Posts Categorized: Potty for Potter

My enormous list of things they shouldn’t have missed from the Harry Potter films!

May 8, 2017 Page to Screen, Potty for Potter 0

Recently I re-watched the Harry Potter films, and as usual I ended up reading most of the books again due to the fact that some of my most favourite bookish scenes had been missed. In a moment of madness I decided to write a post about all of these missing scenes (which seemed a great idea until I realised how many there actually were) and share them with the world to see if you guys felt the same way.

Somewhere a long the way I also ended up writing a (thankfully, much smaller) list containing some of the moments in the films, not from the books, that I loved too and you can find these at the end of this VERY long post!

If you are good enough to reach the end, make sure to share you own thoughts and add any additional scenes that you think should have made the films too!

Things from the books that I wish were in the films

Peeves (books 1-7)
So apparently Peeves was originally in the first film but his character was cut last minute. Gutted to say the least, I would have loved to have seen him in the films creating mischief! (I especially love the bit in Order of the Phoenix when he salutes Fred & George!)

Nearly Headless Nicks Death day party ( book 2)
Although I have to admit the first time I read the Death day party scene I was totally creeped out, but it would have been so cool to see this on the screen complete with the table of moldy food and ghostly party games!

The Marauders Map (book 3)
Yes, the map is featured but the film totally missed the entire back story to it and it’s link to Harry’s dad. Even when Lupin ends up with the map Harry never questions how he knows how to use it.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

August 1, 2016 Book Review, Potty for Potter 4

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will be aware that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script for the play of the same name, was released this weekend.

Firstly I have to say that I loved that the release was set for 31st July, Harry’s birthday, although a bet a lot of delivery men/women were probably not massively happy that they had to work on a Sunday to keep all up Potter fans happy! I happened to be in London yesterday and so didn’t actually get my book in my hands until 8.30pm, and which point I was not letting go of it until I finished it!

A prior warning, this review contains no spoilers. I have not included any information about the plot and mostly talk about how our characters and the wizarding world has changed int eh 19 years since the previous book. The only characters that I have made reference to are those that we, the public, have already been informed are in the play. I have included some quotes from the book, but have removed the character names from those that I think knowing who has said it would spoil it for you.

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Sunday Funday: Harry Potter Lanterns

July 31, 2016 Potty for Potter, Sunday Funday 4

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

I’m writing this from London where I have been spending the weekend because it’s YALC weekend! (Basically the UK’s attempt at BEA!) I always love YALC because I can be at nerdy as I want to be and no one judges, in fact everyone else is being the exact same! I have met some really nice new people who I definitely plan to keep in touch with and found LOTS of new books to add to my TBR!

More importantly, today is Harry Potter’s Birthday! AND the release of The Cursed Child Script, which I cannot wait to read. I was thinking about it this morning and I really should have taken tomorrow off work in order to read it. Oh well! To celebrate the boy wizard that we all love so much I am sharing with you a bookish buy that any Harry Potter fan will want in their life.

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What Harry Potter Taught Me

July 31, 2015 Potty for Potter 11

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So we reached the end of July which means it’s Harry Potters Birthday, and also the end of Potty for Potter month! I’ve had so much fun doing all my Potter-ish posts, and even though I didn’t manage to review all seven of the books I still filled my month with so much cool stuff.

So for my final post I wanted to talk about what Harry Potter aka J.K.Rowling taught me. Harry Potter is a worldwide phenomenon, but it all started off with one book about a young boy who went to magic school and as the book series grew so did the things J.K.Rowling taught us that made us all better and more magical human beings…

We are only Human

“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” -Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

So much of the conflict in the Harry Potter series centers around greed and ego. We are all human beings and so all make mistakes and a lot of the time we are wrong. The Harry Potter series consistently reminds us to look at our own faults before tearing down others.  

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You Can Move on From Loss

“The things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end—if not always in the way we expect.” – Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Another big theme in the Harry Potter series is unexpected loss. Moving on from tragedy is something we all have to do at some point in our lives. We recover from loss by growing in unexpected ways, which happens a number of times across the series.

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Respecting Others is Important

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Muggleborns, Elves, Werewolves, Giants… the HarryPotter series is full of inequality. Harry however refuses to treat anyone like less of a friend, no matter their species or background. Everyone deserves respect, and this lesson that J.K.Rowling has taught us within this series is a powerful one.

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Death is Inevitable

“To the well-organized mind, death is merely the next great adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

An important theme explored in the Harry Potter series is death. Harry starts the series ridden with tragedy, but through the series and his own experiences he grows and learns that fearing death does nothing more then take away our ability to enjoy life.

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Don’t Judge People by Appearance

As loony as Luna Lovegood seemed, she usually had the answer. Just because someone is too shy to speak up or are label as the ‘crazy’ one doesn’t mean what they have to say is any less important or interesting for that matter. Another point here has to be Hagrid, who is a massive hairy giant … who wouldn’t hurt a fly. People aren’t always what they seem to be, which is exactly the point J.K.Rowling continuously makes through the Harry Potter series with all the various characters she introduces us to.

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Fear Can Be Beaten

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

As humans we tend to like to pretend something doesn’t exist if we fear it, it is more comforting for us. However this ignorance just causes us more problems. The Harry Potter series reminds its readers throughout that sometimes fear of a problem is actually much worse than the actual problem.

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Courage Isn’t Always Standing Up To The Bad Guy

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Sometimes it’s not about standing up to the villain, it’s about the challenge of having to stand up to our friends. In Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone Neville requires just as much courage to stand up to his friends and Harry does to stand up to evil. J.K.Rowling reminds us that courage comes in all different forms.

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When the Going Gets Tough…True Friends Will Stick With You

Ron and Hermione stuck with Harry through everything, and sure you may not need your friends to follow you into battle with Voldemort and his Death Eaters, but through Ron and Hermione J.K.Rowling shows us what true friendship is. It’s not always pretty, there was jealousy and anger and an almost fist fight, but when it came down to it Harry knew that they both had his back when he needed them.

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Life is Nothing Without Love

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Love is the closest thing to magic that we have, so in the Harry Potter universe, it’s only fitting that love has special powers too. Through Voldemort’s life choices we are reminded of just how bad life can be without love.

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Family Does Not Have to be Blood Relatives

“Mrs. Weasley kissed all her children, then Hermione, and finally, Harry. He was embarrassed, but really quite pleased, when she gave him an extra hug.” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Weasleys became Harry’s surrogate family over the course of the series, accepting him for exactly who he is, something that his blood relatives the Dursley’s never did. He and Ron grow up together as close as brothers with Molly knitting him sweaters at Christmastime and the twins teasing him like they would any of their siblings. J.K.Rowling reminds us a family is made out of love and not obligation.

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Intelligence isn’t the most important thing

“Books and cleverness. There are more important things: friendship and bravery.” – Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Ron and Harry were definitely not the brains of the group and were saved multiple times by Hermione. But their courage and heart sometimes did what Hermione’s book smarts couldn’t. Sure, it’s important to get an education, but not everyone is intelligent, and there is nothing wrong with that.

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Choices Over Abilities

“It is our choices that tell us who we really are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter’s life is always at the center of attention and speculation. But Harry learns that regardless of the abilities he’s born with and learns, the decisions he makes are far more critical for the future. This is a recurring theme throughout the books that shows all of us we can become what we choose and not what is expected of us.

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Loss Does Not Define Us

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself plainly when you have need of him.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This one kind of follows on from my previous lesson about loss. But in this way it is about not letting our loss define us. Harry loses a lot of people through this series and sure he mourns for these people, but far from letting their deaths overcome him he learns to treasure the memories he has of them and appreciate the time they spent together. 

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Your Illness Does Not Define You

Remus Lupin didn’t let his lycanthropy consume his life so why let the fact that you are in a wheelchair or that you have anxiety or in my case diabetes define who you are. It’s ok to be a little different then everyone else, but it’s also important to not let it stand in the way of who you want to be. Remus Lupin wanted to be a teacher, so J.K.Rowling made him a teacher. He wanted a family (no matter how much he denied it) so J.K.Rowling gave him a family.

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Age is just a number

“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter series shows us that age is no barrier to what you can accomplish. Harry, Ron and Hermione conquer some pretty difficult and dangerous challenges in their youth. On the other end of the scale Dumbledore (who even knows who old he is?) remains a kick ass wizard who can hold his own against powerful wizards like Voldemort. This one just emphasizes even more that it is our choices and not our abilities that define who we are, and that the only things that limit us are our motivation and imagination.

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Don’t Pretend to be Something You’re Not

We have probably all wished at some point that we were more then what we are, but J.K.Rowling shows us through Gilderoy Lockhart just how badly that can be. You are you, so why not just own it. Be a Luna rather then a Gilderoy. The time you spend faking could be better spent doing something you actually can do or enjoy doing.

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Sometimes It’s Ok to Break the Rules

Rules were meant to be broken, right? That’s what J.K.Rowling is trying to teach us, yes? Well, not exactly. But through Harry Potter we are shown that there does come a time and place when the greater good warrants breaking a few suggested guidelines.

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Hope Can Never Be Extinguished

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –  Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Alkaban

Throughout the course of the series, Harry Potter faces some truly troubling challenges. Despite the evil and darkness he fights, Harry is never willing to give up or grow jaded. This is a powerful reminder that each of us has the power to make the world a little brighter, regardless of our circumstances.

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We may get older, but the magic is forever…

For those of us who got to grow up with Harry Potter our childhoods/teenage years were full of throught of magic potions, flying broomsticks and good conquering over evil. But most of all it’s the way the books made us feel and the friendship, good hearted people and love that filled them.

Harry Potter is so much more then just a book series now a days, but J.K.Rowling’s lessons live on through us and the story of a young boy who discovered the magic in the world.

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What did Harry Potter teach you? I still have a Giveaway for a Harry Potter inspired bookmark, check it out here.

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Cover Stories: Comparing (and Judging) Harry Potter Covers

July 29, 2015 Cover Stories, Potty for Potter 6

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People always say: “You should never judge a book by it’s cover.” But here on Cover Stories, that is exactly what I do.

There are so many different editions of Harry Potter that it can get a little confusing. Even just in the UK there are 5 editions! That’s before you count the ones from the US and then the ones from around the rest of the world. But who has the best cover, and who has the worst?

Check out my Harry Potter cover directory, with my opinions, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think…

UK Editions

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Original Bloomsbury Children’s Covers
For me these are always going to be THE Harry Potter books because this is what mine look like. They may not be as snazzy as the american ones, or as crisp as the new editions, but these are the original!

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Original Bloomsbury Adult Covers
They a bit boring really, don’t you think? Where is the colour, or at least something a little magical?

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New Bloomsbury Children’s Edition (September 2014)
Ok, so I like the new images, but really hate the font. Also, Harry’s hair is WAY too long! And I miss Fawkes on the cover of the Order of the Phoenix, I mean he is a Phoenix after all, he should really be on the cover!

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New Bloomsbury Adult Covers (July 2013)
Ok, so I kinda love these ones. I am actually looking into buying them so they can sit on my self next to my originals. I just love the simplicity of each book have just one main colour, but then the hidden image within that colour. So much better then the other Adult covers!

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Bloomsbury Signature (2010)
These were meant to be for the “new generation” to be introduced to the world of Harry Potter. I find them a bit old school really. I’m not a massive fan of the images, or the titles and the colours look like tie dye.

US Editions

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Original Scholastic Covers
I like the final three book covers but not really a fan of 1-4. It also slightly annoys me that these are the main covers for the HP books on Goodreads, when Harry Potter was first released in the UK, so shouldn’t it be the UK covers?

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New Scholastic Edition (August 2013)
Ok, I really like these ones. They have got to be my favourite. They have the lightening font and the pictures are just perfect. Love love love!

French Editions

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French Children’s Covers
The images on these books make me laugh so much, especially Dumbledore on the Half Blood Prince cover, and also the fact that everyone is wearing really pointy witches hats!

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French Adult Covers
Ooooo I do like these. The font reminds me of the Beautiful Creatures covers though for some reason. Not my favourite, but also not the worst. Good job France!

German Editions

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German Child Covers
What is going on with Harry’s face in every single one of these images. He looks like he is pulling selfie faces in each one! Also, I don’t like that they swapped font part way through the series.

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German Adult Covers
Hmmm, I’m unsure. I mean on one hand I like the way the cover is divided up, it looks quite cool. But then the images filling it are not something I like. Where is the magic?! Thumbs up for consistency of format, but thumbs down for the images.

Spanish Edition

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A much better Harry then on the German covers, but he does look weird on the first book cover. How is he even staying on that broom? Plus that pink cover for The Goblet of Fire sticks out like a sore thumb! Not a fan of these ones, sorry Spain!

Italian Edition

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Oh dear Italy. Where do I even start? Book 1, what is with the giant mouse playing chess (I think) with Harry? Book 2, he looks like his is flying on a book. Book 3, worst attempt at drawing a Hippogriff ever…  can’t go on. It’s just too bad! Italy, you have ruined the magic of Harry Potter!

Swedish Edition

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I find this one a bit hit and miss. The first book cover is terrible, but as we make our way through the series it actually gets better. The last one is actually pretty cool.

Dutch Editions

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Dutch Children’s Covers
These actually aren’t too bad. I like that they have used the lightning font, and the images are pretty cool too. They would probably make my top ten.

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Dutch Pocket Edition
It was going so well with the book covers (above), no idea what happened with these pocket editions. The only thing I kind of like is that each cover seems to focus on a different colour.

Danish Edition

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Again with the inconsistency of fonts! Why do people so this?! Also, I don’t know what the colours are for the font, but it reminds be of the Indianna Jones film covers. The pictures are ok, but not enough to make it up for me though. These covers, big thumbs down.

Finish Edition

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Remember when you used to go on holiday and there would always be that guy at the side of the road who would draw your picture and you would always end up with a massive nose and ears. That is what these covers remind me of! I wouldn’t want them on my shelf, but they made me smile, so I guess that’s ok.

Ukrainian Edition

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No no no no no! Don’t make me look at them any longer, please. I hate, maybe even worse then the Italian ones!

Chinese Edition

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Ok, so these are slightly strange, but in a weird way I kind of like them. Even if Fluffy does have a mane on the cover of the first book. Again, I wouldn’t want them on my shelf, but I don’t have any massive hateful feelings towards these ones. Also, I’ve always wondered how you would write Harry Potter in Chinese!

Japanese Covers

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I have no idea what is going on with these ones. They just leave me completely confused. Is it so hard to draw a guy on a broom Japan?!

What do you think of these covers? Which country is your favourite, or your least favourite?

Which covers do you own, or wish you could own?

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Review: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” – J.K.Rowling

July 27, 2015 Book Review, Potty for Potter 1

Review: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” – J.K.RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling
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Published on: July 8th 1999
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 317
Series: Harry Potter #3
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback

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This book is part of the Harry Potter series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Harry Potter #1)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?)

But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…

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My Thoughts

Before writing these reviews I made a list of a few things I loved from each one so I know what to write about, for this book I ended up with a whole page, so forgive me if this one is a little bit more intense then the others! I’ve done my best not to overload you with information!

I love this book because for me this is where it starts to get dark. I mean sure the last two books have had their horrors, but this book for me is the first one that you can feel this eery kind of darkness just creeping over you as you read it.

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Review: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – J.K.Rowling

July 22, 2015 Book Review, Potty for Potter 1

Review: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – J.K.RowlingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
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Published on: July 2nd 1998
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 352
Series: Harry Potter #2
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback

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This book is part of the Harry Potter series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Harry Potter #1)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself.

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My Thoughts

This was actually the first Harry Potter book I was ever read. Luckily I only heard about 2 chapters of it, so no spoilers, but it made me realise just how amazing the world of Harry Potter is. Once again, I’m not going to be able to talk about everything I love about this book (as my post will be a mile long) so instead I just picked out some of my most favourite parts…

“You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

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Sunday Funday: Potty for Potter #3

July 19, 2015 Potty for Potter, Sunday Funday 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

*Apologies for anyone who tried to find this post this morning. It was one of those ‘I thought I had scheduled it but apparently I hadn’t’ scenarios, and I’ve been at a Christening all day so only just released!*

If you haven’t seen already, this month is Harry Potter month on Broc’s Bookcase. Which means that for every week in July Sunday Funday will be all things Potter!

This week I’m all about the Harry Potter crafts!

Instructions here.
This tutorial by Gretchen over at Boxy Colonial is great and all you need is some chopsticks and hot glue! It’s so simple, I can’t believe I’ve never thought of it before!

Instructions and Printable’s here.
These house banners from the Warner Bro’s website are so cool, I actually just downloaded the print outs and will be making them very soon!

Instructions here.
Want to make your own Hogwarts scarf, check out this knit pattern and tutorial from The Leaky Caudren.org

Instructions here.
Want your own Time Turner necklace? Well then make one! This tutorial is simple and takes less then 30 minutes to create.

Instructions here.
You can never have enough bags, especially not when they are Harry Potter themed bags! Check out Polly’s tutorial at Piece’s by Polly and rock the Harry Potter magic!

Instructions here.
Getting bored with ‘everyday’ necklaces? Then make these awesome potion bottle necklaces by Michele at The Scrap Shoppe and stand out!

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What do you think of these Harry Potter crafts? Have you ever made anything Harry Potter-ish?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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