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!


Today I’m Recommending… SpeakBeasty!

Do you find yourself obsessed with a certain British mazizoologist?

MuggleNet’s relatively new podcast SpeakBeasty is dedicated to providing bi-weekly discussions on not only Newt, but the entire franchise!

They just celebrated their first birthday a few months ago and two weeks ago they had none other than Dan Fogler aka Jacob Kowalski on to guest host! They’re moving quickly, folks. They’re the only MuggleNet podcast to have hosted a main character from the Wizarding World!

I started listening to them about seven or eight months ago and am super attached now. 

I’m recommending them particularly because of my favorite segments: the Newt Case, where they discuss fantastical beasts, and the Time Turner where they discuss historical events in the muggle/Fantastic Beasts time frame! 

My commute is FOUR HOURS round trip THREE TIMES a week and I am telling you that SpeakBeasty is the only thing that keeps me sane!

Give them a listen! Newt would be disappointed if you didn’t. 

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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Around the World: One Character at A Time 1.0

Welcome to the 1st segment of… Around the World: One Character at A Time! Kathleen and I had been wanting to collaborate on a post for a few months now and when we started brainstorming, this turned out to be an idea we both wanted to run with! In fact, we had so much fun we wanted to make it a monthly thing!


Basically we took three of our favorite characters and decided which cities they most relate to or would live in…

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