Potter Plot Holes – Continuity Errors In The Wizarding World!

I’m going to start this post with an immediate disclaimer:  I am in NO WAY having a dig at JK Rowling’s writing or the series in general by pointing out these plot holes. I’m not setting out to be malicious or catty, and I very much hope my comments are taken in the fun, lighthearted and intriguing way I intend them to be!

The idea for doing a blog on plot holes and continuity errors rose from one of my many annual re-reads, at which point I started noticing a few tiny things that didn’t add up – when you’ve concentrated on a text so many times for so long, you start picking up on every little comma and detail! A couple of innocent looking sentences here and there got me thinking IF THIS, WHAT ABOUT THAT?!, and IF NOT X, HOW Y?! – which led me to while away a good few (incredibly enjoyable!) hours deliberating, arguing, researching and speculating.

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As a long term fan of Harry Potter, every minute that I spend immersed in the wizarding world is an absolute treat, and when new questions and theories are thrown up after so long it almost feels like we’ve been given brand new material to dive into all over again!

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Eco Spotlight On… Plastic Free Household Products! | Review

For the past couple of months, I’ve been trying, testing and using a number of plastic free product swaps within our household, in an attempt to cut down on our environmental footprint wherever we can.

Items like clingfilm, sandwich bags, bottles and toothbrushes all add up day to day and month to month, and the majority of times we only reach out for them to fulfil a single use before disposing of them straight into our bins – which go directly into landfill sites or our oceans, harming animals and affecting their habitats.

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As I’ve touched on before in my previous posts, we can all massively reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce by making small changes individually, including the replacement of single use plastics with hardier, reusable and biodegradable alternatives. Due to the recent upturn in awareness about the plastic free movement, we are lucky in that we’re seeing a significant increase in the amount of these alternatives on the market – and with more being developed as we speak, it’s only going to get easier and cheaper for us to commit to being better!

I’ve personally banned clingfilm, plastic carrier bags, plastic water bottles and plastic wrapped snacks from my life, and I’ve recently also replaced my disposable plastic toothbrush with a bamboo alternative. I’ve still got a long way to go (I need to hunt down plastic-free toiletries and cleaning products next!), but I thought I’d do a quick review of just some of the product swaps I’ve made and loved so far:

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Harry Potter Characters – Ranked & Rated!

A little while ago (OK, it was last year, but only 2 months in real terms!) The Telegraph posted a slideshow ranking and rating 60 Harry Potter characters. They claimed the ranking was based on ‘who is the most magical’, from worst to best.

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Unsurprisingly, I had Issues with their choices. A LOT of Issues. I won’t go into each reaction here, as that could be a whole post on it’s own, but safe to say any wizarding world in which Petunia Dursley is ‘more magical’ than Fred & George Weasley is NOT MY WIZARDING WORLD. (Seriously, I am not over that one. I will never be over that one.)

I did however have a mini rant on twitter, which prompted a few of my followers to suggest I post my own (more realistic) version. At the time, I was incredibly busy with work/Christmas/parties etc, but the idea has been brewing in my mind ever since and I think I’ve finally got my choices down to pat! In the interest of a fair comparison I’ve used the same 60 characters as The Telegraph (another of my Issues with the list is how many people they left out), and I’d love to hear what you think of my ranking….

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Eco-Spotlight On…Plastic Free Tea! | Teapigs Review*

One surprising thing to come out of recent increased focus on product packaging is the sheer amount of unexpected plastic hiding in plain sight. We’re all aware that carrier bags, bottles, straws and sandwich wrappers are The Worst, but luckily we also know we can easily cut down on those items without any huge lifestyle upheaval or financial consequences (I did a blog post with easy, cheap tips on reducing your plastic footprint here!)

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However, what about the every day necessities that we can’t just do without, or swap for better options? What can we buy instead of bin bags, Paracetamol tablets, cleaning solution, earplugs, even TEA?

Although it’s not obvious, all of the above products (and hundreds more household items) contain or are made in the majority from plastic, and it’s a lot harder to find biodegradable or eco-friendly alternatives on the shelves. It’s also hard not to feel disheartened about making small changes, however necessary and worthy they are, when you find yourself still using plastic in so many other areas with no accessible or easily affordable alternatives. I was especially disappointed to hear that almost all teabags are sealed with a plastic derivative, as I thought that by drinking tea (and not plastic juice bottles etc) I was making a considerable difference to the environment. Were ANY companies offering a plastic-free option?

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Plastic Freebruary | Top Tips For Going Plastic Free

I’ve never really got on board with month-driven initiatives (I’m not here for your negativity, Dry January and StopTober) until I noticed February this year had been assigned a hashtag much more in line with my chosen lifestyle.

#PlasticFreebruary echoes the recent change of heart and direction I’ve taken to reduce my personal consumption of single-use-plastics, and I’m really glad to see anti-plastic activism entering the mainstream media. As I touched upon in my last eco-post, more and more people are dedicating time, money and effort into recycling, reusing and reducing, and this months’ call to arms encourages us to step up the game even more and live as plastic free a life as possible during February (and hopefully beyond!)

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The easiest way of making a real difference is to start with a reduction in single-use-plastics – aka small, disposable convenience products that 99% of us use and buy without even thinking about it. Straws, coffee cups, bottled water, supermarket meal deals, plastic bags and individually wrapped snacks are tiny parts of our day to day lives, but after we’ve thrown them away (after an average use time of just 18 minutes), these products will all hang around for well over 500 years in our oceans and on our land, harming wildlife and destroying their habitats. With a few minutes of forward thinking and a bit of extra effort, we can all drastically cut the number of single-use-plastics consumed, and thus vastly reduce the likelihood of them outliving ourselves and our planet.

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Having your own #HPCelebration!

If you follow any Harry Potter accounts on social media or subscribe to any wizarding world emails or newsletters, you’ll know that this past weekend was the annual Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

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Billed as a film premiere x comic con x studio tour, the Celebration is essentially a gathering of wizards superfans in American Hogsmeade/Hogwarts; with cast panels, merch booths, meet and greets and exclusive offers on products and previews. It sounds AMAZING and I’m not ashamed to admit to being salty af that I can’t go, because a) it’s in America and I can’t afford the flights, b) it’s in America and I can’t afford the accommodation, and c) it’s in America and I can’t afford the park passes. Whilst I don’t begrudge the event at all (hell, it sounds like my heaven and ONE DAY I’ll go for sure), I am a bit sad that such a huge number of fans are priced out of what is arguably the biggest global Potter party in the making. I was chatting to Dee about it and we agreed that, as Britain is the true home of Harry, WE should be the ones to host the biggest and best Celebration (or at least, an equal Celebration!)

Before I let my bitterness take over (because it’s not fair, and like I said, I’ll totally be buying into the American Magical Dream as soon as I can) I started making a list of everything we ARE lucky to have in the UK, and decided to share my findings and ideas here so that anyone else having a one-man pity party can steal a bit of Cheering Charm!

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Why This Hufflepuff Is Going Green…

Why This Hufflepuff Is Going Green…

…and no, I’m not declaring allegiance to Slytherin! There’s no doubt I share some traits with Hogwarts’ most notorious house (hello, impatience and ambition), but I’m actually talking about my recent decision to become an eco-activist.

Like the majority of us, I’ve always been aware that our planet is suffering (from over-population, greenhouse gases, toxic waste and global warming to name but a few things), and I’ve always done (or thought I was doing) the basic minimum to reduce my personal footprint. However, whilst I knew of the problems we all face, I never truly thought of them as my problems – and thus, never truly committed to making any permanent or meaningful changes. I know now how selfish and lazy and entitled and privileged that was, and I’m not proud of it, but the great thing about green campaigning is that it’s never too late to start making a difference! Damage HAS been done and it’s easy to think ”there’s no point now”, but that couldn’t be more wrong. We won’t be able to reverse everything we’ve inflicted on our planet and it’s hard (and upsetting) to concede that, but instead of wallowing we CAN stop it getting worse. We can seek out, make and promote everyday changes, and however large or small they may be, future generations of humans, animals, sea life and wildlife will thank us!

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