Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts: Celebrating September 1st

Whether you're starting a semester of college, slogging through high school, or (gulp) teaching, the back-to-school season will be shoved handily into the faces of summer-loving individuals each year. Some people may have back-to-school parties or prepare to "buckle down" for the next 10 months, but pretending you're going back to the best Wizarding school in the world* is clearly the best option.

So, how to do it?

  • Marathon the movies
If you're lucky enough to own the Hogwarts collection, go ahead and dive into the deliciously remastered extended editions on Blu-Ray with included behind-the-scenes documentaries. If not, there's always ABC Family (minus Goblet of Fire thanks to HBO right now) or digital rentals.

  • Work on your own House (or Faculty) scarf
Start knitting now and you might have it done by the time it gets cold out. Or go the easy route with striped fleece/sewn versions. Find tutorials here and here.

  • Start up a series re-read
Well...maybe just Sorcerer's Stone. Or maybe just read through the brief but full Hogwarts library set. After all, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a year or so away!

  • Reset your school year (or just your week) with Wizardly supplies
Perhaps a Divination planner to see into your future? A quill just to sit on your desk? A darling owl phone case? A sick Gryffindor backpack? Who wouldn't rather pack a steamer trunk for the Hogwarts Express instead of a messy messenger bag for a three-hour seminar course?

*Okay, so the Defense Against the Dark Arts position might be cursed and exams are cancelled too much, but Hogwarts is the only school we have seven books about. I'll be in the corner waiting for Rowling to start on Emile Aubertin and the Lost Passage of Beauxbatons

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