Every Harry Potter fan--Potterheads, as they're called--knows that Harry's first broom was a gift from Professor McGonagall in his first year--the Nimbus 2000.
It was the fastest racing broom at the time, of course until the Nimbus 2001's came a year later, but the Nimbus 2000 still holds a very special place in fans' hearts. You never forget your first after all.
Licensed replicas are fairly expensive and nothing says "I love you more than Potions Class" like a handmade broom. Jared Weissman, a civil engineering from Virginia did just that. Weissman spent three weeks making his girlfriend of five years a lifesize replica of Harry's first broom. He even wrapped it up in paper and twine, just like how it was delivered to Harry when he received it.
“I could tell what it was from the shape of it, and I just remember being so excited and even cried! My room is slowly turning into a Harry Potter fan cave," Shelby Stein, Weissman's girlfriend, and lucky recipient of the gift said.
First, Weissman used a 2×4 piece of pine for the handle. The bristles were made from a basket reed and have their shape reinforced with Styrofoam circles. The broom got the glossy looks from a mahogany wood stain finish and polyurethane coat. Lastly, he even hand-painted the exact Nimbus 2000 logo and font on the handle.
Love truly is magic.