Famous Quotes (Sirius Black edition)

Sirius Black was different from the rest of his family in the fact that he didn’t buy into the “pure blood mania” like some pure blood wizards/witches did. He ended up being disowned by his family for this and he even broke tradition by being sorted into Gryffindor when he went to school at Hogwarts instead of being sorted into Slytherin like the rest of his family.

“When this is all over, we’ll be a proper family. You’ll see.” (Order of the Phoenix)

“If you want to see what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” (Goblet of Fire)

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matter is the part that we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” (Order of the Phoenix)

“What’s life without a little risk?” (Order of the Phoenix)

“The ones who love us never really leave us, you can always find them here.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)

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“Hogwarts Castle” topper

Today, I came home to find out my hubby had purchased the Hogwarts Castle Christmas tree topper from Hallmark. It plays “Hedwig’s Theme” when you push the button on it. It is also suppose to interact with the Harry, Ron and Hermione ornaments that you can get from Hallmark as well. I’ve already got Harry this month. I’m going to get Ron next month and then get Hermione in October (Hermione doesn’t come out till October 5th so I have to get her last). Just to let you know, in order to get the ornaments to interact with one another, you have to buy a cord to connect them all together. You can connect up to 7 ornaments with this cord and it works with ornaments from 2017 and later. It cost me an extra $11.99 and I purchased it at the same time I got my Harry Potter ornament.

There are a couple of other ornaments that you can get that don’t interact with the tree topper or the other ornaments. One of them is the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shop. That one is out already and I purchased that last month. The other one looks like the book cover from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. This one won’t be released until November 8th so I’ll have to wait till after I’ve purchased Hermione to get it.

Pottermore – The digital heart of the Wizarding World

So, have any of you visited Pottermore yet? If so, have you found out which Hogwarts House you belong in? Which wand you should have? What your Patronus is? Which House in Ilvermony you belong in? Have you ever been curious about any of these things?

I got curious and joined Pottermore so that I could found the answers to these questions (my results are listed below). I got my hubby signed up on Pottermore because I was curious to see what his answers were to the same questions (I won’t share his unless he gives me permission to do so).

I’m pretty happy with the results I got. I was surprised on which house I was sorted into. I thought I would be sorted into Hufflepuff, to be honest. I didn’t have any expectations on the other things prior to answering the questions. The only thing I wished they’d have is which pet should you have while in school. That I’d be curious to see….

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor

Patronus: Tortoiseshell Cat

Wand: Ebony Wood with a dragon heartstring core, 12 1/2″ and slightly springy flexibility

Ilvermony House: Horned Serpent

Author Spotlight (chapter 4)

J. K. Rowling is one of my favorite authors. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter series. Since then, she has written an adult book called “The Casual Vacancy”. She has also written the Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I’ve read the Harry Potter series and I’m in the process of collecting the illustrated editions so that I can re-read the series again with illustrations. I’ve also read “The Casual Vacancy” when it first came out. It was pretty good but I enjoyed the Harry Potter series more. The crime fiction that she is currently writing, I have the first three books so far but I haven’t read them yet. They are on my “to-be-read” list.

Professor Albus Dumbledore

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during Harry’s time in school. In the first 2 films, Richard Harris plays the part of Professor Dumbledore. When Harris passed away after the second film, Michael Gambon plays the part of Professor Dumbledore from the third movie on to the rest of the series. Who do you think plays the part of Dumbledore better…..Richard Harris (pictured on the left) or Michael Gambon (pictured on the right)? This is a big debate in my household….my spouse and I are always discussing who we think played the part better.

Harry Potter: A Journey

Well, it looks like we will be getting some more stories from the world of Harry Potter at the end of June. (I feel that won’t come soon enough though.) They will be selling four e-books called “Harry Potter: A Journey” and they each will focus on different subjects from the wizarding world.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures

The first two are set to be released at the end of June and the other two will follow some time after, according to Pottermore, the official Harry Potter digital site. These e-books sound like something Hermione would enjoy. Anyway, it’s a good thing my hubby got me that Kindle Fire last year since I will want to read these when they come out.

Looking forward to….

Finally…..we get a release date and the cover art for the illustrated edition of the 4th installment of the Harry Potter series, Goblet of Fire. The release date is October 8, 2019 (according to Amazon) and you can view the cover art below. I have been collecting each copy of the illustrated editions ever since I found out they were being released. I plan on re-reading the entire Harry Potter series once I get my hands on each of the illustrated edition of each book. It’ll be nice to get to see all the cool artwork they put into these books as I’m re-reading the series. Anyway, since this comes out in October, it’ll be too late to get this for my birthday but I’m sure I’ll get this for Christmas.

If you like Harry Potter….

If you are a Harry Potter fan like I am, here are a few books below that I’ve read that you would probably find enjoyable.

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox = This is one of the books that I read earlier this year and I enjoyed it quit a bit. I found this book in the bargain section while browsing my local bookstore. Even though it’s suppose to be a kids book, it is still very interesting.

The Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher = This trilogy includes the books Stoneheart, Ironhand and Silvertongue, which were published from 2006 though 2008. The story follows a 12 year old George Chapman through one of the many layers of London. This trilogy happens to be a favorite of mine.

The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer = I’m still in the process of reading this series but it has been enjoyable so far. The story follows twins Alex and Conner on their adventures through the Land of Stories.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grendelwald

My hubby bought me this movie on blu-ray yesterday. We’ve watched this movie at the theater when it was released and enjoyed it a lot. Now, we have it on blu-ray along with the first installment. Whenever I have all of the movies on blu-ray, I’m thinking of binge watching them back to back. My hubby will probably watch them with me. The Fantastic Beasts movies have been really good so far. You should watch them if you haven’t yet.

Diagon Alley

My hubby surprised me with a present today. He had gotten a gift card recently and he purchased a present for each of us with it. The present he got me was one of the 3D puzzles made by Wrebbit. It’s part of the Diagon Alley collection and it’s the last one I need to complete that. Specifically, it is “Mother Malkin’s and Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream” puzzle. I’ve just cracked this puppy open and I have all the pieces laid out. Now, I just have to get this put together. With this one, I now have all of the puzzles that Wrebbit has made from the Harry Potter world. I really need to take pictures of these puzzles together.