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Perhaps in Slytherin You’ll Make Real Friends

Good morning brunchers! We are still celebrating Potter Week and today we are talking houses! Pottermore put me in Hufflepuff – and I promptly exited Pottermore.

Clearly the bad wolf is a Slytherin. Slytherins tend to be ambitious, shrewd, cunning, strong leaders, and achievement-oriented. Yeah obviously…  What can I say, I am goal oriented, resourceful, and a leader – those all sound like great things to me.

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My friend often joke that I was Draco’s girlfriend at Hogwarts… But we broke up. Mainly because he is evil, but also because he is a coward. Again, not my fault I like overly ambitious guys.

To top it off I look great in green.

Sparkly Snape and Other Ponderings

Good morning brunchettes! We continue onward and upward in #PotterWeek and today we are pondering all things Potter. I had the unique joy of being of reading the Harry Potter books as they came out, which meant waiting for Harry Potter books to come out. During that down time between releases like all Harry Potter readers I wondered what would happen… And I present to you my mostly wrong favorite Harry Potter theories.

I solemnly swear I thought Snape was a vampire…

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From the very beginning Snap is described as a pale, thin man with sallow skin who always wore black. He is noted as looking like an “overgrown bat” in his large robes, with his black hair greased back. So… check mark for looking like a vampire and comparing him to a bat. Snape, as we know, taught potions at Hogwarts… which was held in the dungeon. Obviously vampires hang out in dungeons. He was a potions master so surely he figured out a way to stay in the sun and he hated werewolves.  Oh yeah then Lupin made his class write an essay on vampires after Snape lectured on werewolves. Blow for blow boys.

And then there was that whole garlic thing
Fred and George believed that Quirell’s turban was stuffed with garlic to ward off vampires. Quirell and Snape not really besties so why not try to ward off that vampy potions master.

So forgive me for this one… but the facts added up and I really thought Snape was a vampire.

Neville’s Parents and all the Anagrams

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I don’t think I was alone in this one… We all know JK has a thing for anagrams and I thought that there were hidden literary clues all through the books in the form of anagrams. Neville’s parents were held at St. Mungos and they would pass chewing gum wrappers of Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum which is an anagram for “Gold bribe below St. Mungo’s” – I so wanted Neville’s parents to be trying to communicate that they were held there against their will… but that never came to be sadly.

Did you have any crazy theories about Harry Potter? Let me know in the comments below!

What’s In Hermione’s Bag?

Good morning brunches! Today we are clinking our butter beer over champagne again as we celebrate all things Harry Potter. Today’s prompt for Potter Week is all about characters.

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Now, I know we can discuss the importance of Hermione as a central female character in literature and in life. I could write a pseudo feminist manifesto on the importance of Hermione as a smart, ambitious girl in a boys world… in a time with over saturated weak female characters in co-dependent relationships.
But instead I though I would decide what would be in Hermione Jean Granger Weasley’s handbag today, as a modern witch in the modern world. If you need a refresher after the Battle of Hogwarts, Hermione went back to Hogwarts to complete her education, then began working with the  Ministry of Magic, furthering the cause for the better treatment of house-elves, before being promoted to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.

Hermiones Bag

So what does Hermione’s bag contain…

The Bag // I like to think of Hermione as a fashionable lady but one that appreciates style and function. Loving the old world charm with modern sophistication I like to think she would opt for a brown leather tote like this one.

Wand // Obviously she carries her wand with her at all times.

Time Turner // Old habits are hard to break and being a working mom is tough… Sometime you just need a little extra time to get it all done. Oh she also carries a Remembrall too – mom brain.

iPhone with House Case // Ok I have been to Diagon Alley and they do in fact sell Hogwarts house cell phone cases. So why wouldn’t we assume that Hermione being the muggle appreciative witch she is would not be up with modern times. Come on Apple is pretty close to magic anyway…

The Tales of Beedle the Bard // I like to think that Hermione kept the copy she received from Dumbledore’s will close to her. She later went on to translate and publish a new edition including Dumbledore’ notes.

Necessities // Every girls got those things she just needs for Hermione it’s The Daily Prophet, her Ministry of Magic ID, Scrolls to be sent off to Hugo and Rose at Hogwarts, and some Berite Bott’s Every Flavor Beans just because Ron and Harry are always asking her for them.

What else do you think Hermione would carry in her bag?

The Greatest Lessons Dumbledore Taught Me

Greatest Lessons Dumbledore Taught Me

Hey Brunch Babes! Well accio me some mimosas because it is Potter Week hosted by The Common Room. As you know, I love Harry Potter and am looking forward to sharing my favorite memories with you this week as we take a walk down Diagon Alley and look forward to what is to come.

I think many of you will agree that Harry Potter was more than just a book series or movie franchise. They were our friends, teachers, and adventures. JK Rowling said it best: You got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together.

HOGWARTS LETTER

I loved so many of the characters in Harry Potter, but now as an adult I find myself returning to the wise words from Professor Dumbledore more and more. The first prompt for PotterWeek is Potter Verse dealing with words from Harry Potter and Dumbledore’s words have guided me in more ways than one… Here are the greatest lessons Dumbledore taught me.

Happiness can be found

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Lumos! We will all go through trials and tribulations in life and I am no exception to that. I have returned to this quote more times than you will ever know because I refuse to be anything but happy. I have had sadness, I have felt pain, but I continually choose joy… I turn on the light. I truly appreciate that JK Rowling knew we, as the Harry Potter generation, would have to face thing that would be dark. Death, betrayal, and loss – she wanted us to have a place to turn in those times and Dumbledore was for me that place.
I have even found myself sometimes saying “lumos” as a way to remind myself that I can turn on that light and I can find happiness and joy even in the darkest of times. So I encourage you to choose joy, yes sometimes you have to fake it… but if you fake it long enough eventually it become real!

MIRROR ERISED

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
I think as an adult this quote now applies differently to me. My dreams are purposeful and planned and – quite frankly – great. But all those plans without action behind them will never be more than just dreams. You have to live them out everyday. Wake up and decide I will not just plan to be somewhere in 5 years, but live that life now — even if you are just starting to figure it all out. We will not always always be perfect but we can work to achieve what we would want to see in the mirror of Erised. We not forget to live out our dreams.

Inside your head

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
I think this is exactly what JK was trying to tell us. Of course these books exist in our imaginations and hearts – but why should that mean they are not real.
If it impacted you, moved you, or changed you… well then it is real, isn’t it!

Dumbledore’s words can continue to teach us and remind us who we really are and what we want to do with that. They also can change meaning as we get older because words, of course, are our most inexhaustible source of magic.

What quotes from Harry Potter impacted you the most?

Be sure to check out the rest of PotterWeek here on Bad Wolf Brunch and at The Common Room.

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