October 23, 2016 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
I know I’m not the only who thinks that winter time at Hogwarts is the most magical time of the year — all the gorgeous and enchanted holiday decorations hung up all over the castle, the giant Christmas trees, the snowy views outside the castle windows, the om nom nom meals served in the Great Hall, the pile of presents placed at the end of Ron and Harry’s beds in the dorm, just to name a few. The Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Coloring Set hopes to bring some of that magic to you for your Christmas season.
The items in the Magical Coloring Set are packed in a keepsake box measuring 6.25 x 6.25 x 2 inches. The items are: assembly instructions for the 3-D Firebolt broom model, a 4 x 2.25 inch piece of balsa wood that has the pop-out pieces for the broom, a skein of maroon thread, 8 sheets of gift tags (6 to a page, 2 sheets of each design), and a 48-page coloring book measuring 6 x 6 inches.
The coloring book is top-bound and lays completely flat when open. Images are printed double-sided on white medium-wight paper and each page can be carefully peeled out. The coloring book features line art of winter-themed scenes from the Harry Potter movies. The artistic style is completely different from the Harry Potter coloring books published by Scholastic in partner with Warner Brothers — this I quite like because I was not a fan of the artistic style in the first (and subsequent) Harry Potter coloring books that have released over the past year.
The gift tags are described as being colorable but I disagree — the majority of the images on the gift tags are way too small to color. It was a nice touch to also have the design appear on the reverse side of the gift tag. I’m quite underwhelmed by the 3-D Firebolt broom model although it is nice that the broom handle has a small hole so you could loop some of the maroon thread through and hang it as an ornament on your tree.
I absolutely adore the Harry Potter books with all my heart but I’m just not that impressed with this coloring kit. For me, I experience winter at Hogwarts best by escaping into the stories rather than through a coloring book (or gift tags or assembling a small broom). Regardless of how you like to experience winter at Hogwarts, I do think that this kit is way overpriced at a retail price of $15.99.
Visit the official book page to download 3 free coloring pages
Disclosure: I received a complimentary book from the publisher. I was not required nor obligated to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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