A Harry Potter Nursery


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There are surprisingly few things my husband and I have in common. I love summer, he loves winter. He is a huge baseball, basketball, soccer and football fan, whereas I love dance and gymnastics. He watches the Food Network and Travel Channel, I watch ABC Family and the CW. He reads fantasy books (and motivates his employees by threatening Game of Thrones spoilers), while my guilty pleasure is teen fiction.

Needless to say, picking out a nursery theme was a challenge, especially once we found out we were having a boy. We agreed early on for a blue and green color scheme, but that was it (we needed pick out colors because my mom was making us a baby quilt). Whenever someone would ask for our nursery theme, I would respond with “blue and green.”

This helped for picking out linens and paint, but after that we needed something more to go on. Finally, my husband suggested a Harry Potter theme after spotting some Harry Potter wall decals on Etsy. It was perfect! Harry Potter is one of the few things that we both really, really love. I still can’t believe we didn’t think of it sooner.

We didn’t want a lot of licensed products, which was lucky because the Harry Potter merchandise heydays are a little behind us. We were still able to find lots of magical things for Baby’s little wizarding room, with a few more items still on our list to complete the room in the future.

A Harry Potter Nursery ~ Baby's Crib! I solemnly swear I'm up to no good wall decal and Hogwarts crest blanket.

A Harry Potter Nursery ~ Mischief Managed wall decal from Custom Vinyl Prints. Love it!

We started by special ordering wall decals via Etsy. We contacted Custom Vinyl Prints, the store that sparked the original Harry Potter inspiration, and special ordered two decals reading “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good” and “Mischief Managed” in navy blue Harry Potter font. The first we put over Baby’s crib, with “Mischief Managed” above Baby’s bedroom door as you walk out.

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.” A Harry Potter Nursery! #baby

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My next idea was to beg my mom to make find red velvet curtains for Baby’s window, inspired by the canopy drapes on Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s beds in Gryffindor tower. That idea was quickly nixed, and we found wonderful navy blue blackout curtains with shimmery stars on them instead. My husband and I accidentally both ordered a set, but luckily it was easy to return the extra pair.

The curtains came after Baby was actually born, somewhere during our early sleep deprived haze. In a desperate attempt to prolong Baby’s naps, we put them up as soon as the box arrived. A year later, they are still creased from being folded in the packaging. We’ll put them in the dryer with a wet towel someday.

A Harry Potter Nursery ~ Baby's {Almost} Complete Harry Potter Book Set!

Of course, Baby needed his own complete Harry Potter book collection. We already had two copies of books 1-6, but my husband and I shared one copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when it first came out. We picked up our copy at midnight, and my husband had 24 hours to read it before I took it with me to a convention. He stayed up all night reading (which he would have done anyway), and finished just in time for me to leave.

I found a used Deathly Hallows in great condition at our local Half Price Books to complete the set in Baby’s room. I also foundThe Tales of Beedle the Bard, and hope to add Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages as soon as I can find them.

My husband graciously donated his Firebolt broom candle to the room. I found the candle for him when we first started dating from the Safed Candle Factory in Israel. I called him in the middle of the night his time to double check that the Firebolt was better than the Nimbus 2000. He sleep talks, so I don’t think he remembered.

The Munchkin Light My Way Nightlight made for a perfect Hedwig, and has also come in handy for many middle of the night diaper changes, feedings, and other baby emergencies. The paint has scratched a bit, but I still love it. It will also be perfect little lamp for Baby to use when he’s older if he ever needs to get up in the middle of the night.

The only officially licensed product we invested in was a Hogwarts blanket, which we draped over the crib while Baby was still sleeping in our room. Now it lives on a shelf in his closet, but I can imagine Baby snuggling under it when he’s older while reading or watching Harry Potter for the very first time.

A Harry Potter Nursery ~ Love this Lumos Nox Light Switch Plate!

I'd love Harry's wand to hang on the wall in Baby's Harry Potter Nursery!

A Harry Pottery Nursery ~ I want to frame The Marauder's Map for Baby's room. Mischief managed!






In addition to the missing books, I would still love to add three more Harry Potter details to Baby’s nursery: A Lumos Nox light switch plate, Harry’s wand to hang on the wall, and a framed copy of the Marauder’s Map.

I really hope Baby likes Harry Potter when he’s older. I can’t wait to read it with him!

What inspired your baby’s nursery design?

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26 thoughts on “A Harry Potter Nursery

  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Oh my goodness, it almost makes me want to have another baby… almost.

    So very cool!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
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  2. Elizabeth

    It will be a while before I have children, but I absolutely had to click on this link when I saw it on the SITS link up. This is such a great idea for a nursery. I may be filing it away for the very distant future.
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    1. farrahudell Post author

      I’m so happy to hear you liked it! I sneak away posts like that all the time, especially when day dreaming about a future baby girl. Happy travels!

  3. MB

    I love this idea!!! Unique, will last for a long time, and a great series of books. Also perfect for book lovers of which my entire family is made up of. My son who is 9 just finished the whole series and loved it! When my husband started the books, I would see him but not hear from him for hours. It used to annoy me until I, too, was totally engaged in the books. So creative!!! You could start a new trend.

    We had a Snoopy theme because both my husband and I have been huge fans since childhood and didn’t know what were having at the time (a girl who’s now 12 — gulp!), so we wanted to keep things neutral in case we had a boy which we did 3 years later.

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    1. farrahudell Post author

      We loved Harry Potter because it was neutral, too! So happy to hear your son loved the books! I’ve been wondering when I we should start reading them. I thought maybe around 11 because that’s when Harry starts Hogwarts, but good to know I might not need to wait that long!

  4. Kristie Hill

    A Harry Potter nursery is the coolest thing I have ever heard of.
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  5. Mari

    Omg I love this theme what a wonderful idea! I found you on SITS will be following via email.:)!
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  6. Jessica

    Oh my, I LOVE it!! I’m a big HP fan and love how simple this nursery is! Cute, cute, cute!
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    1. farrahudell Post author

      Thank you, Jessica! We hope to add more over time, and tried to keep it simple for now so that the room can grow with Baby. I’m so happy you liked it!

  7. Brita Long

    I had a bit of a Harry Potter proposal, and my husband has surprised me with Harry Potter gifts throughout our relationship. For our first Christmas as a couple, he carved me my own Mirror of Erised. So I LOVE this idea for decorating a nursery!
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  8. Alice Megan

    This is such a gorgeous idea! I’m sure baby will love Harry Potter
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  9. Julie

    Such fun ideas, part of me is sad my kids were born too soon for me to do this for them! I guess I was lucky in that they were just about the right age as the books came out so I would read them aloud a chapter most nights for the best part of 2 years (we had to wait for the last book to come out). It was such a great experience and a great way to get them to get ready for bed – “we won’t have time if you don’t hurry up!”
    As much as you enjoyed reading these yourselves you are going to LOVE reading them aloud to your kid/s, save them till they are the right age- don’t try to do them when they are too young or they won’t love it and you will just be disappointed! But honestly we have such great memories of this, just try not to cry at Dumbledore’s and Dobby’s funerals and when Neville’s mum gives him the sweet wrapper in the hospital. I blubbered like a baby and couldn’t carry on!
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    1. farrahudell Post author

      I’ll probably cry more now! I feel like my feelings have been heightened since becoming a mom. I love that you were able to share these books with your kids as they came out. My resident assistant in college convinced me to give them a try because before I thought of them as silly kids books. I was soon obsessed! I read 1-4 right away and had to wait for the rest to come out. Thank you for the wonderful advice to wait and read them with Baby when the time is right.

  10. April

    What a fun and unique baby nursery idea! Love it!
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  11. Lori

    Wow! What a neat room. My daughter is 15, LOVES HP…has posters all over her room, has movies, books, cape, snow globes, clothes, jewelry, and so much more. When your son gets older you should take him to Universal Studios in Florida…it is magical!

    1. farrahudell Post author

      I would LOVE to go to Harry Potter World! We were in Orlando for a cousin’s Bar Mitzvah when Baby was 5 months old, but sadly didn’t not have a chance to make it to Universal Studios (or anywhere else besides out to brunch!). We hope to go back when Baby is old enough to enjoy and remember it!

  12. Happysuz

    I am in love with this idea! So clever and it can grow with him. We started reading HP to my daughter when she was 3 because she found my book collection in the basement and thought the looked “interwestin”.
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