Monday, August 2, 2010

HPC Potions Swap, in which K and I transfigure total strangers.

K and I participated in the Harry Potter Crafts Potions Swap this summer. K had the idea of making a Polyjuice potions kit and we went to town.

Our swap partner is a Gryffindor, so I made her a House Bookscarf, wrapped it around our note and placed it in the packing box, on the top of the wrapped goodies. I found the wooden box at Hobby Lobby, and we thought about stenciling a Gryffindor crest on the top, but it was perfect just as it was. The goblets are from Pier One, about 20 years ago. They were just perfect for potions and survived shipping, now that's magic, that is.

I rewrote the Polyjuice Potion and K provided the new illustrations. The cat was because we put in a P.S. to our note saying sorry if she mistakenly, turned into a cat, cause you know, Miss. Kitty gets into everything.
We wanted our potion to be drinkable and fun so we based it on Poison Punch, which you can find here. We substituted fizzing Koolaid tablets for powder, so she only had to make 3 cups instead of 3 quarts, and added gummy worms, pop rocks, a pixie stick and a rock candy wand, just for fun. All the ingredients came safely individually wrapped, so she could mix and drink the potion without being worried about drinking something sent by a total stranger. All our swap recipient had to add was water and ginger ale. We wrapped each ingredient, mostly origami envelopes, and labeled all the ingredients, adding a few faux wax seals, string, and labels. Oh, and a couple of Tiffany Vincent's Potions stamps. Love those.

We made the kit for two, because everyone knows, only death eaters transfigure alone, so there were two final ingredients, the Extract of the Transfigured Being to Be (OK, it was cake sprinkles.) The pink sprinkles transfigure the drinker into.... Tonks!

Drink the green and you become,... Mad Eye Moody!

Our partner has posted, and posted again, and posted pictures, and we think, it is just possible, she really liked it. Squeeee!

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