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What’s On My ‘His Dark Materials’ Gift Guide?

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The Definitive Guide to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (£25) | His Dark Materials: Northern Lights (£7.99) | The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (£14.99) | Lyra’s Oxford (£6.18) | His Dark Materials Cushion (£29.95) | Dark Materials Poster Set (£28.80) | His Dark Materials Poster Print – A4 (£3.69) | Golden Compass Alethiometer Watch (£40.33)

Who else is watching His Dark Materials on BBC One?!

Me!!

I’ve been adoring all the episodes so far, even though they’ve missed out some bits that pulled my heartstrings in the books! That said, I just had to make a gift guide for the show and franchise because they are so many pretty things out there! Some of these things you may already own and others you might not!

Grab your daemon and let’s see!

The Definitive Guide To His Dark Materials

Ever wanted to learn everything you could about the world Philip Pullman created?

This book has everything you could want! From lots of details about the characters, places, creatures, language and more! I love discovering all the things I’d either missed while reading or wanting to learn more!

With over 560 pages to flip through, I reckon you’ll be busy until next Christmas!

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights (BBC Cover)

Speaking of the BBC series, here is the cover for the book!

I know it may seem pointless to most people about buying the same book over and over with different covers, but for book lovers and fans, it doesn’t matter!

It’s another cover to the collection and you can appreciate it from afar. It’s an even big plus if you’re loving the series and the actress playing Lyra!

The Secret Commonwealth

If you’ve read His Dark Materials a fair few times and needed something new to check out, then you need to grab Philip Pullman’s latest novel featuring an older Lyra!! I wasn’t a massive fan of the first Book of Dust novel but there is just something about Lyra that had me hooked in this!

The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her dæmon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions a world that they had no idea existed.

Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by dæmons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

Lyra’s Oxford

Remember with Harry Potter when we were trying to pass the time in between books and films?

This was the His Dark Materials version in the form of a short story featuring Lyra and Pan! It’s only 80 pages so a perfect little stocking filler. It’s set two years after The Amber Spyglass and you know wherever these two are, drama can’t be far behind!

Have any of you visited Oxford and tried to look through Lyra’s eyes?

His Dark Materials Cushion

This cushion has the most gorgeous illustration of Lyra flying through the air in a balloon and, while it seems so peaceful, you can feel the magic! Nothing more perfect for a cushion than relaxing and feeling sleepy! The colours are so pretty and I reckon this would fit on any bed!

You can get this cushion 45cm with cover only for £24.95 up to 60cm with cover and insert for £43.95!

Pricey cushion, huh?

Poster Set

I adore this poster set for the reason that they’re designed in a kind of steampunk style! It shows off 3 of the most important places in the series: Oxford, the North and London! It’s just a really different kind of style compared to the colourful ones out there.

If you love steampunk, then I know you’ll love 1 or all 3 of these!

Golden Compass Alethiometer Watch

You can’t have a ‘His Dark Materials’ gift guide without featuring some kind of Alethiometer mention!

When I saw this watch mentioned on Etsy, I knew that I had to include it in my guide! It has the gorgeous design that we’ve come to know and love with the Alethiometer, but the straps come in different colours! 9!! I think everyone would find a gorgeous colour that they like!

It’s £40.93 and I don’t think that’s too bad for a watch!

Have you been watching the show/have you read the books?

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What’s Realistically On My Christmas List?

christmas wishlist

Over the years I’ve seen some gift guides that are so unrealistic. They tend to show off Christmas wishlists that either show off or that aren’t physically possible for most people. I love reading and watching people who do showcase luxury items, but I know I’d never be able to afford all of those.

That’s why I wanted to make a realistic Christmas wishlist of items that I know I should be able to get myself this year. I guess this isn’t so much of a wishlist since I’m the only person buying presents for me. That said, life can happen and this time of year is when I allow myself to treat myself to things I’ve been putting off all year.

Chanel No.5

Daisy, you just told us that you wanted to be realistic so why have you started with a super expensive perfume? Believe me, I know that this is expensive but I have my reasons. Chanel was my Mum’s favourite perfume and I’ve really missed the smell of it over the last couple of years. As I know I can’t afford the actual perfume (maybe next year?), I’m planning on getting the deodrant version!

It still smells like the perfume and that is all that matters to me!

2020 Diary

For nearly 10 years I’ve been keeping a journal. I might even do a post about them soon but there is a specific brand of journal that I use and I love it!

I love using ones from WHSmith!

I can’t handle diaries that only have room for a little bit of writing! My writing is like my speech…I don’t know when to shut up. If I have a lot of stuff going on in my head, then I need enough space to chat. It’s the same when I’ve done something really cool and want to remember, I need to add in objects! I really should make a scrapbook…maybe I’ll do that for next year!

What I find with the WHSmith diaries is that some come with the rings so I can fold back the cover and get more room to manoeuvre. That and the front covers are gorgeous!! I’m loving the one I’ve chosen for 2020! It’s very blogger! Haha!

Calendar

You can blame one of my aunties for this!

She always had a calendar on her wall every time I used to visit to write down birthdays and important dates. Since my brain tends to be a little slow and doesn’t always remember things, I have to write down dates in multiple places to remember. I have my diary, my phone and my calendar.

The ones from the Calendar Club are my favourite because they always stock my favourite fandoms there such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Star Wars and Sherlock!

Which fandom do you think I’ll choose for my Christmas wishlist this year?

Pyjamas

Before you think I’ve either regressed back to being a kid or entered grandma status, don’t knock pyjamas!

Every year as a kid, I was bought PJs and I loved them! I could never do the t-shirt and shorts combo because, when you have thunder thighs, they don’t look good. That said, I adore the fluffy PJs from Primark. Again since they’re normally from my favourite fandoms: Harry Potter and Disney.

The ones I have are Harry Potter and they’ll speak for themselves when you see them in my ‘What I Got For Christmas’ haul.

Funko Pop

I very rarely buy myself a Funko pop during the year even though there are so many I want. I could literally have a whole wall of them and I’d be happy but I can’t. I need to have reasons why I’m allowed to buy one and these are usually at Christmas and for my birthday.

Even then I struggle!

It’s hard work being a fangirl of multiple fandoms sometimes. I’ve been going into my local Entertainer store to gaze upon all of their Funko pops because they’re so pretty! They have special edition Marvel ones for Christmas, Lord of the Rings, Disney, Frozen 2 and more. Do you think, if I wish really hard, that maybe I’ll win the lottery so I can give majority to charity and then spend the rest on Funkos? Haha.

I’ve chosen my one for this Christmas and it makes me so happy to own it at last!!

Now if only we could get Cursed Child ones! That would make this Christmas wishlist super special!

Something Harry Potter

This sounds so random but I can never decide what I want until the start of December. I guess the impending countdown is enough to make me choose. It doesn’t help that there is so much Harry Potter merchandise to choose from these days! It makes it difficult, okay?!

Do I get a wand? A jigsaw? A game? A film prop?

So. Much. Stuff!!

Even as I write this, I have zero clue what I should get. Okay, scrap that…I have an inkling of what I want to get but it might be a birthday gift instead.

It’s a choice between either Tonk’s wand or Bunty’s wand!

What I’ve discovered for this Christmas is that I’m actually getting 2 gifts that I don’t know!! I’ve taken part in a special bookish Secret Santa created by Mols with a group of other book fans and I’m so excited! The other gift will be from Ali who is sneaky and already sent mine off! Since we’re basically twins, I already had hers wrapped so take that, Miss Caitrin!

What is your own realistic Christmas wishlist this year?

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Christmas Gift Guide (Part 2)

There are so many things out there that you can get for a Harry Potter gift that I’ve had to make my gift guide two parts! Not that I mind, of course! Creating this particular guide is giving some great ideas on what to treat myself for surviving the year! Haha!

If you haven’t seen Part One, feel free to go check it out first! It’s not essential, but it would make me a happy fandom blogger!

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Teens/Adults

Forbidden forest winter coat (EMP – £119 to £129)

Daisy! You’re starting off with a super expensive thing?! What?! I know, I know! Once you see how awesome this coat is, however, you’ll understand! This coat has a gorgeous design on both the front and the back! Though, if you’re scared of spiders, this might not be for you. It comes with a detachable cape, buttons with the Hogwarts logo, removable faux-fur on the hood and sleeves, two side pockets and even an inside pocket (for your wand!)

With the weather that Hogsmeade gets, it’s better to be wrapped up warm! Another thing I love is that it caters for all! It goes for XS up to 5XL!

Patronus Jeans Jacket (EMP – £39.99)

One of my favourite spells in Harry Potter has to be ‘Expecto Patronum’! The idea of being able to create a guardian/light against a darkness sounds perfect for my mental health. When I saw that EMP had a Patronus jean jacket, I knew I must include it!

There are beads on the shoulders, a stag print on the back with Sirius’ quote: ‘The ones that love us never truly leave us’. I think it’s a fitting thing especially if you’ve lost a loved one over the years.

Marauder’s Map High-Top Sneakers (EMP – £32.99)

As much as Vans are a great brand, I didn’t really like the Potter designs they created.

These sneakers have a much better design! They’re a fun black and red colour with a white design of the Marauder’s Map and footprints all over. Simple but still really fun! They range from Size 4 to 10!

Hedwig Handbag (Loungefly – £55.99)

It wouldn’t be a Harry Potter gift guide without something with Hedwig on it!

Depending on what store you shop at, depends on the quality of the Potter handbag or the design. Yeah…kind of tired of seeing the chibi characters everywhere! That said, I’ve heard such incredible things about products from Loungefly and had to show you this gorgeous Hedwig bag. It has her, a Hogwarts letter, yellow & red flowers and a Deathly Hallow symbol on the front!

It’s not a massive bag but has a long shoulder strap, handles for when your shoulder hates you and so much room! Maybe they’ve used an extendable charm inside?

Hogwarts: A History Journal (Mina Lima – £12.95)

Mina Lima are the geniuses behind all of the Harry Potter props we’ve seen in the films from Harry’s acceptance letter to all of the school books we see and more! I’ve always wanted to own a copy of Hogwarts: A History since my inner Hermione has been needing it. This might not be the actual book but it is a notebook with the design on front!

Harry Potter + stationery = heaven!

If you want the whole Hogwarts library collection, it will set you back £75 so best to save your galleons, sickles and knuts!

Back to school

We can’t have a gift guide without looking at the Hogwarts Houses! I won’t throw everything at you since we’d be here all day, but I can’t back down from finding out what is out there for the individual Houses!

Hufflepuff

1910 Hufflepuff Replica Exercise Book (Mina Lima – £10)

After seeing Crimes of Grindelwald and baby!Newt, I knew that I needed to own something from that era! I’m kind of hoping they release the school uniform from there one day but that’s a dream. What you can own is a school book from there! Look at how stunning the design in and, of course, in Hufflepuff yellow!

128 pages to gush on, write different notes and maybe write some fanfics!

Hufflepuff House Crest Set (Mina Lima – £14.95)

Can’t think what to get for that Hufflepuff in your life?

First off, we Hufflepuffs won’t mind what we get and why not get them a little bit of everything with Mina Lima’s Hufflepuff crest? In this set you get a notebook, card holder, a badge and a notecard!

We’ll love it either way!!

Hufflepuff School Robe (WB Studio Tour London – £74.95)

The ultimate Harry Potter gift you can get for a Hufflepuff is their very own authentic Hogwarts school robes!! The day that I received mine was the day they made me cry! I’d been wanting to own a pair for so many years and I’m still thankful to this day that I was able to get some.

They are no joke!

These will make you instantly feel like a proper Hogwarts student since they’re heavy-ish, have the yellow trim and even a pocket inside for your wand!

gryffindor

Gryffindor House Crest Maroon T-Shirt (Platform 9 3/4 Shop – £29.95)

Are you loving the brand new Gryffindor logo shown on the Wizarding World app? If you are, then the Platform 9 and 3/4 Shop has different merch with it on! It might be winter but you can still treat someone to a t-shirt!

Plus it’s so bright that you can’t miss whoever is wearing it!

You can get the same in: Hufflepuff | Ravenclaw | Slytherin

“Better Be Gryffindor!” Print (Mina Lima – £39)

This is something that all possible Gryffindors want to hear when they are at the Sorting Ceremony, especially if they are a Potter or a Weasley!

It’s a bright and wonderful print to have on the wall in a frame! Think we can persuade Mina Lima to make a Hufflepuff one with Newt? Haha!

Gryffindor Embroided Banner (WB Studio Tour London – £17.95)

I reckon this would make every Gryffindor happy! They’d be able to show off their House Pride to anyone visiting, young or old! They could have it above their bed, hanging on a book-shelf or have it near a front door to show even your postman that you’re a Lion!

It will last you for many years to come!

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Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw Attribute Mug (WB Studio Tour London – £12.95)

Have a Ravenclaw that might be doubting themselves a little and needs a reminder of just how great they are? This mug would be perfect! It would show them that they are more than just their books and that they can be wise in so many other ways!

I mean…look at Luna!

“For Those Who Are Learned” Soy Candle (Etsy – £10)

An amazing way to read a book when the weather is horrendous outside is to embrace your magical self and read by candlelight. Obviously you wouldn’t want that person to hurt their eyes but it would still make a great gift!

This is a vegan-friendly soy candle that has rosemary (symbolised for memory) and petrichor (the scent of the earth after rain and helps deep thinking).

ReadingRoomCandleCo (Sara) is the amazing person behind the candles and has the best smelling fandom candles around! Check out Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin!

Ravenclaw Bookfold Art (Etsy – £40)

If you’ve never seen how breath-taking bookfold art is, then you need to check out this by BananaBookfolds! What else could be a perfect gift for a Ravenclaw than art made from an extra book?!

It’s made from a Harry Potter book (I knooow…try not to cry at the death of a book and pray it’s not your favourite!), wrapped with a blue ribbon and has silver painted corners!

slytherin

Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy Wands (Cursed Child Store – £32)

I couldn’t talk about Slytherin gifts without fangirling over two of my favourite Slytherins! You don’t have to have seen Cursed Child to appreciate you their wands! They’re so personal to the characters and I feel any Slytherin will understand how hard they push past the old ‘Slytherins are evil’ thoughts.

If you have seen the show, you can check out the official Slytherin section and the brand new Cursed Child: The Journey book!

Slytherin Hooded Sweatshirt (WB Studio Tour London – £39.95)

It sounds super cold down in the dungeons (believe me…I know!) so your favourite Slytherin will need something to wear during the weekends. No teen wants to wear their school uniform to keep them warm on days off!

This sweatshirt is actually unisex so it doesn’t matter what gender you are! As long as you want to show everyone how proud you are to be a Slytherin, you can wear! It’s 80% cotton so perfect to keep any snakes snug!

Slytherin Stocking (WB Studio Tour London – £28)

The final product in my ultimate Harry Potter gift guide is this Slytherin stocking! It’s a Christmas gift guide and, even though I never had a stocking to get teeny presents in, I still love the idea of having something to maybe open on Christmas Eve or before Christmas lunch to keep me going!

It’s such an elegant design with the House crest on the front and a teeny snake on the side!

If you could give any Harry Potter character a gift, who would you choose
and what would it be?

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6 Bloggers & Vloggers I Loved During October

vloggersPhoto by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash

It doesn’t matter which month it is, I have certain bloggers and vloggers that I love to see content from. I guess I’m pretty loyal to the ones I love, though I do discovering new people to follow. If you have any recommendations for me after you’ve read this post, let me know in the comments!

We’re 2 days into November already which means I’m going to fangirl over some of my favourite content creators! I never know what to call people online sometimes. Some like to be influencers, others content creators or vloggers/youtubers! So many titles! At the end of the day, we all use a camera but we show our creativity in different ways!

youtube

this is how we bingham

It’s been a long time since I found a family on Youtube that I can love and feel excited to see a new vlog from, but I found that with the Binghams! They’re a brilliant family from Utah who loves to film their daily lives, go crazy over GoPro and show their faith. You have Branden, Mindy, Madison, Ryler, Krew, Brexsen and Hazyl! Oh, can’t forget Lazzy the cat who they saved from freezing to death a few years ago!

I’ve literally binge-watched all of their videos before and it’s amazing to see how they grow as a family! Other members of the family vlog as well: Life in Holland, Jared & Britt, Dan and Chelle and Sean Bingham!

They’re techically bloggers too since Mindy loves to add recipes that she creates

PaigeY

Have you ever wished you were smart enough to go to Cambridge University?

I know I do, but I’m living my dream through watching Paige vlogging about her course, chatting about studying and seeing her crazy friends! Haha! I’ve been watching her videos for just over 2 years and it’s so much fun! She has the same humour as me and has just started her 3rd year. She’s actually studying astrophysics as a module!!

So cool!

Pixie Potterhead

Everyone, meet the brilliant Rhiana!

How I didn’t discover her until a few months ago, I have no idea, but she knows I’m obsessed with her videos! She has an amazing Harry Potter youtube channel where she does unboxings, chats about theories and looks at different topics in the Potter-verse!

She is so fun and comes up with some really unique ideas for her videos, especially compared to others! If you love all things Potter (like me), then you will love her too!

Blog

hellomissjordan

Okay, this is definitely no mystery (especially to Jordan) that I love her and the work she does! She isn’t simply a fashion/beauty blogger but an up-and-coming West-End star and a major face on Instagram. She travels to so many different places around the world and takes us with her through her pictures!

She was recently in Legally Blonde: The Musical and she fangirls alongside me with Harry Potter and Disney!

I know she’s trying to get to 75K by the end of 2019 so, if I can send at least one person her way, I’ll be happy!

LittleMissKaty

I’m slowly starting to realise that I follow a lot of bloggers who have ‘Miss’ in their name somewhere! I love it! I’ve been a follower of Katy for just over 4 years and everything about her posts makes me happy. It’s been an honour to watch her develop her image over the years and really showing what she is capable of creating through photography and editing!

I wish I had even a teeny bit of her editing genius!

She doesn’t only do these photos though! Her blog also focuses on lifestyle, travelling to different countries and, of course, food!! You can’t go wrong with people who review food before you! She is a massive inspiration to me and I’m seriously making it a goal for 2020 to collab with her on something!

Katy! Have your people call my people!

Lady Writes

I can thank Jenny for introducing me to Chloe and her blog! We’re part of a little commenting pod where we read each other’s posts and let them know what we think! I love how warm Chloe’s blog is which is a major factor to why I keep reading and also watching her Youtube videos!

She has a great style and I tend to look to her for fashion tips, skincare advice and lots of different things! Recently I’ve really been enjoying all of her reviews on the latest beauty advent calendars. I know I wouldn’t be able to afford them myself so at least I’ll be able to do what products are included and maybe get some ideas what to treat myself to!

These are only a handful of people who I loved last month! I’ve actually unfollowed a bunch of youtubers which is only natural as you grow up, but I’m so glad that I follow who I really enjoy. Maybe I’ll swap and change in November or stay the same? You know never know with me.

That’s the fangirl life for you!

Which bloggers/vloggers did you enjoy in October?

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New In Fandom | November 2019 (Funkos, Rise of the Skywalker)

November

Yule Ball Ginny Funko (£9.99) | Yule Ball Fred Funko (£9.99) | Yule Ball George Funko (£9.99) | Cinderella’s Castle Build-It (£18.45) | Entertaining with Disney (£25.99) | Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance (£6.99) | The Art of Star Wars Limited Edition (£66.99) | Disney Art of Hand Lettering (£12.99) | Nimbus 2000 Limited Edition Broom (£317) | 13th Doctor Exclusive Rainbow Scarf (£17.99) | 13th Doctor with Goggles Funko (£9.99) | Doctor Who 3D Polarity T-Shirt (£17.99) | Obi Wan 20th Anniversary Figure (£26.99)

Welcome to November, guys! (Okay, it’s still October 31st when I’m writing this but it’s almost over so NOVEMBER!)

We’re officially in the month before Christmas so I can imagine everyone is focused on that! I’ve already seen crowds starting their gift shopping!

At least if they done now, I won’t have to deal with them next month. While everyone is focusing on ‘normal’ gifts, I’m laser-focused on all the fandom goodies coming out this November!

So. Much. Stuff!

This is only a smidge of what is out there right now. I’m even tempted to do a Part 2!

I’ve done my best to pick out a few different fandoms that I love and would personally buy. I think that’s super important when you do a gift guide. Unless you wouldn’t buy what you show for yourself, then I wouldn’t put in a recommendations post.

GINNY, FRED AND GEORGE WEASLEY (YULE BALL)

Look at these Weasley siblings! They look so pretty! I’m going to try and find the Ron to buy with these but I need all the Weasleys in my life. I wish they would bring out a Charlie or a Percy too!

Goblet of Fire is the theme of this Potter year so I’m super happy that a few new Yule Ball Funko Pops are being released.

We have these guys as well as Professor McGonagall, Snape, Padma and Parvati Patil and Cho Chang.

Nimbus 2000 Limited Broom

If you’ve ever wanted to be a Quidditch player (check out Rodney aka KwikSpellCo as one!) and you have money to spare, then this limited edition broom is coming! I wish I wasn’t super clumsy and broke or I would have totally gotten this to pop on my wall!

It’s so cool!

Definitely a talking point!

13th doctor with goggles

Anything with Jodie’s 13th Doctor would be incredible to get! The scene where she is creating her sonic screw driver is such a fun one to watch and a look! I’ve seen so many people cosplaying this outfit so yay for a Funko version!

Reverse the Polarity 3D T-Shirt

MCM Comic Con was last week and a bunch of exclusive goodies were released there! One of them happened to be this t-shirt.

The coolest out there!

Embrace your 10th Doctor with the 3D glasses that come with the top so you can see all the front design in all its glory!

13th Doctor Rainbow Scarf

Another exclusive (this time with Forbidden Planet) is the Doctor’s rainbow scarf from the Christmas Special! I’ve been wanting this ever since I saw the promo picture with it in! Blue doesn’t even suit me but this scarf would literally suit anyone!

We all know how cold winter is going to get so treat yourself to this when it’s released…today!!

Run, Whovians! RUN! (I am!)

The Art of Star Wars Jedi: fallen order

Wow, November is really out with all the exclusives and limited editions!

You can’t deny that Star Wars looks breath-taking with all the special effects. This book is based off the video-game ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘. You get to follow Cal’s quest to rebuild what was the Jedi Order, see him try to learn the ways of the Fore and more!

The game itself is being released on November 15th on PC, Xbox One and PS4!

Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance

With Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker coming out next month, we obviously need something to keep us going until the film comes out! That’s when this YA novel comes in with Rey, Poe and Rose!

When a distress plea goes up from the isolated planet Minfar, Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Rose hear the call! Together they will face down a First Order battalion, terrifying flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war!

obi wan 20th anniversary figure

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since The Phantom Menance came out?! I feel so cold! I remember the day when I first saw Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and he was cute and Anakin looked adorable!

We even had a super young Natalie Portman!

Now we get this special figure to commerate the 20th anniversary!

Cinderella’s Castle: Build the Fairytale

I love building things like this especially when they’re 3D and they’re Disney! Disney models are so fun to make! I haven’t had the chance to do them recently so the look of Cinderella’s castle looks awesome!

You get push-out characters to add too!

Perfect for a little prince/princess!

entertaining with disney

This book may have come out a few months ago but now it’s in hardcover!!

If you’ve ever wanted to create some sort of Disney-themed event such as a birthday party, an afternoon tea or even a baby shower, then this book has everything! It gives you ideas about designing the invitations, planning meals, decorating the space and more!

Now I really want a Disney party! Anyone?

Art of Hand Lettering

This is one for Disney fans who also have bullet journals or love calligraphy! I’ve always wanted to figure out how to write fancy letters for my journal. You know, with the titles and everything. I’ve seen so many talented people creating them that I want to figure it out.

What better way to learn how to write this way than by writing some beautiful Disney quotes!

I hope there is something from The Lion King or even Beauty and the Beast (possibility since Belle is on the cover! Haha!)

What is on your fandom list for November?

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What I’m Watching On Netflix This Halloween | Blogtober 2019

this halloween

In a couple of weeks, it’ll soon be Halloween and I know a handful of you will be super excited for everything horror! My days are usually less about the horror and the spooky and more about the ‘How many times is too many to rewatch all of the Harry Potter films?’. It may be a super sad month for us Potterheads but we still love to watch! This Halloween is no different!

I can’t get into the scary side of the holiday but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few things I’m going to be checking out this Halloween on Netflix! They are great for giving recommendations and I’ve found some amazing TV shows and films this way.

You may notice after this post that I have a strange taste in things I watch! (Don’t send the restraining orders through yet! Haha!)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

You cannot have a terrifying Halloween without watching Sabrina! I literally adore this show! I admit that I did have my doubts prior to it coming to Netflix since I was a big fan of the original, but this is just everything and more! If you love things that are rather dark and have you on the edge of your seat, then you need to let Kiernan Shipka drag you into the shadows kicking and screaming!

So many of my friends have started to cosplay/dress up as this Sabrina such as Megan Flockhart and Jess Medley! These ladies look stunning!

Lucifer

We may as well carry on with the devil into my next pick! Everyone, meet king of hell Lucifer. Lucifer, you probably know everyone from our nightmares! You think you know what the devil is supposed to be like but you have never met one like the one Tom Ellis plays. You might know Tom from watching Miranda or even from Merlin but I think he really shows what an incredible actor he is in this show!

I will happily watch him every Halloween because he’s not bad on the eye either! Hehe. I won’t say much about what his character is like because that would ruin a few things so…I’ll just leave a gif for you instead!

Forensic Files

Alright…this pick will be a 50/50 for some since it is based on real life events and is true crime. I border on feeling uncomfortable and sad with the fact that these cases were based on people being killed to intrigued on how the police and forensics help solve them and lock away the killer.

I blame my mum for watching this because she was interested in these documentaries and, in turn,  so did I. It’s not fun watching these but sometimes they are perfect to watch at Halloween and teach you some life lessons.

Goosebumps

You want to be scared? Goosebumps will do it!

No, not the recent films with Jack Black in them!

The 90s TV show where the title line is “Beware…you’re in for a scare!”. I’m not embarrassed to say that these episodes actually freaked me out enough that I had nightmares from them. It was between this show and another called ‘Are You Afraid of The Dark?’.

The episodes that had me checking everything and anything were ‘Piano Lessons Can Be Murder’, ‘The Haunted Mask’ and ‘It Came From The Kitchen Sink’. I know that the effects were badly done but there is just something about how R.L Stine created these stories that make you uneasy.

Casper

Casper is definitely on my films to watch this Halloween! It’s just such a classic! I’ll admit that it did freak me out a fair bit with the vicar and the back-to-front head but that was just typical 90s scare tactics. I was banned initially at school from watching this in class because the teachers believed it was too scary and gory for kids.

Not gory…just freaky!

Plus I kind of had a crush on the guy who played Casper when he became human!

If you want to carry on watching Casper, check out ‘Casper Meets Wendy’ with a teeny Hilary Duff in it! Beyond cheesy and not scary at all but I still love watching it to this day!

So many TV shows and films to watch and I might not have to be all that spooked in the end which is great for me and my anxiety!

What will you be watching this Halloween?

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Why I Believe Ron Weasley Deserves More Credit | Blogtober 2019

Ron Weasley

Over the years I’ve loved many of the Harry Potter characters from Hermione Granger to Newt Scamander. The one character that I loved from the very start is Ron Weasley. I’ve had a few friends actually scoff at me when I told them which Weasley I liked. “Why didn’t you like Fred and George first? They did more!”.

Statements like that make me laugh.

Of course I know that the twins did some incredible things. All of the Weasleys did something cool! That’s why they were my favourite Wizarding family but a lot of people overlook Ron Weasley when they see his family or even Harry and Hermione.

Not in this post!

Today I’m going to put my case forward on why I believe Ron deserved more love than anyone.

he was harry’s first ever friend

Harry didn’t have any friends before Hogwarts, partially thanks to the Dursleys, so you can probably imagine how much this meant to Harry. This is my first reason for loving Ron because, even though he fanboyed over the fact that he was sharing a compartment with Harry Potter, he actually stayed for his sweets.

Just like a certain nephew would over 20 years later.

he put his life on the line in his first year

Not many 11 year olds would jump into danger for a friend they’d only known for just under a year. That was what Ron was like: a true Gryffindor!

He might have panicked while he was being trapped by Devil’s Snare but he showed how brave he was when he helped both Harry and Hermione get through the giant chess game without getting hurt.

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I always saw the chess game as much more than just that though. I saw it as the first time that Ron has been both in control and better at something than someone else. All of his life he had been fighting to be past his brothers and sister and it wasn’t until this that he got the chance. So proud of him! Dumbledore even gave him 50 points!

He was smarter than people gave him credit for 

Maybe Ron wasn’t as smart as a Ravenclaw or like Hermione, but that didn’t mean he was all out dumb. His intelligence appeared in different situations such as the strategy during chess, he figured out that they could use Basilisk fangs to destroy Hufflepuff’s goblet and managed to a decent enough word in Parseltongue to open the Chamber of Secrets and came up with multiple ideas throughout the books that others didn’t.

Just because he didn’t always focus on his work doesn’t make him dim.

He had some of the best lines in the book

Though I sometimes hate that Ron was seen as more of a comic relief than a real character, JK Rowling did give him some of the best lines. Shame that the films gave those lines to others. Yes, I’m still bitter about that!

Some of my favourites are:

  • “From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell, ‘Die, Ron, die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.”
  • “Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?”
  • “Oh, of course! I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”
  • “And that’s the second time we’ve saved your life tonight, you two-faced b*stard!'”
  • “You need your Inner Eye tested, if you ask me.”
  • “Only if you were prat enough to go dancing around, waving it over your head and singing, ” I’ve got an unbeatable wand, come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.”

There is also the line where Ron said ‘If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us too!’ in Prisoner of Azkaban but that was given to Hermione. Gah.

Do you think Ron Weasley should be given more credit than he is?

 

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Review | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition

goblet of fire

It’s October 8th and that means it’s the publication day for the new Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition.

I’ve been super excited for this book to be released because it actually has Hufflepuff mentioned a whole bunch! Okay…so…there are some students who do not represent us well but we’ve got Cedric Diggory!

He is like total Hufflepuff!

I couldn’t wait to see what magic Jim Kay had created especially with scenes like the Tasks and the Yule Ball! So many incredible moments that I adored in the original Goblet of Fire!

This is going to be a pretty photo-heavy post so if you haven’t been able to get the book yet, I do have other Harry Potter posts for you to enjoy!

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Alright…I’m just going to say it! If you’ve watched the Very Potter Musicals, then am I the only one who thinks Ron is beginning to look more and more like Joey Richer! If I start to see Red Vines appearing, then it’s fate! Haha!

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THE BURROW!! Yes, I’m using caps here! I’m using them because I always feel so happy to see this place illustrated. It’s so magical, full of memories and so many kids! They made the place such a home and one of my favourite details of the book has to be this teeny drawing by one of the Weasley kids. I think it’s of Mr Weasley but not sure which of the children the other two people are.

Could be Bill?

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I absolutely adore this double-page spread of the Beauxbaton students flying towards Hogwarts! It looks as majestic as I imagined and the horses look pretty regal themselves! You can’t go wrong with flying horses!

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I have to feel a little sorry for Viktor with this image! He’s looking a little skinnier than I imagined and a cross between Hiccup from How To Train A Dragon and Bran Stark from Game of Thrones! He had been on a long boat ride on the Durmstrang ship so maybe he’s sea-sick? Haha.

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That look Ron is giving towards Hermione with Krum is everything to my shipping heart! I’ve always been a big Ron/Hermione shipper and it was so much fun seeing him get jealous and yet being utterly hopeless with his feelings! By the way…Hermione is in her periwrinkle dress!! I have been waiting years for this moment! THANK YOU JIM!!

To be honest, I could literally post every single picture from Goblet of Fire into this post but we would literally be here forever and this is already way too long!! If you’ve gotten to this point, tell your favourite colour in the comments!

Will you be buying this book or do you prefer the original copy instead?

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5 Fandom Halloween Costume Ideas | Blogtober 2019

Halloween Costume

Even though I love celebrating Halloween, I’m absolutely hopeless when it comes to coming up with a creative Halloween costume. Okay, maybe I’m being a little hard on myself. I can come up with plenty of ideas (that’s why I’m doing this post! haha!) but I can’t bring those ideas to life outside my head.

The most fun Halloween costume that I put together is the one in the picture above. That is a human version of Hedwig, Harry’s snowy owl. It’s pretty simple since I only had a few things around my house to use but I did buy myself a cute white wig and some yellow contacts. This was the first time I’d ever worn contacts and I never knew if I looked okay in them!

If you’re thinking about attending a Halloween party this year or even dressing up for work, maybe some of these fandom-related ideas will help spark something for you. I’d love to see any pictures if even one person uses one of these! Make me feel clever please!

Lily & James Potter hit by the Killing Curse

This idea of mine makes me cringe but Halloween is meant to be a little scary, right? What better way to do that than by pushing the fandom boundaries a little, even if it makes you sad. I’m sorry, Lily and James! I saw an incredible Anna costume where she looked herself on one side of her face but then had a white eye and a frozen part creeping up the other.

That’s what I’m imagining for the Potters since it would be a different couples idea for any Potter fans! You could be dressed up as the pair with a white eye and green veins travelling up the side they were hit. It doesn’t have to be your face, you could have it on your costume itself!

George Weasley without his ear or Angel Fred

The Weasleys really went through it in Deathly Hallows! Not only did George lose his ear because of a curse by Snape, but then Fred is killed in the Battle of Hogwarts. You have the gruesome side for George but I couldn’t do the same to Fred! He was my favourite Weasley twin! You could easily dress up as Fred and add a halo and wings to him. So cute!!

One of the Doctors between regeneration

You might have two favourite versions of the Doctor that you love to watch over and over but can never choose which one you’d love to go as. Now you can be both! Why not allow yourself to be the 10th and 11th Doctor! Who wouldn’t want to be both David Tennant and Matt Smith…I know I would. I would have done Peter and Jodie but I wasn’t overly fussed on him. *hides*

This may be one for anyone who is pretty good at costume design. My thoughts picture 2 costumes in 1. Half 10’s coat and suit with half of 11’s suit and bow-tie. It looks cooler in my head so who knows if it would work!

Become a Patronus

This particular Halloween costume has been stuck in my head for years and, again, I just haven’t got the skill to bring it to life! You pick one of the many Patronus mentioned in the books or seen in the films and become it in silver!

I’d love to do either Harry’s stag patronus or Snape’s doe patronus! They would make amazing costumes especially the doe one because it would just seem super cute!

Anna looking half-frozen

I can’t take credit for this idea because I actually remembered it from a video I saw a few years ago and it’s the same I mentioned earlier! A Youtuber called Kat Sketch created an incredible makeup look of Anna from Frozen looking…well…frozen! She is like the queen of Halloween looks so if you don’t mind your favourite characters looking pretty awful, then she’s your girl!

Have you got any ideas of what you want to wear for Halloween this year?

 

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New In Fandom | September 2019 (Harry Potter, Doctor Who…)

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Harry Potter: The Mysteries of Hogwarts (£16.99 – 2nd September) | The Film Vault (Volume 1) (£11.99 – 5th September) | The Film Vault (Volume 2) (£11.99 – 24th September) | Professor Trelawney Funko (£9.99 – 27th September) | Fawkes Funko (£9.99 – 27th September) | Cedric Yule Ball Funko (£9.99 – 27th September) | Harry Potter Funko Advent Calendar (£49.49 – 30th September) | Fleur Yule Ball Funko (£9.99 – 27th September) | 13th Doctor SDCC T-Shirt (£15.99 – 3rd September) | Marvel Funko Advent Calendar (£49.49 – 30th September) |

So much incredible stuff is coming out this September and you just knew that I would fangirl all over the Harry Potter merchandise appearing! I did include a Doctor Who t-shirt too so I did vary myself! Haha! I’m not sure how many people actually read this series of posts but I love looking at what is coming up and popping each on my wishlist.

Mysteries of Hogwarts & Film Vaults 1 and 2

September means a selection of Jodie Revenson books all about the Harry Potter world!

If you’re looking for a short but incredibly detailed book of illustrations about Hogwarts, then you’ll want to have to look out for this new book from Jody! She’s written almost as many books as Jo at this point and it’s amazing to see all the facts that she’s gathered from the books and the films! It is a bit expensive at £16.99 for 48 pages but it’s good for any collector. You’ve also got the two Film Vaults coming this month too!

Professor Trelawney Funko Pop

Next up, we have the Professor Trelawney Funko pop and I’ve been waiting for Funko to bring her out! Ever since I read the Prisoner of Azkaban and saw what Hermione thought of her, I’ve loved her! Even more so when Emma Thompson just brought us to life for us!

Fawkes, cedric diggory and fleur delacour funko pop

Another 3 Funkos that I need to add to my collection have to be Fawkes, Cedric and Fleur! Fawkes is the most beautiful phoenix that I wish we’d gotten to read more about in the Potter books. Maybe we’ll see how Dumbledore gets him in the Fantastic Beasts films? We also have the Yule Ball pops appearing on the market and they’re adorable!! I do love Ginny’s but there is just something about the way Cedric and Fleur look here that I adore.

Yule Ball and Classic Marvel Advent Calendars

Before you say anything…yes, I’m including some advent calendars in my September post! You’re never too early to mention them because so many fans will be wanting these that you want to buy it quick so they don’t sell out! I’m not actually planning on getting the Potter Funko calendar because I’m planning to get the full-size Pops, but I do know a lot of people will want! If you love Marvel, then you will need to grab the Classic Pop calendar! It’s so quirky and I love!

13th doctor t-shirt

Finally we have this stunning Doctor Who t-shirt!! I’m actually in love with the design of the 13th Doctor, the inverted coloured Tardis and then the explosion of colour behind it! I actually think that would make an amazing tattoo! Haha!

What fandom things are you excited to see coming out this September?