I flipped through the Cookbook, but as it didn't have butter beer or pumpkin juice in it, I set it down.
The pop up book was pretty neat to look at.
But what caught my boys' attention were the replica wands. They spent a good 20 minutes looking through the wands. At $30 a piece, I was NOT buying them. But told my boys that if they saved up their allowances and other money, I would bring them back to get them.
As soon as we got home, my youngest went through his birthday money and discovered he already had $30. But I don't like to drive to Dothan twice in a day (Lets me honest, gas is just too expensive to make extra runs), so he had to wait a week.
He chose to get Dumbledore's wand.
When we got it home, we realized this is not really a toy-- it's a replica. There's absolutely no give in the plastic. Which means that it's like walking around with a blunted(-ish) 15" stick. But he bought it with his own money, so I'm not taking it away from him. He's just not allowed to run around with it and get it any where near anyone's face.
My oldest was very sad. So Mark asked him to count out his change and told him that we'd change it in for cash. Once that happened, he was only a dollar shy of the amount that he would need. One week of chores, and he was ready.
So yesterday, we went back to Dothan and I took my oldest in to Barnes and Noble for his turn.
When we got to where the table was-- it was now covered in a collection of horror stories. I could tell that my oldest was about to get upset, afraid that he'd missed them, so I headed him off and said, "Looks like they've moved them. We'll just check in a couple of other places, and if we have to, I'll order it for you online, alright?" He was okay with this plan, and fortunately, not 10 minutes later, we found them hiding in the children's section.
He chose to the get light up Harry Potter wand.
As soon as he got in the truck and we were headed home, he asked his Daddy what the different spells were. Mark pulled out his Droid and looked them up: (from http://harrypotterspells.net/19/harry-potter-spells-and-what-they-do/ )
Accio Makes an object fly to you
Alohomora Opens a lock
Aparecium Turns invisible ink visible
Avada Kedavra Kills an opponent, the unforgivable curse
Avifors Turns objects into birds
Avis Causes birds to fly out of the tip of your want, along with a loud sound
Crucio Tortures your opponent, another unforgivable curse
Confundus Confuses the target temporarily
Conjunctivitis Makes an opponent’s eyes swell up and itch
Deletrius Erases the evidence of the last spell cast by a wand
Densaugeo Makes the target’s teeth grow out of control
Diffindo splits objects in two
Dissendium opens a door into a cellar
Engorgio Makes an item swell up
Expecto Patronum Created a Patronus from the end of a wand
Expelliarmus Knocks an object such as a weapon or wand out of an opponent’s hands
Ferula wraps up a broken limb with a splint and bandages
Fidelius Hides a secret in a person’s soul, very powerful
Finite Incantatum Ends a spell that has been cast or that is being cast
Flipendo Knocks something backwards, away from the user
Furnunculus Makes an opponent break out in horrible boils
Homorphus Causes a human who has assumed an animal shape to revert to their human
Immobulus Immobilizes the target
Impedimenta Slows down or stops something or someone that is coming at you
Imperio Allows the user to gain complete control over another person
Impervius Makes water slide off a surface
Incendio Starts a fire
Legilimens Lets the user look into the memories of another person
Locomotor Mortis Locks the target’s legs together
Lumos Creates a light at the tip of a wand
Mobiliarbus Moves a tree
Mobilicorpus Moves a body
Morsmorde Summons the Dark Mark
Nox Douses a light, such as that created by Lumos
Obliviate Erases the memories of an event, making the person oblivious
Orchideous Creates flowers to come out of the tip of a wand
Petrificus Totalus Petrifies the target totally
Point Me Makes a wand act like a compass
Prior Incantato Reveals the last spell that a wand was used to cast
Protego Protects the user
Quietus Makes a room or person quieter
Reducio Makes an item shrink
Reducto Blasts apart a solid object into little pieces
Relashio Causes binding to be released
Rennervate Used to be calle Enervate; brings a stunned person back to consciousness
Reparo Repairs a broken item
Rictusempra makes a person curl up with laughter, as in tickling them
Riddikulus makes a boggart assume a funny shape, thereby depriving it of its power
Serpensortia Conjures a snake
Sonorus Amplifies the voice of the user
Stupefy Stupefies the target
Tarantallegra makes a person’s legs dance out of control
Waddiwasi Blasts out an object that is blocking something
Wingardium Leviosa Makes an object levitate
When Mark said, "Accio", my oldest immediately asked what it meant. While driving, I reached my right hand behind me, palm up to him and said, "Accio wand". When he handed it to me, I brought it forward and told Mark, "Hey, that spell works!"
When we got home, the boys were playing and pretending to use the spells they knew. (They want to print out the list for them, so, of course, I will be.) When it got dark, my oldest brought out his wand and we turned out all the lights. It lights with a flick and goes out with a flick. The button is for making the light brighter or darker.
And just before bed, he and his brother snuggled together under the covers, and my oldest read a story to his brother by it's light alone, allowing them to recreate one of their favorite scenes.