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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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Breakfast with Doctor Who

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Comic Relief is a fundraising event on British TV, raising money for charities all around the world, to help raise money for the most vulnerable people in the world. Over the years it has raised hundreds of millions of pounds, by hosting a TV event full of comedy, music, and sketches, and anyone from Britain will have watched it at some point in their lives. I watch it every year, and love it. You can find out more about their work at http://www.comicrelief.com

One thing that they have done in recent years is hold an auction, with items donated by celebrities and big businesses who want to help the appeal. This year is no different, and some of the items up for auction are amazing! But the one that I am most excited about is that you can bid on going to a top London restaurant to have breakfast with not one, but 7, Doctor Who’s! But that is not the best part! Most people won’t be able to afford to bid on the items in the auction, so to be in with a chance to have this once in a life time experience you can enter a raffle for just £5. This means that more people have the chance of winning. I know that for many people outside of Britain it will still be impossible, but if you think you would like to be in with a chance, please, please, please consider buying a raffle ticket. You would be helping to raise a hell of a lot of money for charity, AND have the chance to meet 7 Doctor Who’s!

You can buy a raffle ticket (0r 5) at http://www.givergy.com/charity/red-nose-day

If you are not a Doctor Who fan, you can also buy raffle tickets to meet Ed Sheeran, VIP tickets to a Little Mix concert, have tea and cake with actresses from the movie The Queen, and have a walk on part in a new Richard Curtis movie!

What are you waiting for? Go buy some raffle tickets!

 

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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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The Royal Forest of Dean

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The Royal Forest of Dean covers 204 square miles, and contains 20 million trees. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to, and a great place to visit if you ever get the chance.

The people who live there are called ‘Foresters’, and it’s a Royal Forest because from the Norman period it was used for centuries as a hunting park for the Royal family. Even now it is full of wild dear and boar. If you ever visit keep away from the boar, as they have been known to attack people and can be lethal. There are even rumours of one, or several, big cats on the loose (possibly panthers).

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There’s a lot of things to do in the forest if you like the outdoors and/or history. But my favourite thing to do there is to just take walks through the forest.

Royalty aren’t the only ones who have made The Royal Forest of Dean famous. Firstly, several Doctor Who episodes have been filmed in the area, both above and below ground. Then there’s Merlin and the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film which have both been filmed here. Plus, JRR Tolkien visited the area a lot and based the forests of Middle Earth on The Royal Forest of Dean.

Then there is this:

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It’s called St. Briavels Castle, and you can actually spend the night there as it’s a YHA. It dates bake over 900 years, and has been used for many things, including a Royal Hunting Lodge, a munitions factory (making iron cross bow bolts), a prison, and a school just like Hogwarts (I’ll be coming back to this shortly). And on a spooky note, there are a lot of ghost stories connected to this castle, but don’t worry they can’t hurt you. The reason I know this is because I spent a year working there, and not once did anything bad ever happen to me, so you’ll be perfectly safe. It’s a fantastic building, and so easy to imagine it as Hogwarts (there was even a Harry Potter fan group who came all the way from Germany to stay here and have one big weeklong role-play while I worked there, which was absolutely awesome). As it’s a YHA it is really cheap to stay there, and you are also able to hire out the whole castle for groups, parties, and ghost hunts (which is obviously more expensive than just one room for a night). You can find out more and book at www.yha.org.uk/hostel/st-briavels

This isn’t the only place to stay in the forest, you can visit www.wyedeantourism.co.uk for more places to stay, and more about the things you can do while you are there.

Now for the Harry Potter connection. The forest is the place in which Harry and Hermione go to after Ron leaves in The Deathly Hallows, and where he finds them again with the help of Dumbledore’s deluminator to destroy the necklace. The forest was actually used to film this part of the story.

The biggest Harry Potter connection for the forest is that JK Rowling grew up there, in a small village called Tutshill. She went to school at the nearby Wye Valley School (now called the Bourne End Academy) and has been back there to visit students since becoming the author of the best books in history. She doesn’t live there now, so please don’t go knocking on doors hoping JK Rowling will invite you in for a cup tea and slice of cake. This could end up getting you into you lot of trouble. I don’t know if she ever visited St. Briavels Castle, but the castle is well known in the area so I always liked to think that she at least knew about it.

 

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Harry Potter Facts Part Three

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Here is round three of my Harry Potter Facts posts, for which I feel needs no introduction. Apart from to say that these are from both the books, films, and general Harry Potter/JK Rowling stuff (some things you will recognise from other posts about places I’ve travelled to, but I figured that it would be easier for you guys to find in the future if you could just look for them all in these Harry Potter Facts posts).

1) Salt was used for snow in the films.

2) The Harry Potter brand is worth $15 billion worldwide.

3) The Harry Potter films made $7.7 billion at the box office worldwide.

4) JK Rowling’s parents were expecting her to be a boy, and had chosen the name of Simon John, only to have a girl instead.

5) 11 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were sold in first day in the UK and USA alone.

6) Only 500 copies of first book were initially printed, of which 350 went to libraries.

7) Seven is a magical number in many cultures, and here are some magical facts about the number seven in Harry Potter:

– Students pend seven years at Hogwarts.

– There are seven floors at Hogwarts.

– Voldemort made seven Horcruxes (Tom Riddle’s Diary, Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring, Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem, Salazar Slytherin’s Locket, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, Nagini, and Harry Potter himself).

– There are seven Weasley children: Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny.

– Harry paid seven galleons for his wand.

– Quidditch teams have seven players.

– There are seven obstacles leading up to the Philosopher’s Stone: Fluffy, Devil’s Snare, flying keys, giant chess set, Mountain Troll, Snape’s Potions (7 bottles) & The Mirror of Erised (this is in the books rather than the films).

– Seven individuals are attacked by the Basilisk during Harry’s second year at Hogwarts: Mrs. Norris, Colin Creevey, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, Hermione Granger, Penelope Clearwater & Harry Potter.

– There are seven locks on Professor Moody’s trunk.

– There are seven secret passages out of Hogwarts.

– Harry caught seven Golden Snitches during his time as Seeker on the Gryffindor Quidditch team: vs. Slytherin and vs. Hufflepuff in first year, vs. Slytherin in second year, vs. Ravenclaw and vs. Slytherin in third year, vs. Slytherin in fifth year, and vs. Slytherin in sixth year.

The Battle of the Seven Potters see’s seven Harry Potters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Fleur Delacour and Mundungus Fletcher.

– Harry Potter escaped death from Lord Voldemort seven times before finishing him off: in Godric’s Hollow as a baby, over the Philosopher’s Stone, in the Chamber of Secrets, in the graveyard of Little Hangleton, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, during The Battle of the Seven Potters, and during the Battle of Hogwarts in the Forbidden Forest.

– There are seven known spell types: Transfiguration, Charm, Jinx, Hex, Curse, Counter-spell, and Healing.

8) 160 pairs of glasses were used just for Harry during filming, Dan got to keep 2 (one from the first film and one from the last).

9) A Harry Potter play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is opening in London’s West End Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016. Tickets go on sale in the autumn, and you can keep up to date on more info at http://www.harrypottertheplaylondon.com

10) Michael Jackson wanted to write a Harry Potter musical, but JK Rowling said no.

11) If you watched all 8 films back to back it would take 19hours and 40 minutes.

12) One of the inscriptions on the Mirror of Erised says, “I show not your face but your heart’s desire” when reflected in a mirror.

13) When Coca-Cola won the rights to tie in its product with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling insisted the company donate $18 million to the U.S. ‘Reading Is Fundamental’ campaign to encourage children to read.

14) JK Rowling found Hedwig’s name in a book of saints.

15) In 2007, JK Rowling was runner up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

16) The Harry Potter books were the first children’s books to be included on the New York Bestseller list since E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web in 1952.

17) The Hogwarts school motto is “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus” which is Latin for “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon.”

18) JK Rowling’s favourite book as a child was The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.

19) The final scene in the Harry Potter films for David Tennant (who played Barty Crouch Junior in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film) was called The Parting of Ways, and the first Doctor Who episode we see him in as the Doctor in Doctor Who is called The Parting of the Ways. He also makes a reference to Expelliarmus in a Doctor Who episode called The Shakespeare Code, and appeared in two episodes with Rodger Lloyd-Pack who played his dad in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the episodes were called Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel). This fact came from Rosie (RoseMagic10218).

20) When we see the outside of Kings Cross station in the films, it is actually the outside of St. Pancras station, which is right next door to Kings Cross. This is because St. Pancras looks nicer. Inside Kings Cross you will find a sign for Platform 9 3/4, and a trolley which looks like it’s being pushed through the barrier between platforms. There’s also a Harry Potter shop there.

21) Go to www.empireonline.com/features/harry-potter-travel-guide for a guide to Harry Potter related places in London.

22) JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter in and Edinburgh café called ‘The Elephant House’.

23) I always think Edinburgh Castle looks like Hogwarts, but I’ve read that Hogwarts is actually roughly based on George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh.

24) Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh is near to the café where JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter, In the graveyard is the grave of a man called Thomas Riddle who died in 1806, and his son, who shared the name Thomas Riddle, just like Voldemort shares the name with his father. There’s also the grave of a poet called William ‘Topaz’ McGonagall.

25) You can go on Harry Potter walking tours in Edinburgh called The Potter Trail. (www.pottertrail.com).

So there you go, another round of Harry Potter facts, and I have at least two more planned. Enjoy!

 

P.S.- This post was my 100th post, so it seemed only right that it should be about Harry Potter as that is what brought us all together. I didn’t even think about reaching 100 when I started this, I just wanted to create a place to share books with you guys, as books mean the world to me. So I want to say thank you to you all for following me, and reading all of my posts, and here’s to the next 100!

 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy.

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MCM Manchester Comic Con

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So on Sunday I went to my first Comic Con, and I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! It was so awesome, that I can’t wait to go to another one. I went to the MCM Manchester Comic Con with one of my Uncles; as it’s only about an hour from where I live, and it’s one of my favourite English cities.

There were so many people there, and they were all so friendly, it really felt like I belonged there. There were also so many stalls selling some amazing things, that I could have spent way too much money if I brought everything I wanted.

The best part of the day for me though was meeting Sylvester McCoy, who was the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who, and getting his autograph (he also played Radagast the Brown in The Hobbit movies). Sophie Aldred, who played his assistant Ace, was also there, and they were both so nice and friendly. Here’s the autograph he signed for me (I hid my Muggle name):

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I hope to go to another MCM Comic Con in London in October, and I would suggest that all of you should go to at least one Comic Con at some point. They are absolutely amazing!!!!!! I am even thinking of volunteering to be part of the crew.

 

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Movie and TV Companions (*Various ages, see each book individually)

So this is a bit of a mega post, and the reason for that is because the books I’m talking about are all movie companions. I’ve posted about a couple of Harry Potter ones before now, and there are others that I like to, but I realised that if I tried to do all of them individually I would be repeating myself over and over again because I would be saying pretty much the same thing about each of them. That would just be boring, and I figured that one big mega post would be much more fun and easier to do.

These 8 books are all companions to various movies and TV shows that most of you will already know, but what they are full of great and very interesting facts that we wouldn’t know about without these books. They are well worth getting for any hard-core fans of the movies and TV shows they are focused on.

And here’s a little extra bit of Doctor Who fan fiction for you that a Ravenclaw called Rosie (RoseMagic10218) told me: The final scene in Harry Potter for David Tennant (who played Barty Crouch Junior in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film) was called The Parting of Ways, and the first Doctor Who episode we see him in as the Doctor is called The Parting of the Ways. He also makes a reference to Expelliarmus in a Doctor Who episode called The Shakespeare Code, and appeared in two episodes with Rodger Lloyd-Pack who played his dad in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the episodes were called Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel).

 

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Title: Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects.

Author: James Gross and Steve Tribe.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publisher: BBC Books (UK).

Website: www.bbcshop.com/icat/books/icat/books

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £20 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Author: Brian Cogman.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publisher: Gollancz (UK).

Website: www.makinggameofthrones.com

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £25 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

 

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Title: Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Seasons 3&4.

Author: C. A. Taylor.

Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).

Publisher: Gollancz (UK).

Website: www.makinggameofthrones.com

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £20 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

 

* You can also buy both these Game of Thrones books in a single slipcased edition, so it’s up to you which you buy. I’ve put an age of 16 on these two even though the books themselves aren’t in any way inappropriate for younger readers, but because the TV show they are about are inappropriate for younger viewers.

 

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Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. A Visual Companion.

Author: Jude Fisher.

Year of Publication: 2013 (UK).

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (UK).

Website: www.tolkien.co.uk

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A Visual Companion.

Author: Jude Fisher.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (UK).

Website: www.tolkien.co.uk

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. A Visual Companion.

Author: Jude Fisher.

Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (UK).

Website: www.tolkien.co.uk

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £9.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: The Hugo Movie Companion.

Author: Brian Selznick.

Year of Publication: 2011 (UK).

Publisher: Scholastic (UK).

Website: www.theinventionofhugocabret.com

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie.

Author: Mark Miller.

Year of Publication: 2010 (UK).

Publisher: Titan Books (UK).

Website: www.kickassofficial.webs.com

Format: Available in paperback only.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £17.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first. I’ve put an age of 16 on this book even though it isn’t in any way inappropriate for younger readers, but because the film it is about is inappropriate for younger viewers.

 

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