This one goes to eleven

Fall of 2016, when we were immersed in the series, the kids asked a babysitter if she'd ever read Harry Potter. She told them she grew up on it, and then she said, "I was so disappointed when I turned 11 and I didn't get my letter." And right there, she gave me just about the best idea I've ever had, to be followed up on 18 months later. Thanks, Darcy!

Fast forward to this past week. Two days before Lucy's birthday, I made a cake and decorated it to look like an owl. I did this right in...

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Oh, Snape…

We finished up the Harry Potter books, then watched the last two movies this weekend, and Oh! My! God! Why didn't anyone ever mention how good this is? We had to discover it for ourselves, just like with football. Come on, people. Stop hoarding the gems.

Back in November, when we were about halfway through the series, we were having Harry Potter talk with some friends, and Lucy said, "One thing I don't get is, why is Neville in Gryffindor? He seems like he should be Hufflepuff." Now, I...

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The Gift of the Magi(cian)

When I started reading Harry Potter to the kids this summer I knew remarkably little about what was in store. (Kind of surprising since there is a lot of Harry Potter in the tap water.) I did know one big thing that was going to happen, and I knew it happened in book six. We finished that book this week, and even though I'd known about that one big thing, it still came as a shock, because it really was a big one. After we were done, I decided to...

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18 years and still unspoiled

I've been hearing for a while that Harry Potter is pretty good. I've missed out on it for all these years, mostly because it hit at the wrong time for me. I was too old to get into it myself but was also pre-kids so it sort of passed me by at the time. I always appreciate when people really love something, and I loved seeing kids lining up at midnight to buy a book, but I was content to admire from the sidelines. I'd just smile and nod when people talked about horcruxes and patronus charms...

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