Style Snapshot: Potterphenalia

by Barbara van Look, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

As the seven-book and eight-film Harry Potter series comes to its dramatic conclusion, Harry Potter-themed jewelry is being produced by professional designers for Warner Brothers®, Inc. Private designer-artists are also inspired by the Harry Potter world, creating jewelry that can be found on websites such as Etsy.com. These jewelry creations feature wizard hats, owls, pumpkins, lions, snakes and more, in a myriad of shapes, sizes and colors.

Style Snapshot: Potterphenalia

Marauder's Bracelet

Platform 9-3/4

The Harry Potter phenomena began in 1996, when the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling, was published in the United Kingdom. (The book was re-titled for the American audience, with a more widely known cultural reference, as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.) The now-famous series has been adapted to the big screen for Warner Brothers, in a star-studded version showcasing the cream of British film and technical talent, which is credited as the driving force behind interest in themed jewelry drawn from the Rowling's creation.

The series depicts the adventures of an orphan named Harry, as he steps onto the train at Platform 9-3/4 in London, discovering the magical world of his school, Hogwarts and the wizarding world around it. He throws himself into seven years of adventures with fantastic creatures, magical locations, singing hats, whomping trees, flying sports, mortal enemies and the meaning of friendship, family and love.

The final film of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be released in two parts, the first on November 19, 2010, and the second part and finale on July 15, 2011. The film will cover Harry Potter's search for Horcruxes, seven items used by his opponent to avoid death. As with previous book and film releases, the Harry Potter phenomena offer people of all ages an opportunity to dress in themes relating to the ideas and images of the books and films.
Style Snapshot: Potterphenalia

Harry Themed Clip-On Pendant

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Golden Snitch Earrings

Symbols, colors, animals and words can be incorporated into jewelry designs including the four Houses of Hogwarts, words in Latin, owls, witches' and wizards' hats, wizarding sports, portraits and more. Rowling's world contains stylistic influences from the Medieval, Celtic, Victorian, Edwardian and Regency eras, giving jewelry designers a plethora of inspirational sources for this style.

To achieve a sense of these mainstream themes into jewelry designs, incorporate key colors such as those representing the four Houses of Hogwarts--red with gold, blue with bronze, yellow with black and green with silver--and deep jewel tone colors and antiqued metals of the rest of Rowling's wizarding world. Also include charms and inspiring elements based on the characters and events listed below.

Notable Symbols and Events in the Harry Potter World

The Houses of Hogwarts:
  • Gryffindor (red and gold, lion, wizard's hat, sword)
  • Hufflepuff (yellow and black, badger, double-handled cup)
  • Ravenclaw (blue and bronze, eagle, tiara)
  • Slytherin (green and silver, snake/serpent, locket, ring)
Important Creatures of the Wizarding World The Horcruxes
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''Slytherin House'' Earrings

Shop for Harry Potter-related themes below:

The Houses of Hogwarts

Harry Potter-inspired Design Ideas

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