Yesterday was Back to Hogwarts Day! Little bears were busy navigating fields of everlasting daisies…
So today little Isabelle used her time turner to take everyone back to yesterday 🙂 They need the extra time to watch all the movies!
We are more than 20 years on from the publication of the first Harry Potter book and there are phenomena that come and go, but Harry Potter is clearly here to stay. Some of the early critics were not impressed, but their voices were soon drowned by the magical reviews of the books, the movies, the Universal Studio parks, the illustrated books, the Broadway play and the butter beer!!! in the evolution of the Harry Potter franchise.
The books won some thirty awards and the latest instalment in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, won a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards in 2017 and six Tony awards in 2018, including best play. A Melbourne production will open at Princess Theatre in 2019. We have to go!
In 2015, the illustrated edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. It took Jim Kay, the award-winning illustrator, two and a half years to create the illustrations in the first book. Working 7 days a week, at least 12 hours a day! He started immediately on book 2, which took 8 months, at even more intense pace, and the book was published in 2016. By the end of book 3 Jim Kay was burned out and hallucinating. Wisely he took a break before starting on book 4. It will be a while before all the books are illustrated…
The Harry Potter illustrated editions are beautiful masterpieces and perfect additions to any fan’s library. The illustrations fill the gaps and expand the east and west of the Harry Potter universe created by J.K. Rowling.
Jim Kay’s sketches were on display at the British Library in the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition. We saw it last year. The exhibition was organised to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling.
The exhibition showcased Harry Potter artefacts drawn from author J.K. Rowlings’s private collection and the Bloomsbury publishing archives. It included her original book proposal, as well as sketches from her notebooks that reveal how she envisioned the layout of the school, and a calendar of events that chronicles where any given character might be and what they might be up to. The original artwork by Jim Kay offered ample visual aid without resorting to film footage of the Harry Potter movies. The original book material was interspersed with centuries-old treasures — sourced from the British Library’s collection and numerous other lending institutions including Cornwall’s Museum of Witchcraft and Magic — like 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bones and scrolls from the 16th century detailing the supposed alchemical process to create a real Philosopher’s Stone.
It’s through these rare objects and texts that one’s magical education truly begins — they tell a deeper story of real witchcraft and wizardry throughout human history. The real strength of the exhibition was the breadth of the stories, folklore and mythology from all different cultures and ages it weaves together. Did you know Nicholas Flamel was a real person?
The exhibition was structured according to the Hogwarts curriculum, the sections mirroring core courses such as potions, charms, divination, astronomy, herbology, defense against the dark arts, and the care of magical creatures. In each, the pages of the Potter books were brought to life by potion books for ailments both physical and magical dating back 500 years and brooms used in 19th and 20th century Wiccan rituals.
Check out the flying tea cups 🙂
Additionally, the exhibition showcased a 400-year-old celestial globe, enhanced with augmented reality technology thanks to Google’s Arts & Culture initiative, which allowed visitors to explore the constellations in the night sky — and reinforced the idea that magic can be seen as another form of technology.
The weird and wonderful items of the exhibition are also explored in an hour-long documentary by BBC. The documentary is narrated by Imelda Staunton and includes footage from an array of Harry Potter actors reading from the books – Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, Mark Williams, David Thewlis and Miriam Margolyes, among others. The documentary also interviews two men who have been making wands for generations.
Little Isabelle might need to take everyone back to yesterday again! There is so much to explore! 🙂
Ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes to be an astronaut?
With four rounds, this quiz is a combination of various NASA aptitude tests. It will examine your knowledge of physics, test your logic, and then ask you how you’d react when faced with various life or death scenarios. There’s also a NASA general knowledge round at the end.
Give it a go and see if you could make it as an astronaut, or if you should keep your feet firmly planted on planet Earth.
Round one: physics!
If an object is in motion, what kind of energy does it possess? Kinetic!
What does the “C” stand for in this famous equation E = mc2 ? Speed of light!
What cannot happen to energy? It cannot be destroyed!
What is a nebula? A cloud of dust and gas!
Isabelle, that’s not how a quiz works! You don’t ask the questions and then answer them yourself.
But I know all the answers!
Look, you can have dessert first!
Ok bearyone, round two: logic.
Planet : Mars – Fabric : ?
Infancy is to nursery, as adolescence is to?
Threatening : Growl – ? : Rainbow
Medicine : Illness
Law : Anarchy
Hunger : Thirst
Round three: psychological screening.
You discover a fire on board the space station. What’s the FIRST thing that you do?
Grab your oxygen mask
Call Mission Control
Try to extinguish the fire
Sound the alarm and leave
You’re trapped in a lift with 10 strangers. People are starting to get panicked. What should you do?
See if you can work out a logical way to get everyone out the lift
Close your eyes and stay calm – help is coming
Attempt to calm down the people who are most distressed
Start screaming. Loud.
During a mission to the Moon, you and your crew crash land 200 miles away from the mother ship. You have to walk there. Apart from your oxygen tank, what’s the MOST IMPORTANT thing to take with you?
A box of matches
20 litres of water
You’ve discovered alien life on Mars, and brought a sample back to the ship. What should you do next?
Send it back down to Earth so it can be tested in a laboratory
Isolate it, ensuring it has no contact with the crew
Immediately begin tests
Call Mission Control
Round four: NASA general knowledge.
Which NASA space shuttle exploded 73 seconds into its flight, killing all the astronauts on board?
Which was the first Apollo mission to successfully land on the Moon?
What is NASA’s motto?
For tomorrow’s future
To infinity and beyond
For the benefit of all
Onwards and upwards
How many astronauts can live on the International Space Station at once?
I’ll just finish this 🙂
Looks like pizza and no dessert, bearyone…
How did you go? Are you joining the bears and Buzz on the ISS? 🙂
Answers: Denim; High School; Colourful; Law : Anarchy; Sound the alarm and leave; Attempt to calm down the people who are most distressed; 20 litres of water; Isolate it, ensuring it has no contact with the crew; Challenger; Apollo 11; For the benefit of all; 6.