Harry Potter Month Schedule

Harry potter month

So, as you’ve probably seen and heard on the blog, July is Harry Potter Month here at StudentSpyglass.  What this basically means is that myself and a few other bloggers will be sharing our love of Harry Potter!

If you’d like to join in feel free to send me your links to anything (however loosely!) HP related posted throughout July, and I’ll link you up.  Feel free to check out this intro post for ideas and this post for how to take part in the House Cup!

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Harry Potter MotW: Best Ron Moment

Harry potter month

[This is a response to Leah's Harry Potter moment of the week. If you'd like to join in, head on over to Uncorked Thoughts for the full schedule of upcoming themes!

The theme of this week's Harry Potter Moment of the Week is the "best Ron moment".

I'm not a huge Ron fan, but he's undeniably a huge part of the books, and he's got his fair share of awesome moments.  Although he grew a lot throughout the series, I think his best moment is really early on...

"The best played game of chess that Hogwarts has seen these many years"

I love some of Ron’s funny moments too, but this is probably his best moment for me – sacrificing himself, at age 11, to help Harry get through to the other side.  Not only was it bound to hurt (at least), he knew he was sending his two best friends on into unknown danger that he couldn’t help with, or be a part of…

Not to mention that of course it was Ron’s brains and logic that allowed him to identify the winning strategy in the first place.  Even though he can come across as silly or even stupid at times, he proves that he’s not.  He was simply brilliant in McGonagall’s chess chamber, and so for me, this is his best moment.

Which do you think is Ron’s best moment?

Harry Potter bookmarks [Hufflepuff & Gryffindor]

Harry potter month

Here’s a book crime I’m guilty of: never having a bookmark.  And when I do, they’re usually something strange like an empty chocolate bar wrapper (honestly) or a receipt.  For example, my current bookmark of choice is a Pokemon card (Pikachu if you’re curious).

So this weekend I thought I’d spend a little bit of time and design some bookmarks, mostly just for something fun to do.  Then I thought, hey, I could show some Slytherin love with my bookmark.  Once I thought abolut it a little longer, I decided to make a few for each house so I could share them as part of Harry Potter month too!  So, that’s exactly what I did.hufflepuff bookmark 3

They’re very simple (I’m definitely not an artistic or photoshop talented person), but I like them anyways ;) They’re all the same design – house coloured with the Pottermore logo – and for each house I’ve got one blank, and three with quotes or traits related to the House. (Partial logic for only using one design is that you could print them back to back if you wanted, which appeals to me more than having a white or mismatched reverse side)

Today I’m sharing the Gryffindor and Hufflepuff bookmarks.  I’d print them out and take a photo of them in use only my printer has decided it wants to print in black or white only, so that doesn’t work so well!  You should be able to download them from the link below and print them straight out.  Obviously if you want them to be a bit more durable you could print them onto card rather than paper, which is what I’d recommend.

Hufflepuff & Gryffindor bookmarks

The Gryffindor ones are a bit dark on my screen, but they’re clear when I print them out, even in greyscale, so I’m hoping they should work.  If not let me know and I’ll see if I can adapt them.

The Weekly Recap (#26)

This week on the blog

Incoming

None! (Trying to be good after last week’s spend!)

Total spend: £0

My Week

Honestly, I haven’t really done much this week! One of the girls at work left, so we did lots of shopping for gifts etc, then went to the pub on Friday night after work. We’re having a barbecue tomorrow, but other than that I’ve just been working really.

I read The One this week, and despite last week saying I was trying to restrain myself, I’ve caved and started Fool’s Assassin (I tried to resist, really I did). My plans for the rest of the weekend and next week are trying to get some Bloggiesta tasks done, reading for the Wicked Wildfire readathon, scheduling some Harry Potter Month posts.


Reading

Finished: The One (Kiera Cass)

2014 Reading Challenge

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Challenge Progress

  • Seriously Series:
    • Series Started in 2014: 12/18
    • Series Started before 2014: 10/18
  • Library Books challenge: 9/36
  • LGBTQ: 1/3
  • TBR Pile Reading challenge: 9/31
  • Review Pile Reading Challenge: 14/31

 

How was your week?

July Mini Bloggiesta

 So this weekend is a mini bloggiesta, and I’m definitely going to be taking part! I’m pretty busy Sunday, but I’m hoping to make some real reading progress reading then if nothing else.  (I know reading isn’t really a Bloggiesta task but I’m taking part in the Wicked Wildfire readathon and would like to make some progress!).

Bloggiesta goals
Cross-post past reviews
Update review archives
Schedule at least 3 posts
Update my reading challenge progress
Read at least 500 pages
Commenting

Bloggiesta Progress
Cross-posted 10 past reviews
Scheduled Sunday’s STS
Scheduled HPMotw for next week
Read 145 pages
Left 8 comments

Harry Potter MotW: Bravest character moment

Harry potter month

The theme of this week’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is the “Bracest character moment”.

I discussed this one with my other half and we managed to narrow it down to a few favourites (are you noticing a theme yet?!) but eventually I managed to pick a winner ;)

In case you’re curious, here are a few of the non-winning contenders:(There’s one more I haven’t mentioned because I’m using it in an upcoming MotW)
Severus Snape – definitely brave, but he was brave in long term, and picking one perfect moment to sum it up was tough

Harry – Honestly, is it just me who feels that the majority of time Harry was closer to reckless than brave? Although I really really thought about picking The Forest Again

Narcissa – a minor but key moment in the Deathly Hallows.

Neville Longbottom – Two obvious choices here, facing Voldemort and also facing down the trio in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Hermione Granger

Removing her parents’ memories, not only of Harry and the wizarding world, but of herself, has to be one of the bravest moments in the series.  In that moment, she put Harry, the future of the wizarding world, and the safety of her parents, above everything else, knowing that if things went wrong she might never see them again and they wouldn’t even mourn her.

Heart-breaking, selfless, and undeniably brave.

 

Which do you think is the bravest character moment in Harry Potter?

Top Ten Tuesday (#56): Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Favorite Movies or TV Shows!”.

Top Ten TV Shows 

Buffy
Buffy was the first show I ever really got hooked on and I absolutely loved it.  I still do! Now and again I still stick a Buffy or two on, and it’s my go-to when I’m having a sick day (along with things like Despicable Me and Frozen!)

Game of Thrones
I started watching Game of Thrones just because I loved the books so much and wanted to keep enjoying the world and the characters! It’s a bit gory for me but because I’ve already read the books I pretty much know when to close my eyes so it’s all good!

Once Upon a Time
I watched the first two series recently with Matt and my family, but I’ve yet to watch the third.  It’s occasionally a little slow, but I just like how different it is.

The Big Bang Theory
Who doesn’t love The Big Bang Theory?! It’s funny, it’s got romance and friendships, and it’s got plenty of geeky inside jokes which makes me happy!

Doctor Who
I’m not the biggest Doctor Who fan – I admit I’m one of those who only really got into it when David Tennant came in.  I really liked him, but then I have to confess I loved Matt Smith even more!  I’m a bit nervous about Peter Capaldi but I can’t wait to see where he takes it.

The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is one of those shows that just never appealed to me.  I’d read the first three books and found them decidedly average, but our friend raved and raved and finally talked us into giving the TV show a go. It’s surprisingly full of twists with some complex characters and relationships you can’t help but get invested in!

Smallville
This is one I watched with Matt fairly recently and had kinda mixed feelings about.  Once I got into it though I really enjoyed it, and I loved both Lex and Lois as characters.  We’ve still got the last series to watch so that’ll probably be our treat after he finishes his Masters!

Sherlock
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman = a fantastic combination.  It occasionally gets a bit too clever I think (you can definitely see the same touches in Doctor Who sometimes!), but I really enjoy it, and I love trying to figure it out.

Agents of SHIELD
There was absolutely no way I’d be able to resist this one…Phil Coulson and Joss Whedon? Hell yes! And Fitz and Simmons are just the best.

House
I love House’s sarcasm, his cynicism and his wittiness.  I love trying to figure out what’s wrong with the patients/what they’ll try next (lupus is usually a pretty safe bet for something they’ll guess!)

 

What shall I try next?

Grimm, Pretty Little Liars and Arrow are all on my list as shows to try, though I’ve not yet got my hands on them.  Any thoughts on which I should try (or any even better suggestions for me)?!

What are your favorite TV shows?

Wicked Wildfire Readathon: Goals & Progress

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon

The Wicked Wildfire Readathon runs from July 14th to 24th.  You can read for as little or as much as you’re able, it’s all about devoting the time you personally have to get some reading done!

My life during the readathon

My life during the readathon should be pretty routine, nothing really planned.  I’m working on 8 of the days, and over the weekend I’ll be taking part in the mini-bloggiesta (to-do list coming soon!).

My goals

11 hours
1000 pages / 3 books

The titles I’ll hopefully be choosing from:

Review copies




From my shelves

Progress

Monday 14th - Thursday 17th
I’ve been reading: The One, Fool’s Assassin,
Time spent reading: 5 hours
Books completed: The One
# pages read: 390
# books completed: 1

Friday 18th - Sunday 20th
I’ve been reading: Fool’s Assassin
Time spent reading: 4 hours
Books completed: 0
# pages read: 373
# books completed:

Monday 21st - Thursday 24th
I’ve been reading:
Time spent reading:
Books completed:
# pages read:
# books completed:

Final totals:
Time spent reading:
Books completed:
Total # pages read:
Total # books completed:

The Weekly Recap (#25)

This week on the blog

Incoming

So as you probably know I was at YALC/LFCC this weekend.  I haven’t quite decided whether or not to do a full post on it yet, but for now, just the incoming ;)

I took The Elites and Fangirl with me and had those signed.  I purchased a copy of Take Back the Skies which Lucy signed.  I also bought a signed copy of Apple and Rain which the Waterstones team had stockpiled (thank you!).  After the chaos of Saturday I didn’t end up going back today, but my friend also picked me up a copy of Echo Boy and got it signed because I loved both The Humans and Echo Boy and was really disappointed to miss out today on Matt Haig’s signing and talk.



Apples and Rain [Purchased]
Echo Boy [Purchased]
Take Back the Skies [Purchased]

Total spend: £31.97 (Ouch!)

My Week

Harry Potter month has been going really well and I’m astounded at all the House Cup points!  This week I’ve mostly been trying to keep on top of that, prepare for LFCC/YALC, (then of course be at LFCC/YALC) and finish my book – all around work of course!

We’ve got a family friend over at the minute, and I might be going to the cinema on Tuesday, but no real plans this week yet.  Reading wise I’ll be probably starting The Rain, Big Little Lies or Fool’s Assassin depending on my mood.  Honestly I just want to read Fool’s Assassin because ROBIN HOBB (!!) but I’m trying to restrain myself a little.  For tonight I think I’ll finally make a start on The One because I could just do with a nice break to switch off a bit!


Reading

Finished: Fool’s Fate (Robin Hobb)

2014 Reading Challenge

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Challenge Progress

  • Seriously Series:
    • Series Started in 2014: 12/18
    • Series Started before 2014: 9/18
  • Library Books challenge: 9/36
  • LGBTQ: 1/3
  • TBR Pile Reading challenge: 8/31
  • Review Pile Reading Challenge: 14/31

 

How was your week?

Harry Potter MotW: Scariest creature

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[This is a slightly delayed response to Leah's Harry Potter moment of the week. If you'd like to join in, head on over to !

The theme of this week’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is the “Scariest magical creature”.

I’ve got two joint winners this week because I just couldn’t decide!

Acromantula

Now, I’m not a big fan of spiders at the best of time, but the idea of giant  don’t like spiders, but the idea of giant, venomous spiders with a taste of human flesh – that’s a truly terrifying concept!  In fact, perhaps the only way it could be worse?  If it was a wasp instead of a spider (fun fact, I’m completely and utterly phobic of wasps).

Dementors

Dementors don’t have the instant ‘ick’ factor that Acromantula do, but while Acromantula scare the life out of you pretty much the second you think about them, Dementors stuck with me for a long time after we first read about them, and the more I think about them, the creepier they get.

I mean really, is there anything more sinister than the idea of a creature roaming around sucking the happiness out of everyone, leaving people depressed (and in the case of muggles at least, for no apparent reason).  Not to mention the whole soul-sucking ability….

I’m quite changeable mood wise anyways, so I don’t think I’d cope very well if I had to face a Dementor – although given the amount of chocolate I eat, I wonder if it could serve as preventative protection too?!

 

Which do you think is the scariest Harry Potter creature?

How to: Harry Potter (or other fandom) glass pendants

Harry potter month

Occasionally, I like to pretend I’m a creative person, and I find something on Etsy (usually in somewhere far away like Canada!) and I think “I wonder if I could make that instead”.  That’s basically what started this project – I found a few I liked online, but none that were absolutely perfect, and I wanted to make my own!

They were surprisingly easy – after I found my images it took me less than twenty minutes to make all three – so I’m telling you how I did it in case you want to give it a go (you know you do!)

Pendants

The finished pendants (bear in mind photos were taken before they were dry/I’d cleaned them up a bit, because I was too excited to share!)

You will need:

  • Glass cabochons
    (I used 19mm ones bought on ebay)
  • Images the same size as your cabochons
  • Bezels for your cabochons
  • Glue
    (I used glue from the jewellery section of a craft shop, but others report good results from standard PVA)
  • Paintbrush
  • Jump rings & pliars
    (may or may not be required depending on your bezel)

 

What to do:

Step 1: Find your images

This is the fun, but also tricky, bit! I had so many ideas, it took me a long time to pinpoint my first few images (and I can definitely see how this could be addictive!)

I chose to make mine in Photoshop, but you could also try using magazine images or (if you’re brave!) pages from an old book .

Cut them out to the same size and shape as your cabochons and you’re ready for step 2!

 

Step 2: Check your images & cabochons fit

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Check your cut out image, and your cabochon, fit into your bezel well!  As you can see above, my bezel was a tiny bit too big (perhaps 20mm), but I naively thought I’d stick the cabochon central and you wouldn’t be able to tell…

See the Harry Potter quote at the top? I should have measured better!

 

Step 3: Stick it all together!

This bit is really really easy! Use your paintbrush to coat the inside of the bezel with a little bit of the glue, and stick your cut out image in.  Then coat the back of the cabochon with some more glue and stick it on top of the image!

You could stick the image to the glass first but I found it hard to get the glass centrally over the image and to make sure the image was at the right angle within the frame.

 

Step 4: Leave it to dry

I gave mine around 24 hours to be sure they were dry.  Any glue I’d managed to get in the wrong place came off easily with my finger nails, but if you’re struggling I suspect a little nail varnish remover and a cotton bud would do the job.

 

Step 5: Add a jump ring (optional), thread it on a chain & wear!

If your bezel doesn’t have one, add a jump ring to the top so that you can thread it onto a chain.

Thread it onto a chain (or cord, or choker, or whatever else suits your style).

Wear and show your fandom pride!

What do you think? Would you give these a go? And what shall I put on my next one?! (Though I have a few ideas…)
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