that stretches 72 inches (183 cm) in width and offers a spectacular annotated view of iconic Hogwarts’ locations, with corridor and room names, an expandable mid section that reveals more hidden locations and several glued on paper popups.
This thing is huge tho, so you probably want a display case for it, which can be a problem given it’s size. The map is also officially licensed by Warner Bros. and can be bought as part of The Noble Collection on Amazon.
I’ve seen one of these in real life and was shocked by the quality of the print and it’s shear size. If you’re into maps and wall decoration, it’s quite possible to buy one of these and put it as a wall ornament.
Deathly Hallows Ruled Journal
The Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Hardcover Ruled Journal is a 192 pages long journal book that comes in striking black-as-night color. For less than $15 USD, this is a great collectible item that will not break your bank. As mentioned above, it’s a hardcover journal with a thick cover and high quality engraving on the front.
Buyers have reported using theirs for up to two years with no signs of rubbing, breaking or falling apart in any way. Do note that the journal is not really flexible and bendable, but if you’re okay with that you will be fine using it. Paper quality was also reported to be good throughout the journal.
These things are well made and beautiful and there are three more versions: Gryffindor, Slytherin and Hogwarts themed.
Hogwarts Library book set
The Hogwarts Library book set costs less than $25 and gives you all of the additional books published during the main Harry Potter books era:
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander’s master work on magical creatures
- Quidditch Through the Ages, a comprehensive history of the game and its rules;
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with an introduction and illustrations by J.K. Rowling and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.
The books are all hardback and the box itself has been praised for its quality. If you’re in the market for these books, I’m not sure if there’s a better offer out there. Do note that Ron’s, Hermione’s and Harry’s comments from previous releases were removed in this edition. If you’re looking for those, you’ll have to pickup an older used set.
Marauders Map Beach Towel
This is the one, the OG merch item, the one that makes you stand apart on the beach and the one that needs no introduction. The Marauders Map Beach Towel is soft, officially licensed and visually striking.
It also makes for a great conversation starter, which is awesome. The beige color is a bit stain friendly, but we don’t expect it to get dirty easily – the design of the texture is already stained with beige and dark beige accents, so accidental stains you pick up on the beach won’t be as visible as one would expect.
The towel costs under $30, so it’s definitely not on the cheap side. Be sure that you’re actually into it before making the purchase. The materials are 52% Cotton and 48% Polyester, which is quite common for beach towels.
Necklace set: Time Turner, Deathly Hallows, Golden Snitch
OPENDGO’s necklace set is one of the hottest items on this list and it looks like a complete steal at under $15. The set comes with three necklaces (Time Turner, Deathly Hallows and Golden Snitch) + an additional bracelet featuring the Golden Snitch. The bracelet looks a bit too much, but the necklaces look awesome. They come outfitted with a 19 inch (50 cm) chain that can be adjusted or completely removed. We’re guessing that all of these can be attached to your key chain in one way or another, so that’s also cool.
Do note that this item is not officially licensed by Warner Brothers or J.K. Rowling, but we’re including it because it’s simply good value for money.
And that’s about it, I’ve went through hundreds and hundreds of items searching for really good value items. You may be wondering why there are no T-Shirt or wand recommendations on this list and the answer is pretty simple:
- Most of the tees are quite expensive and made from 50% cotton in combination with 50% polyester. Personally, I would never recommend getting anything but a 80%+ cotton tee for something you will be wearing out in the sun and sweating in. That, in addition with (in my opinion) uninspiring designs, makes them not worth a recommendation.
- Most of the wands are also expensive and their usability is limited. Almost everything on this list can be used day to day and in various combinations. Wands, although a fun and visually pleasing collectible, are something that is likely to sit on a shelf and collect dust. If you’re into them, I strongly recommend getting the officially licensed ones as the knockoffs seem terrible quality and the reviews are mixed to say the least.
Why no Wizards Unite merchandise?
We’re not sure that any official merch exists yet and we don’t want to recommend folks who are selling random quality merchandise online. None of these sellers have passed any quality control and I really don’t feel comfortable even linking to them.