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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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Harry Potter House Bears

Founded by Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – the educational system in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series – is divided into four houses or communities, each named after one of the founding members of the school.

When students come to Hogwarts, they are sorted into one of four houses, so labeled Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.  Each house has its own qualities and dynamics and students are sorted based on whether or not they share those qualities with any given house.

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Each house has its own mascot and house colors.  Gryffindor’s sport maroon and gold wearables, while Hufflepuff students wears black and yellow.  Ravenclaws are silver and blue and Slytherins are green and silver.

Whether it’s walking the halls of Hogwarts or attending a Quidditch game, each student is extremely loyal to their house and they wear their house colors proudly…and these little teddy bears are no exception!

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Each wearing a turtle neck in the Hogwarts house colors, these little crocheted teddy bears are beaming with house pride!

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Sold as a set of 4, these crocheted teddy bears are available for sale at my Between the Pages Etsy shop.  Head on over and check them out!

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Stacked Marauder’s Mugs

Every true Harry Potter fan knows about the four Marauders.  A group of Gryffindor friends made up of Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black, and James Potter, the four attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1970s and had a serious knack for rule-breaking…

The truest of friends during their time at Hogwarts, Pettigrew, Black, and Potter all became unregistered Animagi (a wizard who can turn into an animal) in order to protect their friend, Lupin, who was a werewolf.  Pettigrew’s Animagus was a rat, making him small enough to slip under the Whomping Willow so the group could go to the Shrieking Shack, where Lupin would stay during his time as a werewolf.  Black – a dog – and Potter – a stag – were both big enough as animals to help control Remus during his monthly transformations.

In order to protect their identity, the four Marauders gave each other names that nodded to their animal counterparts.  Throughout the Harry Potter series, these four are known as Moony (Lupin), Wormtail (Pettigrew), Padfoot (Black) and Prongs (Potter).

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Towards the end of their education, Remus, Peter, Sirius, and James created the Marauder’s Map, a small, bewitched roll of parchment that displayed the castle grounds and inhabitants of Hogwarts – including all staff, ghosts, and students – in great detail.  It showed where everyone was in the castle so the boys could continue their mischievous ways without getting caught, as well as help Lupin escape the castle when the full moon rose and he would begin his transformation.

At an unspecified point in time, the map was discovered and confiscated by Hogwarts caretaker, Argus Filch…and remained in his custody until Fred and George Weasley stole the map in their first year and later passed it on to James’s son, Harry, in 1993.

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Much of the history of the Four Marauders is introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and continues to come up now and again throughout the remainder of the story.

Designed to pay homage to the four Marauder’s, these stacking bowls each feature the name of one of the Marauder’s, as well as the footprint of their animal counterparts on the back.

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Great for holding snacks, treats, or just odds and ends on your desk, these stacking bowls are a must for any Harry Potter fan, and are available for purchase at my Between the Pages Etsy shop!

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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://i0.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://i0.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://i1.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://i1.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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