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The BIG 2 5

2 Jul

At the very end of June, I celebrated the quarter of a century anniversary of my existence on Earth. First, my family treated me to a Long Island Ducks game. They’re an extremely talented local minor league team. Oh, and my name appeared on the scoreboard for my birthday.


Afterwards, there were some pretty sweet fireworks.

fireworks collage

My actual birthday was on Saturday, so on Friday, my co-workers decorated my desk. The day of, I received some pretty great presents including a Salve Regina University Alex and Ani bracelet from my parents, a Tiffany’s key from my beau and homemade apple pie moonshine from my sister.

Birthday collageCombined, all of these things are more than any girl can ask for, especially when wanting a distraction from the unfounded feeling of aging and useless nostalgia brought on by the BIG 2 5.  But somehow, my sister found a way to bridge my path from childhood to adulthood in a way that didn’t make me feel as though I were in some type of age purgatory–not quite a full-blown adult, but certainly not a child.

Cake collageSo, she designed a triple-tiered Harry Potter themed birthday cake–complete with Harry’s glasses, a Gryffindor scarf, a golden snitch and Hedwig. The striped candles represent Quidditch posts including all four House colors. Everything but the owl and the candles were edible! And the second cake layer was tie-dyed! Overall the project took her about a week. When it came time to cut into the cake, it literally took me a half an hour to build the strength to slice into such a beautiful piece of art. After all, to me this cake was a symbol of my childhood. It helped me realize that I don’t need to completely change who I am in order to be a “grown-up.”

I started reading HP at the age of nine, and no one in the room thought it was strange that my sister made me an HP cake. The series helped me become the Lit Geek I am.

Becoming an adult isn’t so much about leaving things behind, but more about being able to embrace change and incorporate new experiences as well, and it only took me 25 years to realize it.


Harry Potter Turns 15!

15 Feb

new harry potter cover

For the 15th anniversary of the Harry Potter series, Scholastic announced they will be publishing new covers.  Shown above is the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  These new covers are distinguished from the old ones in that they depict particular scenes from each novel, rather than showing images that allude to the plot. I love what I’ve seen so far. What do you think?

Harry Potter Exhibition in NYC

28 Jun
Promotion Poster for the Discovery Museum’s Harry Potter Exhibition

Hello all.  I hope you all had a lovely weekend (and hopefully a painless Monday).  This past Saturday I hopped over to New York City’s Discovery Museum in Times Square for the Harry Potter Exhibition. First impression: it was overcrowded. When I spoke to a member of the museum security, he divulged that the museum has more than 6,000 visitors daily for the Harry Potter Exhibition. What does that mean? 40 people in a single exhibition and LOTS OF BOTTLE NECKING. But, of course, this is to be expected in good ol’ NYC.

I could not provide my dear readers with original photos, since all electronic devices (phones, i-pods, cameras, etc.) are strictly prohibited and must be turned off while walking through the exhibition. For an hour and a half I repressed the need to take photos of EVERYTHING I SAW. And what did I see? Costumes galore. Wands, lots of wands. Books, beds, desks, jewlery, horcruxes…just about everything.

The Exhibition managed some great set-ups, for example, Hagrid's Hut.

Although visitors are “not to touch” most of the exhibition, some interactive portions did exist. I pulled mandrakes from their pots, I sat down in Hagrid’s Hut (see photo above) and I threw quaffles through quidditch rings. All in all, I felt more than accomplished.

Potter fanatics can also buy a variety of moderately-priced items in the gift shop, such as a $12 pen-wand or a $27 tee-shirt. This Lit Geek, however, found a $45 Marauder’s Map to be a little much.

Overall, it was worth the trip and the $27 ticket. It’s pretty much a Potter fan’s dream come true. Not to mention, this Exhibition is friendly for all ages.

Pottermore Announcement

24 Jun


Hey there readers. By now I am sure you have all heard darling JK’s announcement.  I can’t say that I’m surprised (even though my prediction was a little off), and I feel a bit stupid after buying into the hype. BUT, after all, that is what being a Potter fan is all about.

Pottermore…More Potter…or What?!

21 Jun

Ok so by now all the Muggle Potter fans have heard that our darling JK is continuing her Potter project in the form of Pottermore. So what is it? More Potter…ok…but it’s NOT a book and it has NOTHING to do with the 8th and final HP film.

Darling JK is to announce what Pottermore is on June 23rd.  Ms. Rowling even went viral with this Pottermore link so the die hard fans can literally count the seconds until they truly know what this mysterious project is.

A quick internet search of "Pottermore" will pull up computer-generated graphics like these. But what does it all mean?!

I highly doubt that I am alone when I say “JK, enough with the suspense building already!”  When it comes to raising suspense, JK can be considered an expert architect.

As a LitGeek, I have a duty to provide my darling readers with at least one prediction. I’m hypothesizing that this Pottemore thingy is perhaps a virtual wizarding world? Or maybe it has something to do with gaming?

With this theory, I am left with only one question to answer. What the heck is with all the owls?!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I

14 Apr

Is anyone else just breathless until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I comes out on DVD tomorrow? Although I found this particular film to be rather disappointing out of the entire series, I simply have to rush to the store and buy that DVD. After all, the DVD will feature the opening scene for the FINAL MOVIE in the series.

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