Non HP Characters who I Wish Were in Harry Potter

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There are so many characters that I wish could join the Harry Potter world!  Here we go…

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

She may be an obvious choice, but how much fun would it be to see Sabrina at Hogwarts? Especially since Melissa Joan Hart recently said that she thought Sabrina would be in Gryffindor.  I can totally imagine Sabrina and Hermione in the library together, and Salem causing havoc in the Gryffindor common room.

Moon Face

Does anyone else love the Enid Blyton series about the Magic Faraway Tree? It’s definitely a childhood favourite of mine.  Moon Face is my favourite character and I think he would be a big supporter in the fight against Dumbledore.  Perhaps he could run a shop in Diagon Alley or have a position in Gringotts?  He’s a lot nicer than the trolls!

Emma from Jane Austen

I think Emma would make an interesting Hogwarts student.  She would be sticking her nose in everywhere and be a gossip, but she’d also be loyal and kindhearted, a girl who you’d want on your side. I think she would be a determined and plucky member of Dumbledore’s Army, and she could root out some useful information on the Death Eaters.


I love the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy.  Kell is the main character; he’s a sorcerer who can travel between worlds.  As a diplomat he can bridge the uneasy relationships between Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.  I would also advise Harry to lend Kell the invisibility cloak; Kell knows a thing or two about magic coats and he is experienced in espionage.

Who would you like to see join the Harry Potter world?

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Things I DON’T Like about Harry Potter


Welcome back to today’s installment of Harry Potter week.  The topic today is a controversial one…. the things I don’t like about Harry Potter!


I don’t really get quidditch.  The rules go over my head, and I always skip over the quidditch games in the books or go and get a snack during the games in the films.  I can’t be the only one surely?  As much as I think the addition of a sport to the HP universe is great, this one in particular is just not my kinda thing.

The curriculum

Why do the Hogwarts pupils not study any Muggle subjects?  Geography, English, Maths, French…  As amazing as learning about magic and how to use it is, surely having lessons in Muggle subjects would benefit the pupils too.

Harry and Ginny

This relationship has never convinced me.  I am a big Hermione/Ron fan, so maybe because I just love how that relationship develops so much, Harry and Ginny just can’t compete.  To be honest I don’t love Ginny as a character, nothing against the girl but I think there are better characters in the series.  If I could have had my way I would have married her off to a minor character, not the central one.

Harry Potter isn’t real

I wish the universe was real but it’s not!

Are there any things you don’t like about Harry Potter?

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Why I love being a Hufflepuff


Despite being a big Harry Potter fan, it’s only a couple of months ago that I did the official sorting test on Pottermore.  I’d always felt drawn to either Gryffindor or Ravenclaw, but as soon as I was sorted into Hufflepuff I felt really excited about it and began researching more about the house.  Here’s why I love being a Hufflepuff!

Hufflepuffs are underestimated

We aren’t the most famous house and we’re definitely overlooked and sneered at in certain quarters (looking at you, Professor Snape).  However, that can give us the upperhand.  While you’re writing us off, we are out there being good and kind and loyal and generally awesome.

Cedric Diggory

I think Cedric may just be the winner of the good guy award in the whole Potter universe.  He was just soooo kindhearted and such a great ambassador for Hufflepuff.

The badger is our emblem

Badgers may look cute and cuddly, but they’re resilient and tenacious.  They will protect themselves if they are overlooked and pushed into a corner.  A little bit like Hufflepuffs themselves!

We make great friends

Trust me, you want a Hufflepuff in your circle of friends.  When you’re going through a rough patch, we’ll be here for you.  We’re loyal and good listeners.  Don’t think you can’t have fun with us too though, we make fab dinner guests!

Which Hogwarts house are you in?  See you tomorrow for my next post as part of Harry Potter week.

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Which pet would I take to Hogwarts?

Things have been quiet around here recently, but today I’m back with the first post as part of Harry Potter Week on my blog!

I recently watched this video of Ariel Bissett’s and I decided to rank the Hogwarts pets myself.  In fourth position…

Rat: I’m not one of those people who think a rat is cute.  Their tails make me feel all creeped out for some reason!  Also I suspect that as a Hogwarts pet, they’re the easiest to lose and that would stress me out.  I would always be worrying that the rat would go missing, unless I could put a charm on it, and I’m not sure if that’s against the rules (there are so many rules!).  A rat is definitely last on my list. In third place…

Toad: A toad is another prospective pet that has never endeared itself to me.  Like a rat, I would worry about it getting lost but at least toads ‘ribbit’ loudly.  My boyfriend Oliver quite likes toads so that’s the only thing going in their favour! Onto second place…

Cat:  As a child I was never very fond of cats, but it’s a different case now.  A feline friend would be the ideal companion at Hogwarts.  As a witch you couldn’t do much better than a cat as a pet but first place has to go to…

Owl: I adore owls.  Both cute cartoon owls, and the real thing.  As a flying postal service, they also can’t be beaten.  Owls are elegant, beautiful and intelligent.  I would be best friends with my owl and would spend time in the owlery every evening stroking her wings and telling her about my latest spells.

See you tomorrow for another Harry Potter post!  Which pet would you take to Hogwarts?

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Book Chat with Lindsay: New York Times Bestseller

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It’s that time of the month again, and we are closing in on the end of our book challenge!

This month we’re discussing New York Timers bestsellers.  It just so happened that my penpal Aimee sent me The Girls by Emma Cline and it fitted in with this challenge perfectly.

I feel like I was the last person on Earth to read this book.  It tells the story of Evie, a fourteen year old who becomes entranced by an older girl called Suzanne.  Evie’s parents have divorced and she is struggling to get on with her mother so she goes to live in the commune where the girls all revere a man called Russell, the leader of the commune and a struggling musician.

The girls scavenge and steal food, drug use and underage sex is rife and children are unkempt and malnourished.  Russell introduces Mitch to the girls, but when their relationship sours, the novel catapults into a violent end.

The story is inspired by the Charles Manson ‘family’ commune and the murders committed by them.  We meet Evie not just as a 14 year old, but as a woman in her 60s whose life is still sadly haunted by what she did, or didn’t do, as a teenager.  It’s an intriguing novel that I raced to finish – but it failed to give me the closure and resolution which I needed.  So many questions remain!  Have you read it, what did you think?

Check out what Lindsay read!  Next month we are discussing a book from Rory Gilmore’s list.2016-Book-Challenge

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A thriller, a Tudor novel and a heartstring puller!

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I’ve read a variety of books recently, let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

This is the follow up to You, a novel about a stalker and murderer called Joe who is in a relationship with a girl called Beck.  Hidden Bodies begins with Joe’s new relationship with a girl called Amy, and I expected the novel to follow in a similar vein to its predecessor.  However, we soon discover that Amy is in fact out to con Joe, and Joe sets about tracking her down.  He gets distracted by falling in love again, but can he outrun his past?

The clever thing about this book is that you get sucked into Joe’s warped mind as it’s written in the first person.  I was gripped from page 1 right until the last sentence!

Watch The Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle

Elizabeth Fremantle is my favourite historical fiction writer, I just adore every book of hers.  If you want to immerse yourself in the intrigue of the Tudor court, this is the book for you.  It is outstanding from start to finish and I never wanted it to end.

Lady Penelope Rich is playing a dangerous game.  Queen Elizabeth I may be elderly but it’s treason to discuss who her successor may be, and Penelope has written letters of friendship to a contender for the English throne, James of Scotland.  Those letters could sign her death warrant.  However, she is used to sailing close to the wind, having conducted an adulterous relationship for years.  Her brother Essex is the queen’s favourite and nothing can topple him from favour, or can it?

The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood

I received this book as part of the Book Buddy Box subscription service, and it’s not the type of thing that I would usually pick up, so I was intrigued to read it.  It’s about the momentous effect that an 11 year old boy has on a 104 year old lady who he visits every Saturday as part of his scout duties.

However, the boy has died, and we meet him in flashbacks of his visits to the lady, and then the relationship the old lady builds with the boy’s father.  It’s a poignant book; the death of an 11 year old in contrast to the long life of his friend, the breakup of his parents, the tender new friendship between the lady and the boy’s dad.  But I didn’t enjoy the ending and that spoiled it for me.

What have you been reading recently?

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August Bank Holiday Weekend: Porthcawl

It feels like a long time ago now but over the bank holiday weekend, we were lucky enough to spend a few nights’ staying in Oliver’s parents’ caravan in Porthcawl.  We arrived on Friday evening and munched on fish and chips on the beach, while we enjoyed these sea views.


On Saturday we walked along the beach and went for a paddle in the sea.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so we also walked into town and then around the fair.



During the evening we enjoyed a drink on the seafront, stunning views as ever.  It was very relaxing!


On Sunday, we played adventure golf!  Oliver was sure he’d win but I managed to beat him on most holes!


Overall we had an amazing weekend!  It was so peaceful and I can’t wait to go back next year.


Have you ever been caravanning at the seaside?

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Etsy Shop Review: Hearts by Emma

Recently I placed an order with Hearts By Emma, a cute Etsy shop that I found on Facebook. I love the idea of mystery bags and when I saw that she had a panda one available, I quickly placed my order.  I paid £10 for the mystery bag and £1.95 for postage.  I adore pandas so I was very excited to receive my goodies.

As soon as I opened the parcel, I fell in love with this pencil case.  Isn’t she the cutest?  20160910_172950

Then I had a look through the other bits and bobs.  Clockwise from top left of the photo: a laminated panda girl, a rainbow pencil, a pen with cat head, a panda peg, a cow rubber, panda stickers and bear page markers.20160910_173055

Everything is so lovely!  I can’t wait to use the stickers in particular.  I was expecting every item to be a panda item, but as you can see, they aren’t.  That may be my error in not reading the product description properly though.  All in all I am really happy with the products and the service from this shop.

Tell me about your recent Etsy buys?

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A W7 Beauty Haul

W7 is a brand I’ve wanted to try for a few months, having first come across it not long ago.  It’s a cruelty free brand which has super cute packaging and affordable prices.  They create dupes for high end products and I couldn’t wait to try some.

First of all, nail polish.  There was a huge array to choose from but I choose pink because HOT PINK alert, and a white because it’s a good base for nail art.  20160903_194405

Next up I got these two mascaras!  I love both of the wands and the packaging is gorgeous.20160903_194427 20160903_194457

Then the palettes!  These are dupes for Naked palettes, you can probably tell.  I’ve not tried them yet but they’re beautiful and the colours are soooo pretty.20160903_194558 20160903_194631 20160903_194653

I haven’t put prices because I bought these in an outlet store and now I can only find the full prices online.  However I did buy everything, this is not a sponsored post.

Tell me about your recent beauty buys?

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