The Ultimate Harry Potter Holiday – must-see sites and activities in London

Hi all! As some of you know, I did a little holiday with a friend from uni before coming back to Durham. The first stop on our trip was London, and London is filled with all sorts of magical Harry Potter experiences, from film sites, to immersive tours, and other fun activities. So today, for all the other Harry Potter fans out there, here is the ultimate Harry Potter Holiday in London, with everything you should see and do during your stay. I hope you enjoy it!

Six reasons to visit the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

I know I mentioned it in a previous post that I visited the Warner Bros Studio Tour – the making of Harry Potter, with my university friend while we were on a little jolly holiday. I also said I would do a post on my experience there and honestly, it was such a fantastic day that not writing a post just wasn’t an option. If you’re thinking about visiting the studio, but for whatever reason you aren’t 100% sure, let me try and convince you… here are six reasons why you absolutely have to visit Warner Bros if you’re a Harry Potter fan. If these don’t convince you, I don’t know what will!

The Potter Craze Tag!!

Heyyyy everybody!! So I’m back trying to catch up with tags … I honestly don’t know how I’m going to keep up with all of this. Those bloggers who manage full time university degrees or jobs and still maintain your blogs – TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!! Anywho, onto the blog post! So today I’m doing the Potter Craze Tag, because I absolutely love Harry Potter and couldn’t not participate in this tag.

The Ultimate Harry Potter bucket list (part two)

CALLING ALL POTTERHEADS! This is not a drill. I repeat. This is not a drill!

I wanted to thank you all – wizards, muggles and everyone in between – for your patience in waiting for part two of this list to come out. As promised, here is the second segment of the Ultimate Harry Potter bucket list. Hold onto your brooms, and let’s see how many of these you’ve ticked off your list.

The Ultimate Harry Potter bucket list (part one)

Muggles, this is not a list for you. In fact, I think only the most avid Harry Potter fans will attempt to cross everything off this bucket list. But fear not, this is not the Ministry of Magic and Umbridge is not here so everyone and anyone (muggles included, we do not discriminate here) who enjoys Harry Potter is more than welcome to attempt this challenging list. This is the list for those who know the stuff about witchcraft and wizardry inside out – the extreme, adoring fans of JK Rowling’s magical world. So, for all those who adore Harry Potter, the true Potterheads out there or simply those who appreciate the series and want to give this a go, I’ve rounded up a long list of things that I think ever Potter enthusiast should try to experience at least once in their lifetime. Keep reading for Part One of the Ultimate Harry Potter bucket list (part two to follow next week)

What have I done during lockdown?

I don’t know who’s been counting, but we are now entering what seems to be the one-hundredth week of lockdown. So please tell me I’m the only one getting tired of it? I mean sure a lot of us loved the first part when it felt more like a holiday – sleeping in, relaxing and just watching tv all day, not really focused on being productive. Now though, the prison sentence nature of it is starting to make me feel claustrophobic. However, being stuck at home all day and not being allowed to do all sorts of activities that could be considered ‘time-fillers’ means that there has been an opportunity to try out some new things and be more productive. That’s why I wanted to do a bit of a reflective piece to look back on everything that I’ve done during all of this extended time at home. From my social media streams, I see that a lot of people have been baking (I have been too), but I’ve also been doing a lot else. You see, I tried to use all of the extra time as best as possible to get things done that I haven’t been able to. So, here’s what I’ve been up to so far during quarantine.

A Reflection of 2019

2019 is drawing to a close, and that means not only the end of another year but also the end of the decade. I’m not sure about you, but that makes me feel old … and I’m only nineteen. So much has happened around the world this year and it’s been a roller coaster of experiences for me, and so I thought a nice thing to do would be to take two seconds and reflect back on the year. Until now I don’t think I really gaged the real value of reflecting but now that I am older and wiser (I can practically hear my friends laughing at me as I write this), I think that reflecting back on your past experiences is not only beneficial for learning purposes but also for mental reasons. We forget how much we accomplish over a year and sometimes it feels good to acknowledge all of the fantastic things we have done and experienced. So without further ado, let’s dive back in time and take a gaze back on the whirlwind of a year that has been 2019.

10 Fun and Funky Facts About Me

This blog has been up for more than seven months, and in all of that time, I don’t think I’ve shared too much about myself. Yes, I’ve shared some experiences and little bits of information here and there, but I haven’t actually shown all of you fabulous readers precisely who I am. So, inspiration found! Hallelujah! Today I thought I would share ten fun and funky facts about myself. It may not be advice, but I’m hoping that it will give you a little insight into who I am and be a fun way for you all to get to know me better. Without further ado, here are my ten fun facts. I hope you enjoy it and try to keep your judgment or laughter to the end. Thank you very much 🙂

Embrace Your Geekness!

According to my list of non-official holidays in my diary, today is ‘embrace your geekness’ day, and that’s why Tall Blonde Tales will be celebrating ‘geekness’ in today’s blog post. Now the common thought around being a geek, at least from what I’ve encountered, is that it isn’t a good thing, and the word itself has quite a few negative connotations. The term ‘geek’ used to be a derogatory term to describe circus workers, and from there it was transformed into something of an insult on people. Now the terms nerd and geek are used interchangeably even though they have different meanings. A geek is someone brainy who is good with technology while a nerd is someone with an in-depth knowledge of a particular subject. How I define a geek though, is someone who has a particular affinity or interest in any subject or field. Well, today we are rejecting all negative associations with the term ‘geek’ (as we should generally do, not just today specifically) and celebrating it. Every single one of us is a geek in some way, so don’t feel ashamed of the term. Today, you embrace every aspect of your geekness with open arms!