Monday, July 16, 2018

The Wacky Finds Series ~ The Harry Potter Special Volume 37

It's time for Volume 37 of The Wacky Finds Series!
These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!

SPECIAL NOTE! It's Harry Potter July 2018!
This month's Wacky Finds' Volume is all Harry Potter themed and instead of five we have SEVEN Wacky finds, because seven is the magic HP number, isn't it?

I'm starting off with something absolutely wacko and hilarious. SOMEBODY dropped their UNDERWEAR in the middle of Diagon Alley in Orlando! Hahahahahaha! And of course I had to stumble upon it. I saw something as we were walking up to Gringott's magnificent dragon and upon closer look I screamed, "Abbie look what this is. An underwear!" You can only imagine the fit of laughter I had after Abbie came along to look. I sincerely hope it was an extra.

When Abbie and I traveled to Orlando back around New Year's Eve 2018, this time we had a super awesome collection of Harry Potter socks. Since we are two Potterheads what we do is we buy a set of socks and then mix and match. So each one of us gets each one of the designs. Plus mismatched socks for the win, matching socks are so old school Muggle, right? In the picture above I'm wearing my super beautiful HP pajamas and Harry and Dobby socks. I decided to pair the two together because Dobby and socks and Harry. Duh!

In my opinion the Knight Bus has got to be the wackiest vehicle in the Harry Potter series. It even beats the Ford Anglia, I feel. When they made the new park extension in Orlando I was so happy to know that they'd parked the Knight Bus there too. It's one of our favorite picture spots whenever we visit. It's actually the real thing. Like, serious details and everything! It's even furnished on the inside. I've featured the insides of the bus before so this time I'm featuring the wacky sign at its back that says, 'ALL DESTINATIONS (NOTHING UNDERWATER)' Hahahaha! So cool!

If you're wondering what this picture is about ... it is me. I'm hugging the brick entrance of Diagon Alley and crying because I'm overwhelmed with emotions and the day has ended and I'm heading back and away from the Wizarding World! I'm wearing my Gryffindor hoodie by the way! Yayyy! Such outbursts of emotion from me can be commonly witnessed when I travel to the WWOHP!

Those who've had the chance to visit the WWOHP must know about this awesome spot where the trio appears to talk to you. THE TRIO TALKING TO YOU! This is probably the closest I can ever get to talking to them in my life. Hahaha! If you decide to ride the Forbidden Journey you get to enter the Hogwarts castle where they come and have a little chat with you!

I always say this and I will say it again: It's all in the details. This sign is posted inside Dervish and Banges at Hogsmeade in Universal Orlando. Check out number four especially! "You know what happened last time." Hahahaha brilliant!

Last but not the least is a video compilation of when I finally took the new Pottermore quizzes to be sorted into a house, have a wand choose me, and discover my Patronus. I obviously came out as a Gryffindor again. My Patronus was a hedgehog and my wand was an 11 3/4" Beech Wood made with a Dragon Heartstring Core. Pottermore's quizzes are super wacky and if you haven't taken them yet, I insist that you go and do it right now!

That's all folks! Until the next five wacky finds, have a wacky day!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Beds Empty, Car Gone! My Flying Ford Anglia!

Vroom vroooooom! Bshhhhh .... brrrr .... vrooooom ..... eckhhhhhh ...... *crash*
Oh look what just came crashing through! My extremely cool Ford Anglia!

To me, Arthur Weasley's flying Ford Anglia was a character on its own. Each and every appearance that the car makes in the books and the movies has become one of my favorite moments from the Chamber of Secrets. This car - this absolutely crazy mind-of-its-own car - came to Harry and Ron's rescue so many times! I still remember when the first time I had read the Chamber of Secrets I had been screaming in my head for somebody to come and rescue Harry from Privet Drive. The poor guy was literally living in a prison and then along came the twins and Ron in the Ford Anglia to save the day. Then it saved the day again when the Platform had shut itself off and again when the spiders had almost eaten up Harry and Ron. Such a useful car!

I spotted this Bump N Go Ford Anglia at the Wizarding World in Orlando and instantly knew I was going to buy it. When we went the next day, a day we dedicated solely to shopping, it was the first thing I purchased. Oh, how happy I was! It felt like bringing the actual car home with me! The toy car is a scaled down replica of the Ford Anglia and is so detailed you'd seriously think it had just flown out of that Whomping Willow crazy tree. Let me show you some detailed shots!

The bonnet or hood is bumped and scratched and dented and a head light is missing - possibly because the tree poked through it! It even has a number plate and everything and looks so real!

The sides and the top are just as badly scratched, dented, and bumped. Remember in the movies when a branch of the Whomping Willow hit the car from top like a hammer? Remember the oval-ish dent it left? My toy Ford Anglia even has that detail perfectly added to it. Check out the top of the car and you can actually see the oval-ish shaped dent where the Whomping Willow struck!

The back and the trunk of the car are just as perfect too. The broken mud guard thingies (not too cool with car jargon), the scratched tires, the damaged trunk. Every little detail is just perfect!

The Bump N Go Ford Anglia with its original box.

Hahahahahaha! Favorite scene! Love her so much!
Here's a little video I made to show off the details of my Ford Anglia ...

Vroom vrooooom!!! Make way! My crazy Bump & Go Ford Anglia is coming through!!! ⚡️🚙 The Weasleys flying car was just so super cool! I bought mine from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando! And I love it so much!!! ⚡️✨ .......... The Ford Anglia toy figurine is one of the super awesome magical things I am going to feature on my blog during July! ✨ .......... The #PotterificJuly Instagram Challenge begins in just a few hours! I am so excited I can’t even sit still! 🤩✨ Make sure you join in the fun! The post and the details are on my profile! .......... ✨ #harrypotter #fordanglia #flying #ronweasley #weasley #weasleys #theburrow #myhpuniversal @universalorlando @harrypotteruniversal #wizardingworldofharrypotter #potterheads #potterhead #challenge #shinyhappybloggers #hogwarts #platformnineandthreequarters #platform9¾ #magic #muggle #picoftheday #photooftheday #videooftheday #pottergram #car #toy
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Harry Potter Funko Pops Wish List


That moment when someone was struck with the idea of creating Funko pops must have been SO awesome. Truly it is one of those super great ideas to have occurred to a human brain! I love how adorable these are. With their perfect size and imperfect mouthless faces they have got to be the cutest figurines to have ever been created. As you all know I'm collecting Harry Potter Funko pops and because I have an ever growing list I have decided they needed a wish list of their own. This wish list is dedicated entirely to the pops I want to add to my collection and are sort of in the order I would want to have them (from 'I need it right now' to 'I can wait a little bit for it'). Each character has various versions of pops and I am very specific about the versions I want so I'm listing them below! I need ONLY these versions. ONLY! As I keep buying them I'll keep updating this list!

Professor Snape in his original cape!

Ron Weasley in his Yule Ball Dress Robes

Hermione Granger in her Yule Ball Dress Robes

Albus Dumbledore
I want this specific version of him and not the other!

Rubeus Hagrid

Professor Lupin

Fred and George Weasley

Sirius Black

Professor McGonagall

Gilderoy Lockhart

Umbridge

Bellatrix in her black dress!

Dobby

Lucius Malfoy - I'm fine with or without the prophecy, either one!

Ginny Weasley in Quidditch Robes
I only want the one where she's wearing Quidditch robes AND is standing.
I don't want the one where she's mounted and flying!

Luna Lovegood wearing the Spectrespecs!

Harry Potter wearing Quidditch Robes with his broom and Snitch
I don't want the one where he's flying on his broomstick. ONLY want him standing with it!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Hogwarts Express Themed Magical Makeup Cases

STUPEFY!
You've just been stupefied.
Wait, you think it didn't work?
Well, what you're about to see just now is going to stupefy you anyway.
Be prepared to lose all ability to think straight or make reason out of this world.
Be prepared to have your mind boggled by the beauty you're about to see next.
Potterheads, I present to you the most magical makeup cases!
The too good to be true Hogwarts Express themed makeup cases!

Aren't they stunning? These beautiful cases come as a set of three and are part of some of the most recent additions to my Harry Potter collection. Abbie and I bagged these from Hot Topic and got ourselves a set each. They're super pretty! And while I usually can't pick favorites this time I have one!

The original packaging had them packed one inside the other!

The largest case in the set is a clear one with a Platform 9 3/4 design on it. Even though it's transparent it captures the essence of the platform so well. It's body is black with a red leathery border around the edges and a beautiful gold 'Platform 9 3/4' design across its front. It instantly sends me back to the Wizarding World in Orlando where I boarded The Hogwarts Express through the magic platform with Abbie by my side. *Sighs* Such precious memories ...

The details are so pretty!

The middle sized case is a one way ticket from London to Hogwarts. This is such a good replica of the ticket I just love it! I'm thinking of using this one as the cards/extra stuff holder inside my everyday handbag. But then I also think it would look stunning when displayed in my Potterhead's shelf. Ahhh, tough decisions to make, yes? But however way I use it it is just stunning!

I have my ticket, now may I please be allowed to board the train to Hogwarts?

Remember I said I have a favorite? The smallest case in this set is a replica of the chocolate frog packets and my absolute favorite! I love love love LOVE it. The detailing is just perfect because it is EXACTLY like the real chocolate frog I bought from the Wizarding World, which is currently displayed in my shelf. This is actually really beautiful and has a shine to it. It's adorable!!! I'm thinking of using this to collect my wizards' cards. I still need to check this but I think they'll fit perfectly inside this super duper awesome case!

FAVORITE! MOST FAVORITE! I'VE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THIS!
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