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Harry Potter Family Create Epic Christmas Tree Using Amazon, ebay & Aliexpress

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November 26, 2021, 1:00 PM
  • Kemi Anderson, 29, created a stunning tree for her family paying tribute to Harry Potter
  • Kemi spent £600 on decorations from Amazon, ebay and Aliexpress
  • The decorations can be used for years to come or sold on in the future

If you’re a Potterhead and you love Christmas, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this epic tree paying tribute to the books and films.

Kemi Anderson, 29 years old, a mum of four children aged two, three, six and seven, is obsessed with Harry Potter and her kids are too.

Kemi, who lives in north east Scotland, decided to create a truly magical tree for her kids to pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of the films, sourcing £600 worth of decorations from Aliexpress, Amazon and second-hand on ebay.

Kemi altered some of the decorations but says the majority can be sold on in the future, making the tree a worthy investment that her family will keep adding to every year.

Kemi told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "Last year my kids were obsessed with the Grinch and we watched it nearly every day, so I made them a Grinch Tree.

"This year, however, the four kids took a liking to Harry Potter and loved watching the films, and I am Harry Potter crazy as well. We just love how magical it is.

"I am quite a creative person and when I get an idea into my head I give it 110%.

"It makes it even more wonderful seeing my children's eyes light up and just be in amazement with our tree.

"I started planning the Harry Potter tree from July 2021. I knew I had to get a backdrop of the Hogwarts castle in to give it the wow factor.

"I managed to get the background from Aliexpress for £25 which was a great price as it is 3m x 2m and nearly covers the whole wall.

"I started by writing down important elements from each film that I wanted to incorporate into the tree.

“For Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, I got Harry’s letter from Amazon, Harry’s trunk from Amazon and the Hogwarts Express from ebay.

“I got the train trolley from Argos, spray painted it gold and turned it into our hot chocolate station.

“The chocolate frogs were key rings I bought from Aliexpress and glued them to baubles.

“The Philosopher's Stone was a necklace from Aliexpress, the Sorting Hat was from Amazon, the floating candles were from Amazon, the three-headed dog was secondhand on ebay, the Golden Snitch was from Amazon and the flying keys were bought from ebay and glued to baubles with wings attached.

“For Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we bought Ron's flying car from Amazon, the Mandrake Root ornament from Aliexpress, the Cornish Pixies from Amazon, the Dobby cut out from Amazon, Tom Riddle’s diary from Aliexpress, the Aragog spider from ebay and the Sword of Gryffindor from ebay.

“For Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I bought the Knight Bus from Amazon, the Knight bus ticket from Aliexpress, The Book of Monsters second-hand from ebay, the Hedwig Owl from Amazon, Scabbers from Amazon, Crookshanks second hand on ebay, Buckbeak second-hand from ebay, the Marauders Map from ebay, the Time Turner Necklace from Aliexpress, and the wanted posters from Aliexpress. I also made the ribbon slogan by buying the ribbon and adding the letters on.

“For Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I got the Triwizard cup from Amazon, the polyjuice potion from Etsy and the Nagini toy snake from ebay.

For Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I bought the room of requirement sign from Amazon.

“For Harry Potter and the Half Blood prince, we got the liquid luck from Etsy and the gaunt ring from Aliexpress.

“Then for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, I got the Salazar Slytherin locket from Aliexpress and the deathly hallows symbol necklace from Aliexpress and I glued it to a bauble.

“For Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, I got the Hufflepuff Cup from AliExpress, the Ravenclaw Diadem Tiara from Aliexpres), and finally Harry Potter glasses to represent Harry as a Horcrux.”

Kemi and her kids are delighted with their epic tree, and say they will keep adding to it over the years, making it a good investment.

"It was a lot of planning but so worth the outcome, I couldn’t be happier with our tree,” Kemi adds.

"It cost about £600 to buy all of the decorations, some being more expensive than others but if you buy bits and bobs over the year that would be the best way to tackle it.

“It is a great investment. We will keep this tree for years to come.

“My advice would be to buy bits throughout the year, look out for second-hand items and search for replicas on Aliexpress as they are always cheaper.

“I’d also recommend watching the films during the run-up to Christmas and noting down little bits that you would like to add in as there are so many different items from the films.

"Even bits of jewellery and small pieces can be glued onto Christmas baubles and used on the tree, like I did with the Gaunt ring.

"Items that are left as they are could easily be sold on. But for a Harry Potter fanatic, this is certainly a tree to keep for years and years to come - it will never go out of date.

“It is the 20th anniversary this year since Harry Potter was first released in November 2001.

“My kids just love it and I think we will upgrade to an eight-foot tree next year and keep adding decorations.

“There are still things that I would like to add from the film to the tree so I need something bigger!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “I wish I could go buy a magic wand at Ollivander’s to recreate this jaw-dropping tree in my own home this Christmas.

“Kemi has done a fantastic job sourcing such a wide variety of decorations and adding her own finishing touches to make them extra festive.

“This is an incredible effort that will continue to delight Kemi's family for years to come - and as she says, if ever they tire of it, they can sell on these decorations to pay for the next epic tree!”

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