“Gryffindor” – A Parody of Katy Perry’s “Roar”

There’s so many great Harry Potter related musicians and vloggers out there, including Weasley Sweaters!

Check out her parody of Katy Perry’s “Roar” all about the bravest Gryffindor there ever was!

Gryffindor victorious on Pottermore

The crowning of the House Cup on Pottermore has occurred again! The last victors were Slytherin, but this time around, Gryffindor took the lead.

It’s been a spirited competition, with much brewing and duelling but we would like to congratulate Gryffindor as the victor of the Pottermore House Cup for November, 2012.

Commiserations to Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, but your chance to make the Pottermore House Cup yours will come again – the house points have already been reset for the next contest in the Great Hall.

As a reward for winning the Pottermore House Cup, Gryffindor will be able to download beautiful artwork of their common room as wallpapers and screensavers for their electronic devices.

Members of Gryffindor house, keep an eye out on your owl notifications for further details when these become available, they should be arriving soon.

Until the next Pottermore House Cup, we wish everyone good luck and keep up the great work on your potions and spells.

Congratulations to all for racking up impressive numbers of house points!

Source: Pottermore Insider

House pride fan art displayed on Pottermore Insider

Go Gryffindor! Or Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff. The Pottermore Insider has released some of their best entries of house pride fan art.

by StrikeSword18260

by ThornHazel13357

Hufflepuff art

by BloodPatronus45

by ShadowRiver12556

Ravenclaw art

by AjenjoGato8747

by ShadowAsh82

Gryffindor art

by ShadowAsh82

by CentaureDraconis12204

Slytherin art

Couture dress designs reflect house pride

Many designers and fashionistas have been inspired by the four Hogwarts houses. One can find many outfits portraying the colors and themes of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Realm Beyond Sight posted these fantastic designs.

If you are looking for a stylish dress to wear out on the town while still representing your house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy then Deviant Artist DistantDreamer has the dresses for you! She has created some great Harry Potter couture dresses inspired by the four Hogwarts houses.

“Couture dresses inspired by the four houses of Hogwarts with heavy inspiration from their mascots. Which dress fits your style? ^_-

Gryffindor – The Lion – You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart, Their daring, nerve, and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart

Hufflepuff – The Badger – You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just and loyal, Those patient Hufflepuffs are true And unafraid of toil.

Ravenclaw – The Eagle – Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind, Where those of wit and learning, Will always find their kind.

Slytherin – The Serpent – Or perhaps in Slytherin You’ll make your real friends, Those cunning folks use any means To achieve their ends.”

What do you think of your house’s dress?

Source: Chris Cabeza of Realm Beyond Sight, via DistantDreamer of Deviant Art (the artist)

Happy Birthday, Neville!

Born:  July 30, 1980

House: Gryffindor

Traits: Clumsy, Forgetful, Timid, Brave, Loyal, Defiant, Heroic

Harry Potter Hogwarts Pride Shoes!

We love it when artists use kicks as a canvas and turn their passions into something extraordinary, just like Meghan Simonett did with these Harry Potter shoes!

All four houses are represented in style. Would you show off your Hogwarts pride with these custom shoes?

Harry Potter Hogwarts House Shoes Gryffindor Ravenclaw Hufflepuff Slytherin MeghanSimonett Etsy

Whoa!

Click the image for a closer look at the shoes via Meghan’s Etsy shop!

Royal Puppy named for Hogwarts House

According to The Times of India, the Queen of England has named one of the puppies of her most recent breed after a Hogwarts house.

[Gryffindor’s] name was chosen by the Queen who also personally names all of the puppies currently being bred at Sandringham Estate, the Queen’s country retreat in Norfolk. 

The kennels, established by Edward VII in 1879 to house 100 dogs, are now home to some 20 gundogs, labradors and cocker spaniels of variety of ages, the Daily Telegraph reported. 

Read the full story here!

My First Weekend In Pottermore

This past weekend was the first weekend that Pottermore was officially opened for everyone to enjoy.  Those who were in Beta certainly have an advantage there, considering house points, I believe, but it’s all good.  The purpose is to enjoy your time in there and get to know more about the Harry Potterverse.

I’m going to attempt to go over some of the highlights of the site.

When you go through the chapters, from an informational standpoint, you’ll want to read up on some of the insights and background of some of the characters and items and such.  There’s so many tidbits from author J.K. Rowling about how she created the Potterverse and why.  A couple of those tidbits included her “Ghost Plots” and “The Original Forty,” highly intriguing information, if I must say so myself.   Creating a whole universe for a story can be unique and painstaking at times, but very ingenius when done successfully (something very similar to the likes of J.R.R. Tolkein).

Given my inability to access Gringott’s my first time, it took a day to figure it out and then I was able to go shopping in Diagon Alley.  Of course I was excited to get my wand:

When you get your wand, you can look up the info on everything about your wand, including the differences in wood, core, and flexibility.  Pretty amazing information, and lengthy.  Having Laurel wood apparently cannot stand laziness in its possessor, so as long as I’m not lazy with my wand, then it can’t be won over.  A Phoenix Feather core is supposedly the rarest core type, but also the hardest to tame and personalise and can even act on their own.  Sounds like I’ll have a testy time with this one.  All in all, getting your own wand customized to your choices is pretty awesome and helps you feel pretty individualized.  Now if only they were to create such individual type wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Getting sorted is, of course, the ultimate highlight.  You pretty much already know which house you’d want to be in, but if you answer the test honestly, you might be surprised at what you find.  I did answer mine honestly, and I was a bit surprised.

When you get sorted, I believe you’re able to start gaining points for your house.  Here comes the fun stuff.  You’re also able to check your house standings  when you click on the Great Hall insignia at the top of the site, which is constantly changing.

Yep, my Gryffindor house is behind and needs to pick up speed!  You can either cast spells:

Or you can brew potions:

Personally, casting spells is probably the more enjoyable of the two, and you earn points by participating in wizard duels with other houses.  Practice is essential!  It’s also a lot easier to pick up than potions.  In potions, it can be very frustrating if you mess up somewhere along the line, because you’d have to start over, and that can mean more time wasted and also more money spent to buy the ingredients.  But when you do create the potions, it’s a nice sense of accomplishment.  So far, I’ve created 2 potions, but have messed up about 4 times.

I have completed the first book, and so far I’m blocked to continue on.  I’m not sure if I’m missing something in order to move on or I have to wait a certain allotted time, but so far, it’s definitely a unique experience and hopefully something that many can come back to time and time again.

Where Do You Belong

You might belong in Gryffindor, 
Where dwell the brave at heart, 
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry 
Set Gryffindors apart;

Or perhaps in Slytherin 
You’ll make your real friends, 
Those cunning folks use any means 
To achieve their ends.

You might belong in Hufflepuff, 
Where they are just and loyal, 
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true 
And unafraid of toil;

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, 
If you’ve a ready mind, 
Where those of wit and learning, 
Will always find their kind;

It doesn’t matter if the hero is from Gryffindor, or if the evil one is from Slytherin. All that matters is who we truly are, and where we truly belong. Gryffindors are BRAVE. Hufflepuffs are LOYAL. Slytherins are AGGRESSIVE. Ravenclaws are CUNNING.

Deep down, which one are you?