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#HarryPotter20


Hey guys! 

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published? I know I’ve mentioned this in a previous post (here) but today is the big day. I’m so excited. I can remember reading them as a child; being transported into another world – a world where the extraordinary is possible, the magic made real and where friends really could conquer anything. It was bliss. 


My friend tagged me in something really cool today. Facebook have celebrated by creating their own little bit of magic. Confession: I let out a little squeal when I saw this! I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve clicked on this about 100 times. Also, Twitter has had the #HarryPotter20. Yet again, Potter fever is taking over! 


The world is a very different place now. However, these novels are the same. They provide a world for young people to get lost and dare I say it, adults too..? I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have quotes from the novels all around my classroom. I promote the books to all my students. I genuinely could not live without it. 


Books are life. These books in particular are a part of millions of people’s lives. It’s wonderful to know that Rowling feels it too. We must focus on the next generation now. Let’s keep the magic alive. 


Happy birthday Harry! 

Big love xxx

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20 Years Of Harry Potter

Hey guys!

Can you believe it’s June?! 2017 is absolutely flying by; I can barely keep up. However, this month holds a special anniversary. On June 26, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will turn 20 years old. I genuinely cannot believe that this life changing book was published 20 years ago. 


I remember being 7 years old and when I first read this book. As soon as I started it, I wanted to be a part of it. I was a geeky little kid who wished so much to be able to go to Hogwarts. I wanted to be in Gryffindor, I wanted to learn spells and be best friends with Hermoine. 

I loved reading anyway as a child but this showed me at quite a young age how special books are. It’s something I try and promote every day in my classroom. 

To mark this occasion, Bloomsbury have published amazing versions of The Philosopher’s Stone in house colours. If you’re an avid fan you would have been sorted on the Pottermore website, I know for sure I have! It was this house I brought today: Gryffindor. 


I absolutely love it. In fact, I have no embarrassment in saying just how excited I was to see them. VERY EXCITED indeed. 

Growing up with this book, like millions others, means that I feel it is a part of me. It shaped me as a child. It taught me to be tolerant and dream big. Anything is possible of course. 

The Gryffindor copy is lovely. It’s black with the red crest on the front with the key characteristics of those in this house: courage, bravery, determination. The edging matches the house colours. Very fetching for any bookshelf indeed! 



I love it. I absolutely will have to get the other houses. You can’t just have the one can you?! Ah Ms Rowling, what a fabulous lady you are indeed. What an indescribable thing you have created. 


Big love xx

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Hey everyone! 

I hope you’re all happy and well on this lovely Monday morning. August already!! I can’t believe it. One week into my summer holiday as well. Time really does fly. 

Well, yesterday the big day finally came, the day when the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play script was released, on Harry’s birthday nonetheless. 

I’m excited but apprehensive like everyone else I guess. When you grow up with something it becomes a part of you. When something gets changed or adapted or added to, you always wonder whether it will be as wonderful as you expect it to be. Yet, I’ve got no doubt I will fall in love with this. 

However, this is marred with some sadness. It is the end. I can’t believe this is really it. Rowling said herself: 

“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realised so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”

Could this ever really be the end when so many live and breathe Harry Potter? 
Regardless, I’ll see you on the other side. Have you got yours? 

Magic is happening all over again. I can’t wait! 

Big love. Xx


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The Battle Of Hogwarts Anniversary


Hey guys! 

Happy Bank Holiday Monday! I hope it’s been good to you. 

So, as many Potterhead’s know, today is the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts – 2nd May 1998. J.K Rowling has apologised this year for another death: Remus Lupin. 

It was the battle that cost many lives – good and bad. The likes of Remus Lupin, Fred Weasley, Lavender Brown, Nymphadora Tonks, Severus Snape, Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort and Nagini were all destroyed in this battle. Dumbledore’s army were fighting against the Death Eaters at Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermoine were chasing down the final horcrux. 

Being as Rowling’s focus has been on Lupin is year, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to discuss my top three favourite things about Lupin. (Images from Google) 


Reasons why Lupin is awesome:

He is humorous. 

He educates Harry.

Finally, he knew his cause. He knew what he was doing and why. 


These (and more) could be reasons why people love him. That and he’s a werewolf of course. But, that goes without saying. 

Also, Rowling revealed a secret on Twitter that has made me stop and say “WHAT?!”

“In the interests of total honesty I’d also like to confess that I didn’t decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix.”

Wait…there’s more…

“Arthur lived, so Lupin had to die. I’m sorry. I didn’t enjoy doing it. The only time my editor ever saw me cry was over the fate of Teddy.”

I genuinely don’t know how to process this. What would it be like without Arthur Weasley? And with Lupin? What else would he have done to protect Harry? It’s beyond incomprehensible. I cried whenever any good character died. Thinking about it makes me emotional. I felt it, like millions of others, including Rowling herself. 

But, once again, Rowling shows just how amazing she is. She continues to connect with Potter fans. She allows them to express their love and emotions for all characters. And finally, she allows the the Potter family to continue living through each and every one of us. 

Such emotion! What’s next?  

Big love x

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – News! 

  
Hey everyone! 

Hope you’re all well and are having a productive week. 

I couldn’t contain my squeal of excitement when this pinged into my inbox today. The new Harry Potter text. Naturally, I’ve preordered my copy. Without even thinking. I’m a die hard Potter fan. I must have a copy. 

However, I’m also a tad worried. I love Harry Potter. I grew up with it, like millions of others. What if this doesn’t live up to my expectations? What am I even expecting, come to that point? How would I feel if, and I say this as almost a whisper, I don’t like it? What if I love it too much and have to suffer the ‘come down’ of a lack of Harry and co in my life? 

I know the marvellous J.K Rowling is working on the play with its writer and director, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany respectfully. This is a really exciting prospect. I’ve missed her magical writing, this feeling only to be heightened by the fact that I’m re-reading the books. Ah the nostalgia. That feeling to be taken away, where good overcomes evil, where you can do anything if you put your mind to it. 

It has been stated in the press release today that it is an official sequel to the original seven books. It will be set 19 years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A LOT can happen in 19 years. I wonder what exactly. 

Harry is now an “overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school age children” with the particular focus on the youngest child, Albus Severus (based on a synopsis from Pottermore.) Poor Harry… 

This is all too exciting for a Potter fan like me. I don’t know why I was questioning everything before. It will be amazing. The magic will live on…

Finally, the release date is also very special: Harry’s birthday and the day after the London production opens. Harry has had many eventful birthdays in previous novels and this one fits perfectly. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get your order in. You’re guaranteed to be enthralled, excited and gripped. It is Harry Potter after all. I’m SO excited. 

Big love xx

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Alan Rickman: Childhood Hero

I’m deeply saddened to hear this news today. For me, growing up with Harry Potter meant that this was what I knew Alan Rickman for. 

I couldn’t have disliked Snape more in the first few novels. But, by Deathly Hallows, I felt so guilty. I never knew Snape could be like that. I know it is down to Rowling’s writing, but it took a talented actor to play that part, to transfer the words to the screen. 

So thank you Alan, for being a huge part of my childhood and many others in this world too. 

No one could have played Professor Snape  better than you. 

  

Big love x

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The Harry Potter Tag

  
Morning all! 

I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend wherever you all are! I was tagged by the wonderful Erika @ Bookventureland to take part in the Harry Potter tag. I’m really excited. As I’m sure you all know, growing up with the HP books means that they are very special to me. I still go back and read them today which excites me A LOT. I still feel the magic. Anyway, onto the tag. 

1. Favourite book

For me, my favourite book is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I can remember reading this book for the first time. The magic, the surprise, the twists and turns. You can’t replace that feeling first time around. The mystical platform, the train journey, the fact that it starts at King’s Cross fascinated me. The description of Hogwarts automatically made me want to enroll. It was just pure magic. 

   

2. Favourite movie

My favourite movie would have to be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I love Sirius. Also, it’s where things started getting a bit more scary (not that I enjoy too much of that) but I do like suspense. The Dementors really got me. Especially in the films. Proper scary. 

  

3. Least favourite book

Easy for me, I don’t have one. They each have their own merits and besides, imagine if the ‘least favourite’ got cut? That would be awful. I love them all. 

4. Parts of the books/movies that make you cry

Oh dear. I was a blubbering wreck through these novels I must admit. The death of Dumbledore, the death of Dobby, the death of Sirius.  Just awful. Also, I cried with anger at myself for getting Snape wrong. It was lovely to see him in a different light in The Deathly Hallows actually. As well, the layers to his character over the 7 novels; his loyalty to Dumbledore, his love for Harry’s mother, his hidden emotional turmoil. I felt bad for being so against him. I cried when it was all over as well. 

  

5. Favourite character

Mmm I have many. This is rather difficult. I obviously love the trio of Harry, Hermoine and Ron. I adore Dumbledore though. I can’t forget Dobby, Sirius and Luna. Neville is adorable too. This is too hard! However, I do appreciate the alliterative names in the novels. A personal favourite thing of mine! 

6. What would your Patronus be?

A fluffy rabbit because I think they are super cute. I’m not sure how effective this would be, but indeed a rabbit. With floppy ears please. 

7. If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which one would you choose?

Invisibility cloak! Imagine the things you could get up to. I may start a list just in case I ever get one…

  

8. What House would you be in?

Gryffindor. I would be exactly like Harry though and beg not Slytherin. No offence to the house of green. 

  

9. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?

Matthew Lewis aka Neville Longbottom. He’s just lovely and sweet. He’s changed so much as well! Bless him. 

10. If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?

Beater. I’m quite a protective person, so this position seems to fit my personality/character traits. I’d like to think I’d be pretty good at it, but I was never much good at swingball or tennis as a kid. Hmmmmm. 

   

11. Were you happy with the ending?

Sure! I was just sad that it did end if I’m honest. Ms Rowling has done an amazing job at getting and keeping a generation into reading. Of course, it had to come to an end at some point. It was always going to be emotional when it did. 

‘All was well.’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

12. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
It pretty much defines my childhood. I feel lucky that I got to experience the Potter books as they were released. I feel sorry for children now as they don’t have the Potter phenomenon that I had when I was little. The books will always live on though. 

Nominations:

Most of the Harry Potter fans have already been tagged, and/or have done this post. However, if anyone has slipped under the net, please take part! Potterheads unite! 

Big love xx

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