I have been collecting Harry Potter memorabilia for well over 10 years now so I’ve had quite a bit of time to accumulate lots of Hogwarts bits and bobs. It was only recently however that I came to the realisation that I have pretty much everything required to march off to King’s Cross and get on the Hogwarts Express to go off to Wizarding school myself.
I don’t do much shopping these days but there’s one place that I still frequently grace with my debit card and that is the Harry Potter section of Primark. Seeing a number of Hogwarts backpacks in there, I felt inspired. Why not put all of that memorabilia I’ve invested in to use? What could be better than a Potter themed “what’s in my backpack” post? So here we have it – what’s in my backpack, the Hogwarts edition!
NB This is clearly from the backpack of a Hogwarts student mid-way through an identity crisis. Or a pick pocket. One of the two. There are an assortment of items from both Gryffindor and Ravenclaw as well as characters Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom and Harry Potter. Watch this space for house and character specific posts!
Hogwarts Daily Essentials
Hogwarts School Backpack
Hogwarts students were most often seen wandering around with satchels for school bags but with all those heavy books to carry that can’t possibly have been good for their posture. I nabbed this cute black Hogwarts crest backpack from the Harry Potter section in Primark on Tottenham Court Road and it’s the perfect Harry Potter backpack for lugging around your Hogwarts essentials.
Available for £10 from Primark stores across the UK.
Despite his wizarding ability, Harry still had to wear specs just like the rest of us muggles. Mine aren’t quite as round or as black as Harry’s but I heard that tortoise shell was more trendy these days. Sorry, Harry.
You can get your own pair of Harry Potter glasses very cheaply on Amazon, with four pairs coming to only £3.35! I’m not sure why you’d need four pairs but perhaps if you were planning to brew your own polyjuice potion and turn all your friends into Harry Potter a la Deathly Hallows then this deal would suit you.
Whilst wizards often laughed at muggles for their inefficiency, I still marvel that they used quills and ink pots most of the time. I guess Rita Skeeter was the only one ahead of her time with her magic (and mouthy) pen.
You can get the official Harry Potter quill set from Noble Collection for £35 from Amazon (RRP £59.99!!), but there are so many other places you can get a cheap brown quill that I’m not quite sure it’s worth it. Mine was bought from Jorvik Viking Centre in York for only £2 and you can get yours for only £1.25 from eBay here.
As well as know from the late Ollivander, the wand chooses the wizard. In this case, Neville Longbottom’s wand found its way to me. I’m not sure what that says about my magical ability but I’m not sure it’s too promising. Courageous as he may be, he was not known for being the best with spells. I suppose it’s a step above Ron’s wand which snapped in too though so perhaps I should be thankful.
Replica Harry Potter wands for each and every character are available from the Noble Collection. Prices vary but they usually retail for around £29.99. This particular wand is available from Amazon for £27 here.
The Daily Prophet
Every wizard needs a copy of The Daily Prophet to peruse over their morning breakfast. Replica Daily Prophet’s can cost an absolute fortune but luckily I found a set of two Hogwarts notebooks from Primark for only £3. This “Daily Prophet” print notebook is of course one of the most iconic – “Harry Potter Undesirable No 1”.
Available for £3 from Primark stores across the UK.
Quidditch Team in Training Water Bottle
JK Rowling never mentioned Quidditch team water bottles but all that zooming around in the air must be exhausting and it’s important to stay hydrated. In much the same way that keen rugby lads would have the entire range of their official university sports kit in their bags, I imagine Hogwarts Quidditch players would have their own versions too. Grab this Harry Potter water bottle whilst you can!
Available for £4 from Primark stores across the UK.
Hogwarts Textbooks and Exercise Books
Tom Marvolo Riddle’s Diary
We all know what happened the last time someone confided in this diary and I must admit I have been too afraid to actually write anything in it lest the ink disappear and Tom Riddle himself come crawling out.
This is however a gorgeous leather notebook and one of my fave items of Harry Potter memorabilia I own. It looks exactly like the one they used in the films and is a fun item to keep around on your desk.
Hogwarts School Exercise Book
I found this Hogwarts School Exercise Book at the Warner Bros Studio Tour in Leavesden and completely fell in love with it. I’m not a Ravenclaw but those blue swirls were just too beautiful to resist! This is quite a large thick composition book containing 140 pages, perfect for noting down everything Professor Snape barks at you in Potions class.
You can also shop some gorgeous replica Hogwarts notebooks from House of MinaLima here.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
Newt Scamander’s fame has sky rocketed over the past two years thanks to the new film adaptations of this Hogwarts handbook. Find out about all sorts of magical creatures that are mentioned in the series in prep for Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class!
This edition contains a hilarious title page featuring a little written squabble between Ron and Hermione about why Ron hasn’t bought his own edition yet and is instead buying dungbombs and borrowing Harry’s book.
The latest edition does not contain this but instead has a foreword by Newt Scamander. Shop the Hogwarts Library Collection here.
Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp
Pretty much everyone in the wizarding world is a quidditch fan so brush up on your knowledge of famous wizarding teams and exactly what all the rules are in Quidditch Through the Ages.
Again, this Comic Relief edition is no longer available as new but you can get the new Hogwarts Library Collection here.
Ravenclaw Book Sleeve
This item was also never mentioned by JK Rowling but I’m convinced that it’s something Hermione would have in her bag. A booksac is a material book cover for your paperbacks to avoid them getting damaged. With all those potions ingredients and other risky spells going on around Hogwarts, I can imagine this sort of thing to be incredibly useful.
Honeydukes’ Sweet Treats
Having a little bit of chocolate around is always useful during the dark times of Harry Potter just in case of a dementor attack. Be careful with these chocolate frogs though, take your eye off it for a second and it’ll go jumping out the window, which Harry found out the hard way on his first Hogwarts Express ride.
These are pretty pricey at around £12 each but worth it if for the beautiful box if you’re a Harry potter super fan. These are produced by the Warner Bros Studio Tour but you can also buy them from Amazon here. You can ordinarily shop online for official Harry Potter sweets here, but the website appears to be down at the time of writing. If you just want to purchase the frog in plastic packaging, as opposed to the official box, you can get this for around £4 here.
Bertie Botts Every Flavour Bean
Always have a pack of Bertie Botts Every Flavour Bean on you so you can surprise your friends when they least expect it. Who’s going to be the unlucky one that picks earwax?
As above, the official version featured here is available from WB Tour London for £12. You can also buy it from Amazon for £18 here. If you’d just like to try a couple of beans you can buy a smaller pack in plastic packing here for £4.
Harry pulled one of these right out of Neville’s hand in the Prisoner of Azkaban so I’m going to assume they were a favourite of his from Honeydukes Sweet Shop. I’m not sure sharing lollipops is all that hygienic but I suppose when you’re stuck under an invisibility cloak, you take what you can get.
These lollipops are available from the WB Tour London.
Hogwarts Express Ticket
You won’t be going anywhere if you don’t have your ticket for the Hogwarts Express so make very sure that you’ve got this one packed! The tickets are designed by MinaLima Design and you can buy numerous different items from them with this print on them – oyster card holders, postcards, prints and more.
I guess students aren’t supposed to have these as they can wreak havoc with the past, present and future but shhh! This keyring is super pretty and what’s cool is that you can actually spin all the different pieces round, just like a real time turner!
The Marauder’s Map
The Marauder’s Map is definitely up there as one of the most important items on this list. Hogwarts Castle is an absolute nightmare to navigate at the best of times so you can look out for all the secret passageways and hideouts with this magical map. Make sure no one else spots you with it though! It could be dangerous in the wrong hands…
This postcard is from a postcard pack sold by MinaLima Design in House of MinaLima London. They sell a range of their prints online too here. MinaLima Design made all the graphics from the Harry Potter films – newspaper prints, book covers, posters, maps, tickets etc.
Yule Ball Invitation
The Yule Ball was possibly the biggest social event that Hogwarts ever hosted and one of the only times the students got to dress up! I’ll never forget Hermione’s gorgeous pink dress as she came down the steps with Ron staring up at her, drooling!
This postcard is from the same MinaLima pack as the Marauder’s Map above.
I’m not sure whether to believe Luna about these spectrespecs making wrackspurts visible but I thought it was better to be safe than sorry. I got these a book entitled Magical Scenes from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which contained numerous pop-ups and flaps but it doesn’t seem to be on sale anymore. If you’re a die-hard Luna fan then you can purchase your own sturdy pair of plastic spectrespecs from Amazon. Alternatively you can make your own DIY pair at home by following these instructions.
Which essentials do you think you’d have in your Hogwarts backpack? Let me know in the comments below!
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