20 Signs You Grew Up In The Harry Potter Generation

20 Signs You Grew Up In The Harry Potter Generation

A sweeping sensation that defined our childhoods.
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If you were alive between the dates of June 26, 1997, and July 15, 2011, then you know exactly the phenomenon I’m talking about when I say “The Harry Potter Generation.” Whether you have read every book seven times or just faintly knew about the existence of the series, it was always there in the background. Everyone knows who Harry, Ron, and Hermione are (and they know how to say Hermione’s name). We love Hagrid and Dobby and still despise He Who Must Not Be Named. It’s basically in our DNA.

Even though the outstanding series has come to an end in both a literary and cinematic sense, the effects are everlasting. There will be objects, names, and words we could never look at without immediately thinking about The Boy Who Lived. In a way, we are all nostalgic for a place and a world we’ve never been.

1. Receiving our acceptance letters on our 11th birthdays

Nothing was quite as soul-crushing as checking the mail on the day of our 11th birthday and not seeing the parchment envelope with the red Hogwarts stamp sealing it shut in the mailbox. But remember, there is hope. Voldemort destroyed all the muggle-born records for the 1990s, so it’s possible the letter was just never sent.

2. Confused as to why the U.S. and U.K. versions of the first book were titled differently

Philosopher's Stone vs. Sorcerer's Stone. Does it make a difference?

3. “No Post on Sunday!”

After that scene in the first book where the owls keep coming to Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia’s house with Harry’s acceptance letter and Uncle Vernon sealed every entrance way to the house, this phrase will never be the same.

4. Wanting to visit Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade

What could be better than shopping in a quaint little magical town full of wonders and surprises beyond your wildest imagination? Nothing, really. Plus, Butterbeer sounds delicious.

5. “It’s levi-O-sa not levi-o-SAR”

Swish and flick, ladies and gentlemen, swish and flick.

6. Knowing where to avoid if you ever found yourself on Hogwarts' grounds

The Whomping Willow, the Shrieking Shack, and the Forbidden Forest to name a few (honestly, it’s called “forbidden” for a reason).

7. Wanting to know what your Amortentia potion would smell like

Really Hermione? Ron’s hair? Could you be more obvious?

8. Also wanting to know what your Patronus would be

Not today, dementors. My Jack Russell Terrier will protect me.

9. The Tri-Wizard Tournament

It's all fun and games until Voldemort shows up, kills your partner, and takes your blood.

10. Continuously having mixed emotions about Draco Malfoy

He was a little thorn and an instigator, but wasn’t he really just a troubled boy socialized by his parents who were following the Dark Lord?

11. Feeling slightly sympathetic when finding out Tom Riddle's childhood

He was thrown some hard times in life, and it's clear to see why he turned out the way he did.

12. Seeing anything that has a lightning bolt and immediately associating it with Harry Potter

That lightning bolt emoji is definitely for Harry Potter and don’t tell me otherwise.

13. Wondering what house you would be sorted in

But we all have our preferences. (Go! Go! Gryffindor!)

14. Low-key wanting a Dark Mark Tattoo even though it is symbol of the worst possible thing

Still would look bloody wicked though.

15. Wanting to join the Order of Phoenix

Hogwarts is my home. I will defend it.

16. Always being confused about the horcruxes.

Nagini was one? Harry was one? J.K. Rowling, how does your mind work?

17. Not knowing if you would want the Deathly Hallows or not

Being the master of death would be cool, but at what cost?

18. "You have your mother's eyes"

Just don't bring it up, please, ever.

19. The deaths you will never get over.

Was Dobby necessary? Was Fred necessary? Tonks and Lupin? They had a child.

20. Clinging onto Harry Potter and refusing to ever let go.

You can’t tell me it’s all over. I will watch every Harry Potter Weekend on ABC Family and read the books until I absorb every detail. It can’t be over.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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7 Affordable, Easy Ways To Vamp Up Your Dorm/Bedroom

A guide to the best room ever.

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I've always been a fan of interior design and room decorating, and I'm constantly looking for new ways to improve my room game, make DIYs for my room, or buy cheap room decor. I've compiled 7 tactics I use in my own room to make it look more aesthetic without spending too much on it.

1. Make a wall photo mural.

This is as simple as printing out a ton of pictures of family, friends, or anything else to your liking, and using wall tape to tape it to your room. Some different ways to position the pictures could be in a heart, spelling out your initials, or simply sticking them in rows and columns. A nice touch would be adding fairy lights to it or using string and clothespins to hang them up.

2. Use tapestry.

Tapestry is about as simple as it gets when it comes to room decor. It's inexpensive and it serves as a great backdrop which can be used for a variety of purposes. I personally recommend ones with darker colors, straying away from the lighter, brighter ones.

3. Add throw pillows to your bed.

Throw pillows can get a bit pricey, so it's important to know where to buy them. I always get mine from Ross, TjMaxx, or places like Walmart/Target. Even a few of these can make your bed look 10x better.

4. Use a statement art piece.

Using one bold piece of art or something that serves as a center or focus for the room can help in decorating and making your room look like you put in more effort than actual. Lately, I've been really interested in the multiple pieces of art, where each one completes the other, and neon signs which can sometimes be customized.

5. Keep a color scheme.

When decorating, it's extremely important to stick to a theme or a color scheme and apply it throughout. Although it may be tempting to buy an item that doesn't match, it is more beneficial to stick to the scheme. I've found it appealing to use 2-3 colors because 1 seems as if there's too much going on, and anything above 3 is basically not a color scheme anymore.

6. Keep designated areas for different tasks.

Don't do your homework on your bed! It's extremely important to have a separate work table that allows you to be more organized and keep your nap life away from your student life. It's extremely easy to keep a work room organized, as long as you have designated locations for everything, and put things back when you're done with them!

7. Invest in a comfortable rug.

Throw rugs can make any boring old wooden or tile floor look much more appealing. I personally have invested in many plush throw rugs over the years and I have never been disappointed. However, I recommend getting gray or colored rugs as I find the white ones get dirty easily.

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