I’m a big Harry Potter fan. Read all the books several times. Can quote you lines from the movies. Favorite theme park beverage is pumpkin juice from Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter (although I can’t talk myself into $6 a bottle via mail order). As Hagrid says “It’s not every day your young (wo)man turns eleven, now”, so when my daughter turned eleven recently, I made sure she received her Hogwart’s Acceptance Letter. The template for that letter I’ll share down below, so you can have some fun too. You can also order a custom made letter, if you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself.
Of course, if you’ve read the books, you’ll know Harry actually started receiving his letter days before his eleventh birthday, but was kept from reading them by his Uncle. It wasn’t until the midnight of his eleventh birthday that Hagrid made a point of delivering the acceptance letter in person, which is why fans have started this tradition.
My Word document template varies in wording a bit from the book, because I wanted to make sure she realized this had arrived because she had turned eleven. It is three pages long. The first is the actual acceptance letter. The second is the list of supplies you need for the year. The third is the Ministry of Magic’s explanation for why the letter arrived via muggle mail, rather than an owl.
You’ll have to go download a font to go with the template. A wizard letter in Comic Sans isn’t that realistic. I got the font I used from here. I printed the letter on fancy card stock. I didn’t have time to age it, but it looked fine anyways. If you want to use wax to seal the letter or envelope, you’ll need sealing wax. Regular candle wax is too runny, stains the paper, and won’t hold it closed. I was hoping anyways, as I don’t keep sealing wax on hand.
So feel free to download this, modify and print out your own Hogwart’s Acceptance Letter. Your young wizard or witch will find it pretty cool. Download template here.
UPDATED JUNE 2016: If you don’t have the time, inclination or materials to do this project yourself, I can create a custom letter for you. Click here for more information and to order.