Mar 27, 2016 | By Benedict

A Harry Potter fan has proposed to his similarly Potter-mad boyfriend with an engagement ring housed in a 3D printed "Golden Snitch". The magical moment took place at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida, where the couple and family members wore matching ‘Platform 9 3/4’ t-shirts.

We’re used to seeing 3D printers used for all kinds of technical wizardry, but when Derrick James Walker proposed to his partner with a special 3D printed Golden Snitch box housing the engagement ring, he might have produced one of the most magical moments in 3D printing history.

Recognizing he and his partner’s mutual passion for the Harry Potter universe, Walker decided that the Potter-themed amusement park in Florida could provide the perfect proposal location. And sure enough, on a day of glorious sunshine, Walker used his Marauder’s Map (perhaps) to locate a beautiful spot overlooking Hogwarts. There, the enamored Walker got down on one knee and popped the question. "Since my boyfriend and I are huge Harry Potter fans I decided to propose in front of the castle,” Walker explained.

With two members of his family watching on and taking photographs, Walker did not need any kind of spell to convince his soon-to-be-fiancé to say yes. But that’s not to say that the romantic Potter lover didn’t put in the effort: Prior to the trip, Walker went to a local 3D hub to have a brass 3D printed Golden Snitch made for him. The amorously additively manufactured Snitch, inscribed with the words “I open at the close”, opened up to reveal the engagement ring inside. For Walker, this elaborate process was as necessary as it was inspirational: "Of course I had to [propose] with a Golden Snitch ring box,” he admitted.

For those unfamiliar with the world of Potter, the Golden Snitch is a potentially match-winning winged ball used in “Quidditch”, a broomstick-mounted sport played by the wizarding community in the Harry Potter books and movies. The elusiveness, elegance, and ultimate importance of the Golden Snitch make it an ideal vessel for an engagement ring—much more romantic than a Bludger or Quaffle.

The “I open at the close” inscription was, in the Potter universe, specific to one very important Golden Snitch—the first to be caught by young Harry Potter. The words, inscribed years after Harry snatched the flying orb, conveyed a secret message from beloved headmaster Albus Dumbledore, one which would have important consequences for Harry and the entire wizarding world. Let’s hope the consequences of the 3D printed Snitch for these two lovebirds are all good ones.

With the 3D printed Golden Snitch providing an unforgettable moment of happiness for the happy couple, Potter-loving makers might now be inspired to create some half-blood prints of their own. We’d love to see them!



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