Harry Potter Trivia Night

I got together with friends Sunday night. We went into the city for trivia night at a bookstore. It was Harry Potter themed and it was a great night had by all.

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My First Trivia Night

The first and only time I’ve ever gone to a trivia night was when I worked at the preschool. It was for a fundraiser for the school district and it was… fun, but not at all what I had expected.

Since it was a fundraiser, mulligans were involved. If you got an answer wrong, you could buy a mulligan and automatically get the answer right. The team that won bought about 20 of these and that was the reason they won. Granted, I understand it was to raise money, but it was totally one-sided and not at all fair.

The trivia was random facts. There were no real categories, just random questions. I knew one answer throughout the night. That was it. Not to mention, the host speed-read the questions out loud. There was no multiple choice and no visuals. Needless to say, I tuned him out a lot and just focused on eating – which we had to bring our own food.

After that, I never really got why people enjoyed trivia night. Sure, it was just one experience, but I felt kind of dumb at the end of the night.

Practice The Night Before

A few weeks ago, my friend’s friend discovered a Harry Potter trivia night at a bookstore in the city through an ad on Facebook. Teams were allowed to go up to six so we got a group together: myself, Kris, our friend, her friend, her sister, and our other friend. Kris ended up not being able to make it, so our friend’s husband joined us. The one who discovered the trivia backed out so our friend’s sister invited her friend. (I love how we have substitutes for friends.)

Anyway, we all got together the night before to practice. Kris joined us and she found a random list of Harry Potter trivia online. She read some questions and our friend’s husband knew all the answers. Like, obscure details that are in the books but we probably didn’t need to know. Apparently, he listens to the series on audio every year and practically has them memorized. Needless to say, we were thankful he was able to join the team.

We pigged out on chips and dip, salsa and cheese, and other goodies while we “practiced” for about an hour. Then we ended up playing the card game Uno for about three hours. It was a good night. Then, it was onto trivia the following night.

The Bookstore Cafe

The trivia was in a bookstore cafe. It was a cute place and if it wasn’t in the city (which is a pain to drive into – I’m too chicken and overwhelmed to do it). When walking into the bookstore, it’s just books upon books. There is a bar and cafe area and upstairs was the function hall, which was smaller than I thought it would be. Then again, it was a sold-out event and we were packed like sardines to fit everyone in. But it was comfortable enough at the same time.

Unlike the last trivia night I went to, there was a large TV screen that had the questions pop up as they were asked. Plus, they were all multiple choice which was nice. A few of my friends ordered drinks while I got a butterbeer and my usual soda water. My friend and I shared spicy fries which were really good. The place had a large menu from breakfast to dessert and it was overwhelming. There was a lot going on so it was nice to just pick at stuff instead of ordering a meal.

Harry Potter Trivia Night

Trivia lasted about an hour and a half. There were six rounds, each having five questions for a total of 30 questions. All the rounds were multiple choice on the TV screen except for the fifth round, which had pictures of the chapters from different books. Of course, the paper said, “write the chapter title of each picture.” If you’ve read the Harry Potter series, you know each chapter has a small picture along with the title. We completely guessed because who remembers the exact chapter titles?

When they went over the answers, they wrote the book titles. The directions were wrong and every team got them all wrong, so they automatically gave every team the five points. If we knew to write the book titles, we totally would have gotten them right anyway.

Aside from that, we only got three questions wrong out of 30 landing us in first place. We got a $35 gift card to the bookstore, which we gave to our friend’s husband because he was the one who knew all the answers for us. We won with 27 out of 30 points, the team that came in second had 25 out of 30 points. So we got the lead by two.

Overall, it was a great night. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. Plus, I know some Harry Potter facts now… though some might be considered useless information, that’s okay. I can still say I learned something.

Have you gone to trivia nights before? Have they been themed like Harry Potter? Let me know in the comments below. Good luck! If you liked this post, please share it around!

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling | Screenplay book review

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 
November 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books
Genre: YA Fantasy, screenplay
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary:

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…

My Review:

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It’s another Harry Potter story, so of course, I was bound to pick this one up.

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We’re thrown back way before Harry Potter’s time set in America where Newt Scamander is researching and trying to protect magical creatures. He keeps them all in his magical suitcase where they co-live in their own respective habitats. It’s not until some beasts get loose that there’s a problem.

With the help of Tina Goldstein, a former Auror, and the help of Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj (or Muggle), they go on a journey to find the beasts and bring them back to the suitcase.

There is one more beast roaming around called an Obscurus and it’s because of that they get into pretty big trouble with the Ministry of Magic.

Together they have to rally all the beasts and help wizards and Muggles alike against the Obscurus… and maybe save that beast as well.

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All the characters were a love. Newt was especially my favorite with his quirkiness and Jacob was a wonderful addition to the cast since he wasn’t a wizard.

Tina took a little getting used to for me, but I think that was also because she was more trying to save her own job than actually help Newt for a little while. Queenie, Tina’s sister, was a fun character as well.

I found they had a well-rounded amount of characters for this story (and they picked a great cast for the movie).

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This too is a screenplay. It was quick and easy to read as there were lesser details in it than the average novel. Still, it’s fun to get to know a little bit about the screenwriting process (from a writer’s point of view).

The book also had little illustrations and designs throughout the book with I felt completed it. They were pretty and fun to look at and added a little more to the story.

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I saw the movie before I read this. This is the screenplay for the movie, so there were no surprises. Even still, this is one I would recommend seeing the movie first and then reading the book. You’ll get a little more out of the movie (visually so), but the screenplay is fun to read as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling gets…
5-Star Rating | Book Review 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.” –J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Book Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts 1 & 2)
Author: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling
Published: 
July 2016 by Little Brown
Genre: Fantasy play
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary:

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

My Review:

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I don’t have much of an introduction for this one. It’s Harry Potter, so of course, I’m going to read it.

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When this was first released, I thought this was going to be more about Harry’s child being in Slytherin House and his Hogwarts years going through that (because we all know he doesn’t want to be in that house). So, I was surprised when this had a much more in depth plot.

Albus makes a new friend in Draco Malfoy’s son and when they get put into Slytherin house together, Albus is upset. He tries to prove himself better than the average Slytherin by attempting to stop a death that happened when his father attended Hogwarts. That means going back in time.

And we all know what happens when anyone, not just wizards, meddles with time.

The plot was definitely very interesting and unique. I was gripped from the moment it started and I thought it was a great throwback to the original series.

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I didn’t know what to make of our old friends, Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I felt Harry and Ron were a little out of character at times, but then again, it’s 19 years later, they’re much older and they’re parents. Still, I felt as though Ron was “dumbed down” and was simply there for comic relief while Hermione and Harry tried to figure everything out that was going on with their children.

Albus, Harry’s son, got himself into repeated trouble, just like his father. With the help of his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy, they try to change the past in an attempt to make things better for themselves.

I did enjoy the dynamic between Harry and Draco as they tried to help their sons, but that was only after Harry realized how stupid he was being. He didn’t have a good relationship with Albus in the story, which caused everything to happen. He even tried to separate Albus and his only friend mostly because he was Draco’s son. But Harry’s better than that.

Yes, this is fan fiction, but it was still bothersome. The characters definitely could have used some work.

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I enjoyed that this was a play. It was easy to read and fun to follow along. It was refreshing to read such a different format other than the average novel.

Still, as much as I enjoyed it, I do wish it was longer. I definitely could have kept reading more.

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This was a refreshing read. I love revisiting these characters. The plot was fun, though I wish there were more to it. We barely saw Hogwarts and I would have loved to see more of Albus getting along with his classmates and his general classes. Not to mention, Harry and Ron should have been more in character. Still, I enjoyed it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling gets…
4 stars book review4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” –J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Going Out With a Bang

I had a post idea for today, but I never wrote it.

Kris, our friend, and I were supposed to have a Harry Potter marathon. The full eight movies right in a row, with comfy clothes, food inspired by the movie, etc.

I made butterbeer cookies, Kris made sorting hat cupcake, and our friend made chocolate frogs.

I was going to have pictures for you all, but I never ended up going.

I woke up Christmas Eve morning with a terrible head cold and I can’t get rid of it.

So that’s how my winter vacation from work is going… the kids got me sick and I had to cancel all my plans. I’m supposed to go to Disney on Ice tomorrow and I won’t be going to that, either…

I haven’t gotten sick once throughout 2016 and it’s been a weird year. I’m ending it with a bang, apparently.

So, if you’re wondering why I haven’t commented on your blog or respnded to comments on my own blog, this is why.

I’m writing this on my phone as my head has been throbbing too much to go to on the computer.

At least I’m getting the sickness over now and I’ll be starting the new year fresh as a daisy!

Inspiration Explanation

For those of you who read my March: Inspiration Board post two days ago, I wanted to explain further on some of my Pinterest boards and why those things inspire me to be who I am today.

It’s one thing for me to give you a link to my Pinterest and say, “These are all the things I enjoy. I hope you enjoy them, too!”

However, it’s another thing for me to say, “I pinned this because…”

I have a Writing board. I don’t know if you guys know this, but if I didn’t write I would go insane. I need my imaginary friends and I need to go to new places and be in different situations, real or fiction. I also have a Reading board. That inspires me to write. It inspires me to create my own worlds and create my own characters for others to love and enjoy. Reading and writing go hand-in-hand and one inspires me to do the other.

I have a Sunday School board. I am a teacher and the director of my church’s Sunday school. I love teaching to no end and while I don’t particular enjoy going to church (I can’t sit still long enough to get through an hour-long service), I love broadening the horizons of the church’s children. Because I’m just teaching them about God, Jesus, and the Bible, I’m teaching them about life.

Speaking of, I also have a Teaching board. I’ve been teaching preschool for four years and I can’t imagine myself not waking up in the morning to not see those kids every day. I have to ability to teach them a lot and I learn a lot from them, as well.

There are many different TV shows and movies that inspire me as well. Once Upon A Time, The Lord of the RingsHarry PotterPsych, and many more. I have boards for each of those. The characters are amazing and the writers are brilliant.

The same goes for video games; especially The Legend of Zelda and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. I hope to be able to write stories just as well as these game and the movies/shows mentioned above.

I obviously can’t explain all 93 boards to you, but those are the main ones. Those are what make me who I am today and I’m always going to keep growing into someone better. Now you guys know me a little bit better.

I hope you guys are inspired by a lot of things in the world just like I am.