Sunday, July 31, 2011


Thursday, July 28, 2011
By Michael Di Gesu - Ravenclaw
LONDON - All week, O.W.L. results have been delivered over Great Britain to soon-to-be sixth years who waited with nerves bordering on a breakdown. Parents twitched anxious fingers over wands ready to hex their kids if they pestered them about any special owl deliveries ... my mum included.
Even with Umbridge and her tyrannical ways overpowered, most fifth years didn’t receive proper Defense Against the Dark Arts training and therefore many failed. Only a few of us (you know who you are) passed this course with an Exceeds Expectation or the coveted Outstanding. We had help from a very special person indeed.
Speaking of this special person, a new name for THE BOY WHO LIVED is on the lips of wizards young and old. Could Harry Potter really be THE CHOSEN ONE? This investigative reporter will dig deep to uncover every clue to see if the rumors are true. (Plus it doesn’t hurt to be in his inner circle.)
Last night, a snowy owl pecked at my window. It was none other than Hedwig, Harry Potter’s personal owl. What could THE CHOSEN ONE want from me? Could these be the answers to the questions I ran by him before term ended? Fat chance, he threatened to never speak to me again if I printed anything about him. But surely, he wouldn’t. Or would he? His mood swings lately would try anyone’s patience. But now that Umbridge is back in the Ministry and out of our hair, he should be more himself.
To my shock, the message wasn’t anything worth printing...just an invitation to the Burrow from Ron Weasley.
But wait! There was something in that scribble--the date, July 31. Four days from now, Harry Potter turns sixteen!
Let’s make this his most unforgettable birthday! Let’s give THE BOY WHO LIVED the best surprise party ever. Let’s honor him for all that he has done for us. After the tumultuous year we’ve all had, let’s get wild and show Harry how much we love him.
Write those letters, get those owls ready, and send Harry a cheery birthday message.
All you DA members, please get in touch with Fred and George Weasley before crashing this event. If anyone two people know how to crash anything, they do. Harry won’t expect a thing. Imagine his face as all of us DA members grin at him while hundreds of owls carry in warm wishes.
So don’t forget, blast those calendars with memory dust for Mon., July 31!
Four days and counting!
Thursday, July 31, 2011
Four days later, the Burrow - All guests spouted “Happy Birthday Harry” from their lips as they arrived at seven o’clock via flew powder from the special connection Fred and George Weasley gerry-rigged with their own brand of magic. Each guest flashed through dusted in mult-colored confetti which transfigured into tiny balloons and raised toward the ceiling and popped with a musical serenade ...  
Throughout the Weasley’s unique gardens, owls dropped hundreds, if not thousands, of happy wishes for our sixteen-year-old hero.
The starry night culminated with spectacular fireworks from Fred and George’s endless supply. The five foot cake floating between guests tasted AMAZING!
I must say this investigative reporter was NOT disappointed with the turn out from all of you. I just LOVE the power of the press!

I hope you all enjoyed my entry for Lisa Galeck's ACCIO contest.


  1. I'm sure you got some lovely photos at the party for your next article! As usual, a fun bit of writing from our crack reporter. ;)

  2. Always a fun read with your posts, Michael!

  3. Oh to write something that inspires this kind of mania!

  4. Loved this! Now that's a party I want to do to! Happy birthday to Harry indeed!

  5. Fun! The thirty-first is today - did I miss it?

  6. That was loads of fun. I didn't realize Harry was a leo. :)

  7. Great post Michael. Looking forward to your novel films entry too :O)

  8. Truly a fun post, Michael. Thank you. Happy birthday, Harry!

  9. I LOVE these Harry Potter posts!

    P.S. regarding my Chicago trip: We only spent a couple of days with my sis before we headed to Michigan. Am planning a longer trip in October. Maybe then?

  10. So fun! What an awesome birthday Harry had (he defintely deserved it!).

    I'm going to try to let people know within the next few days who the big winner is. Thanks again for entering!

  11. How fun, Michael! I always love your HP posts. I missed all the fun during my move. :(
    Oh well. Always good to catch up.
    P.S. did you forget the novel/film blogfest? I'll keep it on the DL. ;)

  12. Sounds like quite a party. :D