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Navigating the deck ought to be fairly straightforward. The button bar lists all of the cards, by number. Admittedly, if you do not know the number of the card you are looking for, it may take a some bouncing around to find it. But it ought to be doable without too much effort on anyone’s part.

The arrow on the left of the button panel brings you back here. The arrow on the right will take you to the full deck overview(s). From those pages you need to either use the back button, or go back to the deck’s intro page from the sidebar to get back into the deck. Yes, I'm sorry, but you need to go through this page to get to the individual cards.

From here you should be able to get to any of them directly via the button panel above.

Now. Here’s the $64,000 question: Would you like a copy of the deck for your own? To use (or just to have)?

Well, you can get one, and it isn’t going to cost anything like $64,000. More like $16 and shipping. But I'm not going to sell one to you. For that matter the printers aren’t going to “sell” one to you either. But if you open an account with them, and upload the graphics files to their setup page, and set up a project, they will print you a deck, and ship it to you. And I’ve provided the files for you to do that, below.

You've probably seen other custom decks out there. Decks of playing cards with some company logo on them, or the name of a casino, or other such things. Maybe in a booth at a trade show, or given away as advertising at some event or other. There are printing companies which specialize in those custom decks — and they don’t always insist on a bulk order of some unfeasibly high number. I found one which will print you just a single deck if you want one. It is called makeplayingcards.com and can be found here:

http://www.makeplayingcards.com/design/design-your-own-tarot-cards.html

I’m including the archives for both versions of the deck. The only real difference is the color of the border. The files are fairly high-resolution .jpgs and the company linked above has a fairly easy-to-follow process for setting a deck up for printing. It will take a while to upload and build the project due to the file size, but it's simple enough to do.

Red Deck (200.5MB)

Green Deck (189.2MB)

Little White Book (219 kb)

The files which I am providing do not include the “opener” card shown on the intro page. That has no real function in using the deck. It is also the only thing which overtly identifies it as a Harry Potter-themed deck, and I figured that there was no point in antagonizing copyright holders. There appear to be no limitations on producing fan art and posting it on the internet, or printing it out for one’s own use. So printing a copy of the deck ought to be all right. But it’s probably the better part of valor not to come out and SAY in writing that it's a Potter-themed deck. And I am absolutely NOT releasing it for commercial use. Have a deck printed for yourself, fine. Have a few printed and give them to people as gifts, fine. But don’t sell them. Word will get back to someone, eventually.

Of course you don't have to use that particular company specifically (although their work looks very good to me), there are other such companies out there. But MPC are the ones I went to to have my own copies printed, and consequently, the images in the dowload files are built on their template. They also print regular poker or bridge decks. And they also do specialized custom photo cards in several additional shapes and sizes.

They keep the project on file in your account, so you can reorder additional decks later, too. They give you a choice of cardstocks and packaging methods, and they take PayPal. The base price as of this writing for a standard 78-card Tarot deck on their smooth stock and shrinkwraped was $16. Shipping will add to this total, but you already knew you were going to have to pay shipping. (They do not limit shipping to the continental US, either.)

Another thing; the file archives for the decks do not include the capsule interpretations for reading the cards (aka; the “little white book”). The card printers do not specialize in producing those. I finally aquired one of those semi-mythical round tuits and built one from the capsule interpretations on the site here. You will have to print, trim, collate, and bind it yourselves. But the text is all here in one file, and ought to be printable from pretty much any printer (although it is designed to be printed on both sides). Or you can just use any of the instructions that have been written as an interpretation guide for a standard Rider deck.