Christmas at Hogwarts

Dear Diary,
Today I woke up early seeing as it was Christmas morning. I came down to the common room earlier than any of the other Ravenclaws. And of course, it was beautifully decorated! The Christmas tree was even bigger this year! The theme of the tree was blue and silver, and there were all kind of ornaments! Snow Crystals, Silver Angels, Sapphire Blue baubles and of course tinsel! There was evergreen above the mantle, but instead of ribbons, the evergreen was hung with shoes! Red sneakers with green leaves on, pink boots with purple lace and yellow and blue Wellingtons. I suspect Luna had something to do with that! I found my presents under the tree. One from mum and dad which turned out to be a whole year’s supply of paint and brushes for my art! The other present was from granny and it was a beautiful first edition of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”with the original illustrations. Granny knows how much I love books! After I had opened my presents I went into the Great Hall for breakfast. I am always so excited to see how the Christmas decorations look each year! The first thing I saw when I entered the hall was the ceiling. It was enchanted, of course, to look like the winter sky, dark blue with white snow, but the most magical part was a train, looking exactly like the Hogwarts express, chugging around on invisible tracks. From the train windows I saw little elves waiving at me, and the driver of the train was Father Christmas himself laughing and smoking a pipe. There was of course also music in the hall, softly played carols, and when I saw where the music was coming from I squealed with delight because what was playing the music were more than a hundred music boxes exactly in tune with each other! All the music boxes were different from each other though, but they all depicted scenes within a snow globe, and when I examined them thoroughly I saw that the scenes were changing every five minutes or so. My favorite scene was the one from Hogsmeade showing a young couple dancing and laughing outside the Shrieking Shack while the ghost of a ballerina was making faces at them and trying to outcompete them on the roof of the Shrieking Shack. I also loved the scene from the Yule ball in Hogwarts, Cornish pixies were stealing champagne from a fountain in the middle of the room and swinging from the Christmas ornaments in the trees. And then of course there was this year’s tree! It was magical! All covered in snow from the winter ceiling, and Christmas lights made to look like twinkling stars, and on top of the tree was a perfect half moon glowing in silver and white. When I looked closer at the tree I saw that it also had tiny fairies sitting on the branches drinking hot chocolate and playing miniature Wizard’s chess. They were a bit shy though, and jumped when they saw me so I decided to give them some space, so I settled down for some breakfast. My friends Cat and Cecil came to join me and they showed me their presents. Breakfast was delicious of course! My favorite type of chocolate cake was there and grilled cheese sandwiches and chips and cinnamon buns. Mysteriously they always have everyone’s favorites in Hogwarts, especially on Christmas morning. The candles floated in the air as always, and soon the Great Hall was full of children and teachers. After breakfast my friends and I decided to go sledding. Hagrid, with the help of some last years, had built a perfect sledding slope from the astronomy tower, and it was almost like being on a roller coaster! But I have to admit that I used my wand all the time as a break, I suspect some of the other kids did as well. By afternoon we were a bit tired and cold so we retreated to our Ravenclaw common room to have cocoa in front of the fireplace. All in all it was just a perfect Christmas Day, and I am going to enjoy the rest of the holidays as well. Christmas at Hogwarts is almost better than Christmas at home!

Happy Holidays!
From Trini

Fictional Friends

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Art by Tove Jansson

Have you ever read a book and just thought to yourself: Oh, I wish wish wish this person was real so that we could become friends! Or perhaps you even had a crush on a character in a book? Or maybe met a new favorite grandfather or aunt or teacher?
I certainly have! Sometimes I feel that half of my world is made up of fictional characters and imaginary worlds. 😊😊

So in this post I thought I’d share some of my favorite fictional characters with you. 😊

Luna Lovegood

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Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling is perhaps my absolute favorite character in a book. I always love people, both in real life and in the fictional world, who are a bit eccentric, different, kind and who has a beautiful heart. Luna ticks all these boxes! I love how dreamy she is, and how she doesn’t care what people think of her. She is so strong, and sweet at the same time! I think she and I would make wonderful Friends!

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In the case of Luna Lovegood I actually even liked her more after seeing the Harry Potter movies. Evanna Lynch does such a good job portraying Luna that she has become Luna for me, and now I don’t even want to see her in other movies, because I want to keep her as Luna Lovegood, my friend, in my mind! 😊😊

 

Radagast

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Radagast the Brown from the wonderful books by J.R.R Tolkien is another favorite of mine. He is like Luna, sweet, eccentric, different and kind. He loves nature and animals, and he has this innocent energy about him that just makes me love him. Of course he also has magical powers, and a carriage drawn by rabbits! What’s there not to love! 😄😄

 

Treebeard the Ent

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Treebeard is another character from the magical universe of J.R.R Tolkien. Treebeard is an Ent, a Tree Herder, who looks like a tree, but is not the same. Tree Herders are there to protect all the trees in the world. I love trees so much! I always have, ever since I was a little girl and climbed to the tops of trees. I always felt that trees are alive and can offer great healing and comfort, so like the Ents, I want to protect the trees!

 

Snuffkin

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A lot of you might not have heard about this character. Snuffkin is created by the amazing Tove Jansson, a Finnish-Swedish author, who wrote the beautiful Moomin books.
Snuffkin is a wanderer, he follows the season and wanders the land, sleeping in a tent he carries on his back and eat fish from the rivers and berries from the trees and shrubs. He is very philosophical and plays melancholic tunes on his harmonica. Snuffkin doesn’t believe in possessions and admires everything without needing to own it.

Snuffkin is a bit of a loner, but he is very kind and caring and always helps when he can.
His best friend is Moomintroll, but he values his freedom above the friendship, and only stays with Moomin through spring and summer, the rest of the year he is on a walkabout through the land and forests he loves so much.

 

Granny Weatherwax

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Granny Weatherwax is a character in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I first encountered Granny Weatherwax in the books about Tiffany Aching, a young witch who has many wonderful adventures on her way to becoming a real witch. Granny Weatherwax is also a witch. Many readers of these books might not like Granny Weatherwax much, because she is strict, authoritative, sarcastic and frankly a bit scary, but I love her! Because she is wise, strong, fair, and despite her exterior, awfully good! 😊 I love how she is always honest, and straight forward, she doesn’t put on pretenses or airs, and those are some of my favorite characteristics in people! Granny Weatherwax has also been the inspiration for many of my stories about witches, in particular my Granny FlowerWitch stories 😊😊.

 

Coriakin

imageImage from the BBC series: Narnia

Coriakin is a character in the Narnia books, specifically the Voyage of the Dawn treader, by C.S Lewis. Now this might come as a surprise to many of you because Coriakin plays a very minor role in the book, but for me he has become the ultimate magician, who has inspired all my own literary magicians. I have to admit, it was actually in the BBC’s TV adaptation of the Narnia books I first fell in love with this character. He just had it all: the long white beard, the pointy hat, the blue cloak with stars, a huge old spell book, and he lived in a magical invisible tower! As a kid, I could ask no more from a depiction of a wizard! 😄