I sorted into Hufflepuff!

Hufflepuff! I sorted into Hufflepuff! That’s what I get for answering the questions on Pottermore honestly. Hufflepuff!

When Pottermore first started a few years ago I signed up, but never got around to being sorted into a Hogwarts (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) house. So I figured I would finally give it a try today and I got sorted into Hufflepuff! Yes, yes, everyone likes Hufflepuffs and they are loyal, patient, fair, hard-working, and true and even J.K. Rowling says she likes the Hufflepuff house the best, but that’s coming from a woman who was sorted into Gryffindor. Once you are sorted into a house the Pottermore site does not let you change, so once a Hufflepuff, always a Hufflepuff. Some famous Hufflepuff’s include: Helga Hufflepuff, Nymphadora Tonks, Cedric Diggory, and Newt Scamander. But why did Helga Hufflepuff pick a badger for a house mascot and the house colors of canary yellow and black? Sigh.

 

 

I was also sorted into the Ilvermorny (Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) house: Horned Serpent. Which was “Named by Isolt Sayre after the great horned river serpent that has a jewel set into its forehead; Horned Serpent house is sometimes considered to represent the mind of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Horned Serpent favours scholars. The house traits are: Represents the mind. Favours scholars”.

 

My wand is: Elm wood, dragon heartstring core, 12 ½” in length, and brittle flexibility.

 

And my Patronus is: Black Mare

Christmas with the kids!

Celebrated Christmas with my favorite niece and nephew and their way cool Mom (she told me to say that) tonight. I received some fantastic Harry Potter socks, some soda with amazing flavors – which includes bacon and one that’s like butterbeer, a soap with caffeine in it, and some yummy holiday treats. Yes, everyone knows of my Harry Potter obsession. I gave the kids their annual autographed book. This year its the beautiful “Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories” by Phuoc Thi Minh Tran, who is the first Vietnamese librarian, and from Minnesota. I also got Julian some Doctor Who Legos, Louisa some Shopkins, and they also got a lump of coal (a marshmallow covered in chocolate). Yes, their favorite librarian aunt really does give the best gifts.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was finally released today! The screenplay arrived on my Kindle Thursday night, but the movie and screenplay were officially released today (aka Friday November 18). I wanted to see the movie before I read the book, so while it was tempting to read it last night, I did hold off and devoured the book today. The book designers did a wonderful job with the artwork in the book, but I was hoping for a bit more backstory. As with screenplays, you always want more and with the world of Harry Potter a screenplay is just the trip of the iceberg.

So an extremely busy day filled with appointments, a snowstorm, and a new Harry Potter movie. Overall a fantastic movie and book and I am one happy Muggle.

Stories from Hogwarts

Three new Harry Potter Stories from Hogwarts were released today (September 6) as eBooks! Well you might have gotten them a bit early, like I did last night a little after 11pm when they automatically downloaded (downloads must be on a different time zone). While not a true story/novel, they are little chapters/entries on a variety of subjects and they are fun to read. Its always a wonderful thing to learn a little bit more about Hogwarts and those that inhabit the mind of J. K. Rowling.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Today (July 31) on Harry and J. K. Rowling’s birthday the new Harry Potter book (Book 8) came out: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Not a novel, but a screenplay of two plays: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One & Two and Harry Potter parties were once again held around the world as people counted down to Midnight. I was too tired to go to any Potter parties or stand in line for the book/play, as I have done in past years, plus its just so much easier to get it on my Kindle and start reading right away. And it certainly beats having to order them from the UK because they were not yet published here in the US, which is what I had to do with some of the earlier books, until they started to published the UK and US books simultaneously.

So at 11:01pm on July 30 I wondered if the book/play would download, as it was past Midnight in the UK and Midnight in New York City, so I looked and no book/play. But then at 11:22pm I noticed that the book/play was downloading (I later checked my bill from Amazon and it also said 11:22pm. Weird). So I am not sure if the ebook was on NYC time or not, but if I had been in the store I would have been still waiting. So another great thing about ebooks – you might get the book a bit early!

A quick read (I finished about 2:58am – so about a 3.5 hours to read), the play/book was wonderful and sad and happy and adorable and includes all the characters we have know and loved over the past 19 years, plus a few new ones. It nicely wraps up some of the ‘what if’ questions that have been lingering from the books and does a wonderful job of showing that Hermione and Ron were meant to be together and yes, I know that some have debated if they should have ended up together (including Rowling and Emma Watson), but I liked happy endings and the book/play does a good job of answering that question. The world is always a little bit better when there is a new Harry Potter book it in.

Harry in Korean!

One of my student workers went to South Korea this summer and brought me back books #1 and #2 of the Harry Potter series. Thats ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ for you Muggles out there. Needless to say, it was a great way to start a Tuesday. Thanks Grace!!!

Girls night out!

Continuing our tradition of seeing bad trilogy movies it was girls night out with friends Nicky and Jenny. We went to a Mexican restaurant and I decided to try the fish tacos, because they were great in New Orleans so why would they not be great in Minnesota, but I was so wrong. Its sad when your fish tacos are bad, oh so sad. Then off to a bad, but not as bad as I was expecting, movie Fifty Shades of Gray. But despite a bad movie and bad fish tacos, we had a good time and I receive the New Zealand edition of Harry Potter for my Harry Potter collection (thanks Nicky!).

And so it begins, again…

J.K. Rowling (aka Harry’s mom) posted this today on her website:

“Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”  (http://www.jkrowling.com/en_US/#/news-events/latest/jk-rowlings-statement-regarding-her-screenwriting-debut).

 

With new movies coming out, can new books (real or novelization) be far behind? More importantly, what beloved characters will make an appearance? Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore perhaps (he was about 117 years old when he died)? Ollivander the wand maker? A Potter or Weasley relative? Or how about a baby Minerva McGonagall? Hmmmm…