Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”  


My favourite A Very Potter Sequel moments;

Snape: I would like to take this opportunity to announce the Hogwarts’ astronomy club. This year we’ll be paying particularly close attention to the cycles of the moon and its effects on certain professors.

I never really think about Harry as a baby with the Dursleys.

I think about him as he grows older wanting attention but not getting it while they give the minimum they can. As he grows older again not caring too much about what they do or think just wanting the basics to get through. It must have been horrible to have to go through that and having no friends. All of that is heart breaking enough but thinking about Harry when he first gets there has got to me.

I’m sure the Dursleys would ignore Harry as much as possible but what does that mean? Is it real abuse of leaving dirty nappies and feeding rarely? They clearly see him as a responsibility they do not want nor care for despite everything Harry has already been through they are a lot more worried about themselves. Forcing themselves to do the minimum with Harry while spoiling Dudley. Playing with Dudley while Harry lies in his crib.  

I mean as he gets slightly older I can’t imagine Petunia and Vernon encouraging him to walk or talk. It makes me wonder how he did develop in to the person he became as school can only go so far but support needs to start at home and he literally had none.



                      Severus Snape & Albus Dumbledore

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape & Richard Harris, Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore

When Severus Snape began his teaching career at Hogwarts in 1981, he initially applied for the position of Defence Against the Dark Arts, but was rejected multiple times. Dumbledore was aware that the job had been jinxed by Voldemort. No Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher would last longer than a year. Dumbledore instead employed Snape in the position of Potions Master and Head of Slytherin House. As he and Dumbledore anticipated that Voldemort would return, Snape had to consider every decision and relationship carefully. He treated Harry Potter with maximal coldness, as any variation from this would have cast suspicion on him. In reality, he protected Harry on numerous occasions. His every action during this period created no mistrust on the part of Voldemort.                                                                                          After the Rebirth of Lord Voldemort, Snape carried on with his work as a re-doubled agent for Dumbledore. During the summer, he was seen at Number 12, Grimmauld Place giving reports to the Order of the Phoenix. When Harry began having visions about Lord Voldemort, Dumbledore asked Snape teach Harry Occlumency.The mutual hostility made it difficult to work productively during the sessions. Harry witnessed a private memory of Snape being bullied and harassed by Harry’s father.Snape threw him out of the office and forbade him from coming back again. Dolores Umbridge – the school’s politically appointed headmaster – captures Harry and interrogates him about Dumbledore’s whereabouts. She sends for Snape, demanding that he provide Veritaserum.Snape claims that his supplies of the serum have been exhausted after Umbridge used the drug to force information about Dumbledore’s Army from Cho Chang. Snape warning the other Order members, allowing them to come to the rescue in the Department of Mysteries. Narcissa swears Snape to an Unbreakable Vow that he will protect Draco. Dumbledore announces Snape as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor. He trusts Snape. Draco disarmed Dumbledore on the school’s Astronomy Tower. He intending to carry out Voldemort’s ordered assassination. Draco was unable to the murder, however, and Snape killed the headmaster himself.                                      Harry later took the memories to the Pensieve in Dumbledore’s office. Though he asked Voldemort to spare Lily, Snape still feared for her safety, as he knew that Voldemort could not be relied on to grant this small favour.          Dumbledore had been afflicted by a powerful curse cast on Marvolo Gaunt’s ring. Snape’s knowledge enabled him to slow the spread of the curse, the curse would have ultimately killed Dumbledore within a year.                                    Although Snape was reluctant, Dumbledore implied that this kind of coup de grâce would not damage a human’s soul. Furthermore, once Snape had done the deed, he would gain Voldemort’s complete trust and learn more of his plans. Snape agreed to do as the Headmaster requested.                         

Scenes from: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

When I was younger I played the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone PC game and was forever annoyed I could never find all the Wizard cards. 14 years later and I’ve just got 100% on the game. I found all 24 Wizard Cards, collected over 500 beans, gave Fred and George all the beans they needed and after all that unlocked both hidden endings (Ron giving Harry a new Wizard card, Fred and George playing their prank on Snape) and got the secret 25th Wizard Card. 6 year old me would be incredibly proud.

harry potter rated by appearances of socks
  • philosphers stone: for harry's 10th birthday he got Dursley's old socks, excellent present. He also found a spider on his socks, cute! And of course Dumbledore's infamous: "I see myself holding a pair of thick, woollen socks", in the Mirror of Erised. A noble desire indeed! and "One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. I live by those words, give socks to everyone you know. 8/10
  • chamber of secrets: Well, we all know what's coming. First of all, the obscure. Professor Sprout put socks on mandrakes to help them save all the petrified people, socks saving lives again. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY: "And he forced the smelly sock into Lucius Malfoy’s hand." SAVAGEEE: then "Master has given Dobby a sock. Dobby is free. YASSSS PRIME USE OF SOCKs 11/10
  • prisoner of azkaban: Ron got a pair of maroon socks for xmas even though he doesn't like maroon! Poor form. Harry kept his sneakoscope in his aforementioned birthday socks. MEh nothing exciting in the sock world. 0/10
  • goblet of fire: Harry's socks got wet, horrible -5 points. But, then the tables turned for socks. Harry gave Dobby mustard yellow socks, and Ron gave him violet socks. Little did they know in 2016, that would be a fashionable colour scheme. Of course Dobby is wrapped! "Socks are Dobby's favourite, favorite clothes, sir!" Thus, he in return gave Harry hand knitted snitch and broomstick pattern socks. Moody himself complimented Harry on his chic socks. Harry proclaimed: he was going to buy Dobby a pair of socks for every day of the year, and he then gave him screaming and flashing socks. Dobby said he had 7 socks- symbolism?? EXCELLENT YEAR FOR SOCKS 10/10
  • order of the phoenix: Mundungus smells like burnt socks -4 points. Hermione knitted a bunch of socks for the house elves but only Dobby wore them.... Ron used socks to hold his prefect badge. not a great year. 2/10
  • half-blood prince: wtf is with harry and using socks as a storage device. Felix Felicis stored in socks. Nothing else so -1/10
  • deathly hallows: Hermione brought Ron's maroon socks that he hated from CoS. Socks are again used a storage... with Hermione's beaded bag placed in her sock. Now, when Dobby died, Ron took off his socks from his feet to place onto Dobby, out of respect for his passion of socks. I'm not crying, you are. sentimental socks... It made me sad but it's a beautiful tribute 9.3/10