Harry Potter Challenge – Day 1

Day 1 – Favourite Book

Can I just say all of them? 😀 I’m not keen on Chamber of Secrets nor Half Blood Prince! I think my favourite either has to be the Philosopher’s Stone or the Prisoner of Azkaban 🙂

I love re-reading the first book as you can re-discover Hogwarts all over again, and I love the Prisoner of Azkaban. I know lots of people don’t like the Prisoner of Azkaban as it is quite different, but I love it 🙂

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20 Years of Harry Potter

26th June 2017, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone turns 20 years old! Little did we know at the time that this book would change the lives of so many and be as popular as it has come to be!

Photo 17-06-2017, 07 59 45In a small celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter I thought I’d share with you some of my Harry Potter story!

Ok, so first off I’ll tell you all what you want to know, I’m in Ravenclaw! Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 20.02.57

I’m also told that I look like Hermione Granger, and my dad calls me Hermione a lot!

So, how did I first get to know Harry Potter?

2001, I was 7 years old and my friend at school was going to see a preview of the film for her birthday, and I went along. We had Chocolate Frogs and Every Flavour Beans (which were released with the original film release) and I absolutely loved it! I then proceeded to drag my parents and brother along to it so I could watch it again a few weeks later!

I think my brother had the books and he enjoyed them and his enjoyment kind of passed on to me. I was so excited when the first film came out (and I got to know Harry Potter), I had a Harry Potter notebook, Harry Potter pens, Harry Potter trading cards (like Pokemon cards but Harry Potter), Harry Potter board games, Harry Potter pyjamas and a Harry Potter dressing gown!

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I don’t really remember when I read the books. I mean of course I’ve read them all now! I remember getting the 6th book (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) when it came out in 2005, and I queued up for the 7th book at Midnight in 2007. I remember reading the first book at some point, and the third and fifth, but I’m not sure I read them all until I was around 16 though.

What do I love most about Harry Potter?

I think the fact I grew up with it, and there’s always a character you can relate to. I also love how you can read the stories again and again without getting bored. photo-03-06-2016-13-24-26

Who is my favourite character

Dobby obviously!

Which is my favourite book?

I think probably the third book – The Prisoner of Azkaban. It is just really different from the rest of them. I know lots of people don’t like how different it is, but I really like it!photo-03-06-2016-13-53-38

Which is my favourite film?

Probably Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You really can’t beat it. You can re-discover Hogwarts every time!

What is my favourite beast?

Fluffy! I mean he’s just so cool! Or Norbert!

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What spell would I cast if I could?

Expecto Patronum – I’d love to see what my patronus is 🙂 (Pottermore says I’m an otter)

What do I find the saddest moment?

When Fred dies! 😦

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What Harry Potter treat would I try if I could?

I mean I’ve had Butterbeer which was OK, but as I love chocolate, I’m going to say Chocolate Frogs.

Who is my favourite Hogwarts teacher?

Hagrid!!! 😀

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So there we have it. I hope you all enjoyed today’s post 🙂 Please feel free answer the same questions I asked myself in the comments below, I look forward to knowing your favourite bits! 🙂

Also, if you love Harry Potter and fancy re-reading it, then join the Wizarding World Book Club 😀

See you all again soon 🙂

 

Blogmas Day 5 – Reflection on 2016

It feels perhaps a little premature to be writing a reflection on the year post but I suppose why not… Now is as good a time as any.

So I graduated from university with my undergraduate degree in July 2015 and I was pretty sure I’d get a job doing what I wanted to do… But how wrong was I? Landing yourself a job in the environmental science sector when you needed to move back home to save money and all the jobs are in London provided an awful lot of competition… And a lot of rejections not even making it to the interview stage!

But then I landed myself a job working as a learning support worker in a primary school. Teaching was something I had considered but I wasn’t overly sure about it so this job provided me a good insight into teaching… And I’ve now decided against it… Not because of the school or the children, just the amount of pressure I saw the teachers under to reach targets!

I won’t lie my job was tough to begin with… It was so hard and sticking with it was difficult, but then in February it all changed and the little boy I’d been working with since September just changed and it was the most brilliant thing to see. I then absolutely loved working there until the end of the school year in July. I tell you what, I’m so glad I’ve stayed in touch with the family whose child I was working with because he is amazing and it is so so special to watch him growing up and doing brilliantly in the world!

I also made so many new friends last year, a couple of whom I still talk to regularly and I miss them dearly and make every attempt I can to see them when I’m back home!

In December 2015 I decided I wanted to go back to university to undertake a masters degree. Now earning money I could save up £500 a month and by July I was on £5500, the amount I needed for my tuition fees this year. The introduction of the postgraduate loan from student finance also allowed me to come back to university, with my loan paying for my accommodation… not forgetting the money my parents are paying me to “live on” every month. I won’t lie… I do miss everyone and the job I did last year but sometimes you have to move out of your comfort zone!

Another incredible achievement I made this year was taking part/organising and running the St Andrew’s Big Bake where I (with a team of young people) baked solidly for 21h before then selling all the cakes. It was great fun, but tiring and by the end of it I’d been awake 28h and it was challenging too! Please take a look at the blog post on it if you want to know more 🙂 But during that I managed to help raise over £1000 for tearfund.

In March I went out to Norway to visit my friend who lives there. I met Victoria while at Newcastle where we were both studying the same degree. I love her to bits and was so happy that I could go out to visit! OK it was cold and wet a lot of the time but I had great fun and it was so lovely to see her… and to visit a new country!

I visited the Harry Potter studio tour again which was great fun! I love it there!

This year I also passed my grade 8 flute with merit. I was annoyed at myself when I only got to grade 7 before heading off to university in 2012 but I decided to text my old flute teacher to see if she still taught and if she could take me on. I was so glad she did and after a year of practicing as much as I could (believe me, there is more motivation to practice when you’re paying for it all yourself! XD) I passed my grade 8 with merit.

At the end of August I had an amazing opportunity where I headed up to Scotland for 2 weeks to work with the Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit, where I spent time learning how to record dolphin/whale sightings and learning how to rescue stranded marine mammals. It was all great fun and an incredible experience. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the moment a minkie whale surfaced about 1m from the boat!

I also had a lovely little holiday to Jersey with my mum for a couple of days to watch the airshow and just to visit Jersey as I hadn’t been there since I was about 4 years old so I don’t remember any of it! Plus I decided to get out my snorkelling gear and have a go at snorkelling to see if I could find anything!

At the end of September I moved out of my comfort zone again and moved back to University… Well this time I moved to Swansea (rather than back to Newcastle), so not only was it was new place for me, it was also a bit overwhelming getting back in to work and fending for myself again! But still I’ve made it so far and have only 2 weeks left of term until I go home for Christmas! But before then I have to write a 6,000 word literature review! :O

That’s all for day 5 – it was a bit of a longer one today but hopefully I’ll see you again tomorrow! 🙂

 

 

To Be Read…

Last month I had nearly read all the books on my bookcase so I was desperate to find some more, so it was time to take a trip to Amazon and have a good old browse!

So next up for me to read:

  • The Winter Wedding – Abby Clements.
  • Waves – Sharon Dogar
  • A Place to Call Home – Carole Matthews
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime  – Mark Haddon
  • Me Before You – Joio Moyes
  • All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
  • The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
  • The One we Fell in Love With – Paige Toon
  • See Me – Nicholas Sparks
  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  • Dragonskin Slippers – Jessica Day George

So it is safe to say that my bookshelf is replenished!

Have you read any of these books? What did you make of them? I’d love to know 🙂

Harry Potter Film Wizardry

Having recently read other behind the scenes Harry Potter books (The Character Vault, The Creature Vault and Magical Places from the Films) I was unsure whether I would learn much more by picking up “Harry Potter Film Wizardry” but the positive reviews for it on Amazon persuaded me that it was worth a look.

I’ll admit that I didn’t really learn anything from this book that I hadn’t already learnt from the other three Harry Potter books, but there were so many more photos in this book.

Along with all the new photos were several other cool things, including prop replicas such as Harry’s Letter, a Marauders Map, a Quidditch World Cup Programme, Advanced Potion Making, and a Yule Ball menu among other things. The replicas are all brilliant, many of which I’m too scared to get out and look at properly (like the Marauders Map).

The book is really nicely laid out, with many pages in the style of the Daily Prophet, or other designers notebooks. The book is mostly in chronological order, working its way through each of the films and the characters.

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All in all Film Wizardry is a good book and I’ve loved looking through it. Although I didn’t really learn anything different from this book as I did in the other three books mentioned, I would recommend the book to anyone who wants a good look behind the scenes in the making of all the Harry Potter films. Plus it looks great on my bookcase with the other books and “Harry Potter from Page to Screen”!