Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Must Have Merchandise for the Harry Potter Fandom

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Top Ten Must Have Merchandise for the Harry Potter Fandom

 

Wand(s). You can have more than one, I know I do. 😉

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Candle(s) from Novelly Yours

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Everything representing your House

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Socks

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Pop! Figures

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HP Trivial Pursuit Game

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Multiple copies of the books

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HP art

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Clothing

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Coloring Books (even though you may never color in them…)

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What merchandise would you say is a must have for your fandom? Let me know!

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My Dream Loot Crate Box: Epic Harry Potter

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By now everyone has heard of Loot Crate, right? I am sure you know about this amazing box service that allows you to pick your fandom and every other month you will get a magical box in the mail full of fandom goodies! You cannot beat that type of service… but what if you could design your own fandom box? What would you put in your DREAM CRATE if the sky’s the limit? Just take a moment to think about that…

I have been wondering what I would put into my DREAM CRATE and here is what I chose. I thought for a long time on this because I wanted to list items that spoke to me as a fan. I also bounced ideas off of my BBFF (Best Book Friend Forever) Mariah. Thanks girl!

The Theme of My Dream Crate

It would be a Harry Potter box. No question about it. I love Harry Potter and everything to do with Harry Potter. I know, there are already so many HP boxes running around. I would take it one step further and make it a Loot Crate dedicated to magical items from the epic tale that you just don’t see every day but wish you could. Or… I wish I could.

Items I’d Like To See In My Dream Crate

Luna Lovegood’s Lion Headdress.  This is so awesome that I want my own. Full size, of course.

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Quidditch set. I love quidditch and would love to have a set of the quidditch balls. Not the small ones you can buy at BN, but full size. (It would be better if Oliver Wood came with it but that’s another post…)

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Enchanted coins. I really loved the idea of communicating by coins and would love to have a set.

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Put-outerWho doesn’t want this? This would be AWESOME.

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Exploding snap game. Who doesn’t want to learn this game?

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Godric Gryffindor’s Sword. Being a Gryffindor means I would be over the moon excited to have this sword. But this could change per person depending on what House they are in.

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Hermione’s bottomless handbag. What person doesn’t want this bag? A bag with no bottom would solve a lot of problems for me.

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A full size magical creature. Now bear with me… I don’t mean a Pop! figure, I mean something large that I can proudly display in my home. Like Hedwig or Buckbeak.

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Have you ever thought about what you would do if you had the ability to build a monthly subscription crate based on your wildest ideas? Well, that’s just what Loot Crate is looking to find out. If you haven’t heard about them before, Loot Crate is a geek crate subscription service and they’re currently asking the question “What would be in your Dream Crate?” – so let me know what would be your Dream Crate? Hamilton? Harry Potter? Video Games? Action Movies? Marvel Comics? Graphic Novels? I’d love to hear from you! Better yet – create your own post to share with everyone!

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)

*this review contains very mild spoilers*

I always promised myself that I would never write a review on a Harry Potter book. To me they are perfection and they will never be less than 5 stars. I have read the entire series four times and I know I will continue to reread for many, many years to come. It felt so surreal to be reading a new Harry Potter story after 19 years after that perfect ending. I kept thinking it was fanfiction written by an adoring fan, not Ms. J.K. Rowling herself. So much happened in this story that made me incredibly happy. Love, loss, heart break, panic, answers, realizations, truths come out.

This is the story of Albus Potter and his struggle to fill his dad’s shoes. It is also the story of Harry struggling to be a dad to Albus. Albus is the middle child, second son after James, and older brother to Lilly. Albus has always felt he doesn’t belong anywhere until he meets Scorpius, Draco Malfoy’s son. They immediately spark a friendship and are inseperable. Scorpius is not like his father, he is kind, thoughtful, and tender. He wears his heart on his sleeve and everyone knows it. Albus wants to prove that he is someone, that he isn’t a shadow, and decides that helping someone from Harry’s past right something that shouldn’t have happened is just the ticket. With Scorpius at his side, these two change the entire past, several times, and unlock the evil that everyone thought was gone.

The story picked up exactly where book 7 ended, the famous trio standing at King’s Cross seeing their children leave on the Hogwarts Express. The kids we grew up with, the kids we shared our own childhood with, are all grown up. So many emotions! (I’m not crying, I just have some dirt in my eye.)  Harry shares a heartfelt conversation with Albus before boarding the train, which was so full of emotion. You could sense that things between father and son are not where they should be. That sets the tone for the rest of the story. Harry struggled a lot with his feelings and emotions for Albus. He admitted that he wasn’t sure how to be a dad to him since he never had one growing up. I appreciated and respected that Ms. Rowling would write that much fault into her characters. It makes me respect her more.

Albus’ character was a little frustrating, only because he reminded me of Harry so much. Yes, I know that was probably the goal but it didn’t lessen the frustrations any. The way Albus and Scorpius dove in head first into trying to fix something that was so much bigger than themselves took me back to the original books. The friendship between Albus and Scorpius was so beautiful. Both were different personalities yet both with such heavy family burdens to carry. Albus trying to live up to his father’s stories, and Scorpius to live up to his father’s expectations.

Can we talk about Ron and Hermione for a moment? They are my ultimate ship. For all time. Forever and ever. Amen. Reading how they still bicker back and forth warmed my little heart. Ron is totally devoted to Hermione, even though he has a crazy way of showing it. He is still one of the purest characters I have ever encountered. I loved reading how Ron wanted to get a “marriage renewal” with Hermione in front of everyone… sober. However, reading Ron’s banter made me deeply miss Fred and George. Yes, some past character made apperances in this story, but alas, not everyone could be brought back. *que the sound of my heart breaking*

I was not sure how I would like reading an entire story written in play format. I thought it might take away, it might leave me wanting more but it did not. I can say that it did not hinder me from reading this with my entire being. I felt it was a quicker read because I didn’t have the filler and fluff of settings and world building. I already knew the places and people so it was like stepping into a my favorite pair of slippers.

The overall story line itself was well done. It had all of the magic I was hoping for. I was trying to figure out how the bad guy would be brought into it because he was defeated properly at the Battle of Hogwarts. Leave it to The Queen herself to find a brilliant way to bring life chaing evil and danger back into everyone’s lives. I, for one, liked the way the story played out. This story was the textbook definition of Unputdownable. I simply had to know what happened and how everything played out. Life almost didn’t exist for me outside of this book. I was completely sucked into this story. I loved being back in this world and actually miss being there. Howgarts will always be my home.

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