The premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is right around the corner. Whether you’ve read every book in the Harry Potter series or you’re still learning your first spell, we’ve got four eco-friendly steps to get you ready for Rowling’s latest adventure. No transfiguration charms required.
1. Find a copy of Fantastic Beasts
It’s a quick read. It’s a J.K. original. And no trees were harmed in the making of the e-book.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a textbook title mentioned on Harry Potter’s Hogwarts school supply list. In 2001, J.K. Rowling published a real-life version of this textbook (purportedly written by fictional character Newt Scamander). If you’re the kind of person who prefers to read the book before you see the movie, it shouldn’t be too hard to track down a physical copy of Fantastic Beasts.
If you’d rather wait for the electronic version, an all-new edition of the textbook will hit the internet early next year. The e-books will be available March 14, but you can pre-order one online today. Pick your potion poison:
2. Get sorted into your house
Gryffindor and Slytherin are so 2011. It’s time to get sorted into your Ilvermorny House. The virtual Sorting Ceremony for the North American version of Hogwarts happens on Pottermore, Rowling’s official Wizarding World website. Here’s what we know about the four Ilvermorny houses so far:
Thunderbird – Intelligent but temperamental. The Thunderbird can create storms as it flies. It’s no surprise that this house is home to adventurous students.
Horned Serpent – Scholarly and enigmatic. The Horned Serpent is said to represent the mind of an ideal wizard. The giant jewel set into its forehead adds even more mystery to the mix.
Wampus – Argumentative but fiercely loyal. The Wampus is a panther-like cat that’s fast, strong and virtually impossible to kill. Warriors only beyond this point.
Pukwudgie – Independent and protective with a desire to heal. The Pukwudgie played a critical role in Ilvermorny School’s origin story. And it definitely has the coolest name.
3. Make a magical upcycled costume
Unfortunately, muggles haven’t quite mastered the Summoning Charm – a new set of robes won’t just appear. However, it’s easy to conjure up a costume using what you’ve got around the house.
Here’s everything you need:
- Striped tie (see below for a handy House Color guide)
- White collared shirt
- Dark sweater
- Black pants or skirt
- Black shoes
- Stick (from your backyard)
- Stuffed animal
- Leather-bound book
- Circular eyeglasses
Hogwarts House color guide (until we know more about the Ilvermorny House colors):
Gryffindor: Scarlet and gold
Hufflepuff: Yellow and black
Ravenclaw: Blue and bronze
Slytherin: Emerald green and silver
Put it all together:
- MAKE YOUR WAND. Go scavenging for a foot-long stick in your backyard. The more imperfect, the better – every wand is unique. Use pliers or scissors to pare down your branch. Then, add a grip by wrapping the string tight around the bottom fourth of your wand. When you’ve finished, tie a knot and cut away the remaining string.
- DON YOUR UNIFORM. Button up your white shirt and layer the sweater on top. Tie your tie tight (this might take a few tries). If you have a graduation robe lying around, it’d make a great overcoat.
- ACCESSORIZE. In the Wizarding World, everybody has a pet. I happen to have a pink rabbit. But rats, cats, toads and owls all make great sidekicks. If you’re more scholar than Quidditch star, grab some Harry-inspired glasses and a leather-bound textbook to complete your look.
Abra Kadabra (not Avada Kedavra):
4. Rock your robes at the premiere
Grab some popcorn-flavored Bertie Bott's Beans and go see Fantastic Beasts in theaters starting Thursday, November 17. Armed with an e-ticket, a striped tie and your trusty wand, you’ll be the envy of muggles everywhere. The best part? You did it all sustainably. Forget Gryffindor – 200 points to you.