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Here at BRIDES, we've seen our fair share of out-of-the-box marriage proposals — from incorporating the furriest of friends to recreating the scenery of favorite T.V. shows to practically scaring a fiancé into saying yes with a set-up right out of a horror movie. But in the game of creative marriage proposals, this one wins the Quidditch Cup. A pair of Harry Potter fanatics just got engaged, but just how does a wannabe wizard pop the question? Well, with a proposal that would definitely get J.K. Rowling's stamp of approval. Evan Onuskanych of Pennsylvania played upon his girlfriend's Harry Potter-loving heart with a customized Marauder's Map that told their entire love story.
For those of you in need of a Hogwarts refresher course, the Marauder's Map was a magical document that showed every nook, cranny, and hidden passageway of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry — as well as the location of everyone on the grounds. And for Evan, it was the perfect way to pop the question to his girlfriend of five years, Kelsey Davis.
"I was thinking of different ways of proposing that were particularly unique to our relationship," Evan told Buzzfeed of how he came up with the concept. Knowing his girlfriend's love for the series, a Harry Potter-themed proposal seemed like the perfect plan. "I used a template based off the original Marauder's Map for the covers, but went custom from there. I wanted to make sure we were located on the map exactly in the spot I would propose."
Photo: Kelsey Davis via Facebook
From where they met (Spring Ford High School) to their common alma mater (Penn State), Evan drew up the location on the personalized Marauder's Map so it would tell the story of their relationship. "I broke it up into four major parts of our lives — where we met, our first memories, college, and the present," Evan explained. The most meaningful locale of all? The spot where Kelsey ended up saying yes!
To pop the question, this creative groom-to-be took Kelsey to a favorite hiking trail of theirs that they've nicknamed, "The Beach," and made sure to include it on the map, with their little footprints standing side-by-side. "She cried... a lot," he told Bustle. "She was shocked and extremely happy. She just kept saying 'is this for real?'" remembers Evan.
And if you're wondering how these two Potterheads plan to say "I do," they've got some ideas. According to the groom, he's hoping for a wedding filled with "small, subtle hints" of the franchise thrown in here and there. But as for the bride... "If she had her way, the whole thing would be Harry Potter themed," says Evan.
We'd raise a Butterbeer to that!