How to Visit the Wizarding World on a Budget

When my friend, Julie, and I decided to take a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we agreed that we wanted to keep the costs down. As busy Moms and new homeowners, it was an extremely important factor in our decision to go. While my friend has been, I have never been and in my opinion, it’s sacrilegious! As big a fan as I am, I should have experienced this a long, long time ago. Responsibilities and finances have always held me back, after having a discussion with my husband, he was ready to support my going on a “girls trip.”  I finally felt ready to experience this magical place. Continue reading “How to Visit the Wizarding World on a Budget”

The Crimes of Grindelwald

TODAY IS THE DAY, the release date for those fans who weren’t as lucky as those we were invited for early viewings. I’m thankful to all those fans who protected the secrets, I’m thrilled that no one spoiled the movie!

I happened to be off today so I spent the day doing a little shopping. My first stop was Target to pick up a copy of the screenplay and oh my goodness the cover is to die for. It was extremely difficult not to read the screenplay before I saw the movie. In the end, I didn’t want to be spoiled so I held firm. Instead, I spent the rest of the morning photographing the cover. Hop over to my Instagram to check out my newest post if you’re interested in seeing that. Continue reading “The Crimes of Grindelwald”

In Defense of Narcissa

The name Malfoy conjures many, many negative thoughts. In fact, it’s quite easy to think of the Malfoy’s negatively. Not only did Draco bully his classmates but had a general sense of elation while doing so. His father, Lucius, was sadly, even worse. While Draco still had a boyish innocence about him, especially since his bullying could have been linked to normal childhood anxieties such as jealousy, expectation, and pride, Lucius had no such innocence. 

With the compiling of the Sacred Twenty-Eight during a 1930s-1940s Daily Prophet publication, Lucius was able to take his thoughts on purebloods to a whole other level. Lucius’s name may have been cleared after the first rising of Lord Voldemort but that didn’t stop Lucius from attempting malicious, dark magic on those he deemed unworthy. It wasn’t just muggle borns he felt were unworthy either: though the name Weasley was part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight, Lucius did not think they were worthy people. An example that spoke volumes was the one in which Lucius places Tom Riddle’s diary in the cauldron of Ginny Weasley. Lucius was prepared to sacrifice one of the “unofficial’ members of the Sacred Twenty-Eight list because of his prejudices. That was only the beginning too, throughout Harry’s years at Hogwarts, Lucious steadily rose up until he was, once again, side by side with the Dark Lord. There’s not a question of if but how this affected Draco. Continue reading “In Defense of Narcissa”