Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag is celebrating 12 Years of Blogging! A while back she asked if anyone wanted to help her celebrate with some giveaways & I said of course!

She’s also doing a year’s worth of books (12) giveaway, too. Here’s the link to enter!

I was in 5th grade when I read Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was the generation that “grew up with” Harry and Hermione and Ron. I remember pre-ordering books, waiting in lines, and seeing bookstore windows FILLED with the newest HP release. Rowling & Potter nourished my love of reading and writing, turning me into the book worm I am today. Harry Potter strongly shaped my adult personality.

Whether or not you’re “into” the Harry Potter craze, I strongly believe there are some deep lessons to pull from this series.

[1] Friends are family. Harry doesn’t have living family (…spoiler alert?) so his friends easily become his family. Ron has a wonderful, large family… and his friends are still his family and openly welcomed into the Weasley home.

[2] We all have light and dark within us.Β Every character in HP has shining moments and dark moments. Even our favorite heroes make bad choices sometimes. It’s a story of choices and redemption and consequences.

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” -Sirius Black, PoA

[3] Sticking up for others, aligning yourself with the meek or victimized, and taking a stand against your own friends isn’t easy. How many times are characters rewarded for doing the extremely unpopular right thing? I hate that S.P.E.W. didn’t make it into the movies, especially since it makes a later moment between Hermione and Ron all the more sweet.

[4] Bad things happen- it’s how you react that matters. The characters don’t always react “correctly”, but that’s because they’re not flawless. So many of them- especially the adults- handle the battles, deaths of friends, and monumental hurdles with patience and grace.

“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.” -Hagrid, GoF

[5] Getting an education is incredibly important, but there’s a LOT to learn outside of the classroom, too. I think even Hermione would agree that she learned a lot about friendship and survival and life outside the Hogwarts classrooms.

Below is a giveaway for a newΒ illustrated Harry Potter book (+ some goodies).

It says “Sorcerer’s Stone”, but you can pick which book you’d like. (For example, if you have SS and want CoS. Or if PoA is your favorite book.)

Click to Enter Rafflecopter Giveaway

And be sure to pop over and wish Lauren a Happy Blogoversary!!

Good luck, friends!

45 thoughts on “A Very Potter Giveaway

  1. You can tell I did NOT grow up with Harry Potter… I read the title of this and my thoughts went straight to Beatrix Potter. Haha.

    Is the giveaway international? I know the one on Lauren’s blog is US only.


    1. Yeah, mine is U.S. only unless you can help with shipping – because it’ll be insane to ship out of country. I have other blogoversary giveaways that are International though (just look at the link up at the bottom of the year’s worth of books giveaway!)


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      1. I totally understand it being US only. I just couldn’t see any mention on this one and I thought it would be useful to know πŸ™‚ Even Goodreads giveaways are mostly not open to Switzerland… some of them list seemingly every country in Europe but specifically leave out Switzerland!


    2. Hahahaha. That’s funny πŸ™‚ I actually grew up with one or two Beatrix Potter prints in my room so I was technically introduced to that Potter first!

      I just told Lauren that I’m good with an international giveaway! So go for it!


  2. Thank you so much, Audrey! You know I love Harry Potter too and he was very much my childhood. I think I read the first book when I was like…seven. I love your list – and that quote from Sirius Black is a favorite of mine; it’s so very true!!



    1. In 5th grade we used to keep the book we were reading for fun on the corner of our desk and I just remember HP sitting there πŸ™‚ I’m surprised I didn’t read it soon!


  3. And here’s where I can see our age difference!. I saw Sorcerer’s Stone (yes, I saw the movie first!!) when I was 27 years old, I think. Didn’t want to see the movie but a visiting friend did and since I am a gracious host, we saw it. I loved it and immediately started reading the books. Yes to all the amazing lessons. To me, the most important lesson is that LOVE WINS. I think about that a lot these days.


    1. Oh my gosh, the movies are also just so so good. I think you can’t truly compare them. I’m just sad when I think about some of the story arcs left out. Oh well. I definitely love the main idea of goodness and love and purity over evil! I agree completely!


  4. I have loved every single one of the Harry Potter books but I would have to say my favorite was the FIRST Sorcerer’s Stone because it started ALL of the Magic! I literally grew up with these books and still enjoy the movies a couple of times a year!


    1. That’s a great reason to love the first book! I love rereading that one because I can *feel* the start of it all. I love the third because I feel like that’s where the past and present and future are all starting to tie together!

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    1. Me too, me too, me too! PoA is my absolute favorite but I love the movie for Order of the Phoenix! I’ve been rereading them as the illustrated books have been released. (#4 this fall!!) I love them. They’re SO gorgeous!


    1. I think you can enjoy them at any age πŸ™‚ The last book is such a standout! The PERFECT ending to a fantastic series! I agree completely!


    1. I’m slowly rereading them and I can’t wait to get to that one. When it comes to the movies I think The Half Blood Prince is one of the funniest ones (up until the cave scene)!

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  5. I enjoy the Harry Potter books and movies, but my wife is the biggest HP fan I know. It’s hard to pick, but our favorite book is Deathly Hallows.


  6. “Do you have a favorite Harry Potter book?” I think I enjoyed them all pretty equally! I wish the movies were more what I pictured in my mind–black and white, with mist everywhere!

    I’m giving up on filling in the email and name in the “correct” way in this widget because of the extreme problems with gravatar and wordpress accounts (no log ins and nothing I do will make the message go through without prompting me to log into something I’ve already logged into), so I’m putting my correct email here, although if I’m lucky enough to win it should be available from the rafflecopter widget, I think.

    jsmith[delete brackets]3may[delete brackets]2011

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    1. I usually think of the books and movies as two totally separate entities. They’re both great but so different at times!

      Hmm. Wonder why… No problem! Thanks for entering!


  7. I think my favorite Harry Potter books are 5-7. I don’t know if I can narrow it down further πŸ™‚


  8. Thank you so much for the incredible giveaway πŸ™‚
    My fave HP is GoF – always has been!
    Megan S.


    1. You’re welcome! Goblet of Fire is my least favorite book (and film), lol. I don’t know why that is. Maybe it has too much action for me. Haha!


    1. Yay for your mom! I’ve loved the books and films for years. When the movies are on TV I make my husband crazy by leaving them on all weekend. Haha!


  9. So fun! Book #4 was always my favorite, but I cannot wait to revisit #1 with my son for his first read through – and the illustrated version would be so great for that!


  10. I’ve definitely read Harry Potter! One of my fondest bookish memories was the launch of The Half Blood Prince. It was at Edinburgh Castle and I lived less than 5 minutes walk from the castle at the time. The centre of the city had such an amazing atmosphere and my husband and I went out to enjoy it all and queue to get our hands on the book at midnight. That’s why it’ll always be my favourtie.


    1. I love that! What a beautiful memory! When we were visiting France they were releasing Order of the Phoenix and we *technically* could get our hands on it hours earlier than the US folks! Haha! I loved knowing that!


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