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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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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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Harry Potter Collection

It goes without saying that when you are a big fan of something like Harry Potter, you will want to buy a lot of memorabilia, so this post is all about the collection of Harry Potter items I have collected since I became a fan. Some of the things I have shown you guys before, but most is stuff I have never managed to include in other posts.

To start with, this is all the clothes I have:
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Next is a little potions kit I have been making for myself, I am still working on it and still want a full size cauldron. I always loved making potions on Pottermore. I brought a lot of the bottles from Etsy, and the cauldron in the second photo is just a tiny one for decoration:

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And of course here are the books that I have:a15a18They are all 1st Editions, which is why there are some missing, as the early books are expensive to buy in first edition. But I have all of them as ebooks, so I can read them whenever I like. I have all of the movies on DVD to, and I am replacing them slowly with the Ultimate Edition’s, which have unseen footage and even more extras.

I also like to collect autographs, so I want to show you all the autographs I have from the actors and actresses of Harry Potter:

                 Daniel Radcliffe Rupert Grint Emma Watson 1

                 Katie Leung Bonnie Wright

Evanna Lynch

                           Matthew Lewis Timothy Spall

Ellie Darcey-Alden

Roger Lloyd-Pack

If you want to collect autographs, a good way to start is to simply write to the person who’s autograph you would like an ask them. You can find the addresses for a lot of celebrities at http://www.fanmail.biz Yes, you can find autographs for sale on websites like eBay, but why buy them if you can get a personally signed one with your name on it? Remember to include return postage. You can also get autographs from people if you go to something like a Comic Con or movie premier where that person is appearing.

These are all the posters I have. The first four came with the Harry Potter movie companions I have, and the last two were brought at the Comic Con I went to in London last October:

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I also have Hermione’s and Luna’s wands:

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Finally, here is some random things that I have, the last one is of some tickets I have for the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London:

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If you want any of these things for yourself, the best place to go for the books is obviously your nearest book shop (most good book shops will order books for you if they don’t have them in stock), or Amazon. As for the other things, if you can’t find them in shops on your local high street, then I suggest looking on websites like Amazon,or you can visit either www.harrypotterplatform934.com or www.noblecollection.com/harry-potter

I really hope you have enjoyed reading this post, and I will posting some more Harry Potter facts soon.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Sir Winston Churchill.

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