Category Archives: JK Rowling

Time Magazine Harry Potter Special Edition

2017 Time 20th anniversary

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.


MCM Manchester Comic Con 2017


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



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



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.


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



New Harry Potter Books


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.



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.


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


Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Author: JK Rowling.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Bloomsbury (UK).


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.


Harry Potter Book Night 2017


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


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


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie


At 5 minutes past midnight, on Thursday night, I went to watch the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie in the cinema. Just like with The Cursed Child, I was worried that something new from the world we love so much would damage it somehow. We have invested so much time and energy into following Harry, that it would be painful to see it in a bad way. But just like with The Cursed Child, I found that I was worried about nothing.

The cinema was packed, and so was the 3D screening in the next screen, and I proudly wore my Ravenclaw t-shirt and scarf (yes, it proved to be a little warm in the scarf after a while, but I refused to take it off). I have always loved going to the cinema, and when it is to see a new Harry Potter movie it is even more exciting.

I won’t give the story away, as unlike the previous movies, none of us have been able to read the book first, so have no idea what the story will be until we have watched it. I will instead just tell the basics of what is already known through publicity. The story is set in 1920’s New York, as a former Hogwarts student arrives in the city with his suitcase. It’s no ordinary suitcase, but as Newt Scamander is a wizard it’s not so surprising,  especially as he is researching magic creatures for his new book on behalf of the Ministry of Magic.

Only within hours he runs into trouble. His suitcase gets mistakenly picked up by a muggle with an identical one, and opens it. What happens next gets Newt  into a whole heap of trouble, and leads him to be suspected in things that threaten the International Statute for Secrecy. Having only just arrived in America, Newt has very few friends to back him up; and one is a muggle, or I should say a no-maj. All he knows is that no magical creature could be behind what is happening in New York City, and he and his friends must risk life and limb to discover the truth before things go terribly wrong.

I was so engrossed by the film, that I didn’t even realise it was past 3am until I got home. The acting was great, the special effects were awesome, and there were some genuinely funny parts to the film. Plus, there was a surprise for me towards to the end of the film, when a very famous actor who I didn’t realise was in the film made an appearance, in a part that we will be seeing a lot more of in the next film (that’s right, there will be five films in total).

All in all, I am very happy about the film that I saw, and can’t wait for the next one.


“Harry Potter isn’t real? Oh no! Wait, wait, what do you mean by real? Is this video blog real? Am I real if you can see me and hear me, but only through the internet? Are you real if I can read your comment but I don’t know who you are or what your name is or where you’re from or what you look like or how old you are? I know all of those things about Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s real and you’re not.” John Green.