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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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In honor of Forever Day plus an awesome gift!

****** UPDATE ****** I bought Forever Yours on my Kindle and I love it! I listen to it almost every day! Does anyone know how Alex did on the charts?

 

In honor of Forever Day, I thought I would upload a post. Forever Day is an internet “holiday” started by Alex Day on YouTube. If you don’t know where or why Forever Day started, just YouTube it! : )

I also wanted to share what my brother got me for my birthday with all of you. Everyone who knows me knows I love Harry Potter! So, my brother, being totally awesome, got me a Harry Potter themed birthday gift. See the picture below and totally gush with me in the comments below!

I’ve also totally gotten into dueling on Pottermore. Since I started playing two days ago, I haven’t been able to stop! Pottermore has to literally kick me off, telling me I’ve exceeded my limit and that I’ll have to try again later. But it’s so fun! And I’m earning house points, which is awesome! I’m happy to be giving some points to Hufflepuff. : )

Also, just out of curiosity, how many of you are Pottermore betas and how many are still waiting for a Pottermore account? I’m so happy that school is out for the holiday and I’m able to dedicate time to Pottermore and this blog and my Twitter again, but if I wasn’t a beta, I’d be waiting on bated breath for Pottermore to open to me!

In any case, look me up on Twitter @MyLifeWithHarry and lets trend #WizardsDuel and #PuffPride!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in My life with Harry

 

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In Which Remus Confesses Part 2

Warning: This next chapter gets a PG13 rating. You’ve been warned.

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She was there beside me, but not for long. One stroke of her thigh, one caress of her palm and she was on my lap. Our kisses were feverish. I needed to feel more.

I couldn’t help myself when my hands moved to feel her skin, tracing my fingers down her back and slipping them under her shirt. They crept up her back toward her breasts, caressing her through the cotton fabric of her bra.

I couldn’t help but let out a sigh combined with a smile. Cotton. How very practical of her.

“Wait,” she said.

I paused in my ministrations, removing my hands from under her shirt. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “Are we still moving too fast?” I hoped with all my might her answer would be no.

“No,” she said, a smile in her voice. “No, we are moving at a perfect speed.”

Good I thought and moved to kiss her again, perhaps begin where we left off but she pulled back again. I wouldn’t be stopped so easily though. Her neck looked just as enticing as her lips. But she wasn’t responding.

“What’s wrong?” I asked, only slightly worried.

“Tell me Remus.”

She said it as a statement, not a question. But I was still confused.

“Tell you what?”

“You know what.” She said in a breathy voice, then paused and continued, “Tell me your secret. Tell me what you are not telling me.”

I froze, tensed, looking directly at her neck, not moving my gaze. “I can’t. You know I can’t.”

“There’s no such word,” she corrected, no doubt thinking about our earlier conversation.

But right now, there was such a word. I really couldn’t tell her. If she knew, we’re done. There is no way she would want to continue our late night meetings let alone hold her hand while we walk through the hallways. Our relationship would be over. She simply didn’t understand that.

I moved to get up, feeling rather than seeing her move her leg so that I could go. As I stood, she grabbed the hem of my shirt.

“Wait,” I heard her whisper pleadingly. “Please.”

I couldn’t help it. My hands raked through my hair before I could stop them and sighed at the unconscious gesture as much as the enticing note in her voice. Would it really be that horrible to tell her?

Yes, I thought. It would be. She will never want to be with me after she knows. She’ll only see a monster.

“What do you want from me?” I asked.

“I just want to know,” she answered as if it was the simplest thing in the world.

After a minute she walked in front of me, but I couldn’t see her right now. I sidestepped her and moved toward my staircase, intending to ignore this situation until it went away.

But she placed a hand on my shoulder, and, try as I might, I could not leave her touch. She turned me around, but I couldn’t look at her.

I was suddenly angry. I couldn’t tell her. Why couldn’t she just understand that? Why couldn’t she just accept that and move on? Why couldn’t she just let good be good? She had to go screw it up with her questions. She had to go end it.

“What?” I said louder than I had initially intended, but I was frustrated.

She winced.

“Why can’t you tell me?” she asked, refusing to back down, holding my hands in hers.

I couldn’t tell her, I couldn’t because, “You won’t want to be with me anymore.” It took me a moment to realize I said that out loud. It’s in my thoughts constantly. She won’t want to be with me anymore, “And I can’t lose you.”

“Remus,” she began, and I readied myself, thinking she would not want someone so weak as to think such things, “I’ll always want to be with you. No matter what you say.”

I laughed lightly. How naive.

But she moved her hand to my cheek and caressed me so tenderly that I couldn’t help but think there was love in the gesture.

“I won’t leave. I promise,” she said, and I believed her.

If James, Sirius, and Peter could stay, why couldn’t she? If Dumbledore could accept it, why couldn’t she? Maybe if I tell her, maybe if I tell her, it will be ok. I swallowed heavily. Looking at our hands, moving the pad of my thumb across her palm, noticing how she managed to intertwine our fingers, I whispered, “I’m a werewolf,” and waited for her reaction. Waited for her to yank those small, beautiful hands away from mine. Waited for her face to contort in anger and disgust.

Just as she took away one of her hands, I was prepared for her to step away all together. Instead she moved that hand to my face and gently made me look at her.

“Tell me again,” she said but not in a disbelieving way, simply in a way that stated she needed to hear it again.

I looked at her resolutely. If she was going to leave me, I wouldn’t let her last memory of me be as a small, meek man. “I am a werewolf.”

She looked me right and eyes and let out a breath she seemed to be holding.

I looked at her a bit confused as she put her arms around me. What was she doing? I needed to leave.

But then said calmly to me, “Remus. I love you. No matter what.”

I couldn’t stand it. Not if it was a lie. I pushed her off me but grabbed her arms before she could truly leave. I needed to feel her. To know she was still next to me. That she wasn’t pulling away. That she proclaimed herself to me in a way I thought no woman ever could. I needed to hear it again.

“Tell me again.”

She smiled slightly, “Remus,” she began, “I love you,” I smiled at her too, “no matter what” She finished with my favorite part. No matter what.

I don’t know if it was accidental magic or if it was my imagination but the fire in the fireplace blazed, and I couldn’t help but kiss her. I wanted her now, in that moment, more than anything else in my life. I broke the kiss, but she grabbed my hand.

“I love you too,” I said softly but with conviction. I took her up the boys’ staircase. We both knew what came next.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Fan fictions

 

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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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