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Have you ever dreamed of receiving a letter and reading this: “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” If you’re still waiting for your letter, why not take a look at the EMP Online Shop’s Harry Potter merchandise to pass the time?
So how did this amazing world of magic come to life? It all began in 1997, when author Joanne K. Rowling published the first book in the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone), and what started out as a children’s book quickly gained a far larger fan base. Funko Pop! figures of the main characters are available, as well as all the bad guys.
How Harry’s story began
Harry Potter didn’t have an easy childhood. Both his parents, Lily and James, died when he was still a baby. He went to live with his aunt Petunia, her heavily overweight husband Vernon and their spoiled-rotten son Dudley. These three were far from loving. After all, Harry’s bedroom was in the closet under the stairs. Speaking of closets, have you got your Harry Potter t-shirt or cardigan with your House’s emblem on it yet?
When Harry was 11, he received a letter from Hogwarts, which marked the beginning of a turning point in his life. The letter invited the young wizard to visit Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, changing everything for Harry. He wasn’t even aware that he was a wizard at that point!
Harry finally learned how his parents Lily and James were killed by Lord Voldemort, and how he had survived because his mother sacrificed herself for him. The Killing Curse “Avada Kedavra” rebounded and is the reason why Harry bears a scar in the shape of a lightning bolt on his forehead, a sign that made him known throughout the wizarding world as the boy who survived the Dark Lord. Make any muggle jealous with your very own Harry scar, available on the Harry Potter merchandise pages.
Harry’s journey to Hogwarts
On the train journey to Hogwarts, Harry met Ron - a fellow trainee wizard he liked to play a game of Wizard’s Chess with, as well as Hermione too. Despite being so far away from his old life, Harry was unable to shake off the tragic memories of his parents’ death.
Lord Voldemort’s powers were heavily weakened after he tried to kill Harry, and for many years he relied on the loyal Death Eaters to give him back his strength. The Dark Lord’s goal? To increase his powers and kill Harry Potter once and for all.
In order to escape death, Harry got a helping hand from his friends Ron and Hermione to hunt down and kill Voldemort. Parts of his soul were locked away in objects and creatures, called horcruxes. All Harry, Ron and Hermione needed to do is find and destroy them. Only real bookworms and film fanatics will know whether or not the battle against the dark forces was a success.
For all the muggles not quite there yet, why not take a look at some Harry Potter merchandise? All 8 Harry Potter films are available on DVD and Blu-ray on the EMP Harry Potter Online Shop. They’ll look amazing on one of your shelves, as will the Harry Potter Funko Pop! figures, available in many versions so that your favourite characters can always be by your side.
The world of Harry Potter merchandise continues to grow>
When the very last film of the series hit the big screens, fans across the world were getting ready to put down their wands. Luckily J.K. Rowling had a backup of magical supplies, and published her theatre piece “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in 2016, which is also available from the EMP Harry Potter Shop.
Potter fans received another dose of magic and strange creatures in the film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – and of course we have all the appropriate Fantastic Beasts clothing for you too.
A piece of Hogwarts for your home
Not everyone can get a letter of acceptance from Hogwarts. Luckily the EMP Online Shop is on hand with an array of Harry Potter merchandise. Whether you’re Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin, there’s something for every trainee wizard or muggle out there. We have everything from shirts, hoodies and joggers to Harry Potter jewellery (subtle ear studs, bold earrings and a range of necklaces). Give your outfit a touch of magic with the Deathly Hallows symbol.
Want to do a light spell? Or something a bit more powerful? Get the real Hogwarts feel with Harry Potter's wand, available in the EMP Shop. Try out Harry’s wand for yourself, and maybe magic will happen! You can also bring some magic to your own four walls with one of our many Harry Potter posters, or drink your morning coffee out of a Hogwarts mug.
You see? There’s Harry Potter merchandise for everyone. See for yourself and browse the EMP Harry Potter Online Shop. Who knows... maybe we’ll see you wandering around on the Marauder’s map?