Day 47: What spells/hexes/jinxes/curses would you refrain from using and why?

Forgive me for not posting yesterday. I planned to do it during the evening and…well, the movies distracted me from the task.

Hmm, this is a long post to write about… 500+ Spells, hexes, jinxes or curses as far as we know. Although there’s three curses that I can’t do: Avada Kedavra, Crucio and Imperio. There is a reason why it’s called The Unforgivable Curses. Avada Kedavra is the Killing Curse which has no counter-curse or blocking spell although it can be dodged and blocked with solid objects. Voldemort used this curse the most among other spells. He killed a lot of people and only one survived it twice, Harry Potter. Crazy! Anyway, Crucio is the Cruciatus Curse when the victim is slowly tortured by the caster. [Poor Longbottom’s parents] Imperio is the Imperius Curse where the victim performs the unquestioned bidding of the caster without any objections similar to a puppet and its puppet-master. That is what happened to Krum during the Triwizard Tournament in the last phase, the Maze to the cup.

This will take all day to do this post. I’ll put this on hold for a moment then work on it as I go. :] xx

~Portia

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Day 46: If you had to serve detention, what would be the most likely cause?

[chuckles] All of those detentions served by Harry, Draco, Ron, Hermione, Neville and others…throughout the book. There’s one detention punishment I would rather opt out than go through it is the method Umbridge used. Ack! I don’t want a scar reminding me of what I had to write and omg it is going to HURT! So um…if I had to serve detention, the reason most likely would be sneaking out of my house during the night or having a heated discussion with a professor where I disagree. Yeah. Simple post today.

~Portia

Day 45: Free topic

Happy Post Valentine’s Day! I was super busy all day yesterday so I didn’t get the chance to post! Oops, Anyway here’s a picture or two about how I feel on that day yesterday. :] Enjoy!

True story!

This is much more endearing than Edward sitting in Bella’s room watching her sleep. Creepy, no? Yeah, thought so. Ron can be a total dunderhead but he’s totally adorable! :] ¬†Hehe

Severus and Lily

One of my FAVORITES of Snape and Lily. Dark versus Light. :] Everytime I see Snape, I automatically think, “Always.” That word has more meaning to me than love does lol I guess ūüėõ <33333

~Portia

Day 44: Resurrection Stone In Possession, Who Would Show Up To Greet You?

As Harry Potter would loved to have his parents back when he has the stone in his possession… He knows that he has to let go of the past to move on and remember his parents through the stories other people told him or the moving pictures when Harry was just an infant. So now into my possession.¬†Oh dear, this is going to be the most painful post to date. I will attempt not to cry. =/ There is only one person that comes to mind… only because we had unfinished business. Otherwise there would be four people in total. I’ll start with the first three then conclude with the last person that came to mind first.

My great-grandfather Everett R. Kimball¬†– He died the 23rd of September, 2001, almost two weeks after the World Trade Center buildings fell. Fell victim to cancer. I didn’t get the chance to say my final good-bye the night before he passed on and that I loved him but we both know that we have said what we needed to before he left this world.
–¬†My grandmother Dorothy L. Newberry¬†– She died the 15th of October, 2009. It was her time. She has been battling an illness for a long while. As she was hospitalized due to the illness attacking her one final time, she was put on life support. Her husband decided that she doesn’t deserve to be on it so he¬†solemnly pulled the plug. That good-bye was said already.
My grandfather Duel G. Newberry¬†– Not to be mistaken for my brother since they share the exact same name. He died 29th of July, 2011. Yes, the most recent one. I kept going back and forth between this man and my great-grandmother in who would go first. My great-grandmother is still alive at 85, soon to be 86. She is the wife of the great-grandfather I mentioned above. Anyway, I’m particularly close to them both…so it was an agonizing¬†ordeal for every one of us when he finally passed on. Lest we knew it was his time to go be with his wife who he has missed for the last two and half years. Poor thing.

Now, the person that hit me the hardest when I discovered his death…
My grandfather Edward N. Stockton¬†– He died the 22nd of April, 2002. Approximately seven months after the first one passed on. However, I did not find out about his death until the 20th of December, 2002. I was foolishly led on believing that he was still alive for eight months. I kept asking mum when can I go see him? I miss him. Mum continued to repeat herself saying, “He’s sick with the flu. Maybe another time?” That puzzled me a bit because that was the same answer every single time I asked her for a visit to him.
That fateful day I discovered his death was when Dad pulled me aside and asked if I wanted to go to the Mall to shop for my younger brother. I said sure. So when we got to the mall, right before I hopped out of the car. He pulled out a small rectangular piece of paper and told me to open it. I was completely clueless as I opened it. Edward Neal Stockton. First words to fly out of my mouth, “No. It can’t be.” As I read on, I started to cry a little but stifled my sobs with pure rage. I immediately told my father to take me home. He knew it meant my mum’s place where I would unleash my fury towards her. He hugged me and said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ I concluded with a nod and said, “No. Don’t be. Thank you. I needed to know.”
As I got home, oh boy, mum was in for a treat. She was pleasantly surprised to see me, “You’re home early.” The very first thing I said, “Why didn’t you tell me?”
“Tell you what?”
“Grandpa Ed.”
“Oh no.”
“Oh yes.” As I started to drill into her, with a fair amount of curse words during the conversation from ol’ dear me, asking her all kinds of questions about why she would not dare tell me about his death, why was I denied the right to attend his funeral, why lie to me when I asked for a visit, and all other things. Her ONE¬†response was, “I wanted to protect you. I knew how close you were to him and to know that both of them, Great-grandfather Kimball and Grandpa Ed, died within a year would kill you. I didn’t want you to plunge deeper into depression than where you’re at right now and we both know that where you’re at now is pretty severe after a year.”
There was nothing I could say to change the past but I said one final thing before I left, “Well, if you could have told me about his death. I probably would have recovered sooner but no, you chose to postpone the recovery. Now from this point on, when someone passes away, you tell me¬†immediately. No matter who or what. As soon someone dies.”
And with that last sentence lingering in her mind, I left with my father to resume the weekend. Of course, it was filled with tears and a lot of anger issues.¬†So if I ever wind up with the resurrection stone, the very first person would show up is my Grandpa Ed. Most definitely. I never got to say good-bye or even see him just before he got sick and died. It would be truly awesome to see him for one last time… it’s been almost ten years since his death in April but I don’t consider it the ‘anniversary’ of his death. Although I do remember him on two separate dates, 22nd of April and 20th of December. I always will miss you, Grandpa Ed.¬†Oy vey. I made it this far without crying. Yay me. Until tomorrow!

Omg, 1024 words in total. Crazy. I guess the topics that gets to me the most, will be able to produce the most words out of me.

~Portia

Day 43: Gringotts – What Items Of Value Would You Place In Your Vault?

It does not necessarily mean money or valuable items but items that you hold dear. As I take a quick look around my room, I can only pinpoint two items out of many items that I own that are irreplaceable.

The first irreplaceable item I own is my art that I’ve created. There is no duplicating it at all. I’m quite proud of the art I have made and if it were to be destroyed, I don’t know how I’d react.

Secondly, my locket that is encased with my great-grandfather’s ashes. He passed on approximately ten and half years ago, two weeks after the World Trade Towers were hit. It’s safely tucked away in my jewelry box. Although I do wish I can put a spell on it to ensure it’s protected at all times or indestructable. Haha!

If you truly knew me, I would have said Books as my third item but, they are replaceable. I can head out to any bookstore and retrieve a new one if needed be. I know I have a lot of books, close or over fifty already… So it wouldn’t bother me if they were to be destroyed. Okay, it’d hurt me for a bit but I’ll get over it eventually. :]

~Portia

Day 42: Which Shop At Diagon Alley Or Hogsmeade Would You Splurge The Most On?

Oh goodness. You’re asking a shopaholic? Ok, Let me narrow the shops down…[chuckles]

At Diagon Alley, I would shop at the following places:
– Broomstix
– Eeylops Owl Emporium
– Flourish and Bitts
– Obscurus Books
– Twilfitts and Tatting’s
– Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes
– Whizz Hard Books

At Hogsmeade, I would shop at the following places:
– Dominic Maestro’s
– HONEYDUKES (Yes, I had to put that in caps…if you know me, I have a bit of a sweet tooth.)
– Tomes and Scrolls
– Zonko’s Joke Shop

I can’t really pick one shop that I would splurge the most on. Hmm…this may take a while to actually determine that. Heh.

Description of Shops at Diagon Alley:
Broomstix:¬†A shop that sells¬†broomsticks.¬†Eeylops Owl Emporium: A pet shop located in Diagon Alley that sells¬†owls¬†and things that will help owls, like Owl Treats. It sells a variety of breeds, including Screech, Barn, Tawny, Brown, and Snowy.¬†Flourish and Blotts: A popular bookshop in Diagon Alley where most¬†Hogwarts¬†students purchase their schoolbooks.¬†Obscurus Books: Located at 18a Diagon Alley, Obscurus is a Wizarding book publisher. Its range of titles include the popular¬†Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.¬†Twilfitt and Tatting’s: Twilfitt and Tatting’s is a wizarding clothing shop located in Diagon Alley. Given that it is favoured by elitist pure-blood witch¬†Narcissa Malfoy, it is probably an upmarket shop.¬†Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes: Located at 93 Diagon Alley, it is a joke shop in owned by¬†Fred and George Weasley. It sells practical joke objects, such as¬†Extendable Ears, a¬†Reusable Hangman, and Fred and George’s special¬†WonderWitch¬†products, such as¬†love potions¬†and ten-second pimple remover. There is also a section of Muggle magic tricks in honour of their father¬†Arthur. They’re not big sellers, but they do fairly well.¬†Whizz Hard Books: Located at 129B Diagon Alley. Whizz Hard Books is a Wizarding book publisher. Its range of titles include the popular¬†Quidditch Through the Ages¬†and¬†Hairy Snout, Human Heart.

Description of Shops at Hogsmeade:
Dominic Maestro’s:¬†a music shop.¬†Honeydukes:¬†a sweet shop that has the entrance to a secret passageway into Hogwarts in its cellar.¬†Tomes and Scrolls:¬†a bookshop (est.¬†1768).¬†Zonko’s Joke Shop:¬†a famous joke shop.

Now I am in the shopping mood…Great. At least I am all caught up for the next few days to post! :]

~Portia

Day 41: Your Favorite Magical Beast

They can be found in the book of, “Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them” by Newt Scamander. It came with the other book called, “Quidditch Through The Ages” by Kennilworthy Whisp. I purchased them yesterday for the Quidditch team the other day and will have to do an update on that post real soon. :]

As I’m reading the book for today’s topic, I can’t stop chuckling at Ron’s scrawly writing throughout the book. Especially when it came to Acromantula. It is classified according to the Ministry of Magic’s classification as a five X’s which means Known wizard killer/impossible to train or domesticate (Ron wrote ‘Or anything Hagrid likes’). Ron put an extra nine X’s after the official five X’s so that would be a 14 X’s since he is terrified shitless of spiders, small or big. [chuckling] Oh, his face when he met Aragog. Truly priceless. [laughing]

Oh, I should explain the Ministry of Magic’s Classification for this book of Fantastic Beasts-

XXXXX (Five X’s) – Known wizard killer/impossible to train or domesticate.
XXXX (Four X’s) – Dangerous/requires specialist knowledge/skilled wizard may handle
XXX (Three X’s) – Competent wizard should cope
XX (Two X’s) – Harmless/may be domesticated
X (One X) – Boring

Yep. Now to my favorite beast or a couple? :]

Dragons – of course they’re my favorite. I’ve always liked dragons for as long as I can remember…fascinated with how they fly and breathe fire. They’re quite aggressive. Especially the females. They are classified as a Five X’s…No shit. :]¬†In the book it mentions, ‘The female is generally larger and more aggressive than the male, though neither should be approached by any but highly skilled and trained wizards. There are ten breeds of dragon, pure-bred dragons are as follows: Antipodean Opaleye, Chinese Fireball, Common Welsh Green, Hebridean Black, Hungarian Horntail (the most dangerous dragon as we’ve encountered in the Goblet of Fire book/movie), Norwegian Ridgeback (as Ron wrote Baby Norbert), Peruvian Vipertooth, Romanian Longhorn, Swedish Short-Snout, and Ukrainian Ironbelly.

Phoenix – It is a bird that lives on forever…facing death, die in flames and reborn in its ashes. ¬†It’s quite interesting to watch although it seems a bit tragic to watch it die. ūüė¶ However, it is a beautiful bird. Classified as a Four X’s. A phoenix is a gentle creature that has never been known to kill and eats only herbs. Intriguing. :]

I like Unicorns, Sirens, Werewolves (that part kinda turned me off with Twilight but it’s okay by me), Sphinxes, Leprechauns, Hippogriffs, Fairies (at times), Centaurs, and the Basilisk but they’re not enough to be my favorites.

Basilisk probably would be one of my favorites if I could speak Parseltongue but I don’t so…they’re dangerous enough to kill me without control. Basilisks are as dangerous to most Dark wizards as to aanybody else except Parselmouths, who can control them.

~Portia