A Trip To Hogwarts

All these lucky ducks must have gotten their “letters” because they all got to go to HOGWARTS for Spring Break.

Kindly note who is not in these pictures. *Welp.* Alas, I wasn’t tough enough for all the walking that this trip would mean.

But the pictures soothed my whiney, ache-y heart. Would you look at THAT?! It’s the Hogwart’s Express! Who wouldn’t want to ride on that awesome thing?!!

And there she blows–just coming into view…

that mystical, magical Hogwart’s castle!! Isn’t it just beautiful?

They had lunch in Hogsmead…

…and even found good, old Hagrid’s house.

It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t go. I love magical, fanciful, whimsical places and things too much to be satisfied with a “fly by.” I would have wanted to stay for dayyyyyys and dayyyyyys…

and days.

My sweet boy brought back some awesome prizes for me though. These are Exploding Bon Bons. They were orange and pineapple flavored white chocolate with fizzy bits inside. Think Pop Rocks.

Of COURSE he brought home a Chocolate Frog!

I’d love to show you the whole, actual, chocolate frog…but something…ummm happened to it. ANYway…

…some lovely cards came with it too. So glad to have Dumbledore.

Ton-Tongue Toffee is probably my favorite. English Toffee with almonds on top. Yummo.

And now…to the dreadful part. Jelly Slugs?! Gag. The very idea is hideous.


we opened the box and this is how we found them. Doesn’t it look like they are trying to crawl out? Yak!

I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to taste them and good thing too. Everyone who did said they were disgusting. Honestly, what could you expect?!  Barf.

Ooooooh–a Dark Mark sucker!!! Spooky! We haven’t tried this one yet because it’s a gross and horrible thing and looks more spooky left in the package.

My very best prizes of all are the Love Potion and Felix Felicis Potion that he brought me. Hee heee! If you need any liquid luck, you know where to go.

What a ton of fun they had. SOME day, I’m determined to go myself. I will. I will.

And it will be simply magical.

Kindred Roadies

A few months back we decided to listen to the Harry Potter series on Audible. We simply LOVE listening to books on tape, but I have to say, Jim Dale makes any book so enjoyable with all the voices and accents he comes up with.

One afternoon we were on our way out of town, so we put on The Prisoner of Azkaban to settle in for the drive. When from out of nowhere, a car speeds up and cuts in front of us like they had somewhere to be. It was a little startling because we had to slow down fast. But rather than being irritated, we just saw the license plate and started laughing.

I think it’s safe to say…

all is forgiven.

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!!


Hard to believe, but today marks Harry Potter’s 35th birthday. How is that even possible?! We’ve never enjoyed a series of books, as a family, quite like the Harry Potter series. And certainly, I’ve never watched the same series of movies over and over and OVER again–like I have this one.

Perhaps, I’ll celebrate Harry’s Birthday by pulling the books off the shelf one more time.


Because, you know…there can never be too much magic for me.

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PS–Remember our Harry Potter movie parties? Oh, my goodness, how fun they were!! Let’s do it again–shall we?

Severus Forever

HP3-TRL-022C_rgb.jpg Film Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Those of you who know me, are most likely aware that I have a deep and ridiculous love for Severus Snape. Yeah…I know. You have your Valentine, and I’ll have mine.

But I’ve been crazy about this guy since waaay before he turned into one of the heroes of the whole wizarding world. Perhaps I have a deep seeded Bad Boy thing going on…I don’t know. But this picture here is what lit the torch. The second he instinctively threw his arms around the three kids–that he can’t stand–to protect them from the crazy old werewolf…oooh, I was a gonner. Pretty stuck on protective men. Incredibly attractive trait, even in a grumpy old wizard.

So, when someone, somewhere put together this recap of the life of Severus Snape from the beginning to the end…holy cow. Let’s just say that I had to put my make up on twice that day.

Perhaps I even bawled like a baby.

Rip Snape

Good thing I was alone.

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