Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday in Style

By Anna Shura


July 31st marked the beloved wizard’s 41st birthday. (Yikes, does anyone have an anti-aging spell?) As a self-proclaimed huge Harry Potter fan, I give these items a stamp of approval, and I may or may not have all of them in my shopping cart already. Take a walk down virtual Diagon Alley and add these magical items to your Hogwarts trunk:


1. Flying Car Harry Potter Journal


If you like the Weasley’s flying car style, then this makes a perfect travel journal. This beautiful journal is one of many, and The Strand thankfully offers journals depicting gorgeous scenes from all of the books.


2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Unisex Sweatshirt


Cozy up and enjoy the first story again in this sweatshirt. It matches the Sorcerer’s Stone in bringing delight and comfort to faithful readers.


3. Harry Potter Dobby Socks


Remember when Dobby knit Harry socks and the socks were totally awesome and even Mad-Eye complimented Harry? Yeah, these are those socks.


4. Gryffindor Deluxe Stationery Set


Alright, Gryffindors this one’s for you. Hermione would be very envious of this set complete with a deluxe journal, letter writing paper and envelopes, wax sticks and stamp, and a paper weight. Seriously, the only thing this set is missing is an owl. (It’s on sale too!)


5. Books Turn Muggles into Wizards Tote Bag


Boy, books had better turn me into a wizard. Muggles just aren’t nearly as fun.


6. “When in doubt, go to the library” Pin


So Hermione is a queen, as we know, and she has excellent advice indeed.


7. Hogwarts Library: The Tales of the Beetle, The Bard and Quidditch through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


And while you’re in the library, take a look at these classic wizard reads. Our bubbly friend Newt Scamander spent a lot of time working on his lovely textbook.


8. Harry Potter Labyrinth Game


Do you spend an inordinate amount daydreaming about exploring Hogwarts? I hope I’m not the only one. Grab some friends to join you in your adventures in this Labyrinth game!


9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Pouch


The Strand has a pouch for every book in the series, so you can take your pick. Or if you can’t decide on a favorite because the Harry Potter books are basically your children, maybe just get all of them?


10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Mug


Need to consult some tea leaves? Best to do so with this mug. This Sorcerer’s Stone mug is so magical each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.


Make sure to tag us and post a picture of your July 31st celebrations! We would love to see your magical adventures. Find us on Twitter @StrandMag, Facebook @StrandMagazine, and Instagram @StrandMag!