PotterWatch: More Potter?

It seems so, and it’s not through Pottermore or a video game. In fact, Ms. Rowling is writing again! I know! It seems too good to be true!


Fantastic beasts for my bookshelf!

Fantastic beasts for my bookshelf! (Photo credit: i1473)


Here’s the scoop (via the many websites I checked on — including MuggleNet, several prominent news sites and JKR’s website)…


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Costuming 101-1: School Supply List

Halloween is quickly approaching, and the time has come for my favorite part of the holiday: costumes! I love all sorts of costumes, but there will always be a special place in my heart (and closet) for my Potter costumes. Even though you can make a variety of costumes — both from the books and the movies — the first costume on your list should be a school uniform (especially if you’re too old).

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)

Just to be orderly about our costume-making, we’ll start with the uniforms we see in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We will also be focusing on the “Trio-Era” characters. Both Moaning Myrtle and Tom Riddle’s uniforms are slightly different than the “present-day” uniforms. Shall we get started?

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Five Reasons to Give Pottermore a Second Chance

Everyone deserves second chances, even websites that don’t give your computer horrible viruses. Even though it’s disappointed me and I really don’t think I’ll find all of the changes that impressive, I’m going to give Pottermore a second chance. Here are my top five reasons for giving the disappointing Harry Potter website a second chance.



Pottermore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Do We Really Need New Covers?

Since I’m re-starting everything, we’re taking a new look at the parts of the book we’ve already started, and first on my list is the covers, particularly the cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The exciting thing is that for the 15th anniversary of the first book, Scholastic released new paperback covers. But do we really need them?

…well, no.

I do want them. My paperbacks are in a sorry state. Since I have to (well, want to) buy replacements anyway, why shouldn’t I have new covers to go with my new books? At the same time I’m a traditionalist, and I hate change. I suppose it depends on how good the new illustrations are; let’s take a look.

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The Welcoming Feast

It’s time to start our studies again, and I will be starting (sort of) from the beginning. I won’t rehash the basic, factual posts over again, and I don’t think I’ll re-do the analysis that I’ve done so far. However, to keep things fresh, I will write out posts with additional thoughts about the chapters, while updating the old ones, and I will answer a question I have about the chapter (as best I can).

Today is a short post. I’m just going to give you the questions for the introductory posts and links to the original posts. After this one, I will have the question for the next topic in the post for the previous one (For Example: when I post the first chapter, I’ll have the question for the next one at the end). By Wednesday, I’ll have the first full post up. Thanks everyone!

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Let’s Board the Train

It’s September 1st of a new year and it’s time once again to board the train to Hogwarts. This summer was a hard one for me, resulting in a void where my posts should have been. In other words, I’ll probably be in detention for my inability to turn in my summer assignments. But, that’s all about to change.

Like I’d mentioned earlier, in the summer, we’re restarting the re-reads. I’ve finally set up a system that I like, so it should be easier. It will start tomorrow morning, bright and early, and continue through to… whenever I finish. I expect that it will take a while. I also expect that at some point I’ll change how I’m doing it. Again. SO… yeah.

The second part of the announcement is in regards to the failed Summer Review Challenge. I was helping with funeral arrangements and visiting family, so I was unable to finish. However, Jo and I decided to morph the Challenge into the Common Room Confessionals Feature on her blog Back in the Common Room. You’ll also be able to find links to my posts and more information about it on its page, once I make it.

I will see everyone tomorrow morning. Check out Jo’s blog, too!


HSR Day 2: Favorite Book

HSR Day 2

The second day of the Hogwarts Summer Review is finally up. Sorry about the delay; my internet has decided to hate me. I’ll be staggering the catch up posts until I, well, catch up. Everything is scheduled and ready to go, so I’ll just get started with Day 2.

Day 2: Favorite Book

To be honest, my favorite book jumps around a bit depending on my mood. I’m a fan of the middle books: Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, and Order of the Phoenix. We had a lot of time with these books, and the potential that the story had was inspiring.

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Day 1: Hogwarts Summer Review Introduction

HSR Day 1

It’s the first day of our Hogwarts Summer Review Challenge. Let’s see what we’re doing for today?

Day 1: The Introduction

Hello everyone. My readers should already know me, but if you’re new to my blog, my name is Brigid and I’m addicted to Harry Potter. We’re taking a short summer break from our regularly scheduled posts and in the mean time we’ll have the Hogwarts Summer Review Challenge.

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The Appeal of Potter: 5 Reasons Why the Fandom Rocks

Harry Potter wouldn’t be as great as it is now if it wasn’t for the fandom. We’d have the books, but without the fandom how many of us would know about them? Fandom didn’t create the Harry Potter universe, but it did help to promote and sustain it. Whether you’re a veteran in Potterdom or you haven’t strayed far from canon, you might be interested in the 5 reasons why I think the Potter fandom is brilliant.

5. The Sport — Muggle Quidditch and Flightless Broomsticks

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The Appeal of Potter: 5 Reasons Why the Movies Rock

Sorry this is a bit late. I still hope you enjoy it.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m a book fan. I love the books, but I do like the movies. Starting all the way back in 2001, the movies have brought a whole new set of Potter fans to the community, and they physically show what many of the book fans imagined. I grew up with the series (I’m the same age as the actors), so some of these may not apply to those of you who are older or younger.

5. The Kids — Real Life Potterheads

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