Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Chapter Sixteen: Through the Trapdoor

They were standing on the edge of a huge chessboard, behind the black chessmen, which were all taller than they were and carved from what looked like black stone. Facing them, way across the chamber, were the white pieces. Harry, Ron and Hermione shivered slightly — the towering white chessmen had no faces.
“Now what do we do?” Harry whispered.

“It’s obvious, isn’t it?” said Ron. “We’ve got to play our way across the room.”


first. he touches you and you light on fire. your wrist blazes where his fingers meet your skin. the burns don’t show, but it’s hard to breathe with ash in your lungs. it’s so hard to breathe. you’re suffocating daily. second. it hurts to watch him. he shines. he’s brighter than the sun, he’s too beautiful for your eyes. it’s hard to look at him. it’s even harder to look away from him. you’re going blind. third. your ears are tuned to his voice. you could pick him out in a sea of thousands. his voice makes pretty singers who sing pretty songs sound dull. his voice makes everything else sound ugly. fourth. the color of his eyes is blue enough to drown in. he is turning you into a clichéd love-wrecked being. you’re drowning, always sinking. down, down, down. fifth. you know him. you love him. through a thousand lifetimes, across millions of stars, you’d find him, you’d never leave him. you love him, till death do you part. 

( sixth. he loves you, too. )

— five things you know and one thing you don’t. (x)


Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon on Vita today ⊟

Also PS4. Originally released on mobile, this is the second Spider puzzle/adventure/thing by Tiger Style, the Austin team behind the also-excellent Waking Mars.

I had no idea this was going to be on PlayStation! And now it is! Like, right now! 

You are a spider on the hunt, spinning webs to trap your prey. Explore an abandoned mansion, unravel its secrets, and leave the place covered in cobwebs. Learn the tricks of dozens of insects, some of which only come out at night… or during a rainstorm! Craft webs of your own design and place them wherever you wish, but don’t run out of silk or you’ll perish. This unique action game will have you thinking like a spider to master its inventive gameplay.

There’s a lot going on here under the surface too, like a hidden mystery about a real-life secret organization. It sounds like all this stuff is totally optional, so you can choose how deep you want to go! So, hypothetically, I can completely fail to grasp the mystery then pretend I wasn’t really interested in it anyway.

BUY PS Vita, 1-year PS Plus membership