Earlier this summer, I decided that – for the first time in nearly 20 years – I would revisit all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, as well as the eight companion films. My plan was to chronicle my thoughts on the 26th of each month, beginning in June – the actual bookiversary for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
While I was able to stick to that schedule for the first two months, things went off the rails a bit after that and I found myself continually behind. For the past several weeks, however, I have been consumed with the series and am determined to close it out this week! In honor of the occasion, everything in today’s “Nerd Alert” concerns the Boy Who Lived. The next five days will wrap up my revisit posts and then I’ll share a full series debrief on Saturday. It’s a lot, I know, but I hope you enjoy!
1/2. As I mentioned in my last “Nerd Alert,” I did a lot of damage at the mall a few weeks ago when I discovered Alex and Ani’s Harry Potter collection. While the ring that I shared with you then is still one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, I also splurged on the matching earrings and the Hogwarts charm bracelet. I was sorely tempted by the necklace too, but would have preferred a slightly shorter chain. I even spent a good amount of time looking at the Lumos charm bracelet, which is nice and sparkly, but when I learned that none of the proceeds from the sale would go to Rowling’s Lumos Foundation, I opted to pass. Plus, if I get one of the charity bracelets, I can get one specifically for Ravenclaw, my Hogwarts house!
3. If you’re a fan of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, you know that being sorted into one of the four houses is serious business, and Pottermore is the official way to do it. But let’s say you’re a dog and can’t use a computer to create a Pottermore account – what do you do then? Well, if you’re one of the lucky pups at Pet Alliance Orlando, you can turn to animal behaviorist Diane Andersen, a Potterhead who created a test using toys to sort each of the shelter’s dogs.
According to this article by Caitlin Jill Anders, staff members came up with the idea after they noticed people were focusing more on the dogs’ breed than their personality. Their hope was to change the conversation and it definitely seems to have work, with more puppers finding forever homes in the weeks since Pawgwarts was created! And if you have your own doggo that you want to sort, the alliance has a quiz for that too!
4. Having never really gotten into Pokémon as a kid, I completely missed the excitement over Niantic’s Pokémon GO mobile game when it came out last year. The people who played it seemed to love it, which is great, it just wasn’t for me. However, when I saw the news last week that Niantic is now working to create a similar augmented reality game based on Harry Potter, I sat up and took notice!
Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game – titled Harry Potter: Wizards Unite – will let “players . . . learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts, and team up with others to take down powerful enemies.” Sign. Me. UP! While the game doesn’t have a formal release date, it is expected to come out some time next year, so get some comfortable walking shows and keep your wands at the ready!
5. Though I absolutely love (and want) the special edition paperback copies of the Harry Potter series where the spines combine to form Hogwarts, the original hardbacks are still some of my most prized possessions. Growing up, they were always afforded a place of honor on my top bookshelf and I’ve really missed the feeling of having a physical book in my hand as I’ve been doing this revisit (the books are still with my parents, so I’ve been reading the electronic versions on my nook). Once I have them back, I can’t think of a better way to display them than with these Hogwarts Express bookends! In the books, the train serves as the connection between Harry’s two worlds – our Muggle one and his Wizarding one. As bookends, it can serve as more physical connection for me as I return to the series again and again!
6. Now, this item is slightly unorthodox since I don’t really have a picture or link that I can share with you all, but one of the many items that I’ve been lusting over since re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a pair of Dobby socks, specifically replicas of the mismatched pair Dobby the house-elf gives to Harry for Christmas. Socks hold a special place in Dobby’s heart as he was freed when his master, Lucius Malfoy, inadvertently gave him one of Harry’s socks. The pair, which Dobby knitted himself, features one red sock with brooms on it and one green sock covered in snitches – homages to Harry’s skill as a Seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Annoyingly, these socks don’t seem to be readily available. I can find various pictures of them on Pinterest, but they don’t link to an actual pattern, and I don’t really like the few patterns that do exist. So this is my plea to you and the general ethernet – if you’ve seen any good patterns out there, or know where a girl might get her hands on some, please let me know!!