Golden Snitch: The Quidditch Board Game – Review for Families


From the Back of the Box:

Will you be the first to catch the Golden Snitch? It’s Gryffindor vs. Slytherin in this fast-paced wizarding game of Quidditch. Outmaneuver the opposing team with authentic Quidditch tactics. Use the spells and potions to confound and outwit your opponent. Each high-flying game is a battle of strategy and magic!

  • Ages: 7+
    (The complicated nature of the game may make it difficult for kid from backgrounds ages 7-9)
  • Players: 2
  • Approx. Game Time: 60+ minutes

Our family purchased Golden Snitch: The Quidditch Game while visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. As you can see from our review video, the game has several pieces and the basis of the game is similar to chess with other rules thrown in to make the game even more interesting.

The few times our family has played the game thus far, the game cards and other aspects of the game appear to make the event as such that you never are quite sure who is going to win the game.

This game will help your child work on their strategy skills. We will note that while the game box states that children ages 7+ will enjoy the game – children from traumatic backgrounds (such as foster or adoptive kids) may have a difficult time successfully playing this game until about age 10+ due to the complicated of the game play.

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Book Fair & MuggleCon Event – Barnes & Noble Event


You’re Invited to MuggleCon at Barnes & Noble, Knoxville

Not in Knoxville?! You can still help foster families. See voucher below for details.

Purpose of MuggleCon Event:

  1. Celebrate the release of the NEW Harry Potter Illustrated Edition book
  2. Help foster families by raising funds for local charity, Transfiguring Adoption

In-store Knoxville Activities and Fun:

During this three day celebration people from ages 5 to 99 will enjoy various activities to celebrate the release of the first illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. For a detailed listing of activities please call Barnes and Noble, Knoxville. A sample of events you will enjoy:

  • October 28, Saturday:
    • 10:00 am – Tea Leaf Reading Session
      Join us for a fun, pretend experience suitable for children and adults.
    • 11:00 am – Hogwarts House Trivia Contest
      Participants will play against other Hogwarts houses to see who can win the Quiz Master Cup. Children and adults are welcomed to place this fun game of wits and strategy as teams win and use spells against other teams.
    • 12:00 – 3:00 pm – Quidditch Demonstrations
      Nox Quidditch (Knoxville’s Community Team) will be on hand in the parking lot to give demonstrations and hands-on fun about he game of muggle quidditch. The team loves answering questions.
    • 1:00 pm – Wizards Chess
      Audience volunteers will be used as real life chess pieces as two of our champion chess players go head to head in the chess game of the century.
    • 2:00 pm – Kids’ Costume Contest
    • 7:00 pm – Yule Ball
    • Crafts, small activities, and a community puzzle table will be available to do on your own throughout the day.

BnN-Oct-voucher-2017Anyone, ANYWHERE Can Help Children like Harry Potter:

Harry Potter himself was an orphan and there are many children in United States that find themselves separated from their birth parents for a plethora of reasons. Unfortunately many foster parents would say that they are not equipped to handle trauma caused issues such as sexual abuse behaviors, malnutrition behaviors, PTSD, and so on. Transfiguring Adoption provides foster & adoptive parents tools and resources that allow them to better hand past trauma and nurture children.
(Click Here for More Details.)

Everyone, EVERYWHERE can join Barnes & Noble Knoxville as they help support foster families. During October 28, 2017 a percentage of every purchase you make ONLINE or In Store goes funding resources for caregivers such as online learning panels, media discussion guides, foster family kits, and MUCH MORE.

Here’s How to Help:

  • Print off the Bookfair voucher
    [Click Here for Voucher]
  • Present the voucher to a B&N staff member before making a purchase in-store or from the cafe.
  • Online purchases: Visit to do your shopping. On the payment page make sure to choose the box, “Check if this is a bookfair order.” You will then be asked to type in the ID code on the voucher.
  • Tell your friends to print the voucher and support the cause.

Event Details:

October 28, 2017
8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 670-0773


3 Thoughts About Running Away – Chapter 11 – Kids’ Discussion


“He [Harry Potter] could run, and no one would ever know he had been there. But he couldn’t just leave them lying here… He had to get help… Would anyone believe he hadn’t had anything to do with this?”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

In this chapter of The Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter finds himself in a bad situation. It’s not something that he caused. However, if he’s caught in the situation, he knows he will be in serious trouble. The issue is overwhelming and scary with a choice. Does he run away or confront the problem?

Have you ever been in so much trouble you don’t know what to do? Has something ever happened to you that wasn’t your fault and it made you feel not just scared but overwhelmed?

My daughter came to me one day. She had been having a rough day. The kind of day where you don’t feel like you can do anything right. My dear daughter had managed to be caught up in some big events that upset some friends close to our family and the rest of the day was normal small things like fighting with her brothers. Unfortunately, her mom and I were quite busy with work that day and were getting frustrated by having to stop our work to break up arguments.

My daughter entered my office crying heavily and declared, “You have to stop me! I want to runaway so I don’t hurt anyone!”


Why Would Anyone Run Away from a Loving Home?

  1. Feeling Unwanted
    People, adults and kids, don’t want to be in a place where they think others don’t like them or want them.
  2. Problems Too Big
    If it doesn’t seem like their is a way to make a problem better, you just want to get away from it.
  3. Stop the Hurting
    When someone feels that they’re on their own with problems, they just want to get away from hurting feelings.

I stopped typing at my computer and told my daughter, “I would be awfully sad if you ran away. We love you. What do you need right now?”

“I need to feel loved and know that I’m safe.”

“I don’t think running away is going to help you feel safe.”

“I won’t hurt anyone that I love anymore though. I’ll be away from everyone.”

“No one is designed to be alone…”

Through further conversation we discovered that running away wasn’t going to solve any of the issues that she was worried about that day. I assured her that her family was proud of her. I also assured her that mom and dad were working out the relationship aspect of the problem. We hugged.

What’s Different…

  • She FELT wanted and loved
  • She FELT like other people were with her
  • She FELT like the issue could be handled
  • We DID NOT solve the problem right then


What Should I Do When I Want to Run Away?

  1. Know You’re Normal
    Everyone feels like running away at some point because everyone has been in a situation where the problem seems overwhelming.
  2. What Do You Need?
    When people, kids and adults, feel overwhelmed by a problem, it triggers feelings. What do you need to handle these feelings? Do you need a hug? Do you need someone to tell you that you’re beautiful or smart? Do you need someone to say that you’re important? Do you just need someone to listen to you talk? Do you need to hear some advice?
  3. Involve Safe People
    Safe and loving people want to hear what you need. They want you to feel safe and loved. They want to see you get past your problem. Safe people want to help you.


It’s Your Turn – What Would You Do?:

Sara is in foster care and just moved in with Mr. and Mrs. Johnson this week. This is her fourth foster home. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson seem like really nice people and they are glad to have Sara living with them in their home. Like with any home the Johnsons have some different rules than she is used to and things are rough with visits to her birth mom.

This morning Sara woke up late and is hurrying to get ready for school. She quickly pours cereal and milk into a bowl. Mrs. Johnson walks into the kitchen and scolds Sara for using her special dairy free milk. Sara apologizes and runs upstairs to get dressed. Mr. Johnson quickly tells Sara that there is No Running in their house. Sara apologizes. As she quickly walks to the front door to get the school bus. Mrs. Johnson comes to give her a hug. Mrs. Johnson notices that Sara didn’t brush her teeth and scolds Sara again.

The rest of the day isn’t much better. Sara failed a quiz in history and got into a fight when another girl called her stupid. The worst part of the day was that a woman from the school office delivered Sara a note during her final class that told Sara that her birth mother had canceled their visit for this afternoon so Sara should ride the bus back to the Johnson’s home.

You have quickly become friends with Sara during her short time at your school. She passes you a note in class saying, “Remember everything I told you about my day? Now my mom doesn’t even want to see me. This will be the last time you see me. After school, I’m running away.”

  • Why does Sara want to run away from the Johnsons?
  • What do you think Sara needs?
  • What can you say to Sara?
  • Who are safe adults Sara should talk to?


Kids’ Discussions:

Ch. 01 | Ch. 02 | Ch. 03 | Ch. 04 | Ch. 05 | Ch. 06 | Ch. 07 | Ch. 08 | Ch. 09 | Ch. 10 | Ch. 11 | Ch. 12

Parent Discussions: 

Ch. 01 | Ch. 02 | Ch. 03 | Ch. 04