J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Crate from Loot Crate is the bi-monthly and official Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts subscription box. For $34.99 every other month, you’ll get 5-7 unique and officially licensed Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise, so there’s no need to go to Diagon Alley!
The theme this month is The Ties That Bind Us.
The box refolds into the Weasley’s clock! It’s the perfect addition to a bookish shelf!
We received a folded letter with a faux seal.
No matter the bloodline, family ties run deep in the wizarding world. With this crate, explore some of the heirlooms and traditions passed through generations, connecting people together… Or, sometimes, driving them apart.
The letter tells you how magical this month’s items are – the stars denote that the items are exclusive to the box!
All the magical loot in the January 2018 Wizarding World crate!
Rowena Ravenclaw Diadem Pin It is one of the known Horcruxes of the Dark Lord.
It’s not visible in the photo, but this lost diadem has a quote etched upon its surface.
Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.
It signifies the Ravenclaw house values, intelligence, knowledge, and wit. It is believed that whoever wears the diadem has his wisdom enhanced. I think this pin is amazing because it’s super wearable as a brooch too and not just as a collector’s item.
Hogwarts House Tie A house tie is the best way to tell which house you belong in. For this box, we got Ravenclaw!
I love the classic blue color that represents this house which prizes learning, wisdom, wit and intellect!
Also on the tie is a little symbol that represents the house in the films, a raven. If you’re not already 100% clear on it, this item is suitable for all genders in the Wizarding World, as young ladies wear ties as part of their Hogwarts unis.
Paperback version of Harry Potter: The Wand Collection We’re excited about this book about wandlore from the movies!
From Hermione Granger’s elegant, vine-wrapped wand to the bone-inlaid wands of the Death Eaters, each was designed and crafted by the filmmakers to reflect its owner’s identity. Harry Potter: The Wand Collection is a visual guide to these magical wands, their makers, and the characters who mastered them.
The book features the different wands that the cast used, from Harry to the Death Eaters.
A wand is one of the most important magical instrument a wizard/witch must have, it is where he/she channels his/her magical powers/abilities to centralize the effects for more complex results. Accompanying the wand are some magic spells.
Each wand consists of a specific type of wood that surrounds a core of magical substance. Although the wand cores may come from the same creature, or the wood may come from the same tree, no two existing wands are exactly alike.
And one of the most interesting wands that’s used is Hagrid’s, which was hidden in an umbrella!
Book diehards may be disappointed that this isn’t illustrated instead of photographs, but it does show all the wands from the movie. For me, I think both are instantiations of the same universe and I’m happy with both book and film geeky items.
Black Family Tree Scarf/Shawl The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black was one of the largest, oldest, and wealthiest pure-blooded wizarding families in Britain, and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. The family had its Family line (tree) on the walls at Grimmauld Place.
En stirps nobilis et gens antiquissima Black.
Those are the Latin inscriptions on the Black Family Tree tapestry, which means “Behold the noble family and oldest clan Black.”
You can see in this scarf how the pure blood of the Blacks run from generation to generation. It’s really giant and looks just like the family tree on the wall. Totally amazing!
The scarf looks fit for a family of royalty, and not just used for an accessory, but can also be hung on the wall to have that old Black’s ancestral house/Grimmauld Place feel.
The items for this month’s box really lived up to the theme as they really give meaning to the ties that bind the wizards to them, physically or emotionally, like the wands which have great connections to their owners, the house that the students were put in has something to do with their characters, and ties between families, like the Noble Black lineage. I really like every item, especially the House Tie, I thought it was great! Also I like the old look of the Black family scarf, it’s really classy! And finding more about wandlore is just terrific. However the inclusion of both a scarf and a tie is a bit odd, especially when you’re not sharing a box with an entire family but it evened things up for sure. Ladies wear ties to Hogwarts, but not as often in the Muggle world, and men don’t typically wear gauzy scarfs, but it’s still a great little wall hanging. I think how much you like this box depends on your willingness to use both and I think we’re going to see some interesting uses of those items in the next months!