If you’re a Potterhead like me, and you turned 11 without getting your Hogwarts acceptance letter, I feel for you. I can remember vividly when I turned 11 and got nothing. Of course, people would say Hogwarts isn’t real. But like what Dumbledore said, “Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
12 years after my 11th birthday, I got the chance to get my own Hogwarts acceptance letter. I purchased it from Ron’s Wands and Pottercrafts on Etsy (thanks, Ron!) and received it a couple of weeks later. Another reason why I had to blog this, aside from the fact that I’m a huge potterhead, is because this is my first Etsy purchase! Yay!
It arrived in the post office in this neat bubble mailer with the shop’s logo on the upper left. I had to go pick it up from the post office after I got the notice. Since I had it shipped in the Philippines, I had to pay Php112 before I could take it home.
And this is my letter! The envelope itself was made out of “aged” parchment paper and was sealed with a Hogwarts wax seal, giving you a legit feel of the magical world of HP. Of course, I ripped the seal open and slightly damaged the parchment but you can’t blame me! I did my waiting, 12 years of it!
You’ll also get the chance to input a special address line when purchasing your own letter, like Harry’s cupboard under the stairs. I share a bunk bed with my sister, and that’s why my letter is addressed to the bottom bunk of the bed. Believe me when I say that upon reading this, my heart just went pixies.
Also, if you’re wondering, I got the chocolate frog from a shop during the Toy Convention 2017 in SMX last July. Unfortunately I forgot which shop it was, but they sold all kinds of Harry Potter merchandise, from Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans to the Marauder’s Map. I nearly purchased the time turner necklace but I ran short on cash!
The Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
Since I was born in 1994, my letter has a special paragraph:
As it would seem, between the years 1985 and 1998, all records of magical and muggle persons born were destroyed by the ministry of He Who Must Not Be Named. Thus we regret that we were unable to reach you by September 5, 2005. Know that you were not forgotten.
So if you were born between 1985 and 1998, there’s still a huge chance you’re a wizard! Obviously, I turned 11 in 2005. I’m literally so in love with my letter.
The acceptance letter includes a list of books and supplies, plus a golden Platform 9 3/4 ticket – I honestly almost went to pack my stuff to head to King’s Cross upon seeing it. The envelope felt bulky with all the magical stuff inside but don’t get me wrong! I love thick and bulky mails! (Also, I have to apologise to Professor McGonagall for not sending an owl before July 31. I got the letter 1st week of August. Not my fault! Didn’t realise Hogwarts is using Errol now to send out acceptance letters!)
If you’re from the Philippines, you can get yours from local online shops for around Php500. But if you’re from outside the Philippines or from the US, check out Ron’s Wands and Pottercrafts on Etsy. Great customer service!
Now I gotta go and do my Hogwarts homework. Mischief managed!
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