Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hogwarts to Hit the Banquet

Regardless of your age, from nursery to pensioner and everything in between, why not let the Harry Potter theme on Friday night bring out your inner child at next year's Banquet in Peterborough. I for one will be donning a school uniform and flexing my wand. Thus I was doubly delighted at just how much yummy Harry Potter merchandise there is to choose from. From Primark to Asda, eBay to Amazon, there are cauldrons to take your fancy, and none of it should break the bank. It all makes for lots of easy costumes to suit every taste and budget.
My all time favourite find came this weekend when an outing into town found me in my local branch of Primark looking for a grey school jumper. No joy on that score, but I made this fantastic discovery instead. Available in black or brown, this Hogwarts satchel is perfect and a mere £12. Be warned, though, there are a lot of people selling them for a lot more on eBay and suchlike, so don't be fooled.

Returning to school uniform—the robe in particular, there is a large selection to choose from. Asda have a number of offerings for adults and children alike (below), all for under £20. Many are internet order only but with their refund policy, that shouldn't present a problem.

To add extra dressing to your costume, there are scarves, wands and ties. Interestingly, there are two versions of the school tie for Hogwarts dependant upon which film you watch, so don't be put out if your tie is a bit different from your friends'. The easiest option is the original gold/maroon stripe which can be obtained from most school stores. I picked one up for £3.99 on eBay, delivered free of charge to my door.

Wands are also widely available. I had one in with the cape I bought from Asda, but it was a pretty tacky, plastic affair (more reminiscent of something from Ann Summers than Ollivander's Wand Shop). Once again, though, eBay came to the rescue. I settled on a wonderful one for just £6.99.

So, with all that so easily to hand, how can you resist having a bit of Hogwarts fund?

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