Day 3153 – Thoughts On Rereading Harry Potter

Last night, I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. When I first read it, I read it in about 24 hours. This time around, it took me four days. One of the main reasons I wanted to reread the series was to read it slower. Some of the better books I’ve read over the years, I’ve read very fast the first time, that another read through is warranted.

It was fun to read this epic story again, especially knowing how it all ends and ties together. You see things you didn’t see the first time. One unexpected thing was that I saw different characters in a different light due to my life experiences since the first read through. Instead of feeling one way about a character and their actions, I found myself sympathizing with them. Further proof that people can change and that things look different with experience and time.

And obviously, I had to wear my Deathly Hallows socks while reading. 🙂

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Day 3150 – One Of My Favorite Perks Of Bret’s Day Job – A School That Loves Books As Much As I Do

Last night was the annual literature night at Bret’s day job as a teacher. The school is transformed as recreations of epic lands. From a Wonder Woman set of rooms – where you can build your shield, bracelets, and tiara – and then run an obstacle course – to a Lorax room – to a room where you could read to two dogs – to a HARRY POTTER ROOM! I jumped up and down when I first arrived and saw it. This was by far my favorite room (especially since I’m tearing through the books again). It included bookmarks with quotes from the book, a bowl of snitches (chocolate candies), to a virtual reality broom riding station, to a wizard selfie station. I, of course, encouraged Bret to participate.

We also got to visit the local library’s book mobile, something I’ve always wanted to do. As luck would have it, they had a copy of the movie version of The Book Thief. I’m currently listening to this on the recommendation of another reader. I have attempted to read it SO many times and just couldn’t get into it. This fellow reader had a similar struggle and was also caught up in the audio version. It’s crazy how much of a difference the right reader can make.

I can’t wait for next year’s literature night! Woo!

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Day 3125 – I Might Love Harry Potter…

There are a lot of things I love in life. I’m finally at a point where I truly embrace who I am and what I enjoy. I don’t care what people think of me when I wear a shirt with a cape (I mean, I am Batman after all). Last week, I happened to find an awesome set of Harry Potter socks at Five Below (I find the BEST socks at Five Below!) Last night, I realized I was a little decked out with the Harry Potter fandom…..I’m rereading the series and am currently on The Goblet of Fire. On my lunch yesterday, I used my pen wand to hold the pages open while I read, I’m wearing Platform 9 3/4 socks. And I’m using a Gryffindor bookmark attached to a Harry Potter bookmark to save my place. Obviously, I had to photograph this craziness for you!

What about you? Do you love Harry Potter as much as I do?

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Day 2984 – Blessing Your Spouse – or – Harry Potter Wand Pen

A few times during the day yesterday, Bret suggested we go out somewhere. Whether a picnic in a park, or just getting outside and doing something. It was delightful out, and he said I needed to “get out of my cave.” So we headed out, found our way to a KFC, watched the sunset while enjoying our meal, and then browsed in Barnes & Noble. While looking through the Harry Potter section, after ogling a set of 6 wands, we saw a bookmark and a small wand that was a pen set. Bret snatched it out of my hand and hurried to the front of the store. There was no question in his mind that this was a purchase that had to be made, and he didn’t want either of us questioning it. My husband bought me a wand that is a pen. I love being married to someone who still surprises me. Who still does small things and big things that show his love for me. He knows it’s an overpriced piece of plastic, but he also knows how much joy it will bring me, and how perfect a thing it is.

Excuse me while I go “expecto patronum” and “expelliarmus.”

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