Category Archives: Harry Potter

Kindle in Motion edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

A new interactive version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been released on Kindle, which features art, animations, and videos. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but a preview is available on Pottermore.

Don’t forget that you don’t need a kindle to buy/read kindle ebooks, as you can get an app for most smart phones and tablets. The cost of the book will depend on which country you are buying it from.

 

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Time Magazine Harry Potter Special Edition

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Time Magazine have published a Special Edition to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter, and I am guessing that it is available everywhere that the magazine is published/on sale. I have spent the last two days reading it, and been reminded of just why I fell in love with the world of Harry Potter.

It is full of little facts and information that is new, but more importantly a reflection on why Harry Potter became so important and inspirational to us. 20 years have passed since the first book made a small entrance into the world, going almost unnoticed by most, but something abut a small boy living in a cupboard under the stairs grew into something so much more than just a story.

I hope you guys manage to get a copy, because I think you will really enjoy it.

 

“If Harry Potter taught us anything, it’s that no one should live in a closet.” J.K. Rowling.

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MCM Manchester Comic Con 2017

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Today is a bumper edition, as I will be making TWO posts, to make up for the lack of a post on Saturday. This, the first one, is all about Comic Con over the weekend. I had such an amazing time, and as usual I wanted to share it with you guys.

It was a very busy event, so much so that even with a priority ticket it still took over an hour to get into the event on Saturday morning. It can get pretty packed, but everyone is really friendly, so it never mattered if people kept knocking into each other.

Here are a few photos of some of the stalls that I found that made me think of you. The first one made me think of Blackthorn as we both love Doctor who. The second made me think of those of you who have cats. The next two were all Pokémon stuff, which I thought was awesome, and the last one just made me smile.IMG_8820

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I almost brought one of these, but they were way too expensive, though I did buy a unicorn milkshake like in the second photo.

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The next photos are of some of my favourite cosplay from the weekend.

There weren’t many Special Guests there this year, but of the ones who were there Professor Flitwick (Warwick Davis), and the cast of Class (a Doctor Who spin-off) were my favourite. I got the autograph of Sophie Hopkins (Class), and she was super nice. AND it turned out I was staying in the same hotel as some of them. I saw them in the bar, and even got to speak to them. 🙂

Finally, here is a picture that I thought would make you all smile. Izzy kept saying she wanted to go to Comic Con and Cosplay, and she finally got her wish.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the post, and check back in a little while for post two of the day!

 

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Riddle Me This Twenty-Three

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

  • 1) Dave and Anne moved into a new home, and visited a local DIY store to make an important purchase. Dave asked “How much for one?”. “£3,” came the reply. “Ok, I will take 2042 please.”. How much did they all cost?

£12. Dave and Anne were buying new brass door numbers for their front door; and they live at house number 2042.

  • 2)  William and Alan were playing with a plastic ball, when it rolled down a hole that was too small for them to reach into with their fingers. The ball belonged to their father, so they did not want to get into trouble for losing it. How did they manage to get the ball out of the hole?

They filled the hole with water, and the ball floated to the top.

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

Your riddles for this week are:

  • 1) A farmer has a bird-scarring machine. It lets off an alarming bang once a minute to scare away birds to stop them eating his crops. If he starts the machine at 6am, how many times will it have gone off by 7am?
  • 2) Professor Dumbledore knew of an ancient and ingenious way of passing right through solid walls. What was it?

Good luck!

 

Also, as an extra point of interest this week, it was pointed out to me by Lin (a very clever Ravenclaw) that I missed a very important Harry Potter anniversary. The 21st July was the 10th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book being published. AND, Ione (another very clever Ravenclaw) has pointed out that 2017 is ’19 years later’ (the title of the final chapter of the final book, and the final scene in the movies); so it will be on the 1st September this year that Albus Severus Potter will be starting his first year at Hogwarts.

 

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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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