It’s no secret that I am totally obsessed with Harry Potter. In fact, as I write this, I am listening to my spotify playlist with all of the movie soundtracks, drinking from my Harry Potter cup that’s resting on a Ravenclaw coaster that the boys got me for Mother’s Day this year. Yeah, just a little obsessed!
When I was pregnant with Tyler, we started thinking of ideas for his bedroom. Of course, there are the typical baby nursery themes, but those just weren’t right for us. Then I saw a post on facebook with a bunch of pop culture nurseries, and loved the idea. We decided that we were going to do a Gryffindor nursery for our little one. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl at the time, but either way the baby was going to Hogwarts! My sister asked once, “What if this baby isn’t a nerd?” and my mom replied, “With Justin and Stephanie as parents, you know it will be!”
Some friends and family weren’t so sure about the idea of a Gryffindor Common Room for a nursery, but we started having all kinds of ideas, and went with it. When we moved into our house in Texas, Tyler was very into Cars, Lightning McQueen, and Tow Mater, so we did his bedroom aligned with that. Ryan got the Harry Potter/Gryffindor bedroom.
We started with painting the walls grey, so they mimicked the castle walls. Some of the decoration we had from Tyler’s room, and others we added as we filled out Ryan’s new bedroom. We like a room to have the feel of being there, rather than the promotional type of theme. In other words, we don’t have Harry Potter posters in the room, but wanted it to feel like being in the castle.
When you walk up to Ryan’s room, there is a Hogwarts banner hanging on the door. I joked about doing a portrait of the Fat Lady, but thought that could be a little creepy at night! On his dresser is a set of the books with owl-shaped bookends, and his owl in a bird cage. Over the dresser is a scarf I got from Wizarding World at Universal a few years ago.
On the walls are a poster that was made for me when I was pregnant with Tyler with the Sorting Hat’s rhyme on what makes someone a Gryffindor, along with a Quidditch Players Parking Only poster and a Gryffindor Quidditch Poster and a racing broom. We also have his name in the same red that we used to paint the owls, a good Gryffindor scarlet color.
We have a corner shelf topped with the Sorting Hat and a knight statue that Justin’s grandma gave to us. The next shelf has a bunch of random bottles and jars I spray painted to look like potions ingredients. The next shelf down has a small cauldron I found at Halloween time, and a Hogwarts glass that I’ve had for years. The bottom shelf has a stack of books with potions, cures, and spells that we also found at Halloween.
The last thing I made for the room was a display for wands. We currently have two of the wands, Fleur Delcaour’s and Dean Thomas’s. I want to get more, or try to make our own to add to it, we just haven’t had the chance yet. I got a piece of wood from the craft store, and painted it with a stain I had from other projects. Then I used some small gold hooks to screw into the wood to hold the wands.
Yes, I’ll admit, I am a little jealous of Ryan’s room. I want to keep adding to it as we can, and hope one day if we have a movie room in our house, we will put the HP decor in that room if the boys don’t want it by that time.