Awards

One Lovely Blog Award | 4

Waking up to see that I’ve been nominated for things like the One Lovely Blogger Award always brings a smile to my face. Thanks so much to Stephen @ Stephen Writes and Emma @ A Dreamer’s Library for nominating me!!

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award;
  • Share seven facts about yourself;
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers and inform them.

Does being nominated twice mean I have to share fourteen facts about myself instead of just seven? If you insist…

1. I’m a morning person. Not only do I enjoy mornings the most out of all the times of the day, but I also tend to automatically wake up early (relative early, of course–around 7:30am).

2. Jurassic Park is my favorite movie. I even dressed up as Laura Dern in Jurassic Park for a bop that was movie themed. Dedication. 

3. I’m a pretty terrible cook. Why make actual meals for myself when I can just eat variations of breakfast (a.k.a. eggs, toast, and oatmeal) for every meal?

4. I like to bake. However, baking is different. What’s not to love about sweet treats at the end? I also feel like mistakes are less noticeable while baking than while cooking actual meals (chocolate hides pretty much everything).

5. I can touch my nose with my tongue. When I was younger I assumed that everyone could do this, but apparently that isn’t the case. Now I use it as my go-to fun fact during awkward ice-breakers at orientations, group meetings, etc.

6. I have no idea what Hogwarts House I should be in. This became an actual dilemma when I visited the Platform 9 3/4 sign at King’s Cross Station in London and the Official Scarf Waver asked me what House I’m in. I ended up saying Gryffindor because I thought the maroon scarf would stand out more in the photo AND because I just couldn’t decide in that short moment. WHAT AM I.

7. I’m allergic to MANY things, not just nuts. Dogs, Cats, birch pollen, ragweed, grass… the list goes on and on!

8. My favorite food is pizza. I could eat pizza every night for a week (or two! or three!) and still not complain. I am ALWAYS in the mood for pizza.

9. I rarely watch Netflix during terms/semesters. Some people turn to Netflix when they want to wind down after a long day of working in the library, but for some reason I usually don’t watch Netflix during term time unless I’m watching it with friends. Maybe this explains why I’m always so behind on shows?

10. I love listening to music while I work. Some people prefer silence when they read or write, but I’d rather have at least some background noise while I’m working.

11. I have a bookstagram. If you’ve followed this blog for a while I feel like you probably already know this already, but I thought I would throw it out there just in case. It’s so much fun!

12. I am an avid list maker. Almost every day the last thing I do before heading to bed is make a to-do list for the next day. Even if I don’t check off everything on the list it’s still nice to wake up with a clear direction for the day. (Besides, what’s more satisfying than checking off tiny boxes?)

13. If I’m not drinking tea, I’m usually drinking hot water. Drinking plain hot water in a mug is something that people are either 100% on board with or think is the strangest thing they’ve ever witnessed. I love it.

14. I love mugs. Speaking of mugs, I adore them. I have far too many for one human being. But when will I stop acquiring new ones? (Never.)

Thanks again to Stephen and Emma for nominating me! ❤

What’s a fun fact about you? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

I’ve been in England for a few days now (eek!). What better way to celebrate with a quintessentially British series like Harry Potter? I was thrilled when I realized that I had been tagged in such a fun (and long!) tag about this beloved wizarding world. Thanks so much to Bridget @ Bridget & Books for tagging me!!

1. Favorite book?

Definitely Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It’s dark, mysterious, and you learn so much about Tom Riddle’s past. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve gone back and reread this book!

2. Least favorite book?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This book is incredibly predictable– I felt as though I knew the entire plot the moment they mentioned there would be a tournament. (Harry would have to be part of it, of course!)

3. Favorite movie?

I’m a huge fan of the sixth movie because I love the book so much, but I also adore Chamber of Secrets. The trio is so young and adorable!!

4. Least favorite movie?

Goblet of Fire. It feels like such a transitional movie to me, almost as though its sole purpose is to bridge the gap between three and five in any way possible.

5. Favorite quote?

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

6. Favorite Weasley?

Okay, this is really difficult. Though I love them all dearly, I think I’m going to have to say that my favorite Weasley is Arthur. I feel like he’s such an important father figure for Harry and he has so many hilarious lines.

7. Favorite female character?

Definitely Hermione. She was such a role model for me growing up as a nerdy, school-loving bookworm.

8. Favorite villain?

TOM RIDDLE. I think learning about Voldemort’s past as Tom Riddle is absolutely fascinating, which is a huge reason why I love the sixth book so much.

9. Favorite male character?

Remus Lupin. If I could have an entire book written about the past of only one Harry Potter character, I would definitely choose Lupin. He’s so interesting and plays an immensely important role in shaping Harry.

10. Favorite professor?

Besides Lupin, I’d say that my favorite professor is McGonagall. Who doesn’t love this brilliant, courageous, strong, compassionate witch?

11. A, Wash Snape’s hair, or B, spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself.

Wash Snape’s hair– it’s quick and relatively painless.

12. A, duel an elated Bellatrix, or B, an angry Molly

Hmm…. probably an angry Molly because Bellatrix is absolutely terrifying.

13. Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. flying car.

Hogwarts Express!! (Mostly because I want to know what walking through platform pole feels like…)

14. A, Kiss Voldemort. Or B, give Umbridge a bubble bath.

This is going to sound so strange, but I think I would rather kiss Voldemort. It would be so much quicker than giving Umbridge a bubble bath!

15. A, ride a hippogriff, B, ride a firebolt

I would rather ride a Firebolt because I’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to fly on a broom.

16. Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?

I think I disliked Umbridge even more in the movies than in the books, if that’s possible.

17. Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?

NO.

18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Richard Harris. He’ll always be the best Dumbledore in my eyes.

19. Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most.

PEEVES. Why would they ever leave out such a hilarious characters as Peeves?!?!?!

20. If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

Probably the fourth one because it’s my least favorite.

21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Ravenclaw. Now I feel as though I might be a mix between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, though I think the former will always be the most dominant house in me.

22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore (or another online sorting quiz)?

Gryffindor, which I never expected. Maybe I’ve been wrong about my house the whole time???

23. Which class would be your favorite?

I have a feeling I would be that one student who loves History of Magic. I think the history of Hogwarts is so interesting!!

24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Accio!! It would be perfect for when I’m too short to reach things on tall shelves.

25. Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?

Ideally, Hermione and I would be great pals. I feel like we have a lot in common– at the very least, we could spend a lot of time studying together!

26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

The Cloak of Invisibility!! Just think of all the cool things you could do with it…

27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, an event, anything.

I would change Harry’s relationship with Ginny. It seemed really sudden and almost forced to me in the books, as though they were the only two characters left that weren’t already paired up so Rowling just stuck them together. I would love to see their relationship develop more.

28. Favorite marauder?

Lupin!

29. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

This has to be the most difficult question ever. My gut response is to bring back Snape because I feel as though there is so much left of his story to tell.

30. Hallows or horcruxes?

Definitely hallows! Horcruxes are just plain creepy.

What are your answers to these questions? What HP book is your favorite? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY