Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Chapter 12 (#PotterheadReadAlong19)

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In Chapter 12, we finally find out what’s going on at Hogwarts this year! Let’s go!

In the beginning of this chapter, we see a character who I desperately wish had been included in the movies – Peeves the Poltergeist! I remember how much fun he was in the video games back when I played through all those (ah, those were the days). It’s a shame that he got cut, but I guess it’s understandable. They have to cut something and Peeves doesn’t really drive the narrative along. He’s just funny.

In this case, he is throwing water balloons at the students coming in through the entrance hall. Of course, they are already wet because it’s pouring outside, but that doesn’t stop Peeves. Very few things do.

They get ready for the Sorting. Colin Creevy is excited because his brother, Dennis, is starting Hogwarts this year and he hopes that his brother will join them in Gryffindor. Which brings up an interesting point – siblings don’t always belong to the same house. All the Weasleys do, but that’s not always the case. The Patil twins are in different houses (Gryffindor and Ravenclaw) and we already know that Sirius was an outlier for being a Gryffindor in a family full of Slytherins. It’s interesting how all that works.

They also all wonder who the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher will be, as the position is once again vacant since Professor Lupin left last year. I’m still salty about that. Lupin was such a good teacher! I hate that he felt that he had to leave!

The Sorting finishes (Dennis did get sorted into Gryffindor yay!) and they start eating. Nearly Headless Nick tells them about the issues they had in the kitchens. Peeves had been causing trouble and scared the house-elves half to death. This news particularly startles Hermione.

“There are house-elves here?” she said, staring, horror-struck, at Nearly Headless Nick. “Here at Hogwarts?”

“Certainly,” said Nearly Headless Nick, looking surprised at her reaction. “The largest number in any dwelling in Britain, I believe. Over a hundred.”

Hermione is completely astonished, but really, why should she be, after learning that this is basically how wizarding families (and now establishments) handle housework. Not with maids or staffs, but with house-elves. She asks if they get any benefits (sick leave, holidays, pensions) to the amusement of Nearly Headless Nick. That’s not how house-elves operate. They don’t want those things, according to Nick. Hermione says they are nothing but slaves and refuses to eat anything else.

“Slave labor,” said Hermione, breathing hard through her nose. “That’s what made this dinner. Slave labor.”

Oh Hermione. Never change.

After the feast, Dumbledore gets up to give his opening remarks. He says that the normal Quidditch tournament for the Houses will not be happening this year, much to the shock of Harry and the Weasleys. Another event will be taking its place, but before Dumbledore can give any more details, the doors to the Great Hall slam open and a man walks through.

The lightning had thrown the man’s face into sharp relief, and it was a face unlike any Harry had ever seen. It looked as though it had been carved out of weathered wood by someone who had only the vaguest idea of what human faces are supposed to look like, and was none too skilled with a chisel. Every inch of skin seemed to be scarred. The mouth looked like a diagonal gash, and a large chunk of the nose was missing. But it was the man’s eyes that made him frightening.

Can we take a second and just acknowledge what a brilliant piece of writing this is. Honestly, this is such an amazing description of a character, and we’re not even done.

One of them was small, dark, and beady. The other was large, round as a coin, and a vivid, electric blue. The blue eye was moving ceaselessly, without blinking, and was rolling up, down, and from side to side, quite independently of the normal eye — and then it rolled right over, pointing into the back of the man’s head, so that all they could see was whiteness.

Welcome to Hogwarts, Professor Moody. Now we know why they call you “Mad-Eye.”

No one really knows how to react to this bizarre fellow. Harry recognizes the name as the man who Mr. Weasley had run off to help that morning, but Ron had never met him before and is just as bewildered as everyone else. Oh, and also, Moody has a large wooden leg as well.

But enough of that. Back to Dumbledore’s announcement. Hogwarts will be hosting the Triwizard Tournament this year! It’s a competition between the three largest European wizarding schools (the others being the two we had already heard about — Durmstrang and Beauxbatons) that used to happen once every five years, but was discontinued due to too many deaths. Yeah, that’s right. Deaths. The other two schools are bringing several contenders to be chosen as their champions, which leads to how the Hogwarts champion will be selected.

We aren’t given a lot of details, only that an “impartial judge” will make the decision. Because of the considerable danger, they are putting an age restriction on entering the tournament, which makes Fred and George very unhappy. They both want to enter, not just for the glory of winning, but also for the thousand Galleons prize. The twins are determined to find a way around the age limit. Ron and Harry both wonder if they should give it a try too, if Fred and George find a way. And knowing the twins . . . anything is possible.

See you next time for Chapter 13!


Added to GoodReads

Added to GoodReads – 4/29/19


Added to GoodReads is a weekly feature where I share the books I’ve added to my TBR last week, as well as the wonderful book bloggers who review them. I’ve been trying to do better about keeping up with all the blogs I follow and I think I did better last week than I have in a while. So yay!

  • Serenade by Heather McKenzie – This first one was not found around the blogosphere, but rather, I got a free ebook copy of this through BookBub. It’s the first book of the Nightmusic trilogy and sounds really good.
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto – This YA fantasy is a debut for a brand new author, so that’s fun! It just came out back in February. Check out this review by Claire at Nerds Like Me – it sounds really good!
  • How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox – This YA contemporary novel comes out next month and just went on a blog tour. Sounds like it is also tackling a lot of very serious issues, so good for them. Check out this glowing review by Mari at Musings of a Book Girl – she loved it!
  • A Knight in Distress by Barbara Russell – I love a good story about the knights of Camelot, but this series seems to turn everything on it’s head with a steampunk twist? This is the first book in the New Camelot series but you can hear about it, the new prequel, and the new second book, over at this blog tour post by Stefanie at The Magic of Wor(l)ds.

That’s it for this week, folks. If you have any books that you’d like to share, or any reviews you’ve seen that are amazing, please be sure to leave them in comments!

nostalgic reads

Nostalgic Reads – All Night Long

All Night LongTitle: All Night Long

Author: Francine Pascal, Kate William

Series: Sweet Valley High #5

Blurb: “Has Jessica gone too far?” Elizabeth Wakefield knows her beautiful twin can handle almost any guy–most boys are just no match for Jessica’s seductive charms. But Scott Daniels, Jessica’s latest love, is more of a man than a boy, much older and much more experienced than anyone Jessica’s ever dated.

When Jessica sneaks off to a college beach party with Scott, Elizabeth’s afraid of what could happen. And when her twin sister isn’t back by morning, Elizabeth’s fear turns to alarm. Why has she stayed out all night long?

Review: I think the day that Jessica Wakefield is actually completely honest about something is the day that the world will come to an end. Seriously, it would be one of the signs of Armageddon. That girl lies about so many things! Now she’s lying about dating a college boy because she knows her parents would not approve. Of course they won’t approve! You’re only sixteen! And Jessica has the nerve to be all kinds of indignant when Elizabeth has a problem with it all.

How on earth did I ever like this character? She is so awful! Also, can we just take a moment and comment on that impressive, snarky mustache on the cover? Is that what we thought screamed “older guy” back in the 80s?

Jessica even admits to herself that she might be in over her head, that some things about Scott make her feel uneasy. Even the college girls they hang out with warn her that Scott might be too much to handle. Warning signs! Red flags! This won’t go well!

The title comes from a party that they go to where Scott refuses to take Jessica home because she won’t have sex with him, this after he brought her to an abandoned boat house and, well, you know what he tried to do. Um, dude, she’s underage. Seriously. Do you want to go to jail? Everyone at the party is hooking up, drinking, smoking pot, and generally making Jessica feel extremely uncomfortable and she’s pretty much stuck there.

Elizabeth is still a doormat, covering for her sister because she just can’t say no to her, ever. She pretends to be Jessica around their mom so that their mom doesn’t suspect that Jessica isn’t there. She even takes a test as “Jessica” at school. It all ends up with her having a big fight with her boyfriend, Todd, over the whole situation because he really doesn’t like Jessica either since she tried to sabotage their relationship from the beginning.

Jessica finds her way back and is so happy at how well Elizabeth covered for her and made her horrible time sound like she came out on top. So Jessica is thrilled and Elizabeth is miserable. As usual. She does get upset because Elizabeth failed the test that she took while pretending to be Jessica, but she gets over it pretty quickly.

The side plot for this one revolves around a surfing competition. Because California. There is a rivalry between Sonny Callahan, the reigning champ, and Bill Chase, who has disappeared over the few days leading up to the competition. Turns out he was just skipping school to practice with his new board, which he had bought from Todd, and ends up winning the contest, with Sonny coming in close second.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Chapter 11 (#PotterheadReadAlong19)

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In Chapter 11, we learn about Mad-Eye Moody and hear more hints of something special happening at Hogwarts this year. Let’s go!

One of the first things we are introduced to in this chapter is one of the ways that wizards communicate – through the fireplace. We’ve seen them travel that way, and this technique is similar (I believe it even uses floo powder). As they are getting packed up to leave for Hogwarts, Harry sees Amos Diggory’s head poking out of the Weasley’s fireplace. He’s there to tell them about a problem with a shared acquaintance by the name of “Mad-Eye.” Mad-Eye thought he had an intruder in his yard which was caught by his trash cans, which were apparently spelled to attack anyone sneaking around.

The thing is, whoever Mad-Eye is (and oh boy, do we find out later), he has a reputation for being a bit crazy. Mr. Diggory wants to try and make sure that Mad-Eye doesn’t get in too much trouble, especially with Rita Skeeter sniffing around.

Mr. Diggory’s head looked around at Mrs. Weasley.

“Sorry about this, Molly,” it said, more calmly, “bothering you so early and everything . . . but Arthur’s the only one who can get Mad-Eye off, and Mad-Eye’s supposed to be starting his new job today. Why he had to choose last night . . .”

Hmmmm. Mad-Eye is starting his new job on the same day that everyone is arriving at Hogwarts. Coincidence? Of course not!

After Mr. Weasley leaves, we learn a bit more about Mad-Eye as the rest of the family discusses the situation. Mad-Eye Moody used to work for the Ministry as an Auror – sort of the wizard police (“Damn those Wizard Cops!” – if you don’t get that reference, boy do I have something to share with you later). He was really good at catching Dark wizards and, because of that, has lots of enemies. This has made him very paranoid and distrustful of, well, most things, really. Which is why he must have enchanted his trash cans to attack people.

They hire Muggle taxi drivers, who are none too happy to see that they are transporting so much stuff AND animals, to take them to Kings Cross and the Hogwarts Express. As they are leaving, Charlie alludes to something big happening at Hogwarts this year.

“I might be seeing you all sooner than you think,” said Charlie, grinning, as he hugged Ginny good-bye.

“Why?” said Fred keenly.

“You’ll see,” said Charlie. “Just don’t tell Percy I mentioned it . . . it’s ‘classified information, until such time as the Ministry sees fit to release it,’ after all.”

Bill gets in on the fun, too.

“You’re going to have an interesting year,” said Bill, his eyes twinkling. “I might even get time off to come and watch a bit of it . . .”

“A bit of what?” said Ron.

They aren’t going to tell us now, of course. Where’s the fun in that?

On the train, Harry, Ron and Hermione overhear Draco Malfoy complaining about Hogwarts to his goons, saying that his father considered sending him to Durmstrang instead. Durmstrang, as Hermione explains later, is another magical school that is heavy into teaching the Dark Arts. I wonder how things would have gone different if Draco had transferred. Are there any fanfics out there for this? What am I saying, of course there are. There’s a fanfiction for every conceivable premise.

Hermione continues to elaborate that no one knows exactly where the other schools, like Durmstrang and Beauxbatons, are because they keep their locations hidden. Hogwarts is also hidden, which everyone would know if they would just read Hogwarts: A History, right Hermione? Seriously, if those boys would only read that book, Hermione would be so happy. In any case, the only information Hermione could glean about Durmstrang was that it must be somewhere north because fur capes are part of the uniform.

They meet up with their other fellow Gryffindors: Seamus, Dean and Neville. They also have to continue with Draco being a jerk, since that’s all he knows how to do. He brags about something that no one quite gets. Somehow, he knows about whatever the secret thing was that Percy, Bill and Charlie wouldn’t talk about.

“So . . . going to enter, Weasley? Going to try and bring a bit of glory to the family name? There’s money involved as well, you know . . . you’d be able to afford some decent robes if you won . . .”

“What are you talking about?” snapped Ron.

Are you going to enter?” Malfoy repeated. “I suppose you will, Potter? You never miss a chance to show off, do you?”

Yeah, no one knows what he’s talking about, a fact that makes Malfoy absolutely giddy with glee. He sneers about his father being so involved at the Ministry and having inside information. As he leaves, Ron is furious. He knows that his dad isn’t one of the top people at the Ministry, but Mr. Weasley likes his job. He’s not an ambitious social climber like the Malfoys are. As it starts to pour down rain, they all head to the carriages to take them up to the castle (except for Hagrid and the poor first years, who head for the boats). Another year at Hogwarts is about to begin!

See you next time for Chapter 12!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up – 4/26/19

Weekly Wrap-Up

Ugh, I am so ready for this week to be OVER! Maybe because last week was shorter due to the holiday, but this week feels like it has lasted years. Part of that, I know, was due to some issues that my daughter is having, which I don’t think I’ve actually talked about. I think I have mentioned that she suffers from severe anxiety and depression, including suicidal thoughts at times, but it got so bad that we made the decision to pull her out of school and homeschool her for the rest of the year. I couldn’t keep dealing with getting calls from the guidance office that she was upset or dealing with teachers who claimed they were sympathetic but then never gave her a break on anything. The administration at her school were also incredibly difficult to deal with, including blaming my daughter for her own bullying situation. Not cool, man.

So we withdrew her from school and are trying to decide what to do with her next. Mind you, I am still working, so a lot of what we are doing is online so that I can monitor it and help her while I’m at the office. I am very lucky that my co-workers and boss are okay with me doing that. It’s been two weeks now and it is mentally exhausting. Better than worrying about her at school, but still really hard. All I can do, though, is keep pushing through it until we get through this challenge and then see where we end up.

I will say that keeping up with this blog has been a wonderful distraction from life when I need it. I deeply appreciate everyone who follows me here and all the other bloggers I get to interact with. You make me smile when smiling is sometimes hard to do.

Okay, okay, enough serious stuff. Speaking of the blog, this week was a busy week! I got to participate in two different blog tours in two very different ways. With one of them (S.S.S: Year One), sadly, I did not have a chance to read the book yet, although I did start reading it and will one day pick it back up again. It was a lot of fun. Reminded me a bit of the Yasmine Galenorn series Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon that I read a few years back.

Let’s look at reading progress, shall we?

  • I read chapters 23 to 65 of The Circle: Taken by Sage Sask, finishing that book. You can read my review for the blog tour here in case you missed it.
  • I made good progress on Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas finally, reading chapters 40 through 68. Yay! I should hopefully finish that one today. It’s not that it wasn’t good – it’s great – but I kept having other things get in the way.
  • Speaking of progress, I went ahead and started reading Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey, reading chapters 1 through 3. I was planning on waiting until I finished Empire of Storms, but figured that I’d go ahead and jump in. Why not.
  • I only read one chapter, chapter 10, of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. This one has really fallen by the wayside and I fell like such a bad Potter fan! My goal for next week is to really get back into the Chapter-A-Long posts so that I can keep going. I will definitely fall behind in the #PotterheadReadAlong19, but hopefully Noura will forgive me (I know she will 🙂 ).
  • I started my next review book, What We Do For Love by Anne Pfeffer, and read the first five chapters. So far so good, although it’s just getting started. I love the main character already!

That’s . . . that’s a lot of reading things! And GoodReads says I’m two books ahead of schedule to meet my goal! Yay!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Blog Tours

BLOG TOUR: S.S.S. Year One by Yumoyori Wilson

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for this really fun book, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!

About the Book

SSS High Res CoverTitle: S.S.S. Year One (Supernatural Spy Academy Book 1)

Author: Yumoyori Wilson

Pub. Date: April 5, 2019

Publisher: Yumoyori Wilson

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 500

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BlurbWhen being different leads to the best years of your life. 

There are three key components required to get into the most prestigious, top spy academy in the world:




My name is Silver Spell Solange. No, I didn’t plan for my initials to be the same rank needed to enter the spy academy. But I would do anything to get into the one of a kind school. I have the magical capability of an Elemental Witch, the strength to kick anyone’s ass, and quick problem-solving skills to get my teammates out of any jam. There’s only one small problem – the other ‘S’ I’m missing.

I’m not a part of the supernatural race. 

After realizing the my only shot at my dreams is at the brink of extinction, I’m unexpectedly teamed up with a werewolf, a dragon, a fallen angel, and a hellhound. The four of them carry the assets and abilities I need to gain my spot into the Supernatural Spy Academy (SSS).

With the clock ticking and not much leg room for an SS score, I accept their bet, knowing I’ll easily handle whatever they request from me.

I didn’t think their bet would lead me to date all four them. 

It’s time for me to buckle up. This four-year roller coaster is about to begin, and its a bumpy one-way ticket to becoming the next “supernatural” spy.



“Any faster?! I swear he’s going to burn us to ashes!”

My head turned back to get a good glimpse of the ginormous black-scaled dragon following not too far behind.

“Hang on!”

I looked up to my teammate as he outstretched his wings.

“I don’t really have a choice here,” I commented. He looked down to raise an eyebrow at me, but since we were trying not to get caught and screw up this Quest, he returned his focus on catching up with the rest of our teammates.

We lowered into the forest before he did a swift left turn. I had no idea where we were going, but it looked like a cave was up ahead. I pointed to it.

“There?” I exclaimed. We swiftly entered the cave and jerked to a stop, a second from hitting the solid wall. I sighed in relief, but I knew we weren’t out of the woods yet.

My body was lowered to the ground and I turned to face my four teammates, all of them out of breath.

“You still got the ring?”

I grinned, slipping my hand into my bra. The four of them looked around the cave, not wanting to be caught staring at my breasts. I retrieved the little gold ring – presenting the gem for the others to see once again.

Even in the dim cave, it seemed to illuminate like multiple lights were shining upon it. I had no idea what magic it possibly possessed, but I couldn’t wait to use it.

My eyes stared at the gold ring, taking in the big white pearl that was surrounded by four other gems: a jewel as bright as fire, one that was a teal turquoise like water, one that twinkled like a golden star, and a gem as pure as the dark night sky.

There were letterings on the gold band, piquing my interest as I took it out of its protective box. I took a closer look, unable to comprehend how a ring could be so radiant.

What was most important was how this little piece of jewelry was going to be the key to my entrance into the best spy school in all the lands.

This is exactly what I needed. My golden ticket to Supernatural Spy Academy.

About the Author


Yumoyori Wilson is a full-time author who has a slight addiction to bubble tea.

She previously was a Pediatric Registered Nurse, working her night shifts away and reading her Kindle during her breaks. She decided to take the chance at becoming an author and is now working on multiple projects in various genres, including Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and more.

She lives in Toronto, Ontario and loves to bother her lovely Mother (also known as her Queen) and has many projects and plans for her readers. Click here to subscribe to Yumo’s newsletter.

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Giveaway Time!

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Check out the other stops on the tour!

Week One:

4/1/2019- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

4/2/2019- Julia Swoons– Excerpt

4/3/2019- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

4/4/2019- Kelly P’s Blog– Excerpt

4/5/2019- Page Reaper Book Blog– Excerpt


Week Two:

4/8/2019- BookHounds– Excerpt

4/9/2019- JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder– Spotlight

4/10/2019- Taking It One Book at a time                – Review

4/11/2019- 4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼– Excerpt

4/12/2019- Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers– Excerpt


Week Three:

4/15/2019- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt

4/16/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

4/17/2019- Lisa Loves Literature– Excerpt

4/18/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight

4/19/2019- Book Briefs– Review


Week Four:

4/22/2019- Ramblings of a Book Nerd– Review

4/23/2019- Tyto Forest– Excerpt

4/24/2019- Lone Tree Reviews– Excerpt

4/25/2019- Life With No Plot– Excerpt

4/26/2019- Don’t Judge, Read– Review


Week Five:

4/29/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

4/30/2019- The Reading Life– Review


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Chapter 10 (#PotterheadReadAlong19)

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In Chapter 10, we return home from the disastrous World Cup, hear about the aftermath at the Ministry, and get ready to go back to Hogwarts. Let’s go!

They finally get back to the Burrow. Everyone safe and sound, which is a relief, especially to Molly Weasley.

And to everybody’s surprise, she seized Fred and George and pulled them both into such a tight hug that their heads banged together.

Ouch! Mum — you’re strangling us –”

“I shouted at you before you left!” Mrs. Weasley said, starting to sob. “It’s all I’ve been thinking about! What if You-Know-Who had got you, and the last thing I ever said to you was that you didn’t get enough O.W.L.s? Oh Fred . . . George . . .”

Poor Mrs. Weasley. I want to hug her too!

This chapter also introduces us, albeit very briefly, to one of the most annoying characters in the series — Rita Skeeter, a gossipy reporter who likes to stir up trouble. She uses her article to start a rumor that several bodies were found in the woods which isn’t true at all. Ugh. We’ll see more of her later.

Harry is still worried about this whole scar hurting business, which is understandable. I would be too! Hedwig hasn’t returned with any word or advice from Sirius, so Harry confides in Ron and Hermione about the dream he had about Voldemort and how his scar hurt afterward. The dream, the scar, and now Death Eaters and the Dark Mark? It seems like too much to be a coincidence. Harry had hoped to hear from Sirius by now, but they also don’t know how far away he might be. It could just be taking Hedwig a long time to get there.

Over the next few days, we hear that life at the Ministry has been very hectic because everyone is upset about the events at the World Cup. They blame the Ministry for their lack of security, and Percy has gotten lots of complaints.

“It’s been an absolute uproar,” Percy told them imporantly the Sunday evening before they were due to return to Hogwarts. “I’ve been putting out fires all week. People keep sending Howlers, and of course, if you don’t open a Howler straight away, it explodes. Scorch marks all over my desk and my best quill reduced to cinders.”

And of course, Rita Skeeter is in the thick of it, trying to find more stories to exploit. She’s now found out about Bertha Jorkins, who is still missing, but she hasn’t found out about Winky yet, so that’s something. It would be quite the scandal for someone like Mr. Crouch to be connected to the Dark Mark, even if it was agreed that Winky really didn’t do anything wrong. Hermione is still very angry about that whole situation.

As they pack up for Hogwarts, Ron gets a bit of a new surprise. And not a good one.

He was holding up something that looked to Harry like a long, maroon velvet dress. It had a moldy-looking lace frill at the collar and matching lace cuffs.

. . .

“Mum, you’ve given me Ginny’s new dress,” said Ron, handing it out to her.

“Of course I haven’t,” said Mrs. Weasley. “That’s for you. Dress robes.”

Oh Ron. Poor Ron. The school supply list asks them to bring “robes for formal occasions” this year, but because they had to buy them secondhand, they look a bit . . . odd. Old fashioned, maybe? I do actually really enjoy the scene in the movie where Ron finds out about the dress robes. They are hideous, but I actually think Rupert Grint pulled them off. Anyway, book-Ron laments the robes, wishing he could have new ones like Harry got, and swears he will go naked before he will ever wear them. Mrs. Weasley is fed up.

“Fine,” snapped Mrs. Weasley. “Go naked. And, Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could do with a laugh.”

Hahahahahaha!!! Mrs. Weasley for the win!

See you next time for Chapter 11!