My husband’s law firm has always had some non-traditional office decor (for a law firm). We have a Batman, Avengers and Star Wars hallway. (Soon we will have completed our Lord of the Rings hall and dragon hall.) Our conference room has an Indiana Jones theme, and the break room has an arcade theme. You can check out my other posts on some of those decorations here or here.
So when we expanded yet once again in October, we decided the new conference room would have a Harry Potter theme. Some of the items we purchased – many from Etsy – but there are quite a few that we made ourselves. Let’s take a tour.
Once you enter, you see the Mirror of Erised (from Pottery Barn) and a canvas of Hogwarts (from Ebay). Next to that is our Quidditch area – which includes a robe, broom, chest with quaffle and bludgers, beater’s bats and signs about the four positions. I’ve added links to the items we bought though the robe is no longer available on Ebay. We made the signs, bludgers, and beater’s bats and of course outfitted the chest to hold its items.
The next area has a chess table with the House Point counter above it. The actual chess table is our second purchase of a table. The first one was too small (should have paid attention to the dimensions before ordering) though we found another place for it. I used my Cricut for the chess quotes. The house points is something my husband created. We got the gems from Amazon. (I’ll let you in on a funny story where as we tried to mount it to the wall, it fell and we had gems everywhere!)
The next area was a lot of work. It starts with a pensieve, our too-small chess table holding some bottled memories, and then an apothecary table with potions, a cauldron, and a hand-made spell book. On the wall we have keys (and some hanging from the ceiling), old photos (downloaded for free from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then we made the frames out of foam), a Mandrake, a pygmy puff, and a cage of Cornish pixies. For the Pensieve, we were inspired by this post on Instructables, but modified it to our own needs. We got the mirrors off Amazon as well as the digital picture frame that shows images from office events.
Next we have a bookcase filled with spell books (repurposed old law books), potions and items from the movie including Fawkes the Phoenix, the sorting hat, the Tri-Wizard’s Cup, the Sorcerer’s Stone, Tom Riddle’s diary (and Baslik fang), Golden Egg, Crystal Goblet, and Slughorn’s Hourglass. The books, potions, diary and fang are all items we made.
To finish out this wall, we have fireplace (with train, floating snitch and house symbols), a list of Dumbledore’s Army, Hedwig, the Maurader’s Map (see my husband’s Instructable on how we created this), our copy of the Daily Prophet and the display of office wands.
I created the Daily Prophet including the stories which list the employees as the escaped prisoners. I had it printed on foam board and then cut out the area for the moving picture. We filmed employees who had no problem getting into character for the running display.
All of the wands were bought for about $15 each on Ebay. I printed the wand board art and employee names on my Cricut though originally my husband wanted the wood engraved (for the top, not the names as employees do change). And yes, we even had a wand selecting ceremony.
Oh, and did I mention the dementor behind the doorway? It has scared a few people.
The last wall has the house flags (a gift from the employees) as well as our listing of which houses the employees belong in. And that pretty much wraps up this unique conference room. Everyone who has seen it has been impressed with what we have done. The employees loved coming in on Mondays to see if we had added to the room. My husband actually once got ran over in the hallway after I sent an announcement that we had added something major.