A Closer Look at the Viral Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Have you ever dreamt of spending Christmas at Hogwarts? Well Kathryn Burnett did, and last Christmas she decided to bring Harry Potter to her holiday decorations with a magical Harry Potter Christmas Tree — that went VIRAL!

(All photos in this article are courtesy of Kathryn Burnett.)

HP Holiday Decorations

There’s a good chance that you’ve seen pictures of Kathryn’s trending Harry Potter Christmas tree. It’s the tree of any Harry Potter fan’s dreams, and it has been featured in a ton of publications and various news stations, including BuzzFeed, TODAY.com, UNILAD, and more.

How did Kathryn’s tree get so famous? Well, after tweeting an image last year from her personal Twitter, it caught the eye of J.K. Rowling herself, who liked Kathryn’s tweet! The rest is viral history! Also, let’s pause and reflect on the fact that J.K. Rowling liked her tweet! Potterhead bucket list = complete.

And now for your viewing pleasure, let’s take a closer look at Kathryn’s amazing Harry Potter Christmas Tree and her magical holiday decorations from the 2016 holiday season… starting with her Sorting Hat tree topper! (Note – I’ve definitely copied this idea! Thank you, Kathryn!)

HP Christmas Tree

The details within the tree’s branches are remarkable, and they include a Howler…

HP Howler
The Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia and collectible Chocolate Frog cards…

HP OrnamentsSlytherin Ornament

A Pygmy Puff, Ministry of Magic memorandum, Hermione’s Time Turner…

Harry Potter Tree Details

Salazar Slytherin’s Locket…

Horcrux Ornament

A Golden Snitch, the Deathly Hallows symbol…

Golden Snitch Ornament

A Hogwarts acceptance letter, Harry’s glasses, a delicious lollipop from Honeydukes…

Harry Potter Christmas Details

The Knight Bus, Delores Umbridge on a unicycle (from Fred and George Weasley’s shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes)…

Delores Umbridge Ornament

Ron’s Christmas sweater, Luna’s Spectrespecs, the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, the Hogwarts Express…

Slytherin Ornaments

A Nimbus 2001 broomstick…

Nimbus 2000

The Quibbler, the Marauder’s Map, Hedwig…

Harry Potter Tree Trimmings

And even a love potion pendant.

Harry Potter Love PotionHarry Potter Candy

And for 2017, Kathryn didn’t just bring back her Harry Potter tree, but she decided to add the fireplace from Privet Drive!

Harry Potter Fireplace copy

By the way, she made all of the Hogwarts acceptance letters by hand!

Harry Potter Letters

Not your typical Elf on a shelf…

House Elf on the ShelfMr H Potter Letter

And this year’s Harry Potter tree even has some new ornaments! Kathryn’s favorite Harry Potter book and movie is the Goblet of Fire, so it was only a matter of time until she added an actual Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter’s entry slip for the tournament (complete with burnt edges).

Harry Potter Christmas TreeHarry Potter Tree Topper

The tree also added an edition of the Daily Prophet…

Harry Potter Christmas Ornaments

A Knight Bus ticket…

Gryffindor holiday decorations

A train ticket to Hogwarts, the Goblet of Fire…

Goblet of Fire OrnamentHarry Potter Tree Decorations

A mischievious Cornish Pixie…

Cornish PixieLuna Lovegood OrnamentsMarauders Map

Dre the shrunken head from the Knight Bus…

Knight Bus Head OrnamentRavenclaw Ornament IdeasQuibbler

Scabbers and some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans…

Scabbers in Candy

More Quidditch items…

Quidditch Supplies

And even the Monster Book of Monsters!

Monster Book of Monsters DecorationMonster Book of Monsters

Thank you to Kathryn for allowing me to show off some of her magical photos! I love your tree and decor ideas and hope to include some of these on my own tree next year… or at my next Harry Potter brunch!

If you’re a Potterhead, make sure to visit and follow her Instagram, @kathryn.j.burnett, for Harry Potter Christmas tree updates and more magical ideas!

By the way, Kathryn is a proud Slytherin! Yes — a fellow Slytherin sister! However, she is known to cosplay as Hermione Granger from time to time — and she seriously looks like Emma’s twin!

(All photos in this article are courtesy of Kathryn Burnett.)


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