7 Ways to Show Your Appreciation for Harry Potter

7 Ways to Show Your Appreciation for Harry Potter

With so many milestones, 2017 is a bigger year for Harry Potter than we all expected.

Although the book and movie series ended years ago, the magical world of Harry Potter has still has a monumental impact in the literary world. The fan-base is growing faster than ever and the magical universe is continuing to expand as J.K. Rowling continually produces content for the series, despite refusing to make an eighth book.

This year alone has shed a number of milestones on the Harry Potter universe:

1. The twentieth anniversary of the publishing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, published in 1997.

2. The tenth anniversary of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published in July 21, 2007

3. The sixth anniversary of the film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, released in 2011.

4. This September 1st will mark the 19th anniversary of the "Battle of Hogwarts" in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Indeed, there are lots to celebrate! Harry Potter is still relevant today, and with more films coming out in the Fantastic Beasts universe in the future, the Wizarding World is here to stay. But for now, we can all show our appreciation for Harry Potter in different ways.

1. Revamp your old Pottermore account and sort yourself into your Hogwarts House!

And even if you're confident that you've got the right house, there's still the Ilvermorny sorting ceremony, a quiz that lets you sort yourself into the American Wizarding school. You can also find our your Patronus now! (For the curious--Pottermore sorted me as a Pukwudgie, and my Patronus is a Rottweiler.)

2. (Re)read the novels when you get the chance

But let's be real: you were going to spring back for them anyway. No other young adult book really holds a candle to it.

3. Have a Harry Potter Marathon!

You know, when Freeform has the movies on every other weekend. I think they're more excited about the prospect of a Harry Potter come back than we are. While you're marathoning, you could also drool over your favorite actors and perfect that British accent. Even throw in some episodes of Fantastic Beasts while you're at it--Eddie Redmayne needs attention too.

4. Dress up in your old House robes, throw on a scarf, and whip out your wand for old time's sake

Because it never gets old. Ever.

5. Munch on some Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and make your own Butterbeer!

Who knew that bringing this favored drink to life would be so easy? Feel free to head to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter if you wish, but for a more economical way to partake in the joys of Hogsmeade, follow the recipe at http://wizardingworldpark.com/butterbeer-recipes/

6. Buy the makeup palette and matching brushes.

This one is a little bit of a stretch, since it isn't officially licensed, but this palette is gorgeous. The color "Potions" are a great way to channel your inner Slytherin.

7. See the play!

This one is the most exciting but also the most controversial suggestion yet. While many people were mixed about the screenplay that was released last year, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has gotten rave reviews--they even won Olivier Awards during its run in the West End. The play is due to open on Broadway in April 2018, so this gives us American wizards and no-majs a chance to see it in action!

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things You Say To Your Roommates Before Going Out

The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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