Tumblr has a seriously hilarious obsession with Harry Potter

By February 18, 2019 Inspired by Literature, News

Tumblr is absolutely stuffed full of fandoms sharing their obsessions, observations, and frustrations. There is a group of fans for every television series, movie franchise, graphic novel, and all kinds of literature; many of them end up on Tumblr armed with GIFs and memes, and ready to fly the flag for their fandom.

The Hogwarts/Harry Potter fandom is one Tumblr has been obsessing over since forever and, despite the last movie being released back in 2011, they’re still going strong!

Some of the funniest observations ever made about Harry Potter and the wizarding universe can be found on the blog site, and here are our favourites…

Women’s Prize Launch New Podcast

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When I’m not reading, which I grant you isn’t often, I like to listen to podcasts. If those podcasts are about my favourite subject, books, I’m sold before first hearing.

Last week Women’s Prize For Fiction announced they were launching a brand new podcast, “championing the very best writing by women from around the world”, so I grabbed my headphones, hit the subscribe button and had a listen.

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Muggles Grow Impatient for the Launch of Wizards Unite

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Since the Autumn of 2016 there has been talk about a Pokemon Go style game coming for Harry Potter fans. The initial announcement turned out to be a hopeful fan with a bit of creative flair but by November 2017, Niantic, and Warner Bros announced that there was indeed a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go in the works, it would be called Wizards Unite and it would be coming soon.

In November 2018, a whole year on, a teaser trailer for the game was released with a promise that it was coming soon, but ~tumbleweed~ we’ve heard nothing since. Read More

Heartwarming message discovered in newly purchased book

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A chance purchase brought some much-needed positivity into one young woman’s life during a Sunday shopping trip.

27-year-old Ashley Jost from Missouri, USA, picked up the copy of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis while on a shopping trip in Target. Ashley grabbed a copy of the self-help book after remembering a reading challenge she signed up for with her friends.

Ashley started reading as soon as she got home and didn’t discover the surprise until she was interrupted:

“My dog started barking so I got up from reading and threw the book down on the ottoman when suddenly a five dollar note fell out. I knew it wasn’t mine so I thumbed through the pages and saw a pink post-it stuck to one.”

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First look at the latest Hogwarts house themed shoes from Vans

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Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry has joined forces with the footwear giants Vans to create some colourful hi-tops and skate shoes.

JK Rowling’s incredible legacy of the Harry Potter universe has been adopted by people all over the world- many of whom have had their Hogwarts school house assigned by Pottermore

Each fan/student is assigned a house that fits their personality: Slytherin for the cunning and ambitious, Gryffindor for brave and athletic,  Hufflepuff for the loyal and humble, and Ravenclaw for the smart and creative.

Shoe company, Vans, have recently revealed the first look at their collaboration with the world of Harry Potter with each shoe design based on each Hogwarts house aesthetic.

Check out the new designs below!

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Exploring Space book

Scottish space pilot was inspired by children’s book

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A Scottish space pilot was so inspired by the book Exploring Space that he took it with him on his first journey into orbit.

David MacKay, the first ever Scottish space pilot, received the Ladybird book as a child for good attendance at Sunday School. Growing up in the historic Highland county of Sutherland, MacKay’s dreams of flying were first inspired by the local Royal Naval Air Station (now RAF Lossiemouth). Watching the planes flying low over his village of Helmsdale, MacKay would dream of flying and travelling the world. The Apollo missions happening around the same time, MacKay’s daydreaming and wanderlust soon took a look skywards; once he was handed the Exploring Space book, MacKay knew what he wanted to do.

The Scottish spaceman’s high-flying career started when studying aeronautical engineering at the University of Glasgow in 1977. He spent 16 years as a military pilot and after the RAF he flew passenger crafts before joining Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and joined the commercial space race.

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402 Books to Armchair Travel: A Literary Interactive

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Our fascination with cultures around the world is captured in the hundreds of thousand of books detailing life outside of “home.” In fact, travel has been a popular genre long before it was even considered one. The Greek writer and historian Herodotus, detailed magical accounts of Egypt in his work The Histories, John Keats and Lord Byron offered accounts of a romanticized Italy in the 19th century, Hemingway glamorized the expatriate lifestyle through his iconic work and historian, Philip Mansel captured a definitive history of Istanbul and details of empires past in his book Constantinople: A City of World’s Desire.

These literary works are an incredibly small, yet important sampling, of world travel in literature. Through books, authors (and poets) are able to capture cultural differences, landscapes and experiences that people wouldn’t even dream existed. Books transport us to another place and time. Books are a way to armchair travel.

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