2016 was a pretty great year for Harry Potter fans, am I right?! From the amazing Pottermore updates that were a wealth of new information about the world to the release of the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to the amazing film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in November, this was the year we got to return to the Wizarding World! [This post on Pottermore actually sums up the year pretty well.]
I didn’t read a lot of what was published on Pottermore, but I did take the two quizzes that truly mattered to me: the Ilvermorny Sorting and the Patronus quiz. Adding to my status as a Ravenclaw, I can say that in my home country, I would attend school at Ilvermorny as a Thunderbird! I was really surprised by my result, but deep down it’s true I love a good adventure! As for my Patronus, I was definitely let down. I got a weasel. Yes, a weasel.
But enough about me and my status in the Wizarding World, let’s talk about all of the wonderful official content we got to devour this year!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Unfortunately, because I don’t live in the UK, I wasn’t able to attend a performance of the play (maybe when it comes to Broadway in 2018!). So instead, a few friends and I went to our local Barnes & Noble for the midnight release party. This was the first ever Harry Potter-related release party I’ve ever gone to for a book, as I was a little late to join the fandom. It was a lot of fun! The store was all decorated, and there were events for each of the Hogwarts houses. It was solely child-oriented, though, which I found a bit frustrating.
I had a lovely day of actually getting up later than normal, a leisurely morning of opening presents with my parents and Clary (it was her first ever Christmas!), and then a fun afternoon and evening spent with family at my grandparent’s house! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and got lots of books of course! I just had to show you the goodies that I found under the Christmas tree this year!
Twas the night before Christmas…
Actually on Christmas Eve I received a package from Scholastic with one of my most anticipated books of next year:
As you can read in my review (^) I really loved the first book and that ending was amazing! I cannot wait to dive into this one VERY soon (so probably NEXT)!
From my amazing parents:
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth (signed) Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (signed) Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton (signed) Harry Potter: The Creature Vault by Jody Revenson The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
The three signed books were ones I knew about that I got at B&N on Black Friday and I can’t wait to finally have them to read! MTLGTM looks adorable! I normally don’t read anthologies or story collections, but there is something about holiday ones…(I’ve read Let It Snow by John Green & Friends, too). As for the two “keepsake” kind of books, I’m already loving paging through them and just randomly reading pages!
From my wonderful grandparents:
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin Sanctum by Madeleine Roux The Hogwarts Library Collection by J.K. Rowling
I CAN FINALLY READ MORE GoT! It’s been over a year since I finished ASoS, so it is way past time that I get to reading this one! I also wanted The Ice Dragon because it’s set in the same world as GoT. I can’t get enough… Sanctum and Diamonds in the Rough are both sequels that I’ve been DYING to get my hands on so I’m a very happy camper!
I hope you all had lovely days, and if you still have people to celebrate with like I do — enjoy it!
What did you guys get for Christmas, if you celebrate?
A few days ago, I saw Epic Reads’ post on their blog about who they would choose if the world was going to end, and we had only a few hours to call five fictional characters to help us out when the world ends. Being the huge post-apocalyptic lover that I am, I decided that I’d make a list of my own! Continue reading “Discussion: Apocalypse Dream Team”→