Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It’s the one I’ve reread the most, the one that made Remus Lupin my favorite character, and the one that made me want to know more about the marauders that once ran around Hogwarts. So, when I first visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando it’s probably no surprise that I quickly zeroed in on the Marauder’s Map replica they were selling in one of their magical stores.
The replica is based on the map seen in the film. It opens in all the numerous ways you think the map should, unfolding this way and that, then unfolding some more to reveal every inch of Hogwarts from secret passages to classrooms. You’ll find yourself following every corridor to find places you’ll remember from the books and films as well as other fun details that just might be a surprise!
The paper the map is made of isn’t flimsy or thin. It’s thicker and made to look a bit old and used, so it’s like you have the real map in hand! Overall, I was impressed by how well-made it is. That being said, it’s still paper and I didn’t want my precious map just out in the open. The map has become one of my most prized possessions, so naturally I found a way to protect it and hang it on my wall. There’s a special case you can buy that’s made just for the map. I love how the map looks in the case with its wood frame and gold etching. I will say that it doesn’t hold the map up all that well, if you’re like me and want it perfectly in the center of the case. However, it’s nothing a few paper clips couldn’t fix!
I don’t usually spend money on replicas, which was partly why I wanted to protect it so much, but I couldn’t resist this map. It’s a great version of the one we all know and love from the series that’s just missing the magic of actually being able to see people walking around Hogwarts! I think any Harry Potter fan would get a kick out of it, though you should especially check it out if you adore the marauders like me.