HPIATC • One can never have enough socks

Harry Potter in a Teacup • The Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter in a Teacup is a new weekly feature at Words in a Teacup where Isa will re-read her most cherished books and share her thoughts and favourite bits with you. For a detailed schedule, please follow the spiders, and if you want to suggest specific post topics, please consider sending us a Howler.

 

Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Thoughts

Oh gosh, so I’m three four weeks behind on my initial schedule for this but work is more exhausting than I initially thought it would be. Sleep >>>> books, I’m afraid. Even when it concerns Harry. I have finished Philosopher’s Stone, though! And I shall talk about socks! Be prepared for knitting patterns!

‘You haven’t got a letter on yours,’ George observed. ‘I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid – we know we’re called Gred and Forge.’
— Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised —

After the revelation that Nicholas Flamel is important to the Trio’s research we skip to Christmas. Everyone’s ready for the hols and Demon Child 2.0 taunts Harry about having to stay at the castle. Makes me wonder how the obnoxious brat knew that but whatever, I hope Harry has a grand ol’ time without the Gruesome Twosome and their own Demon Child. Before the hols start for realsies though, the Trio do some extracurricular work by researching Nicholas Flamel in the library. As you do. I’ve never seen eleven-year-olds do so much research on stuff on their own, but then I guess that’s what you do when there’s a mysterious thing happening in your life. Probably. Tragically they do not find the information they seek before Hermione leaves to be with her scary dentist parents. The holidays start, Harry gets presents (it’s a bloody Christmas miracle for him, alright) and on top of that he finds a magic mirror randomly standing about the school. It’s a real proper magic mirror, too, though it does not tell him where Snow White lives. Instead it shows him his entire dead family. Cause that’s not macabre at all.

Chapters 13 through 17 and socks!

HPIATC • Sorting Shenanigans

Harry Potter in a Teacup • The Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter in a Teacup is a new weekly feature at Words in a Teacup where Isa will re-read her most cherished books and share her thoughts and favourite bits with you. For a detailed schedule, please follow the spiders, and if you want to suggest specific post topics, please consider sending us a Howler.

 

Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Thoughts

‘Blimey,’ said the other twin. ‘Are you –?’
‘He is,’ said the first twin. ‘Aren’t you?’ he added to Harry.
‘What?’ said Harry.
Harry Potter,’ chorused the twins.
‘Oh, him,’ said Harry. ‘I mean, yes, I am.’
— Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters —

After being left with no instructions on how to actually get to the magic train that will bring him to Hogwarts, Harry frantically wanders King’s Cross until he conveniently overhears a family talking about muggles. Thankfully it’s the Weasley family and not somebody more sinister and so Harry not only meets his surrogate family, he also gets to the train safe and sound. We find out that the twins are clearly hilarious, Percy is a self-important prefect and Ickle Ronniekins does not care that his nose is dirty. Demon Child 2.0 introduces himself as Draco Malfoy, and Harry buys just about everything that’s on the food trolley (sucks to be the other students on the train). And then, after a very long train ride and a trip across the lake, Harry and his new friend see Hogwarts for the first time in all its towering glory.

Chapters 6 through 11 and a few random ponderings about the sorting!

HPIATC • First Impressions

Harry Potter in a Teacup • The Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter in a Teacup is a new weekly feature at Words in a Teacup where Isa will re-read her most cherished books and share her thoughts and favourite bits with you. For a detailed schedule, please follow the spiders, and if you want to suggest specific post topics, please consider sending us a Howler.

 

Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Thoughts

 

‘A letter?’ repeated Professor McGonagall faintly, sitting back down on the wall. ‘Really, Dumbledore, you think you can explain all this in a letter?’
— Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived —

In the first chapter of the saga we get to know the Dursleys (I shall henceforth call them the Gruesome Twosome): they’re in their early to mid-twenties — nobody knows how that happened, really, because I swear they just spawned from hell in a horrifying I-never-ever-want-to-look-like-that mid-30s sort of appearance — they have a horribly misbehaving child and they have a terrible, terrible secret. Namely the fact that Mrs Dursley’s parents did the do at least twice in their lives. Ghastly thing, that. They’re also incredibly talented at pretending that nothing is wrong and probably have certificates that confirm their denial skills.

Sadly, the certificate means nothing because fate, who is an old dude with a beard not unlike Santa’s and twinkly eyes in the colour of fancy toilet water, decides to drop their own personal slave — sorry, I mean orphaned nephew — off on their doorstep. As you do. The old dude with a beard turns out to be Albus Dumbledore, meddler extraordinaire, who gave matters a long, hard think before reaching the conclusion that little Harry Potter, Vanquisher of All That Is Evil, Future Ruler over the Spider Kingdom in His Cupboard, must live with his aunt and uncle (who do not like babies with a special connection to spiders, dust and incidentally lightning). As you do, of course. I mean, that’s a totally sound decision and I don’t see an issue with that at all.

Chapters 2 through 4 and some ponderings on the introduction of Muggleborns to the wizarding world!

Harry Potter in a Teacup • First Introductions

Harry Potter in a Teacup • The Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter in a Teacup is a new weekly feature at Words in a Teacup where Isa will re-read her most cherished books and share her thoughts and favourite bits with you. For a detailed schedule, please follow the spiders, and if you want to suggest specific post topics, please consider sending us a Howler.

 

‘Bless my soul,’ whispered the old barman. ‘Harry Potter … what an honour.’

Hello and welcome to our kick-off to Harry Potter in a Teacup! Lovely to see you here! (I hope, anyway, if you haven’t all run away yet because this dead horse has been beaten enough times already…)

Today marks Harry’s 44th birthday, 33 years oops I mean 34th, sorry Harry for making you ten years older, my bad, I’m a terrible fan… 23 years after he finally got his Hogwarts letter and was introduced to the wizarding world. Although I did promise favourite bits, unpopular opinions and discussion, I’m going to start off our new feature with a simple topic:

My first introduction to Harry Potter

I’m actually still quite nostalgic for my first forays into the world of Harry Potter. I first opened my German edition of Philosopher’s Stone on my eleventh birthday, which is something that still makes me smile to this day. It makes it very special for me because Harry found out about being a wizard on his eleventh birthday. I may not have got a letter from Hogwarts (not at that time, anyhow) but I think entering Harry’s world for the first time counts too.

I got my first Potter book from an aunt and uncle of mine who knew that I liked to devour read books and they went to the trouble of asking at a bookshop about recommendations and got me the first book. I was… not pleased, actually. At least not for the first ten minutes. A book about magic? Uhm. Bit strange. Especially since I had grown up with girl books along the lines of Enid Blyton and Else Ury. There was no magic in those. And even worse, a book about a boy? Ehhhh.

But honestly, I can still remember the moment I opened up that book for the first time, only minutes after I had unwrapped it. Aside from all the adults in my family who were there that day, I also had a cousin over and we sat down and read the first couple of pages together and needless to say, I was hooked. I can still recall the way the room looked with a dinner nook in one corner that had a big yellow tablecloth on it and there was a large old radio in another, the door to the kitchen was open and people were milling about everywhere while I’m already lost in the book — even years after we renovated and that room no longer exists in that way I still like to think back to that day.

Harry Potter means a lot to me. It not only gave me a fantastic group of friends (Ren included), but also many cherished memories. I struggle with remembering a lot of small details about the past and sometimes that bothers me. Over the years we renovated a lot in our home and rooms were reassigned once more space was free, but I can still recall snuggling into our ugly brown sofa and cozying up with my Harry Potter books. I hate that I can’t remember my grandma’s face without trying really hard, but you know what? I can still remember reading Half-Blood Prince in her living room while she was puttering around in the kitchen.

If it hadn’t been for that particular gift on my eleventh birthday I would’ve missed out on a very magical reading experience and I am ever so glad about it. ♥

Sooooo… When did you first get into HP and why? Tell me in the comments!

Isa

Coming Soon: Harry Potter in a Teacup

Harry Potter in a Teacup • The Philosopher's Stone

 

We’re terribly excited to announce:

Harry Potter in a Teacup

 

Stay tuned for Isa and Ren’s in-depth re-read of Harry Potter starting July 31st! Among things like favourite bits and unpopular opinions there shall also be discussions about certain topics (such as sorting, characters, movie differences, translation issues, etc.) each week! (Stop side-eyeing us because the series is ~so done~. We love Harry Potter and at least one of us is overdue for a re-read.)

For a detailed calendar that will surely make you either a) cry, or b) pronounce certain people (Isa… this was all Isa’s terrible idea…) insane, please follow the spiders to our wonderful Google spreadsheet.

If you would like to see certain topics being talked about, please use the form below and we will take your suggestions under consideration!

 

See you on July 31st!
Isa and Ren

 

*Incidentally this had nothing to do with the Harry Potter month hosted by the Student Spyglass, but you should definitely check that out nonetheless!