Accio Christmas. Expelliarmus money!
The festive season is almost upon us, and thanks to Lego, endless merchandise, and of course the Fantastic Beasts film series, J. K. Rowling's wizarding world is just as popular as it's ever been. The big question, however, is just what can those awkward muggles buy for their friends of the magical persuasion?
Luckily, the internet is rife with Harry Potter paraphernalia in all shapes and sizes. I've picked out some of the best, so get ready to Avada Kedavra your bank balance...
Personalised Acceptance Letter
Ask any Harry Potter fan the one thing they want to receive, and it's their acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Don't dare tell them it's not a real place, but this very believable letter signed by Minerva McGonagall herself and emblazoned with the official Hogwarts seal should at least put a smile on their face. [£15, The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4]
You can actually buy replicas of many of the main characters' wand, but being perhaps the oldest and most famous wizard, it seemed apt to choose Albus Dumbledore. That, and I can never forget the time I visited The Harry Potter Shop in King's Cross station and overheard a very excited wannabe-witch proclaim very loudly "It's Dumbledore's wand!!!". Hopefully as a Christmas gift it can recreate the same amount of joy for other wizards in training. [£33, The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4]
Deathly Hallows Necklace
There's quite a lot of replica Harry Potter jewellery out there, but my favourite has to be the Deathly Hallows symbol, available in various forms such as this silver necklace. It's understated, in case you want to keep your love of all things magical under wraps, but anyone else who shares the passion will be instantly enchanted. [£9, Amazon]
Harry Potter - Hogwarts Film Collection
Over the years there have been several different iterations of the Harry Potter film collection, but this Hogwarts boxset is one of the best. Presenting all the films in one gorgeous book-style packaging, it contains both blu-ray and DVD format, as well as 3D blu-ray of Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2. There's also a massive amount of extra content, deleted scenes, interviews and behind-the-scenes magic. With a massive 31 discs in total, it's a must-have for any collector. Unfortunately, it's no longer in print – so if you want it, you'll have to pay £200 for one.
There's always the much less exciting standard version of the Blu-ray box set. At £40 you still get all the films and a bunch of extra content, but it's just not as exciting. There's also a box set of all the films in 4K, but the lack of special features and disappointing upscaling makes it not quite worth it. [£89.99, Amazon]
Stuffed Hedwig Puppet
Harry Potter wouldn't quite be the same if it wasn't for his (literal) wingman, Hedwig the owl. While I can't quite recommend keeping an actual snowy owl as a pet and trying to force it to deliver mail to your friends, the next best thing is this stuffed puppet version, complete with realistic owl noises. Twit-twoo. [£25.95, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Shop]
I'm not quite sure of the practicality of it, but what could be better than your very own official house robe, complete with pointy hood? Each house is available, so be a Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff if you're that way inclined – no sorting hat necessary. You might get a few strange looks if you wear this out for a trip to Tesco, but hey, who cares? You're a wizard; they're just silly muggles. [£74.95, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Shop]
Harry Potter Illustrated Box Set
It's probably a given by now that any Harry Potter fan will own - or will have at least read - the full series of books. But the novels are being re-released in this beautiful series of fully illustrated hardback books. The artwork, by Jim Kay, completely reimagines J.K. Rowling's wizarding world – and it's absolutely fabulous. So far, the first three books have been released – Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban – and they're available together in this box set. [£58.50, Amazon]
24K Gold Plated Time Turner
I'm pretty sure it won't actually work in sending you back in time, but this gold plated time turner is a beautiful display piece and is sure to be a talking point when friends come over to visit. Complete with a working hourglass and on a spinning axle, it's a faithful recreation to what we see in the films. Although it's probably best kept in its display box, it does come on a chain if you want to wear it round your neck and pretend to be Hermione. [£44, Noble Collection]
Dobby POP! Vinyl
You can have POP! versions of the whole cast if you want, but Dobby the House Elf has to be my favourite. The wee gremlin-like creature is ultimately loveable and this vinyl recreation is... well, a bit freaky looking if we're being honest, but it's still Dobby and therefore it's still awesome. [£9.99, Smyths]
Collectible Quidditch Set
Quidditch: the wizarding world's answer to football. Actually, it's even a real world sport now, as crazy associations have been set up to bring the fictional sport to life – unfortunately without the use of broomsticks, because, y'know, magic isn't real and all that. For those of us who aren't quite mad enough to want to play it for real, there's this collectible curio: a presentation case containing replicas of all the quidditch balls. [£20, Forbidden Planet]
Lego Hogwarts Castle
The likelihood of buying this for your Harry Potter-obsessed loved one just depends exactly how much you love them: with a price tag of £350, it's hardly a stocking filler. But it is perhaps the best thing any Harry Potter fan could hope to own – especially if they enjoy Lego too, of course. It's a full replica of Hogwarts Castle, including Hagrid's Hut and the Whomping Willow. Sadly it's not minifig scale – it comes with 27 microfigures instead, and four full-size minifigures to represent the house mascots. If it was minifig scale it'd be absolutely massive – at 70cm wide and 60cm tall, it's big enough as it is. [£350, Lego]
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Blu-Ray
You can pick up a standard copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Blu-ray for a tenner if you want. This one is quite a bit more expensive, but it COMES WITH ITS OWN NIFFLER. The special edition packs a standard Blu-ray and a 3D Blu-ray (just in case anyone still has a 3D TV. Anyone?) alongside this magnificent statue of the mole-like stealing critter. We'd prefer a real niffler, but beggars can't be choosers. The Blu-ray is also packed with a tonne of special features. [£43.71, Amazon]