I have a small problem and I think this is the safest space for me to confess.
I absolutely love knickknacks.
It’s difficult because contrary to this I hate being surrounded by clutter. But if I see a cute bookish item (or a unique looking plant) … I need it. Life is hard. Over the years I’ve collected quite a few pieces of fandom memorabilia. But luckily, for the sake of the limited space in my flat, a lot of it didn’t make the move with me from Canada to the UK. Regardless, there’s something a bit magical about owning a physical piece of something that only previously existed in your imagination. So it’s difficult to contain myself when I see an item from one of my favourite books for sale. I’m sure many of you can relate!
For this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, I’ll be talking a bit about my top 5 favourite fandom items. For my fellow knickknack enthusiasts, Id love to hear about your own favourite fandom memorabilia in the comments!
So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Favourite Fandom Items!
This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!
The One Ring, Lord of the Rings
Did anyone else think they were super cool when wearing one of these bad boys around their neck? I did. And I’m not ashamed. The Fellowship of the Ring film was released when I was in elementary school and I bought a replica of the One Ring along with a Frodo bookmark from the Scholastic Book Order. The fake gold paint on the ring has since worn off and it’s now a lovely tattered silver mess. I’m pretty sure it’s still somewhere at my parent’s house. Here’s a more expensive version of the one I had. I think mine maybe cost $8.00 if that gives you an idea of the quality level.
Alice in Wonderland Tea set & Looseleaf Tea
For my birthday last year, my wonderful boyfriend got me the Alice in Wonderland tea trifecta: an Alice teapot, teacup/saucer, and loose leaf tea (see above!). All beautifully decorated with the original Tenniel illustrations that I adore. Everything is from the tea company Wittard of Chelsea who makes absolutely amazing looseleaf tea. I like to use this tea set when I’m feeling extra fancy — somehow tea tastes even better when it’s being drunk from an Alice themed teacup! Also pictured above, a lovely old copy of Alice in Wonderland gifted to me by my friend for the same birthday last year.
Time Turner, Harry Potter
This was another fandom item that I wore proudly around my neck… just this time I wasn’t 12 years old. In 2010 the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada had a Harry Potter exhibition that was sort of similar to a small version of the Warner Brothers Studios in London. It was here that I spent about $80 on a time-turner replica. What some people might have considered a waste of money I saw as a very important life-changing purchase. It came in a cute little case as well so it can be displayed without looking too tacky. I actually found the one I have online if anyone is looking for their very own time turner, which is especially useful for stressed university students. This is on my list of fandom items that I will be bringing back with me to the UK the next time I’m in Canada.
Hermione’s Wand, Harry Potter
My boyfriend (who you can see understands my book obsession) bought me Hermione’s wand for our first Christmas together and it’s still one of my favourite presents ever. I’ve cosplayed as Hermione twice in the past for the midnight release of The Deathly Hallows book and film (part 2) but never had an actual Hermione wand to go with my costume (but I did have the Time Turner!). So being gifted the wand of one of my favourite book characters of all time and my childhood role model was a huge deal for me. You can buy your own Hermione wand here! I’m pretty sure this is the same model as the one I have. The book pictured with my wand is from the Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library in London which I visited in November. You can buy the exhibition catalogue online here! As a side note: if you’re ever in London make sure you visit the Harry Potter shop at Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross! It’s a real haven for Harry Potter fans.
Mauraders Map (Mug), Harry Potter
This has the bit of an abstract level of importance to me. I had visited the Harry Potter Studios in London prior to moving to England and I was so bummed that I couldn’t buy anything overly hefty in the gift shop since I was backpacking and had almost no room (or back support) to carry much more than I already had. So when I moved over here I went back to the studios with my sister. I was able to buy the Mauraders Map mug (see above) that I had been eyeballing during my previous visit since I now live about 20 minutes away from the studio and didn’t have to worry about packing it in my luggage. It’s the biggest mug I own and I use it almost every day for my green tea addiction. It’s an absolute tank so if you’re looking for an enormous Harry Potter themed mug then you can get the same one here for just under £10!
So that’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! Do you have any favourite bookish fandom items? Anything on your wish list that you’re dying to own? Or are you more of a fandom minimalist? Let me know in the comments! 🙂