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Review: Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World)

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I was kindly sent this for free by the publisher Walker Books.  It is a special Harry Potter colouring set for Christmas!  Here is my review.

This is a fun colouring set to give to any Harry Potter fan before Christmas! What you get is a box wrapped in shrink wrap to keep it safe. Once you take the plastic off you have a very sturdy box which I have to admit was smaller than I thought it would be – check the dimensions!! The box opens up with the top coming off like a flap rather than a separate lid. Inside you get a colouring booklet, gift tags, string, a wooden Firebolt to put together and instructions. The box has an inset to make it look like there’s more in there than there is, but I don’t mind.

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The booklet for colouring is very fun. It contains wintery scenes from Harry Potter. They actually look like scenes from the movies (I’ve not read the books yet) and all contain either snow or Christmassy and wintery things. There’s Ron and Harry receiving jumpers, snow scenes of Hogwarts and the area, Hagrid pulling in a tree, etc. There are other pictures not directly from the movies but are also Christmassy. The booklet is quite small but contains a lot of pages for its size. each page is double printed but are so thick they are almost card. There’s no back page to the booklet though and it feels like a book missing it’s cover, so the last image on the back has some tape on the edge that holds the booklet together, but again for a small booklet of this size there’s a lot of good colouring and I believe the pages can take pens.

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The gift tags are made of thick paper too and are already cut out and waiting for you to just press them out of their pages. there are a lot of gift tags each with a browned colour and many Harry Potter images on both sides. The gift tags can be coloured in but given the size of the images they are very small and a bit fiddly but I love how you get so many, and the fact they are both detailed and have different designs.

The wooden firebolt broom is the final piece in this set. You can colour it in and then press it out. There are instructions on constructing it. It’s a bit fiddly due to it’s size and you can leave it as it is or give it some colour but while a non-Harry Potter fan may not be impressed, I think anybody who is would love it!

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Overall this is a great gift set to get someone for Christmas, especially a Harry Potter fan. I’m not a fan myself and have only ever seen the movies but I still enjoyed them and love colouring in these scenes. The set feels a bit small and surprised me at first as I expected something a bit more given the price but still good for a fan. The only other concern is that younger children may not find it easy to colour due to how fiddly some of the smaller images are, so perhaps for older fans!
NOTE: I’ve added a photo of my colouring in. I hope my coloured in image won’t upset a fan who might tell me I coloured it in wrong. In my opinion, fan or not, you can colour things any way you like! 🙂

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Rating: 4/5

Review published on Goodreads, click here

Product Description:

An interactive colouring set featuring everything needed for Harry Potter fans to explore the colour of the winter season and share it with friends and family.

From the snowy Great Hall to the Yule Ball, the winter season at Hogwarts is truly magical. This fun, interactive set features everything Harry Potter fans need to explore the colour of the season. Items include:

–A 48-page booklet featuring line art of special moments from the Harry Potter films, including Harry unwrapping his Firebolt (a gift from Sirius Black), Harry and Ron opening their jumpers from Mrs Weasley and snowy Hogsmeade.

–A special, do-it-yourself, 3D wood Firebolt ornament from IncrediBuilds. Instructions for assembly and ideas for how to paint your ornament included.

–48 colourable gift tags, perfect for sharing the magic of the Harry Potter films with friends and family.

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