Thanks so much for the compliments everyone!
QUESTION- Does this reference something in the books? I have no recollection of it. Is it something you made up? If so, that is truly taking things to the next level!
Good question! And thank you for it. I wasn't aware anyone would like to know so much detail.
What happened was this. I had this beautiful little handmade empty cabinet that I made. But I wanted to fill it with something exciting and interesting. Being an entry for a craftster challenge, I figured it should be something that would peak the imagination of the crafster community. So what do we all have in common? A passion for art. Well, that made it easy, because I could make artsy things to go in the craft box.
But I still wasn't satisfied. I recognized that a lot of what "sells" an item (in the commercial world) is the packaging, and so I wanted this to seem like something that could be purchased straight off the shelves...strange that a little bit of clear plastic makes us want to buy things. Like, picture one of those amazing scrapbooking sets in a basket that they sell in Costco or Sams Club for 30 bucks. Man, we all want one! Why? Because the packaging says, "Buy me! Buy me!" So, I wanted to have some packaging just because it has a pull, a draw for the audience. Makes people think, "Oh, the things I could do with a kit like that!"
Finally, now that I had the idea of designing packaging, the question was, what do I want the packaging to say? And I realized that I wanted it to advertise something that would make the imagination run wild, get creative in unexpected ways. So I decided to somehow draw magic into the theme. But what would magicians be doing with regular craft supplies--why not use magic? Well, it was a small leap to come up with the concept from there.
I imagined this kit being made about 10 years after Harry Potter vanquishes Voldemort, in an era when Muggle Rights were being championed, or awareness being raised, or something. By now the term MudBlood (non-magic folk) has become a badge of honor, and Squibs (magic folk who can't do magic) are gaining more ground in the magic world as well.
Anyways, so part of the awareness is this Muggle Art Contest.
Now, in Harry Potter, the only part of this that exists at all is this Muggle Arts class that I didn't figure out about until I researched it on the internet right now.
According to HarryPotter.wikia.com,
Muggle Art is an extra-curriculum subject taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is possibly taught by Professor Charity Burbage, the Muggle Studies teacher. Classes are held in a room on the fifth floor.
This is apparently just a small thing mentioned in one of the HP books.
So, in conclusion, the idea for this craft project was strictly my own, with the exception that I stole the terms "Ministry of Magic" and "Muggle" from Harry Potter. To which I send all regards to JK Rowlings! And much awe at her ability to take a non-word ("Muggle") and make it into a universally known one!
Thanks Summerset for the great question.