Just as with Star Wars before it, Harry Potter has become one of those franchises that transcend generations. Even though the first film was released over 20 years ago, it hasn't aged a day, and with more Fantastic Beasts films and an open world video game in the pipeline, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter only continues to grow.
The great thing about this is that if a Potterhead you know has a birthday coming up, you certainly won't be stuck for a gift idea. Our recommendations span everything from wands to book sets and are perfect for witches, wizards, and house elves of all ages. Whether you're looking for something for adults or kids, a personalised birthday gift, or some official merchandise, there's something for everyone on Amazon and Argos.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of gifts for Harry Potter fans available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
The Noble Collection
Bloomsbury Children's Books
Replica Harry Potter Wand in Ollivander's Presentation Box
Harry Potter Boxed Set: The Complete Collection (Adult Edition)
Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection
Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets
The Ultimate Harry Potter Selection Box
Harry Potter Colouring Book: Celebratory Edition
Harry Potter Golden Snitch Light
Hogwarts Crest Colour Change Tumbler
Harry Potter Ultimate Trivial Pursuit Board Game
A Beautiful Replica Wand to Treasure Forever
The Complete Collection, Fit to Delight Young and Old
A Magical and Feature-Packed 8-Disc Set Ideal for Collectors
A Fantastic Lego Collection for Any Avid Potter Fan
A Selection Of Honeydukes' Finest Sweets to Delight Their Tastebuds
A Beautiful Colouring Book for Artistic Potter Fans Aged 7 and Up
The Perfect Light for a Young Seeker's Bedroom
This Personalised Notebook Is the Perfect Place to Jot Down Spells
A Colour-Changing Goblet Fit for Any Witch or Wizard
Take Them to Wizarding School With a Potter-Themed Trivia Game
|Book/Film Themed||Based on film imagery||Book||Film||Both, though mostly based on film imagery||Both||Based on film imagery||Both||Film||Both||Both|
|Gift Type||Prop replica||Entertainment||Entertainment||Toy, entertainment||Food and drink||Entertainment, craft||Homeware||Craft||Kitchenware||Entertainment|
|Perfect For||Cosplayers, those who love to introduce a little bit of magic into the real world||Film fans who haven't read the books, those who want a 'grown-up' edition of the books||Those who haven't seen the films, those who want to relive the magic in high-definition||Creative people, people who enjoy a challenge||Those who want to experience the unforgettable tastes of the Wizarding World||Those who want to unwind by escaping into the Wizarding World||Kids, those who love to introduce magic into the real world||School kids||Those who love to drink in style||Harry Potter boffins, those with a competitive streak, social evenings|
Before we get into the meat of things, there's one question that's worth discovering the answer to as soon as possible, as it provides an instant gift idea: have they seen the films and read the books? If they've seen the films but not read the books, this may be a great opportunity to gift them the novels that started it all.
Ignore anybody that claims that the books are either a) intended for kids or b) not worth reading if you've already seen the films. A lot of material has to be cut out when a 30-hour book is made into a 2 and a half-hour film, meaning there's plenty left to discover in the books for both kids and adults alike.
They're a rarer breed, but for those who have read the books but not yet seen the films, now may be the perfect moment. You might wish to get them started with a copy of The Philosopher's Stone, or perhaps you'd like to gift them the entire cinematic journey through one of the available box sets.
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One of the best things about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the escapism it offers. We feel different emotions as the stories go through their twists and turns, but one thing's for sure – we're consistently entertained. Appropriately, then, there are plenty of Potter gifts that offer just as much entertainment away from the screen.
Naturally, a high-definition copy of the films or a lovely edition of the books will give them the perfect excuse to enjoy the stories all over again, while board games will allow them to plan an evening of entertainment with friends. Who knows, you may even be invited!
Of course, many of these gifts require a significant investment of time, something that older Potter fans may be significantly shorter on. Even here, though, there are appropriate gifts. A colouring book, for example, offers the perfect way of unwinding during a free moment and can be dipped in and out of where time becomes available.
The weird and wonderful characters and critters of the Wizarding World also lend themselves particularly well to toys, models and plushes that can be played with or simply enjoyed for their aesthetic value.
Some people are so invested in their beloved fictional worlds that they can't help but introduce a little of them into the real world. These folk are bound to be particularly delighted by prop replicas such as wands or cute, cuddly renditions of various beloved characters.
Don't let the word 'toy' put you off, either. As much as we might try to deny it, everybody has an inner child that needs to be kept happy. More advanced toys, such as LEGO, offer a mode of 'play' that is also mentally stimulating, even for adults. Their hard work will also result in a cool figure that they can proudly display!
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There's no better way of making your house feel like a home than by furnishing it with items that reflect your personality. Fortunately, there's plenty to choose from when buying for a Potterhead – everything from rugs, lampshades and wall hangings to decorate their room to glassware for their kitchen cupboard.
Tastes differ, however, even among the hardcore Potter fans, and while some people enjoy eye-catching statement pieces, others prefer something a little more subdued. If you're unsure, always play it safe and pick something a little more inconspicuous, such as a glass tumbler that they can enjoy every day without it taking up too much space in their home.
You can be sure that a fictional world has been developed with love and commitment when it has its own recipes. There can't be many who have enjoyed the films and not longed to sample a butterbeer or the delights of Honeydukes sweet shop.
Amazingly, this is all now within the realms of possibility, as there are now plenty of real-world recreations of some of the Wizarding World's most famous delicacies, including Bertie Bott's every flavour beans, chocolate frogs and butterbeer.
They may not be quite as magical as the real thing (we do live in the muggle world after all!), but they certainly offer an experience – they're not likely to forget their first vomit flavoured jelly bean, for instance! Just remember to find out if the recipient has any dietary requirements before you buy.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Book/Film Themed||Based on film imagery|
|Gift Type||Prop replica|
|Perfect For||Cosplayers, those who love to introduce a little bit of magic into the real world|
|Perfect For||Film fans who haven't read the books, those who want a 'grown-up' edition of the books|
|Perfect For||Those who haven't seen the films, those who want to relive the magic in high-definition|
|Book/Film Themed||Both, though mostly based on film imagery|
|Gift Type||Toy, entertainment|
|Perfect For||Creative people, people who enjoy a challenge|
|Gift Type||Food and drink|
|Perfect For||Those who want to experience the unforgettable tastes of the Wizarding World|
|Book/Film Themed||Based on film imagery|
|Gift Type||Entertainment, craft|
|Perfect For||Those who want to unwind by escaping into the Wizarding World|
|Perfect For||Kids, those who love to introduce magic into the real world|
|Perfect For||School kids|
|Perfect For||Those who love to drink in style|
|Perfect For||Harry Potter boffins, those with a competitive streak, social evenings|
Written and researched by Ben Willimett
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