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
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
I’ve missed you all immensely. I hope you’ve all been keeping well. My absence can only be explained by getting a cold and feeling rubbish followed by long, long days at work. However, this weekend has been quite delightful. I went to an 80s night last night (tutu and all!) for a friends birthday and today I finally managed to see the gorgeous Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Boy oh boy, it did not disappoint.
A brief outline for you… The film follows Newt Scamander in 1926 after he has just completed a global trip to find and document the range of extraordinary magical creatures. Newt arrives in New York on a brief stopover, which could have easily gone without incident. However, (the rather adorable) Jacob, a muggle, becomes involved after a magical case gets misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape.
I loved it. I can’t wait for the next one. I’m feeling genuinely excited that there will be 5 of these in total. But, and don’t hate me for saying it, I did miss Harry, Ron and Hermoine. I know they are much later in time, but growing up with them makes me feel like I’m part of their gang! It was still awesomely awesome though! I’m off to find myself a magical case now!
Big love & I promise my absence won’t be this long next time. X