Potter, that is.
In case it wasn’t obvious from this post about her Whomping Willow-inspired homework, this post about her summer checklist full of Harry Potter to-dos, this post about the magical appreciation gifts she chose to give her teacher, or this post about eating those famous Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, our daughter has gone completely bonkers for all things Harry Potter.
Emily received The Sorcerer’s Stone for Christmas last year, and before July was over she had finished all seven books in the series.
Since the last book is broken up into two movies, that meant back-to-back nights of Harry Potter fun, and I decided to kick it up a notch with some Harry Potter-themed treats. We ate magic wands (pretzel rods), cut pepperoni into lightning-bolt shapes for our pizza (which got burnt, so it wasn’t photo-worthy, but still tasted yummy), and made cookies with the sign of the Deathly Hallows on them.
She has officially completed all of the books and movies now, and I was sure that the craze would begin to fade, much like it did when she finished watching the Star Wars movies. Boy oh boy was I wrong.
It seems every time I turn around there are more Potter-related things lying around the house. In this case, the different colors represent different spells. I love that she made a wand out of paper and gave it options. 😀
Lists of spells are also popping up everywhere…
…and whenever there is anything in reach that is long and skinny – stick, ruler, plastic spoon, pencil, etc. – you can bet you’re going to find Emily running around the house casting “spells.” The best part is that she gets Julia in on it, so that when she yells, “LUMOS!” and flicks her wrist (with whatever “wand” she can find), Julia will turn on the lights quickly so that it appears as though the spell did the trick. She’s even trying to teach her sister the spells, and every so often you will hear Julia running around saying, “Experiama!” and giggling like crazy because she has no idea what that means. And then of course Emily and I start laughing because Julia can’t pronounce it correctly.
We recently stopped by the library, and found another one of J.K. Rowling’s books, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which is mentioned in the Harry Potter books and movies. The book is a collection of short stories, including the Tale of the Three Brothers, which explains the how the Deathly Hallows came to be. A new Harry Potter book? What? She wasn’t even out of the library before she’d started reading. 🙂
Our next step is to take her to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where there is an entire area devoted to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I had a chance to visit last year with my best friend, and it was incredible – like being on the sets of the movies. She wants a wand of her own, and Jay and I are hoping to take her to the park early next year to choose one for herself at Ollivanders Wand Shop, which looks just like the shop in the movie. We know she’s going to be blown away walking through Harry Potter’s world, we’re just hoping she’s still going to be just as crazy for the boy then as she is now!