Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 20th Anniversary & What Harry Potter Means to Me

Like any diehard fan/collector, I ended up with all four of the special 20th Annoversary Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. (No? Just me? ahahahahaha *sobs*)

Harry Potter means so much to me, and these special House editions are gorgeous. 

Each one includes several pages of extra House-specific content + artwork!

These books tugged at my heart-strings and got me thinking…

It would take several months and a two-page thesis to describe what the Harry Potter series means to me; what Jo has given me. In lieu of that, I’m going to make this short and sweet:

To honor the 20th anniversary of this introductory book, I’m listing the top five things that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone taught me. 

  1. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.
  2. The magic can never be stamped out of you.
  3. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself. 
  4. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
  5. Love is powerful, and leaves a mark.

Tell me some of your favorite Philsopher’s Stone teachings in the comments!


Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – All of my feelings in once place, albeit scattered.

SPOILERS for plot but not special effects.

They’re not even really spoilers, just my general reaction to all the feels.

On the whole, if you haven’t read the script or already spoiled yourself elsewhere, I recommend stopping here.

 Skip to the bottom of the post for some bullet points of my favorite stuff if you’re too lazy to read the whole thing. I won’t blame you. I probably would.

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Today I’m recommending… Alohomora!

Good news, there’s something that can cure long boring stretches of time and feed our Potter mania. It’s been around for years (literally) but I’ve only been in-the-know for a year(ish). I regret every life decision that kept me from this pure genius and once you hear it you will too.

It’s called: Alohomora!

What is it? A global re-read of Harry Potter.

Now, they’re halfway through Deathly Hallows, but don’t let that deter you! There is an archive of every episode they’ve done. Basically what each episode consists of is a group of hosts reading the Harry Potter series chapter by chapter and doing in-depth discussion. If you’re a fan of delving deeper into the characters and world that we know and love, this podcast is for you.

In the beginning, each podcast covers two chapters, every two weeks at a time but as it grew a fanbase, the hosts decide that there was PLENTY of discussion for one chapter per episode every week (agreed!).

Right now I’m listening to each new episode as it comes out (every Saturday) but I also went back to the beginning and plan to listen to them all in chronological order. If you drive a lot like me, that’s what I recommend you do too.

The hosts are hilarious, and there’s SO MUCH audience participation. They read comments and have a question of the week and even have a fan guest host. There’s lots of Lupin love, declaration of homegirls (McGonagall, I’m looking’ at you), and Draco redemption theories. This is the podcast for the ultimate Harry Potter fan.

Mugglenet has several podcasts that I haven’t checked out yet but will be super soon.

Find your favorite and let me know about it!

Pottermore and More Potter

Once upon a time people couldn’t get a single squeak out of JKR on the Potterverse. Now she tweets with a vengeance (she’s so hilarious, if you don’t follow her it should be a crime). Aside from her social media outbursts, there’s so much stuff going on for the fandom I’m surprised there haven’t been more reports of spontaneous combustion on the news. Pottermore was re-released, then The Cursed Child was announced as a play and then announced as a published script. There’s so much. I kind of need to write it down to process it all, so that’s what about to go down.

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Butterbeer Probz

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you know exactly what Butterbeer is, and your life’s goal is to know what that frothy refreshing drink the Trio kicks back with tastes like. I mean, that’s the most logical life goal. When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was built at Universal Parks in Orlando, Florida, fans got the chance to consume as much of the heavily speculated beverage as their converted muggle money could buy. I went last year (and of course I blogged about it), and in almost every picture that day I had a Butterbeer in my hand. I consider it the best beverage in the world, bar none. So of course, when we left, I was determined to make a replica of this drink that I was now so fond of. I searched alllllllllllllllllllll over the internet (yes, all of those Ls are necessary) and pretty much immediately found out that the recipe from The WW was never released by Universal.


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