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How to make a Hufflepuff bag

I’m fairly new to knitting and craftiness in general but considering this was one of my first attempts at ‘making’ I’m quite proud of this little Harry Potter inspired creation.

I ended up making two versions due to my dog’s liking for chewing shoe laces!

Hufflepuff bag with laces handle
Short handle version (handle made with shoe laces)
Hufflepuff bag with strap made of felt
Long handle version (handle made with felt)

I used the following items:

For the bag:
Yellow wool
Black wool
Size 3 needles
6 inch closed zip
2 x 15 mm D rings
An old T-shirt

For the handle:
Short handle – 140 cm black round laces (pair) and 140 cm yellow round laces (pair)
or
Long handle – 150 cm strip of yellow felt

Instructions

Bag:
1. Using the yellow wool cast on 32 stitches
2. Stocking stitch 12 rows of yellow (knit row, purl row…)
3. Work in black wool and stocking stitch for two rows
4. Switch back to yellow wool and stocking stitch for two rows
5. Change to black wool and stocking stitch for two rows
6. Repeat steps two to five 6 more times
7. Finish with 12 rows of yellow so both ends are the same
8. Cast off the yellow wool and bind off leaving enough yarn to join one side
9. Cut the black wool leaving enough to join the other side
10. Join both sides together
11. Cut a piece of an old T-shirt to 6.5 inches by 14.5 inches
12. Fold in half and stitch the sides together
13. Put the liner inside the knitted bag and stitch the two together around the top
14. Sew on the zip across the top of the bag
15. Sew on the D rings to either side of the bag about an inch from the top

Make the handle (shorter version using laces):
1. Use an elastic band to keep all four laces together at one end
2. Fish tail plait the laces all the way along
3. Use an elastic band to secure the other end
4. Tie the ends of the handle to the D rings making sure the knot is tight
5. Remove elastic bands

Voila!

Hufflepuff bag with laces handle
Short handle version (handle made with shoe laces)
I wanted to wear my bag cross body so that it sat in front of my hip. However, the handle in the  version above was too short to allow that. My dog is either a Slytherin and doesn’t like Hufflepuff or just helped me to decide that I needed a longer handle by chewing the laces up and destroying the strap.
Dog destroys a Hufflepuff bag
Damage to Hufflepuff bag strap after dog has chewed it

 

So I made myself a longer handle out of yellow felt.

Make the handle (longer version):
1. Cut a 150 cm by 3 cm strip of yellow felt
2. Fold the first cm over along the length and pin
3. Fold the other edge over the first so it sits just over half way and pin
4. Sew all the way down the middle of the felt
5. Pass one end through one of the D rings, fold over and sew to  secure
6. Pass the other end through the other D ring, fold over and sew to secure

Voila!

Hufflepuff bag with strap made of felt
Long handle version (handle made with felt)

I can’t wait to wear my new handmade Hufflepuff bag. I just hope the dog doesn’t get to it first!

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My Ten Favourite Harry Potter Jokes

Harry Potter jokes are plentiful but these had me laughing the Shrieking Shack down. Okay so some are pretty riddikulus but life’s too short to be Sirius! And if you don’t get them then I suggest you read/watch more Harry Potter.

  1. Why did Professor Snape stand in the middle of the road? So you’ll never know which side he’s on 1
  2. Why did Crabbe and Goyle cross the road? They were following Draco 2
  3. What kind of cereal do they serve at Hogwarts? Hufflepuffs 2
  4. How do Death Eaters freshen their breath? With Dementos 1
  5. Why does Voldemort only use Twitter and not Facebook? Because he only has followers, not friends 1
  6. Why did Barty Crouch Jr. quit drinking? Because it was making him Moody 2
  7. Did you hear about the witch who won the lottery? She went completely Knuts! 2
  8. How do you know if someone’s a pureblood? Don’t worry they’ll let you know 1
  9. I named my lizard “Harry” just so I can say “You’re a lizard Harry!” 1
  10. One a scale of one to ten, how obsessed with Harry Potter are you? About nine and three quarters 1

Sources:
1 http://www.jokes4us.com/celebrityjokes/harrypotterjokes.html

2 http://www.quickfunnyjokes.com/harrypotter.html

What are your favourite Harry Potter jokes?

Ten Bizarre Dumbledore Quotes

We all know Dumbledore was an intellectual and powerful wizard. He became known to us for being Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during Harry Potter’s education and had an Order of Merlin (first class) and the title of Grand Sorcerer.

Dumbledore also served as Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards, and Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot. However, he was also mad as a balloon!

Even the pompous prefect Percy Weasley admits it: “He’s a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes.”

Here are ten of my favourite slightly bizarre Dumbledore quotes which of course were all penned by the brilliant J.K. Rowling:

“Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated with great caution.” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“My brain surprises even me sometimes.” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“Alas! Earwax!” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“Hopefully your heads are all a little fuller than they were; you have a whole summer ahead to get them nice and empty before next years starts.” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“I do love knitting patterns”.  (Half Blood Prince)

“Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.” (Half Blood Prince)

“I may be as woefully wrong as Humphrey Belcher, who believed the time was right for a cheese cauldron.” (Half Blood Prince)

“It is a long time since my last visit. I must say, your agapanthus are flourishing.” (Half Blood Prince)

Which Hogwarts House Do You Belong In?

Have you ever wondered which Hogwarts house the Sorting Hat would put you in? Well this quiz is here to help. Just grab a quill and some parchment, pull on your wizard robes and answer the following questions.

What is your dream holiday?

a)      A city break, learning about a different culture.
b)      Sharing a villa with friends.
c)      An adventurous activity holiday.
d)      A luxury holiday being waited on hand and foot.

Your friend falls into a river. What do you do?

a)      Calculate the depth and work out whether your friend can
stand up in the water.
b)      Help them out and walk them home to get changed.
c)      Dive in after them.
d)      Laugh.

Which animal are you most like?

a)      An owl.
b)      A dog.
c)      A cat.
d)      A shark.

Where would you rather live?

a)      In a tower lined with bookshelves.
b)      In a basement.
c)      In a tower with comfy armchairs.
d)      In a dungeon.

You are playing football but your team is losing. What do you do?

a)      Analyse the opposition’s tactics and calculate how to outwit
them.
b)      Work harder.
c)      Push forward and go for the win.
d)      Cheat.

You buy a stripy hat. What colour is it?

a)      Blue and bronze.
b)      Yellow and black.
c)      Scarlet and gold.
d)      Green and silver.

Where would you choose to stand at a firework display?

a)      In some space on a hill.
b)      In the thick of it on the grass.
c)      By the fire.
d)      By the lake.

What is most important to you?

a)      Knowledge.
b)      Loyalty.
c)      Courage.
d)      Success.

You are out cycling when you get a puncture in your front tyre. What do you do?

a)      Google how to fix it, and do the repair yourself.
b)      Push your bike all the way home.
c)      Ride your bike all the way home while pulling a wheelie.
d)      Find someone else’s bike and swap the wheels over.

What do you look for in a new job?

a)      A job that will use and increase your knowledge.
b)      A job where you can meet new friends.
c)      A job to challenge you.
d)      A job to increase you bank balance.

You have enjoyed a nice meal with friends but your group does not have enough money for the bill. What do you do?

a)      Google the nearest cash-point.
b)      Wash up.
c)      Leave your phone and wrist watch as a deposit and
promise to come back with the cash.
d)      Tell the restaurant manager the food was awful and refuse
to pay the bill.

That’s it. Now just tot up how many times you answered a, b, c or d.

Your results:

Mostly a. The Sorting Hat says, “You belong in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a steady mind, where those of wit and learning, will always find their kind.”

Mostly b. The Sorting Hat says, “You belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal, those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.”

Mostly c. The Sorting Hat says, “You belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart, their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.

Mostly d. The Sorting Hat says, “In Slytherin you’ll make your real friends, those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends.”

Please remember this quiz is just for fun and, if you don’t like the result, you probably came out as Slytherin!

But as J.K. Rowling once said “If it matters to you, you’ll be able to choose Gryffindor over Slytherin. The Sorting Hat takes your choice into account.”

Dumbledore – The Greatest Gay Icon of All Time

Back in 2007, in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Harry Potter author JK Rowling announced one of the main characters, Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts School Headmaster, is gay. But did she realise the significance of this revelation for the advancement of gay rights for a future generation?

Love it or hate it there is no denying the success of the Harry Potter phenomenon. The books have been published in 200 countries and in 69 different languages.

Over 450 million books have been sold, with the final instalment ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ selling 11 million copies on its first day of publication.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the first children’s book to appear on the New York Times best seller list since EB White’s Charlotte’s Web in 1952. The series remained on the list for ten years and took up several top spaces forcing the creation of a separate children’s list to make room for other titles.

Harry Potter has been in the lime light since the first book was released to great acclaim in 1997. Since then, with each book and subsequent film release the series became the most successful movie franchise of all time. Harry Potter has become part of our culture. Tourists flock to the various locations where Harry Potter was filmed, from London’s Leadenhall Market which is the entrance to ‘Diagon Alley’, to Alnwick Castle near Newcastle, which starred as the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two films.

Although the series has come to an end and the films have all been released, Pottermania remains in full swing. The much anticipated release of the Pottermore website gives fans an online experience to share and participate in the stories and discover previously unreleased information from JK herself. After her revelation about Dumbledore, who knows what she will reveal next? Readers can also, for the first time, purchase Harry Potter e-books from the Pottermore site, so there is still plenty to keep the Potterheads happy.

When pressed on Dumbledore’s love life, JK explained that Dumbledore was smitten with Gellert Grindelwald in his youth. Grindelwald held racist beliefs and was making plans for wizards to rule and to suppress the muggles (non-magical people). At the time, Dumbledore was infatuated by the wizard who was as talented as himself. The youthful obsession was over very quickly and eventually Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald in a battle between good and evil. Dumbledore realised he was being a fool, not for being in love with a male but for putting his trust in the wrong person. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” said Rowling.

Following the announcement on Dumbledore’s sexuality, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: “It’s good that children’s literature includes the reality of gay people, since we exist in every society.” And a spokesman for Stonewall added: “It’s great that JK has said this. It shows that there’s no limit to what gay and lesbian people can do, even being a wizard headmaster.”

Not surprisingly, some people believe JK Rowling should have kept Dumbledore’s sexuality a secret. As well as homophobes and some religious fanatics, some of these critics were fans who felt hurt that they had failed by missing this in the books. Some were parents who were faced with explaining homosexuality to their young children. A few days after the declaration Rowling was asked in an interview with the BBC if she thought a gay person could be a moral compass. She replied: “I think it’s ludicrous that we’re asking that in the 21st century.”

Even some gay readers were not happy with the revelation. Love conquers all is a strong theme throughout the books and most of the other lead characters meet their soul mates at an early age and go on to have happy heterosexual relationships. But the only gay character, Dumbledore, has a negative experience with the wayward Grindelwald and goes on to live the rest of his life celibate. So not really a happy ever after ending for the gay hero.

For many readers, Dumbledore’s sexuality was not that obvious from the books and therefore some people feel they should have been left to make up their own minds. However, JK herself believes that many adult fans had spotted that Dumbledore’s feelings for Grindelwald were an infatuation while children and other readers just saw their relationship as a very devoted friendship.

Despite his misguided youthful experiences with the delinquent Grindelwald, Dumbledore is a fantastic role model, and it can only be positive that Rowling did not hesitate in answering about the character’s sexuality when questioned. Dumbledore is the moral advisor to Harry and the other students and the most successful headmaster of Hogwarts. JK has shown he can be gay, and still be wise, kind, honest and the greatest wizard of all time.

Although Harry is the main character, readers and Potter film fanatics recognise Dumbledore as Harry’s mentor and guide. The brains behind the operations, he is central to the success of the boy wizard. Dumbledore is beloved by the masses, from children who grew up with the books to adults captivated by the magic. That this character, known and loved by millions across the globe, is homosexual marks a massive step forward for gay rights.