Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Greetings from another sunny day in Hogmeade. In today's post I am going to show you the skyline views and wonderful architectural details many fans will miss unless they really look for them .... like your faithful tour guide.

We begin with our lovely entrance into Hogsmeade. We spot the wonderful Hogsmeade cut out metal plaque. The skyline view is enhanced by a warthog running underneath. Notice the beautiful stepped stone arch. The sunlight streams onto each and every stone, kissing it with drop of light. Through it, one glimpses the snow-covered pitched roofs with dozens of chimneys piecing the deep blue sky.

Next to the Hogwarts Express we see the cedar and stone shingled second and third story of a charming residential home. Note the three large gables and two smaller ones. So much charm and detail just on this one structure.

Just look at the stonework on the train depot! The Hogwarts express jets out from the tunnel. That's the only disappointment for me. The Express should be animated and rolling into Hogsmeade, but all the fantastic details more than make up for it.

Inside the station are charming lockers to store your purchases or whatever, if you don't want to lug them around with you. The ceiling is fascinating, all wood beamed trusses hold up all the heavy stonework. The gateway is ready for the next semester of students in September.

Here's a wonderful close-up view of the lockers. Look at the fantastic sepia-toned illustration and the wood-paneled details.

As I walk back toward the castle, this skyline has to be one of my favorites. Those bent chimneys slay me! Such incredible imagination went into these structures. Notice the gables on the right almost facing each other. The snow looks so real glistening in the sunlight. You really feel like you're in an enchanted

What could a guide say when facing such incredible awesomeness ... but you know I will give it a try. Look at the proud warthog gargoyle guarding his treasured Hogwarts. Sitting high on the hill, each exquisitely placed stone draws the eye upward to the crowning peak: the tower.

Well fellow HP fanatics, this concludes out tour for today. Hopefully we will have another perfect day to spend in Hogsmeade tomorrow. I still haven't had a bite at The Three Broomsticks or did any of the exciting rides. Stayed tuned for that exciting post.

Monday, November 29, 2010


After a full morning and partial afternoon of seeing Hogwarts Castle, having a sweet and creamy butterbeer, and strolling (Ha!) through Hogsmeade, I finally get close enough to concentrate on the amazing store windows! Owl Post's windows are true works of art ... just look at every detail.

Owl Post's windows are packed with fun and unusual items.

We even have a few of the locals hanging in front, getting ready to send off that beautiful snowy, white owl with a urgent message.

"Oh, this is perfect! I could use a few new quills and parchment, and Scrivenshafts is the best place to buy them."

"Potages Cauldrons ... Oh, I really like that cooper one. I hope it's on sale, I've spent so much money already!

After thinking a while about that copper cauldron, I decided to look for a new wand. Olivanders is just down the street. I face one of the longest lines of the day. I couldn't not visit Mr. Olivander!

Peeking through the windows, I see some pretty exciting wands.

After an hour and a half, I finally make it through the door. There are at least twenty people ahead of me. 

Mr. Olivander is choosing a wand for an eleven-year-old girl, starting at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in September.

Spending so much time at Olivanders', the sun set and I still haven't finished my shopping. One last stop to Dogweed and Deathclaw for my much needed mandrake. Peering into the side window I see some extremely unusual plants. 

As I round the building, I hear the mandrakes howling in the storefront window.

I pass by Dominic Maestro's as I head for the gates of Hogsmeade with many packages in tow.

One last look at the Owl post as I say goodbye to Hogsmeade.

A cheery Harry Potter snowman and Hedwig smile at me as I leave through the gate.

I hope you enjoyed our little shopping spree through Hogsmeade. Tomorrow's post will be an added surprise ... until then have a wonderful day mes amis.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Greetings from Wizarding World! If you haven't seen Saturday's post please scroll down and start the WW experience from the beginning. If you are visiting for more pics, welcome back and I hope you enjoy them!

By far this is one of the most magnificent views of Hogwarts Castle. The two winged warthog gargoyles flanking the entrance to the multi-spired castle, does take one's breath away.

After yet another endless line, I took a sip on my first butterbeer. YUMMMMMY! This tastes like a liquid cream-sickle. This is totally worth the wait!

I weave through the crowd around the castle to find the end of the line for the entrance into the castle. I walk through the arch into Jurassic Park and continue until I find the end of the line. I roll my eyes, take a deep breath and try not to feel the intense sun beating down on me. I look ahead ..... "Damn!

Am I this far away fro the gates of Hogsmeade!" The woman in front of me turns around and laughs.
With each step closer to the castle, I became friends with the people around me.

 I occasionally look up and get a marvelous glimpse of the castle yet to come.

A half an hour later I come up to the gates of Hogsmeade. The arch and Welcome to Hogsmeade metal sign greet me as I approach.

With my butterbeer long gone, the sweat begins to pour down my face. How much longer could it be? Excitement begins to overtake me as I start my climb up the hill toward the castle.

Seeing the winged warthogs up close is incredible. I can't believe how much thought they put into every detail.

Fifteen minutes later, I arrive in the Great Hall. It's a perfect replica on a small scale. The marble staircase only traveled up a few flights, but as I climb to the second level many of the paintings did talk to me.

As I walk through the corridor glimpses of  Dumbeldore's hologram speaks to me and the other fans as we enter his office.

Arriving on the third floor, I watch the brave get ready to partake in the newest ride: the forbidden journey. A moment later, I exit the castle. The sun blinds me as I work my way back down into the storefronts of Hogsmeade village; it's time to do some much needed shopping....

Look forward to the shops of Hogsmeade tour tomorrow. Until then, always your humble tour guide,


Saturday, November 27, 2010


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I am sorry for the delay on the pics, but with the holiday and running around central Florida, I hadn't had the time to sort through and post these AMAZING scenes from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.

I left off the story as I am searching for parking. I finally make it to the final lag of my journey. On the top of the parking garage, a few spaces remained.

I pull into the first spot of the last row. Behind me the next twenty-five or so lucky visitors follow and take the last spaces available.

I had never seen people move so fast, it was like a blur of colors in my peripheral  vision.

The intense sun beat down upon me. I rummage through my backpack, pull out the sun screen and slather it onto my exposed shoulders, arms, and face. With my pale northern skin, I burn way to easily.
Throwing the sunscreen back into the bag, I search for my camera. I take a deep breath, wipe the sweat from my brow and off I go!

I can't begin to tell you the masses of people ahead of me as I trek through the garage on my way to WW. Down escalators, stepping onto the people movers, trying to get ahead. As I cross over into the park itself I look up and there it is .... HOGWARTS CASTLE! My heart beats faster. I stop. Gazing across the bay I see all the exquisite details piercing the sky. I searched for the little boats. Where are they? Can't we cross the lake like Harry and his friends? I sigh. Alas no boats.

Rushing with the masses, I search in a frenzy for the entrance into WW. You could imagine my disappointment when there is no Hogwards train waiting to take me into the Hogsmeade. One has to pass through the colorful world of Dr. Seuss' Seuss Landing first. The vibrant colors slap you into the world of the Cat in the hat and the Grinch who stole Christmas.

After several minutes weaving my way through, I come to another section of Islands of Adventure: the lost continent. I begin to hyperventilate. Between the 85 degree heat, the thousands ... yes, I mean thousands of people, I still can't find WW.

I decide to follow everyone else and I come to a roped off section with four of five lines of people. In the distance I see the gates of Hogsmeade. My heart skips a beat. I wait for several minutes. I notice the masses handing a white slip of paper. What now? What's this all about?

I hear, "You need to have a entry ticket. You must go back into the voyages of Sinbad."

At this point I mumble a few choice words and I join the conga line back into the Lost Continent. Following another line back, I am handed the white slip of paper that enables me to finally enter.

A moment later, I arrive back to the entry. Slowly, ever so slowly I get my second glimpse into this amazing world....

With the sun blazing through through the gate, I approach. Me and hundreds of others. The first stop is to try and get to the Hogwarts express. With the smoke billowing through air and sunlight streaked across the engine, you can see the incredible detail of the Hogwarts' Express and the surrounding snow-capped cottages and storefronts of Hogsmeade Village.

The incredible details jump out at you! I must impress upon you fellow HP fanatics that you must be very patient. One has to be with the amounts of fellow fans meeting you at every turn. As thrilled as I am to be here, it is very difficult to get a pic without some HP fan jumping into the scene ... each and every step is another fabulous pic. 

Oh, look! ZONKOS! Look at those adorable Pigmy Puffs in the window! It looks like they combined Diagon Alley to Hogemeade.... Where's Gringotts?

OOOOOoooooo, shall we get something sweet at Honeydukes. Oh, my God, that line wraps all the way around the building .... I'm not that desperate for a sweet. I'm thirsty, so I look down the street and see what I want....

Where's the end of this line? I get distracted by the unbelievable roofline. This is AWESOME! 

Well friends, I leave you here now. I must get that delicious looking butterbeer. Who knows how long that will take? 

Until Tomorrow.....

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I would just like to wish all my friends in the blog world a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. As we spend the day with our loved ones, take a moment to think about all we have. We live in a country that is free. We have the choice to make our own decisions. We live in a place where our children are safe.

I know America is far from perfect, but it is our home and we should be thankful for our peace of mind. There is so much unrest in this turbulent world we live in.

As we pray before out meal, give an extra prayer for our brave men and women over seas in the military. Without them we wouldn't be at peace in our homes.

I would just like to let my friends out in the blogger world that I am very thankful for you! You have given me your laughter, tears, sympathy, and most of all your time and support. Without all of you my life would be far less meaningful. I am truly grateful.

On a lighter and more fun note, I know that all of you are waiting for my story and pics of Wizarding World and as soon as I find a usb chord that will fit my camera, I will post them. Yesterday was an unforgettable day for so many reasons and I can't wait to share it with all of you. I should have them up within the next few days.

Thank you all and HAPPY THANKSGIVING .....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


After a restless night of pondering on Hogwarts coming to life right before my eyes, the time had come. Putting in the last few pieces of luggage into my car, I jump into the driver's seat, close the door, strap myself in, and start the engine.

It's already 70 degrees and the sun is shielded by the usual white puffy clouds. I have always admired this natural phenomenon. A forget-me-not blue sky with huge white cotton-ball-like clouds looming over head. 

I follow the signs to I 4  east. The Orlando traffic is somewhat heavy. It' s nearly nine o'clock and the last minute commuters are rushing to work ... I am rushing to Hogwarts. Could you imagine what a thrill the first glimpse of that Hogwarts castle will be? I'll feel just like Harry, Ron, and Hermione! 

It took several minutes to enter the ramp of I 4. One by one each car in front of me inches it way onto the interstate. Now it's my turn.

Motoring towards exit 75A, I get caught in several traffic jams. I only have eight exits to go, yet it seems like I'm moving backwards.

Twenty-five torturous minutes later, I see the sign for exit 75A. My heart starts to beat a little faster as I finally make it to the exit ramp. In another ten minutes or so I should see the signs for Islands of Adventure.

After taking about five or six deep breaths, I see the sign. "All right! I made it!"

Now the fun begins ... finding parking.  

Gotta concentrate on getting a spot. It looks like a fricken car dealership! Later!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


After a grueling two day road trip and 1200 miles from Chicago to Orlando Florida, I arrived today at 3:30 in the afternoon. Exhausted, I checked into my hotel in the Disney resort. Plan to spend a few days here before actually going to Wizarding World. I booked a hotel walking distance to Islands Adventure in Universal Studio's, home of WW. I want to be relaxed and ready to spend most of the week there, experiencing every nuance of this exciting attraction!

Plan to see many pics and hopefully some footage (if I figure out how to on my camera) of WW. The weather is a perfect 80 balmy degrees so I will not melt.... Leaving the cold, damp north, was one of the many pluses coming down to Florida.

I don't have much to tell yet, but believe me I will have plenty after Wednesday.... so don't forget to stop back.

If I have the time and energy to do a fun Disney post tomorrow, I will try to do so. Please be patient with me, I have so much to do in so little vacation time.

Until then, have a GREAT day and thanks to all my fantastic blogger friends who follow me.

Don't forget to sigh up for my blogfest in a few weeks. It is HP themed, the winners will be getting unique HP gifts from WW, so don't forget to sign up on the linky. Press the banner and it will bring you directly there.

To all of you who have read my entry for Liz's blog. I will have a follow up to that story soon. Many have asked for details.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My first gift story for Liz Fichera's Blog Hop

We met in New York  and had only been dating for about three months. And then the bomb dropped. "I'm moving back to Florida."

Nice guy that I am, I had offered to fly down and help unpack all the boxes and set the furniture after the movers arrived. I had such mixed feelings. A fantastic new relationship and the anger of having my potential soul mate leave me and move 1500 miles away.

We got even closer the week I had stayed. Such a romantic setting. Moonlight, swaying palm trees, the ocean gently kissing the white sandy shores. How could you not fall in love? Well it happened to both of us, but my career centered around the glitz and glamor of the NY's fashion scene. I traveled a lot between Europe and NYC. I couldn't leave. Miami's fashion scene made some noise, but not enough for me to move to Florida.

After a choked up goodbye, I found a slip of paper in my pocket as I emptied my wallet, etc. for security.

You'll be traveling with a companion. Don't forget to take it out of your suitcase the minute you get home.

"Don't tell me there's something alive in my luggage," I mumbled to myself.

For two of the longest hours I was on pins and needles, wondering what could possibly be wrapped between my shirts and pants.

We landed and I rushed to baggage claim. It took me every ounce of strength I could muster not to rip my bag open the moment I rescued it from the carousel.

I hopped in a cab. Twenty minutes later I arrived at my apartment. I flung the suitcase on the bed and opened it.

I let out a howl of laughter. Sitting on top of my stack of t-shirts, a kelly green stuffed alligator smiled up at me. Between the white jagged teeth, a bright red forked tongue hung out of the side of its mouth.

I picked up the phone immediately.

This alligator is still one of my favorite gifts in a long line of other wonderful gifts ... but this one was the first.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I know there are many HP fanatics went to the Midnight or after showing! I didn't, but wanted to go. I'm not going until the 6:00 pm showing. 

TELL ME! TELL ME! TELL ME! IF you LOVED it .... IF you HATED it! or Somewhere in between.

As we all know this is ONLY the FIRST part. So we do have the second half to look forward to next summer. ANOTHER SIX MONTHS! That's all Warner Bros. and JK Rowling ever do ... MAKE US WAIT!

I read this book in two days.... I was bleary-eyed when I finished. After I found out what happened, I immediately we back to re-read it at a slower pace.

As we see Harry bumbling his way through the English countryside to find each and every horcrux, JK Rowling weaves in this incredible sub-plot which I really enjoyed: the Hallows. What a fantastic idea introducing Beatle the Bard.

The invisibility cloak: it was introduced to us in Sorcerer's Stone. A gift from Harry's father. The first Hallow.

Tom Riddle's ring: another family heirloom, which happens to be another Hallow.

The Death Stick: our final Hallow. Giving the wand its own history .... another thread in this tapestry Rowling wove for us.

This involved story within a story gives this edition that extra something we all expected from the climax of Harry Potter.

Designer tip of the week will be posted tomorrow. Harry Potter takes precedence this week.


Thursday, November 18, 2010


Featured today- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

What can we say about Severus Snape? For starters he has made Harry's life miserable for the past five years at Hogwarts. And year six isn't any better. To Harry's shock his least favorite teacher is now teaching his favorite subject: Defense against the Dark Arts. 

Snape begins on the first day to insist his NEWT students cast spells silently. As we know only one student can do that, our favorite top of the year student, Hermione.

Harry's on the defensive again. Annoyed Snape took over the class Harry excelled in, Harry is now faced with taking his least favorite class by surprise. Potions is now part of his curriculum. His future career as a Auror counts on it.

Harry and Ron rush to potions fully unprepared. Slughorn offers them copies of year six potions. Harry's copy has comments written all over it. He decides to follow the scribble and ends producing the perfect Draught of Living Death. For the first time ever, Harry received top marks in POTIONS! Not only that he won the coveted Felix Felisus potion that gives the drinker instant luck.

Harry becomes more and more dependent on the book and discovers new spells which the previous owner of the book created himself ... The Half-blood prince. This wonderful book ends up getting Harry into major trouble when he uses a spell on Malfoy that nearly kills him. If it wasn't for Snape, Malfoy would have died.

Snape is now on the hunt to catch Harry red-handed with the book. Harry hides it in the room of requirement. He could never let Snape get his hands on it. In that book was all of Harry's success as a potions genius. And Snape was highly suspicious why Harry all of a sudden had this new talent.

As we weave through the story we find out Malfoy has a mission and Harry is obsessed with finding out what it is. 

Katie Bell is attacked. Ron is poisoned. Deatheaters enter Hogwarts ... and ... Dumbledore is killed by non other that  Snape! 

Talk about shocking!

Harry witnesses this travesty and chases after Snape. On the grassy slopes of Hogwarts, Harry catches up to Snape and uses the deadly Sectum Sempra spell on him. 

At this moment we find out Snape is the Half-blood prince and created the the spells Harry used good and bad.

What a climax! We are left shocked! We are speechless! We are gasping for breath! And if this wasn't enough we had to live through Dumbledore's funeral. 

How many tears stained your copy?

We hate Snape. How could he do this? Killing Dumbledore! A then we waited. 

Two plus years to find out if Harry would survive Lord Voldemort's wrath. 

We were not disappointed. But that is tomorrow's post.

TELL me what you LOVE or HATE about SEVERUS SNAPE! Leave a Snapelicious comment.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010



Since Saturday I have been posting HP trivia questions from each book. After four trivia challenges I have decided to talk about HP and the Order of the Phoenix instead. But before I do, for my diehard trivia bloggers, I will post the answers to Monday's and Tuesday's trivia questions. 

Prisoner of Azkaban:

1. What did Harry receive for his birthday? From Ron- a pocket sneakoscope. Hermione- a broomstick        servicing kit. Hagrid- Monster book of Monsters.
2. What did Mr. Weasley win?  700 Galleons from the Daily Profit drawing.
3. Who or what was Binky? Lavender Brown's pet rabbit.
4. Why did Professor McGonagall reprimand Lee Jordan during the Quidditch match? Commenting too much on the Firebolt.
5. Who was Percy writing to all summer? Penelope Clearwater- Ravenclaw prefect.
6. What specific memory  produced Harry's first patronis? Finding out he was a wizard and leaving the Dursleys.
7. What did Parvati see when it was her turn with the boggart? A blood-stained mummy.
8. What happened to Ron during his final in Defense against the Dark Arts class? He was confused by a hinkypunk and sunk waist deep in a quagmire.
9. What was the first creature Hagrid showed in his first class. Its color, name, and nickname. A gray hippogriff named Buckbeak or Beaky.
10. Who takes care of Aunt Marge's dog's when out of town? Colonel Fubster.

Goblet of Fire:

1. At the Quidditch World Cup, what covered the tents of the spectators? Irish- shamrocks ... Bulgaria- blinking posters of Victor Krum
2. What ended the match? Krum caught the snitch, ending the game 150 to 160 Ireland won.
3. Who wouldn't put on pants and why? Archie, because he liked his privates airy.
4. What was the name of the referee? Hassan Mustafa.
5. What was the name of Ireland's seeker?  Lynch.
6. Which team chaser scored first? Ireland-Troy.
7. Who wasn't invited to the feast and why? Peeves the poltergeist, because he makes trouble all the time.
8. What happened to the Daily Profit reporter? Rita Skeeter- Hermione captures her in a glass vial when she was a beetle.
9. What item did the Gryffindor students avoid and why? Canary Creams- anyone who would eat one would burst into feathers.
10. What was the password Harry used to enter Dumbledore's office? Cockroach Clusters.

Thanks to those who participated and made this trivia challenge so much fun!

Of all the Harry Potter books I honestly think this one was the most anticipated, at least for me. I say this because I remember how long I waited for this edition to come out in 2003. I ran to Borders after midnight to get my copy. This was the first time I did this. When I discovered Harry Potter in 2001 when the film came out, I had no idea this was a book series. Could you believe it? A year later and Chamber of Secrets movie hit the theaters. It was a few weeks after I had seen that film, I realized this was a book series written by JK Rowling. You can imagine my excitement. I read all four books within a month and then I was left hanging for a year for the next one to come out. Torture ...  sheer torture. I think this time seemed harder for me because I needed my fix. As you all can understand.

In Order of the Phoenix, Harry is growing up. He has to prove himself against two dementors to save the life of his cousin and his own. He is reprimanded by the Ministry of Magic and is suspended and has to go to the wizard court. He is in the dark, not given any information about Voldemort.  

Poor Harry. Forced to stay with the Dursleys and being scolded like a naughty child.

After a month he is finally freed from the Dursley's and learns about the Order of Phoenix: an anti-Voldemort organization created by Dumbledore fighting against Voldemort and his Deatheaters.

Now back at Hogwart's, Harry faces something far worse than the dementors or even Lord Voldermort: the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge.

Can we dish on Umbridge? Let's ... leave your favorite "Umbridge moment" in the comments today. Let's really have a good time dishing her! I'll start ... My favorite Umbridge moment is when Fred and George set off the fireworks and she has to stop all the calamity by herself! Oh how I laughed when Professor Flitwick slammed the door in her snarling face. 

I am so looking forward to your responses. The humor, so incredible in the book was cut from the movie. Yes, they had the fireworks scene, but not even close to the book's.

These are the finer points. Of course, tons of other things happen. This edition ... over 800 pages. 

Enjoy the rest of your HP day. ONLY TWO MORE DAYS!
Many of my blogging friends are having Potter-themed posts. Haunt Jen at unedited @ http://jennifer-daiker.blogspot.com/ Jen and her friends have incredible posts. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


What happened to all my HP fanatics yesterday? I spent quite some time trying to give you questions challenging enough for your HP knowledge. Were they too hard? Not for you guys! I'm not going to list the answers today just in cast you were too busy to stop by yesterday. Life happens. I totally understand. Please give a try today.

As you know we only have three more days to the big event ... Yah!

Now for the questions. Book four is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

1. At the Quidditch World Cup, what covered the tents of the fans? Be specific.
2. What ended the match? Details. I want details....
3. Who wouldn't put on pants and why?
4. What was the name of the referee?
5. What was the name of Ireland's seeker?
6. Which team chaser scored first? Name and team.
7.Who wasn't invited to the feast and why?
8. What happened to the Daily Prophet reporter? Be specific.
9. What item did the Gryffindor students avoid and why?
10. What was the password Harry used to enter Dumbledore's office?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Harry Potter Fans ... Day Three of the Trivia Challenge

Featured Book: Prisoner of Azkaban

Well my wonderful HP pals you have been too good! So far there have been two winners each day. Congratulations to Melissa and Jen! IF this keeps up I will go bankrupt! lol So from now on if there is more than one winner I will do a drawing. Since it was the weekend my four winners will each receive a prize. Good luck. These questions are harder. I know you can handle it.
Here are the answers from yesterday:

1. Two pieces of Bread and some cheese
2. Hover charm
3.Misuse of the Muggle Artifacts Office.
4.Ottery St Catchpole in Devon, England
5.Magical Me.
6.Gadding with Ghouls
9.Deathday party in the dungeon. Harry heard hissing in the wall and they go to the second floor to the corridor outside moaning myrtle's bathroom and find mrs. norris petrified and a message on the wall.
10.Hermione dueled Millicent Bullstrode. Millicent ignored the no contact rule and put Hermione in a headlock (which hermione used to steal a hair of her robes!)

Questions for The Prisoner of Azkaban:
1.What did Harry receive for his birthday. Be specific from whom and where, and what specifically?
2.What did Mr. Weasley win? Be specific.
3.Who or what is Binky? Be specific.
4.Why did Professor McGonagall reprimand Lee Jordan during the Quidditch match?
5.Who was Percy writing to all summer? Be specific.
6.What specific memory finally produced Harry’s first patronus? 
7.What did Parvati see when it was her turn with the boggart.
8.What happened to Ron during his final in Defense against the Dark Arts. Be specific
9.What was the first creature Hagrid showed in his first class? Its color and its name and nickname.
10. Who takes care of aunt Marge’s dogs when she’s away?
I hope these are a challenge. I want to stump you.... I know I am so nasty ,,,. lol REMEMBER you shouldn't be looking up these answers.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy Sunday Harry-philes! Just five more days to the big event! How psyched are you? I was very impressed with the answers you gave and TWO of you got all ten answers correctly... GOOD JOB! 

Congratulations to Hart and Anstice ( gorgeous name btw)! Send me your addresses please... If you continue to win during the rest of the week, I just send you something really good from Wizarding World. 

To my other wonderful followers, thank you so much for stopping by .... I appreciate all of my new blog friends!

Here are the correct answers: 

1. Grunnings ... yes Hart, you are correct.                               
2. Blonde                                                                                
3. Knitting is correct .... a large yellow tent-like thing            
4. Piers Polkis                                                                         
5. Blue                                                                                   
6. Five
7. Ravenclaw- surprised you got it!
8. Pig in a wig! Excellent!
9. Portable waterproof fires in a jar. Perfect!
10.  Madam Pince- an underfed vulture. Amazing! 

I am so proud of all of you. You are truly worthy to be called HP fanatics! Good luck!

Here are the Chamber of Secrets ten questions: And remember no looking up the answers!

1.What did Aunt Petunia give Harry for his birthday dinner?
2.What was the name of the charm Dobby used that got Harry into trouble?
3.What specific office in the Ministry of Magic does Mr. Weasley work in?
4.The “Burrow” is situated outside of what village? 
5.The name of Gilderoy Lockhart’s current book?
6.What is Gilderoy Lockart’s favorite book?
7.What is Gilderoy Lockart’s favorite color?
8.What did Ron fix his broken wand with?
9.Where did Harry, Ron, and Hermione spend Halloween? Be specific.
10.Who did Hermione duel and what happened?

Have fun and tomorrow I will post the winners and ten questions from Prisoner of Azkaban.  And if you have a really difficult question, email it to me.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


This week is dedicated to all the Harry Potter fans that are anxiously waiting for the film launching of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows coming this Friday. I decided to have some fun with this and not just have a feature. I want to test your knowledge on Harry Potter trivia. Let’s see who really knows their HP!

Each day I will feature a different book. NOW, I am only asking questions that are from the books. Since we are all writers, and if you are a true fan, you would have read the books. None of these questions will be multiple choice. Just to make it more difficult.

I will start with where it all began. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (original British title). I’m giving you that one.

I will post the answers in tomorrow’s blog. Now, I do have some great questions planned, but if you have a really tough one from books 2-7 email them to me and I might use them and credit you. So get you minds thinking.

Post your answers in the comments, and you will get a souvenir from me from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when I return.

Here are the questions:

1.   What is the name of the firm Uncle Vernon's director of?
2.   What is Aunt Petunia’s hair color?
3.   When Hagrid takes Harry to London what is he doing on the train while taking with Harry?
4.   On Dudley’s birthday, who else goes to the zoo with them?
5.   What color does Harry turn his teach’s wig in class?
6.   How many knuts does the owl demand for delivering the newspaper on Harry’s Birthday.
7.   What house does the sorting hat put Terry Boot in?
8.   When Aunt Petunia described Dudley as a baby angel, what did Harry say he looked like?
9.   What bit of magic was Hermione best known for?
10. What is the name of the librarian? and what does she look like?

I know these are not ordinary questions. Some are easy and some are not. I don’t want you to run to your copy and find the answers. I knew all these answers. I’ve read this edition more times that I care to admit. SO be honest.

I hope you have fun. Tomorrow I will post the answers and have ten new questions from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Don't for get to sign up for my HP Blogfest .... scroll down to the linky.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I know there are a lot of bloggers into Harry Potter. I know at least ten of you. And as every Harry Potter-phile knows on November 19th part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits the movie theaters. It should be an amazing film. Visit some of the exciting clips at http://www.mugglenet.com.

Not just for the obvious reason am I telling you about this, I will be leaving in less that two weeks for Orlando, Florida, where the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open at Universal Studios. If you haven't gone to the site it's totally worth visiting. http://www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/ I have been dying to visit since it opened in June. Since I am not a lover of summers in Florida, I opted to wait until Thanksgiving week.

I will be spending almost all of my time there for the ultimate HP fix. Now it wouldn't be nice of me if I didn't share it with my blogger friends. So, I will be posting pics and hopefully videos for the ten days I will be there ... that is if I can figure out how to do it on my camera. So make sure you check in daily.

Now for the Blogfest! 

In honor of HP, I would like to have an HP blogfest. In 500 words, I would like you to create a scene with any of the HP characters from any of the seven books. It could be anything you want. Funny, magical, serious, etc. And for an added twist, let's have it set during the holidays. Christmas or Thanksgiving.

I will choose the top five, and post the finalists. Then I will give everyone a chance to vote on their favorite.

First prize will be a fantastic gift from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It will be special, not just anything. I want the person who wins to be very happy. You'd be amazed at the merchandise they have for sale.

There will also be prizes for second and third place.

On December 11th, I would like you to post your entries. But first leave a comment with your blog or email address if you'd like to participate. You have over a month to write something wonderful.

Please inform your other HP friends of my contest. I would really appreciate it. I would love to meet more fellow HP addicts. This is my first blogfest and I want to do it right.

I hope you are as excited about this as I am. Show your enthusiasm by please leaving a comment.

I'll keep you informed as we get closer to the date. Thanks.

Please sign up and leave your link here, so that we can all view your posts! I hope everyone is as excited as I am! Go all out and have a blast!