Phobias

Snakes and spiders are two well-known phobias, and in the wizarding world they are not without foundation – the Forest is home to a dangerous family of arachnids, and snakes have long been associated with Dark Magic. Then there are the unexpected fears – such as Hogwarts without Dumbledore – Pottermore Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Theme 3 Chapters 11-15 The mystery is … Continue reading Phobias

Celebrity

Celebrity in the wizarding world is a strange thing. While some – like Lockhart – chase fame, others – like Harry – are far more reluctant. Both have a thirst to prove themselves, but for entirely different reasons. – Pottermore Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Theme 2 Chapters 6-10 Harry just not giving in to Lockheart has to be the best thing in … Continue reading Celebrity

Home

Harry was never welcome at the Dursleys, but within a year of discovering he’s a wizard, he has a couple of places to call home. Hogwarts, obviously, but The Burrow – the Weasley’s warm, ramshackle house – has to be a close second. – Pottermore Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Theme 1 Chapters 1-5 Starting the second book and being back in the … Continue reading Home

Heroes and Villains

Heroic and villainous acts have both played a part in Harry’s life, but his first year at Hogwarts shows such things are rarely simple. Unexpected villian or unlikely hero, everyone has choices to make. – Pottermore Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Theme 5 Chapters 16-17 What they (the trio) go through is unbelievable. Imagine being 11 years old and getting through the tasks made … Continue reading Heroes and Villains

Friendship

Neglected and friendless as Harry was at the Dursleys’, it did at least make him resilient. At Hogwarts, Harry finds himself both popular and admired, quickly becoming something of a ringleader within his trio of best friends. – Pottermore Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Theme 4 Chapters 12-15 So many adventures! I don’t know if I could have survived a first year at school … Continue reading Friendship

Education

Harry arrives at Hogwarts more than ready to begin his wizarding world education. From strict McGonagall to nervous Quirrell, bullying Snape to cheerful Sprout, there’s lots to learn – inside the classroom and out. – Pottermore Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Theme 3 Chapters 8-11 QUIDDITCH! How I love that sport! I would definitely play if I was a witch. Now I had to … Continue reading Education

First Impressions

From learning he’s a wizard to arriving at Hogwarts, Harry’s wizarding world initiation is fast, so first impressions are important. Receiving his wand, meeting Ron, Hermione and Malfoy, being Sorted into Gryffindor – a lot that happens in those early weeks has a lasting impact. – Pottermore Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Theme 2 Chapters 5-7 These chapters… These chapters! These chapters are filled … Continue reading First Impressions

Magic and the Muggle World

The Dursleys hate magic. They would prefer it not to exist, but they know it does. So they angrily reject and stubbornly ignore any signs of it in the Muggle world – even when forced to take in their wizard nephew, Harry. – Pottermore Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Theme 1 Chapters 1-4 I love the first chapter of Harry Potter. The normal family … Continue reading Magic and the Muggle World

The Wizarding World Book Club

I am a little late to the party, but who cares? 😀 The Wizarding World Book Club. I heard about it, loved the idea, and somehow didn’t log in to Pottermore. It started a month ago, Friday 23 June, but I’ll be joining now (I started listening to the first book on audiobook. First time listening to a Harry Potter book). I hope to have some … Continue reading The Wizarding World Book Club