Is Your Favorite Saint a Gryffindor? The Definitive Guide to Sorting the Saints

Is Your Favorite Saint a Gryffindor? The Definite Guide to Sorting the Saints!

Ever wonder whether your patron saint is a Gryffindor or a Hufflepuff?  I didn’t start to consider it until last week when my friend Haley over at Home to Catholicism brought up sorting saints into Hogwarts houses on Twitter (she’s @bakeorbake over there, folks). But then I couldn't STOP thinking about it, crowdsourced my queries to Facebook, and ended up with the best thread ever. Granted, I’m … [Read more...]

9 Reasons the Weasleys Are (Probably) a Catholic Family

9 Reasons the Weasleys Are (Probably) a Catholic Family

  I first read the Harry Potter series before converting to Catholicism and the Weasleys were my favorite family in the books (obviously). Imagine my delight when I discovered that they’re a big Catholic family!  Well….OK, the books don’t come right out and say they're Catholic but I think there's some solid reasons to assume they are. Reason #1: They’re open to life, even to the point … [Read more...]

Hallowmas with Harry: What Harry Potter Taught Me About Death and the Communion of Saints

What Harry Potter Teaches Us About Confronting Death with Hope and the Glorious Communion of Saints!

“ And in many ways, all of my characters are defined by their attitude to death and the possibility of death.”- J.K. Rowling Hallowtide, the three days of All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints Day (or Hallowmas), and All Souls Day, is an ancient part of the Christian Year.  Before becoming Catholic I thought of Halloween as morbid and  I couldn’t understand how to celebrate All Souls, or the Day of the … [Read more...]

How Hogwarts Prepared Me for the Liturgical Year

How Hogwarts Prepared Me for the Liturgical Year // Carrots for Michalemas

From middle school through college I eagerly anticipated each new HP book release but I don’t think I could have even articulated what drew me in. Looking back, it was more than compelling plots and endearing characters. What I found alluring was the magical world Rowling created. A world full of traditions that brought people together into a strong community where you belonged. I recently saw … [Read more...]

Why Voldemort Hates Homeschooling

Why Voldemort Hates Homeschooling

In the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, there’s an interesting moment when educational rights are discussed in the wizarding world. In the final book of the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the three main characters Harry, Ron, and Hermione, are in hiding while the dark wizard Voldemort takes over the magical world. Their friend and former professor, Remus Lupin, visits them to … [Read more...]

Harry Potter, Dumbledore’s Mercy, and the Triumph of the Holy Cross

Harry Potter, Dumbledore's Mercy, and the Upside Down Power of God's Love // Carrots for Michaelmas

It's the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. What does that have to do with Harry Potter? I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m a Harry Potter fangirl. I’m often reflecting on the plot and themes, whether kids should read the series, and how Molly Weasley is fantastic. (SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue if you haven’t completed the series.) One of the most memorable scenes in the series … [Read more...]

Santa, Yoda, and the Persistence of Childhood Magic


(via) Occasionally my beareded husband Daniel drops in with a post. But they don't typically highlight how intensely awesome nerdy he is, so you're in luck with this one! Enjoy. - Haley This isn’t a post about whether you should do Santa or not (disclaimer: we don’t). I want to get that out of the way since this has curiously become a very heated discussion. Instead, I want to critique an … [Read more...]

8 Reasons Molly Weasley Is a Great Literary Mama

Since becoming a mother, I read my favorite children’s books with different eyes. I find myself more interested in Marmee than Jo March and more fascinated by Caroline Ingalls than by Laura. One of my favorite mamas from literature is Molly Weasley. But what exactly makes this stay-at-home mom of seven so admirable? (Note well! Spoilers within!) 1. She opens her heart. Although she loves her … [Read more...]

Why Your Kids Need to Read Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Warning: I’ve tried to be vague and keep spoilers at a minimum, but if you don’t want to know ANYTHING about the plot, be warned that this post contains allusions to themes and plot events. Confession: I have loved the Potter series since I was 12 years old. I grew up with Rowling’s books and they continue to delight me. I cannot wait until my children are old enough to delve into the … [Read more...]

10 Books You Must Read to Your Son

After 10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter, I thought the boys were getting rather left out. Having never been a boy, this list didn't come as naturally. But, being the mother of a boy it seems equally important. Basically, I want my son to be a confident, thoughtful, compassionate, strong-minded, and virtuous man like Mr. Knightley, not a weak, desire-driven, selfish cad like Willoughby. So … [Read more...]