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The Owls Are Coming!!! This post is dedicated to Hedwig.

Can this be?!? Is it true?!?! Are all of our owls coming?!?

Yahoo reports there has been a mass of SNOWY owls flying in to the “lower 48 states” this winter! Is it just me, or does the opening line of this article sound an awful lot like a sentence or two from Harry Potter:

“Bird enthusiasts are reporting a rising number of snowy owls from the arctic are winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher calls ‘unbelievable'” (Zuckerman, Laura).

How cool. I guess we’re all finally getting our owls! : ) This story makes me as giddy as a first year seeing Hogwarts for the first time. Actually, the story itself is pretty dull and offers all sorts of legitimate, scientific explanations, but the Harry Potter connection is exciting. And at the end, they still say it’s a mystery. So I say screw the science! I just has to share it with all of you!

And don’t think it passed  my notice that all these owls are a part of Hedwig’s family tree. = D That just makes it even more special.

Here is the URL for all of your reading pleasure: http://news.yahoo.com/snowy-owls-soar-south-arctic-rare-mass-migration-175336821.html

I wonder if something awesome has happened in the wizarding world that every witch and wizard is telling all the other witches and wizards about. It’s so fun to think about magical things like that in mundane, and largely scientific, news reports. : )

Man I love Harry Potter.

 

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HP is on my reading list!!

As I’m getting back into the swing of things, buying books for school and moving back into my apartment after a long, long break away, I noticed that Harry Potter 1 is on my reading list for the upcoming semester! I’m completely excited about this!!

I know this is going to sound completely unrelated at first, but bear with me. I don’t know about all of you, but as I grew to love HP, I decided that my future (currently non-existent) children would grow to love HP too. As a result, I started to consider what the appropriate age was to start these future Potter-maniacs on HP. I decided that age 10 seemed best. Magic is still real at that age, and 11 (!) is just around the corner. But, I’ve never really thought about it as a teacher.

Do you think that HP is too violent to teach to students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade? Personally, I think these are the perfect ages to start kids on HP. Why not expose them to the wonder? Will some of the themes or important subplots pass them by at this age? Yes, of course they will, just like those things passed me up when I started reading HP at age 12.

So then, with that understanding in hand, what should be highlighted to students? Right verses wrong? The parallels to Nazi Germany? What makes magic automatically dark or light? How can we tell what is right or wrong? Why was Voldermort wrong? or was he right? Are these issues all too deep?

I don’t think so. When we talk about wanting kids to connect to literature, we (that is, teachers) try to approach the material in the way that would best engage young readers. What is the best way to engage readers in Harry Potter?

I personally think the concept of Hogwarts is the most fascinating! I would split my class into the four houses…Actually, as I type that idea, it might be a bad one. Think about it! Hufflepuffs and Slytherins rarely receive any type of respect from the other houses. Why would I ostracize a group of students like that. But I still like Hogwarts the best. I would highlight the classes, clubs, and sports. I might have my class create its own magical school, asking them to incorporate muggle classes with their magical ones to create a more balanced education. What do you guys think?

Sorry for the longer, more academic post. I just think this assignment would be fun. I’ll post the lesson plan as soon as I finish it. I’m sure it’ll need improvement, but maybe you guys could give me some ideas.

If you were in a class and your teacher was teaching HP1, what would you want highlighted? What do you think can be looked over? Where should you want to spend the most and the least amount of time?

I look forward to hearing from you guys!!  You can also @ me on Twitter, @MyLifeWithHarry : )

 

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in My life with Harry

 

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Harry Potter Themed Posters

Hi everyone!

So, today I finished my Christmas shopping!  It’s such a nice feeling : ) And I have to share with  you guys that my house is Harry Potter themed. …Okay, not really, but my mom inadvertently decorated two different rooms in my house with two different house colors. Our upstairs is completely Gryffindor red and gold and our downstairs is Ravenclaw blue and gold (close enough, come on now). I’m pretty excited about it all and smile when ever I look at our red and gold tree. : )

Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of posters that are floating around the internet. I think they’re amazingly awesome! Supermegafoxyhot if I do say so myself. : ) Let me know what you think! And if you know who made these posters, let me know please so I can give proper credit and link to their twitters, fbs, or blogs.

 

I love these posters!!! : )

 

Look me up on Twitter! @MyLifeWithHarry : )

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Campus Quidditch Team

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately–few sniffles here, cough or two there–so when I got out of class last night my day was made ten times better because I saw my school’s quidditch team advertising on the sidewalks. I would totally go to these quidditch matches if I didn’t have work when they got together! I feel like that would be my meet-in-life Harry Potter community. As much as I love communicating with you guys on here or on Twitter (@MyLifeWithHarry), I love talking to people in person! As a result (yes, I really do say dorky things like as a result), I’m thinking of starting a Harry Potter book club and read through the series again with other people on campus. I think it could be fun! What do you guys think?

 

Also, the other day I was at Menards with my folks when I saw this giant camping chair that I thought you all would like to look at. I fully realize that if Hagrid were to ever go camping, he wouldn’t need a camping chair because he’s more of a sit-on-a-tree-stump kind of guy, but still, it’s fun to think about. And that’s what this wordpress and my twitter are all about right? Finding the magic of Harry Potter in everyday life. : )

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in My life with Harry

 

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Snape Number One?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2011/aug/30/snape-favourite-harry-potter-character

So, Mugglenet.com posted a link to the above Guardian article detailing the top 40 favorite Harry Potter characters. If it was up to me, my top five would be the following, and here’s why:

1) Harry Potter: How can we not love Harry? He is the character that takes us through the series; his accomplishments and failures, sorrows and smiles become ours. We were heartbroken when Sirius died not only because he was Sirius, an all around awesome character, but because he was like Harry’s second father, Harry’s second chance at a good home. Harry was not the only person to discover he was a wizard twenty years ago today, we all discovered it too.

2) Hermione Granger: I love Hermione! She’s smart, fun, dedicated, loyal, what’s not to like about her? I feel like she would make an awesome friend : ) (Actually, I’ll let you in a little secret, Hermione is already my friend.)

3) Remus Lupin: To be honest, I feel like if Remus was a flesh and blood person I would be all over him, even if he is twelve years older than me. Remus was not originally one my favorite characters, but through various fanfictions and the way he was portrayed there, he quickly developed into one my favorites. Is that a lame reason to put him at number three?

4)The Burrow: I know this seems weird, but I couldn’t just pick one Weasley as my favorite. I love them all, even Percy. The Burrow holds them all, it has a magic of its own, it has seen lives that I can only dream of. I love it!

5) Dobby: A loyal friend through and through, no one could ask for anyone better! He was brave, trustworthy, and unique, all the qualities we all long to have at some point in our lives.

Honorable mentions: Colin Creevy, Luna Lovegood, Hagrid, Draco Malfoy, and Albus Dumbledore.

Who make up your top five? Let me know in a comment below or via Twitter @MyLiveWithHarry

The full top 40

1. Severus Snape
2. Hermione Granger
3. Sirius Black
4. Harry Potter
5. Ron Weasley
6. Luna Lovegood
7. Ginny Weasley
8. Albus Dumbledore
9. Dobby
10. Draco Malfoy
11. Remus Lupin
12. Neville Longbottom
13. Fred Weasley
14. Bellatrix Lestrange
15. Minerva McGonagall
16. Rubeus Hagrid
17. Lord Voldemort
18. Nymphadora Tonks
19. Gilderoy Lockhart
20. George Weasley
21. James Potter
22. Hedwig
23. Lily Potter
24. Lucius Malfoy
25. Molly Weasley
26. Cedric Diggory
27. Alastor Moody
28. Arthur Weasley
29. Kreacher
30. Dementors
31. Dolores Umbridge
32. Moaning Myrtle
33. Sybill Trelawney
34. Rita Skeeter
35. Filius Flitwick
36. Argus Filch
37. Dudley Dursley
38. Vincent Crabbe
39. Gregory Goyle
40. Cornelius Fudge

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in My life with Harry

 

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I Solemnly Swear I Am Up To No Good!

Look what I found!!! Last week, while obsessing over Harry Potter with a good friend of mine, she and I went shopping and found this! We couldn’t read what it said on the inside because the card is wrapped in plastic and it didn’t give a preview on the back, but I had to take a picture of it and share it with all of you. : )

I’m sure this probably one hundred percent illegal, but what’s legality when it comes to Harry Potter, eh? We all want to share in the magic right? But seriously, they probably shouldn’t have done this. …

In my night class yesterday, my instructor spent a good ten minutes talking about the beauty of Harry Potter, how she has read it a few times and how well planned out the series is as a whole. Of course I agreed with everything she said, and if you could have spent the entire class talking about the series, you had better believe it would have been the best class of the semester, even if it was only the first. : )

At the end of this class, a long sixteen weeks away, I will have to present a new young adult novel to the class. I’m thinking of presenting a Sonya Sones book titled What my Mother Doesn’t Know or Gail Giles’ Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters. I think I’m leaning toward the Giles text.

Do you have any suggestions? Please let me know in the comments below, or you can tweet me @mylifewithharry.

Oh, and P.S., a picture of the chocolate frog I had not too long ago! : ) Yum!

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in My life with Harry

 

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