Wish List Worthy: Wave 2 of the Harry Potter Funko Pop Vinyl Figures

Yes yes yes yes yes! Although Luna Lovegood is still noticeably absent from the new lineup despite being included in the preliminary concept sketches for Wave 2, I am still over the moon about the new figures!  Funko has even announced a March 15th release date for the new pops so we won’t be waiting that long!  I’m most excited to add Draco, Sirius and Dobby to my Harry Potter collection but I’m sure I’ll be picking up Yule Ball Hermione and Ron too because they’re an OTP of mine.  The dementor is admittedly frightening but I suppose my Voldemort needs at least one supporter on the shelf.  Hopefully the other characters included in the concept art (Luna, Neville, Triwizard Harry and Gambon Dumbledore) will make up the next wave.  Plus, I’m still hoping for a Ginny, Hedwig, Hogwarts Express, Fleur Delacour, Bellatrix LeStrange, Mad-Eye Moody, Cedric Diggory, and the list goes on and on!

(All images via Pop Vinyl)

Not Included in Wave 2

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

I was so excited when Joana of Metal and the Geek tagged me for this Ultimate Harry Potter Tag because obviously (you can check out her post here)! Harry Potter is everything.  I’m terribly behind on tags but I knew this one and the My Hogwarts Story tag LINK which I posted last week were the two that I counted as my top priority.  I’ve been re-reading the series this year (I’m currently up to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix so I have to get moving!) and it’s been so much fun to reflect on my opinions as a child and compare them to things I see differently now as an adult. One thing is for sure, the magic of the series has not disappeared for me and I know for sure that it never will<3

I particularly love this tag because it’s so comprehensive.  The questions are divided into different categories and they cover everything from the books to the films.  There will be spoilers ahead so be warned if you somehow have managed to evade them thus far.

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Favorite book?

As a child, I would’ve said Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire because it’s one of the first times I remember ever feeling seriously affected by a book.  Cedric Diggory man.  As an adult and through numerous re-reads, I can say that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite.  I love that it includes an element of time travel known as retro causality and I absolutely ADORE the Marauders (plz write more Jo k thx).  Luckily Alice LINK has introduced me to this Marauder’s fanfic LINK so I’m getting by really well these days.

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Least favorite book?

UGH this is so hard.  If Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone wasn’t the beginning of everything in life for me I would say that one since the Harry-Ron-Hermione trio is so young and it’s a big introduction to the world and the magic which allows for less action overall.  But it is first.  Right now I would say Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because I remember not loving how angsty Harry became even though it was warranted.  My mind might change after I re-read it though which should be happening really soon.  I will not keep you updated because then I’d have to chose a different least fave.

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Favorite movie?

My favorite movie is the same as the book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  It’s my go to for when I feel like watching the Wizarding world.  Again, I love the time travel and the Marauder’s but I also feel like the third film is last one to encompass all of the story.  Goblet of Fire is when things start getting really lengthy and every little detail cannot be included or we would’ve ended up with 4-5 hour films (which let’s be real, I want those in my life and I would devote the days necessary to watching them).

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Least favorite movie?

The movies are nowhere near as good as the books and I do struggle with some of the major changes (especially the Ravenclaw liberties that were taken) but I have grown fond of them in their own way.  As for least favorite, it would have to be one of the latter films (Order of the Phoenix or Half Blood Prince) because of all the detail that’s missing.  I definitely had to attempt the most explanation to my parents during these because they were VERY confused.

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Favorite quote?

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore.  A classic but it’s my absolute favorite. I try to think of this quote whenever something minor is getting to me more than it should.

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Favorite Weasley?

This is actually a toss up between Molly and Arthur for me!  Molly is so caring and organized and the fact that she manages to take care of so many kids is really inspirational.  I hate that sometimes stay at home mom’s aren’t given proper recognition since it’s not a traditional career but really it’s one of the most important jobs there is.  Each of her children grew up to be extraordinary and it’s in no small part because of Molly’s guidance.  I also love Arthur beyond belief because for several reasons.  He’s friendly and interested in things and unabashedly himself which leads to so much entertainment. I love when he has to pretend to scold the boys for stealing the stolen car and I’m betting that’s exactly how Andrew would be as a dad.  Arthur’s just so good natured and he and Molly are the perfect pair.

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Favorite female character?

There are so many amazing female characters in Harry Potter which makes this question the hardest one on the list.  There are logical reasons why Hermione should be my favorite but I’ve always loved Luna Lovegood the most.  She’s quirky and loyal and embraces her inner weirdness.  I wish we could be best friends IRL.

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Favorite villain?

I do really love Draco Malfoy.  He underwent a lot of character development throughout the series and by the end you could tell that he was growing comfortable enough in his own skin to reject some of his parents expectations (ie. Dumbledore).  I think adult Draco will have made very different choices than naive young Draco and I would love to read about his experience after Hogwarts.

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Favorite male character?

I’m going to be a little controversial here and say Dumbledore.  A lot of readers criticize many of the choices Dumbledore makes throughout the series but to me he always seemed so wise and I think he’s a great leader.  I would love to learn more about his past and how be came to be headmaster.  A young Dumbledore series is the prequel I want second most after the Marauders of course.

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Favorite professor?

If this were least favorite Professor I would easily choose Trelawney but alas it is not.  My favorite Professor is definitely Lupin! It’s so sad that he was only able to teach for one year because I think he would’ve been an amazing mentor to future students.  His method of teaching was hands on and would get kids interested and Defense Against the Dark Arts is also really relevant for real life application.

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A, Wash Snape’s hair, or B, spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself.

A, wash Snape’s hair.  Lockhart is simply intolerable.

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Duel A, an elated Bellatrix, or B, an angry Molly

Definitely Bellatrix. Molly is such a good person that I could never duel with her in good conscience.  And I would never try to hurt any of the Weasley’s so she would have no reason to be angry enough to duel with me.

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Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. flying car.

A. Hogwarts Express without any hesitation.  I love trains.  I love Wizarding World snacks.  I would love getting to catch up with friends about our summer holiday as soon as possible!

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A, Kiss Voldemort. Or B, give Umbridge a bubble bath.

Umm, are we talking the early days Tom Riddle Voldemort or the fallen from power and barely a human Voldemort?  I just rly don’t want to be near Umbridge ever.

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A, ride a hippogriff, B, ride a firebolt

B, Firebolt! And there would be some type of parody singing involving Aladdin’s A Whole New World.

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Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?

Bellatrix.  I HATED her in the books and while I also hated her in the film, Helena Bonham Carter did such a wonderful job of portraying an insane villain that I also felt more intrigued by her character.

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Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?

lol

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Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

They were both good! Although Gambon spoke more quickly which appeals to my New York pace.

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Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most.

I’m going to have to agree with Joana on this one and say the truth about Neville’s parents.  Neville is a great character and I think it’s vital to the story to know the complete story of his past and what he’s been struggling with his whole life.  It explains a lot about him as a person and I think that cutting it from the films is a disservice to those who may not have read the books.

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If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

I would split Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince into two films each which would probably be an adequate amount of time to include what’s missing.

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Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

When I read the first 4 books I identified with Gryffindor because Gryffindor and Slytherin were the most prominent houses and if there’s one thing I am not it’s a Slytherin (no offense to my best friends because the majority of them reside there).

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Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottemore (or another online sorting quiz)?

Ravenclaw! And all was right with the world.  My sorting happened after I continued reading and put a lot of thought into which house I actually belong in.

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Which class would be your favourite?

Charms.

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Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

The Summoning Charm because I’m lazy and I hate when I sit down to watch TV and realize I left the remote across the room.  As you also might know, I own a lot of stuff.  The Summoning Charm would be great when I can’t find a specific book or if I just don’t have time to dismantle the organization of a particular bookshelf to grab it.

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Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?

Hermione.  I love being around intelligent people and picking up little tidbits of information here and there.  It would be a privilege to befriend Hermione and I would hang on to each piece of her Hogwarts, a History trivia.

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If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

The invisibility cloak.  I learned the lesson that The Tales of the Beedle Bard was trying to send thank you very much.

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Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, and event, anything.

NO THEY’RE PERFECT. (Although maybe there would be more of a revolution from S.P.E.W. and Fred / Lupin / Tonks / Sirius could live? I’m sure that’s not too much to ask)

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Favorite marauder?

Lupin! Favorite teacher, favorite Marauder.  He has a good heart and he tried to always keep James and Sirius in check.

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Cedric Diggory.  Cedric was in the wrong place at the wrong time and I think his death was really unfair.  He was so young and he had so much life ahead of him.  I’m sure he would’ve helped at the Battle of Hogwarts if he had been given the opportunity.  

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Hallows or horcruxes?

Hallows! Horcruxes are just plain terrifying to me.

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And now for the tagging part! I’m going to try to tag bloggers who I know are also Harry Potter enthusiasts.  So I tag Sara from Sincerely Sara, Kristin from My Life as a Teacup, Alice of A Nudge in the Right Direction, Alice of The Geeky Burrow, Gwen of Like Gwen Stacy and Travis of Travis the Grimm.

And for no good reason here are some Halloween themed Hogwarts gifs.

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My Shocking Harry Potter Based Jung Typology Test Results & Why I’m Totally Okay With Them

So, just to give you a little bit of background information, I’m a long time Harry Potter fan.  And I mean so long term that on June 30, 1997 when the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released, I spent the day sitting on my favorite chair in my childhood room reading my hardcover copy and hoping that on my 11th birthday (which was less than a month away at the time), I’d be finding out that I was actually a wizard too and unlike the Dursley’s, my loving parents would be gladly escorting me to Platform 9 3/4 that fall for my first year at Hogwarts.  I vividly remember preordering a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, from a Book of the Month Club catalog ( ! ) (way before I knew what an impact it would have on my life), because my ten year old self had thought that a book about wizards sounded incredibly awesome.  Spoiler alert, I was right.  But anyway, I also remember JK Rowling first introducing us to Luna Lovegood.  A character who is arguably one of my favorites in any storytelling medium.  Luna is so cool.  She’s blond with green eyes, just like me, and I totally admire her ability to believe the unbelievable, as well as her complete disregard for other people’s opinions of herself.  I think Luna is the reason that I too, don’t give a darn what anyone thinks of me.  She always served as a kind of role model to me, but not in the way that adults are role models.  Luna is a character that grew up along with me (until book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when JK Rowling took a two year period to release the next book and I surpassed her in age).  But nonetheless, I looked up to Luna as much as any kid could look up to one of their peers.  (Side note: I still consider her a peer because I’m not entirely convinced that I could possibly be a Muggle).

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So here’s the thing.  I’ve spent my entire life identifying with Luna.  Then, this Harry Potter based Jung Typology Test showed up.  Did I *need* to take it?  Probably not.  Anyone who meets me agrees within minutes that I’m a Ravenclaw.  I don’t need a test to confirm it for me.  But out of sheer boredom and curiosity, I decided to indulge myself in the affirmation this test would surely provide.  So there I went, answering question after question, critiquing my personality traits until hitting submit and awaiting my result.  And there it came INTJ (Introvert Intuitive Thinking Judging).  I flipped back to the Harry Potter infographic, and my eyes beelined to Luna I (yupp), N (mmhmm), F (wait, what?), P (?!). NO. No, no, no, no, no.  This can’t be correct.  Who’s lettering do I match?  And that’s when I saw it.  Draco Malfoy. Shock. Awe. Surprise. Confusion. Speechlessness.  These are all things that I experienced.

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Fortunately, Draco’s Jung character description is not nearly as awful as  the way his character behaves in the books, so I suppose that just goes to show you that it’s all about how you choose to apply your traits to your everyday life.  Here’s mine & Malfoy’s description: Natural leaders that strive for perfection.  Objective, independent, conceptual, and adaptable.  Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long range explanatory perspectives.  Skeptical and independent.  Tend to have an aura of definite self confidence.

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I spent a bit of time reflecting upon my life and wondering how this could’ve happened, and how I could possibly be like Draco Malfoy in any way, shape or form, but while barely any direct comparisons come to mind, I did find the description very accurate and applicable to my own self.  Then I thought back to good ole book number one when dear Harry begged the Sorting Hat to place him anywhere except Slytherin.  “Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin.”  And do you know what the Sorting Hat said? “Are you sure?  You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that – no? Well, if you’re sure – better be GRYFFINDOR!”  Which is why I’m choosing to believe that I am in exactly the same situation.  This Jung test is like my Sorting Hat and I’m begging for it to comply and allow me to continue living my childhood fantasy of becoming Luna Lovegood.  If I’ve learned anything from Harry Potter, it’s that the conscious choices we make are the ones that define us.  So while I’m quite happy with my outcome’s description, I suppose I shall attempt to be more empathetic from here on out.  In fact, the results have made me more empathetic towards Malfoy, which is probably a step in the right direction.  He made some poor choices along the way, but he proved himself in the end.  I may share traits with Malfoy, but Harry shared traits with Voldemort, and really, it’s all about the application of those traits to your own actions.  So, Luna Lovegood, I will not disappoint you!

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You can take the test here, and then compare your score to the chart above (click to enlarge!) to find out exactly which Harry Potter character you’re most like!  I’d love to know your results as well, so feel free to leave a comment!

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