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Next Chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban   Leave a comment

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The next eight chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is out. I enjoyed it, even if as I have mentioned in my previous article, I hoped there were more to it.

There are new things, however. It was a nice surprise to hear audio clips in scenes where there was no interaction. I was surprised and pleased about it. I usually listen to the Harry Potter audio books at work and it’s great especially when you don’t have time to sit down and read.

My favorite chapters are here as well. The Marauder’s Map, in particular. I have always wondered what happened to the map after the fake Moody borrowed it from Harry and thanks to JK Rowling’s new content, I found out that Harry got it back when fake Moody’s office was empty. I also found out how they were able to plot the map of Hogwarts being an animagi and with the help of the Invisibility Cloak. I also thought that from the time of James, Sirius, Remus and Peter, the map came into different hands before being confiscated by Filch and finally beinb stolen by the twins. It was in fact confiscated from the four of them and stayed in Filch’s drawer for the next, I dunno, couple of decades probably, before the twins got it. I do wonder, still, how the twins discovered how it works. Maybe a bit more insight? Anyway, I especially loved how they visualized the entrance to the secret passage from the statue of the humpbacked, one-eyed witch. And the witch’s name is Gunhilda of Gorsemoor. She developed a cure for Dragon pox according to the chocolate frog. The visit to the Honeydukes was a treat. How I wish I could grab all those sweets! Makes me want to get myself some chocolates and candies next time I’m out shopping.

I also liked Peeves’s drawing in the Flight of the Fat Lady. He was making laughing sounds and sitting on top of the student’s head. I think he stole that scene from the Fat Lady.

The details on the dementors is amazing. You can see their bony hands and the sounds they are making will give you the creeps. Add the background of thunders and you get a really scary moment there.

I am not content though with the chapter on the Three Broomsticks. I hoped they brought us inside, at least. It was cold outside, to be honest. And that snowball I picked will surely melt in my trunk.

The Patronus charm is also inteoduced of course. There’s a scene in the classroom where Professor Lupin was teaching Harry. I can’t wait till book 5 to finally discover what form my Patronus would look like. Even now, I hope that Pottermore will make sure that we each get to know the shape of our Patronuses.

Harry’s head afloat in front of the shrieking shack was wicked fun as well. You can see Draco and his friends running away from fright. I am also glad that they incorporated what the map said to Professor Snape when he tried to discover its secret. Snape gets to be called for his abnormally large nose, an ugly git, an idiot and a slimeball. Hahaha! That never fails to give me a good laugh everytime I read that part. I can only imagine how Snape hated them. Then fate later on decided that he should save Harry out of his love for Lily. Then he threw some floo powder to summon Lupin and it was a very nice scene.

Last is the Quidditch finals which Gryffindor finally won! It was a very happy moment.

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A Very Special Day   Leave a comment

Today is a very special day.  For three very important reasons.

1.  JK Rowling’s Birthday

Yes, Happy Birthday to Queen Rowling!  Thank you for bringing us Harry Potter and the magic of reading books.  Your legacy to us will live on.

2.  Harry Potter’s Birthday

The boy who lived. Your character has inspired many of us.  To be courageous and fight for what we believe is right.  To stand up to the truth. To love and let go of hate. To believe in magic. And so many things I am unsure how to put into words.  Happy Birthday!

3.  Pottermore Anniversary

It seemed only yesterday that more than a million Potterheads were clamoring to get hold of the Magical Quill.  And I am proud to say that I was one of them.  Even prouder that I was a Day 1 Pottermore Beta.  I stayed up for hours, unsure when the first clue would be released, wondering what time zone should I take into consideration.

The most important thing about Pottermore is that I met a lot of good friends, too!  Potterheads just like me.  Suddenly, I am no longer alone.  Happy Anniversary to us, Pottermore Family!

The Hogwarts Express   Leave a comment

It’s September 1st! Time to head to the King’s Cross Station and board the train at Platform 9 3/4 that will leave at exactly 11 o’clock.

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go.  Or at least, I am ready to return after my tour.  Now is the time for some serious studying, especially in Potions.

The information about how Hogwarts Express became the express mode of transportation between London and Hogsmeade was one of the new information that JK Rowling shared.

I’ve always thought that The Hogwarts Express travels all year round between London and Hogsmeade.  I just thought that it was named after the school as Hogwarts is within the vicinity of Hogsmeade.  It’s cool that it was made exactly for the use of the school. In the Order of the Phoenix, after the Christmas break, Harry and his friends went back to Hogwarts by boarding the Knight Bus.  I never realized that it was because the train only leaves London every September 1st and leaves Hogwarts at the end of the school term.  Although, it did not say whether it does make a journey during Christmas breaks when some of the students are to go home to their families during the holidays and return once classes resume.

If you wish to read the information on how The Hogwarts Express became the express mode of transportation going to and from Hogwarts…

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The Sorting Ceremony   2 comments

I really dreaded this point in the beginning.  I was actually quite nervous.  I can now understand how Harry, Ron and Hermione must have felt when they put on the Sorting Hat.  It is scary how those few questions can gauge one’s personality.

So where did the Sorting Hat placed me?

Quite honestly, my first choice was Gryffindor and Ravenclaw is my second.  Upon reading the information about my house, I realized I do belong, quite rightly, in Ravenclaw.  I think I’ve always wanted to be Gryffindor because of Harry.  Just realizing now that Harry is Harry and I am who I am.

It says on the information that Ravenclaws are mostly eccentric and an oddity. Somehow that is how most people view me.  I have my nose stuck in a book at all times and the Library is my favorite place next to my bedroom.  I just love to read and learn everything. I remember my professor saying once that knowing a little something about everything will take you far.  I think I took that to heart.  And indeed, when I ask him anything, he always has an answer. Lastly, I could really relate a lot to Luna and Hermione (as she has a bit of the characteristics of a Ravenclaw).  I’ve experience those ostracisms just because people thought me intimidating – which really isn’t. I’m as sane as Luna, though my head is sometimes up in the clouds like her.  And like Hermione, if I don’t have the answer, I go to the Library – or nowadays, the Internet. Oh! And even if I am afraid of heights, I do like sleeping in a tower.  And Professor Flitwick has always been one of my favorite teachers – Charms!

So there! I’m a Proud Ravenclaw! ♥

Alder and Unicorn, Eleven inches, Slightly Springy   Leave a comment

“We do not speak his name! The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It’s not always clear why. But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible! Yes. But great.”

Mr. Ollivander (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

This is the wand that chose me.

Information provided by JK Rowling for my wand:

Wand Wood – Alder

Alder is an unyielding wood, yet I have discovered that its ideal owner is not stubborn or obstinate, but often helpful, considerate and most likeable. Whereas most wand woods seek similarity in the characters of those they will best serve, alder is unusual in that it seems to desire a nature that is, if not precisely opposite to its own, then certainly of a markedly different type. When an alder wand is happily placed, it becomes a magnificent, loyal helpmate. Of all wand types, alder is best suited to non-verbal spell work, whence comes its reputation for being suitable only for the most advanced witches and wizards.

Wand Core – Unicorn Hair

Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard.

Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.

Owl Post Again   2 comments

 

During a fire drill at 12mn, I decided to check Pottermore Insider blog and found out that another batch of owls were sent – the 8th wave since August 15th.  I shrugged and wanted to ignore it but for some reason, I went ahead and checked my email account.

And there it was – an email from Pottermore at long last!  I must have looked crazy earlier but I didn’t care.  I was happy, ecstatic and bursting with so much energy I can hardly contain.  I was screaming my heart out and jumping up and down.  I forced myself not to perform a futterwacken dance and reserve it until I get home.  I was grinning and smiling at myself.  I was in Pottermore heaven.

It was the longest four and a half hour of my life.  At exactly 4:30am, I logged from from my computer, said quick goodbyes to my colleagues and literally apparated home in less than half an hour.

I immediately went to my email to make sure I wasn’t dreaming and at the same time, I want to preserve that image in my head.

And there it was.  My Hogwarts Acceptance Letter.  I can finally access Pottermore and go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

 

 

And now, we wait…   1 comment

It’s been a week since the first wave of owls was sent to deliver Welcome Emails to a million expectant  Pottermore Betas.  There had been four waves so far between August 15th and August 19th.  Sadly, this author has not been fortunate enough to get hers.

A lot of us Pottermore Betas waiting for our owls are currently having a nonstop No Owl Party in Twitter.  Waiting is the hardest part especially if you have no idea when exactly it will come.  I try to look at things positively but sometimes, one can’t help but be disappointed when it doesn’t arrive.  I am so glad to have met them and formed a PottermoreFamily that I can totally relate to.  They made the waiting bearable and quite fun.  Even though I am quite jealous of those who are already in, I wouldn’t have it otherwise.  I have met such great friends and I am now more excited than I was when Pottermore was first announced because this time, there will be friends waiting for me once I finally have that access.

And in all fairness to Pottermore, all these waiting actually inspired me to write.  I think I’ve written more articles/blogs for the past 2 weeks than I’ve ever done in 3 years.  And it’s good that I can practice in case that in some unknown future, I may finally be able to pursue my first love, writing. Maybe as a journalist or a literary writer.

Hopefully, Pottermore people do have a plan to allow us access before October starts.  How exactly are we to help shape Pottermore if we can’t even get in?  It is less than 2 weeks before the term starts in September.  We want in!

In the meantime, I am faithfully staying perched on my spot near the window and watch for any sign of an incoming owl.  I’ll have a Harry Potter book and some cauldron cakes and butterbeer.  And in the words of Hermione Granger, “And now, we wait…”