These ‘Harry Potter’-Themed Zoom Backgrounds Will Transport You To Hogwarts

by Daffany Chan
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Virtual conferencing tools make it easier to stay connected while practicing social distancing during the spread of coronavirus. Many people are using Zoom to tune into their workplace or classroom and stay on top of things this spring. If you're looking to add a personal flair to your video calls and impress your coworkers, you can add a unique backdrop to your conference room. Here are the 10 best Harry Potter Zoom backgrounds to sprinkle some magic into your day.

If you aren't familiar with how to change your virtual background on Zoom, here are the details. Using Zoom's virtual background feature, you'll be able to swap out whatever background you'd see during a video call with a photo or video of your choice. That means you can easily replace your messy bedroom with something more visually pleasing while hopping on that important call.

To get started, make sure your PC or Mac systems are running at least a version of 4.6.0 or higher of Zoom Desktop Client. If you can, you'll also want to have a blank wall or green screen as your backdrop, and you should also make sure your clothes aren't the same color as your backdrop or you'll disappear. Once you're ready, sign onto the Zoom web portal. If you're an account member, go to Meeting Settings, but if you're an account administrator, go to My Meeting Settings. Once you select the Meeting tab, you can find the Virtual Background option and upload an image or video of your choice to spice up your backdrop.

If you're a huge Harry Potter fan, you're in luck. There are plenty of cool images you can upload to your Zoom Virtual Background to create the ideal Hogwarts aesthetic during your next remote meeting. Here are 10 top picks to choose from.

1. Platform 9 3/4 Background

Your journey to Hogwarts begins at Platform 9 3/4. Download this Platform 9 3/4 background from Pixabay to transport yourself to the iconic gateway to the magical school.

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2. Hogwarts Background

Download this Hogwarts background from Pixabay to chat with friends or coworkers in front of the iconic campus.

3. Hogwarts Express Background

All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Download the Hogwarts Express background from Pexels to enjoy a view of the scenic train ride Harry took to Hogwarts.

4. Hogwarts Letter

Make your dreams come true with that lucky letter from Hogwarts. Download this Hogwarts Letter background from Unsplash, which includes the magical words, "You have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."

5. Hedwig Background

Decorate your call with Harry's pet owl, Hedwig. Download this Hedwig background from Unsplash to get a glimpse of the snowy owl's piercing eyes.

6. Great Hall Background

The Great Hall is undoubtedly one of the most important meeting places in Harry Potter. You can join in on the fun when you download the Great Hall background from Pixabay.

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7. Gryffindor Background

You can show your Gryffindor pride this season when you download this Gryffindor background from Pixabay. Your backdrop will be filled with the gold and maroon colors of Harry's heroic house at Hogwarts.

8. Slytherin Background

If you were a Draco Malfoy fan, you'll want to download the Slytherin background from Unsplash. You'll represent the cunning house with its green colors.

9. Wands Background

Every witch and wizard needs a wand. Download this Wands background from Pixabay to transport yourself to Ollivanders, where Harry got his custom wand.

10. Diagon Alley

Head to Diagon Alley for a quick break like the students of Hogwarts. Download this Diagon Alley background from Unsplash to capture the bustling shopping district.

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