Welcome to another #TagTuesday! Today I was in a HP mood (though when am I NOT in a Harry Potter mood?) and wanted to do a Harry Potter inspired post.
You can also check out my YouTube video of me doing the tag here:
One of the reasons I was in this HP mood is because Marta from Sweek contacted me. She asked me help her promote this AMAZING opportunity for Harry Potter fans. Currently on the Sweek website, there is a Harry Potter fanfiction writing contest! This contest is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the birthdays of both Harry and J. K. Rowling, which recently passed at the end of July.
The prizes for this contest are insane! The best story (voted on by a jury of HP fans) will win $100 of Harry Potter goodies of your choice.*
Entrants will also be able to show their house pride when they submit their story. The most popular story from each house (4 winners total) will each win a house scarf and hat! All the stories of the winning house will receive a very special letter delivered by a virtual owl as well!
Have I peaked your interest yet? Great! Entering this contest is super easy! All you need to do is upload an original piece of Harry Potter fan fiction to the Sweek website! The fanfiction can be something you wrote in the past or something you write just for the contest and can be any type of fanfiction – prose or poetry – and any length, just as long as it’s about the Harry Potter world!
When your story is ready to be judged, simply go to the Sweek website or App (IOS download here, Android download here), create an account or login, go to “My Stories” and upload your story to the website. In the “Story Description” box, make sure you use the tag #mypotterworld and tag your house (#HouseGryffindor, #HouseSlytherin, #HouseHufflepuff and #HouseRavenclaw) in the appropriate section.
That’s it! Super easy!
The contest is open until August 28th and the winners will be announced on September 20th.
- You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
- The story must be tagged #mypotterworld and your house tag in story details
- No word limit
- The story doesn’t have to be exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
- The story is written in English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Turkish or Portuguese
- The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared.
- The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 28/08/2017, 23:59 CET
- You can participate with multiple entries
- Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers count is: 19/09/17, 23:59 CET. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.
Today’s tag is the Harry Potter spells tag!
I LOVE the spells from the Harry Potter books and movies. They were some of the most unique spells I heard when I was little. Also they were super fun to say and easy to remember.
This tag is kind of old and was created by TurtleSympathy on YouTube. His video is no longer up, but jessethereader has completed this tag. If you want to watch his video, you can here:
Okay, enough procrastinating. Let’s get into the tag!
1. Expecto Patronum: A childhood book connected to good memories
This one is easily The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne. This was one of the first series I read as a kid and I loved pretty much every book. They had a bunch of fun adventures and each story transported me to a new world.
2. Expelliarmus: A book that took you by surprise
For this one, I’m going to go with Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff. I heard nothing but good things about this book and I was so excited to see what the hype was about. I get it. This book. Wow.
3. Prior Incantato: The last book you read.
The last book I read (and am still reading) was The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead by Samantha Boyette. This is a mystery book about a girl who was presumed dead but comes back. She’s on the hunt to find out who tried to kill her.
I have some mixed feelings about this one so far. I’m only 30% of the way through the book and I’m hoping it’ll pick up by the end.
4. Alohamora: A book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before.
I’m going to go with One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus for this one. I love this book, but I haven’t read many mystery/suspense books. The few I have read were Steven King books, like Misery. I want’ed to give the genre a try and I’m thrilled this is the “first” introduction I had to it.
I’ve talked about this book almost nonstop since I’ve read it, but oh my gosh, I loved it. Here’s a full review if you want to know more of my in depth thoughts.
5. Riddikulus: A funny book you’ve read.
This one HAS to go to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I have not laughed that hard when reading ever. This book is about Monty, an 18-year-old who is on his tour of Europe before taking over his father’s estate. Monty doesn’t want to take over the estate; he’d rather indulge in other luxuries. Monty also has unrequited love for his childhood best friend, Percy. At the end of the tour, Percy will be going to Holland.
All is going well on the tour until one of Monty’s decisions sends the group on a side tracked adventure they weren’t expecting.
6. Sonorus: A book you think everybody should know about.
This is probably the easiest answer of this entire tag. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. People have said this book should be required reading and it really should be. Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, this book tells the story of Star, the sole witness to a shooting of her friend by a police officer. This book is a powerful look into this movement, shedding light on an issue we might now be aware of.
7. Obliviate: A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read.
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Probably my favorite book by her, and I spoiled myself for a pretty important plot point. This happened maybe 6 years ago and I’m still mad at myself. It definitely took away from that scene.
8. Imperio: A book you had to read for school.
I’ve read many books for school, but one I really detested was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald. I hated this book when I read it for school. I’m going to give it a reread to see if maybe I’ll like it more if I’m not forced to read it.
9. Crucio: A book that was painful to read.
The only book coming to mind is A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. I read this book back in Jr. High or High School since most of my friends were reading it. I haven’t been able to read the rest of the series because this book affected me so much. This book tells the story about an abused boy and some of the things he went through were absolutely heart wrenching. I remember several of the scenes from this book and it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve read it.
This one is not for the faint of heart.
10. Avada Kedavra: A book that could kill (interpret as you will).
Any of the Song of Ice and Fire books by George R. R. Martin. I absolutely love Game of Thrones (the show), but dang there is a lot of death. I hear the book has more characters, so I assume more death as well. Martin is not afraid to kill characters. Literally, no one is safe, not even the main characters. When Jon Bailey called him “Fictions most notorious serial killer” in the Honest Trailer, he was right.
I hope you all enjoyed this tag!
Since this tag is super old, I’m not sure who has or has not done it.
I tag anyone reading this! Be sure to let me know if you’ve done it so I can see what your answers are!
Let me know what tag I should do for the next #TagTuesday!
Also what’s your Patronus? Let me know down in the comments!
Mine’s a sparrow.