One of the biggest phenomena in the publishing world in recent years has been the series of Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling. The books and subsequent films have produced a lot of merchandise and giving Harry Potter gifts has added to a lucrative business. Every film has been put onto DVD, separately and in box sets. PC Games are available too, based on each film and on the game of Quidditch. Action figures are available of all the major characters. Bedroom walls are festooned with the latest Potter movie poster and fans swap Harry Potter trading cards.
The internal magical world of the stories is an inspiration for a wide range of Harry Potter gifts. Children and adults can have reminders of their favorite characters and scenes. Each new book launch at the book store results in a line of people dressing up as wizards and witches.
Clothing for sale includes elegant Hogwarts School robes with satin lining. There are also Professor Dumbledore hats, student hats and sorting hats, and Potter's trademark wire rimmed glasses. For a really authentic look, you can apply a temporary Lightning Bolt Scar tattoo! The four houses of Hogwarts School are represented by their crests on scarves, ties and beanie hats, which all make good Harry Potter gifts. You can hang House Banners on the wall too, choosing from Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff.
Role-playing is an important part of being a fan of this fantasy world. You can dress up as Harry, Ron or Hermione, complete with a magic wand and broom. There is a wide choice of wands, made by hand from quality hardwood and the brooms come with a warning that they don't really fly! Still, it's fun to pretend. There are also sheaths for the wand, to tidy them away when they are not needed.
Train sets are always welcome but there's something special about the bright red model of the Hogwarts Express, so familiar to fans of the movies. Another significant model vehicle is the flying 1962 Ford Anglia, as seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. When playing with the express train, you can hang up a Hogwarts Express wooden sign from the train station. If you don't mind amusing the neighbors, you could also hang a Leaky Cauldron sign outside your home. The sign of the tavern where many a butterbeer has been downed is made from wrought iron.
Plush toys are very popular and they make terrific Harry Potter gifts. The choice includes Hedwig the owl, Fawkes the phoenix and Crookshanks, beloved cat of Hermione. There are also four plush dragons, dragons being an important part of the wizard mythology. They are the Chinese Fireball, Swedish Snort, Welsh Green Dragon, and the Hungarian Horntail, all featured in the Tri-Wizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.