Pure magic

Gina Matter was a kid when she fell in love with the story of Harry Potter. 

She discovered the books by J.K. Rowling when she was a struggling reader. Her mother started reading the stories aloud to her before bed.

“The series captivated me so much, I began to pick up the books and continue on without her,” Matter said.

Today Matter — who lives in Maple Grove with her husband, Reed — is passing that love onto her daughter, Octavia, with an immersive nursery decorated with all things Hogwarts.

It all began years before the Matters’ daughter was born, when Matter set up a Pinterest board to collect a variety of decor elements. 

“Many people I shared the idea with didn’t understand how it could translate into a gender-neutral nursery,” she said. “I am so glad I stuck to my design.”

So far, Octavia — who celebrated her first birthday in February — has been a magical child, Matter said. 

“She is easy to please and full of smiles,” Matter said. “I think she may turn out to be more of a magician than a muggle. She is very observant and clever. Her intellect seems to be on the same level as Hermione’s. She is also a curious little bug with a sneaky sparkle in her eye, similar to that of Harry and Ron.”

Octavia began walking early, taking her first steps at 9 months old. 

“I have no doubt she will be nimble on her broomstick,” Matter said. 

See the full photo display as seen in Minnesota Parent magazine here.

Hogwards how-to

Key Elements

Crib and changing table: Heidi Klum Truly Scrumptious 

Changing scale: Hatch Baby ($249)

Birdcage: Relectronics on Etsy ($225)

Mural: Pulaton ($199)

Mobile: LittleWrensNursery on Etsy ($112) 

Lamp: GoldenRatioFurniture on Etsy ($185)

Gold birch tree pillow: Pier One ($30)

Forest pillow on chair: Society6 ($22)

Family tree mural and decorative trunks: painted by Julie Lord / Lord Ames Interiors

Wall paint: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams

And more

Etsy.com: Blanket over the crib, Dumbledore-quote sign and pillow, owl picture, crib sheets, Dobby doll 

Target: Succulent terrarium, rug, toy bin, faux fur blanket

Harrypottershop.com: Hogwarts replica, snitch replica, golden egg, broom, quidditch goggles

Universal Studios: Snape’s wand, necklaces in display boxes, stuffed Hedwig


Photos by Ivy Christina Photography / ivychristinaphotography.com