How to Decorate a Room With a Harry Potter Theme

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An antique trunk is a must for a Harry Potter theme room.
An antique trunk is a must for a Harry Potter theme room. (Image: Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Castles have the reputation of being damp and dark, with stone walls and cobwebs in every corner, and a room in Hogwarts Castle is no different. Decorate a room with a Harry Potter theme by turning the room into a Gryffindor dorm room like the ones from the Harry Potter books and movies; use dark woods and dark fabrics to give the rooms a real Old World feeling.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 pieces of wood, 4-by-4
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Dark brown paint
  • Fabric
  • Drumstick
  • Light brown paint pen
  • Witch’s broomstick
  • Strong fishing line or thin rope
  • Double-sided tape
  • Chain
  • Curved plant hanger
  • Antique wire birdcage
  • Antique trunk
  • Harry Potter robe
  • Rounded wire-rimmed glasses
  • Stack of old books

Bed and Fabrics

Attach four 4-by-4 wood posts securely to each corner of the bed frame with a hammer and nails to create a four-poster bed similar to Harry’s bed in his Hogwarts dorm room. Paint the posts dark brown.

Drape dark red, Gryffindor-colored fabric from each of the posts. Use the same fabric to hang from the windows as window coverings. Use a heavy fabric such as velvet; you can have pieces of this material cut to your bed and window specifications at any fabric store.

Cover the bed with a black comforter and place dark red throw pillows on the bed as accents to the décor.

Place an antique trunk at the end of the bed or against one wall. Prop the lid open and drape a Harry Potter robe over the open side. Place a stack of old books inside the trunk and a pair of rounded wire-rimmed glasses on top of the books.

Wall Art

Hang a Gryffindor banner on one wall in the room. You can make this yourself using black and deep red fabrics; draw the Gryffindor symbol in the middle. If you are not artistic, look for a banner at retail stores and party supply stores.

Create Harry Potter’s magic wand with a drumstick. Use a sharp knife to make one end of the drumstick slightly pointed. Paint the stick dark brown and use a light brown paint pen to streak the stick so it looks weathered. Attach the wand to one wall with double-sided tape, or hang it by attaching strong fishing line to the stick and suspending it from nails.

Hang a broomstick from the ceiling with strong fishing line or a thin rope. Pick a location in the room so that the broomstick hangs next to a wall, on an angle, so it appears to be in flight. You can find a witch’s broomstick at party supply or costume stores.

Owl Cage

Obtain a rounded-top birdcage. You can generally find these at garage sales, antique shops and some craft supply stores.

Set the cage on a stool or table in the corner of the room. Alternatively, you can suspend the cage from the ceiling in one corner of the room, using a chain and curved plant hanger.

Place a white toy stuffed owl inside the cage to represent Harry Potter’s owl, Hedwig.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check out local party supply stores and costume stores for Harry Potter accessories to add to your room.
  • Paint the walls to look like gray stones so they look like the castle walls inside Hogwarts.

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