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Month of Magic: Magical Cosplays

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In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal! If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

I knew I had to include some amazing cosplayers for Month of Magic. I had a few in mind already to share with you and few I found on my search for some magical cosplayers. If you ever want to start cosplaying or if you’re a beginner, check out AGeekyGal’s Cosplay Guide: How to Cosplay for BeginnersFirst Time Cosplaying: What to Expect, and AGeekyGal’s Fan Convention Guide: General Tips to get you started!

 

Ginny Di

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Ginny Di broke the internet with her Harry Potter cosplay pinup collection. She cosplays as three HP leading ladies: Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Ginny Weasley. Ginny is not just an excellent cosplayer but also a very sweet, down to earth person. I shared one of her blog posts on my facebook page recently. Check out her album here for more Harry Potter cosplays!

 

Starbit Cosplay

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Starbit Cosplay is another amazingly talented cosplayer. I found her a long time ago from her Padme Amidala cosplay that was shared on another cosplayer’s page. Every cosplay she does, she knocks right out of the park! I mean just look at this Hermione Granger cosplay! She’s also awesomely funny if you check out some of her candid shots in cosplay.

 

Sweets4aSweet Cosplay

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I first saw Sweets4aSweet Cosplay as Fiona from Shrek in my Facebook feed. It was so well done, and she was such a sweet person that I knew I had to follow her and keep up with her future cosplays. Check out her wonderfully vile Dolores Umbridge!

 

MattEleven

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I discovered MattEleven from his Eleven cosplay that was all over Pinterest. Not only is he excellent at playing the Doctor, he’s amazing as Newt Scamander as well! If you visit his facebook page, you can see the shoot of this cosplay and three other cosplayers (including Starbit Cosplay!) as Tina, Queenie, and Jacob.

 

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Know a cosplayer that should be featured here? Drop their cosplay name and cosplay page in the comments!

Five Fandom Friday · Month of Magic

Month of Magic: Games for a Wizard’s House Party

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In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal!  If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

Finding adult Harry Potter inspired games was quite challenging! There’s a million and one drinking games and so many games meant for kids. I dug through them all and managed to find a few that may strike your fancy (as they certainly struck mine).

 

The Sorting Hat Ceremony

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Give your friends this cool quiz to start the party off right. From cupcakes to the host choosing for you, this quiz may the best way for the sorting hat to put you in your house (unless you’ve all taken the Pottermore quizzes!).

 

Table Quidditch

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Looking for a cheap DIY game? Look no further than Table Quidditch.  Perfect for any age group but you can make it adult -friendly with some beer like traditional Beer Pong. You don’t have to use alcohol for this game but it might be more fun with it. Team up with other members of your house for this game!

 

Harry Potter and the Epic Drinking Game

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Speaking of drinking games… Check this out. It’s one of the best I’ve found and is pretty detailed. Have some fun with it and add your own!

 

Wizards’ Duel (via the-leaky-cauldron.org)

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Have your guests  up (house vs. house) for the ultimate HP trivia game. Each pair gets a turn. The first one to belt out the correct answer gets a house point! Each round gets harder with more in depth questions! Above is a spell sheet that could be used.

 

Aurors and Death Eaters (via the-leaky-cauldron.org)

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As your guests arrive, give them an envelope containing an assignment card of Auror or Death Eater and a pin (I love the Death Eater pin from Undeaddee & this cool Auror Owl pin from fairycakes). These are to be kept secret! The goal of the game is for the Aurors to catch the Death Eaters and the Death Eaters to foil the Aurors’ attempts. Explain the game after everyone arrives.

The game goes like this:

– Guests secretly whisper the incantation “Accio badge” to another guest. That guest must then trade pins with the attacker, without being noticed.

– If another guest witnesses a switch in progress, they must say “Expelliarmus”, and the switch is foiled.

– Aurors are trying to stick the DEs with their darkmarks and DEs are trying to steal the Auror’s badges. (so everyone is after the Auror badges, no one wants to be stuck with the darkmarks.)

– The game ends when the party host conjures the DarkMark by calling out “Morsmordre”

– All guests produce their assignment cards, and Aurors gather together and so do the Death Eaters. Whichever side has the most Auror badges is declared the winner.

 

Some of the artwork used is designed by Freepik

What games would you like to play at a Harry Potter party?

 

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Month of Magic: Potterhead Inspired Recipes

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In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal! I’m kicking off the first post with four quotes to live by, straight from the series. If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

So every Christmas I wish that I was in Hogwarts, eating their delicious feast and playing wizard’s chess. I even had a Gryffindor inspired tree last year hoping to bring some HP cheer to my holiday. One year, I would really like to do a Harry Potter “Happy Christmas” dinner featuring some of the best dishes and yummiest food mentioned in the series.

In my search for an epic Harry Potter dinner party, I stumbled upon In Literature. She hosts the most amazing Harry Potter themed dinner party. After looking over her yummy recipes, I was inspired to write this post as part of the Month of Magic blog series this month. Here’s a few recipes I’ve found so far featuring Nerdy Nummies, Feast of Fiction, and In Literature.

 

I have found love in Nerdy Nummies and Rosanna Pansino. She has several Harry Potter inspired recipes, but I felt like this would be an amazing dessert to end the night of a Harry Potter-filled night. Not only is this a simple recipe, but it’s super easy with minimal ingredients, which is my favorite kind of recipe.

 

Another pretty simple recipe from Feast of Fiction. (Can you tell I enjoy these cooking shows?) Don’t be intimidated by the ingredient list: most of them are spices. If you have a mixer, it’ll be even easier. Pair these with an after-dinner tea and complete your Hogwarts Christmas feast.

 

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Bryt gives us a super easy, no fuss recipe for Kreacher’s French onion soup that is absolutely perfect on it’s own on a cold winter night or as an appetizer to your Happy Christmas feast! The thing I love most about this recipe is that you may already have most of these ingredients in your pantry.

 

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Now for one of my favorite meals: Shepherd’s Pie! Bryt’s recipe is slightly different from my mom’s. I’m sure if you don’t want to use Lamb, you can use beef. It’s very few ingredients for a nice hefty meal that can be had on it’s own or paired with other dishes for your HP dinner.

 

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Yorkshire Pudding might just be the next best thing to a biscuit in the south! I’d love to use one of these to sop up gravy from some mashed potatoes and gravy or gravy from a nice big roast with potatoes and carrots. These are simple to make and only 5 ingredients.

 

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Do you have any Harry Potter inspired recipes to share with us? Have you made any? How did they turn out? Share with me in the comments!

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Month of Magic: Spells I Need in Real Life

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In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal! I’m kicking off the first post with four quotes to live by, straight from the series. If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

I’ve watched Harry Potter so many times and have re-read the books so much. The main thing I wish I could pull from those pages would be the spells and charms. They could make life so much easier. I picked out  a few of my favorites that I would totally be using every day in the wizarding world.

Accio

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A charm that causes a target at a distance from the caster to fly over to them. I would never have to look for my phone again. Or anything else for that matter.

Ascendio

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A charm used to lift the caster high into the air or propel them to the surface should they be underwater at the time. Being 5′ 1″, this would be awesome to use every day. No more step stools, no more climbing cabinets… I could even reach inside the washing machine without almost falling in!

 

Crinus Muto

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A Transfiguration spell that can be used to transform the color and style of the caster’s hair. I would never have to go to the hair stylist again. I could have a different hair color every day of the week. No straightener, no curling iron. Just an all natural, transfiguration spell. 😉

 

Episkey

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A healing spell that heals relatively minor injuries such as broken noses and split lips. Maybe not so much for myself as for those around me. It’d be awesome to pull out my wand and fix a little injury. A first aid kit right in the palm of my hand without having to wait for noses and  lips to heal.

 

Feather-Light Charm

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A charm used to make heavy objects lighter in terms of weight. Remember my height I mentioned earlier? This is another spell I’d use all the time. Heavy bag? Charm it! Heavy laundry? Charm it! Heavy furniture? Charm it!

 

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What spells and charms would you use in every day life in the wizarding world?

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Month of Magic: DIY’s for Your Own Burrow

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In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal! I’m kicking off the first post with four quotes to live by, straight from the series. If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

Ever since I started planning my wedding, I have been all over Pinterest looking at easy DIY’s I can create to save a little cash. I ran across some Harry Potter wedding DIY’s and got inspired! I collected a few HP DIY decor pieces for everyone to check out. They range from a subtle reference to our beloved fandom to in-your-face-but-totally-still-cool. Take the weekend, and do one of these awesome DIY’s to add some magic to your own burrow.

 

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This super easy wall art by Landeelu has captured my heart. I love the sayings, and you can even make up your own to be silly or inspirational. It’s totally customizable so feature your favorite characters with their own “like-ness” to bring a bit of awesome to a gallery wall, over the bed, or in the office. If you don’t want to DIY it yourself, you can buy one from her Etsy shop here!

 

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Anyone else want to give Hermione’s Time Turner a go? Make your own giant Time Turner inexpensively and simply with Lauren’s tutorial that includes a step-by-step Youtube video. Hang it in your office as a statement piece, hang it as a mobile in the nursery, or hang it outside on the porch and watch it spin to your heart’s content.

 

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I’ve always had a soft spot for dream catchers since I was small, and they make me think of my mom who has a dream catcher tattoo on her shoulder. I saw this one on etsy and looked high and low for a good tutorial to make one at home. That’s when I found My Craftily Ever After and fell in love with her DIY Deathly Hallows dream catcher.

 

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Now for something a little more subtle: the suitcase table. I frequent estate sales and the one thing I see lots of? Old suitcases. This piece could be super affordable to make if you can get a deal on the suitcase. Create this adorable piece to display in your living room or bedroom. Get shorter legs and a larger suitcase to create a coffee table!

 

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Have you created any Harry Potter home decor? Have a tutorial or pictures to share with us? Please leave a comment so we can see all the HP things!

 

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Month of Magic: HP Quotes to Live By

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In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal! I’m kicking off the first post with four quotes to live by, straight from the series. If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

 

I wrote the other week about things that inspire me to blog. Quotes are definitely one of them. HP has many quotes that I find myself gravitating to. You can browse pinterest all day for beautifully done, typography, Harry Potter quotes. I decided to make a few of my own to share with ya’ll!

 

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What Harry Potter quotes do you live by? Let me know in the comments!

Month of Magic

Month of Magic: Harry Potter

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In honor of Harry’s birthday on July 31st, I will be dedicating the month of July to Harry Potter! Every post will be themed to celebrate JK Rowling’s popular series. I invite every blogger to do at least one Harry Potter post this month for Harry’s cake day! Feel free to use my graphic banner. Leave a comment with your name, blog name, the name of the HP post, and a link to the post so I can feature it here in this master post with mine! It’d also be pretty sweet to mention this post in your blog so others can contribute as well. I can’t wait to read your HP posts!