When you flip through the pages of history, there are big events that stand out.
The end of the Second World War, mankind’s debut wander across the lunar surface, and, if you’re a fan of J.K Rowling, the release of the first ever Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
It premiered in UK cinemas on Nov 4, 2001, with theatres packed for weeks on end as viewers grabbed buckets of popcorn and settled down to watch Harry, Ron, Hermione et al come to life on the big screen. Twenty years later, and not much has changed - the Wizarding World’s popularity is as enduring as ever.
How can you tell? Brands are still using the boy wizard as a muse for their new collections, from fashion and jewellery to luxury cookware - a nod, perhaps, to the fact the original fans are now well into adulthood (raises hand).
To celebrate, we’ve curated an edit of the best HP gifts to suit any occasion, from birthdays and congratulations to Christmas. Scroll on to discover a chamber of secrets-worth of licenced merch for new fans and die-hard groupies.
We solemnly swear these are the best Harry Potter gifts around
Harry Potter™ x Le Creuset Collection
If you agree that good food is a kind of magic, it’s time to combine both your obsessions with HP-stamped cookware from one of the swankiest brands around. Le Creuset has jumped on the magical broomstick with a new limited edition collection of enamelled cast iron, stoneware, tools, and textiles featuring looks inspired by the Wizarding World. There are Hogwarts house plates, Quidditch-themed casserole pots (topped with a Golden Snitch lid handle) and a pie bird modelled on Hedwig. Enchanting.
Prices start from £32, and the range will be available at John Lewis, Selfridges and Harrods as well as Le Creuset
Buy now £32.00, Le Creuset
Pandora x Harry Potter Golden Snitch stud
The jeweller loved by teens has offered a Potter-inspired jewellery collection for years now, with charms, necklaces, earrings and bracelets inspired by the phenomenally popular series. If your intended recipient is already a Pandora bracelet owner, kit them out with new charms like the Hogwarts acceptance letter, Hedwig the owl, and the sorting hat, among others. The Golden Snitch studs are elegant enough for older fans to treasure.
Buy now £55.00, Pandora
LEGO Voldemort™, Nagini & Bellatrix
The Danish toy brand has a huge range of building sets inspired by the Wizarding World, including a 6,020-piece kit of Hogwarts Castle (£350, Selfridges) that’s suitable for ages 16 +.
While it’s certainly impressive, it’s just the tip of the iceberg: you can find LEGO sets to build the Hogwart’s Express, Hagrid’s Hut, No. 4 Privet Drive - even Hogsmeade Village, allowing fans to recreate practically every scene from the series, brick by brick.
Heroes can’t exist without their nemesis’ though, so for something a bit leftfield, we like this BrickHeadz build, play and display set that will see players make a Lord Voldemort model, as well as a Bellatrix Lestrange, and Nagini.
Buy now £21.99, LEGO
Professor Dumbledore’s Wooden Wand
The wand maketh the wizard. You may be unable to enter Diagon Alley yourself, but the Internet offers a portal to Ollivander’s through the HarryPotterShop. Get your hands on some of the most powerful wands around including Harry’s and Prof. Dumbledore, as well as the ones featured in Fantastic Beasts and the Curse Child off-shoot productions.
Buy now £60.00, Harry Potter Shop
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and Lunch for Two
Go behind the screen and onto the set with Virgin Experience, who is offering a trip to the Harry Potter studios. The facility houses the film sets as well as hundreds of props and costumes, making it a must-visit for any true fan. A buffet lunch for two at Mercure Hunton Park completes the day.
Buy now £138.00, Virgin Experiences
Harry Potter Deluminator Fragrance Gift Set
A roller fragrance designed to look like the Deluminator device Dumbledore gifts Ron in the later books, it’s a light and sweet beauty trinket to keep in your bag. The scent has notes of lemon, melon and sandalwood, perfect for day as well as night wear.
Boots has an incredible array of Harry Potter beauty gifts, including a bath fizzer shaped like Hogwarts Castle (£6), an eyeliner packaged like a quill in an ink pot (£15), and a colour changing umbrella that looks straight out of Diagon Alley (£15). Pretty magical.
Buy now £8.50, Boots
S’well x Harry Potter bottle
It’s never too early to instill good drinking habits in your school-age children and teens. S’well has come up trumps with a delightful range of reusable water bottles covered with motifs from Hogwarts and beyond. The ‘The Boy Who Lived’ bottle can keep drinks cold for 24 hours, or hot for 12 hours.
Buy now £24.99, John Lewis
Argos: The Harry Potter Collection
An excellent one-stop-shop for all manner of enchanting gifts, Argos is home to a sizeable selection of Harry Potter products. Get everything from the complete paperback collection (£34.99) to a Hedwig water bottle to keep them toasty over winter (£15).
Our favourite? The Harry Potter Golden Snitch Jar which thanks to the illumination within, can be used as a night light for children.
Buy now £15.00, Argos: The Harry Potter Collection
Primark x Harry Potter
Alongside purse-friendly spends, the fashion and homeware shop has a reputation of offering collab collections, most notably with Disney and Warner Bros - and there’s a whole load of Potter.
We’re talking everything from Hogwarts house PJs and Christmas baubles to travel bags on wheels, stationery, socks and dresses.
It’s hugely popular with tourists and Londoners alike, all hoping to bag a magical souvenir that won’t break the bank. Unfortunately Primark’s is not available to shop online, so the only thing for it is to brave the crowds.
PICTIONARY AIR HARRY POTTER Family Drawing Game
The classic game of Pictionary gets a magical update. In this version, teams are put into Hogwarts’ Houses and themed clue cards give the drawer ideas on how to draw their image. Instead of a pen though, they must use a wand to outline their sketch, which they can then interact with on their device using the Pictionary App.
Suitable for kids aged 8+.
Buy now £24.45, Amazon