Fan Art Friday: Harry and Hermione

Eventually, my blog will just devolve into coloring book pictures all the time.  But it’s so much fun!  I just got a bunch of new books for Christmas, so I’m sure I’ll be sharing some here occasionally.

These are actually postcards.  Hermione is going to my sister, who got me the postcards.  Harry is going to my nieces, who colored cards for me for my birthday, so I figured I could color a card for them, too.  Also, I’m trying to turn them into nerds.

Hermione’s Bag of Holding looked like a flower to me, so I colored it to look like a thistle.  She also has golden Timeturners around her.

I thought that circle behind Harry kinda looked like the Mirror of Erised, so I colored it blue, which for some reason seemed the most mirror-like color.  For the border of Harry’s, I chose the main colors for each house: red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw, and yellow for Hufflepuff.

I have always thought of myself as a Ravenclaw (I even bought a Ravenclaw scarf when I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), but Pottermore sorted me in Hufflepuff.  This has led to an existential crisis on my part.  I admit, I would have placed Hufflepuff second, but I don’t know if I can let go of my Ravenclaw identity.  And remember, the hat takes your feelings into account!

Seasonal Reads: Harry Potter

Do you ever find yourself coming back to a certain story at a certain time of year?  I often re-read books during a specific month or season that I feel is inextricably tied to the book.  Here’s what I’m reading right now to get in the spirit of the season.

 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)

2Harry Potter for me is practically synonymous with summer reading.  I don’t think I was ever assigned it as summer reading in school, though I daresay that is common.  Or at least it was when I was in school.

All the Harry Potter books have strong ties to summer.  Harry’s birthday is July 31st, and all the books start around this time.  They also finish at the end of the school year, the start of summer.

But most importantly, the books were released in the summer.  From Book 4 on, summer was when I read all of them for the first time.  I’m sure many of you even attended release parties at midnight for some of the later editions; I did for Book 6.

I remember specifically that for Book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, my sister had placed a pre-order from Borders/Amazon.  On June 21, 2003, she was not home to receive it…but I was.  The next day I left for tennis camp, with the book packed in my suitcase.  I read the whole thing that week, before she ever got a hold of it.  (In my defense, she was still gone most of the time I was at camp.)

I distinctly remember sitting in the camp dorm room crying, not when Sirius died (I was too in shock), but later at the conversation in Dumbledore’s office, when he seems so defeated, telling Harry about the prophecy and how his fatal flaw was that he cared about Harry too much.  I’m getting a little teary thinking about it now.

So for me it seems natural to come back to this series as a summer read, though I probably re-read Prisoner of Azkaban most frequently, as it’s my favorite.

Warm butterbeer is the ONLY butterbeer

No post last week because I was on vacation!  Hence why I am just now liking all your posts from 1-2 weeks ago.

B and I went to Universal and Disney in lovely 65-degree Orlando.  I spent more than a decade of my childhood in central Florida, so I’ve been to Disney many many times, but strangely never once to Universal.  With the opening of the 2nd Harry Potter area, I figured it was about time.

We spent 3 days at the Universal parks, mostly in the Harry Potter areas.  Islands of Adventure has a Hogsmeade area, and Universal Studios has the new Diagon Alley.  There’s even a train ride between them (with a slight chance of dementor attacks).

BEST: Warm butterbeer, which you can only get in winter, is fabulous.  Regular butterbeer is kinda too sticky-sweet, but the warm stuff…mmmmm.  Also good: butterbeer icecream.

WORST: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (the ride inside Hogwarts Castle) is the most nauseating ride I have ever been on, and I’ve ridden every coaster at Cedar Point.  Take some Dramamine.

Also great: tons of Harry Potter merch to buy.  House robes cost over $100, so I settled for a Ravenclaw T-shirt and “official” scarf.  We also bought an awesome afghan with the Hogwarts crest.