Hallow fellow wizards out there!
I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while and I’ve finally gotten around to do it! Ever since I read J.K Rowlings amazing books, I’ve wanted to go to Hogwarts (I mean who doesn’t?!). So I took the matter into my own hands and decided to make the letter myself (and because the inner wizard in me is fangirling way to hard). This could make a great birthday present to anyone dying to go to Hoggy Warty Hogwarts.
First, I started off by making a template. I did originally put my real name in but for the sake of this post, I put in Ginny’s name :). I’ll leave the PDF here. Hogwarts acceptance letter
But if you want to make the letter from scratch then start by copying and pasting this text into your document.
OF WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Ms. or Mr. [insert name]
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find the enclosed list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.
And for the second page
OF WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY
First-year students will require:
1.Three sets of plain work robes (black)
2.One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear
3.One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)
4.One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings)
Please note that all pupils’ clothes should carry name tags.
All students should have a copy of each of the following:
The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk
A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot
Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling
A Beginner’s Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch
One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore
Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal phials
1 set brass scales
Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad.
Parents are reminded that first years are not allowed their own broomsticks
Add the Hogwarts crest to both pages (here’s the PDF)
(Warning: I’m not sure how to say the size of the writing so I went with ‘size’, it sounds wrong but I can’t find a better word…if you have any suggestions, please write it in the comments…apologies if you’re cringing, my spelling is actually really bad which is ironic for someone that owns a blog…😂)
The first title was in the size 18 and a font called Lumos.
For the main text, I used a font called Magik in the size 14.
For Professor McGonagall’s signature, I used the font Windsong and the colour #0B9877. In the books, it says that she signed Harry’s letter in an emerald green colour so that’s what I did here.
On the second page, I made the Hogwarts symbol and title a bit smaller (size 15) as there was much more text and it wouldn’t fit otherwise.
The subheading was size 12 and using Magik again only it’s in capitals this time.
Finally, the normal text is size 11.
Dying the paper:
Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees Celcius.
Make some instant coffee (it works with black tea or normal coffee as well apparently but I haven’t tried that so I can’t tell you for sure) and put it in a pan (or anything flat and deep…well I don’t know how to explain it but I hope you know what I mean!).
Now carefully dip your paper in the coffee, remember to cover both sides. Be gentle with the paper though as it could easily rip. Then place it on a tray with baking paper and put it in the oven for 2 minutes.
Then place it on a tray with baking paper and put it in the oven for 2 minutes.
And voila! The paper should have crinkled a bit and look really old!
Note: I did try dipping a paper towel to put the coffee on the paper but it smeared the ink and I had to restart. I think that covering the paper completely works the best.
I think the end result turned out really cool! Again, this could be used as a birthday gift or decoration if you’re a huge fan like me! 🙂 Obviously, if you want to give it away, it would look better in an envelope, I was tempted to add it to this post but it may have turned out really long so I decided not to.
Anway I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to comment if you try it out! I would love to know!
NOX! (only Harry Potter fans will get this 😏)
XOXO, Rosie <3