For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on starting up an Etsy shop. It’s going to be called HufflePuffery because we’re starting out with magic wands and other Harry Potter themed crafts. And also because, as we’ve been playing our Harry Potter roleplaying game, the whole family has fallen in love with Hufflepuff house.
From a tabletop gaming perspective, Hufflepuff is the perfect house to be in. There’s not a lot of canon surrounding it, so you can do what you want without worrying about whether you’re getting Ravenclaw (or whatever house) right, and there’s just enough info from the video games and Pottermore to give you a sense of people and place when it comes to fellow students and the common room and such.
Plus, Hufflepuff is definitely the best house at Hogwarts. It’s pretty chill. In one of our games, we had a parallel scenario to the troll-in-the-dungeon episode in The Sorceror’s Stone, in which we confronted our own dangerous enemy elsewhere earlier in the day, and nobody heard a peep about it because Hufflepuff kids know how to take care of their own business. Then, when everyone had to leave the Halloween feast and go back to their common rooms — everyone except for three Gryffindor idiots, that is — we earned house points for Hufflepuff by bringing along a basket full of pastries so our peeps could enjoy the troll-caused quarantine in comfort.
I always get sorted into Gryffindor (whether on Pottermore or any other quiz), but if I have any say in the matter, Hufflepuff is where I want to be.
Anyway, the HufflePuffery shop isn’t quite ready to go yet… I’ll let you know when it is.
In the meantime, one of the things I need to get squared away before the shop can launch is product photography. So here’s a test run, featuring one of the first wands I carved.
What do you think? Would these photos sell the product? What could I do better?
I should note that the rainbow photo probably won’t be used in the shop; the background is too distracting. But you may notice that in this photo the whole wand is lighter colored, and the bands and collar are lighter still — that’s because the photo was taken 10 years ago shortly after I carved the wand.
Clearly the wand has aged since then. And not just aged — it’s seen plenty of use, too. Me’n the kids used to roam all over town with our wands, playing witches and wizards. (Not so much anymore…we still love Harry Potter, but the kids have grown up since then. Now the wands are gaming aids and cosplay props and mementos.)
I should also note that this wand will NOT be for sale. It’s mine. But if you happen to want a magic wand of your own, you can find one at the HufflePuffery shop on Etsy…soon…