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Happy Harry Potter Day! Here’s What Hogwarts Has Meant To Generations.

And also, to me.

A few days a week, my third-grade teacher would read us Harry Potter books. At recess, word would get out that we were on the brink of story time and everyone would feel a little less trapped (not a good word to use when talking about grade school, I know). I vividly remember being amongst thirty or so (deathly quiet) kids as we all listened to her read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Most of my memories of elementary school involve a lot of headaches and staring at the clock, but I don’t remember those days ever really feeling long. Naturally, I convinced my mom to buy me more Harry Potter books.

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The next year, I was told I was an inept reader and writer; my teachers wanted to put me in a special class. That never happened, mostly because my mother is a fucking rockstar, but also because I read the shit out of Harry Potter books. After Harry Potter I read pretty much every Gary Paulsen book known to man: Hatchet (and all the sequels), Mr. Tucket (and sequels), The Rifle, The Car, The Foxman, etc—very stereotypical “boy” reading list. That last part might not exactly be relevant other than to articulate the beginning trajectory of my literary career (if one can call it that)—a journey that began with a bespectacled boy who lived.

 

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Kids are the heroes of their own stories, equipped with their imaginations. JK Rowling created the catalyst for many imaginations to thrive—the story of a wizarding world beneath our own has resonated with billions. The story always felt very personal to me, and I can only imagine many other people feel the same way. I can remember the sound of my dad’s bad country music in the background when I read Cedric Diggory’s death; I can remember the smell of pot roast when Snape killed Dumbledore.

When the movies came out, I was the exact same age as the characters onscreen. Watching each new movie per year literally felt like I was watching my classmates or something. The illusion of connectivity only grew more mesmerizing as the stories became darker and the characters grew along with their audience—an audience that had been hooked since childhood.

Everyone knows of JK Rowling’s humble beginnings: having very little wealth, even at one point being considered homeless. The manuscript for the first Harry Potter novel was rejected by all the major rivals of the publishing company that eventually bought it, Bloomsbury Publishing. Years ago, the company’s chairman, Nigel Newton, revealed the only reason he even took a chance on Rowling: his daughter Alice. The eight-year-old read a sample chapter and demanded more.

“She came down from her room an hour later glowing,” Newton recalls, “saying, ‘Dad, this is so much better than anything else.’ She nagged and nagged me in the following months, wanting to see what came next.”

I’m not sure that any series will ever be able to compete with the overwhelming power of the wizarding world. For fourteen years, the story was a cornerstone of everyone’s shelves and screens. Hagrid burst through the door on Harry’s eleventh birthday, and, the next thing we knew, we were exposed to giants, goblins, werewolves, mountain trolls, dementors and courageous elves—magic. Booger flavored jellybeans, cloaks of invisibility, spacially incomprehensible tents, flying cars, dangerous journals, and torturous quills. All of the iconically quirky things we’ve come to love and associate with the adolescence of three friends: Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

 

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That’s really what Harry Potter is about right? Growing up. JK Rowling draws all these parallels with reality (although softly) and just surrounds it with magic. She attacks various (and obvious) social and political issues that deal with things like bigotry and discrimination, creating a modern-ish bureaucracy. Dysfunctional af. She clearly doesn’t trust certain characters (think Rita Skeeter) but still doesn’t condemn a society that is more or less indifferent throughout the narrative.

When you’re young, you don’t think about all the issues Rowling vaguely addresses—when Malfoy is a d*ck, it just feels wrong, and when Hermione punches him in the face, it just feels right. There’s nothing beguiling about what Rowling does; it always feels sincere. A good storyteller can teach you the difference between right and wrong without you even knowing it.

 

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In the first book, we just wanted to make friends. In the books that followed, we learned the difference between right and wrong; we laughed, we cried, and we loved. We were swept away by the charm of it all—we learned to accept others and ourselves. To stand up for what we believe in. We made our peace with endings and, in turn, death. There’s a whole magical lifetime in those fricking books, and they will continue to entertain and teach for generations.

Happy Harry Potter day. 

 

P.S I totally won Harry Potter trivia night at a local pub a few weeks back, so I have Rowling to thank for that as well.

 

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The Kind-Hearted Tom Felton Reveals Weird ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Experiences

Witty, snotty, and a bit condescending, Draco Malfoy is a pure-blooded wizard who makes it his business to make Harry Potter and his friends’ world miserable. However, the actor who brought this platinum blonde and Slytherin prefect to life, Tom Felton, is actually a pretty sweet and awesome guy. It’s no secret that many Harry Potter fans loved Tom Felton’s portrayal of Draco Malfoy; he was a guy you love to hate, but hate to love. However, sometimes fans get a bit out of hand with their dedication and love (or hate) for the characters.

 

Tom Felton revealed during an interview with Yahoo! Movies that a strange occurrence happened when he was playing a young Draco Malfoy. A man who had legally changed his name to Lucius Malfoy (the fictional father of Draco Malfoy) reached out and offered to adopt him and make Tom change his name legally to Draco. Um, okay. Creepy. In the interview, Tom Felton stated:

 

 

One man wanted to adopt me. He had changed his name legally to Lucius Malfoy and wanted me to change my name to Draco Malfoy and to legally adopt me. I declined!

 

 

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And don’t get him started on his fans from America. Some fans have a hard time differentiating between the character and the actual actor. We confuse the two then make the actor seem like they reflect their character. Tom Felton actually isn’t too bad; he’s a pretty chill person. However, it didn’t stop people from sending him angry letters, he said:

 

 

I’ve got some angry Americans tell me ‘Leave Harry Potter alone man! What did he ever do to you?’ but are deadly serious in how they deliver it… They seem to think I had some kind of influence on Rowling’s writing!

 

 

 

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He can’t help with J.K Rowling wrote! He’s just depicting a character; it’s not his fault his character just happens to have a few flaws. However, like I said before, Tom Felton is a great person. When him and Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, come together, they have beautiful chemistry and though both have hung up their wands, it doesn’t mean they haven’t kept in touch. Recently, Tom Felton dropped by to watch Daniel Radcliffe perform on Broadway. He also visited Matthew Lewis, who portrayed Neville Longbottom.

 

 

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I guess that’s the ups and downs of being a Harry Potter actor. There’s always that one fan that takes it too far with angry letters and some unpleasant encounters. However, there are also the pleasant reunions between the now-older cast members. This happens when the magic blooms once again and a little bit of wizardry and magic spark back to life. We love you Tom Felton; you’re our favorite Slytherin and don’t ever change!

 

 

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This Diagon Alley LEGO Set Will Make Your Month

The holidays are a perfect time for Harry Potter fans to shop! New toys and deals have been announced for this coming holiday season, we at Bookstr are living for it! LEGO, Funko Pop and Loungefly are rolling out some new items that will get your potions bubbling!

 

LEGO is offering a superb deal, The Diagon Alley set will be free with a purchase of a second set. If you love their brick sets, you know how great they are and why you should get one. The Diagon Alley set is equipped withGringotts Bank, Flourish and Blotts, Quality Quiddich Supplies, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and Ollivander’s Wand shop. The set will be available for free with a $99 purchase from November 9th – 21st.

 

 

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Funko Pop is releasing a new pop figure to add to your shelves! Hedwig spreads her wings and come backs to life in this new figure. The pop figure features Harry Potter and his beloved owl Hedwig moments before going through the wall at Kings Cross Station on Platform 9 ¾. And if you can’t get enough of Hedwig, Funko Pop is also promoting Loungefly’s new product that will feed your Potter fan soul.

 

 

 

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Loungefly has announced its new BoxLunch exclusive, a Hedwig backpack! This snowy owl backpack is a must have for this holiday season. Both the Funko Pop and backpack will be available for purchase for November 3 and November 4 at the BoxLunch stores. Get your wizard and witchy friends this gear for this upcoming season, it’s a gift they will forever love you for!

 

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Genius Fan Rewrites Hedwig’s Death Scene and J.K. Rowling Has to Approve

We have all our favorite characters in the Harry Potter world. They all have a few traits that we have grown to love and appreciate. When a character dies, our hearts are heavy. However, there’s one death in particular that really tugs at our heart strings. The death of Harry Potter’s loyal and adorable fluffy snowy owl, Hedwig. She carried his letters, he was his constant companion when he wasn’t at Hogwarts and she was the victim of a killing curse.

 

 

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While protecting Harry and Hagrid, she was structure down by a killing curse and went spiraling downwards. However, in the book, she is killed in her cage while nestled next to Hagrid and Harry in the side car. Unfortunately, Harry had to leave his feathery friend’s body as he destroyed the side car in which her body had fallen. Though his friends tried to console Harry, he was deeply hurt by the death of his loyal pet. J.K Rowling was even hurt by her decision to kill off the beloved Hedwig, on Twitter, she writes:

 

 

 

 

J.K Rowling had previously explained on Pottermore why she decided to kill off the ear-nibbling friend, she wrote:

 

The loss of Hedwig represented a loss of innocence and security. She has been almost like a cuddly toy to Harry at times. Voldemort killing her marked the end of childhood. I’m sorry… I know that death upset a LOT of people!’

 

 

A fan, though respectful of J.K Rowling’s decision, has taken it upon themselves to write an ending noteworthy for the intelligent creature. And let me tell you this, we are living for this ending! Now, whoever this is, should get started on some of the other deaths that we fans are mourning.

 

 

 

 

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New Harry Potter Fan Theory May Reveal TRUE Identity of Voldemort’s Mother

Voldemort has a face only a mother could love, especially if your mother is a snake or at least that’s what some Harry Potter theorists are saying. That’s right, they’re theorizing that Voldemort’s mother is a snake! Not just any snake, the theory is that Voldemort’s mother is Nagini, the Maledictus with a blood curse that transforms her into a vicious reptile in the upcoming Fantastic Beast movie.

 

 

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It’s a bit bizarre but hear me out. Based on this Reddit post, they speculate that Fantastic Beast will tie into the birth of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. They point out a few crucial details:

 

 

A poster seen in the first Fantastic Beasts movie speaks of a circus called the Circus Arcanus from New York to Europe on December 13,1926.

 

 

And guess whose born in December of the same year? You got it! Merope Gaunt (Tom Riddle) or as we know him Voldemort, who was born on December 31st, 1926. The theorist throw a spotlight on a particular passage from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

 

 

I remember she said to me ‘I hope he looks like his papa’ and I won’t lie she was right to hope it, because she was no beauty – and then she told me had was to be named Tom, for his father, and Marvolo, for her father – yes I know, funny name, isn’t it? We wondered where she came from a circus.

 

It would be no wonder why she’d hope he look like his father. Though the Nagini that we have previewed from the trailer looks beautiful with her dark hair, flawless skin and capturing eyes. The blood curse turns the victim into a gruesome beast. We can only predict that at that point of her life, she would have look like a scaly reptilian humanoid beast who was on her way to looking completely like a snake.  Not exactly something you’d want your baby to exactly resemble.

 

 

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Image via Robin Johns Grant and Vignette

 

It is known that Voldemort ended up in an orphanage, so where did his mom go? The Reddit user believes that in order to save her son from herself, she gave him up, faked her own death and ran away. It wouldn’t be so hard to believe that Voldemort is a descendant from Nagini, he is after all the descendant of Salazar Slytherin. Salazar Slytherin not only would pass along his love for snakes but also his ability to speak with them.

 

Their relationship would make sense, he cared so deeply for Nagini as she did for him. Nagini offered her poison to him as a mother would her milk to the small baby like form of Voldemort, in order to keep him alive. We know that only females gain the curse, however, when Voldemort removed parts of his soul, he begins to resemble a snake. The very thing his mother would look like if she really is Nagini.

 

 

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Some disagree with the theory, stating that there are flaws. Nagini has Asian background, and some people believe that from what we know of Voldemort’s past, that he couldn’t be half Asian. However, you never know. Sometimes, children take after one parent than the other and the mother did wish that her son would resemble the father more. Maybe she got her wish.

 

Understandably, there is still skepticism about the whole theory of Nagini and Voldemort being mother and son but it’s a fun and interesting theory. I’m excited to see what the upcoming Fantastic Beast movie has to reveal when it’s released on November 16th, 2018.

 

 

 

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