Hi there! My name is Madge Maril and I’m working with Family Tree Magazine this summer. You might have seen my photo in the September 2016 Family Tree Magazine. Working with the editorial team has been a blast. Today, they let me pop onto this blog to talk about two of my favorite things: DIY crafts and Harry Potter.
“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted,” reads the official description of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the newest book in the Harry Potter series. Those problems might sound familiar to some of us genealogists!
Harry Potter and Genealogy
Harry Potter has taught the world the importance of family and genealogy for over a decade. One of my earliest memories is listening to my dad read the books to my brother and I before bedtime. Harry fought for the first seven books to protect his adopted family, the Weasleys, from the dark forces at play in the magical world. Each family in the Harry Potter books boasts their family trees and lineage. Harry works as hard as any modern genealogist to find out the story of his deceased parents, Lily and James.
The Cursed Child follows the life of Harry’s son, Albus. Like many kids, Albus is insecure about his place in his family. With plenty of magic and fun, this book delivers the same important lesson: You are who you are because of the people who came before you.
Harry Potter Family Tree Craft How-to
If your kid or grand-kid has already finished the book—or you have—and wants to keep exploring the Potters’ world, try this Harry Potter family tree craft to spark their interest in the genealogy of the series. It’s DIY and easy as can be. All you need is:
- Windows Word
- A printer
- A cookie sheet or other shallow pan
1. Type out the Weasley family tree on your computer in Windows Word. For more fun, download our free family tree templates to add a creative spark to the project.
We found this easy-to-follow harry Potter family tree on Tumblr, from user –harrypotter:
Tip: Need to see this family tree bigger? Right-click on it with your mouse, then click “View Image” for a larger version of the Harry Potter family trees to open in your browser.
2. Print out your family tree on regular printer paper.
3. Next, put a third of a cup of coffee (instant works as well) in a cookie sheet or other shallow pan. Add a full cup of boiling water to the cookie sheet. There’s plenty of wiggle room here, though. Use more coffee grounds to make your paper darker and more antique looking. Allow the coffee and water to rest in the pan for at least five and a half minutes, which will allow the coffee to steep and the water to cool.
Tip: Do you have leftover coffee from this morning? Use it! Cold coffee will also add a weathered patina to paper.
4. Take your printed out Weasley family tree and place it in the coffee for at least five minutes. The longer the paper is in the mixture, the darker it will become. The paper will also darken as it dries.
5. Remove the Weasley family tree from the coffee when you’re happy with the color. Carefully hang the paper to dry somewhere safe
6. For an even more antique look, after the paper is completely dry, crumple the Weasley family tree in your hands then smooth it out. Do this as many times as you want to make it look like the family tree has been passed down through Weasley and Potter generations.
Once your craft is finished, it might look a bit like this:
Have fun with your DIY Harry Potter family tree craft! If the paper rips a little when it’s wet, don’t worry. A few tiny tears will only make the Weasley family tree look cooler. After all, a family tree should be just as unique as the family it represents.