I am talking about the Noble Collection catalog, which appears to be a purveyor of reproduction memorabilia for movies. Many, many, many pages are given over to selling stuff that was previously just props in movies — The Lord of the Rings, The Green Lantern, Batman, and more, much more.
What impressed me was the boat load of fake Harry Potter movie tchochkes, including the wands of all the major characters and even some minor ones, Death Eater paraphernalia, statuary of magical creatures, and all kinds of other stuff that would have never occurred to me that anyone would spend their money on. But apparently people do — or at least someone thinks they will.
I’m not really sure what to make of this. It would be one thing if I were in possession of a real actual movie prop that J.K. Rowling herself gave me. That is something I would proudly display for all the world to see.
But why would I want some of these:
…the ersatz magic wands of everyone in Dumbledore’s Army, complete with falsified signatures on a piece of parchment.
… a bogus Deluminator (pictured above) that doesn’t actually deluminate.
… a creepy Death Eater’s mask.
… a complete set of Gringott’s coins that has no actual value.
… a box of fake Harry “artefacts”.
… and who would spend $300 on a broomstick that neither sweeps nor flies? That’s an awfully big and expensive knickknack.
I am trying — and failing — to see the point of all this.
But, in the spirit of things, I’ll give it a good faith effort. Let’s say that I’m going to design a room; in fact, I’ll recreate the Gryffindor common room. Here’s what it looks like:
Okay, I’m going to need some comfy leather chairs and ottomans by a huge fireplace, with a plush Persian rug on the floor. Maybe a tapestry or two on the wall, along with the painting of the Fat Lady. Duh. I think it would be great to have a full-size suit of armor to really add to the overall ambiance. I also went over to Etsy and found a Gryffindor afghan for a little cozy warmth and some Hogwarts throw pillows for extra cushioning comfort.
Okay, so I have the basics in my room. Now for some Harry-inspired objet d’art. What should I get?
I’d hang Godric Gryffindor’s sword above the fireplace for sure. In fact, I want that bad boy hanging over the fireplace in a place of honor. On another wall, I’d display a case full of magic wands and on yet another wall I’m totally hanging the Mirror of Erised. I’ll display the Sorcerer’s Stone, a Golden Snitch, and the Triwizard Cup on the side tables, for extra character. And, in one corner, I’ll stand up some of those broomsticks I mentioned earlier. There, that should make for a very Harry room, dontchathink?
Of course, this fantasy room wouldn’t be cheap — around $13,000 for everything I’ve listed above. Because that’s totally how I think we all should be spending our money.
What do you think of this catalog? Would you buy something from it?