As muggle inventions go, a 3D printer is pretty close to magic. For Harry Potter fans, a list of fantastic prints and where to find them.
There’s going to be a major resurgence of Pottermania next year, with a one-two punch of new material from the quill of J.K. Rowling.
First up is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, billed as the eighth story in the saga, which can only be seen as a theatre production in London’s West End in Summer 2016.
Close on its heels is the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first part of a trilogy released on 18 November 2016 in the United States.
It’s going to be a long wait until then, and Potterheads will be desperately needing something other than re-reading every book for the five hundredth time…
So the alternative is doing something creative; it’s easy to 3D print to your favorite objects from the films, so you can still get your fix while waiting for those theatre and film tickets.
Although there are many brilliant places online where you can find Harry Potter 3D prints, below are some of our favorites with iconic objects from each film.
1. After Fluffy a Dragon is No Problem
The very lovable Fluffy is definitely a lot less terrifying when frozen in 3D print. Using the instructions from thingiverse you have an easy way to create a lovable three-headed dog to guard your own precious stones.
2. You Would be on the Train Home Tonight
“Weasley’s wand causes devastation with the simplest spells. We’ll be sending Potter to the hospital wing in a matchbox.” You could buy your own 3D printed bust of Severus Snape to carry around in a match box with you.
3. Take it Away Ernie!
If you fancy recreating your favorite scene from the Prisoner of Azkaban, then having undoubtably one of the best characters involved is essential. The 3D print is more complex here, but definitely worth it for this finished product!
4. Celebrate the 422nd Quidditch World Cup
Recreate the Quidditch World Cup and fly in circles around your friends with this 3D printed snitch. Instructables user Porda shows how to make one of the smallest but most iconic Harry Potter objects!
5. Ministry Approved Course of Defensive Magic
Although you may not have wanted to be associated with the Ministry of Magic in the Order of the Phoenix, these cufflinks from Shapeways could provide a brilliant Christmas gift for anyone who doesn’t hold a grudge.
6. But I Am The Chosen One
Perhaps if Harry had 3D printed glasses then they wouldn’t have been so susceptible to a kick in the face. These glasses are easy to print thanks to Thingiverse user Tunell too.
7. What a Beautiful Place to be with Friends
If you feel you need to keep Dobby in your life forever, then you should consider 3D printing him so even the Avada Kedavra Curse, or a knife, can’t hurt him. This print from My Mini Factory looks so realistic.
8. One Master of Death
Of course, if you’re determined to be recognized as a Potterhead then this symbol is the best choice for that! Perhaps you could turn this shape into a necklace to wear forever! This print from Thingiverse works perfectly.
9. The Most Powerful Wand Ever Made
If you really need something to help you read after dark, then this Nite Lite Elderwand is definitely the best way to do it.
10. Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it
One of the most impressive Harry Potter 3D prints out there is this beautiful Hogwarts Castle Lamp. If you’re tempted to create one of your own, the STL files are available to download at Pinshape.
11. Harry Potter
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