Kicking Off the Harry Potter Read-A-Thon

Harry Potter Readathon

February has finally rolled around, which means that we’re finally kicking off our Harry Potter Read-A-Thon. Every Monday, I’ll be posting an update here at Brewing Up Books as to my own reading progress, as well as a discussion that you’re more than welcome to continue onto your blog.

Before jumping into this week’s discussion, I wanted to propose a potential schedule that will help you stay on track and finish up the Read-A-Thon by May 31st:

  • Feb. 1 – Sorceror’s Stone
  • Feb. 18 – Chamber of Secrets
  • Mar. 1 – Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Mar. 20 – Goblet of Fire
  • April 13 – Order of the Phoenix
  • April 28 – Half-Blood Prince
  • May 1 – Deathly Hallows


As Mr. Ollivander suggests during Harry’s first visit to Diagon Alley, “The wand chooses the wizard.” Mr. Ollivander is one of the few characters in the series who is skilled in the art of wand making, and he goes into depth about the tedious process of selecting and pairing a core, wood type, length, etc. Each wand is made of a different combination of materials and lends itself to particular spells, such as charms or hexes.

How do you think a witch or wizard is aided or hindered by his or her wand? Does a wand play a part in a character’s strengths and weaknesses? Also, how exactly do you think the wand “chooses” the wizard?

Leave your response in a comment below or in a post on your blog.


To kick off the Read-A-Thon, we’ve decided to play a little game of Who’s Who… Each week, along with a discussion, there will be a trivia/puzzle component of our post, giving participants (and non participants) an opportunity to pit their Harry Potter knowledge against one another. When you think you’ve solved one of the weekly puzzles, type out your answers and email them to

The first person to email us all of the correct answers will be featured in next week’s post, along with his/her blog and Goodreads account. Ready to test your luck?

1. The eldest Weasley son
2. Ancient Runes Professor
3. Cursed by a necklace
4. The Dursley’s Squib neighbor
5. Fred Weasley’s Yule Ball date
6. Wrote Albus Dumbledore’s obituary
7. Neville Longbottom’s grandmother
8. Ron Weasley’s girlfriend who was mauled by Fenrir Greyback
9. Draco Malfoy’s girlfriend
10. Vernon Dursley’s sister
11. Original owner of the Resurrection Stone in the Tale of the Three Brothers
12. Commonly carries a camera
13. Bellatrix Lestrange’s husband
14. Betrayed Dumbledore’s Army
15. The only dead Hogwarts professor
16. Tom Riddle’s wife
17. Bathilda Bagshot’s nephew
18. Owner of the Leaky Cauldron
19. Loses the Gryffindor Keeper position to Ron
20. Death Eater siblings and Hogwarts Professors in the final book
21. Marvolo Gaunt’s daughter
22. Marvolo Gaunt’s son
23. Owner of the Hog’s Head
24. Hogwarts librarian
25. The Riddle family’s gardener
26. Albus Dumbledore’s mother
27. Durmstrang’s Headmaster
28. Attends the Yule Ball with Ron Weasley
29. Ministry of Magic employee Ron impersonates
30. Hogwarts Quidditch Referee
31. Conductor of the Knight Bus
32. Owner of the Three Broomsticks
33. Muggle Studies Professor
34. Minister of Magic while under the Imperius Curse
35. Bill Weasley’s wife
36. Attends the Yule Ball with Harry
37. Percy’s girlfriend
38. Dumbledore’s full name
39. Hogwarts Quidditch commentator
40. Arithmancy Professor
41. Tries to slip Harry a love potion
42. Buckbeak’s alias
43. Armored knight in a Hogwarts painting
44. Hagrid’s half-brother
45. The Black family’s house elf
46. Hogwarts poltergeist
47. Hagrid’s Dragon
48. Neville’s Toad
49. The Weasley family owl
50. Ron’s owl


7 thoughts on “Kicking Off the Harry Potter Read-A-Thon

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  2. I think a wand functions only as good as a wizard is..I believe it must take some energy from the wizard if it didn’t matter then we’re saying that Phoenix wand was special because of Phoenix and if that’s true then everyone would want a phoenix wand and everyone will be equally powerful..and as for how it chooses the wizard the core I believe is alive and can sense the inner qualities just like sorting hat and then see’s if it find something it likes..


    • That’s a really good point about the wand itself not having any special or extraordinary power. I think the majority of one’s strength definitely draws from the person themselves, or else a Muggle would be able to wave a wand and hit someone with a hex.


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