Harry Potter Haul: Updated

A few years ago I posted my Harry Potter Haul when Primark was just starting to do Harry Potter merch and I spent a lot of my Student Loan on it (sob, I’m getting so old). Anyway, of course, there is now so much Harry Potter stuff that Primark on Oxford Street has a whole section dedicated and decorated to it.

I was lucky enough to receive a LOT of Harry Potter merch for Christmas. So here is my new and updated Harry Potter haul!

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Boggart as Snape Exclusive Funko Pop

Now, I have a confession to make in regards to this. While it was a present from my parents I ordered it because it was an exclusive and came from Australia but it is brilliant! I’m a big Funko collector and this was a perfect present.

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Gryffindor Onesie & Knee High Socks 

This onesie is so, so fun! Now I can be a toasty little Gryffindor on the cold nights to come. Also, I’ll be rocking those knee high socks!

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Hogwarts School Bag

My Sister got me this beauty. It’s absolutely stunning and you’d never guess that it was from Primark. It’s exactly what I think I’d use at Hogwarts.

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Harry Mug & Hogwarts Shopper 

This mug is super cute andd I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw it, thankfully Mum found it first! Also this shopper is so useful it folds up to an absolutely tiny size but you can fit so much in.

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Hogwarts Alumni Jumper 

The jumpers that Primark have been doing recently make up a good chunk of my wardrobe. Of course, I wanted this one so that I could seek out my fellow Witches and Wizards!

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Hogwarts Notebook

My boyfriends Mum got me this beautiful notebook for Christmas, I’ve seen them a few times but never picked one up. It’s a good size and really great quality, I mean look at that crest!

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Hedwig Pillow 

I have wanted this since I saw it on Instagram. It is so cute, incredibly fluffy and despite its shape, really comfortable. Bless my Mum and Nanna for carrying this all the way around London and home for me.

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Hogwarts Make Up Bag

My sister is a wonderful human being for finding this for me. It’s also got a second bag within it which is really useful for brushes, which I also got from my sister (she’s trying to teach me how to use makeup).

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Funko Plushies

These are SO CUTE. I opened these on Christmas day and squealed, I think they’re newish and I’ve been hunting for Hermione ever since with no luck! So damn cute.

The Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition 

The boy did good, the boy did very good this year.

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Harry Potter – A History of Magic 

I was lucky enough to get tickets to go to the Harry Potter exhibit at the British Library (more info here). It was a wonderful exhibition but I’m SO glad this exists because you just can’t take everything in, now I can relive it!

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them Illustrated Edition 

This came out back in November and was on my Christmas Wish List and it’s a beautiful companion to see another idea of what these creatures look like.

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Lupin as Werewolf Limited Edition Pop Vinyl 

I have wanted this for sooooooooo long. This came out as a US exclusive on Hot Topic at first, before a limited quality were also at EMP but I missed them all. So I might have had to buy mine off of eBay, but I couldn’t not have it!

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Gryffindor Jumper

This was in my local Primark in the sale for £5. I snatched this up it’s big and cosy as well as showing my house pride. I also got the matching leggings as an extra treat from my Mum!

What catches your eye from this haul or maybe you already have some of these pieces, let me know in the comments below!

Forbidden Planet Haul

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When working in London yesterday I was only about 20 minutes away from one of my favourite shops and I had my fellow comic and pop hunter not far away so I put two and two together and headed for a good old Forbidden Planet Haul. Now, I know that I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to Forbidden Planet, so I only let myself in there every now and again for a haul. Enjoy!

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Cedric Diggory Funko Pop 

I’ve been after Cedric for a while now, people have been selling him for silly prices because of the Underground Toys sticker (stickers are a big deal in the pop collecting world), but I managed to pick him up in a very beautiful Harry Potter section. IMG_8563

Maz with Lightsaber 

I knew I wanted to get a Maz figure, I didn’t know there was one with a lightsaber. This one is a little different and because I’d never seen it before I popped it in my basket.

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Stark Direwolf and Jon Snow Funko Pop 

If you’re friends with me on Goodreads, you’ll know that I am currently making my way through the Game of Thrones series. I’m loving so many characters, particularly Jon, Arya and Tyrion. I’m only on the first book so I’m excited to see what happens (even though I do know that secret from the end of season six) but I do have a soft spot for Jon and the Stark’s.

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Spider Gwen, Mockingbird, Harley Quinn SS April Fools, Archie IMG_8566

Suicide Squad (Harley Quinn one off), Spider-man Deadpool, Steve Rodgers Captain America (Variant), Black Widow

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Nemi and Star Trek trades. 

Nemi reminded me of the comic book strip from Kerrang magazine growing up and as it was in the sale I thought I’d give it a go. I also saw the latest Star Trek movie on Monday after seeing the other two and so I’m getting into Star Trek and wanted to take a look at the graphic novels that are being produced.

The ULTIMATE book Tag!


I saw this on Susanne’s blog and felt like this was a tag I HAD to do! A book tag and the ultimate book tag at that? Sign me up! So, let’s get this started.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Most of the time I don’t and it’s great! Although I don’t think I could do it non stop for hours, that’s when I feel a little green, I have to have a glance out of the window every now and again. I’ve never actually been sick, I’ve just felt a little off.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you?

Markus Zusak wrote The Book Thief beautifully. The way he created a novel with death as one of its main characters and was able to make me laugh, smile and cry is nothing short of magical. His style is truly magnificent.

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3. Harry Potter series or Twilight saga? Give 3 points to explain your answer

Harry Potter.

  1. Hermione and Ginny are bad ass girls in the books, in comparison Bella’s really not that smart.
  2. I fell in love with Harry Potter as a child and I’m still obsessed with it. I think I always will be.
  3. Because you can just fall into the world and after 7 books you can just sit and read it again.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so what’s in it (besides books)?

Nope, just a rucksack for me but there is almost always a book in there. Who am I kidding there’s always a book in there.
5. Do you smell your books?

Yes.

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6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I can read either but I think it’s cool when there’s a little illustration, it doesn’t even have to be of the characters just an object or something to make it more real.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later is wasn’t quality writing?

I really liked Twilight when I was younger but now I look at it and think oh no, how did this get published?

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

My parents didn’t believe I could read books as quickly as I did so they used to try and test me…I always got it right. I was obsessive over any new Jaqueline Wilson books that came out.

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9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

I have a few of the Penguin books that were 80p, they’re all cute and old.
10. What’s the thickest book on your shelf?

Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.  No word of a lie you could kill someone with that thing.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as an author?

Yes and yes. I’d love to have a book out in the not too distant future.

12. When did you get into reading?

As soon as I could I did. Not to me though, I always hated being read to.

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Jane Eyre, one of the only classics I’ve wanted to read more than once and loved.

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14. In school, what was your best subject?

English, Music and Drama. My family was gutted when I didn’t do Performing Arts at college and when I didn’t do Music at uni…I stuck with English though!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Most people who know me are well aware that I binge read and would probably half expect me to have to return it so it would be no problem.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I honestly don’t know any…sorry!
17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

Not keeping up with my scheduling when I know I’m not going to have a change to blog that day, bad Chloe!

18. What is your favourite word?

Fuck…I use it far too much. I just find it funny how such a small word can offend people and have lots of different ways of expressing yourself.

19. Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd. Forever a nerd.

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20. Vampires of Fairies? Why?

Fairies, the Vampire in Scooby Doo made me have a lot of nightmares. Stupid Vampire wasn’t even real. Hmpf.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels because I’m a wuss.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Two words. Remus. Lupin.

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23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires, Zombies scare me shitless.
24. Love triangle or forbidden love?

Forbidden love. So done with over dramatised love triangles.

25. And finally: Full on romance or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Hmmm, if I had to pick I’d say the latter but I’m not against a romance if they’re few and far between.

Let me know what your answers are and I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!!

Chloe’s Book Haul – June 20th

If there’s one thing I cannot resist it’s offers on books, wherever I can get my hands on them bookshops, car boot sales, charity shops, online, Kindle books, you name it. While I like libraries and they were certainly important when I was younger, I love having my own books. I had two books to exchange and a £10 voucher for Waterstones, so of course I had a little buying spree today. I got six books in today’s haul, mostly on buy one get one half price and another book from Amazon that I ordered a few days ago.
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All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

This novel was recommended to me by a bookseller a while ago, he had just finished reading it and said it was incredible. The novel is set in World War Two (one of my favourite settings) and it’s protagonists are a young Hitler Youth and a Blind Girl on the run with her father, I’m intrigued. I’m interested to see how Doerr presents a blind persons perspective, it’s exciting and is probably part of what sold the book to me!
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The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell 

The Bone Clocks has a stunning cover, which it what initially caught my eye. There wasn’t much information about the novel on the back but after a quick search it sounded worth picking up. If this isn’t interesting enough, I don’t know what is ‘Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena.’ I’m taking a total risk with this novel, I’ve never heard anything about it but I’m really hoping it’s something great.

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The Following Girls – Louise Levene 

I picked this up because it sounded fun but seemed to have a heart. Set in the 1970s with a 16 year old protagonist who seems like a normal teenager and possibly a little lost. According to the front cover the Sunday Telegraph called it ‘acidic social satire’, sounds good to me!

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler 

I have hear a lot about this novel. It’s been everywhere, recommended by everyone and involves one of my favourite things in literature, complex relationships. I hate the ‘normal family’ because frankly it doesn’t exist so knowing that this novel is about a whole family (although only narrated by one of them) drew me in as well as it’s raving reviews. I hope it lives up to the hype.

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Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

Another ‘wildcard’ I had to pick another on buy one get one half price, it was at the till point and all I was told was that it was good and ‘very French’. So let’s see…

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Funny Girl – Nick Hornby 

Another recommended read. Again I’ve heard a lot of good things and haven’t read much of Hornby and I might be going to a reading of his this week so I thought I might as well pick it up. I was also surprised to learn he studied at Kingston University, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

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How To Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran

Now I read this when I was a young teenager and hated it, but now I think I didn’t really understand it, not properly at least. Now I’m going to be studying it or partly at least and I’ve watched some of her youtube videos, so let’s try again.