Category Archives: Harry Potter Related

New Harry Potter Books

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To mark 20 years since Harry Potter was first published, four new editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have been released; one for each Hogwarts House. Of course, I will be buying myself a Ravenclaw copy ASAP, because I am proud of my house. I know that many of you have a copy of all of the books already, so may not want to get another copy of the same book, but I just wanted to share the news with you all just in case you would want to get yourself a copy.

 

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Harry Potter turns 20

Today, I was going to post about my holiday to Canada, but after hearing a piece on the radio yesterday I changed my mind. It was a piece about Harry Potter to mark the 20th anniversary since Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was first published.

On the 26th June 1997, the first Harry Potter book was published in the UK. It had an initial run of only 500 copies (many of which went to libraries), and Jo Rowling’s name was shortened to JK Rowling because the publishers thought that boys wouldn’t read a book written by a woman.

She was a new author that no one had heard of before, and her first book probably (I’m only guessing here) wasn’t expected to be hugely successful. But 20 years later, the BBC is asking people what the world would be like without Harry Potter.

JK Rowling’s creation has given us hope beyond words in a world that often seems dark. It made people like us realise that it’s ok to be different, and a little rebellious, because different doesn’t mean bad. It means we are individuals who can think for ourselves, and be the most important people in the world. Because when you look at the story, it’s not the ‘normal’ people like the Dursleys who make a difference, or stand up to evil, it is people like us.

What started off as a small-scale book, became a global phenomenon that has transcended all of the differences of it’s readers and movie fans to bring them together in a community that I am proud to be a part of.

I was 15 when the first book came out, and Harry Potter has been a huge influence on my life. I will always be thankful for the gift that JK Rowling gave to us 20 years ago, and continues to give us to this day. It taught me about what it takes to be the good person that I always try to be, and have courage when things are hard, to use my brain to think problems through, the need of friends and family, and to hope in love.

 

“The toilet’s never had anything as horrible as your head down it— it might be sick.” Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

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New Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling (10 years and over)

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Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Author: JK Rowling.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Bloomsbury (UK).

Website: http://www.jkrowling.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and as an audiobook.

Age Range: 10 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

 

So, you’ve probably read this book already and many of you will have seen the film. So why bother posting about this new edition?

That’s simple, at least for me. This new edition holds some new information on some Fantastic Beasts not seen in the previous edition, and also more information about the author Newt Scamander. In particular there is teasing information about the story behind how he wrote the book, and the part he played in the war with the Dark Wizard Grindlewald. The book is also a little more in-depth than the previous edition with information about how the Fantastic Beasts, and how the Ministry of Magic deals with them.

I enjoyed reading it, and pretending that I am in one of Hagrid’s lessons learning about how to care for those magical creatures.

 

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” JK Rowling.

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Harry Potter Book Night 2017

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Harry Potter is essentially what made me start this blog, because it lead me to Pottermore, which led me to want to share other books that I like with you all. So it only seems right that I let you guys now that tomorrow (Thursday 2nd February 2017) is Harry Potter Book Night.

It is a celebration of all things Harry Potter, and lots of people, all over the world, are going to hold events to mark it. If I had planned this post more thoroughly I would have posted it sooner so that you guys could plan your own events if you so wished. However, I didn’t, so the next best thing is to ask you all to pick your favourite Harry Potter book off your book shelf, and spend some time tomorrow reading it.

You can find out more info at http://www.harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/harry-potter-book-night/

 

“You’re a wizard, Harry.” Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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John Hurt

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There has been some very sad news today. Sir John Hurt, the actor who played Olivander in the Harry Potter films, has died. It’s unclear how at the moment, but I am sure that will be discovered soon.

We all know him for the part he played in the Harry Potter universe, but just like Richard Harris (the original Dumbledore) and Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), he was an icon of British theatre, cinema, and TV long before we knew him as the best wand maker in the world. A lot of you will also know him as Doctor Who from the 50th Aniversary episode.

My sympathy goes to his family and friends, for he was more to them than simply a famous man who’s work will outlive him.

 

“I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I’m still embarrassed at the word.” John Hurt.

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Want to go to Comic Con?

The thing is, I’ve been going to Comic Cons for a couple of years now ,and apart from one where I took my uncle along for the day, I have always gone by myself. That’s ok, as Comic Cons are very friendly, and I always end up talking to random people, but it would be so much better if I could go with a group of people.

So, I would like to give an open invitation for anyone who would like to come to the MCM London Comic Con with me in November 2017.

Obviously, it would need planning, especially if you have a long way to go, but the general idea is as follows: The Comic Con runs from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October 2017 at the Excel Centre in London. My idea is to make the trip from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October, and I would suggest that we have two options. The first is to buy weekend tickets, and spend the whole 3 days at Comic Con, but this would leave very little time for anything else. The second is to only buy tickets for Saturday and/or Sunday. That way we all get to experience London, which I’m sure those of you who have never been to London would like to do even more than the rest. The only condition I am making is that everyone must be over 18, as I doubt any parents would let their children travel to another country on their own to meet a group of strangers.

There are several hotels within walking distance of the Comic Con, though they are expensive, but it will be easy enough to find a reasonably priced hotel in London and catch the tube. It’s what I usually do. London City airport is next door to the Excel Centre (literally next door), though it is a small airport. If flying to London you’d be better off flying to Heathrow or Gatwick, and Stanstead would also be fine. If you guys like, I can book a hotel that we all agree on, and arrange with them how you can pay, but you’d have to sort out your own travel arraignments.

I was thinking that on the Friday (if we go for option 2), we could go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. I also have several other ideas for things to do, such as a sightseeing tour, and the Tower of London.

If you are interested, let me know by 1st August 2017. You can email me (thestralsnidget84@yahoo.com), or let me know via Facebook, Wattsapp, or the chatroom.

I am also thinking it would be something that I’d like to do every year, so if you can’t come this year there will always be another time.

 

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Randomness Four

Here’s another post of random things I thought you guys would like that don’t really fit anywhere else. First is a sign I found that made me think of my Russian friends. It is a plaque to commemorate a visit by Yuri Gagarin; the first man in space. It is situated in the ‘Arrivals Hall’ of Terminal 3, next to a coffee shop. I’ve flown in and out of this airport a lot, but I only noticed this recently while I was waiting to pick up my parents who were returning from a holiday, and I wanted to share it with you all.

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The next photos are from a place called Edale. It is where I have been working over the summer, and it is a very beautiful place. I did a lot of walking while I was there, and only got lost once.

 

Over the past few weeks I have been Manchester several times to visit the Christmas Markets there. It is one of the biggest in the UK, but unlike others; it isn’t all in one place. It is spread out across the city, in various Squares and Prescient’s. It always makes me happy to go to these, especially with my family and friends. The smell of all the food, scented candles and soaps, and the mulled wine (which I really like, even though I don’t usually drink wine) is incredibly good. The markets some from Germany, and are full of some wonderful and unique gifts. I brought a few gifts for my family, but I won’t say what they are so that I don’t spoil the surprise for them.

I just had to take a photo of a book I saw in a book shop, because of the title. Some of you guys will know Demelza from Ravenclaw, and this book is called Demelza, so I wanted to let her know about it. I saw it in a bookshop in Bakewell, which is in the Peak District and famous for Bakewell Tarts (a kind of cake with pasty, jam, icing, and a cherry). A short drive away is another town called Matlock Bath, where I took the next photo of a sign I found. Even though it is talking of water, it made me think about the Basilisk in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and remember that if you ever have anything you want to share here then just let me know.

 

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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