Category Archives: Pottermore

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.

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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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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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Patronus Test

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Yes, the Patronus Test has finally arrived on Pottermore! I know that a lot of you have been waiting a long time like I have to take this test, because having a Patronus is the sign of a powerful Witch or Wizard.

The test works in the same way as the Sorting Ceremony does, by asking you some questions that you should answer honestly. You can find it at http://www.pottermore/patronus Afterwards you will get to see your Patronus jumping around the screen.

I have taken the test already, and my Patronus is a Dapple Grey Stallion, which I am very pleased about. For some reason he reminds me of “Mad Eye” Moody, and I know that a Patronus with his qualities will protect me from Dementors.

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Parts One and Two by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne (10 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DON’T READ UNTIL YOU’VE READ THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Parts One and Two.

Authors: JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Little, Brown (UK).

Website: www.jkrowling.com

Format: Available in hardback, and as ebook. (I imagine that the book will be able in paperback at some point.)

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £20 (UK).

Age Range: 10 years and over; if you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents before reading.

This is the eighth book in the Harry Potter series.

 

I was a little worried about this book at first, because I have always liked how the 7th book ended: After such a terrible childhood with the Dursleys, and an adolescence being hunted by the most dangerous dark wizard of all time, Harry finally got the one thing he always wanted. A family. I was worried that a new story would go to places I wouldn’t like, and ruin the one story that I have spent the last 19 years returning to whenever I have needed Harry to help me through life (yes, that’s right; the first book was released 19 years ago when I was still a teenager in high school).

And 19 years later (2016), is where this book starts, with the Epilogue from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I should say script, as that is what it is, from the play that is currently on stage in London’s West End. Harry and Ginny are seeing their two eldest children onto the Hogwarts Express bound for Hogwarts, and it will be Albus Severus’s first year at Hogwarts.

Albus is not like his brother James Sirius, who seems to be channelling the spirits of the two mischief makers he’s named after, and Albus seems to find it hard to step out from the long shadow cast by his father. Albus finds himself in a compartment with Scorpius Malfoy, and the two become unlikely best friends given their fathers history. In fact, they are each other’s only friends, as Scorpius too struggles to live up to his family’s name, and horrible rumours about him make him an outcast.

His time at Hogwarts is nothing like the experience of his father, and Hogwarts never feels like home to Albus, and he becomes even more distant from his father who just doesn’t seem to understand him.

But he’s not the only one with problems. Old Death Eaters are still causing problems for Harry and the Ministry; and an illegal Time Turner has turned up. Harry and his friends know that something bad is about to happen, but they don’t know what, or how to stop it.

Albus and Scorpius steal the Time Turner, in an attempt to put some things right, but as we all know “Awful things happen to wizards who’ve meddled with time”. What they do in the past has devastating consequences in the present, and the weight of the free wizarding (and muggle) world will rest on their shoulders. Albus and Scorpius must learn to be themselves, and why the past belongs in the past; no matter how painful the memories.

Albus isn’t the only one struggling with the events of the past. Harry is still haunted by what happened, and riddled with guilt about what was lost and sacrificed in his name. He never wanted any of it to happen, and knows that only a handful of people will ever be able to fully understand all that he did and how it feels to live with all that happened. For Harry to stand any chance of being the father Albus needs, he must learn to finally lay the part of himself that is tied to Voldemort to rest.

By the time I finished the book the only thing I was sad about was that it was over, because being back at Hogwarts with my old friends Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and new friends Albus and Scorpius, is where I belong. If any of you share in what I was worried about, don’t be. This addition to the story that so many of us hold close to our hearts is worth our time, because what happened all those years ago in the Wizarding War still have repercussions today, just like wars in the Muggle world do, and the book shows us what happens when wounds run so deep they take years to heal. JK Rowling has never let us down before, and she won’t do in the future. I believe in Harry Potter, and JK Rowling, and I was wrong to doubt in this story.

The play is being staged at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, and you can find out more about it, and book tickets, at www.harrypottertheplay.com I am hoping to go see it the next time I am in London. My only wish would be that I could go to watch it with my Pottermore friends.

 

“Ethel. Cancel the goblins.” Hermione Weasley-Grainger. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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New Harry Potter Books

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Firstly, I finaly got my copy of The Cursed Child yesterday, though I am yet to start reading it, as I’ve had a rather long 48 hours (my parents are on holiday, and we had a huge leak in the bathroom which flooded into downstairs, and I’m away woring on a summer camp, so I had to travel all the way home to sort it out.). I plan on starting it tomorrow, and telling you guys about it soon.

And for the main part of this post; I have great news for anyone who’s not been on Pottermore recently. Two days ago it was announced that their will be three new Harry Potter short stories realeased next month. They will be full of historical stories about Hogwarts and the wizarding world, and look to be a great insight into the wizarding world and it’s most famous school. It looks like they might only be available as ebooks, so if you don’t have an ereader start asking for one for your birthday. hahaha.

Also, don’t forget that the movie of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in November (check your local cinema to find the exact date in your country).

 

“We must all face a choice between what is right and what is easy.”Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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