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Hazza Plopper

I have a really bad habit of calling Harry Potter ‘Hazza Plopper’… Annoying? I know. I should be ashamed. Let’s take a breather before you cast an unforgivable curse on me.

I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter since forever, but haven’t we all? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in 1997; a year before I was born so it has always been a thing in my life. And yes, I’m a nineties baby. I may not remember the nineties but I’m still a nineties baby. I’m almost certain my Hogwarts letter got lost in the post.

Last Saturday morning, my dad came into my bedroom and handed me a letter telling me to open it because it contained some ‘bad news’. I thought it was from my Sixth Form College who were writing to inform me that they were dropping me from one of my courses because I was underachieving. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. Inside had tickets for the Warner Brother’s Studio – The Making of Harry Potter at the Leavesden Studios for next month.

I literally think February might be the best month of my life; Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter Studio Tour, Miss Saigon…

Okay so let’s talk Hazza Plopper:

According to JK Rowling’s Pottermore, I am a Slytherin. Over the last several years, I’ve taken the test more times than I’d like to admit and it’s always Slytherin. The Sorting Hat doesn’t lie. Do I really give off a Slytherin persona? As much as I love to think I’m cunning enough to be in Slytherin, I’m really not. I don’t think I’m quite on the same level as Voldemort and the Death Eaters. I think resourcefulness and ambitious are the two Slytherin traits that I relate to most.

Resourcefulness; Cunning; Ambition; Self-Preservation; Cleverness; Fraternity – Traits of a Slytherin

Despite the intelligence of Ravenclaw, they flaunt originality and wit which I’m always hopeful to be labelled. I never feel the need to conform, that’s boring as hell. Colourful clothes with brash patterns is what I’m all about. What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta.  

Whenever someone casts a spell a poll on Twitter regarding their favourite Harry Potter books, Chamber of Secrets always seems to be the most popular choice. The Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban were my two least favourites of the series. I still loved them but the basilisk scared the living daylight out of me and I was never too keen on Sirius Black or Remus Lupin. It’s safe to say that both characters grew on me. My favourite book will always be Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone; whichever one takes your fancy the most. It’s where all the magic begins. It’s closely followed by the Goblet of Fire and the Half Blood Prince. I want to be in the Triwizard Tournament… or at least to be a spectator. In hindsight, I’m no where near active/fit enough to battle a dragon or to dive into the black lake (haha!) to save my most loved one. In the Half Blood Prince, Harry and Ginny’s relationship progresses and it makes me ridiculously happy however cringey that may be. It has always been one of my most favourite fictional relationships… Ginny Weasley was a little ‘Harry Potter’ fangirl, it gives me hope.

Very sad to learn of the passing of Alan Rickman. What a massive loss and talent. There truly couldn’t have been a better Judge Turpin or Severus Snape. Rest in Peace

Be sure to check out my blog next month for my Harry Potter Studio Tour experience. If you want to read about my last visit, find it here.

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