I knew there was a reason why I saved my Best Buy gift card from Christmas. It was so I could save it to use it for the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, of course! I remember seeing all the buzz about it when it was first announced, thinking it was AGES away before it was released. After a while, I forgot when it was in stores until I thought to look and, 2 days before it would ship, I decided to use my gift card and put it towards this $300+ set! I was going to post pictures of it earlier, but since it definitely made me swoon and I haven’t been able to stop looking at it, I figured I’d feature it for this week’s SwS!
The (heavy!) box showed up at my office and my BF and I lugged it home. Weighing probably about 15lbs, I was very curious as to how this set would look like. After taking it out of the cardboard shipping box, I carefully peeled the circle labels that sealed the seams of the box only to realize that THAT was just the outer packaging! It was like one of those nesting dolls.. it just kept opening up for more!
This leather(?) box is gorgeous. I just flipped up the hinged lid, with the Hogwarts crest on the underside and just gaped at how pretty it was. After looking around at how the box was to open further, I realized that the front flap was held on with magnets, and that it opened forward. That left the drawers that I could see the handles for and after some more investigating, discovered that the right, then left, sides opened up and pulled outwards too. AND two little push-and-pop-out small drawers. (I know, I could have just looked at the picture – but this was more fun!) Amazing. This is why I called it a contraption on Twitter. It’s a beautifully built, very appropriately Hogwarts-like contraption.
Onto the inside.
While the first thing I saw were some bright “cheap” yellow CD envelopes that held each of the bonus digital copies, that is the only thing about this set that looked inexpensive. Right below it was “book” 1 of the first movie. Each of the movies (yup, even part 1 and 2) have their own individual beautiful book. Each book contains the Blu-Ray version, the DVD version, the special features and a Creating the World feature – all nested in a velvety tray.
In the smaller pop-out drawer is a tiny scroll containing all the authorization codes for the digital versions of the movies.
The larger pop-out drawer contained a jewelry box housing my very own Horcrux necklace! Very beautifully made, and includes a little note that certifies that it’s from part of “The Noble Collection”.
One of the lower drawers opened up to a booklet with the title “Label Collection” and contains labels that have been accumulated from the Harry Potter films. Everything from the labels on Honeydukes products to Hogwarts potions containers to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. A fantastic and eclectic scrapbook of many details that I might not have noticed before in the movies.
The other item in the drawer was an envelope with some gorgeous sketches by Stuart Craig. Sketches of the Hogwarts castle, Diagon Alley and Hagrid’s Hut are printed on postcard-sized cards and show the immense detail in each of these locations.
Last, but absolutely not least, is the certificate of authenticity, indicating what collector’s set # it is. I love this bit because it makes it official, complete with wax seal and all! So, as much as it was quite a hefty price tag, I couldn’t imagine not getting it. This purchase really was inevitable.. never an “if” but a “when”. 😛