...But there is on Thursdays, eeek!!
Finally! The post you have all been waiting for!
Well the fellow Potter fans...that saw my Facebook and twitter posts on this...I think? Well whether you've been waiting on it or not it's here and I am excited!
Yes, this is indeed my acceptance letter to Hogwarts - only 14 years late :)
See, I always knew I was different. People at school told me so, I believed so and I always had a strange connection to all magical worlds I experienced. Through the terrible bullying, mental and physical illness, to deaths, domestic abuse and low living, the one place I have always belonged was in a fantasy land.
A few years ago while searching a particularly creative magical world (Etsy), I came across the most wonderful lady. She had an office (store) that provided a service of finding peoples missing letters! Well the years came and went with her store favorited to remember on a day when I had some money to treat myself, and so as my 25th birthday approached I decided it was time. I got in touch and for a small fee her postal office (store) relocated (created and sent out) my Hogwarts letter that had never made it to it's final destination!
Just in time for my trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in December!
It felt like forever from the day of ordering until this dropped through my letter box. In fact it was only 9 days which is pretty darn magical when it was handmade and shipped all the way from Hawaii!
Unfortunately there was a typo on my envelope* - I don't blame the wizard who addressed it, muggle addresses can be pretty weird - and I am only bringing this up because I have to mention and commend the immensely helpful customer service I received. I messaged right away and politely stated the discrepancy, only to be replied to within the hour. I was overwhelmed by such a fantastic and understanding response. Hoping for maybe a replacement envelope so that I can frame it all together, Niki insisted on sending a whole new letter and when I mentioned my excitement to blog about it she offered a coupon code for you all to use too! How lovely is that?!
But before I give you it I must run through the facts first.
Described as the 'LOST Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Acceptance Lettertance Letter', this fantastic item comes wrapped up in an envelope covered in 'lost' stamps proving that the owls just couldn't find you, addressed to you as specifically, as it was Harry, and sealed with a (faux) wax seal in either red or gold (I chose the gold/yellow to go with my sorting into Hufflepuff ;P).
Inside is your official acceptance letter signed in emerald ink by Professor McGonagall herself, alongside your list of everything first years require and a one way ticket on the Hogwarts express.
Letters and envelope being 'written' on such quality fine parchment paper you would assume that it would cost so much more, so I'll let you guess....go on....guess now....before telling you that your Hogwarts acceptance letter is only £9.54 minus P&P away from you!
Hold on, actually scratch that, as you guys can get 10% off a letter from Niki's Curiosity Emporium right away by entering 'THANKYOU10' at the checkout!! :O Awesome much?! Yup, you're welcome haha.
Hopefully you are as in awe and as enthusiastic about being able to finally get your hands on your Hogwarts letter as I am. I cannot wait to get a box frame and get this displayed proudly on my living room wall for all witches, wizards and muggles alike to see. Huge apologies for the amount of exclamation points in this post, evidently I'm rather obsessed with my special birthday gift to myself.
Just as a heads up too, I didn't actually get my 'real' address on the front as the house we live in is rented and I wanted it to be relevant for years to come. Instead I used mine (and Harry's coincidentally) real door number with a made up street name that describes my area with my real town and county.
What I want to know is if your letter finally arrived, what would the first line state?? Under the stairs like the original Mr Potter, In the Basement, The Door at the Bottom of the Hall or something else? Please let me know in the comments!! I'd love to know.
I want to finish this post by saying that I actually bought and paid for this all of my own accord as it is something I've longed for for years. The only reason I got a coupon code for you all to use was because Niki was extra kind when dealing with the typo and offered it to me. Of course these, as always, are all my own opinions and lastly, if you decide to order yours too I hope you love it as much as I do mine.
*this was why I was able to include a photo of the back and front of the envelope in the same photo above.