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Mega Post


Today is going to be a huge MEGA post, to make up for the ones I have missed over the past couple of weeks. First however I want to explain what has been happening. As I posted briefly; I have fractured my ankle which is very painful. I have had to take time off from work as I can barely stand for more than a few minutes, let alone walk, without being in a lot of pain. Thus, I have been taking some very strong painkillers, which make me very sleepy and leave me with very little energy. This means I have been finding it hard to write my posts here, and for that I am sorry. I hope you guys can forgive me.

Now for the real post. Firstly it will be the riddles:

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

1) Clara Clatter was born on December 27th, yet her birthday is always in the summer

She lives in the Southern Hemisphere.

2) He has married many women but has never married. Who is he?

A priest.


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


Your next set of riddles are:

1) An item is made from lead blanks in a lathe shop. Each blank suffices for 1 item. Lead shavings accumulated for making 6 items can be melted and made into a blank. How many items can be made from 36 blanks.

2) Not far off shore a ship stands with a rope ladder hanging over her side. The rope has 10 rungs. The distance between each rung is 12 inches. The lowest rung touches the water. The ocean is calm. Because of the incoming tide, the surface of the water rises 4 inches per hour. How soon will the water cover the third rung from the top rung of the rope ladder?


Good luck!


Next, I want to tell you about a new/second chatroom for this site. Just to be clear; the chatovod chat will still be active. I promised that it will always be here, and I promise again that it always will be.

This second chatroom is simply for more choice, as it has some features that chatovod doesn’t, such as being able to play music and post pictures (as long as they are appropriate and not of you). The link for this second chatroom is You do have to register to use it, and everyone has the choice about if they want to use it or not. You can also download an app for your desktop, tablet, or phone to use it ‘on the go’.

I want to say thanks to Lunar Kitty for suggesting and creating this second chatroom, and to both her and Ennard for helping me figure it out. Little by little we are going to make it as comfy as possible, as it is much easier to personalise.



The third part of this MEGA post is to tell you about the MCM London Comic Con I recently went to. I volunteered for the first time this year, and I am so glad that I did. I had the best Comic Con ever!

I had signed up to do different things over the weekend, but after doing a good job on my first task in the ‘Photo Opportunity Area’ I was asked to do that for the whole weekend, as the job was very demanding and the organiser in charge wanted to keep certain people who he knew would do well. This meant that I got to meet a lot of the ‘Special Guests’ who appeared, and I made some really good friends I plan to meet up with at Comic Cons in the future.

I got to meet Professor Flitwick again, which made me very happy indeed. He is such as nice man, and offered to let several volunteers have photos with him. Mine is now framed and mounted on my bedroom wall. I also say Filch and Pius Thicknesse.

By far though, the two most popular ‘Special Guests’ over the weekend in my area were Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty in Sherlock) with over 400 people wanting a photo, and Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter) with over 200 people. I also really enjoyed meeting the cast of Red Dwarf, which is one of my favourite British comedies. I would recommend it to everyone. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take photos in this area without permisson, so I don’t have any to show you from this area.

However, I do have some others I wanted to share with you of my favourite Cosplayers:

As you can see I saw a Dementor, but don’t worry: I had my wand ready and thought happy memories of my Pottermore friends to chase it away with my patronus. Here are also a few photos from around Comic Con that I thought were pretty cool:


Here is the t-shirt and lanyard that I got to work for the weekend, and also a butterbeer glass I got for myself. I also brought a Pokemon Card for as a gift for Izzy:


I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and I’m sorry again for not posting the past couple of weeks.


“Friends don’t lie.” Stranger Things.



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!



Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains


My trip to Canada a couple of weeks ago was pretty awesome, so it is about time that I shared it with you. My brother lives there; in Vancouver to be precise, and that is we I who I went to visit with my parents.

Vancouver is on the East Coast of Canada, close to the Rocky Mountains, and while it was hot in the city we could still see snow on some of the nearby mountains. I’ve only seen snow in June once before, and that was only a few snow-flakes falling, so it was something very different to what I am used to. It is a beautiful city, that is very modern; full of sky scrapers and apartment blocks, right on the Pacific Ocean.



The last photo is on Granville Island, which has a fantastic market t has a port for Cruise Ships, which is well worth a visit.

The city has a port for Cruise Ships, which made me think of my friend Lunar Kitty, from Ravenclaw, because she loves Cruise Ships. So here are a couple of photos just for her:


As you can see, we also saw plenty of wildlife, who were very friendly and helpful to passengers in the airport:



Joking aside, we did see a Grizzly Bear on a day trip to Grouse Mountain. Grouse Mountain is a ski resort that is around half an hours drive from Downtown Vancouver, and can even be seen from some of the beaches in the city. Some events for the Winter Olympic Games were held there in 2010. During the summer it is obviously closed for skiing, but it has been made into a tourist attraction. You can see some Grizzly Bears there which were sadly orphaned as babies, and there is a live Lumberjack show you can watch which is pretty funny.

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We also went on a little road trip into the Rocky Mountains, which included a stop in Whistler, which was the other venue used for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It is such a beautiful area, and so peaceful, that it is easy to forget how a big city like Vancouver could exist.



The other wildlife that we saw was some turtles, which I was very happy about. They live in a lake in Stanley Park, which is on the edge of Vancouver. It is a great place to visit, but seeing the turtles was just brilliant for me. They were sitting on a log that was floating in the middle of the lake and watching the world go by without a care in the world. It made me think of Izzy, who had a little holiday of her own and went to stay with a friend of mine while I was away. The pictures aren’t very good because of how far away they were from the shore, but you can just make out the turtles:


I hope you have all enjoyed the post, and I promise that I will post more about other exciting places that I visit.


“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”   Terry Pratchett.





Last weekend I had a day trip to a great city called Chester that I wanted to tell you guys about.

Chester is Roman city in the North West of England, in the county of Cheshire, and sits on the border with Wales. It was founded in AD79, and is the only completely walled city left in the UK. It is only about an hours drive from where I live, so it’s a place I’ve been to a number of times over the years.

The photo at the top is one of the gateways into the Roman part of the city, though as you can see the city has grown a lot beyond the walls since the Romans left Britain. The Gate Way isn’t the original one, as the city has changed a lot over the past two thousand years, but it still looks great. You can walk along the city walls in a complete circle if you wanted to, as it’s a great way to get a feel of the city.

A lot of the buildings in the city centre are Tudor, and are built with something called ‘Rows’, which is like a second street, set up above the main street. They were made so that medieval shoppers could walk and shop out of the rain. It’s really neat.

Chester is home to Britain’s largest Roman amphitheatre, which sits next to some Roman Gardens, just beyond one of the city gates. It could hold up to 7000 spectators, and there is even a shrine to the Roman Goddess Nemesis (Destiny), so I had to take a photo for my friend Destiny from Ravenclaw.

I also visited Chester Cathedral, which was built 1000 years ago, and is one of only six Catholic monasteries to survive Henry VIII dissolution of the Catholic Church in Britain. It survived because he needed some of the churches to become Church of England Cathedrals. It is free to enter, and there are several free tours every day (check the website at for times). There is also a Falconry centre, a shop, and a café. I am not very religious, but I have always enjoyed visiting old churches to learn of the past and the architecture. For a treat, you can go on a paid tour which takes you all the way up to the top of the tour. The tour guide was a young woman called Beth, who gave a great tour. I loved going into places that not many people go to, and seeing close up how the Cathedral was built. I would seriously recommend this tour to anyone.

And just to make you smile; I saw this in the market by the Town Hall:


If you ever want to visit then Chester has a main line train station, and Manchester and Liverpool airports aren’t too far away. You can also get there by National Express Coaches, and Mega Bus. Visit for accommodation. If you like horse racing, then Chester also has one of the best race courses in the country.


“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius.


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 (, 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.



MCM London Comic Con 2016

Hello from Comic Con! I usually wait until after the event to make posts of this kind, but I am just too excited not to share my time here with you guys. So far I have met Professor Flirwick, for the second time, and two actors from one of my favourite shows when I was growing up called Red Dwarf.

There is even a fair ground here this year, and it is awesome! Tonight there will be a big party that will go on until 1am! It will be just like the Yule Ball.

 I have seen a lot of Harry Potter things, as well as a lot of Hogwarts students.

There is a lot of people here in Cosplay, and it always surprises me just how much hard work people put into them. Here are some of my favourites so far:

I came here by myself, but I have already made some friends. Last night I went to the pub with some people I met, and we sat there until nearly midnight playing games. I also met a guy from Japan who won a huge trophy and a lot of money from winning a gaming tournament.

So as I still have some things I want to see, I will end my post here and hope to see you all very soon.



Thestrals Books Needs You!


From the beginning, I’ve wanted this to be a place where we can all share our favourite books and a few other random things with each other. So I am sending out an invitation to everyone who visits here to get involved.

If any of you have anything you would like to share, then please let me know. It can be a book, a movie, a place to visit, anything at all. Just get in touch. You can leave me a reply here with suggestions, or you can send me a copy of what you would like to be posted (use the contact details on the ‘Connect’ page).

It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel confident about how to write the post, because the most important thing is to share something you think is great with everyone else. So get writing!