How Much Do You Know About Harry Potter? Quiz

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Hello muggles! The other day my friend Megan and I, like the Potterheads we are, decided to put together this quiz to test your knowledge of the Harry Potter series. It is a series of 12 multiple choice questions and you will be awarded a certain number of house-points based on your score. Good luck!

1. Why did Luna wear yellow robes to Bill and Fleur’s wedding?

a. Because yellow is her favorite color.

b. Because it is proper to wear sun-colors to a wedding.

c. Because her father wanted her to.

d. Because crumple-horned snorcacks like yellow.

2. What would Dumbledore see if he looked into the Mirror of Erised?

a. His sister.

b. Himself wearing thick woolen socks.

c. Himself as Minister of Magic.

d. An unlimited supply of raspberry jam.

3. Under what circumstances did Hagrid have to rescue Fang from the burning house?

a. When Hagrid fought off the Death Eaters in Book 7.

b. When Ginny killed his chickens in Book 2.

c. When Umbridge comes to kick him out of Hogwarts in Book 5.

d. When Harry and Hermione save Buckbeak in Book 3.

4. Where and to whom did Professor Trelawney give the two parts of the prophesy?

a. In Honeydukes to Snape, and then in Zonkos again to Snape.

b. In Hagrid’s hut to Fang, and then in the forest to a thestral.

c. In Snape’s office to McGonagall, and then at 12 Grimmald Place to Lupin.

d. In the Hog’s Head to Dumbledore, and then in the classroom to Harry.

5. Which of these spells was not invented by the Half-Blood Prince?

a. Sectumsempra

b. Conjunctivitus

c. Levicorpus

d. Muffliato 

6. What are Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s fears in that order?

a. Hippogriffs, Butterflies, and falling off a broomstick.

b. Thestrals, Blast-Ended Screwts, and the loss of books.

c. Dementors, Spiders, and Failing.

d. Boggarts, Flobberworms, and Winning.

7. What did Ron eat first in replacement for his corned-beef sandwiches?

a. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

b. Chocolate Frogs

c. Pumpkin Pasties

d. Cockroach Clusters

8. What are Crabbe and Goyle’s first names?

a. Vincent and Gregory.

b. Malcolm and Adam

c. Bertham and Taylor

d. Grimsson and Barnes

9. What sensation did Fred and George say was “gripping the nation”?

a. Religion

b. Constipation

c. Biology

d. Pollination

10. What does Mr. Weasley call the telephone?

a. Dinglehopper

b. Cellyphone

c. Ear Trumpet

d. Fellytone

11. What did Kreacher plan to make Harry, Ron, and Hermione for lunch after they infiltrated the Ministry of Magic?

a. Steak and Kidney Pie

b. Nachos

c. Treacle Tart and Pumpkin Juice

d. Onion Soup

12. What were Dumbledore’s last words to Harry before he died?

a. “You have your mother’s eyes.”

b. “Stay where you are.”

c. “You swore to obey me Harry- go!”

d. “Snape has not betrayed me.”

Answer Key: 1. c,  2. b,  3. a,  4. d,  5. b,  6. c,  7. c,  8. a,  9. b  10. d,  11. a  12. c

If you answered 1-3 questions correctly: You receive 5 house-points, and you may have read one of these books before.

If you answered 4-6 questions correctly: You receive 15 house-points, and you have probably read a few of these books.

If you answered 7-9 questions correctly: You receive 30 house-points, and I am certain you have read the whole series.

If you answered 10-12 questions correctly: You receive 50 house-points, and seriously, you need to do something with your life other than read the Harry Potter books!

– Savy

9 Movies and TV Series on Netflix That are Actually Worth Watching

If you are like me, after a long day of slaving over textbooks, memorizing algebraic theorems and trying to remember what words like rhodopsin and sternocleidomastoid mean, you like having something good to watch in the evening. And if you are really like me, you can spend easily half an hour on Netflix just flipping through titles, trying to find something that looks half-way decent to watch. Well friends, I am here to help! Here is a list of 9 movies and TV shows on Netflix that are actually worth watching:

1. Ever After

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Ever After is a superb portrayal of the classic Cinderella, set in France during the Renaissance. It is about a young woman named Danielle who is a servant for her stepmother, and restless Prince Henry who is not overly thrilled about his parents setting up an arranged marriage for him. They meet under unusual circumstances, and the prince becomes quite taken with the girl and her wild spirit. The thing he doesn’t know is that Danielle is just a servant in a nice dress. Or is she?

Note: The original version of this movie was rated PG13 for some foul language. However, there is a PG version that has the language edited out. I believe that the one on Netflix is the edited cut.

2. Ella Enchanted

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This is a fun family-friendly comedy, which is loosely based on the book Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. It is about a girl who is given the “gift” of obedience, and must do absolutely everything she is ordered to do. This is not especially handy when you have two bossy new step-sisters. When one day Ella is pushed to her limits, she deciders to run away and find the fairy who gave her the “gift” and beg her to take it back. A modern/medieval twist on the story Cinderella, this movie is sure to delight those of all ages.

3. While You Were Sleeping

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While You Were Sleeping is a story about lonely transit worker, Lucy, who falls in love with a man named Peter who passes her by at work everyday. He is handsome, and charming, and well, perfect. The only thing is- they have never actually spoken with each other. But she knows he’s the one. Then everything is turned upside down when Prince Charming gets mugged and almost hit by a train, when Lucy saves him. He is rushed off to the hospital where they discover that he is in a coma. Oh, and there is one other thing. Peter’s family kind of thinks that Lucy is his fiancé…

This movie is a great feel-good, romantic comedy. While You Were Sleeping is rated PG, but I personally don’t recommend it to anyone younger than 13.

4. The Man From Snowy River

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This is a movie that I have seen many times since I was very little, and I love it a little more every time I watch it. It is about an Australian mountain man named Jim Craig, who has to make a living for himself when his father dies. He gets hired by a wealthy cattle ranch owner named Harrison. Working at the Harrison’s is quite interesting. Mr. Harrison is a rough man, and the “supervisor” Curly is a jerk. Harrison’s daughter, Jessica, is high-spirited and not about to be shipped off to a woman’s college and told to act like a lady. And then there is the mysterious stallion who roams the mountains with it’s herd of wild horses. Jim is determined to fetch back his mare, Bess, who ran off with those horses the day his father died. As the story unfolds, the threads of an old secret become unraveled, and through it all Jim becomes the man that his father raised him to be. Rated PG.

5. The Rocketeer

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A fun, exciting movie about a pilot named Cliff Secord, who finds a jetpack. He sees finding the rocket as a great opportunity, seeing how he doesn’t have a plane since the last one he flew crashed. So he decides to borrow the contraption for a while. But, “when you borrow something and don’t tell anyone, they call that stealing.” He soon becomes known as “The Rocketeer”, a mysterious hero who flies through the sky on a rocket.  Meanwhile, Cliff’s girlfriend, actress Jenny Blake, is becoming frustrated with Cliff’s thoughtlessness. She catches the eye of the famous actor, Neville Sinclair, and accepts his invitation to dinner. As the plot thickens, Cliff comes to realize that someone is after the rocket and will stop at nothing to get it. This movie is rated PG, but it may not be appropriate for younger children due to frightening images and other aspects.

6. BBC’s Merlin

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This is probably one of my favorite BBC television series. Why people think that shows like Sherlock and Doctor Who are better than this is beyond me. I know, how dare I say that!  Merlin is about a young man (named Merlin) who has very powerful magical capabilities. He is sent by his mother to live with the court physician, Gaius, who is one of the few who knows about Merlin’s powers. In Camelot magic is outlawed by order of King Uther Pendragon, and is punishable by death. Ironically, he finds himself working in the palace as Prince Arthur’s servant. Arthur treats Merlin as a clumsy simpleton, oblivious to the fact that Merlin is an extremely powerful wizard who is constantly saving his life. This show is a clever twist on the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy.

7. BBC’s Robin Hood

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Robin Hood is a TV series about Robin of Locksley, who has returned from war in the Holy Land and has returned to his manor. The Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchman Guy of Gisborne  aren’t too happy about Robin’s return, or his justice towards the people of Locksley. Robin is quickly stripped of his title as lord of the manor and declared an outlaw. And well, you know the story. I thought this was a reasonable good show that was exciting and entertaining.

8. North and South

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Margaret Hale and her father and mother move from the beautiful land in the south up to a northern town called Milton. Margaret quickly discovers how harsh the north can be. There are many cotton mills where workers slave long days on low wages, day after day breathing in the air that is snowing with cotton. One day, Margaret goes to one of the cotton factories to speak to a Mr. Thornton. When she gets there, she finds Mr. Thornton beating a man who he caught smoking in the factory. Margaret is shocked at the treatment of this man, and immediately begins to dislike Mr. Thornton. Her contempt for him only grows, and she discovers that he has become friends with her father, who is a clergyman. But Mr. Thornton becomes fonder and fonder of Margaret, much to the dismay of his mother. Life in Milton only gets harder when the workers at the mill organize a strike, and Margaret begins to see both sides of the controversy. Is Mr. Thornton really the cold-hearted man she once thought him to be?

9. Leave it to Beaver

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Leave it to Beaver is a delightful show from the ’50s and ’60s. It is about the Cleaver family: Ward and June who are the mother and father, and their sons, Wally and the Beaver (whose real name is Theodore). The two boys get into all sorts of scrapes and funny situations, and learn some valuable lessons. I really enjoy this show, probably because I appreciate the humor of living in a house full of boys. I heartily recommend it to an audience of all ages.

 

That’s all folks!

– Savy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Going to be a Good Morning!

Hello everyone! There are two kinds of people in the world: morning people and night people. I applaud all of you people who are able to go to bed at 8:30 and get up 5:30, that’s incredible. But that’s not me.

This is me in the morning:

Yep, it’s not a pretty sight.

This is me at 3:00 a.m.:

See the difference?

Alright, so I am a self-described night owl. Is there anything wrong with that? Of course not. Although, there are times when I wish that I was able to get up at 6:00 a.m., and have the energy to get through the day (without a nap). How do you know if your a night owl or an early bird?

You might be a night owl if…

1. If when your dad wakes you up Saturday morning with, “Rise and shine, Valentine!”  your first thought is: “Why, oh why, does he have to sound so happy in the morning?”

2. If you have ever had a teacher tell you that emailing your paper to them at 1:oo a.m., the morning after it was due, does NOT count as turning it in on time.

3.  If you have ever seen your neighbor leave his house in nothing but boxers at 4:00 a.m. (That’s a true story, by the way.)

(I have chosen not to include a picture of that.)

4. If your younger sister tells people that you are as nocturnal as a raccoon. Which is not a flattering comparison.

 

5. You’re never fully functioning until you’ve had a highly caffeinated drink.

 

6. If you have ever considered taking a hammer to your alarm clock or little brother, or both.

 

7. If this is you:

Alright, so now you know what it takes to be a night owl, but how about a morning person? Are you one of those people who wakes up in the morning bursting with energy? Perhaps.

 

You might be a morning person if…

1. You’re always on time.

2. You feel happy before noon everyday.

 

3. If you exercise.

 

4. If you’re the first person to fall asleep at sleepovers.

 

5. If you’re tired before midnight.

6. If this is you in the morning:

 

Now you know whether your a morning person or a night person. Unfortunately, most night owls have to get up in the morning, whether we want to or not.

If this is you, here are some songs to make rising early in the morning a little easier for you! (If you are reading this on your email, the YouTube videos will probably not appear.)

~Ally

1. The Cartoon Song by Chris Rice

 

2. The Breakfast Song by Newsboys

 

3. Good Morning by Mandisa

 

4. Smellin’ Coffee by Chris Rice

 

5. You’re My God by Jaci Velasquez

The Reality of Homeschooling

The Reality of Homeschooling: As depicted by twelve realistic comics.

 

Every homeschool parent has the right to talk to themselves. It is perfectly acceptable.

 

Yep, that’s kind of how it feels on the last day of school.

 

Who said you can’t wear pajama’s to school?

 

And no matter what, do NOT ever mention Harry Potter.

 

In our house walking to the mailbox counts as P.E. Wimpy, I know.

 

To be fair this has never happened to me, but I have known people it has happened to.

 

Just another day in the life of a homeschooler.

 

Okay, maybe that’s a little snarky, but you get the point. We really are not afraid of the outside world and do not plan to hide in our houses for the rest of our lives.

 

But who can blame her? I would be frustrated by the end of the day if I had to do her job too.

 

I admit it, I correct my own tests. But I do not cheat!

 

Genius.

 

I’ve never received lunch money, but I can’t complain, my lunches at home are better than what they get in a public school.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! ~Ally

 

 

Jesus Ate a Sandwich

Hello everyone! Today’s post is on seasons in a persons life, and how each moment has a purpose. I’ll be honest with you and tell you that I feel my life is very boring right now.  But it was either write this post or have a pity party. I decided to write this post. The scripture verse I would like to share with you is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
      a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.”

In case you haven’t caught it, there is a time for everything in life. Even a time to be bored. I know there are far worst things in the world than having nothing to do, and I’m trying to keep that in mind, but that is not what this post is about. This post is about keeping a positive attitude and remembering to do everything as if you were serving God, even when you’re discouraged, worn out, and lonely. Because as much as I hate to admit it, there is even a stage for cabin fever.  Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 says,

“What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

Even in the monotonousness of everyday life God has purpose for it, and he plans to make your life beautiful in his time. I don’t know why we go through times when we feel glum and dispirited, but I do know that there is a reason. Perhaps it is the calm before the storm, and six months from now I’ll look back and think of this period in my life as the good ol’ days. Maybe it is simply to teach me to work hard without complaining.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28.

If you think about it, a lot of biblical characters went through times in their life that would be considered uninteresting. David was a shepherd for years. I’m sure that was a really exciting job! He was alone most of the time, and even though he occasionally had to deal with a wild animal, I’m sure on the whole it was extremely dull. But God used that time in his life to prepare him for later, when he would flee from Saul and when he would become king.

Then their was Esther, who was an just a normal girl. She probably lived an ordinary life, and had chores she needed to do before she became queen. Yet no one can say that her life was boring.

Finally, there’s Jesus. Have you ever thought about the fact that not a single one of the gospels mentions Jesus’s life between the ages of twelve and thirty? Perhaps it was because nothing extraordinary happened during those years. I can just imagine what an interesting chapter of the Bible those “lost years” of Jesus would make. “Then Jesus took a break from wood carving and ate a sandwich. It was peanut butter and grape jelly. Yep.” We’re not told about the years in between Jesus’s childhood and ministry because he lived an ordinary life. He spent most of that time as a carpenter.

Does that mean those years were wasted? Of course not! Those years had a purpose, just like every other season of life.  Am I saying that God uses boring times in our lives to prepare us to become royalty? No, although all of my examples either were or became royalty. My point is this: even though you may feel as though your life is purposeless and depressing, God has a plan and a purpose for it. It may not feel like it, and you probably don’t understand it, but it’s true. Whether you have nothing to do or you feel like your life is spinning out of control, always remember to live each day as if you are serving the King.

~Ally

P.S.

I will try to post the next part in the Meek Person’s Guide to World Domination soon.

 

 

 

5 Best and Worst Movie Endings of All Time

Hi all! I want to start by saying that endings are very important to me. Ask any member of my family, and they will tell you I am one of those people who reads the end of the book first. If the book does not have a conclusive or happy ending then I will probably not read the book. Why waste time reading something that doesn’t end well? But today’s post is not about books (as wonderful as they may be), this post is about movies. Today I would like to share with you the five best and worst movie and series endings of all time. Before I begin I must tell you three things:

1. This post is filled with spoilers.

2. Just because I do not like the ending does not reflect my opinion of the movie over all.

3. I am a little biased in my ending taste.

The second and third are probably the most important to remember. This is the type of ending I like:

 

This is the kind of ending I do not like:

All of that said, let’s get started!

 

Top 5 Best Movie Endings:

 

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

One of the best movie endings of all time! It had a good, conclusive ending. You find out exactly who ends up with who, and nothing is left to chance! In case you have never seen or read the Harry Potter series, the last scene takes place 19 years later. All of the bad guys are defeated, and now Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione are sending their kids off to Hogwarts. It explains exactly what is going on and what everyone is doing now that they have all grown up. I wish every series ended this way. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful series. The Harry Potter series is worth watching simply for the ending.

 

2. The Philadelphia Story

This movie is not your typical, predictable romance, I was never positive as to whom she would end up with. I was a little concerned that it would end abruptly, but was overjoyed when it had a conclusive, happy ending. I was not left wondering what happened, but was shown exactly what happened at the end. The spontaneous wedding made for an entertaining finale.

3. Signs

I loved that the movie “Signs” had an epilogue! That’s not something you see very often in movies, usually only in books. If you haven’t seen “Signs” I’ll give you a brief summary, it’s about a pastor (Mel Gibson) who has lost his faith in God due to his wife’s death. Strange things keep happening around his farm, first abnormally large people running around his house at night, then his dogs get sick, and finally someone cuts his cornfield in an odd pattern. Then the world realizes that we are being attacked by aliens. Finally, it ends with Mel Gibson’s faith in God being restored.

 

4. The Princess Bride

The perfect fairy tale finale! Riding off into the distance to live a carefree life with your princess and two men you barely know, but who just helped you save your princess! Is there anything more perfect?

5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Shotgun wedding!

 

Top 5 Worst Movie Endings

 

1. Gone with the Wind

Was there ever a more depressing ending? First, everyone dies, then her husband divorces her. Worst finale ever! I don’t care if she goes back to Tara, it’s downright appalling. The movie ends with Scarlett O’Hara saying, “Tara! Home. I’ll go home. And I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all… tomorrow is another day.” But it never explains if she actually ever gets Rhett Butler back.

 

2. Casablanca

No offense to all of you Humphrey Bogart fans, but I hate the ending of Casablanca. I will give it credit for having some memorable quotes in the last scene, but the scene itself is tragic. He pines after her the entire movie, and then she leaves with her husband. Not that I would have preferred she leave her husband for Rick, but I was kind of expecting him to die or something. Oh well, at least she didn’t leave him, because in the words of Humphrey Bogart, “If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”

 

3. The Village

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I will try not to include any spoilers in this summary, because this movie is full of shocking plot twist, but I have to include “The Village” on this list. Overall, I love this movie. It is enthralling, and kept me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time, but the end is not conclusive. After Ivy Walker goes on a challenging journey to get her sick fiance medicine, they don’t even tell us if he get well or if he dies. For all we know he could die the next day. We are left to assume that he gets well, but you should never assume anything when it comes to movies.

 

4. Into the Woods

Happily ever after? Baloney! The horrid ending of this movie starts when Cinderella and Prince Charming’s wedding reception is interrupted by an angry giant. The giant is after Jack, because he killed her husband. She throws the entire kingdom into disarray, and Jack is nowhere to be found. Then Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, the town baker, and his wife all go looking for Jack. While looking for Jack the baker’s wife runs into Prince Charming. They kiss, even though he just married Cinderella and she is married to the baker. After he leaves her she sings a song about their kiss and promptly falls off a cliff. When her husband hears that she died he leaves his newborn son with Cinderella and runs away, but comes back after he has a conversation with his dead father. Meanwhile, Cinderella hears from the birds of the woods that Prince Charming had kissed the baker’s wife, and confronts him. His response is, “I’m suppose to be charming, not sincere.”  The whole last half of the movie stank.

 

5. Sleepless in Seattle

I must admit that the ending of this movie didn’t bother me very much, until my Dad pointed out that they could have broken up five minutes after the movie ended. In Sleepless in Seattle, a young woman named Annie falls in love with a man, named Sam, who she has only heard on the radio. She writes to Sam asking him to meet her on top of the Empire State Building, but he never even reads the letter. His eight-year-old son, however does. His son is convinced that they should meet up with Annie in New York, but Sam is not. That is until eight-year-old Jonah runs away to meet Annie. Sam is forced to go to New York to retrieve his son, and in the process runs into Annie on top of the Empire State Building. Then the movie ends. For all we know they could have gone on one date and then decided they hate each other. Outside of that, Sleepless in Seattle is a very enjoyable movie.

 

Meek Persons Guide to World Domination: Courage

When you think of courage you probably think of someone like this little mouse, who despite their fear, is willing to act as if they were fearless. Sometimes that is a correct definition of courage, but other times courage is the ability not to act, even if it could cost you everything. Sometimes turning the other cheek takes more bravery than fighting back. Romans 12:14 says, “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” That alone takes a lot of strength. Let’s face it: we may think of meekness as weakness, but could it be we’re really just afraid to risk our reputation and pride? It can be humiliating to not defend yourself when you are being made fun of or teased. It takes a lot of courage to bless your enemies, rather than cursing them.

However, turning the other cheek does not mean backing down or giving in to other people. We should always stand up for what we know is right, no matter the cost to ourselves. That’s why we must turn the other cheek, because when we are unwilling to back down, we are often mistreated. It is also why we must be brave to be a meek person, if we do not have courage we will be tempted to fight back, rather than standing up for what we believe peacefully. 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”

~Ally