'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Harry Potter A-Z

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :). I've been a little lazy in the last couple of weeks - been a bit busy and just haven't felt like spending any more time than was absolutely necessary on the computer meaning I'm a little behind on these posts!

T is for Thestrals
'Thestrals are huge winged horses with white shining eyes, dragonish faces and necks, and skeletal black bodies. They are attracted to the smell of blood. Thestrals are invisible to anyone who has not seen death, which means that few of the students in Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures classes could see them during Harry's fifth year. They are amazingly magical animals, however. People used to think they were bad omens, that seeing them meant bad luck, but this is just superstition. Thestrals have an amazing sense of direction and move magically fast through the air. Dumbledore used them to travel if he didn't care to Apparate (which probably explains how he got to the Ministry and maybe even how Hagrid got to the Hut on the Rock by flying.'

Read more at The Harry Potter Lexicon.

Previous A-Z posts:
A is for Animagus
B is for Boggart
C is for Crumple-Horned Snorkack
D is for Diagon Alley
E is for Epilogue
F is for Forbidden Forest
G is for Galleons
H is for Hogsmeade
I is for Inferius
J is for Lee Jordan
K is for Knight Bus
L is for Remus Lupin
M is for Mirror of Erised
N is for Nicolas Flamel
O is for Occlumency 
P is for The Potters
Q is for Quick-Quotes Quill
R is for Ravenclaw
S is for S. P. E. W


  1. Ooooh thestrals are so good! I'm just reading book five and it's so hilarious that only Luna and Harry see them because it makes Harry wonder if he's sane XD Awesome.
    They're really fascinating :)

  2. You're almost through the entire alphabet :)

  3. I love Thestrals and I think they are one of JKR's finer ideas! They're really misunderstood because of their connection with death...but at the same time they're so wonderful and honestly cool!! I'd really like to fly on one personally :D


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