Thursday, July 19, 2018

Our Harry Potter Themed Birthday Celebrations!

When you are living with a sister who is a fellow Potterhead, life is magical. You always have a partner to Potter around with and it's extremely fun. Abbie and I are both Gryffindors and crazy Potter fans who spend a good portion of our day Pottering around in one way or the other. Last year Abbie and I celebrated our birthdays Potter themed. We go all out for birthday celebrations because they are our favorite events of the year so when we decided our themes would be Harry Potter we were extra excited. Think excitement shivers running down our spine every few minutes.

Abbie had to plan first because my birthday falls on October 19th. She chose to focus on the Honeydukes theme from the Harry Potter magic. Next it was my turn to plan and perform and on November 19th when it was Abbie's birthday I went with a 'Yer a Wizard Harry' theme. Both the themes and our birthdays were such grand affairs full of magic. I've shared bits and pieces of both birthdays on my blog here before but today I'm discussing (and showing off) both of them together with some riddikulus-ly pretty pictures to blow everyone's minds away.

We like to keep our birthday themes detailed so I'm starting off my show-off session today with this really cute Harry Potter greeting card I made for Abbie. I just had to make sure everything was HP themed for her birthday and you rarely find HP greeting cards at the store so I decided to DIY one myself. It looked so cute once I was done! I decided to make a graphic like version of Harry and the fun was in the details; the card Harry wore his messy hair around his famous scar, the iconic round glasses, and a Gryffindor scarf to show his house pride.

It was the cutest birthday card I'd ever made! For a full DIY detailed post you can go here!

Birthday greeting cards were one thing. Our birthday outfits were another. Abbie and I both wore a Harry Potter outfit on our birthdays. I woke up on my birthday morning and put on this awesome shirt which said, "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." This was my casual birthday outfit for the rest of the day and at night when we cut the cake and had our birthday dinner I changed into a Harry Potter dress which had spells printed all over it. To see my birthday celebrations in detail you can go here where I wrote about how I spent my 26th birthday!

And now, witches, wizards, and muggles, I present to you our beautiful birthday decorations!

As you can guess the first picture is from Abbie's 'Yer a Wizard' themed birthday and the second picture is from my 'Honeydukes' themed birthday party. Aren't they completely magical? I intend to feature both parties in extra detail later but since I'm celebrating Potterific July I decided I'd show them off a bit today as well. For the 'Yer a Wizard' theme I used mostly things from the first book/movie as the party decor. Hedwig, Harry, Dumbledore, Diagon Alley, Platform Nine Three Quarters, Hogwarts, Sorting Hat, Gryffindor ... these were the main things I used as decor to create the feel of Harry's introduction to the Wizarding World. For my Honeydukes theme Abbie went all out with sweets and colorful treats from that awesome sweets shop. There were cauldron cakes, ice creams, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, and Jelly Slugs and the colors of the decor were the exact same as Honeydukes itself. Our birthday displays were absolutely stunning!

But wait, what's the most important part of every birthday? A CAKE! The main feature of both of our themes was the birthday cake. I made the 'Yer a Wizard, Harry!' Cake for Abbie and she made the 'Honeydukes' Cake for me. And oh my dear God were both the cake stunners or what!? 

BEAUTIFUL! Aren't they? Absolutely magical. Let me show off some details too ...

The 'Yer a Wizard, Harry!' cake was all about Harry finding out about the Wizarding World, going to Diagon Alley for his first shopping session, riding the Hogwarts Express, and being sorted into Gryffindor! I think this is the FINEST cake I have ever ever ever made in all my life so far! I wrote a detailed feature on this cake recently. For detailed pictures and videos of this cake and its making you can go here!

Abbie's 'Honeydukes' cake was so so so SWEET! Literally. She made the top of the cake to look like Honeydukes shop's floor with the black and white checkers. It was such a cute detail! Then she loaded the cake with magical sweets from the magical shop. A chocolate frog blessed the occasion by lounging atop my birthday cake! Hahaha! She even printed out a wizard card with my face on it and used it as a cake topper. I'm going to be keeping the card with me forever! I LOVED THE CAKE ABBIE MADE FOR ME! Best sister in the world, siriusly! A detailed feature on this cake and its making shall soon make its grand appearance on my blog too.

Harry and Hedwig looked stunning together on Abbie's birthday!

Would you just LOOK at that? That is how you celebrate birthdays Potter style, my friends!

*Crying happy tears* *sniff sniff*
Abbie and I, our sisterhood, and our being fellow Potterheads is what makes my life happy. She's my support system and Harry Potter and the fandom is our escape from reality. We find our peace within the pages of Harry Potter, our calm within the scenes of the movies, and our happiness within the Wizarding World vacations we take to Orlando. It is truly always there to welcome us home!

Just when you thought the details were done ... BAM! There's more! We had Gryffindor plates to eat our Harry Potter cakes in and Abbie's Honeydukes cake had a sweet surprise inside too: Honeydukes' pink and green colored stripes as the frosting between the cake layers. How cool are we?

Very. Very. Very cool. Potterheads forever and ever! Always!

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


Bellatrix in her black dress!


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!
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