Archive for December, 2011


Happy Magical New Year!

Hello everybody,

I would just like to say at this early time in the morning of the first day of January 2012…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

And may all the rest that follow be just as good or better! ๐Ÿ˜›

Now I need to tuck in for the night so ‘good night sleep tight!’ ๐Ÿ˜›

Finite Incantatem

BUTTERBEER

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Hello!

I hope you guys are all enjoying your holidays and your christmas presents! Anyway…

As the New Year is coming up, that means it is time for a little bit of change here in magicaldeluxesugarquills. How? By simplifying our blog name into something a little less of a mouthful, a catchy name. So here could you please put up your suggestions?

So far I have four:

-Butterbeer ๐Ÿ˜›
-The Daily Prophet…
-The Quibbler
-Magic is Might

Any ideas? Please put them up by New Year’s (1st of Jan 2012). If not, then the 2nd of 2012. THen, at the VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY latest, the 12th of 2012.

Thanks!

BUTTERBEER

MERRY BELATED XMAS!!!

This is just going to be your ‘Christmas’ present, so sit back, put your feet up and relax.

Here is a great website you’ll love, all the craft and news is here:

The Leaky Cauldron

Here is the official Harry Potter website created by the author, Jo (anne) K. Rowling herself! You are not able to sign up yet, but you are still able to receive some info on what’s going on…:

Pottermore by J.K.Rowling

You should watch the opening video, it’s really cool…

This is the Insider if you didn’t figure out how to get there:

The Pottermore Insider

Did you know that Rowling wrote other books apart from the Harry Potter series? They are Harry Potter related too. There are three:

“The Tales of Beedle the Bard”
“Quidditch Through the Ages”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander”

Have you heard of “Harry Potter Puppet Pals” or “Potter Puppet Pals”? They are hilarious. They hold puppet shows that are parodies of Harry Potter film/book scenes or shows created by their own imagination. Check out their website and watch their clips, they are famous throughout the world and completely hilarious, so go laugh your head off! I warn you though, some have swear words and are not as great…:

Potter Puppet Pals Website

I hope you have enjoyed everything!

BUTTERBEER

It is Christmas Eve! Phew! FINALLY up to date.

Now this is one of those really awesome posts. Not super-awesome, it’s Merlin-wicked-awesomated.

Here goes:

On June 18th 2011, Orlando, Florida, the Universal Orlando Resort, something fantastic, Harry Potter and magical, opened. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.

This Harry Potter theme park takes on the look of the popular wizarding village, Hogsmeade, and also Hogwarts Castle itself. The place is laiden snow, and trust me, you will have the time of your LIFE there.

These are the two sites I got the info from:

Descriptions:

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Only At Universal Orlando Resort

Price Lists:

Harry Potter Theme Park – Wizarding World Harry Potter – Orlando – Florida

I also got some info from the WHO magazine article about the opening of the theme park in 2010.

Enjoy!

There are 3 rides:

*Dragon Challenge:

“Marvel at the blazing Goblet of Fire and the shining Triwizard Cup as you take on the Dragon Challenge. Choose your ‘dragon’: an aggressive Chinese Fireball or a ferocious Hungarian Horntail. You’ll need the courage of a Triwizard Tournament champion as you climb aboard one of the two ferocious dragons that twist and loop in a high-speed, intertwining roller coaster chase across the sky. Each ‘dragon’ is completely different!”

*Flight of the Hippogriff:

“Pass by Hagrid’s Hut and follow his instructions as you learn the proper way to approach a Hippogriff, which has the head of a giant eagle and the body of a horse. Then it’s time to take a “training flight” aboard the Flight of the Hippogriff, an enchanting family coaster woven from wicker and decorated with fluttering leaves representing feathers. Bow as you approach the ‘real’ Hippogriff, and then you’re spiralling and diving around the pumpkin patch, and swooping past Hagrid’s Hut.”

*The Forbidden Journey:

“Enter through the towering castle gates and make your way through the familiar passageways and corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll visit iconic locations such as Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement and more. Then get ready to soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure, coming face-to-face with an array of magical creatures! This amazing new attraction uses groundbreaking, state-of-the-art technology (and a little magic) to create a one of a kind ride experience.”

Loads of shops:

*Zonko’s:

“Zonko’s is your destination for novelty items, jokes and toys. At Zonko’s Joke Shop you can take home items such as a Sneakoscope, Extendable Ears, Screaming Yo-yos, a Boxing Telescope, Fanged Flyer, Pygmy Puff, Shrunken Heads, and more. There are sweets including Fainting Fancies, Fever Fudge, Nosebleed Nougat, and U-No-Poo. The shop also offers Zonko’s t-shirts, mugs, and other souvenirs.”

Prices of popular items:

Chattering Teeth: $4.95
Zonkoโ€™s Mug: $12.95
U-No-Poo: $4.95
Pygmy Puff: $14.95
Boxing Telescope: $9.95
Duck On Bike: $19.95
Rubby Oโ€™ Chicken: $9.95
Sneakoscopes: $15
Robot Lilliput: $21.95
Screaming Yo-Yo: $9.95
Fanged Flyer: $24.95
Chinese Fortune Sticks: $11.95
All T-Shirts are in the mid $20 range.

*Honeydukes:

“A must-stop for visitors to Hogsmeade, at Honeydukes the shelves are lined with all manner of colourful sweets, including Acid Pops, exploding bonbons, Cauldron Cakes, treacle fudge, Fizzing Whizzbees, and Chocolate Frogs, which contain a wizard trading card in each box. Inside the shop you can fill up a bag of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans… who knows what tasty (or not so tasty) flavours you’ll discover! The shop also offers other classic favourites such as chocolates and fudge.”

Here is a price list for some popular items:

Clippyโ€™s Clip Joint Clippings: $2.95
Honeydukes Salt Water Taffy: $6.95
Honeydukes Candy Floss: $3.95
Bertie Bottโ€™s Every Flavour Beans: $10.95
Sugar Quill Lollipop: $3.95
Chocolate Cauldron: $9.95
Honeydukes Milk Chocolate Bar: $4.50
Chocolate Frog: $9.95
Pepper Imps: $4.95
Peppermint Toads: $7
Fizzing Whizzbees: $9.95
Pumpkin Juice: $5.99
Honeydukes Hard Candy: $12.95
Exploding Bon Bons: $9.95
Ton-Tongue Toffee: $12.95

*Dervish and Banges:

“Be sure to stop at Dervish and Banges for such magical items as Sneakoscopes, Spectrespecs, Omnioculars and The Monster Book of Monsters. Dervish and Banges carries all your Quidditch needs including T-shirts, Quaffles, Golden Snitches and brooms including the Nimbus 2001 and the Firebolt. You’ll find Hogwarts school uniforms and clothing including robes, scarves, ties, t-shirts and sweatshirts. The store offers an assortment of other merchandise such as journals and stationery items.”

This is a partial list of what’s on offer:

Patches: $6.95
Gryffindor Journal: $18.95
The Quibbler: $6.95
Quaffle Ball: $19.95
Hufflepuff Tie: $9.95
Bludger Bat and Ball Set: $21.95
Pins: $9.95
Hogwarts Journal: $21.95
Remembrall: $12.95
Stuffed Dragon: $21.95
Glass Stein: $14.95
Goblet of Fire: $24.95
Golden Snitch: $14.95
Gryffindor Pillow: $24.95
Sneakoscope: $14.95
Large Cauldron: $34.95
Small Cauldron: $14.95
Omnioculars: $34.95
Triwizard Cup: $16.95
Wizard Robe: $99.95

A Firebolt is worth $300.

*Owl Post:

“Look up to the timbered rafters of the arched ceilings and you’ll see nearly two dozen resting owls dozing, hooting, turning their heads and ruffling their feathers. Numerous benches give you a place to rest too, as you take a break during your day’s adventures. Cover your ears as you pass the Howler displayed in the window, and check your watch as the grand Owlery clock tower hoots on the hour. You can drop your postcards and letters into the post box and they’ll be delivered with an authentic Hogsmeade postmark. The Owl Post sells a variety of stationery, writing implements, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter stamps, as well as owl-related toys and gifts.”

Owl Post is right next to Ollivander’s, so here you can purchase your wands. There are many different wands, including Harry Potter’s, Voldemort’s and Dumbledore’s. There are wands for every birthday month of the year. All wands are $29.95.

*Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods:

“Here you can see confiscated items and purchase souvenirs such as Hogwarts clothing including jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shoulder bags, caps and scarves; plus house crest banners, stationery and other gifts. There are authentic movie prop replicas including character walking sicks, Death Eater masks and film-based chess sets; assorted Quidditch clothing; magical creature toys and clothing; plus a variety of assorted toys and other souvenirs. It is also here, at the attraction’s exit, that guests can purchase a photo of their ride experience on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.”

There are also pins, keychains, magnets, Marauder’s Map replicas and Voldemort dolls.

Here’s a partial list of costs for what’s on offer:

Slytherin Mug: $8.95
Stuffed Crookshanks: $24.95
Pins: $9.95
Dumbledoreโ€™s Hat: $29.95
Ministry of Magic Mug: $12.95
Field Bags: $29.95
Playing Cards: $12.95
Scarves: $29.95
Marauderโ€™s Map Mug: $16.95
Hogwarts Stein: $34.95
Stuffed Hippogriff: $21.95
Death Eater Mask: $99.95
Stuffed Phoenix: $24.95
Wizard Chess Board: $399.95

All T-Shirts are in the mid $20 range.

Shows:

*Frog Choir: “Enjoy a presentation of songs by a small choir of Hogwarts students, accompanied by their large croaking frogs. The show takes place near the Flight of the Hippogriff.”

*Ollivander’s: “Step into Ollivanders Wand Shop, makers of fine wands since 382 B.C. Step into the small dusty shop and gaze up at countless wand boxes stacked to the ceiling. Here, in a unique interactive experience, you can see a wand choose a wizard. ‘You can purchase your own Ollivanders wand, or choose from a selection including Harry Potter film character wand replicas, Collectable wand sets and more.”

*Triwizard Spirit Rally: “Cheer on the colorful procession of Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students as they lead the excitement for the Triwizard Tournament. Show takes place near the Flight of the Hippogriff.”

Dining:

*The Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub:

“Three Broomsticks is a rustic tavern where visitors to Hogsmeade can come to share a pint of Butterbeer or pumpkin juice and dine on hearty fare. In this restaurant you can choose from such main courses as the “Great Feast Platter”, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Cornish pasty, turkey legs and fresh vegetables. Children’s menu items include chicken, macaroni and cheese, fish and chips, and chicken fingers, each served with grapes and applesauce. Dessert choices include apple pie, strawberry and peanut butter ice cream, and chocolate trifle. At the rear of the Three Broomsticks tavern is the Hog’s Head pub. Here the family can enjoy Butterbeer, pumpkin juice and other beverages while adults sample the pub’s selection of domestic and imported beers, specialty drinks, wine, spirits and mixed drinks.”

Butterbeer is an iconic drink that you must buy in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Here are some Butterbeer prices:

Butterbeer: $3.25
Frozen Butterbeer: $4.25
Butterbeer in Collectable Mug: $10.64

My Gravatar pic is of a glass of Butterbeer.

Here’s a description of Butterbeer from the Who magazine: “Butterbeer tastes magical. It’s frothy, butter-scotchy and incredibly yummy, and it’s one of the many details that make the theme park-part of Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida-a transportive delight for Potter fans.”

The magazine says that the tickets are $79 a day for adults and $69 for children (this is in $US).

Funnily enough…

For Christmas, I am going with my mother to Orlando for 10 days in let January! SO awesome. I got $250 American from my grandmother and auntie, but I doubt that’s enough money… ๐Ÿ˜›

Well, sorry for the delay of publication. ๐Ÿ˜› The post’s here now though, so all good!

BUTTERBEER

Merry Xmas!

Hello everyone!

I hope you are having an awesome day and enjoying your presents!

BECAUSE OH MY GOD MY MUM AND DAD FOR CHRISTMAS THEY ARE TAKING ME TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT!!! AND YOU KNOW WHAT IS THERE???? THE HAARRRYYY POOOTTTTTEEEERRRRRRRR TTTTTHHEEEEEMMMMMMEEEEE PPPPPPAAAAARRRRKKKKKKK!!!!!! IIAAAAMMMMM GGGGGOOOOIIIINNNNNGGGGG IIIIINNNNN JAAAAAAANUUUUUUAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED I HAVE TO GO NOW BYE BYE!!!!!!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!

BUTTERBEER

The Belated Magical 5th Day

To all bloggers interested in what I have to bring to you in this belated 5th section of this magical week…,

If you want to buy yourself, a Harry Potter crazy friend (e.g. me ๐Ÿ˜› I haven’t got Hogwarts Express yet… nah don’t worry I’m just joking around) or whoever a late Christmas present, then you can never go wrong with Harry Potter lego! ๐Ÿ˜›

You should check out the official website:

Harry Potter Lego Official Website

If this lucky person who you are giving Harry Potter lego to already has a few Harry Potter Lego sets, then you had better find out which sets you can buy and if there are any left! (only one in my case :P)
Have a look here:

Harry Potter Lego Products

You can also check the prices and order if you would like. ๐Ÿ˜›

I have a kinda short story about ordering Harry Potter lego:

A few months ago, I ordered 4 Harry Potter Lego sets: Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Castle (whichever, it’s the big one), Freeing Dobby and the Quidditch Match. The total cost was $515. A few weeks ago I finished them as I had end of year school exams, and I have to tell you, it was really worth it. You should definitely get Diagon Alley as it has GLOW-IN-THE-DARK LEGO!!!!!!! How awesome is that? It’s really something to see.

Anyway, this is the website I ordered from. I totally recommend it because the delivery was like 1, 2, BAM. Can’t’ve taken more than a week. So here it is:

Justbricks Lego

OH MY GOD AND I JUST FOUND THIS AWESOME WEBSITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome Lego Website

I also like this site because it has the music which creates a good, lively, Harry-Potter-magical mood. ๐Ÿ˜›

Harry Potter Lego: Pick a Brick

I don’t know if it’s because I’m watching Christmas Carols but I feel really excited about lego and Christmas and Harry Potter and magic and blogging and this magical week and the magical days and the speed I am typing at right now and I do not want to stop yes I am very excited ok merry christmas I hope you had a very magical, merry, awesome time looking through those websites, because, when I say they are awesome, they ARE awesome, just like when Ron told Harry on the Hogwarts Express in the Philosopher’s Stone through a mouthful of sweets and lollies while opening a packet of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, “When they say every flavour, they mean every flavour”!

Well. Merry Christmas to all my great Muggle friends and magical friends you are all awesome even if you don’t have a wand and I know, yes, everyone wants a wand for god’s sake who wouldn’t?

Ads now! Ok I’ll try to calm down. Merlin’s Beard it’s 5 past 11 pm! Nearly Christmas Day! Santa’s coming in his sleigh full of reindeer… ๐Ÿ˜›

Well, I should probably wrap up this section right now! ๐Ÿ˜›

Finite Incantatem!

BUTTERBEER

Merry Christmas Eve!

Apparently, Akismet has protected my site from 1 spam comment already. But I want to know what the spam comment was! Someone tell me???

Welcome Fellow Bloggers to another Belated Magical Day!

This is the 4th section of this magical week, and it is really something. But, I am probably posting this way too late. Well…

On the 19th of November, a very special thing happened in the city of Sydney: the Powerhouse Museum opened the Harry Potter exhibition. It. Was. AWESOME.

Anyway. At the opening, Jamie and Oliver Phillips (the actors who have the role of Fred and George Weasley) came to celebrate this event. The tickets for that night were very expensive, but not as much now it has been going on for a while.

Anyhow, in the exhibition, you will:

-See Mr.Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia and a duplicate of the Hogwarts Express
-See lots of real props, such as the sword of Gryffindor, Buckbeak, wands, Dementors, the Angel of Death statue, the Deathly Hallows, an Acromantula and much much more!
-See loads of costumes: Quidditch costumes, Beauxbaton Academy, Durmstrang, Yule Ball dress robes, staff robes, Death Eater robes and more!
-Throw Quaffles through the goal hoops in the ‘Quidditch pitch’
-Watch trailers, interviews, scenes from the movies and magical oil paintings
-Have a photo and buy it for $20 in its Harry Potter edited version
-So much more stuff I cannot even type down
-Visit places
-Go HARRY POTTER SHOPPING IN THE MAGICAL MENAGERIE!!!

Right. Now nothing, I repeat, NOTHING in the shop will be cheap. The cheapest price is $5, so bring LOADS of money. And I am talking about at least $100, because I spent $125 and now I wish I had bought more Chocolate Frogs. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Well, here are the costs I remember:

Chocolate Frogs with Collectible Wizard Cards – $5
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans – $5
Hedwig Bookmark – $5
Movie Scene Character Bookmark – $5
Wand-Pen and Bookmark – $12
Harry Potter Photo of yourself – $20
Harry Potter Exhibition Guide Book – $25 (I think)
Black Hogwarts Cap – $25
Note: I think House beanies and scarves are around $25. Just a guess.
Black Hogwarts Tote Bag – $35
Harry Potter Album Cover to go with your Photo – $40
Red Gryffindor T-Shirt Women’s Small – $40
Note on T-shirts: I think they are all the same price or with a difference of $5 or $10. The house
T-shirts have their house crest on it. The background can be in the house colour or white.
Black Hogwarts Hoodies – $40 (I think)
Marauder’s Map – $50 (I think)

You can also buy wands but I didn’t look hard to see the price. I think the black Quidditch T-shirts may have been $40 as well. Anyway, it was awesome. Now, something even more awesome, but it is unfortunately to tell you right now. Well, last night and tonight the powerhouse museum have organised a SLEEPOVER AT THE EXHIBITION FOR CHILDREN AGED 5-14.

But, I’m not rich so unfortunately, I couldn’t go. Well click here to see the details.

When you go, remember: bring an overflowing wallet and maybe even one of your Harry Potter costumes for the Photo. ๐Ÿ˜›

Have fun!

Oh, and before we move on… I wouldn’t mind to trade some of my money for your Chocolate Frogs. ๐Ÿ˜› I only bought 3, you see. ๐Ÿ˜›

If you are at the exhibition right now, tell me what it is like, because you are one lucky duck.

Goodnight sleep tight and I hope you’ll wake up to a wonderful Christmas morning tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜› And you are extra lucky if you get to see snow outside your window. I’ve only ever seen it on TV, unfortunately. In fact, I am watching Carols by Candlelight right now on Channel 9 and it was ‘snowing’. Can people tell me what snow is like and how cold it is if you have gear on and what snowball fights are like and building snowmen…
Well, no more of my rambling. Have an awesome Christmas, enjoy the lunch and dinner and your presents! Merry Magical Christmas Eve! ๐Ÿ˜›

BUTTERBEER

Merry Christmas Eve everybody!

Now, a short while ago I cut out a gingerbread house recipe from a newspaper (and now I cannot remember which newspaper it was) as I thought it may come in handy. The newspaper says the recipe is from ‘MyRecipes’ so don’t even begin to imagine that I created this myself. Anyway, if you find that the recipe I gave you earlier on takes way too long, is way too complicated and you don’t understand it at all, then here’s another one.

I have attached pictures of the gingerbread house template and the result.

Apparently this is an extract from Summer Food, by Serge Dansereau. Published by ABC Books, $39.99.

So:

“For the House:

The Template:

Base: 20 x 18cm, 1 piece

Side Walls: 12 x 13cm, 2 pieces

Roof: 12 x 13cm, 2 pieces

Back and Front Walls: 12 x 21cm, 2 pieces

Negative spaces (there are two windows of equal size at the front and an arched door):

Windows: 3 x 4cm

Door: Height – 5.5cm
Width – 4cm

The height from the base to the beginning of the roof is 12cm.

Gingerbread Dough Ingredients:

-800g plain flour
-4 tablespoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon ground ginger
-3 teaspoons mixed spice
-1 teaspoon salt
-100g butter
-200g honey
-180g brown sugar
-4-5 free-range eggs
-Zest of 2 lemons
-Half cup/125mL milk

Royal Icing:

-Egg white, at room temperature
-2 cups/300g icing sugar, sifted
-2 drops lemon juice
-Half cup almonds
-1 glace cherry
-3 pistachio nuts, halved

METHOD:

To prepare the gingerbread dough, sift the flour, baking powder, spices and salt together and set aside. Melt the butter, honey and brown sugar gently in a saucepan, until just melted. Cool.

Mix the honey mixture with the dry ingredients and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer set with a paddle attachment. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. After adding four eggs, assess the dough; if it feels wet enough, do not add the last egg. Refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

On a flat, clean surface, roll out the gingerbread dough to 1cm thick. Cut out all the required shapes using the templates as a guide. Remove the door and windows in the front house panel. Cut the windows to create shutters. Put all the shapes on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush with the milk to give the gingerbread a nice gloss.

Decorate the panels with the cherry, almonds and pistachios, as in the picture.

Bake the shapes for 15 mins, then leave to cool and harden overnight. If the gingerbread is still too soft, place on a kitchen rack and dry for 24hrs. The panels need to be firm otherwise they will collapse later.

To prepare the royal icing, beat the egg white in a bowl and add two teaspoons of sugar until combined. Continue beating, adding one teaspoon of sugar at a time. Halfway through, add a drop of lemon juice. Add the last drop of lemon juice, then the balance of the icing sugar, and mix. The dough should be firm. Wrap in a plastic wrap and reserve until ready to use.

Pictures of the gingerbread house result:

When ready to build the house, put the icing in a piping bag with a small nozzle. Place the back panel of the house on the base and then place one side panel on the base (you will need help to hold the panels). Pipe some icing along the bottom inside and bottom outside edges to “glue” the panels together. Do the same with the other side panels. Let this set for one hour.

To set the roof, pipe some icing on the top leading edges of the wall panels, gently placing the two roof pieces on top, one at a time. Pipe more icing along the top and outside edges to glue well. Let this set for one hour.

Using the icing, attach the door and the window shutters in an open position, then pipe snow along the windowsills and the top of the roof. THe house will need to dry for 24 hours before it can be removed.”

Ok, this recipe certainly doesn’t look too short and quick… but you have to admit, the pictures make it look DELICIOUS. Tell me how it works out! ๐Ÿ˜›

BUTTERBEER

Hello all you santa-hat-wearing bloggers! (if you are not wearing one and you are reading this, go put one on RIGHT NOW)

I say this, because, of course you know, well, you must know, you have to know, by this time in your life, at your age, not saying you are old and wrinkly or anything otherwise you will not be able to read this with your eyesight…

*BIG BREATH*

it

is

CHRISTMAS EVE!!!

So, I hope you have all put on your hats by now and decorated your house, or at least put up a Christmas tree!!! (And bought me my pressies, mum :P)

Because magicaldeluxesugarquills has been decorating as well! (well, change of appearance, basically…) However, I am not so sure which theme is better to use in this situation: Iceburgg or Vermilion Christmas. So I just chose the latter, as it is more colourful… what do you think? Put you opinions down and let me know please!

BUTTERBEER

To all food-loving, magic-interested bloggers of this world…

Gingerbread houses have been coming up a lot around here, recently. So I searched the web, and found the most AH-MAZING cake ever….

wait for it…

wait for it…

wait for it…

it’s coming…

dundunDUNNNNN….

*drumroll*….

alright FINE here it is:

here are some more views:

Now that’s really something. Anyway, I have almost no experience with cooking and baking awesome gingerbread houses, so I’ll just give you the link to the page on this website that as all the stuff:

Simple yummy Gingerbread House Recipe Page

By the way, this woman says making gingerbread houses can take quite a while if you start from scratch or something, so, beware! But I am sure the result will be delicious.

BUTTERBEER

Hello fellow bloggers,

So, quickly jumping into the short or not so short 3rd section of this magical week as we are little behind schedule…

Every witch and wizard will one day be chosen by a wand shortly before they begin school, which is vital or otherwise performing magic will be almost impossible, unless you are able to control your emotions without a wand. All this will happen, unless you are disabled or seriously injured and have to live at St. Mungo’s for the rest of your life. But that’s not very likely.

Now, hopefully you are not a Squib, or otherwise you will not live to your full extent as a magical being. So here is a list of all the spells from the Harry Potter series, as historyromp requested quite a while ago. These spells will help you find jobs, pass tests, attack and defend yourself from opponents…:

This is in alphabetical order, and all of these spells are only from the books, not the movies or games and none were invented. (and that << is not a spell)

Accio ___ – A Summoning Charm. It Summons anything you mention and comes to your aid almost immediately.
Aguamenti – Conjures water.
Alohomora – Unlocking Charm. Unlocks most locks.

The Atmostpheric Charm gives off weather effects, or something like that. The incantation is not given.

Anapneo – Clears blocked airways.

The Anti-Disapparation Jinx stops the target from Apparating to somewhere else. The incantation is not given.

The Antler Jinx makes the victim grow antlers. The incantation is not given.

Aparecium – Revealing Charm. Reveals invisible ink.
Avada Kedavra – One of the 3 deadly Unforgivable Curses, the Killing Curse. Kills the victim, and, unforgivably, it immediately lands you in the wizard prison Azkaban. When cast, it gives off a vivid green light.
Avis – Avis Charm. Conjures a few birds from the tip of your wand.

The Babbling Charm causes the victim to babble. The incantation is not given.

The Banishing Charm is the opposite of the Summoning Charm (see Accio). Sends objects away. The incantation is not given.

The Bat-Bogey Hex makes the opponent’s ‘bogeys’ bat-size and make’s them grow wings. The incantation is not given.

The Bedazzling Hex bedazzles the other person. (I think, possibly…) The incantation is not given.

The Braking Charm allows broomsticks to stop effectively. The incantation is not given.

The Bubblehead Charm produces a kind of bubble around your head so you can breathe air without breathing the air outside of the bubble. The incantation is not given.

The Caterwauling Charm is a kind of alarm that gives off a caterwauling sound when an unwelcome person enters a zone that’s been cast upon. The incantation is not given.

Cave Inimicum – A defensive protection spell.
Colloportus – Locking Charm. Locks doors.
Confringo – The Blasting Curse. Blasts things out of your way.
Confundo – The Confundus Charm. Confuses the victim who is hit.

The Conjunctivitis Charm affects the eyesight of the victim. The incantation is not given.

Crucio – One of the 3 deadly Unforgivable Curses, the Cruciatus Curse. Causes the victim to feel excruciating pain, and can even give them brain damage if the predator goes overboard. Again, it immediately lands you in the wizard prison Azkaban.

The Cushioning Charm is cast on brooms so that the flyer can fly more comfortably. The incantation is not given.

Descendo – Makes something move downwards.
Defodio – Gouges through things.
Deletrius – Erases the sight of Prior Incantato performed on a wand. (See Prior Incantato)
Densaugeo – Causes teeth to grow rapidly and continuously.
Deprimo – Blasts a hole through something.
Diffindo – The Severing Charm. Cuts through the object.

The Disillusionment Charm makes the target change its image to the appearance of what is behind them. The incantation is not given.

Dissendium – Opens the hump-backed witch statue to the passageway that leads to the wizard sweet shop, Honeydukes, in Hogsmeade.

The Drought Charm dries up water. The incantation is not given.

Duro – Forces an item to change into stone.

Enervate – Revives an unconscious person.
Engorgio – The Engorgement Charm. Increases the size of the target.
Episkey – Heals an injury.
Erecto – Sets up the object straight.
Evanesco – The Vanishing spel..
Expecto Patronum – The Patronus Charm.
Expelliarmus – The Disarming Charm. Sends the object a person is holding in their hand flying, usually a wand, so therefore they are ‘disarmed’.
Expulso – Blows up the target.

Ferula – Conjures bandages out of thin air.

The Fidelius Charm allows a location to be hidden from others, as long as the hidden do not let the secret be known to others, otherwise it will quickly be spread. The incantation is not given.

Finite /+ Incantatem – Stops the continuation of a spell effect.
Flagrate – The caster will be able to manipulate a line of fire with their wand.
Furnunculus – Gives the victim boils all over the face.

Geminio – Creates a double of the target cast upon.

Glisseo – Changes the target into a smooth slide.

The Hair-Lengthening Charm lengthens and thickens the victim’s hair. The incantation is not given.

Homenum Revelio – Reveals the presence of another being in an area.

The Homorphus Charm changes a werewolf back into its former human shape. The incantation is not given.

The Hover Charm makes an object ‘hover’. The incantation is not given.

The Hurling Hex makes a broom attempt to hurl its rider off.

Impedimenta – Temporarily slows a being down.
Imperio – One of the 3 Unforgiveable curses, the Imperius Curse. The caster will be able to manipulate the being cast upon to do anything. Again, the use of this spell will immediately land you in the wizard prison Azkaban.

The Imperturbable Charm can be cast upon doors to prevent eavesdropping. The incantation is not given.

Impervius – Deflects water from the surface of the target cast upon.
Incarcerous – Causes thick ropes to wrap around a target.
Incendio – Creates fire.

The Invisibility Charm makes a target invisible.

The Jelly-Legs Jinx makes the vitim’s legs wobble like ‘jelly’.

Langlok – Glues the target’s tongue to their mouth so they cannot speak.
Legilimens – Enables the caster to see into the victim’s mind and experience randomly some of their memories.
Levicorpus – Hangs a person upside down in the air by their ankle.
Liberacorpus – The counter-jinx of Levicorpus.
Locomotor ___ – Moves an object.
Locomotor Mortis – The Leg-Locker Curse. Locks a person’s legs together.
Lumos – Ignites the tip of the caster’s wand to produced light.

Meteolojinx Recanto – Stops a spell causing rain.
Mobiliarbus – Moves an object, most likely just plants or trees.
Mobilicorpus – Moves a body.
Morsmordre – Sends the Dark Mark into the sky, a huge skull and green sparks.
Muffliato – Fills the ears of people nearby with a strange buzzing.

Nox – Extinguishes the light created from Lumos.

The Obliteration Charm obliterates traces left from someone.

Obliviate – A Memory Modifying Charm.
Obscuro – Creates a blindfold to obscure someone’s vision.
Oppugno – Makes a bunch of conjured creatures attack someone.
Orchideous – Creates a bunch of flowers.

Petrificus Totalus – The Body-Bind Curse. The victim goes completely rigid, except they are able to breathe (of course) and look around with their eyes.
Peskipiksi Pesternomi – A spell to use against pixies that Lockhart probably made up, as it did not work and does not seem very similar to all other spells.
Piertotum Locomotor – A Locomotor spell that animates statues and armour.
Point Me – The Four-Point spell which, when cast, makes your wand spin around in you FLAT hand and stops when it is pointing north.
Portus – Turns an object into a Portkey.
Prior Incantato – Shows the last spell performed by another wand.
Protego – The Shield Charm. Creates a magical barrier/shield that protects the caster from spells. Can also be used to create a barrier between others.
Protego Totalum – Probably a stronger version of Protego, or maybe permanent instead of temporary.

Quietus – The opposite of Sonorus, levels the volume of your voice out to normal.

Reducio – The opposite of Engorgio, reduces the victim’s size to normal.
Reducto – The Reductor Curse. Blasts objects out of your way.

The Refilling Charm refills a container.

Relashio – Gives off red sparks.
Reenervate – Revives an unconscious person.
Reparo – Repairing Charm. Repairs broken things.
Repello – Repels things from you.
Repello Muggletum – A Muggle Repelling Charm. Repels Muggles from the area where the spell is cast.

The Revulsion Jinx forces anything hanging on to the caster to get off or if nearby, back away.

Rictusempra – The Tickling Charm. Gives the target a tickling sensation and makes them laugh uncontrollably.
Riddikulus – The Boggart Banishing spell. Cast when the wizard is imagining the Boggart in a hilarious form which would provoke laughter, the only way to truly defeat a Boggart.

Salvio Hexia – A defensive protection spell used when hiding.
Scourgify – Cleans.
Sectumsempra – Injures the victim severely by cutting them.
Serpensortia – Conjures a serpent out of thin air.
Silencio – The Silencing Charm. Silences another by muting their voice.
Sonorus – Magnifies the volume of the caster’s voice so it can be heard over long distances.
Specialis Revelio – Identifies the ingredients in a potion.
Stupefy – The Stunning Spell. Stuns the victim unconscious.

The Stinging Hex stings the victim, making them swell up from the stings. The incantation is not given.

Tarantallegra – Sends the victim’s legs into a continuous, unstoppable, fast dance.
Tergeo – Siphons or removes a substance from something.

The Tongue-Tying Curse ‘ties’ up your tongue to prevent you from letting slip a piece of information. The incantation is not given.

The Trip Jinx makes the victim trip and fall. The incantation is not given.

The Twitchy Ears Hex makes the victim’s ears twitch uncontrollably. The incantation is not given.

The Unbreakable Charm makes objects unbreakable.

The Unbreakable Vow is an oath made between two people holding hands, with another wizard/witch who is the Bonder, bonding the two and their promises together. There is no incantation that we know of.

Waddiwasi – Shoots gum out of keyholes.
Wingardium Leviosa – The Levitation Charm. Levitates the object/being cast upon. Hint: Swish and Flick!

Phew!

Well, they are all the spells I know so good luck with practising and using them in the future! (perhaps not alllll the spells, though.)

Finally, this section is finished so quickly moving on:

Finite Incantatem!

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Hello…

Whoooaaaaaaahhhhh who searched up ‘hagrid’s hut gingerbread house template?’ Alright maybe I’ll put in a recipe for a gingerbread house….

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Dreadful Delays

Hello!

Merlin’s Beard! it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to provide the 2nd section of the magical week offerings. I must apologise, but I have been very busy and that post took a long time for me to make, so I am sure you will agree that it was worth it. Now, the Christmas lights have been turned on and it is time for me to close my eyes so goodnight!

By the way, yes, I will provide two sections for the magical week offerings tomorrow (I’ll try my hardest, at least, that is all I can say so far!) but they will not be as long as that second one!

Finite Incantatem!

Nox!

BUTTERBEER

Hello to all magic-reading bloggers who are interested in finding out what is happening 2day as it is the second day of this magical Christmas week…,

You may like to know that Muggles are not the only people who celebrate Christmas. Witches and wizards do too! So you can imagine all the chaos that will be happening at Hogwarts! For you people who have no idea, here’s a detailed image (I would also suggest watching the Harry Potter movies) …:

So. You are looking at Hogwarts from a bird’s eye view…

The castle is a gingerbread house with glowing windows and Hagrid’s Hut is an iced cake. Glittering, powdery snow is everywhere, several feet high in many places. The Black Lake is frozen and some students are iceskating. The Weasley twins have bewitched several snowballs to follow Professor Quirrell around, bouncing off his turban. They are now throwing snowballs at the window in the Gryffindor Common Room, and Ron opens the window meet one full in the face, and swears with quite some fury at his older brothers. Quite unknown to Fred and George Weasley, Filch will soon slouch in behind them and find a punishment for their crime against Quirrell. No doubt it will not be torturous enough for him to enjoy.

Scattered around the castle are bunches of students laughing and dodging while they participate in snowball fights. Hagrid is lumbering down the snowy slope, carrying with him several injured and unconscious owls who have managed to fight their way through vicious storms. Hagrid will take them to his hut and nurse them back to health before they can fly back to their owners.
The Forbidden Forest looks enchanted, each tree smattered with silver.

Inside now:

Imagine walking through the double doors that lead to the Great Hall. Inside is a strange, magical and splendid dining place. There are thousands and thousands of candles lighting up the place, floating in mid-air over four long, polished wooden tables, where all the students sit. The tables are laid with glistening golden plates and goblets. At the far end of the hall there is another long table where teachers sit. The ceiling is bewitched to look like the sky outside, so let’s say a ‘velvety black… dotted with stars’. There are huge fireplaces, soon causing you to heat up and take off your coat. It looks magnificent. Festoons of holly and mistletoe are hung around the walls and no less than twelve towering Christmas trees stand around the room, some sparkling with tiny icicles, others glittering with hundreds of candles, and even some are frost-covered. They are glittering with golden stars. Thick streamers of holly and mistletoe crisscross the ceiling. Enchanted snow is falling warm and dry from the ceiling. Professor Flitwick, the tiny little Charms teacher, and Professor McGonagall, the tall, strict Transfiguration teacher, are adding some last minute decorations from the tips of their wands. Poor Flitwick has to perch on a stool to place the bubbles blossoming from his wand accurately over the branches of a tree.

In the dungeons, it is so cold that your breath rises in a mist in front of you, and you stick as close as you can to your cauldron.

Knights around the school shine with a mysterious light, and when you walk past them they begin singing Christmas carols in odd, metallic voices, with some pauses where they miss words. Unfortunately, there are rarely any pauses as Peeves the mischievous poltergeist is usually hiding inside them, singing along and adding some inappropriate, rude phrases from his own versions.

Now put yourself in Mrs. Weasley’s shoes…

Mrs. Weasley is a very busy mother, and has to organise lots of presents for her family: Mr.Weasley, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny. Not to mention her other relatives and of course, Harry (who she dotes on). As the traditional present she gives is a Weasley jumper with your first initial on it, she has a lot of knitting to do!

So you had better get started!

With all her household jobs to do, she can get a little scatterbrained and forget the patterns she is using… so you may like to use this as a guide to making a Weasley jumper:

Wait! Before you read this… NOTE: these instructions were copied from the unofficial website “The Leaky Cauldron” and I did not create it myself. They have something very important to say to everyone:

“Please note that the patterns and tutorials you find here have been designed by Harry Potter fans all over the Internet. The authors alone hold the copyrights and licences to these patterns and tutorials, which means you CANNOT use their patterns to make something that you will sell to others afterwards. You can use them to make things for yourself. You can make some for your friends and ask them to pay for supplies. You CANNOT, however, ask them to pay you to do it as though you had created this pattern by yourself, or try to sell you crafts to a local store.

Think about it. Would you take a Prisoner of Azkaban book, photocopy it, put your name in big red letters on the front cover and try to sell it in your local library? The answer is, obviously, no. Well, selling crafts you have made but not designed would be just as bad!

Also note that the tutorials, recipes and patterns found here have not been tested and that The Leaky Cauldronโ€™s Harry Potter Crafts section is not responsible for any mistakes they may contain.”

So now you know all of that… Here it goes!)

Finished measurements

Circumference: 20 (22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46) inches
Lenght: 12 (13.5, 15, 16.5, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5, 24, 25.5, 26.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5) inches

Note: Since this pattern had a lot of measurements, we prefered to keep all the measurements in inches. For a version that includes measurements in centimeters, please click here.

Supplies

MC: 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed or approximately 570 (570, 760, 950, 950, 1140, 1330, 1520, 1520, 1710, 1900, 2090, 2280, 2470) yards of similar gauge tweedy yarn
CC: 1 skein of Rowan Felted Tweed or 190 yards of similar gauge tweedy yarn
US5 (3.75 mm) needles (or size required to get gauge)
US 5 (3.75 mm) 16โ€ circular needle (or size required to get gauge)
Stitch holder or scrap of yarn
Stitch markers or scraps of yarn
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Gauge
24 stitchers and 32 rows per 4โ€.

Note: If you want to use a yarn with a larger gauge, you can try using this same pattern, but following the instructions for a smaller size! Knit a gauge swatch and multiply your gauge per inch by half the bust size you wish to make (e.g.: if your gauge is 4 st./in. and youโ€™re knitting a 36 inch size, mulitply 4ร—18). Find the number closest to that number in the instructions for the back. Circle that number and follow all of the instructions that refer to # of stitches as if you were knitting that size. BUT follow instructions that refer to length in inches or # of rows from the ACTUAL size you want to make.

Chart
H Chart for the smaller sizes
H Chart for the middle sizes (bolded)
H Chart for the largest sizes (underlined)

Instructions

Back
With MC cast on 60 (66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114, 120, 126, 132, 138) stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 12 (13.5, 15, 16.5, 18, 19.5, 21, 22.5, 24, 25.5, 26.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5) inches, ending with WS row.

Shoulder shaping

Bind off 18 (20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44) stitches at the beginning of the next two rows.
Place remaining 24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50) stitches on holder or scrap yarn for the neck.
Note: If you wish to grade the shoulders you can divide the shoulder bind offs into two, three, or four groups. For example, for the smallest size โ€“ bind off 9 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows, 2 times; for the seventh size (32โ€ circ.) โ€“ bind off 10 stitches at beginning of next two rows, 3 times; for the largest size (44โ€ circ.) โ€“ bind off 10 stitches at beginning of next two rows, 4 times.

Mark beginning of armhole by measuring 5 (6, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5) inches DOWN from each shoulder edge and tying a spare scrap of yarn around the edge stitches.

Front
Work as for BACK until piece measures 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17) inches from bottom.
If you are knitting the initial into the front, begin working initial chart using a separate strand of MC and CC for each color section. Be sure to center chart for your size in the middle of the sweater. If you will be adding the initial later with duplicate stitch, continue knitting in stockinette stitch with MC only.

After completing chart, continue knitting with MC only until sweater measures 9.75 (11.25, 12.75, 14.25, 15.5, 17, 18.5, 20, 21.5, 22.75, 23.75, 24.75, 24.75, 25.75) inches, ending with WS row.

Neck Shaping
Knit the first 24 (26, 29, 31, 34, 36, 39, 41, 44, 46, 49, 51, 54, 56) stitches, placing the center 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26) stitches onto holder or scrap yarn, and knitting the remaining 24 (26, 29, 31, 34, 36, 39, 41, 43, 46, 49, 51, 54, 56) stitches.
Continue on right side of neck only, working all following neck decreases for this side one stitch in from the egde as follows:
– on WS: Purl to last 3 stitches, P2tog, P1
– on RS: K1, K2tog, K to end.

Shape neck by decreasing one stitch at neck edge EVERY row 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7) times, then EVERY OTHER ROW 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) times. Continue in stockinette stitch until front is as long as back to beginning of shoulder shaping (see *) and complete as for back.

Join new yarn at armhole edge of left side to begin working left side of neck. Work all following neck decreases for this side as follows:
– on RS: Knit to last 3 stitches, SSK, K1
– on WS: P1, SSP, P to end
Shape neck as for other side (see *

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Mark beginning of armhole by measuring 5 (6, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5) inches DOWN from each shoulder edge and tying a spare scrap of yarn around the edge stitches.

Sleeves
Sew shoulders together. Pick up and knit 58 (66, 72, 78, 84, 88, 96, 100, 108, 112, 120, 124, 132, 136) stitches around left armhole from from marked stitch on front to marked stitch on back. Beginning with a purl row, work in stockinette stitch for 1 (1, 1, 1, 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5) inches. Begin shaping sleeve, by working decreases on each side one stitch in from the edge, as follows:
– on RS: K1, K2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, SSK, K1
– on WS: P1, SSP, P to last 3 stitches, P2tog, P1)
Work decreases on next and then on every 6 (6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4)th row until 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 54, 58, 58, 62, 62, 66, 66, 70, 70) stitches remain. When decreases are complete, continue working in stockinette stitch until sleeve measures 8.5 (9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18, 18.5) inches, then work 2ร—2 ribbing (beginning and ending each row with K2) for 1.5 (1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5) inches.

Bind off in pattern.

Repeat for right armhole.

Sew side seams of body and sleeves and weave in ends. Accio sweater!

Final Product

Alright now. So, Mrs. Weasley’s present is done, and there’s is one other person who always gives presents to Harry, Ron and Hermione… Hagrid. He enjoys cooking, but maybe he isn’t as perfect as Mrs. Weasley. Harry, Ron and Hermione have frequently come across faults in Hagrid’s cooking… the rock cakes he always gave them were too hard to eat… the chicken casserole had talons in it… you can see he isn’t completely accurate. So I have decided to provide you with the perfect recipe for homemade treacle fudge which he gave to Harry for Christmas some years ago. Conveniently, Harry remembered to soften it by the fire, but you won’t need to do that as you will follow these instructions correctly, I am sure… I hope!

By the way, this recipe was taken from “How to Make Treacle Fudge – wikiHow“:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of light cream or evaporated milk
3/4 cup of firmly parted brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup molasses (not blackstrap)

Steps:

1. Mix together the cream, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

2. Melt the butter with the chocolate in a heavy saucepan.

3. Remove from heat and stir in the molasses.

4. Add the chocolate mixture to the cream mixture.

5. Pour into a buttered 8 x 8″ square pan.

6. Let it cool.

7. Finally, cut into squares and serve.

Tips:

You can add 1/4 cup of raisins, 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts or pinch of nutmeg if you want.

I don’t know how good the treacle fudge will be, or the Weasley jumper, but give it a go and tell me how it turns out.

Well, that’s it for the day so…

Finite Incantatem!

BUTTERBEER

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