Harry Potter Characters – Ranked

Hello! Today I am going to be blogging about my favourite Harry Potter characters. Please note that this list is based on my opinion alone. Please also note that this note contains SPOILERS from throughout the series, so if you are planning to read it, do not read this post!

  1. Albus Dumbledore. I love Dumbledore. One of the reasons the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is my favourite. And YES, I said book! The movies are fine, but they just aren’t the same. One of the things I love about Dumbledore is that he isn’t perfect, as you discover in the Deathly Hallows. But while he sinned greatly, he recognised it and felt remorse. The fact that he built up upon his mistakes in a positive way is wonderful. Remember, the one thing that breaks a Horcrux is remorse, which shows how impossible it is for Dumbledore to truly be evil. He is so full of compassion and sympathy and quirkiness, which makes him adorable, in a way. “‘Nitwit! Oddment! Blubber! Tweak!'”
  2. Hermoine Granger. I really like Hermoine because she is so like me. We both get top grades, and obsess about books. One of my favourite parts of Hermoine in the books is her exam on Defence Against the Dark Arts in the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the Boggart turns into McGonagall and tells her she’s failed everything. I think that is a lot like me, although I doubt anyone’s fears are truly that shallow. I also like that Hermoine has sympathy and stubborness. Her stand for elf rights sounds like something I would do, though on a smaller scale.
  3. Minerva McGonagall. I really appreciate Professor McGonagall because even though she’s strict, she knows what is right and wrong and has good intentions. I like that even though Harry’s her student, she has faith in his independent abilities when the time comes. Her strength in magic is also wondrous, and the fact that she can turn into a cat just tops it off!
  4. Hagrid. I love Hagrid because he’s sort of like a teddy bear. He reminds me a lot of the BFG in Roald Dahl’s book. Even though his cooking is terrible and he has an out-of-control affection for monsters, his heart’s in the right place, and his faithfulness is something to marvel at. I like how he is aware of Dumbledore’s kindess and the ‘pay it forward’ idea, and how even though he’s made mistakes in the past, he’s always ready to make up for them.
  5. Molly Weasley. Mrs. Weasley is, in my mind, a wonderful, strong, and utterly mother sort of woman. One of my favourite Mrs. Weasley scenes in the entire series is when she’s yelling her head off at her sons, and turns to Harru with a sweet, kind, tone, because he’s done nothing wrong. (In my opinion, neither did Ron, Fred, or George.) I love how much she cares for her family and how that reflects in her Boggart, and her talents not only as a witch but as a housewife make me smile.

These are only a few of my favourite characters (you can’t forget Ron, Harry, George, Sirius, or even Snape), and I’m not sure if their order is entirely correct. But all the same, I hope this post has brought some things into perspective for you, and I plan on posting more Potter things in the future.

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Susan

 

Chinese Translations

Hello! Today I am going to be blogging about Chinese translations. I am no expert on Chinese, and find it difficult to discern from  Japanese, and I suppose I can’t expect any better of Chinese with English. However, I can’t help chortling when I see some of the translations.

My family uses Amazon a great deal. We signed up for monthly things like shampoo and toilet paper. We often order little things like false nails and pot holders from there, and some are from small brands, many of them Chinese. For example, we ordered snaps for sewing, and the instructions were a bit confusing at some points:

The instructions are a bit blurry, so I will type them out:

  1. Ready buttons
  2. Perforated, put the female button
  3. After the female button is placed
  4. Press with a slightly larger force
  5. Female button part completed
  6. Perforated, put the male button
  7. After the male button is placed
  8. Press with a slightly larger force
  9. Male button part completed
  10. Accomplish

Due to the ‘slightly larger force’ part, I had thought you needed to press the perforating part in order to get it through the material, and ended up squashing its tip. It also goes a little bit into Family Life, unintendedly. I am not making fun of the workers at Suntatop, but merely amused by the translation. I suppose in Chinese ‘male’ and ‘female’ are also used to discern objects. I would also like to mention that these snaps work very well and are easy to use!

I just find translations sort of amusing. Language is fascinating, and I can’t believe how complex and individual some languages have become. If I tried to write Spanish or French, even though they, like English, stem from Latin, I bet I would make many mistakes.

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Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

 

Stuffies

Hello! Today I’m going to blog about stuffies. However, not just the plush toy, but the word itself. Lately, I have been thinking about how weird the English language is. We have over 10 synonyms for happy. Also, why is vomit called vomit, puke, and sick? They all mean the same thing, and unlike happy, there aren’t any variations of sick. One reason we have so many words for happy is that they describe different levels of happy (content, joyful, elated). But vomit does not have variations. It means the same thing, so why are there so many ways to say it? It’s the same with couch and sofa. Another thing I find weird is that we have slangs that make no sense whatsoever, like ‘awesomesauce!’ Why is sauce awesome? Couldn’t we just say ‘great’? Many of our words also change over time, like gayGay used to mean happy or blissful. Now it means transgender. Sick used to be slang for stupid or bad, but now it means cool or radical (do you even know what rad means? It’s the long [proper] version of rad.). To francophones (people who speak French), everything we say is backwards. An example is ‘Harrison’s wife’ seems perfectly fine, but in French it would be , ‘la femme de Harrison,’ which is ‘thee wife of Harrison.’ We also give inanimate objects possession: the chair’s legs.

Anyway, ‘stuffy’ is one of those weird English things. One definition of stuffy is a plush toy, like a teddy bear. They are called stuffies because they are filled with polyester fiberfill, giving them a cozy cushioning.

However, stuffy also means congested. If you have a head cold and your nose is plugged up wiith mucus, you have a stuffy nose.

Stuffy means hot or muggy, as well. If it’s a hot summer day and your air conditioner is not working, your house probably feels stuffy.

I find it really weird that ‘stuffy’ can mean three things that are entirely different. English is so weird … one of the reeasons I enjoy learning French is because it is so different and really opens my mind.

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Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Wearing Face Masks

Hello! Today I am going to blog about wearing masks. For those of you who protest against them, you may want to stop reading, for this is not a rant, but a supportive argument to wearing masks. During this pandemic, I believe they are very helpful.

I am very glad to wear masks. During the summer, my family and I did not have masks yet, and I felt very vulnerable when I went in any big store. I was glad, and still am, that masks are mandatory in my school.

I sewed our own masks so that my family did not have to buy them. I looked through many mask patterns, and a friend told me about a great mask pattern from Twig + Tale. Twig + Tale is a sewing community website with many great sewing patterns, including the one for their masks. There are two versions of face masks you can sew: pleated and panel. I sewed the panel mask because of its nice fit and easier instructions. However, the pleated one works well, too. But instead of using elastic loops or fabric ties, I sewed a long length of bias tape to the mask and fit a small bead on, to make an adjustable ear-loop. I also included a nose wire to make it fitting for those, like me,  who wear glasses. These masks are shown in the picture at the top of my post.

It frustrates me when people do not wear masks properly. When I see people wearing their mask under their nose, I almost want to go and shove it above. Sometimes I wonder if people can be so ignorant to not know that if you wear your face mask below your nose it does absolutely nothing.

There is an abundance of science-proved evidence that wearing a mask reduces the spread of COVID-19. When you talk, you release small droplets that span a range of 2 metres, thus the social distancing rules. “Surgical masks and cloth coverings can reduce viral transmission by 70% if everyone wears them and wears them correctly over [their] nose and mouth.” If you wear a mask, you reduce the spread of your saliva and the possible viruses contained within.

Coronavirus is literally taking over the world, and if you want to be able to go to restaurants, get manicures, and throw large parties, the sooner you wear a mask, the sooner those events will be able to happen. I don’t know about you, but I want this pandemic to end.

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Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

Chocolate

Hello! Today I will be blogging about chocolate. Chocolate is a delicious candy made from cacao beans. There are many popular companies that manufacture chocolate, such as Hershey’s, Cadbury, and Nestle.

Chocolate was first started 4,000 years ago, in ancient Mesoamerica, or modern-day Mexico. This was where the first cacao trees were planted. The Olmec, an early Latin American civilization, drank chocolate during rituals, and as medicine. Centuries later, the Mayans praised chocolate as the ‘drink of the gods’. The brew was made of cornmeal, chilies, water, and ground and roasted cocoa beans. It was called ‘xocolatl’, or ‘bitter water’. In the 15th century, the Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency. They believed chocolate was a gift from one of their gods. They drank it as a refreshing drink, and while preparing for war. According to legend, Hernan Cortes went on an expedition to the Americas in 1528, searching for gold and silver, and instead finding a cup of cocoa served to him by the Aztec emperor. When Cortes brought this drink back to his homeland in Spain, they adopted the drink and the plant, and sweetened the beverage with sugar and honey. The Spanish kept their knowledge of chocolate mum for nearly a century. When King Louis XIII of France married Anne of Austria, Anne brought samples of chocolate as a gift. Soon, chocolate spread through Europe, and cocoa plants spread through Europe. In 1828, the invention of the chocolate press was made, which squeezed cocoa butter from cacao beans, leaving a powder behind. This cocoa powder was then mixed with liquids, poured into a mold, and solidified into the chocolate we know today.

History from Chocolate.org

There are endless flavours of chocolate, some of the popular ones being caramel, cookies & cream, and nougat. I enjoy Hershey’s Skor bars the best, as the sweet butter toffee and milk chocolate create a wonderful, crunchy mix. However, I also enjoy Mars bars, and Kit Kat bars, as well. There is a flavour of chocolate for everyone.

I like eating chocolate because it acts as a de-stressor for me. Whenever I have a lot going on, I eat a small square of chocolate and it perks me up again. Sometimes I enjoy a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day. An easy recipe for hot chocolate is:

  • A mug of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa

Just mix these ingredients for a delicious drink!

FUN FACTS

  1. Chocolate makers use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.
  2. Chocolate milk was invented in Jamaica.
  3. The biggest chocolate seller in the world is Brussels Airport, which sells over 800 tons of chocolate each year.

What is your favourite chocolate bar?

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Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan

 

Musings

Hello! Today I will be blogging about musings. I find that at my adolescent age, I ‘muse’ a great deal, or think about ‘deep’ things. Many people say, ‘there was a teenager sitting on the doorstep, thinking about life’ as if it were a mocking, shallow, stupid thing. But life is fascinating, and the more you think about it, the more you know. I find myself often caught up in these musings, and I will list some of them here.

  1. I think I pick up ‘classified’ information in school, but really all I hear is what my teacher wants me to know. There are many things going on at school concerning other students that my school staff keep to themselves. Sometimes I hear them talking in the halls, and think ‘Oh, okay, that’s new info to file,’ when why would they talk about it in the open unless it’s okay for me to hear? Unless they just trust me not to break anything out…
  2. What do I even do in life? If I just die, my presence on this planet will be gone. I’m not saying my spirit won’t remain somewhere else, but I will vanish off the face of the Earth. What will I have done? What will I have changed?
  3. Infinity is, well, infinity. Never ending, always continuing. How can we have numbers when they technically don’t exist in infinity? We though the universe was never ending, but now we think their are millions of universes in the cosmos, and the cosmos is never ending, and there are millions of cosmoses! How can something just go on for infinity? How can it never stop? Imagine how small we are if the world is endless…
  4. We have scientific ways of explaining things, but how does science work? We know how light is recieved through your eye, retina, iris, pupil and all, but how does that work? How can we remember, how can we smell, how can we sleep? What is sleep, even? What are you doing when you sleep? I try to remember when exactly I fall asleep, but I suddenly just black out. I know we dream in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, but what are dreams? How do we come up with them? Are they things from alternate universes???
  5. Life is fragile; you only get one. You can mess it up in one single move. I am baffled by all the things in my kitchen alone that could be used to kill. How could someone even imagine killing another living, breathing, intelligent being? It can take just one stroke to end someone’s life. I think the thing that baffles me most about life is how completely unpredictable it is, at least to us humans.

These are just thoughts. I don’t expect them to be answered, at least not in this life, but I just wonder, over and over, about these things, and countless others.

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Feel free to comment. Thank you for reading!

Susan