Why buy Harry Potter toys?
Harry Potter transports audiences into a world where witches, wizards, and other magical creatures exist, but it also grounds these characters with a sense of realism. While we do get to watch Harry Potter defeat forest trolls and battle against He Who Must Not Be Named, we also get to watch him fall in love and grieve the absence of his parents. Harry Potter is truly beloved by people of all ages because it is relatable—although it takes place in a fictional wizarding world, the struggles and storylines described are all too real. Is it any surprise that Harry Potter has become such a staple of modern pop culture?
Even though the series has long since concluded, the phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down. Kids of the current generation are just starting to discover its magic and learn what first captivated readers when the books came out 20 years ago. A Harry Potter-themed toy will be the perfect gift to add to any magic-loving little one’s toy box. And there’s no reason grownups can’t buy these toys for themselves as well. Adults who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione may want some Harry Potter merchandise, including toys, for nostalgia’s sake.
What should you look for in Harry Potter toys?
- Options: Because Harry Potter appeals to such a wide range of people, there are plenty of toys on the market that’ll entertain every fan. If you want to train up on your magic skills, you should invest in a high-quality wand that’ll help you become the Hermione Granger of spell-casting. Do you consider yourself the biggest Harry Potter fan in the history of the Wizarding World? You can prove your knowledge with a Harry Potter trivia game! Gryffindors and Slytherins, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs alike will have no problem finding a toy that suits them and their magical needs.
- Age Range: If you’re planning to buy one or more of these toys for a toddler or younger child, be sure to check the recommended age range as you would for any other type of toy. Plenty of Harry Potter toys feature small parts that are all too easy to swallow and become a choking hazard, are too heavy for a toddler to lift, or have sharp edges that prove dangerous for little ones with less motor control. And certain trivia games or puzzles may prove too advanced or difficult to follow for young kids.
- Licensed vs. Unlicensed: Since the series is so popular, it’s inevitable that the market would be flooded with knockoffs. In general, you’ll want to stick to Harry Potter toys that are listed as “officially licensed” since the likelihood that they’re pirated is almost zero, they’ll more likely to be authentic and true to the series, and the quality is almost certainly superior anyway.
Does your child have to read all the books to enjoy Harry Potter toys?
Not at all! While some of these toys will only make sense to someone who has read the books and/or seen the movies, there are plenty of options out there that will be fun for kids or toddlers who aren’t so familiar with the series. A cute, plush toy of Hedwig the snowy owl or Fluffy the three-headed dog is going to be adorable and cuddly to any baby or toddler. Wands aren’t exclusive to the Wizarding World, so any child who likes stories with magic will likely have a fun time wielding a toy wand. Harry Potter-themed LEGOs and other playsets will provide hours of imaginative play no matter the theme. If you think your little one will enjoy a certain Harry Potter toy even if they’re not familiar with the series, they likely will.
USAOPOLY Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Cooperative Deck Building Card Game
This game is designed to put you right into the world of Harry Potter, and defend the Wizarding World as your favorite character.
Pros: Looking for a Harry Potter-themed game for your next game night? The object of this card game is to follow the events of the seven books in the series, with you and your friends as the heroes who’ll save the Wizarding World. You’ll work together to master different spells, collect magical items, and recruit other witches and wizards to help you on your quest. It’s a highly engrossing and cooperative game that is essentially seven games in one—a game for each book in the series. It’s also designed to play out differently each time you and your crew sit down to play, especially if you invest in the expansion pack. The game is very easy to learn despite how in-depth it is, even if you or your loved ones aren’t huge Harry Potter plans or aren’t super familiar with the series.
Cons: You’ll need at least one other person to play this game with, as it’s meant for two to four people; it’s not a game that you or your child will be able to play alone. It’s also quite a time-consuming game, so be sure to save it for those days or nights when you and your friends have hours to play.
Bottom Line: Looking to make your next game night a little bit more magical? Transport yourself directly into the Harry Potter book series with this detailed, deck-building card game. Witches, wizards, and muggles alike will love this magical card game.
LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut
Explore Hagrid's hut and save Buckbeak the hippogriff from a deadly fate with this imagination-inspiring LEGO set.
Pros: The set comes with seven mini-figures directly from the books and movies: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Hagrid, the Executioner, the Minister of Magic, and Buckbeak. For an even more immersive experience, Hagrid’s hut comes with a battery-operated brick fire that lights up with the push of a button. It’s an incredibly intricate and detailed set straight out of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring almost 500 different pieces to put together and create the scene. The figurines even have wands and tools that they can hold and wield, and Buckbeak’s chain is removable.
Cons: The set is a bit pricier, and the multitude of tiny pieces ensures that this set isn’t the best option for younger kids. You’ll want to reserve this one for kids aged 8 and up.
Bottom Line: Recreate the magic of your favorite Harry Potter movie by bringing Hagrid’s hut to life! You’ll get to explore Hagrid’s two-room hut, save Buckbeak the hippogriff from the Minister of Magic and the Executioner by hiding him in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch, and so much more. This set is sure to inspire an endless amount of magical creativity.
Wizarding World Harry Potter 12-inch Spellbinding Wand
This toy wand comes with a spell training card designed to teach all aspiring witches and wizards how to master magic.
Pros: Wands are a staple of the Harry Potter world, and these ones look like they came right out of Ollivander’s shop, successfully creating an immersive experience that feels like you’re attending charms class during your first year at Hogwarts. This wand is detailed and designed to perfectly resemble those in the movies, with six possible wands from which to choose. Each wand represents one belonging to a different character in the series, from Harry himself to Ron and Hermione and more. Each wand comes with a card that teaches you how to master iconic spells from the series and has a weighted base to make it easier to hold. And even though they look like real wood, these wands are made from plastic to make them more affordable and prevent splinters.
Cons: Each wand only comes with one spell card. There’s a different card that comes with each wand, but you can’t buy the individual cards by themselves. If you want to collect the entire set of spell cards, you’ll have to purchase each different wand as well.
Bottom Line: All aspiring witches and wizards should check out this magical training wand. Becoming a great wizard like Harry Potter takes practice, and this wand is here to help. You can buy the wand of your favorite character from the series and learn the spell and motion from the accompanying card.
Funko Harry Potter POP! Movie Vinyl Collectors Set
This collectible figure set comes with the lovable Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.
Pros: This high-quality Funko Pops set comes with your favorite trio: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Each figure comes individually packed and stands at about 3.75 inches tall. They’re very detailed and perfectly capture the appearance of each beloved character. They’re also highly collectible, especially since you get three figurines instead of one at a time. While very cute and great for play, these Funko Pops also make for excellent decorations for a Harry Potter-themed event (or just everyday decorations in your office, theater, or bedroom). Feel free to use them as accent pieces for a party or as a decorative cake topper.
Cons: Though buying all three figurines together is more cost-effective than buying them individually, this set isn’t exactly cheap, either. The figurines themselves may also be a bit top-heavy when taken out of the box.
Bottom Line: You can bring a piece of the wizarding world home with you, thanks to this detailed Harry Potter collectible figure set. This set would make a great gift for your favorite Harry Potter super-fan or an adorable addition to your own collection.
Jay Franco Warner Brothers Harry Potter Plush Stuffed Pillow Buddy
This Harry Potter pillow is crafted from a plush yet supportive polyester microfiber, making it the perfect cuddle buddy.
Pros: Plush toys are cute and cuddly, well-loved by people of all ages. This plush toy/pillow combination is the perfect addition for any Harry Potter fan. The pillow is crafted from 100% polyester microfiber that is plush yet supportive in order to allow you to comfortably rest your head. It works well as a travel pillow or as a cuddly companion for young witches and wizards, even toddlers and infants. The microfiber is also nice and durable, able to withstand regular use and handling. Harry Potter himself isn’t the only option, either. You can buy Ron, Hermione, or Hedwig versions instead.
Cons: While this little pillow is perfectly sized for snuggling, it’s a bit too small to serve as a pillow to sleep on except for very young children. It’s also spot clean only rather than machine washable.
Bottom Line: Looking to add a magical cuddle buddy to your nighttime routine? This Harry Potter pillow buddy is perfect for snuggling up with on the couch, in the car, or right before bed. It also makes a great addition to any Harry Potter-themed bedroom or birthday party.
Wizarding World Magical Mini Hogwarts Castle
Enjoy hours of fun with this miniature replica of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and its matching accessories.
Pros: Bring the iconic Hogwarts into your living room or child’s bedroom with this detailed and highly interactive dollhouse version of the castle. There are two different versions available, both of which are detailed and easy to clean if it gets dirty during play. Both editions of the toy light up, have built-in sound effects, and even have parts that pop up. A Hermione Granger doll comes included with the castle, as do 12 other interactive pieces, including a few accessories that Hermione can wear. As intricate and detailed as this dollhouse is, it’s suitable for most kids as long as they’re five years old or above.
Cons: Dollhouses are usually fairly pricey investments, and this model is no exception. Although due to its plastic make, it’s a bit more flimsy and less durable than some other dollhouses or playsets on the market.
Bottom Line: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is one of the most well-known aspects of the Harry Potter series, a magical place that many fans wish they could visit. While you can’t go to Hogwarts itself, you can bring it into your home with this Hogwarts replica dollhouse.
There are hours upon hours of fun and imagination to be had with Harry Potter toys for people of all ages. Whether you’re a longtime fan of the series or buying a present for someone who recently discovered the Wizarding World, there are plenty of options out there to satisfy casual and devoted Harry Potter fans alike.