Hogwarts Here I Come

Anyone who actually knows my family in real life knows that we are Harry Potter fanatics. We did just get back from Universal where we felt right at home when we entered The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Probably one of our best vacations yet!

My daughters also just had their eleventh birthday and in true Potter fashion they each received their Hogwarts acceptance letters. To say they were excited is an understatement. I think they are saving up to buy an owl. 

It was such a fun gift I think everyone should get one no matter how old you are turning. Once you get the template down, you could give one to everyone you know. We gave one as a graduation gift last year. 

Paper (You could use regular paper and give it a tea/coffee effect or you could use parchment paper. (I used the parchment)
These Harry Potter FREE Fonts found here. (You can pick and choose which ones you want. There is no wrong way to do this, I promise)
Address Labels (this is to print out a faux wax seal)
Twine (optional)

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The first page of the acceptance letter says:

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore (Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear (Your name)

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment. Term begins on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.
Yours sincerely,
Minerva McGonagall 
Deputy Headmistress

The second page with requirements says:
Hogwarts School 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 wand 
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2) 
1 set glass or crystal phials 
1 telescope 
1 set brass scales
Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad.

You can copy and paste the above wording into a Word document. Don't forget to personalize the letter before printing or to give Professor McGonalgall an emerald signature. You can also copy the image of the Hogwarts seal and paste into a word document. 

Once you have it on your Word document and you have downloaded the fonts you can change the font of wording. Remember, there is no one way to do this. You can choose any font to use.
The envelope:

The envelope could have the following information:
Name: Mr. T. PAIN
Bedroom location: On a boat, on a big blue watery road
Street address: 123 Water Street
City, State: New York, New York
Country: USA

This, of course, is an example. You would put in your info. You could use a regular envelope or make one from paper using a tutorial like this.

Then you can copy and paste the seal below and print it out on an address label. Cut it out and use it on the back of the envelope as if it were a real wax seal.

I ended up wrapping the ones I made in twine. I think it gave an added layer of authenticity.

Here's a list of the fonts I used.

If you aren't up to making one, I am selling some in my Etsy Shop for $12, including shipping. Check 'em out.

If you are interested in purchasing a custom made Hogwarts acceptance letter, check out my Etsy store.

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