Before scrolling all the way down and seeing the text I thought…. This makes me homesick for Hogsmeade…
Harry Potter Treats
Yer a wizard Amanda. The four words that were never once said to me *sadness*. However, we can make up for that! Imagine my immense joy at having found recipes straight from Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and Honeydukes. I might have squealed a bit. From Acid Pops to Chocolate Frogs to Licorice Wands to Cockroach Clusters to Butterbeer and BUTTERBEER CUPCAKES. Wut. And as an added bonus some Caldron Cakes if you ever feel like taking a Potions class. It’s okay to cry; I know how you feel. I’m dying to make these too. You can thank me later.
does anyone have like a default obsession
like your mind switches through these current obsessions and once the hype kind of dies down, there’s always this one fandom that it switches back to when there’s nothing else new and it’s like always there without fail
I made a mini Quibbler!
Yeah, but that’s what makes it so special. Sure, we have to go back home for the summer, but imagine how totally awesome going back’s gonna be. Until then, I’m gonna go to the muggle world, and they’re gonna try to tell me that this wasn’t real, that none of this happened, but you know what? It was real, and it did happen. We’ve spent time here, we made friends here, and that’s a part of us. Because Hogwarts is bigger than any of us, it’s bigger than any of it’s founders, and it’s gonna be around long after we’re gone. Maybe we’ll se our kids come here one day. That’s the thing about Hogwarts. No matter how long you’re away from it, there’s always a way back.
So what if I can pretty much recite the next few minutes of a Harry Potter movie if you prompt me with a line, that’s not weird at all.
I don’t know what you mean.
I’m sorry for posting another one but this had to be said.
I just watched the Half-Blood Prince special feature J.K.R documentary, and when you actually take time to think about it, you can’t deny that Jo Rowling changed the world.
I know what you’re saying, here goes the mad Harry Potter obsessed girl babbling on about the author of her favorite books, but honestly it’s more than that.
Jo worked on her book for SEVEN years before she finally decided to submit it for publishing, and a majority of the time she was writing it, she was living on very very little money as a single mother. She came up with the idea while sitting on a train, and wrote her ideas down on a napkin because she couldn’t find any paper. She wrote most of Sorcerer’s Stone at a table in a little café by hand, with pen and paper. (I watch a lot of documentaries, okay?)
Today, when you look back at the release of Deathly Hallows, and the last three movies, and the opening of the park in Orlando, and the fan base, it’s kind of just something that is a present part of pop-culture, and I don’t think much thought is given to it day-to-day, even by me, which is saying something. But when you honestly look at it in its entirety, and realize that one woman is responsible for this entire phenomenon, it’s almost surreal. How did she even cope with the amount of pressure put on her for the release of Deathly Hallows? How do you write a novel knowing that hundreds of thousands of people are going to buy it, and read it, and love it, and hate it, and just generally explode over the last installment? Did you know that on the first day of sales of Half-Blood Prince (the sixth book) 1,111 copies were purchased PER MINUTE by fans.
At the beginning of the first book, there is a line regarding Harry that says “There won’t be a child in our world who doesn’t know his name!” That line was most likely written about 17 years ago, and it’s amazing how that sentence actually became reality. The last movie may have come out, and the last book may have been published, but Harry Potter will never truly end. The only thing that has ended is the foundation on which the phenomenon of Harry Potter will continue to grow.
I could write an essay on this woman, and I almost already have, but let me end with this:
When asked how she would liked to be remembered, Jo said “I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had,” and I will most definitely remember her that way.
Take a second and think about Harry Potter.
REALLY think about it, not just about the books and the movies, but about the fandom, and the lives it has changed and the phenomenon it is. Think about how when Jo Rowling started writing the beginning of Philosopher’s Stone over 17 years ago she had no idea that her words “There won’t be a child in our world who doesn’t know his name!” would actually become reality. Think about all of the character’s lives, even though they’re not, in a literal sense, real, and about how we’ve taken book characters and have made them real, “in the collective consciousness of a generation” as Dan Radcliffe once put it. Think about how one piece of music from a scene in a movie can make you tear up, and about that strange part nostalgic, part saddening and part inexplicably and overwhelmingly joyful feeling that this phenomenon can evoke. Isn’t it amazing? I certainly think it is. And that is why this is a Harry Potter appreciation post, on a Harry Potter appreciation blog, posted by someone who lives a Harry Potter appreciation life, because Jo, you created something bigger than all of us, and even though I can never thank you enough for it, I can try.
So thank you to Jo Rowling, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, Chris Columbus, Bloomsbury, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Yates, Richard Harris, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis,
oh gosh, I’m leaving someone really really important out aren’t I and everyone ever involved in the Harry Potter films ever, who I won’t name because if I did this post would take up about three miles of dashboard.
Guys, if you haven’t seen the J.K.R/Dan interview, you need to find it and watch it.
It’s SO GOOD.
Just watch it.
Guys I know I’ve said this before, but do you realize that there will never be another Harry Potter film?
NO MORE GOING TO THE CINEMA AND SEEING A NEW HARRY POTTER. EVER.
Literally freaking out about MyHogwarts. Legit, online, actual textbook, actual teacher, actual assignment Hogwarts? HELL YES.
Remember when Pottermore was set to open in October?
Sometimes I sit and think about how awesome it would be if all Potterheads went to the same school.
But really though, do you know how amazing that would be?
We’d all sit with the people in our houses at lunch, and we’d have a Yule Ball, and we’d have Quidditch teams, and we’d cast spells, and we’d use quills, and our library would hold every Harry Potter book in every language ever written, and it would be magnificent.
And then I weep quietly in the corner because I know it will never be.