Holiday Exploration

It’s day 13 of bookending winter, and my third day hosting! Today’s post was inspired by one of my favorite book series that I love to reread during the holiday’s – Harry Potter! Both the books and the movies have a Christmas-y feel to me, especially the first book. One of my favorite moments is when Harry wakes up to his first proper Christmas. It is such a heartwarming moment when Harry wakes up and realizes he has presents for the first time. I loved how even Ron’s mother, Mrs. Weasley, makes him his own knit “Weasley” sweater. Though it was the sweetest present, the coolest one Harry receives is the Invisibility cloak! 

Prompt Title: Holiday Exploration

Explanation: You received Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility for Christmas this year! Where would you go and what would you do? (Can be in the real world or a bookish one!)

I love that Harry first uses the cloak to explore the forbidden section of the library, which is such reader goals; maybe not the forbidden part for some people though. He could have gone anywhere in the castle, virtually done anything, but instead uses it to go check out some books. It made me wonder though – if I had the invisibility cloak, where would I go? Where would other people go?

So this holiday season, I’m temporarily giving all of you Harry’s cloak for the day! You can explore anywhere you like, in the real world or a bookish one! Perhaps it would be useful for traveling in dangerous lands so you can look for hidden treasure or places? Perhaps you would just like a little reading time without someone interrupting you? Maybe you want to be a fly on the wall for a conversation between some characters you always wondered about? The possibilities are endless!

What I would do if I had Harry’s cloak for a day:

If I had to pick a bookish world, I think I would pick Hogwarts and spend the entire time exploring. I would try to find secret passageways, follow the professors, or a ghost, or even Filch around just to see what they do during the day. I think it would be so fun to see how the professors act outside of the students, what their offices look like, and how they interact with one another. I would try to follow students from different houses into their common rooms just to see what they look like, what the vibe feels like. Would they have unique paintings and furniture? Strange knickknacks and habits? What are their head boys and girls like?

Maybe I’d go down to the kitchen and see how the house elves act when theres no people around. Or slip down into the dungeons and look at all the ingredients in the Potions room. I could go down to the Whomping Willow and explore the tunnel and abandoned shack. Wonder around Hogsmeade and listen to the gossip. Explore the forbidden forest and section of the library. There would be just so much to do, and so very little time. Did I say everyone could have the cloak for a day? Maybe I should make it a week. I don’t know if even a week would be enough time. 

In general, I think I would just love to explore without having to deal with people, and be able to just observe everything and everyone possible. Especially when discovering secret passages, I don’t want others seeing me slip in and out! It would defeat the purpose of a secret passage! I might pull a Harry in the third book where he lifts on peoples hair/strings from hats and hoodies because it just was really amusing, but I promise I wouldn’t steal anyones lollipop. That was rude Harry, come on you 13 year old. 

Where would you go for the day with Harry’s cloak? Would you explore Hogwarts too, or do you have a different place in mind? How would you use the cloak in your normal life? 

Make sure to tag me if you decide to answer today’s prompt so I can read all your wonderful responses!!!

Good Hunting!!


This post is part of the Bookending Winter 2018 event, hosted by Clo @ Book Dragons and Sam @ Fictionally Sam. Today’s prompt comes from Julia @ Fable Hunter.


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