Stacking the Shelves #78

Stacking the Shelves #78

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

It’s been a while now since I bought a book (yay for book bans!), and I’m now investing in a different bookish collection – my Pop Funkos.

I thought as I hopefully won’t be talking to you about books I’m buying for a while, I’d let you know about these instead. I’ve built on my Harry Potter collection a lot recently and I couldn’t resist telling you guys about something I picked up this week.

That’s right! I found a 10″ Niffler on a really good sale that I’ve wanted for ages. So I treated myself and added him to my collection! I put him next to a baby Niffler which is normal Pop size for perspective.

I’m posting photos of my Pops on my brand-new Instagram account for those who want to check it out!

Did you buy any books or merch this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Harry Potter Studio Tour

Let’s Discuss! Harry Potter Studio Tour

Hello again my lovely readers! Today we have a very special post about the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour I visited earlier this week (I can’t believe it was less than a week ago!). For my birthday back in October, my other half Josh bought us tickets for the studio tour and to see the Cursed Child in May. I’m so excited for that!

We were lucky enough to book to visit the studios while Hogwarts in the Snow was still showing, and it made it even more beautiful somehow. I’ve never been to the studio before, so I’m really excited to share with you my first visit.

As soon as I spotted the sign on our way in, I was so overwhelmed. I couldn’t wait to get in!

There were many times in the tour when I felt like crying, and the opening of the doors to the Great Hall took my breath away.

Inside, the Great Hall is set up for the Yule Ball! It looks beautiful with the Christmas trees and icy decorations.

We moved on to see the many many sets alongside interesting facts/props from the movies. Here’s just one of many photos I took of the Gryffindor Common Room. I also loved seeing Dumbledore’s office and the Potions classroom.

The Forbidden Forest is the newest edition to the studios, and it was awesome to see Buckbeak in real life! I didn’t visit Aragog’s lair however, because I’m really not a fan of spiders :p

Next came the beautiful Hogwarts Express. I had tears in my eyes when I walked onto the platform. And of course we had to have the customary pictures with the trolley!

We stopped for dinner and a drink, and I had to try some Butterbeer. It’s very sweet but I did like it, and I got to take the cup home!

Not only did I get to see Privet Drive, the Knight Bus and the Bridge, I also got to see it in the snow! They had snow machines set up outside and it made the experience even more magical.

Inside again, we got to see even more props and amazing artwork. One of my favourites was definitely Fawkes.

Diagon Alley was one of the most incredible things. Being able to walk down the street was so cool.

But the thing that got me most was this room! I walked in, took one look at this amazing model and burst into tears. It was just so beautiful, especially covered in snow!

Of course, this experience was just magical. I’d recommend it for any Harry Potter fan and I’ll definitely visit again sometime!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

I was a little hesitant going into this book – it’s been a while since I read a screenplay – but I loved it! I’m really glad I read it before seeing the film, because I don’t know if I’d have felt the same way, but this was gorgeous. And not just in a literary sense, but a design sense too. Each page has some little detail, and the book is scattered with designs of magical beasts and little beautiful additions.

“Jacob: Tell me — has anyone ever believed you when you told them not to worry?”

As for the story, I loved it! I had to focus a little more than when I’m normally reading to be able to picture everything clearly, but to me this was a Harry Potter fans dream. I loved the characters, especially Jacob and Queenie, and the beasts were so descriptive! It was so fun to read about Newt and his group chasing them all over the city. This screenplay was chaotic, and it was so entertaining to picture all of the scenes.

“Newt: My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”

So this might be more of a collectors item for most, but I adored reading it. It also contains one of my favourite quotes of all time which I included in this post! Onto Harry Potter and the Cursed Child while I’m still in my screenplay mode!

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

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