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I Made A Harry Potter Monopoly Board For My Best Friend’s Birthday
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I Made A Harry Potter Monopoly Board For My Best Friend’s Birthday

My friend really wanted a Harry Potter monopoly board – but sadly they do not exist. So I made one!

I spent 80+ hours on the board layout, the cards, and all the extra details. I’m so happy with the final product though!

Starting with the final product: board and all the pieces

Mirror image print – creating the board layout was difficult, but also fun to create my own properties

Lay out a layer of polycrylic, lay down the paper, allow to dry, and rub away the paper. It leaves the ink behind

Finished the rubbing with some woodburned edges

Adding the center image and burning the card spaces

An (incomplete) photo of the properties – front and back

Railroads turned to Transportation Methods of the Wizard Community and I turned utilities to newspapers

Charms=Chance, Potions=Community Chess

I used Disney Monopoly pieces and a little spray paint for the houses/hotels

Instead of paper money, I used the Wizard coins of knuts, sickles, and galleons; but with my own variation. I changed the values to simply 10, 50, and 100 values instead

I bought a poker case to hold the money and the cards, tokens, and pieces

I printed out Monopoly Rules (slight HP Variation of course) for the top. Gold spray paint on some wood dividers completed it. (She’s a Gryffindor, hence the color scheme).

Final layout

With another image of the Gringotts logo on the case and I’m all done

Final photo

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Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

this need to go on kickstarter right away!!

LD Beatty
Community Member
4 years ago

he would be sued by Harry Potter as he doesnt have the rights

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AmetRaven
Community Member
4 years ago

You are an AMAZING friend!

Melissa Apple
Community Member
4 years ago

I agree

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FABULOUS1
Community Member
4 years ago

Best friend EVER! This is amazing, the time and patience it had to take to do this. Great job! If you decide to make more and sale them let us know.

Rue Granger
Community Member
4 years ago

I swear, if this was on sale, I'd buy them instantly. That's what Potterheads do :D

Kem Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

Sheila Robinson. .The name Monopoly, and the associated graphics and text are also copyright." "Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans are not protected by copyright." "Copyright law does not protect simple product lettering or coloring, OR the mere listing of PRODUCT ingredients or contents." The name Monopoly and the PRODUCT ingredients or contents in the game is not protected unless it is used for PROFIT. Fan art done for personal pleasure to make a profit will expose the fan to the risk of suits. There is NO Harry Potter Monopoly. AND there is no profit being gained with this Monopoly. it is for personal use. You have to be careful because of your business. I believe that gains PROFIT. :)

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Robert Izenson
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm guessing this was made for personal use only. If the author was to try and market it, or put it on Kickstarter, there's a very good chance they could be sued for copyright infringement. Now that that's out of the way, I gotta say, this was incredible! Nicely done!

Cherie O
Community Member
4 years ago

Ok, this is the most awesome thing I have seen in awhile. Very, very creative.

Lucka
Community Member
4 years ago

Great work

Ed Mo
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow. Serious effort, amazing result!

Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
4 years ago

You are a very very good friend with monster talent! I've looked at this section several times in awe of your creativity! Too bad you can't work a deal with Ms. Rowlings and the Monopoly folks to produce these on a bigger scale!! Great idea, people would buy these for sure!!

GK
Community Member
4 years ago

This is great! Any HP fan would love to have this!

Cherié Terblanche
Community Member
4 years ago

This is the most awesome thing ever. EVER!!

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

You are a great friend. The world needs more people like you...although let's be honest, you made this so you could play it too! ;-P

CatShatBrix
Community Member
4 years ago

The DIY skills shown are amazing!

Chalie
Community Member
4 years ago

This is wonderful, I love it, bless this post

Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
4 years ago

I need this in my life!!!

Kem Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

LD Beatty..Apparently you don't understand "owning rights" ."WHAT IS NOT PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT.. Copyright law protects the expression of facts and ideas, not the ideas and facts themselves. Works that have not been fixed to a tangible medium are just ideas. Ideas are fair game for everyone to express in their own words. Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans are not protected by copyright law. Copyright law does not protect simple product lettering or coloring, or the mere listing of product ingredients or contents." This Monopoly game is an idea that has not been created before and has not been sold for Profit. NO rights have been infringed on. If he tries to gain profit from it, he would need Parker Brothers and W.B permission.

Carol Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

time to have a word with the company that markets Monopoly..

Merve YILMAZ
Community Member
4 years ago

This is the Perfect Gift of all time <3

Khushi Hegde
Community Member
4 years ago

50 points to you Jenna Shaw. Dont know which house you belong to but hey!

MrGosslet
Community Member
4 years ago

This really is a great idea. You could really make a business out of this I would buy this for $50!!!!

Ande H
Community Member
4 years ago

You should make a business ITS SOOOOOO COOL

Sadie Andreea
Community Member
4 years ago

wow, well done, your friend must mean a lot to you.

Oscar Aguirre
Community Member
4 years ago

I want one, and I sure as hell would pay buckets for it. Let me know if you’d ever be interested.

Lynn Lee
Community Member
4 years ago

I NEED THIS!!!

Yashica Sadam
Community Member
4 years ago

THIS IS TRUE FRIENDSHIP

Anamika Das
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow!

Robin Scudder
Community Member
4 years ago

The legal complications of just posting the pics are mind baffling. I really love what has been done but it really is a legal minefield crossing lots of different companies (Disney, WB, Waddingtons to name a few) Good luck

RespectThePaiva
Community Member
4 years ago

Do you want to be my friend? I've a spot available. I always have a spot for a person like you.

Joseph Barnett
Community Member
4 years ago

Get a patent on this! This is amazing!

Lisa Ryan
Community Member
4 years ago

This is amazing. Can you be my friend!?! I agree with Kjorn time for a kickstarter or at least pitch it to monopoly.

TexasWoman
Community Member
1 year ago

You need to start making more and selling them.

Marcia Savidant Hinks
Community Member
2 years ago

It's beautiful, hope you get credit if they go into production. You are the creator after all. :)

weatherwitch
Community Member
3 years ago

This is Absolutely amazing and you are a truly fantastic talented person!!

Alley cat
Community Member
3 years ago

you are the most coolest and greatest friend in the world for making that!!!!!!!!!!

Stephanie Gomez
Community Member
4 years ago

Where did you get the tokens?

One Eyed Gamer
Community Member
4 years ago

Bravo good on you this is AWESOME

Kem Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't know why there's not a reply option under Ty Duffy :) "Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. No one is charged for a pledge towards a PROJECT unless it reaches its funding goal. A creator is the person or team behind the project IDEA, working to bring it to LIFE. Backers are folks who pledge money to join creators in bringing PROJECTS to life." They do not sell products. he would not get paid for it. He could put this on Kickstarter then they take it off immediately OR He could get a backer to help a team prefect the game & the backer tries to convince WB & JK to create a H.P monopoly. You cant be sued for an idea."WHAT IS NOT PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT.. Copyright law protects the expression of facts and ideas, not the ideas and facts themselves. Works that have not been fixed to a tangible medium are just ideas. Ideas are fair game for everyone to express in their own words."H.P monopoly is Not a tangible medium.The most that can happen is Kickstarter don't except it.

Kem Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

BTW Kickstarter would get permission before backers helped him bring the game to life.

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Susano
Community Member
4 years ago

Shweet!

James Mitchell
Community Member
4 years ago

Hey i would love to get the rules for this game... like how many coins you give out to each player?

Julie Caldwell
Community Member
4 years ago

Can I buy one

Sheila Cox
Community Member
4 years ago

Annnnd . . . .How do I get one??!!!

Teh Woei Ti
Community Member
4 years ago

May we ask you to share the files of your design? So we could make it ourselves!

Bobbi Dow
Community Member
4 years ago

could you share the board?!?!

Brenda Pereira
Community Member
4 years ago

This is ingenious. Unfortunately, I'm willing to bet that the monopoly game makers are not going to be ok with it being marketed.

Joanna Wright
Community Member
4 years ago

would be great if you could share the templates you used. or even sell them. i'd be willing to pay for them. im rubbish on computers, and would never be able to make them myself!

Arran Forster
Community Member
4 years ago

Will you make the plans, cards available for download for others to do this as well?

Arran Forster
Community Member
4 years ago

Do you have the files available for download? Like the cards, plans etc?

Marta Dzhambazova
Community Member
4 years ago

Hi! Have you thought of making a business out of this? I am quite interested in ordering a board like this :)

Susan West
Community Member
4 years ago

What did you use as the board pieces?

Irene van Vessem
Community Member
4 years ago

That's fantastic. Please start mass producing them, I need one urgently ;-)

Catherina Fijalkauskaite
Community Member
4 years ago

THIS IS AMAZING *throws money on laptop* WHY ISN'T THIS A THING?!

Joanna Ostrowska
Community Member
4 years ago

i want this :)

Sara
Community Member
4 years ago

You need to open this business, so we all can get a board!!! Beautifully done!

Kairi Kairi
Community Member
4 years ago

I need you as my best friends please, this is so amazing

AmStick
Community Member
4 years ago

I think you need to be my best friend!

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow what an amazing gift!

Катя Арнаудова
Community Member
4 years ago

Good job! Amazing idea. :)

Laetitia
Community Member
4 years ago

You should sell these! I would totally buy one!! :D It looks AMAZING!

Sheila Robinson
Community Member
4 years ago

It is absolutely brilliantly done BUT the Harry Potter stuff is trademarked, both by JK Rowling and Warner Brothers and as such you aren't allowed to use it in your work. You have to be very careful when using images and concepts which aren't original.

Geo Boti
Community Member
4 years ago

He is not selling this and this item was made for his personal use... it is like someone telling me I can't paint anything that's trademarked and hang it on my wall etc etc. I hope you can understand what my point is. On the other hand if he started a mass business selling those monopoly using the name "Harry Potter" or anything else that is already trademarked by the HP series, then yeah he would certainly get into some serious trouble.

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Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

This is amazing. Completely fabulous. You are the best-est friend ever. Well, well done.

Bekki Knee
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg this needs to go onto the market how fantastic i am so jealous ;p

Claire Sylvester
Community Member
4 years ago

What a lovely friend!

Lily Rv
Community Member
4 years ago

This is awesome! how did you make the pawns?

Chris Mallon
Community Member
4 years ago

I want one.

Chris Mallon
Community Member
4 years ago

I want one

April Kepner
Community Member
4 years ago

Please market this!

Kirsten Schumann-Wahl
Community Member
4 years ago

Kickstart it! I'll back it!

Ingrid Collender
Community Member
4 years ago

This is an AWESOME idea for my 30yr old daughter!!! She is gaga over Potter! I have almost a year at my disposal to the next birthday...

Betty Morgan Singer
Community Member
4 years ago

You should sell these everywhere and make a mint!

Alexandru Dumitru
Community Member
4 years ago

Where can i get the graphics and the rules i wanna make one too for a friend :D

Kirsi Hirvasniemi
Community Member
4 years ago

Could you do one more? What would be the price?

Kirsi Hirvasniemi
Community Member
4 years ago

Could you do one more? What would the price be?

Michael A Kasubaski
Community Member
4 years ago

how much would you charge to make a set?

Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

this need to go on kickstarter right away!!

LD Beatty
Community Member
4 years ago

he would be sued by Harry Potter as he doesnt have the rights

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AmetRaven
Community Member
4 years ago

You are an AMAZING friend!

Melissa Apple
Community Member
4 years ago

I agree

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FABULOUS1
Community Member
4 years ago

Best friend EVER! This is amazing, the time and patience it had to take to do this. Great job! If you decide to make more and sale them let us know.

Rue Granger
Community Member
4 years ago

I swear, if this was on sale, I'd buy them instantly. That's what Potterheads do :D

Kem Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

Sheila Robinson. .The name Monopoly, and the associated graphics and text are also copyright." "Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans are not protected by copyright." "Copyright law does not protect simple product lettering or coloring, OR the mere listing of PRODUCT ingredients or contents." The name Monopoly and the PRODUCT ingredients or contents in the game is not protected unless it is used for PROFIT. Fan art done for personal pleasure to make a profit will expose the fan to the risk of suits. There is NO Harry Potter Monopoly. AND there is no profit being gained with this Monopoly. it is for personal use. You have to be careful because of your business. I believe that gains PROFIT. :)

Load More Replies...
Robert Izenson
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm guessing this was made for personal use only. If the author was to try and market it, or put it on Kickstarter, there's a very good chance they could be sued for copyright infringement. Now that that's out of the way, I gotta say, this was incredible! Nicely done!

Cherie O
Community Member
4 years ago

Ok, this is the most awesome thing I have seen in awhile. Very, very creative.

Lucka
Community Member
4 years ago

Great work

Ed Mo
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow. Serious effort, amazing result!

Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
4 years ago

You are a very very good friend with monster talent! I've looked at this section several times in awe of your creativity! Too bad you can't work a deal with Ms. Rowlings and the Monopoly folks to produce these on a bigger scale!! Great idea, people would buy these for sure!!

GK
Community Member
4 years ago

This is great! Any HP fan would love to have this!

Cherié Terblanche
Community Member
4 years ago

This is the most awesome thing ever. EVER!!

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

You are a great friend. The world needs more people like you...although let's be honest, you made this so you could play it too! ;-P

CatShatBrix
Community Member
4 years ago

The DIY skills shown are amazing!

Chalie
Community Member
4 years ago

This is wonderful, I love it, bless this post

Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
4 years ago

I need this in my life!!!

Kem Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

LD Beatty..Apparently you don't understand "owning rights" ."WHAT IS NOT PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT.. Copyright law protects the expression of facts and ideas, not the ideas and facts themselves. Works that have not been fixed to a tangible medium are just ideas. Ideas are fair game for everyone to express in their own words. Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans are not protected by copyright law. Copyright law does not protect simple product lettering or coloring, or the mere listing of product ingredients or contents." This Monopoly game is an idea that has not been created before and has not been sold for Profit. NO rights have been infringed on. If he tries to gain profit from it, he would need Parker Brothers and W.B permission.

Carol Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

time to have a word with the company that markets Monopoly..

Merve YILMAZ
Community Member
4 years ago

This is the Perfect Gift of all time <3

Khushi Hegde
Community Member
4 years ago

50 points to you Jenna Shaw. Dont know which house you belong to but hey!

MrGosslet
Community Member
4 years ago

This really is a great idea. You could really make a business out of this I would buy this for $50!!!!

Ande H
Community Member
4 years ago

You should make a business ITS SOOOOOO COOL

Sadie Andreea
Community Member
4 years ago

wow, well done, your friend must mean a lot to you.

Oscar Aguirre
Community Member
4 years ago

I want one, and I sure as hell would pay buckets for it. Let me know if you’d ever be interested.

Lynn Lee
Community Member
4 years ago

I NEED THIS!!!

Yashica Sadam
Community Member
4 years ago

THIS IS TRUE FRIENDSHIP

Anamika Das
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow!

Robin Scudder
Community Member
4 years ago

The legal complications of just posting the pics are mind baffling. I really love what has been done but it really is a legal minefield crossing lots of different companies (Disney, WB, Waddingtons to name a few) Good luck

RespectThePaiva
Community Member
4 years ago

Do you want to be my friend? I've a spot available. I always have a spot for a person like you.

Joseph Barnett
Community Member
4 years ago

Get a patent on this! This is amazing!

Lisa Ryan
Community Member
4 years ago

This is amazing. Can you be my friend!?! I agree with Kjorn time for a kickstarter or at least pitch it to monopoly.

TexasWoman
Community Member
1 year ago

You need to start making more and selling them.

Marcia Savidant Hinks
Community Member
2 years ago

It's beautiful, hope you get credit if they go into production. You are the creator after all. :)

weatherwitch
Community Member
3 years ago

This is Absolutely amazing and you are a truly fantastic talented person!!

Alley cat
Community Member
3 years ago

you are the most coolest and greatest friend in the world for making that!!!!!!!!!!

Stephanie Gomez
Community Member
4 years ago

Where did you get the tokens?

One Eyed Gamer
Community Member
4 years ago

Bravo good on you this is AWESOME

Kem Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't know why there's not a reply option under Ty Duffy :) "Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. No one is charged for a pledge towards a PROJECT unless it reaches its funding goal. A creator is the person or team behind the project IDEA, working to bring it to LIFE. Backers are folks who pledge money to join creators in bringing PROJECTS to life." They do not sell products. he would not get paid for it. He could put this on Kickstarter then they take it off immediately OR He could get a backer to help a team prefect the game & the backer tries to convince WB & JK to create a H.P monopoly. You cant be sued for an idea."WHAT IS NOT PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT.. Copyright law protects the expression of facts and ideas, not the ideas and facts themselves. Works that have not been fixed to a tangible medium are just ideas. Ideas are fair game for everyone to express in their own words."H.P monopoly is Not a tangible medium.The most that can happen is Kickstarter don't except it.

Kem Wills
Community Member
4 years ago

BTW Kickstarter would get permission before backers helped him bring the game to life.

Load More Replies...
Susano
Community Member
4 years ago

Shweet!

James Mitchell
Community Member
4 years ago

Hey i would love to get the rules for this game... like how many coins you give out to each player?

Julie Caldwell
Community Member
4 years ago

Can I buy one

Sheila Cox
Community Member
4 years ago

Annnnd . . . .How do I get one??!!!

Teh Woei Ti
Community Member
4 years ago

May we ask you to share the files of your design? So we could make it ourselves!

Bobbi Dow
Community Member
4 years ago

could you share the board?!?!

Brenda Pereira
Community Member
4 years ago

This is ingenious. Unfortunately, I'm willing to bet that the monopoly game makers are not going to be ok with it being marketed.

Joanna Wright
Community Member
4 years ago

would be great if you could share the templates you used. or even sell them. i'd be willing to pay for them. im rubbish on computers, and would never be able to make them myself!

Arran Forster
Community Member
4 years ago

Will you make the plans, cards available for download for others to do this as well?

Arran Forster
Community Member
4 years ago

Do you have the files available for download? Like the cards, plans etc?

Marta Dzhambazova
Community Member
4 years ago

Hi! Have you thought of making a business out of this? I am quite interested in ordering a board like this :)

Susan West
Community Member
4 years ago

What did you use as the board pieces?

Irene van Vessem
Community Member
4 years ago

That's fantastic. Please start mass producing them, I need one urgently ;-)

Catherina Fijalkauskaite
Community Member
4 years ago

THIS IS AMAZING *throws money on laptop* WHY ISN'T THIS A THING?!

Joanna Ostrowska
Community Member
4 years ago

i want this :)

Sara
Community Member
4 years ago

You need to open this business, so we all can get a board!!! Beautifully done!

Kairi Kairi
Community Member
4 years ago

I need you as my best friends please, this is so amazing

AmStick
Community Member
4 years ago

I think you need to be my best friend!

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow what an amazing gift!

Катя Арнаудова
Community Member
4 years ago

Good job! Amazing idea. :)

Laetitia
Community Member
4 years ago

You should sell these! I would totally buy one!! :D It looks AMAZING!

Sheila Robinson
Community Member
4 years ago

It is absolutely brilliantly done BUT the Harry Potter stuff is trademarked, both by JK Rowling and Warner Brothers and as such you aren't allowed to use it in your work. You have to be very careful when using images and concepts which aren't original.

Geo Boti
Community Member
4 years ago

He is not selling this and this item was made for his personal use... it is like someone telling me I can't paint anything that's trademarked and hang it on my wall etc etc. I hope you can understand what my point is. On the other hand if he started a mass business selling those monopoly using the name "Harry Potter" or anything else that is already trademarked by the HP series, then yeah he would certainly get into some serious trouble.

Load More Replies...
Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

This is amazing. Completely fabulous. You are the best-est friend ever. Well, well done.

Bekki Knee
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg this needs to go onto the market how fantastic i am so jealous ;p

Claire Sylvester
Community Member
4 years ago

What a lovely friend!

Lily Rv
Community Member
4 years ago

This is awesome! how did you make the pawns?

Chris Mallon
Community Member
4 years ago

I want one.

Chris Mallon
Community Member
4 years ago

I want one

April Kepner
Community Member
4 years ago

Please market this!

Kirsten Schumann-Wahl
Community Member
4 years ago

Kickstart it! I'll back it!

Ingrid Collender
Community Member
4 years ago

This is an AWESOME idea for my 30yr old daughter!!! She is gaga over Potter! I have almost a year at my disposal to the next birthday...

Betty Morgan Singer
Community Member
4 years ago

You should sell these everywhere and make a mint!

Alexandru Dumitru
Community Member
4 years ago

Where can i get the graphics and the rules i wanna make one too for a friend :D

Kirsi Hirvasniemi
Community Member
4 years ago

Could you do one more? What would be the price?

Kirsi Hirvasniemi
Community Member
4 years ago

Could you do one more? What would the price be?

Michael A Kasubaski
Community Member
4 years ago

how much would you charge to make a set?

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