Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home

It has been exactly 3 years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiered in London. “It All Ends Here”, as Warner Brothers advertised it. But for me, it hasn’t ended.

I remember that day fondly. I remember attending the midnight premiere. I remember the elated screams and applause when Molly finally killed Bellatrix. The loaded silence as Severus Snape took his last breaths. I remember the tears that were shed during the red carpet event on Trafalgar Square in London, as millions of fans around the world were live streaming the event. I remember the emotional hug of Dan, Rupert, and Emma, the golden trio. But most of all, I remember JK’s beautiful words of wisdom and comfort: “The stories we love best do live in us forever. So, whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

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Starstruck at Book Expo America

My bosses decided to bring me to Book Expo America in New York because my job is to oversee our sales in the US. However, what they didn’t know was that I would turn into a massive fangirl as soon as I set foot on BEA’s fancy yellow carpets. It all started this morning, when I spotted Conan O’Brian sitting next to us at breakfast. The amount of celebrities I spotted throughout the day only went up from that point.

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Extreme Hoarders: Souvenir Edition


These are Tom Haverford’s (Parks & Recreation) wise words. Hi, my name is Yasmine and I hoard memorabilia like there’s no tomorrow. I’m no hoarder in the Leslie Knope sense of the word, but throughout my years of traveling I have collected my fair share of plane tickets, maps, postcards, and entry tickets to a wide variety of parks and landmarks. However, when it comes to souvenirs, I’m not one to buy a T-shirt, two keychains, five pairs of socks, and 30 postcards in every place I visit. I’d rather come back from a trip with 2 or 3 souvenirs that actually mean something to me. Here’s my 5 favorite souvenirs that I have brought back from all over the world.

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