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Harry Potter Book Cover Charms

Looking for a cute and easy gift idea for the bookworm in your life? Look no further, because these little book cover charms are just the most adorable thing in the universe.

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Everyone loves a gift that’s meaningful and budget-friendly, and that’s exactly what this Harry Potter Book Cover Charms Set is…

Made using a template and Polymer clay, these little charms can be used as ornaments, gift tags, or even wine charms for a literary party (I’m talking to you, book clubbers!).

I’ve attached the template I created to make these Harry Potter books, but you could make charms with any book covers you’d like! How cute would these look hanging from a Christmas tree or birthday gift? I’m just in love with them!

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I used regular printer paper to create these little charms, but if you can print on stiffer paper or cardstock, that might work better. The printer paper was a bit flimsy and didn’t really stick to the clay, but that’s nothing a little Mod Podge can’t fix! I’m gonna try cardstock next time and see if that works any better.

I literally can’t wait to create more of these little book charms! I might even make a garland that I can hang around my bookshelves or around my Christmas tree next year!

OK, I need to simmer down…

Harry Potter Book Cover Charms

Materials:

  • Harry Potter book cover template
  • Scissors
  • Polymer clay, in color of your choice
  • Clay rolling pin
  • Craft knife
  • Mod Podge glue
  • Brush
  • Quick-Dry tacky glue
  • Baker’s twine

Instructions:

  1. Print out your book covers on thick paper or cardstock, if you can.  Regular paper will work, but the stiffer paper will work better.  Cut out your book covers.
  2. Roll out your clay to about 1/4 in. thickness.  Place your book covers on the clay and, using your clay roller, gently press the covers into the clay.  It won’t be a secure stick, but the paper will stick better as the charms bake.  Using the craft knife, cut out the covers.
  3. Using the leftover clay, create seven little discs, about the size of your pinky nail.  These will help secure the string to the back of the charm.
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  4. Bake your covers and discs following package instructions.  Watch your clay, though.  It may bake a lot faster than you think!
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  6. Once cool, use a brush to add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of each book cover.  This will give your books a nice shine and will also help secure the paper to the clay.  Let dry.
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  7. Turn your covers over and add a small amount of tacky glue to the back.  Cut a piece of baker’s twine, about 3 – 4 in. long.  Fold in half.  Place two ends in glue, making sure loop rises above your charm.  Secure twine with small clay disc.  Let dry completely.
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21 Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read Again

Have you ever decided to revisit an old book and thought to yourself, “man, forgot how much I love this!”. Well this list is filled with books that will give you that old nostalgic feeling that will instantly take you back to days of yore…however far back they may be!

From childhood favorites to tweeny tales, this collection of 21 Children’s Books Every Adult Should Read Again is sure to reawaken your love for these classics. Best of all, most of these are super quick reads that you can enjoy between finishing up Game of Thrones or Girl on the Train.

And the list doesn’t stop here! Several children’s books have adult themes that go right over the heads of kids. Going back and re-reading these stories will not only give you a new appreciation for the work, but will give you an excuse to enjoy these books with your own family!

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Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak
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In a Word: A story about a little boy, isolated in his own world, who travels to a magical land filled with loveable monsters and becomes King of the Wild Things.
Common Themes: Isolation, Growth, Friendship, Imagination

Charlotte’s Web
E.B. White
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In a Word: A pig and a spider develop a sweet friendship, and together they learn about everything from love to loss.
Common Themes: Friendship, Acceptance, Mortality, Growth

The Sneeches
Dr. Seuss
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In a Word: A group of bird-like creatures called Sneeches alter their appearances again and again to fit in with “the popular crowd”.
Common Themes: Belonging, Acceptance, Bullying

The Lorax
Dr. Seuss
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In a Word: The Lorax is a creature that speaks for the trees and he battles against “The Big Man” to save the forest from the expansion and advancement of technology.
Common Themes: Bravery, Enviornmental Awareness

Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein
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In a Word: A collection of short humorous poems covering a variety of topics and themes. Also includes tons of Silverstein’s iconic illustrations.
Common Themes: Humor, Aging, Family, Poetry

The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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In a Word: An explorer crashes on his way home and meets a little prince who opens his eyes to the beauty of life and the world around him. Simosaniously beautiful and heartbreaking.
Common Themes: Isolation, Wisdom, Love, Friendship

The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster
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In a Word: A little boy receives a make-believe tollbooth. When he drives through it in his toy car, he’s transported to the Lands Beyond where he encounters several characters along the way…similar in style to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Common Themes: Adventure, Learning, Education, Problem Solving

The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg
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In a Word: A little boy boards a magical train to the North Pole, where he meets Santa Claus and learns the true meaning of Christmas.
Common Themes: Christmas, Believing, Growth, Imagination

The Giver
Lois Lawry
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In a Word: A young boy spends time with an old man who is responsible for keeping the community’s memories. Along the way, he learns the dangerous truths of the community’s secret past.
Common Themes: Society, Humanity, Memory

The Harry Potter Series
J.K. Rowling
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In a Word: A young wizard learns about friendship, bravery, love and more during his seven years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Common Themes: Friendship, Bravery, Magic, Education

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket
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In a Word: Three young children are sent off to live with their distant relative, Count Olaf. When they learn he’s a cruel, scheming man, the children escape and embark on a collection of adventures.
Common Themes: Courage, Cleverness, Youth

Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery
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In a Word: A young girl is adopted by an older couple and quickly becomes the joy of everyone’s life.
Common Themes: Adoption, Friendship, Beauty, Wonder, Language

Walk Two Moons
Sharon Creech
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In a Word: Two stories are woven together, one funny, one bitterswee, to create a heartwarming and compelling story about a girl and her mother.
Common Themes: Loss and Grief, Growth, Mother and Daughter

The Diary of a Young Girl
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In a Word: The diary of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who hid in an attack with her family to escape the Nazis during World War 2.
Common Themes: Bravery, History, Judiasm, Language, Beauty, Courage

Amelia Bedelia
Peggy Parish
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In a Word: A young nanny always does exactly what she’s told…but somehow things just never turn out right.
Common Themes: Humor, Wit, Word Play

Peter Pan
J.M. Barrie
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In a Word: A story about a young boy who can never grow up. Both sweet and sad and enjoyable for kids of all ages.
Common Themes: Abandonment, Growth, Aging, Friendship, Family

Watership Down
Richard Adams
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In a Word: A group of rabbits journey from their home to escape the invasion of man.
Common Themes: Man and Nature, Power, Fear, Freedom

Love You Forever
Robert Munsch
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In a Word: A short and sweet story about the love for children and parents.
Common Themes: Family, Love, Loss and Grief, Aging

The Trumpet of the Swan
E.B. White
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In a Word: A young swan is unable to trumpet joyfully like his brothers and sisters. When his father presents him with a real brass trumpet, Louis the swan uses it to try to win the affection of a fellow lady swan.
Common Themes: Family, Persistence

The New Kid on the Block
James Stevenson
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In a Word: A collection of funny and witty poetry that is a joy for kids of all ages.
Common Themes: Poetry, Humor, Wit

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Laura Joffe Numeroff
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In a Word: A story about how every action equals another action or reaction.
Common Themes: Giving, Action and Reaction

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Deathly Hallows-Inspired Necklace

Made up of a triangle, circle, and vertical line, the Deathly Hallows symbol is one all Harry Potter fans are sure to recognize. Made to resemble the Elder Wand (the line), the Resurrection Stone (the circle), and the Cloak of Invisibility (the triangle), the Deathly Hallows sign represents three legendary objects that allegedly, if united, would make one the “Master of Death”. This symbol appears several times towards the end of the Harry Potter series and has become a mark several Potterheads now wear with pride.

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If you want to sport this sign and join the ranks of Death Conquerors, you can create your own Deathly Hallows necklace with only a few simple materials! I made two different versions…so if you don’t like the free form look of one, you can reference the tighter look of the other.

 

Materials:

  • Long Gold Metal Chain
  • 2-4 Gold Jump Rings (or make your own!)
  • Gold Wand Charm
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • 20 Gauge Gold Wire

 

Directions:

  1. OPTIONAL: I didn’t have jump rings in the correct color for this project, so I just made my own using the 20-gauge wire. There are TONS of tutorials on YouTube for how to make your own jump rings. If you want to make your own, make 2-5 jump rings before jumping in to this project so they’re all ready to go.
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  2. To make the circle, I used a bottle cap to act as a template for the wire. I just cut a small piece and fed it into the inner part of the bottle cap to form a circle. Twist the two ends of the wire around the circle to secure it in place.
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  3. For the triangle, I created a small loop on one end of the wire, then drew a small triangle on a piece of paper. Line up the wire along the template to form your triangle, then feed the wire back through the loop to secure the triangle. Trim and turn the remaining wire into another loop to make it easier to attach it to the necklace.
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  4. Once you’ve created your circle and triangle, add jump rings to both pieces, as well as the wand charm. This step is also optional, but I made a larger jump ring and attached all pieces together so the chain only had to feed through one ring.
  5. If you want a tighter look, you can make the circle and triangle out of one piece of wire. For this option, I made the circle first, then wrapped the excess wire around the circle to form the triangle, securing it at the base of the circle. Attach the circle and wand charms to one jump ring and feed the chain through the ring.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

911Xmhn9+rLSPOILERS AHEAD.  You’ve been warned.

I am a product of the Harry Potter generation.  Ever since the book release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I’ve been completely hooked and obsessed with the series.  I remember going to Borders (RIP) and Barnes and Nobel for all the midnight release parties (sometimes in costume)…I walked around The Taste of Chicago reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning the day before my friends wedding finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

For as long as I can remember, this book series has been an integral part of my life, so when I learned that J.K. Rowling was working on a new Harry Potter project, I was beyond excited!  While I decided to forgo the insanity of the book release party, I did pre-order my copy and dove in to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as soon as it arrived on my doorstep…

And I kinda wish I hadn’t.

While Cursed Child is not technically meant to be the 8th Harry Potter book and was openly advertised as a much more mature, less magical story, I still found it kind of…dare I say…boring.

Similar in style and feel to A Christmas Carol, Cursed Child tells the story of Harry’s son, Albus, and his desire to right a wrong that his dad was involved with years before (remember Cedric?  Heeeee’s BAAAAACCCK!!).  Together with his best friend, Scorpious (who ironically is the son of Harry’s enemy, Draco Malfoy), the two troublemakers travel through time and try to save Cedric from ever having to be killed by Voldermort.  Why, you ask?  Great question.

I just didn’t feel this story was necessary to the Harry Potter canon.  It didn’t change my feelings about any character and didn’t resolve any unanswered questions from the series itself.  To me, Cursed Child read more like fan fiction…like someone’s attempt to finish a small story line that was abandoned in the HP series…but I really felt no different after reading it.  The story just moved right through me like a House Ghost.

However, despite all the criticism, I do have to say that I was quite impressed with Harry’s character and his very realistic and relatable flaws he has as a parent and a spouse.  There’s no denying that Harry’s past is heartbreaking, and seeing how it has affected him as an adult was quite interesting…but again, didn’t need it.

If you read the end of Deathly Hallows, you know that the storyline wraps up quite nicely.  We see the happily ever afters…all the kids of the kids we knew and loved ready for their next adventures at Hogwarts…and all was well.  J.K. Rowling said it herself!  And sometimes, I think you just have to let a good thing be.

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42 Inspiring Quotes from Literature

Oftentimes books do so much more than help us pass the time.  They inspire, they motivate, they help us look at the world in a different way.  Books take us on adventures, break our hearts, make us laugh, and make us mad.  They creep and crawl into our conscious, become the mantras for how we live our lives, and hold within their covers the characters that we love, mourn, hate, and admire.

In my day I’ve read a lot of books…A LOT.  A live-long obsession with reading and a degree in literature have opened my world to a whole plethora of reading materials.  Take a look at my bookshelves and you’ll see everything from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Crime and Punishment.  I have books on the history of pirates, novels written by local Native American authors, and even signed copies of some rare first editions.  I love reading and love being transported into a world all my own.  Every time I pick up a new book, I create a new world in my mind and I almost always learn something along the way.

As I’ve moved my way from story to story, I’ve collected quotes that have stuck out to me, that mean something to me or that have taught me something about life.  While this is by no means a full list, here are a few inspiring quotes I’ve stumbled upon during my 30+ years of being a book nerd. 🙂

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You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.
–To Kill a Mockingbird


–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’
–God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.
–A Wrinkle in Time


–Gone with the Wind

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
–Alice in Wonderland

Gilgamesh, whither are you wandering?
Life, which you look for, you will never find.
For when the gods created man, they let
death be his share, and life
withheld in their own hands.
Gilgamesh, fill your belly,
Day and night make merry,
let days be full of joy,
dance and make music day and night.
And wear fresh clothes,
And wash your head and bathe.
Look at the child that is holding your hand,
And let your wife delight in your embrace.
These things alone are the concern of men.
–The Epic of Gilgamesh

 Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
–The Painted Drum


–The Little Prince

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
–Worstward Ho

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
–Foundation

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
–As You Like It

Things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
–Life of Pi


–Les Miserables

Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
–A Game of Thrones

Wanna fly, you gotta give up the shit that weighs you down.
–Song of Solomon

Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.
–Tuck Everlasting


–The Princess Bride

People always think that happiness is a faraway thing, something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.
–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
–To Kill a Mockingbird


–The Fellowship of the Ring

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
–The Catcher in the Rye

Without love, we become savage.
–Lord of the Flies

Write it all down.
–Harriet the Spy

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
–The Last Lecture


–The Alchemist

Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.
–The Catcher in the Rye

You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.
–The Phantom Tollbooth

I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.
–A Wrinkle in Time


–Alice in Wonderland

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
–Peter Pan

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.
–The House at Pooh Corner


–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?
–Mary Poppins

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.
–Charlotte’s Web

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
–The Minpins


–The Magician’s Nephew

Keep all your promises, don’t take what doesn’t belong to you, and always look after those less fortunate than yourself, and you’ll do well in the world.
–The Dragon of Lonely Island

There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.
–The Tale of Despereaux

You can’t pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest. Being part of the whole thing, that’s the blessing.
–Tuck Everlasting

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
–The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

How long is forever?  Sometimes, just one second.
–Alice in Wonderland

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12 Times the Harry Potter Books Explained Everything About Life

It’s Harry Potter Week and we’re celebrating this magical wizard all week long! Come back each day for more magical stuff!

Well, it’s our last day of Harry Potter week!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did exploring the magical and wonderful world of Harry Potter!

As most of you may know, we’re coming up to Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31st) and in honor of what would be Harry’s 36th birthday, I’ve gathered a few of my absolute favorite quotes from the Harry Potter series.

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Though some of these may not be the most WELL-KNOWN quotes from HP, I find that these are the quotes that really stood out to me, the ones that made me realize what an amazing, inspirational, and powerful series this is.  “Even after all this time?”, you say?  Always.

 

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20 Fun Facts About Harry Potter

It’s Harry Potter Week and we’re celebrating this magical wizard all week long! Come back each day for more magical stuff!

Greetings muggles and wizards!  Onward we go with Harry Potter week…I hope you’re all having fun here so far!

Today we’re going to go behind the covers and between the pages to unveil 20 Magical Facts about the Harry Potter book series.  Besides being one of the most successful book series of all time, the Harry Potter collection also holds many other awards and acknowledgements.

What other fun facts do you know about Harry Potter?  Share in the comments below!

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20 Magical Facts About the Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1998, the same year the final Battle of Hogwarts was fought. Says Rowling, “I open at the close.”
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Because a Patronus is a physical representation of one’s soul, James Potter’s stag and Lily Potter’s doe makes them literal soul mates. However, because of his eternal love for Lily, Snape’s Patronus is also a doe.
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Rowling has said that if Voldemort saw a boggart, it would take the shape of his own corpse, since his greatest fear is death.
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After the horcrux in Harry was destroyed, he lost the ability to speak Parseltongue.
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Hoping to go to Hogwarts soon? No can do, USA citizens. Hogwarts only accepts wizards from Britain and Ireland.
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Natalie McDonald, who appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was a real person. She was a nine-year-old girl from Canada who was dying of leukemia. She wrote to Rowling, asking what was going to happen in the next Harry Potter book since she wouldn’t be alive to read it. Rowling emailed back, but she was a day too late. In honor of her loyal fan, Rowling added her to the series and sorted her into Gryffindor, the house for the brave at heart.
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Albus Dumbledore was homosexual and harbored romantic feelings towards Grindelwald.https://i0.wp.com/cdn.popdust.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Harry-Potter-Dumbledore-Gay-JK-Rowling-fires-back-fan-homophobia-twitterFE_2014-09-08_23-21-19.jpg
J.K. Rowling actually wrote the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows seven years before the release of the first book.https://media.giphy.com/media/13yyvZdx0W6kTK/giphy.gif

The Harry Potter books have been translated into more than 70 languages.

The Harry Potter books were the most banned books of the century in the US.
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During the first 24 hours of its release, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 11 million copies.
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The whole Harry Potter series contains 199 chapters, 4,224 pages, and 1,090,739 words.
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Famed novelist Stephen King has said that Dolores Umbridge is “…the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.”https://i0.wp.com/i.onionstatic.com/avclub/5252/41/16x9/960.jpg

There are only 500 first-edition copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; by contrast, there are 12 million first-edition copies of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the highest initial print run in history.https://i2.wp.com/media.mnn.com/assets/images/2016/02/harry%20potter%20book%20release.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smart.jpg

The Harry Potter series is the biggest-selling book series of all time. As of 2011, it has sold more than 450 million copies.harry potter applause clapping celebrate clap

J.K. Rowling has said that “The Mirror of Erised” is one of her favorite chapters from the entire series. Her other favorite is “The Forest Again” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Both chapters involve Harry interacting with his parents.https://i2.wp.com/static.tumblr.com/eicpfk1/yZTlry4dx/mirror_of_erised_jfdla.jpg

In the Harry Potter universe, a gold Galleon is worth about $7.35, a silver Sickle is worth around $0.46, and a bronze Knut is worth about $0.02.https://az480170.vo.msecnd.net/debd7172-44dc-4681-b074-d940a93cc4e1/img/prd/317ddeac-1a32-4375-bb97-7c00f6fc2b04/l_coins01_prph_hpe3.png

Using that math, the wand Harry buys in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone cost him about $51.45…just about what you would pay to buy one at Harry Potter World.https://i2.wp.com/www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/harry-potter.jpg

Drawing the cover art for the British edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone was illustrator Tomas Taylor’s first professional commission.https://i2.wp.com/www.paulfrasercollectibles.com/upload/public/docimages/image/q/s/y/pf62-harry-potter_410.jpg

The word “muggle”, meaning non-magic person, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003.

 

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