My Harry Potter-mad daughter Erin, 11, decided to make herself a wand that looked like the ones in the films. She used a knife to carefully carve a stick she’d found, then smoothed it with sandpaper and used a permanent marker to darken it. She then varnished it and wrapped string around the base to make a handle. Now, along with her cloak and the Monster Book of Monsters she made, she looks like she’d fit right in at Hogwarts.
Sarah Johnson, Selby, N Yorks