This month’s J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Loot Crate, Dark Arts, has apparated a box of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them merch that represents the blackest of the black hearts in Rowling’s Wizarding universe: Dolores Umbridge, Azkaban, Percival Graves, Tom Riddle, and the Chamber of Secrets.
This month’s Death Eater-themed crate interior, however, reminded me briefly of a certain temple in another fantasy universe that keeps the faces of the dead. I keep looking for Ned Stark’s head in this wall of Death Eaters.
Wizarding World’s Dark Arts crate has provided us with another really nice Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them shirt, this time an exclusive Percival Graves T-shirt. The black and white rendering of Graves, along with the blue vapors wreathing him in the center of this inky black shirt, and the lettering “We’ve lived in the shadows for too long” in the foreground, punctuated by the Deathly Hallows, is an evocative image. Moreover, the snug cotton breathes comfortably, and this will be a nice shirt for spring days and summer nights.
Also a nice inclusion is this exclusive Azkaban zippered pouch made by Bioworld, which is decorated with the arcane lettering used to identify prisoners in Azkaban. While many of these will end up inside purses, it’s also just the right size to carry pencils or pens, a small camera, playing cards, or change for your garage sale or flea market.
I’m a fan of Loot Crate’s kitchenware, so it should be no surprise that my favorite item in Dark Arts was this exclusive set of Professor Umbridge ‘Frolicsome Felines’ plates made by Underground Toys. Additionally, this is probably my favorite Loot Crate kitchen item to date, as it is a quirky item that reaches deep into the iconography of the Harry Potter cinematic universe for imagery that may only be recognized by Pottermaniacs. The four plates have varying diameters—3.5”, 4.75”, 6”, and 7”—three of which have floral designs on the raised rims. It’s a nice reminder of one of the more eclectic of the Potterverse villains, and a great way to get more Harry Potter items in my kitchen.
This month’s Wizarding World pin is an exclusive Tom Riddle Diary Pin made by Jacmel Jewelry. This striking black and silver colored pin has some mass to it, and a double pinback to hold it onto your attire. This small facsimile of Voldemort’s horcrux diary also has, dangling from a chain, the tooth that Harry used to pierce it.
While many subscribers probably guessed that a T-shirt would appear in Dark Arts, and a few may even have predicted a pouch, the Umbridge plates and the horcrux pin were not only awesome but so eccentric that they were probably not predicted by any subscribers. Even more off the wall than these was the exclusive Chamber of Secrets stationery set made by Innovative Designs. This stationery set, which includes a wax seal so that you can send out your edicts like a landed lord, goes, along with the plates, the horcrux pin, and A Matter of Time’s pocket watch, into Wizarding World’s bazaar of fantabulous oddities.
While the Dark Arts is no longer seeking Death Eaters, if Dumbledore’s Army is more your style, you can find Defence Against the Dark Arts through this hyperlink to the Room of Requirement until July 3rd, 2017.
— Loot Crate (@lootcrate) May 4, 2017
Loot Crate sent the review copy.