Wednesday, 18 August 2010


I think it's fair to say that Harry Potter has caused quite a stir since J.K Rowling put pen to paper (or hand to keyboard) all those years ago. It has been translated into 67 languages, spawned several rip-offs, a fascination with magic and other worldly things (cue twilight) and been accused of encouraging satanism. 

What started off as a series of fantasy books featuring a 'scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who did not know he was a wizard' became a massive global success. The films began a whole new world of opportunity as merchandise* sprang out of nowhere and the young actors and actresses were propelled into the spotlight. Even so, I'm not sure Harry Potter requires 'serious study'. 

Durham University think otherwise.

They have created a module based on Harry Potter and The Age of Illusion. Really. Read the news story for more information and if you need confirmation that I'm not lying. 

I loved Harry Potter as much as everyone else but is this a step too far?

*Have a look at some of these beauties
A Harry Potter beach towel
Professor Snape's Wand
I love this mug!

Although I might not think studying it is necessary, I do love a good quote so thought I'd leave a few here:

'Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it'.

'It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more'.

'Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?'

'If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals'.


Wish upon a star.

The Perseid Meteor shower may have been and gone but I'm still thinking about stars. I didn't manage to see the meteors myself but reassured myself with the knowledge that pictures would capture it beautifully.
I wasn't wrong.

If I had seen the meteor I'm not even sure what I would wish for. I can confidently say I'm pretty happy with my lot at the moment. It's not perfect, but it's far from shoddy and I can't complain. I love what stars represent. Hopes, dreams, ambitions. It fits perfectly with my romanticised view of the world. 

All this talk of stars got me thinking about my own hopes and ambitions. What do I want to achieve? 

Not only have I heard lots about stars, but cosmic ordering has been floating around my head for a while and I'm intrigued by the whole idea of it. While I might not 'believe' it works per se, I do think that if you make your goals clear then you have to follow them and therefore, you will try harder to achieve them.

Cosmic Ordering has 7 principles. These are:
  1. Decide what you want
  2. Make your orders positive (no negativity!)
  3. Order in the way that works for you (you don't have to  pray or write silly messages*)
  4. Trust the process (beliiiiieve)
  5. Trust your inner wisdom 
  6. You deserve it 
  7. Acknowledge your successes (be grateful)

They sound simple enough... I'm always grateful, I believe good things should happen to good people and I think that if you want something enough, you will make it happen. 

If it works for Noel then it might work for me!

*Silly message mentioned earlier: Noel scribbles a symbol of his desired object somewhere 'discreet'.

The only thing left for me to do is think... 

what do I want?

Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.  ~Les Brown

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