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21 TV Shows You Should Watch Again as an Adult

We are a binging generation. Gone are the days of waiting a full week for another episode of our favorite shows…now we can marathon them all in a day or two…And what better way to spend a lazy weekend than by marathoning some of your favorite shows from childhood?

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Some of the best shows of our youth stay with us for years to come…and when we go back and watch them again, oftentimes we appreciate them on a whole new level.

If you’re looking for something nostalgic and want to dive back into the shows you once knew and loved, here are 21 of the best shows to watch again as a grown-ass adult!

What other shows should be on this list? Let me know in the comments!

21 TV Shows You Should Watch Again as an Adult

FRIENDS

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Why?: Like a great bestie, Friends is always there for you.

Boy Meets World

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Why?: The cheese factor is high with this one, but damn it if every episode doesn’t have at least one nugget of Feeny wisdom.

The Wonder Years

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Why?: Real, flawed characters and heartbreaking real-life situations make The Wonder Years a true TV gem that will resonate with you on a whole new level as an adult.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Why?: While the current episodes may have gotten a bit obnoxious, the older episodes of SVU hit ya hard right in the gut. Watch season 3 and 4 again to remember how amazing and raw this show used to be.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Why?: BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING, THAT’S WHY.

Arrested Development

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Why?: If Arrested Development will do anything, it will make you appreciate your family just a little more.

Family Guy

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Why?: Because Brian is everything.

The Golden Girls

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Why?: Because nothing goes better with wine and cold pizza than four sassy grandmas with smarts and great style.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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Why?: GIRL POWER.

Happy Days

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Why?: Sure, it’s sweet with a cherry on top, but Happy Days is nothing if not a pocket of joy on a gloomy day.

Deadwood

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Why?: IAN. MCSHANE.

The Powerpuff Girls

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Why?: Like most great cartoons, The Powerpuff Girls is chock-full of adult humor. The sexual innuendos alone make this show worth a second or third watch. Also can we talk about the sheer comedic genius that is “the city of Townsville”?

Freaks & Geeks

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Why?: Because you don’t give a damn about your reputation. Plus it got Seth Rogan, Jason Siegel, James Franco, Busy Phillips, and many more on the map.

30 Rock

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Why?: Liz Lemon’s absolute love of food makes this show more relateable than anything.

Dawson’s Creek

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Why?: Because first loves and high school romances are always some of the best years of our lives.

Seinfeld

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Why?: Dare I say these four idiots get more and more relatable every year? Ugh.

Rugrats

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Why?: For young families, this is entertainment everyone will enjoy for different reasons.

Gravity Falls

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Why?: Wit, wisdom, and loveable, adorkable characters.

Mad Men

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Why?: The entire show is an ad for the human condition. It’s utterly brilliant in every way.

Animaniacs

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Why?: Pulling the adult humor card here, too…plus you get educational songs about the US state capitals and presidents stuck in your head for 30 years!

The Office

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Why?: Because every office has a Dwight.

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Part 4

WOW…OK it’s been WAY TOO LONG since I’ve continued this project but hey, book four in the Harry Potter series is a freaking BEAST…so, just calm down.

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Let me just say something…Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire used to be my favorite Harry Potter book. It was the first book I bought at the midnight release and I walked all over The Taste of Chicago the next day reading it (and if you’ve seen this book IRL, you know how challenging that must have been).

Every time I re-read Harry Potter, I loved book four…except this time. Was it just overexposure? Am I reacting to the story differently now? Whatever the reason, I just didn’t find myself loving this book as much as I remember loving it in the past.

Of course, that’s not to say I didn’t like it. I still love this book (I mean, Mad Eye Moody is pretty much one of my favorite characters), but as seen in other areas of this project, I guess some stories that have become such a part of your life change along with you…often in unexpected ways…

Check out parts 1, 2 and 3 of this project here:

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

OK, let’s make like Victor Krum and dive into this…

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

Part 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 ‘The Riddle House’ chapter still terrifies me.

You will milk her before we retire, Wormtail,’ said the second voice. ‘I will need feeding in the night. The journey has tired me greatly.’
HOW do you milk a snake? You know what, I don’t even want to know…

Wouldn’t Frank the caretaker know just a TAAAAD about wizard life after living with the Riddle family for so long?

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As for informing the Headmaster, Harry had no idea where Dumbledore went during the summer holidays. He amused himself for a moment, picturing Dumbledore, with his long silver beard, full-length wizard’s robes and pointed hat, stretched out on a beach somewhere, rubbing suntan lotion into his long crooked nose.
I just can’t get this out of my head:

I’m still mystified by how owls know how to find people…especially people that have gone into hiding.

He was tall, with long hair that he had tied back in a ponytail. He was wearing an earring with what looked like a fang dangling from it. His clothes would not have looked out of place at a rock concert, expect that Harry recognized his boots to be made, not of leather, but of dragon hide.
Can we just all agree that Bill is the hottest Weasley? Yes?

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OK, moving on…

Why would anyone Apparate with the risk of being splinched?  Did we learn nothing from Willie Wonka?

So…technically…apperating and traveling via Portkey really aren’t that different, right?  You just have to determine whether you’re willing to risk having your body cut in half.

Do Veela work their enchant-magic on lesbian wizards, too?

I demand that we see a spectacle like the opening of the Quidditch world cup at all our culminating sporting events…just for the sake of interest.

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I wonder if J.K. Rowling has little cut-outs of these Quidditch players and actually plays the game in order to write it.

Does England or the US have a Quidditch team?

How did the conjuring of the Dark Mark not hurt Harry’s scar?

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The film writers were wise to leave Percy out of the movies.  He’s so insanely annoying.

We caught the Robertses before they hit the ground, though. They’re having their memories modified right now.
What is this, Black Mirror? This is like the 10th time this guy has had his memory modified.

‘Fine,’ snapped Mrs. Weasley. ‘Go naked. And Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could do with a laugh.’
That’s a weird thing for a mom to say about her son.

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WHY do they still let Peeves haunt this school? Isn’t here some magic priest or warlock who can come expel him? Do they not have sage in the magic kitchen?!

 ‘Twas Griffindor who found the way
He whipped me off his head
The founders put some brains in me
So I could choose instead!
WAAAAAIT, WHAT?! The Sorting Hat is filled with Abby Normal brains?!

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We have worked hard over the summer to ensure that, this time, no champion will find himself or herself in mortal danger.

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So Dumbledore can use a spell to make sure people are of the right age to enter the Triwizard Tournament but there’s no spell to make sure people are actually putting in their own names? Come on, Dumbly-dore!

‘it is Uranus, my dear,’ said Professor Trelawney, peering down the chart.
‘Can I have a look at Uranus, too, Lavender?’ said Ron.

Oh Ron…

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It wouldn’t be the 1990’s without some classic “yo mama” jokes:

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The Owlery must smell god-awful.

OK I NEVER got as much homework as these poor kids get at Hogwarts.

The decorations in the Great Hall had changed this morning. As it was Hallowe’en, a cloud of live bats was fluttering around the enchanted ceiling, while hundreds of carved pumpkins leered from every corner.
Um…hell to the nah.

OK, so let’s talk about the rules of this Triwizard Tournament. Since Harry’s name was pulled from the Goblet, even though he didn’t put his name in the Goblet and even though he’s too young to even participate, he still HAS TO because the Gods of Magic will rain unholy hell on the school if he doesn’t? So not only is Hogwarts the host school with home team advantage, but they also have 2 competitors?!

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‘Did you put your name into the Goblet of fire, Harry?’ Dumbledore asked calmly.

EVERYTHING IS A LIE!!

Owing to the demanding and time-consuming nature of the Tournament, the champions are exempted from end-of-year tests.
Hogwarts: where students get 8 hours of homework every night but are somehow inevitably exempt from taking end-of-year exams EVERY FUCKING YEAR.

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Mr. Ollivander spent much longer examining Harry’s wand than anyone else’s. Eventually, however, he made a fountain of wine shoot out of it, and handed it back to Harry, announcing that it was still in perfect condition.
Whoa, whoa, whoa…where the hell is THIS SPELL?!

They walked three times around the lake, trying all the way to think of a simple spell that would subdue a dragon.
Maybe they should give this gal a call…

‘Let’s try some simple spellbooks, then,’ said Harry, throwing aside Men Who Love Dragons Too Much.
What, exactly, might this book entail?

Also, speaking of dragons, don’t these flesh-eating monsters seem a bit harsh for the FIRST TASK in this tournament?

‘Oh, don’t mind me!’ the Fat Lady called irritably after them. ‘Don’t apologize for bothering me! I’ll just hang here, wide open, until you get back, shall I?’

Ron is kind of a little prat about finding a date to the Yule Ball. For someone who is so often judged about his looks, he’s pretty freaking judgmental of everyone else.

Rita Skeeter is the definition of FAKE NEWS.

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Do the Champions get to keep these screaming eggs?

So what are these Beauxbaton and Durmstrang kids doing all day when the Hogwarts kids are in lessons?

‘Winky must not talk like that to Harry Potter!’ said Dobby. ‘Harry Potter is brave and noble and Harry Potter is not nosy!’
UM…I call bullshit. The entire existence of the series depends on Harry sticking his nose in where it doesn’t belong.

NIFFLERS!!  I forgot they made an appearance in this book!

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RIP, Cedric! For some reason, his death in the books is so much harder than in the movie…

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I mean, Voldemort is the worst and all, but nothing makes me hate him more than the fact that he talks about himself in the third person. That’s SERIOUSLY one of my biggest pet peeves. He can join Elmo and Golem in the deep caves of hell for all I care.

‘You all righ’?’ he said gruffly.
‘Yeah,’ said Harry.
‘No, yeh’re not,’ said Hagrid. ‘Course yeh’re not. But ye will be…what’s comin’ will come, and’ we’ll meet it when it does.’
Hagrid is the therapist we all need.

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‘Harry Potter managed to escape Lord Voldemort,’ said Dumbledore. ‘He risked his own life to return Cedric’s body to Hogwarts. He showed, in every respect, the sort of bravery that few wizards have ever shown in facing Lord Voldemort, and for this, I honor him.’
Yuuuuuuup, same story, different day…

‘…we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.’
This quote is everything today. This should be our nation’s mantra.

Hermione’s revenge on Rita Skeeter is just so freaking satisfying.

‘I don’t want it and I don’t need it. But I could do with a few laughs. We could all do with a few laughs. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to need them more than usual before long.’
Oh Harry, how right you are…

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13 of Taylor Swift’s Best Lyrics

Say what you will about Taylor Swift, but you can’t deny that girl is a great writer.

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As a writer myself, I have to give credit where credit is due, and Tay is a pro and knocking out amazing lyrics that just hit you right in the gut (“When I was drowning, that’s when I could finally breathe.” UGH!).

Well, today is Taylor’s 28th birthday…so in celebration, I thought I’d share a few DIY’s showcasing 13 of her best lyrics, at least in my opinion.

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Most of these can be recreated on canvas however you’d like to do them, or you can print them out and hang them in your room, cube, or journal to inspire you!

13 of Taylor Swift’s Best Lyrics

he is not the sun, you are

Blank Space - Taylor Swift

I know places we won't be found, and they'll be chasing their tails trying to…

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Gorgeous by Taylor Swift

I just wanna know you better - Taylor Swift, Everything Has Changed

Sometimes I wonder how you think about it now, and I see your face in every crowd.

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Kind Of Dramatic But So True! 10 Taylor Swift Quotes Every Girl Understands http://www.gossipness.com/lifestyle/kind-of-dramatic-but-so-true-10-taylor-swift-quotes-every-girl-understands-677.html

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25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands

Let’s be honest, you still busta move every time “Bye Bye Bye” comes on your shuffle, right?

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Ahh, the 90’s shuffle…

The 90’s and 2000’s had the BEST in pop music, and our favorite boy bands helped pave the way to some of the best dance songs of all time!

Whether you loved JC, JT, or AJ, this list of 25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands is sure to give you all the nostalgic feels!

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25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands

NSYNC

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  1. NSYNC is an acronym using the last letter of each member’s first name: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC.
  2. After failing to make the cut to join The Backstreet Boys, Chris Kirkpatrick came up with the idea for NSYNC and pitched it to Lou Pearlman, who launched NSYNC’s career.
  3. “It’s Gonna Be Me” is the only NYSNC single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  4. Lance Bass dated Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishell from 1999-2000.
  5. Pearlman and his record company, Trans Continental, was sued by NSYNC in 1999 for defrauding them of millions of dollars.  The lawsuit, which settled out of court, got NSYNC out of their contract with Lou, allowing them to sign with Jive Records.  Lou is now serving 25 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme.
  6. In 2000, their second album, No Strings Attached, sold a record-breaking 2.4 million copies within the first week of release.  The album ultimately sold 11.1 million copies (and counting!), and is the second-biggest selling album of the 2000’s, after The Beatles’ 1.

Backstreet Boys

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  1. Howie Dorough was the only member of The Backstreet Boys to study dance professionally.
  2. Kevin Richardson received the most fan mail of all The Backstreet Boys members.
  3. AJ McLean’s mom joined him every time he traveled on a concert tour.  She was the group’s tour publicist.
  4. Their first performance was in 1993 for 3,000 people at SeaWorld.  They were the opening act for Shamu the killer whale.
  5. McLean lived in the same building as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling (all members of The Mickey Mouse Club) in 1992.  While playing basketball with Gosling one day, McLean asked him if he wanted to join the band.  He actually expressed interest, but it obviously never happened.
  6. Nick Carter had a minor background role in the movie, Edward Scissorhands.  If you look closely during a shot of the neighborhood, you can spot Nick as one of the kids playing on a slip-and-slide.

New Kids on the Block

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  1. Joey McIntyre was only 12 years old when he joined New Kids on the Block!
  2. The New Kids on the Block rose to fame as an opening act for the pop star, Tiffany.  A year later, she was an opening act for New Kids!
  3. In 1991, the New Kids topped Forbes’ list of highest paid entertainers, beating out Madonna, Prince, and even Michael Jackson.
  4. Jonathan Knight left the group in 1994 not just because of his panic attacks and anxiety, but because he was exhausted from hiding his homosexuality from the rest of the group.
  5. Jennifer Lopez once a backup dancer for the group for their performance at the American Music Awards in 1991.

Boyz II Men

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  1. Boyz II Men formed at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia.  The group would practice in the school’s bathrooms due to the excellent acoustics.
  2. In 1992, Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” set a record by staying at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks straight.  The record was previously held by Elvis Presley.
  3. In 2012, the music industry rewarded Boyz II Men with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  4. Boyz II Men recently performed in a Geico insurance ad singing about the side effects of prescription medication with the tagline, “If you’re Boyz II Men, you make anything sound good.  It’s what you do.”

98 Degrees

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  1. The group 98 Degrees actually formed independently and was then later picked up by a record label, rather than being assembled by a label or producer.
  2. To get recognition while competing with groups like The Spice Girls, The Backstreet Boys, and NYSNC, 98 Degrees emphasized that they wrote their own music and played on the fact that they were signed to Motown, which gave them a little more credibility as far as R&B and soul music goes.
  3. The group also opened for Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope Tour.
  4. 98 Degrees also appeared in the movie, Mulan, singing “True to Your Heart”.

 

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Part 3

The third Harry Potter book is probably up there as one of my favorites.  The 4th one is still my favorite, but Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is so ripe with great characters, amazing character development, and excellent storytelling (the background on Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs, amiright?!).

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If you’ve been keeping up with my blog recently, you know that I’ve been posting my musings as I re-read the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth billion time.  If you’ve missed my other postings, you can check them out here:

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something –Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

And here lies my thoughts on book three, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Do you share or disagree with my thoughts, particularly my theory on that stupid cat, Crookshanks?  Comment below and let me know!

 

I solemnly swear I’m up to no good…

 

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

Part 3:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Do all the photos in The Daily Prophet move the same way?  Like, would a picture of Sirius Black on the front of one issue move the same way in all the papers or is each issue independent from the next?

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But how on earth was he going to persuade Uncle Vernon or Aunt Petunia to sign the form?
Um…MAGIC, PERHAPS??

Every time I read “Uncle Vernon”, this Tom Waits song plays in my head:

And I just imagine Vernon bouncing heavily around the house singing, “Uncle Vernon!  Uncle Vernon!”

There were no seats; instead, half a dozen brass bedsteads stood beside the curtained windows.
The Knight Bus sounds so magically perfect.  Muggle buses need to get on dis shit.

…and Hagrid was one of the bravest people Harry knew.
Yet, 0% of Harry’s children are named Hagrid…

Why didn’t the Accidental Magic Reversal Department modify the memories of all the Dursley’s and not just Aunt Marge?  That way none of them would remember “Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake”.

“Why would I go looking for someone I know wants to kill me?” said Harry blankly. 
Well, if ya just did that, Harry, your story would have ended right here at this moment.  AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER BECAUSE HARRY MINDED HIS OWN FUDGING BUSINESS.

So does anyone get injured or landed on when they make the jump into Platform 9¾?  People are bound to get run over if they don’t get out of the way of the wall, right?

I find it hard to believe that Hermione didn’t know what a dementor was and that she didn’t recognize the Patronus charm when Lupin used it on the train…she knows the ancient history of Hogsmeade for God’s sake…

…each pulled, Harry could only assume, by invisible horses, because when they climbed inside and shut the door, the coach set off all by itself, bumping and swaying in procession.
Wouldn’t Harry be able to see the Thestrals even before Sirius dies since he technically saw his mom die?

Divination would probably be my favorite subject at Hogwarts.

If Dumbledore actually cared about any of his students other than Harry, couldn’t he use the tears of Faux to fix Malfoy’s arm and shut him the F up after Buckbeak’s attack?

Remus Lupin was probably the best teacher any of these kids ever had.

Neville’s grandma’s clothes are insane.   A HAT WITH A STUFFED VULTURE ON TOP?  Do you know how big a vulture is?  How heavy is that hat?!  Here’s a human with a vulture, for science:

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I wonder what my Boggart would be…

CROOKSHANKS KNOWS SCABBERS IS AN ANIMAGUS.  IS CROOKSHANKS ALSO AN UNREGISTERED ANIMAGUS?!?!?!?!!!!  OMG…

I still don’t understand why wizards need a permission slip to visit Hogsmeade, but they have free reign of The Forbidden Forest, Knockturn Alley, Diagon Alley, and basically the entire Hogwarts campus.

And I am telling you all to turn to page 394.
If you don’t read that in Alan Rickman’s voice, there’s something wrong with you.  #always ❤

D’you know what that— (he called Snape something that made Hermione say “Ron!”)…
CAULDRON BUM?  BLASTENDED SKANK?  WHAT WAS THE WIZARD SWEAR, RON??

He handed them to her, and as the team watched in amazement, Hermione tapped them with her wand and said, ‘Impervius!’”
“There!” she said, handing them back to Harry.  “They’ll repel water!”
“Wood looked as though he could have kissed her.
Lucky girl…

Lupin:  “I don’t pretend to be an expert at fighting dementors, Harry…quite the contrary…
SAYS THE DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS TEACHER.

How did Fred and George know how to work the Marauder’s Map?

I wonder if they ever reversed or removed Peter Pettigrew’s Order of Merlin, First Class award after they learned the truth about him…

And here lies an awkward wizard boner:  “She smiled at Harry as the teams faced each other behind their captains, and he felt a slight lurch in the region of his stomach that he didn’t think had anything to do with nerves.”

The hearing will take place on April 20th, and we ask you to present yourself and your hippogriff at the Committee’s offices in London on that date.
Exactly HOW will that happen??  Look how big this thing is!!

Reading how mean James and his friends were to Snape is heartbreaking, knowing Snape’s backstory now…

So in the book Hermione slaps Malfoy…but the punch in the movie is just SO much more effective…

Do any other teachers besides Snape and McGonagall give and take house points away?

Then came Astronomy at midnight…
IF I EVER HAVE AN ASTRONOMY FINAL EXAM AT MIDNIGHT AFTER A DAY OF OTHER EXAMS INCLUDING POTIONS…KILL ME.

Crookshanks is “friends” with Black’s animagus dog, tries to protect Black from Harry, and somehow knows something is up with Scabbers the rat…the proof is getting stronger and stronger that Crookshanks is an animagus, too…

FURTHERMORE…

This cat—Crookshanks, did you call him?—told me Peter had left blood on the sheets…
HE TOLD YOU?  Of course he did, because he’s an animagus!!

I’m not giving up on this theory…it’s a good one, right??

Aww, thanks Ron!  😉

OOOH the things Wormtail must have seen as a rat growing up in a house of five young boys…

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Ah, well, Snape…Harry Potter, you know…we’ve all got a bit of a blind spot where he’s concerned.
Ya don’t say??

I still have so many questions about this time changing thing…

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 most plainly when you have need of him.

The letter Sirius writes Harry at the end of this book still makes me cry…

 

Mischief Managed.

 

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ALL MEN MUST DIY: 10 Game of Thrones DIY’s

THE PREMIER IS COMING.  In a mere 46 days, the season 7 premier of Game of Thrones will air on HBO…and I couldn’t be more excited!  Every preview is better than the last…and as the final players begin their rise to battle, it will soon become clear who’s truly meant to rule the Seven Kingdoms…

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But, until then…we wait.

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Since us loyal fans have some time on our hands, here are a few Game of Thrones-inspired projects to help you pass the time.  Whether you make them to better decorate your home (because every home needs an iron throne, right?) or you’re planning an epic viewing party for family and friends, these GOT DIY’s are just what you need to prepare for July 16th.

 

ALL MEN MUST DIY:  10 Game of Thrones DIY’s

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Mother of Dragons Necklace
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Game of Thrones Chair
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Geoffery’s Crown
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Winter is Coming Scarf
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Khaleesi Necklace
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Westeros Cork Map
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Hot Pie’s Shaped Bread
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House Motto Coasters
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Ghost Brooch
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Raven Wreath
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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Part 2

The sole reason I love Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is Gildroy Lockhart.  He’s one of my favorite Harry Potter characters…you guys, I even got his card in my chocolate frog from Harry Potter World…this is not a joke.

So I was super pumped to dive back into Chamber of Secrets…and, per usual, Lockhart did not disappoint!

And since my random thoughts about Sorcerer’s Stone was so well-received (thanks, guys!!), I decided to continue tracking my thoughts of randomness as I dived into Chamber of Secrets.  If you missed Part 1, be sure to check out my article on thoughts I’ve had reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Now, without further ado…

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

Part 2:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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I wonder if Dudley ever got his pink tail removed…oh to be a fly on the wall during that examination…

How do Quidditch players practice Quiddich outside of school?

There is such beauty in the words used to describe the Dursley’s.

Dobby is like the Jar-Jar Binks of Harry Potter.  Yes, yes he is.
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Does the Weasley house look different to Muggles?  Cuz if I came across this house on a jog…I’d have some questions…

But I have to say…the first visit to the Burrow makes me wanna be a Weasley…

WHY WAS THIS DEGNOMING SCENE NOT IN THE MOVIE?

“Arthur Weasley, you made sure there was a loophole when you wrote that law…just so you could carry on tinkering with all that Muggle rubbish in your shed!”  Seems the Wizarding World is just as corrupt as the Muggle world!
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GILDROY LOCKHART!

What did Hermione do on the train when Harry and Ron were flying the car to Hogwarts?  Did she go compartment to compartment looking for them?

So what exactly happens when you ignore a Howler?
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“Why,” demanded Ron, seizing her timetable, “have you outlined all Lockhart’s lessons in little hearts?”
I still love this line and chuckle every time I read it.

Can we just stop for a minute and really consider how terrifying mandrakes are?  Like, really…
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So there’s no amazing spell that Hermione can do to fix Ron’s wand?  Nothing?  Could he at least pull a Hagrid and put the pieces of his wand into a cane or an umbrella or something?

So how do families with non-wizard blood, like Hermione’s for example, know about Hogwarts?  How did she know her letter from Hogwarts wasn’t just junk mail?

I wonder what else Hagrid has used his Engorgement charm on…
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“What’s that funny clicking noise?” called Fred, as they hurtled around the corner.
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So food appears out of nowhere in the Great Hall…but they still need Filch to clean and polish everything?  I mean, even Molly Weasley has cleaning spells in her house!
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I wanna go to a Death Day Party!

HOW DID GILDROY LOCKHART GET THIS JOB?

So Harry finds out he’s a Parselmouth and all the professors are just gonna let this go?  No one’s gonna say anything?  No?  OK, moving on…

Oh the innuendos in this book…
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So what are the rules with this Polyjuice potion?  How much of you REALLY changes?  Like, if Hermione wanted to turn into Harry, would she grow a penis?  And if she did, would she be able to…use it?  Would she have sperm?  Could she get someone pregnant?  Also, how much do you need for a full transformation?  What’s the equivalent of “1 cup” in the Wizarding World?  A goblet?  A toadstool?  A pically?  A flibbityjibbit?  Though, they are British so they probably use the metric system…ugh so many questions!

FURTHERMORE, since Harry and Ron had Crabbe and Goyle’s voice when they changed, wouldn’t Hermione have the voice of a cat after her transformation?
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Also, these kids had a MONTH to brew this potion…it never occurred to them to MAYBE investigate where the Slytherin common room was ahead of time?

“The moment their acne clears up, they’ll be ready for repotting again,” Harry heard her telling Filch kindly one afternoon.  “And after that, it won’t be long until we’re cutting them up and stewing them.”
But seriously…these mandrakes!  Messed. Up.

ARAGOG – AND THIS ENTIRE SCENE – IS LITERALLY THE WORST.
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How did NO ONE see the basilisk just slithering around the hallways of Hogwarts?  I know it moved around in the pipes…but it attacked people IN THE HALLWAYS OF THE SCHOOL.  How does this happen??

So…clearly these professors knew about the Chamber of Secrets – therefore knew about the basilisk – so why not just fill the school with roosters since their call is deadly to the snake?

OK, I know it’s revealed later that Percy was just making out with a girl, but can we talk about the phrasing here?  I mean…this certainly implies he was by himself…stroking his wand or whatever euphemism they have for masturbating in the Wizarding World:
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OOOOH SO THE FACE IN THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IS SALAZAR SLYTHERIN’S FACE!!!  Don’t know how I missed that the first go-around.

“It’s our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Smartest quote in this book.

 

 

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6 Recipes Inspired by FRIENDS

Any fan will tell you…some of the best moments on FRIENDS center around food.  Ross’s famed turkey sandwich, Rachel and Chandler’s stolen cheesecakes, basically any and every Thanksgiving episode, ALL THE PIZZA…

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I have never craved pizza as much as I do watching this show.

On May 6, 2004, the last episode of FRIENDS aired on NBC.  For many fans, it was the end of an era.  More than 52 million people tuned in to watch “The Last One”, making it the sixth most watched television series finale in US history.  To celebrate the anniversary of the show that forever changed the TV sitcom, we will be celebrating FRIENDS all week this week!

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And, really, what better way to celebrate than with food?  I mean, I know Joey would agree…

 friends joey joey tribbiani matt leblanc friends tv GIFPS – Joey is, and forever will remain, my favorite FRIEND.  Am I the only one in the universe who was KIIIIINDA pushing for him and Rachel to work out?  Probably…I’m also probably the only one who hated Ross.  HATED HIM.  HATE HIM. 

ANYWAY – back to food!

Here are six amazing recipes inspired by great moments on FRIENDS.  From Ross’s turkey sandwich to Phoebe’s “secret” cookie recipe, here are six great recipes to make for your next binge watch!  Not feeling creative?  You could always put an order in for the “Joey Special”!

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6 Recipes Inspired by FRIENDS

Chandler and Rachel’s Creamy New York Cheesecake
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When Rachel and Chandler receive a cheesecake that was supposed to go to someone else in their building, they decide to eat it rather than return it.  In a battle of honesty and control, they both power through not one, but two fluffy creamy cheesecakes…which, ironically, were made in Chicago!

Ross’s Turkey Sandwich – “The Moist Maker”
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Ross looks forward to his leftover Thanksgiving sandwich every year…but when someone at his office eats his “Moist Maker” on accident, there begins a wrath that rattles all the bones in the museum!

Phoebe’s Grandma’s Cookies
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After Phoebe’s grandma dies, she realizes that she never got her grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Her and Monica embark on a quest to re-create the recipe by eating her grandma’s last batch of cookies, only to discover the recipe is printed right on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag.

Joey’s Meatball Sub
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During a police ride-along with Phoebe’s boyfriend, Chandler and Joey get into some trouble.  Joey dives to save his meatball sub, much to Chandler’s dismay.  

Monica’s Homemade Christmas Candy
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In an effort to get to know her neighbors, Monica puts out some homemade candy during the Christmas holiday.  However, her plan backfires and the neighbors become hostile when the candy starts to run out.

Chandler’s Favorite Mac n’ Cheese
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When Monica forgets her anniversary gift for Chandler, she recreates all of Chandler’s favorite meals, including mac n’ cheese with cut up hotdogs.

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Part 1

A couple months ago, my sister and I got back from an epically splendiferious adventure to Harry Potter World Orlando.  We were completely immersed in the Wizarding World for three magical days.  We sipped butterbeer, got fitted for wands, and dined at The Leaky Cauldron.  We walked through Hogwarts, road the Hogwarts Express, and even took a walk through Gringotts Bank.  It was truly a wonderland for us Potterheads…and I still find myself daydreaming about how much fun we had on that trip.

Needless to say, I returned with a deep desire to jump back into the Harry Potter series.  I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read Harry Potter, but since I’m now in my 30’s and considered an adult (boo), I tried recording some thoughts that popped into my head as I re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

I also decided to invest in the illustrated editions of the first two Harry Potter books (the third one is due out later this year!), so I’ve also included some beautiful illustrations from the book in case you haven’t seen how insanely amazing this book is…

Despite some of my commentary here, I have to say that I love this series even more now than I did when I first read it.  I think I have a deeper understanding for the language and the story now, and as a student of literature, I feel like I can better understand the depth of the characters and how 3-dimentional they were, even before the first movie came out.

The themes that softly hide under the bigger messages about friendship and bravery are what really make this series for me, particularly in Sorcerer’s Stone.  The Mirror of Erised chapter still remains one of my favorite parts of the series, and Dumbledore’s simple message, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live…”, has stayed with me since the moment I read it all those years ago.

Harry’s struggle to accept the fact that his parents are dead also hit me in a different way this time…as I felt like I could relate to Harry in a way I couldn’t before.  What I originally thought was an annoying quality in his character had morphed into something much more understandable this time around, and I found myself sympathizing with Harry, perhaps even relating to him.

I hope you enjoy these fun little thoughts that popped into my head as I re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!  Stay tuned for part 2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, coming soon!

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

Part 1:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Why didn’t Hagrid tell Harry how to get onto the platform?

If Voldemort truly wanted to kill Harry, was a spell REALLY necessary? I mean he was one year old!

How did NO ONE see a whole slew of wizards running into a wall in the busy London underground?
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What is the point of bringing a toad to Hogwarts?
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Is there a deeper meaning to “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”? Am I missing something?  TO POTTERMORE!!  (the theories on this are a bit of a stretch…but interesting!).

How do they keep track of House Points? Are Professors responsible for keeping track of how many points they give and take?
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Can we just agree that the Remembrall is literally the most pointless invention ever?

Did Hermione rock out to The Spice Girls?

How can Harry be the greatest Seeker in a century and not be able to catch an envelope from an air full of envelopes?

I would just like to point out that in the illustrated version of Sorcerer’s Stone, you can see that there’s a beer shop under the bookstore.  This, IMHO, is brilliant.
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Dumbledore: “And finally, I must tell you that this year, the third-floor corridor on the right-hand side is out of bounds to everyone who does not wish to die a very painful death.”  Da-fuk kind of school is this?

The first-years were 11 when they just left their homes for like 8 months of the year. Did any first-years have separation anxiety from their parents?

Does Hogwarts have a fine arts program?

Why would anyone play Quidditch? Like, seriously…this game seems suuuuper deadly.

If every door in the castle can be opened with ‘Alohomora’, including the one with the 3-headed dog behind it, why do these doors even have locks on them? Take a lesson from Gringotts, guys!

Man, it takes a long time for this wizard trinity to become official friends.

I wonder if Ron and Hermione reminisce about the first time they met on the train…

The Mirror of Erised is still one of my favorite Harry Potter chapters.
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Neville is adorable.

HOLD ON…Harry gets caught out of bed at night and gets 150 points taken away from Gryffindor AND has detention in the Forbidden Forest AND has to face Voldemort?? He only got 10 points for saving Hermione’s LIFE!  Someone NEEDS to sort out her priorities!

How does the Sorcerer’s Stone even work? How does it turn any metal into gold and produce the Elixir of Life?  Is this like a stone soup thing?

How did Quirrell survive with a face on the back of his face? How did he shower or sleep or poop?
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ALAS, EARWAX!!

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2017 Printable Oscar Ballot

Well, award season is finally here!  The Oscars air on ABC this Sunday, February 26th…and I can’t wait!

Hosted by late-night sweetheart, Jimmy Kimmel, the 2017 Oscars are bound to be a riot…and there are some GREAT movies in the line-up this year.

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Now in my household, the Oscars are SERIOUS business.  We have themed foods, we dress in our most glamorous pajamas, and snuggle in to see the brightest stars on Hollywood walk the red carpet.

One tradition I’m thinking of starting this year is to have an Oscar ballot contest…to see who can pick the winners in each category.  My family and I used to play this all the time and it was always fun to see who won (usually my dad…probably out shear dumb luck!).

Though there was never a prize, I’m thinking of instituting one this year…suggestions are accepted!

If you want to have your own fun watching the 2017 Oscars, here is a free, printable ballot you can download and print and use to track your picks for all the Oscar categories.

Are you gonna tune in with me and watch the Oscars this Sunday?  Let me know what movie you’re hoping will win!

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YOUR 2017 OSCAR BALLOT!

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