Harry Potter 'Sorting Candles' Are A Thing And You Need One, STAT

by Julie Scagell
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If you’ve wondered what house you belong to, wonder no more

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’re obviously familiar with every piece of Potter-related paraphernalia out there. But if you don’t have these “sorting candles” which slowly reveal the Hogwarts house you belong to, can you really call yourself a fan at all?

This is the perfect time of year for some serious candle burning. And what could be more fulfilling than a Harry Potter-inspired candle that guarantees to reveal what Hogwarts house you belong to as it burns. OK, it may not guarantee it, per se, but it’s so much fun watching and waiting, you won’t really care either way. (Please don’t say Slytherin. Please.)

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According to one seller, Muggle Library Candles, on Etsy, the wax will turn yellow for Hufflepuff, red for Gryffindor, blue for Ravenclaw, and green for Slytherin. “This candle starts off white and as it burns,” shop owner Ashley wrote. But after it burns for awhile “our sorting candle will reveal what house you belong in!”

Obviously, the candles are in the exact shape of a sorting hat (because that would just be a hot mess), but when you burn the white candle, the wax changes color to reveal red, yellow, green or blue – the house colors.

Another shop owner, StormyBlue, who sells sorting candles on her page has adorable labels fixed to all her candles, smelling of “pumpkins and butterbeer” with the quote: “Light me and you soon will see, The color of your house to be. I know you well, am never wrong, I will show you where you belong.” For $16 plus shipping, these are the perfect gift for any Potter lover.

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Listen, my candle game is pretty strong — I’ve got pumpkin candles and “flannel” smelling candles (however burning flannel smells) and even evergreen smelling candles in my house right now (don’t judge, it’s always the holidays up in here).

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But these sorting candles are next level. It makes me want to curl up with my own butterbeer and a copy of A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshott.

These candles have been a fan-favorite with Potterheads all over the world, so there’s a plethora of options out there for you to peruse, most guaranteed to “to take in your essence and aura.”

Apparently, they “hear your conversations and your daily activities,” before deciding which house you will fall. (OK, let’s not go crazy here. It’s not a Magic 8 Ball after all.)

You really can’t go wrong with purchasing one (or several) of these for yourself or all your wizard-loving friends. Short of getting our own sorting hat, this is the next best thing.