WELCOME TO POTTERMAS 2016!
It’s that wonderful time of the year again, Pottermas Time!
Pottermas is a month-long celebration of all things Harry Potter. Last year I did not participate because I was busy setting up The Plot Bunny for an official reveal. I did help Elizabeth of Book Yabber and Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads to promote it. This year I will be a full participant and I can’t wait to share with you all the FANtastic and magical Pottermas posts we have planned.
What should you expect during Pottermas? There will be gift guides, crafty tutorials, recipes, discussion posts and many other Harry Potter related topics. Keep your eyes open for post announcements on social media (especially Twitter) and make sure to follow along and invite your friends to join the celebration by using #Pottermas16
HP facts about me:
My name is Marcilia, but everyone calls me Marci. As you all know by now, I am the sole blogger at The Plot Bunny. What you might not yet know is that I am a proud member of House Slytherin ( Go Snakes! ). My intro into the wizarding world started late in life. I swore for years that I would never read the Harry Potter series. I was in my “I’m a grown up and must act all stuffy state” and to me, a book about a boy child wizard with round glasses seemed silly and childish. How wrong I was!
One day, while visiting a good friend from high school, I caught a few minutes of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on her tv. It was the banquet scene of the great hall when Harry is about to get sorted. The more I watched the more I became mesmerized. Everything looked so magical and amazing, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. I literally had to be dragged away. The very next day I went to the bookstore and bought all the books that were currently published. I NEEDED to read them all and to catch up on the series before watching the movies. Ever since then I have been a fan. Thanks to the books and movies I have made lots of lovely friends and met lots of new people through the fandom.
I have always been a little “dark” and slightly twisted, so of course, I would sort myself into house Slytherin. It was not until Pottermore came along that I finally got the confirmation that I did in fact belong in House Slytherin. I do believe that I have many (if not all) the qualities that the members of house Slytherin possess. I am very ambitious, and cunning too. Snakes I have always found cool, and I know I am probably too proud for my own good. So Slytherin feels like the perfect fit and home for me. (Plus some of my favorite wizards and witches belong to Slytherin, such as Professor Snape, and Bellatrix LeStrange).
With the new Ilvermorny sorting, I was placed in the Horned Serpent House. The Horned Serpent house is considered to represent the mind of a witch or wizard. It is said to favor scholars.
My Thoughts: I LOVE being a Slytherin, and I will always associate myself with belonging to House Slytherin over House Horned Serpent. Since there has not been too much information released about all the traits of the Ilvermorny houses, I don’t think I can rightly compare them to the Hogwarts Houses. I do love to read, and sometimes I have thought I have a bit of Ravenclaw in me, so maybe the Horned Serpent represents that side of my person.
(as written and described on Pottermore)
“The straight-grained pine wand always chooses an independent, individual master who may be perceived as a loner, intriguing and perhaps mysterious. Pine wands enjoy being used creatively, and unlike some others, will adapt unprotestingly to new methods and spells. Many wandmakers insist that pine wands are able to detect, and perform best for, owners who are destined for long lives, and I can confirm this in as much as I have never personally known the master of a pine wand to die young. The pine wand is one of those that is most sensitive to non-verbal magic.”
My Thoughts: I think this is quite accurate. I do tend to always do my best work when left alone and in silence. 😉
CORE: Phoenix Feather
“This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike. Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalize, and their allegiance is usually hard won.”
My Thoughts: Figures I get a core that’s a bit temperamental and has a mind of its own. Very much like its owner.
LENGTH: 12 ½” in length
“The following notes on wand length are taken from notes on the subject by Mr Garrick Ollivander, wandmaker:
Most wands will be in the range of between nine and fourteen inches. While I have sold extremely short wands (eight inches and under) and very long wands (over fifteen inches), these are exceptionally rare. In the latter case, a physical peculiarity demanded the excessive wand length. However, abnormally short wands usually select those in whose character something is lacking, rather than because they are physically undersized (many small witches and wizards are chosen by longer wands).”
My Thoughts: I like that my wand is on the longer side…good for making “swoosh” sounds.
FLEXIBILITY: Rigid flexibility
“The following notes on wand flexibility are taken from notes on the subject by Mr Garrick Ollivander, wandmaker:
Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair – although, again, this factor ought not to be considered separately from the wand wood, core, and length, nor of the owner’s life experience and style of magic, all of which will combine to make the wand in question unique.”
MY PATRONUS: FOX
I have to admit I am pretty happy with my Patronus test results. I was hoping for either a bunny or fox patronus from the start (because they are my favorite animals). A bunny or hare would have been my first choice, but I am happy with my little fox. I think it fits my personality a bit better (bunnies are a bit too sweet and innocent).
Foxes are associated with being cunning (very Slytherin), quick thinkers, adaptable, mentally sharp, witty, intelligent and good teachers. They also have a dark side and can be tricky. There will be a future post about Patronuses coming up on December 7th, 2016.
“The fox is often associated with the figure of the trickster, but as a spirit animal, it can also turn into a teacher providing guidance on swiftly finding your way around obstacles. If you follow the fox totem wisdom, you may be called to use or develop quick thinking and adaptability. Responsive, sometimes cunning, this power animal is a great guide when you are facing tricky situations.” – Spirit Animal Info
My Thoughts: I can see all these traits in me (even the bad), and I agree completely. Plus I have been completely obsessed with foxes for the last 5 years, so there must be something to it.
So those are all my Pottermore stats. I hope you will join us in our Pottermas celebration. Have you been sorted? Do you have a Pottermore account too? What is your Patronus? Are you happy with the animal you got? Join Elizabeth, Nicole and I this Pottermas and discuss with us all about your sortings, wands and houses. Make sure to leave me your thoughts below, visit my fellow Pottermas hosts and follow the fun all month long with #Pottermas16.