Paul Hanson's Dark Wizard "This Dark Wizard could win you a free book!" -

‘ “Don’t put your wand there, boy!” roared Moody. “What if it ignited? Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!”
“Who d’you know who’s lost a buttock?” the violet-haired woman asked Mad-eye interestingly.
“Never you mind, you just keep your wand out of your back pocket!” growled Mad-eye.’
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


About the Dark Wizard

This model is another one taken from Paul Hanson’s book Origami and other Paper Sorcery. I like this one because, like the Bird Base Dragon, it’s a good example of how origami doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective.  This is an extremely simple design. The title ‘Dark Wizard’ gives it a sense of mystery, but in reality it would still be an appealing design even if it was just called ‘Wizard’!


Paul Hanson's Dark Wizard "This Dark Wizard coul win you a free book!" - origamiexpressions.comFolding the Dark Wizard

As I said above, this is a very simple model. It’s derived from a Kite Base, and with only two reverse folds in the whole model, this is easy enough for children to fold. As it’s a Dark Wizard, a suitably dark coloured paper would be ideal. I’ve folded this one from purple kami, or origami paper to make it easier to photograph, but it does look good in black, or a metallic paper that catches the light. A 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in) sheet of paper produces a Dark Wizard that is 12cm (4.75in) tall. It takes about five minutes to fold.



The diagrams for the Dark Wizard are available in Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery by Paul Hanson. This is available from Amazon UK for £16.50 or Amazon US for $21.70. Alternatively, you can win a signed copy of the book here – completely free! You’ll have to act fast though, the giveaway ends this Wednesday, 28 September 2016.


Book GiveawayPaul Hanson's book Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery

I am giving away one copy of the book, signed by the author to someone chosen at random from people that subscribe to this blog by midnight on 28 September 2016. Click here for more information, and an interview with the author.

If you’ve folded this Dark Wizard, the Bird Base Dragon I featured last week, or some of the others from the book Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery, please let me know in the comments below, or you can me on Instagram or Twitter.

Thanks for reading, and good luck with the giveaway!