Top 5 Wednesday : Characters You’d Invite to Your NYE Party

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party. This is a super fun topic and one I had quite the bit of trouble narrowing down to five. But all in all I think I really do enjoy the people I’d want to spend New Year’s Eve with me. 

1. Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter
Known for all their mischief and constantly looking for fun, I think this dynamic duo would be a great way to end the year off with a bang.

2. Kenzie from Shatter Me
Oh my goodness, I think Kenzie would be such a snarky and awesome person to ring in the new year with.

3. Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles 
I feel like my whole party is just going to be a bunch of snarky, trouble seeking miscreants but…I kind of don’t care. I love Scarlet and she’s someone I’d love to hang out with if I got the chance.

4. Nina and Jesper from Six of Crows 
Do I even need to explain this? They seem to be the only two characters in that duology who actually wanted to and enjoyed having fun.

5. Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass series
She seems like a bad ass bitch who knows when and how to have a good time.

And that’s all I got for this week! Let me know who you’d like to ring in the new year with and if you think my list is sufficient enough.

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

30065028Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Published November 18th 2016

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

 

 

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Even though I was super excited about the Fantastic Beasts movie, I also was a bit hesitant. It’s not a secret that I loathed The Cursed Child and I had lost a bit of faith in the wizarding world.
However, Fantastic Beasts (both the movie and screenplay) reminded me of why I love J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world so much.

I was very excited to see the wizarding community in America and to see the differences between the two cultures. I loved being able to see the wizarding community in a way that we never got to see in the original 7 books. Harry never really got to experience the wizarding world in the 7 books and neither did the readers. I feel like we really got the chance to see the wizarding world in a new light in Fantastic Beasts.

The characters are so bomb. I loved how driven Tina is and how she didn’t let Newt sidetrack her from what she thought was the right thing to do. I really loved how her and Queenie worked together and had such a great relationship. They’re very different people but they really appreciate each other.
Newt is beyond words. He’s such a wonderful character (total cinnamon roll, y’all). He loves his creatures so much and will do anything for them, which I loved and related to as well.
Don’t even get me started on Credence Barebone. His story was so heart breaking and I’ve never wanted to hug a fictional character so much.

Overall, an absolutely wonderful movie and screenplay. It was everything I hoped for and more and I’m so excited for the next movies. I really hope they print the screenplays for the other movies as well and with matching covers because I would love to have the whole series on my Harry Potter shelf.

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Coffee Book Tag!

Hello everyone! I’m going to be doing the Coffee Book Tag! I’m sitting down this morning and looking for some posts to do (other than my extremely long list of reviews) while drinking my very yummy coffee, so I figured…why not do the Coffee Book Tag that I found all over the place in booktube. I found the original tag here on youtube, and I love all the questions!

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

10964Okay, don’t kill me you diehard Outlander fans, and what not. But, I’ve tried a couple times to get into Outlander and it’s SUPER HARD! But I know there’s SO MANY of you who absolutely adore this series. But don’t you worry, I’m not giving up on you!

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
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I feel like I’m not the only one who re-reads Harry Potter during the cold months of the year. And I’m pretty sure there’s a Harry Potter Read-A-Thon around winter time as well. And honestly, there’s something cozy about reading Harry Potter snuggled up in blankets while it snows outside.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
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The Chronicles of Narnia was a book I picked up for summer reading and it all snowballed from there. I love love LOVE the Narnia series and I actually started re-reading it recently. And I have to say, Narnia is such a magical place, and I absolutely love that this was one of my favorite series as a kid.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
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I mean…COME ON THIS IS SUCH A GREAT BOOK. I literally could not stop reading and it was written so well and in a way where you think you know what’s going on but then everything gets turned on it’s head. I really REALLY great book.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
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The Diabolic is something I’ve been seeing everywhere lately and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.
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I want to give a shout out to Tia Giacalone. She sent us a copy of her book Hey Sunshine when we were still a bit shakey on our feet as a blog. She sent us Hey Sunshine and Taylor and I both loved it! Hey Sunshine has a sequel as well as a third book on the way! Please check out Tia and her books they’re well worth the read!

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
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I was expecting SO MUCH MORE from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I thought pirates and time travel would be so much cooler but…it kind of fell flat for me.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
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Oh my goodness, this series has absolutely everything. All the highs and all the lows. This book has it all! I absolutely love Throne of Glass and it’s a GREAT series. Action, Romance, Wit, Mystery. It’s great.

And there you have it! The Coffee Book Tag!
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Top 5 Wednesday : Favorite Villains

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is Favorite Villains. Although we all hate them, there are a few that are our favorites that we just never forget about.

1. Queen Levana
11235712I think Levana was one of THE WORST and most sadistic villain I’ve ever read about. She’s always been pure evil throughout the whole Cinder series and I don’t think she ever had a redeeming moment within the whole series. She’s….well…she’s a bitch.

2.The Darkling
He’s so swoon worthy though….a bit messed up, but GAH, I swoon whenever he speaks.

3. Maeve
28260587You may be thinking…well she’s not that bad…IF YOU HAVEN’T READ EMPIRE OF STORMS YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW MESSED UP THIS WOMAN IS. Ugh I hate her. She’s THE WORST. I want to say almost a tie with Levana for the most vengeful, sadistic person ever.

4. Dorothy 18053060She’s so awful, just the way she acts like she knows everything and rules over everything an is such a jerk I can’t stand her!

5. He Who Must Not Be Named
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Discussion Sunday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Spoilers)

I’ve been seeing, for the most part, two different opinions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I thought it would be really cool to have a discussion between people who represent each half of the fandom. The half that loved it and the half that disliked it and compare each side of things.

This isn’t meant to start fights or make anyone feel bad or like their opinion is less valid. This is just for fun. Anyone who starts fights in the comments or gets too aggressive will be blocked.

There will be spoilers in this post! So if you haven’t read The Cursed Child, continue at your own risk!

Meet the readers!

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Jordan                             Nanna

taylor     logan

Taylor                                   Logan

Let’s begin!

Did you feel like there was any out of characters actions from the characters?

Logan: “I felt that the responses from some of the characters in certain scenarios were a bit different from how they would have handled them 22 years ago. But then I have to remind myself that these are 36, 37 year olds who have children of their own. They’ve grown and changed and handled a lot since then. They’re not the same characters they were in the 7th book – you have to expect some change.”

Jordan: “I absolutely felt that a lot of our well-known and loved characters were completely unlike how they had been presented in the Harry Potter books themselves. Take Ron, for example. When he was a teen, he was brave, smart, and witty; in The Cursed Child, though, he was constantly stuttering and seemed to be constantly nervous and inarticulate most of the time. I thought that even Harry himself was misrepresented: the Harry Potter I know would never have told his son that he sometimes didn’t want him as a son, and he never would have been as harsh as he often seemed to be in The Cursed Child.”

Nanna: “I think the biggest one was Harry. He had me shaking my head. I didn’t think he’d be the same teenage Harry we grew up with though because adulthood changes us. Some scenes really upset me though. Also, Hermione! Really, girl? A bookcase? A bookcase! Not her brightest moments. You know who still kicked ass? Ginny freaking Weasley. Oh, my god. My love for her is so strong. ”

Taylor: “Yes! For sure! I didn’t expect them to be exactly the same but holy crap. Harry was the worst one. Nothing about him seemed even remotely similar to the Harry Potter I know. Things he said, thing he did, were so unlike him and it made me want to cry.”

How did you feel about Voldemort having a child? Did it seem plausible? Did Bellatrix being the mother seem plausible?

Logan: “Voldemort having a child was weird. Like, really weird. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I figured The Cursed Child was Albus and him having to live in Harry’s shadow was his curse, but then like….I don’t know. It doesn’t fit in with the old timeline AT ALL. Unless Bellatrix got pregnant and then they time turnered forward 9 months and had the baby in like, a day. The only plausible thing is that they time turnered even FURTHER back to before the wizarding war….maybe even when Bella was in Azkaban? And she was pregnant there. But they never go into that so I’m just…yea no, it’s weird.”

Jordan: “I could see him having a child, but definitely not within the circumstances the play described. If Voldemort had a child, he would have raised her, ensured that she was like him and didn’t end up in a situation where she could turn against him. Instead, Delphi somehow inexplicably idolized her father without ever having met him? I don’t remember getting any information about Delphi’s childhood, so I was left slightly confused in that aspect. As for the likelihood of Bellatrix being the mother, I don’t think this would have been plausible if Voldemort were to “realistically” have a child in the Harry Potter series. I just think that he wouldn’t have chosen someone so close to him; he wouldn’t gain really anything by the match, and it could affect the relationship between him and Bellatrix in a negative way. ”

Nanna: “Oh, my god. Yes! When I read this part, I yelled “I knew it!” Bellatrix was always crazy in love with old Voldie. She was so devoted to him from the very beginning that it didn’t surprise me. Still, the entire idea of Voldemort and Bellatrix having sex had me laughing so hard and cringing. I can’t picture it nor do I want to. I would have rather had Delphi be a devoted follower too instead of the child of Voldemort.”

Taylor: “I think that’s what I hated most about this book. First off, it just didn’t make sense. Why would Voldemort want someone who could rival him? Who could potentially be better than him? Voldemort was always about power and himself and him having a child made no sense. Plus, the timing of Bellatrix being pregnant and having a baby made even less sense. The whole thing made not even a drop of sense. I feel like that aspect of the plot was only included for shock value.

Also, it was just weird. It made me feel so uncomfortable. Sometimes I’ll randomly think about it and it makes me wish I never read this book. It was just so freaking weird.”

What about the overall plot? Did it ever seem outlandish or unlike something Jo would think of?

Logan: “I liked the overall plot. I thought it was fun, and really different from the other books – which honestly, it’s not apart of the first 7 novels so it wouldn’t make sense to fit the flow of those. I also think this sort of plot is fantastic in the sense that in answers a lot of What If questions that the readers might have. If this character hadn’t died, or this hadn’t happened…I don’t know, it was a cool concept and I feel like it would be awesome to see portrayed on stage. It IS really weird with all that trolley witch nonsense and some other scenes. Those I didn’t think fit. But I overall enjoyed it and think Jo absolutely contributed to it.”

Jordan:  “I definitely think that the plot was unlike what we’re used to from JK Rowling. In the first 7 books, the conflict was real and stressful; I felt engaged and was turning the page because I just couldn’t wait to find out what happened. In this play, however, I felt the barriers the characters faced were exaggerated in terms of urgency/importance and were there solely for shock value; I was turning the page simply because I wanted to finish, not because I really cared about the turnout. Not only did I find the main conflict to be exaggerated, however, but I also just found them to be generally odd and somewhat nonsensical. Here’s how I viewed it: after eavesdropping a conversation his dad had with an old man Albus had never met and after having a fight with his dad, Albus suddenly decides it’s his responsibility to steal a dangerous artifact from the Ministry of Magic to go back in time and save someone he knows nothing about… and then basically everything goes south from there. It wasn’t necessarily that all the plot points themselves were outlandish, it was that the base of the conflict just made no sense in my opinion. ”

Nanna: “I didn’t think of it as outlandish. It was crazily fast paced. It took me a while to get that we were going to be on a long, and yet short, journey with Albus. The time jumping was hard to keep up with. But I chalked it up to the story being told in script-form. It needed to be fast paced, it couldn’t have filler moments. I also understood that it wasn’t just Jo writing it so I wasn’t expecting a Harry Potter book.

One of the major things that did shock me about the plot was Ron and Hermione constantly being in love. After Jo questioned their relationship, I feared that she would maybe make an alternative world where Harry and Hermione did end up together but she didn’t. She cemented Ron and Hermione’s love more than ever. It was beautiful.”

Taylor: “I didn’t like the plot at all. It was so rushed (which I think is because it’s a play and not a real book) and confusing. It didn’t seem like something Jo would think of and overall felt like someone wrote a fan-fic while they were drunk. I found it hard to follow and insane. So many things didn’t make sense to me and it didn’t feel authentic.”

Harry was a horrible father in The Cursed Child. How did you feel about this? Did you believe the explanation that it was because he didn’t have a father figure to learn from?

Logan: “I don’t think Harry was a horrible father. I think that he didn’t know how to relate to Albus because they were so alike. Growing up, I was so much like my mother, she said some horrible things and I said horrible things and we fought endlessly, but now I just realize it’s because we were too similar. I don’t think Harry intends to be the way he is with Albus – I think Albus fights back because he’s 14, 15 years old and that’s what most 14 – 15 year olds do. They push their parents buttons and being the middle child really irked him and he knew how to piss off Harry. I don’t think Harry could ever be a horrible father, I just don’t believe he knew how to connect with Albus. What also bothers me is that I’ve heard people accusing Hermione of being a neglectful mother and that’s why Rose is so nasty to Albus. Within a few seconds of Albus wanting to be friends (not even, just wanting to sit) with Scorpius, Rose is storming away and not speaking with him. I’ve heard a lot of people saying that Hermione is a terrible mother and that her daughter shouldn’t have traits like that, but Ron is her father. Ron is one of the most loyal characters, and Hermione is so insightful, I find it harder to believe that Rose is written correctly. She has so much good in her from both her parents, it hurt to read about her character.”

Jordan: “I just found his actions and character to be completely unrealistic based on his personality from the original series, and I absolutely do not think his being a terrible father had anything to do with the fact that he didn’t have a father figure himself. I would have expected that because of how the Dursleys treated him despite the fact that he was supposed to be their “second son”, he would be encouraged to be the best father he could be; I thought he would ensure that all of his children were treated with the utmost respect and care. Instead, I was left utterly confused at Harry’s awful treatment of Albus. ”

Nanna: “This is such a hard question. I don’t think he was necessarily a bad father. He definitely could have not said some things and reacted differently, but I understood him. There are times when we say things we don’t mean, especially in arguments. In that scene with Albus & what Harry tells him, I was more saddened that shocked or upset. I knew he didn’t meant it. It was a horrible thing to say but, in the heat of the moment, many people say things to hurt people. I was more upset over the way he talked to McGonagall than over what he said to Albus. For the whole “didn’t have a father figure to learn from” part, that was complete rubbish. He had two other kids who turned out just fine!”

Taylor: “The things Harry said to Albus were unforgivable. “Sometimes I wish you weren’t my son.” Who says that?! I don’t care what Albus said to Harry or how heated things got, no parent should ever say that to their child. The Harry Potter I know would never say that.”

How do you feel about this book being marketed as an 8th book, a continuation of the original 7?

Logan: I don’t like it. It’s not an 8th book – it’s entirely separate. This isn’t even a book, it’s a play. And as a play, I love it. I love the universe, I love that we get to look at the lives of some of our favorite characters again, and I’m thrilled it exists. But it is NOT an 8th book.

Jordan: “I don’t think it’s fair to call this the 8th book of the series when everything about it is different. If the characters, plot, format, and writing style are all separate from these same aspects in the first 7 books, how could it possibly be referred to as a continuation?”

Nanna: “It being marketed at the 8th book was definitely a no-no. I really don’t think it was a continuation. It’s definitely more of a spin-off than a continuation. I think that “continuation” gives the presumption that the main characters are going to be the same ones as the the first books in the series. I didn’t think of Harry as the main character (he was more of a secondary character); Albus was the main character in my opinion. Instead of having the golden trip, we have the duo: Albus and Scorpius.”

Taylor: “I think that was a big part in the down fall of this book for me. I was expecting something very different from this book because it was marketed as an 8th book. I think that that’s what it was, a marketing scheme. They probably didn’t mean it in a bad way but I do feel tricked into thinking the book was something it wasn’t.”

Do you feel like this book is canon?

Logan: I’d like to think parts of it are. And with it having Jo’s name on the cover, it’s hard to believe it isn’t. I really do believe Scorpius is a sweetheart and Draco changed for the better, having broken out of his father’s shadow. I like to think that Hermione really became everything she was destined to be, and Ron supported her. (Side note, I also loved that even though Jo has said in past interviews that she doesn’t think she’d have put Ron and Hermione together again, she had them have a pull toward each other in every single timeline. Even when they didn’t end up together, there was always something.) I like to think that all these things are real, and that their futures were bright. Do I find it hard to believe that Voldemort had a child, and that the Trolley Witch is crazy? Yes. But I feel like if we had more information on both those topics, it would be easier to jump ship.

Jordan: “Absolutely not. Nothing about this book (other than the names of the characters) reminded me of JK Rowling’s work. To me, this play felt like a work of fanfiction (and not a good one, at that): the plot points that were supposed to be “exciting” just seemed to fall flat, contrary to the heart-racing action Rowling usually writes; the characters in this play didn’t feel realistic, whereas in the first 7 books I felt like I could literally call them if I wanted to; and where the dialogue in the original Harry Potter novels felt natural and real, the conversations in The Cursed Child felt completely forced. I really am hoping JK Rowling didn’t contribute much, because it would only add to the disappointment if she was the main author and creator of this plot. ”

Nanna: “Sort of. I think the world is a little lost. We don’t get much details and I miss being immersed in the story. As I was reading it, I pictured scenes but I wasn’t in the world. Maybe I’m being weird but that’s the best way I can think to explain it.Would I like to see more? Yes. I would like to see more details. I want the entire story but with Scorpius as the main character! He’s my absolute favorite now. I can picture already how beautiful heart-wrenching his story can be.”

Taylor: “J.K Rowling could knock on my front door and tell me this book is canon and I still won’t accept it. This book felt like fan-fic and that’s all it ever be to me.”

Did The Cursed Child book satisfy you as a continuation?

Logan: I was absolutely happy with The Cursed Child and its content. I’m glad it was written and I really really enjoyed it. I’m actually surprised to hear how much negativity there is surrounding it, but it’s so interesting to hear all the varying opinions about such a popular series.

Jordan: “No, definitely not. There really just wasn’t much at all I liked about it: I did like Scorpius, but other than that? I was disappointed by pretty much everything else. I almost wish I hadn’t read it, because then the beautiful almost perfect image of Harry Potter I used to have would have been preserved, and I never would have had to feel the disappointment I’m currently facing after finishing The Cursed Child. “

Nanna: “Not a continuation, no. A “glimpse at the life” is more like it! Don’t think of it as a continuation. If I think of it as a short story, yes. It makes more sense as a short story but I’d rather read a continuation about the golden trio.”

Taylor: “Uh, no. Not even a little bit. This book was marketed as a continuation and that feels like a lie to me. If this was marketed as a play based on the characters by Jo, I probably wouldn’t have hated it as much. Every time I think about this book, I’m filled with regret and disappointment.”

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Thank you so much to Logan, Jordan, and Nanna for this amazing discussion! I really loved everyone’s answers and thoughts!

If anyone wants to answer any of the questions in the comments, please do! We’d love to hear your thoughts!

And be sure to follow Logan, Jordan, and Nanna on all of their social media, which will be linked down below.

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(Spoiler free) Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

29056083.jpgHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and  Jack Thorne

Published July 31st 2016

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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Never in my life would I have thought that I would rate this book anything less than 5 stars. I never thought that I wouldn’t love it and I planned on spending a month rereading it over and over. It never crossed my mind that this book would less than perfect. However, I’m torn between giving this book 2 or 3 stars.

I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. I can’t even explain how much I love the books and movies and how much they mean to me. So it physically pains me that I didn’t like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It started off amazing. I loved every single word and I even shed a few tears. However, as it went on and the plot started to develop, I started to dislike it. By the end of the book, I wished I hadn’t even read it. I didn’t mind that it was in script format. I’ve seen a few people saying that the format bothered them but I really didn’t mind at all. The plot, however, was like reading something from a group of drunk people that decided to co-write the most insane HP fanfic the world has ever seen. None of it seemed canon at all. Everything was so crazy and bizarre and so implausible.
And the characters! This book took my favorite characters and turned them into people that I couldn’t even recognize. The only one that stayed true was Ron (and he was the best part of this entire mess of a play/book). Yes, I know that this takes place 19 years after Deathly Hallows and it’s to be expected that the characters would change in 19 years. But this was more than character development. They took away most of the best qualities from the characters and turned them into unlikable strangers.

Overall, I’m heartbroken after reading this book. I was so excited about it and it was, to be completely honest, trash. I almost wish that I never read it. I cannot and will not accept any of this as canon. I don’t know how much input J.K had in this but I pray that she didn’t think up any of this insanity.

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Review: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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Published : August 25, 2015

We now present the seventh and final installment in the epic tale of Harry Potter.


 

The final battle. Where it opens at the close.

I’ve been involved with Harry since elementary school. I’m now 24 years old. And this re-read has been a very emotional re-read for me. I could write about it for days. And I think I’ve been pushing writing about this just because…I hate getting to the end again.

This book goes back to all the staples of the Wizarding World and the Potter world as a whole. And so much is revealed in this book as well. Yet this whole book is just so…filled with sorrow.
And the character development is still astounding. Neville still growing in courage, Hermione still learning, Ron being courageous and witty, Snape becoming more and more vulnerable and letting go of the past and pain and love he held on to with Lilly.

There’s so many things that you love about The Deathly Hallows. Like learning about Albus through Aberforth. And how Aberforth just opens up and you don’t really expect that. But the best thing about this book is how everything is just brought together. All seven years, and how things like quidditch (the snitch), the house items, like, everything EVERTHING comes back to Hogwarts. Hogwarts and the learning, relationships, courage, braveness, adventure, loss, troubles, and growth.

This book was probably one of the best send-offs of a series. Especially with the epilogue where you see Harry, Ron, and Hermione, still together as a trio, and kind of how you’d expect them to be as parents. (also I totally ship Teddy and Victorie). It’s just sad to see your second home, your second family, and your second “life” just go away, and have nothing further to give you.

I think the best part of it all is that when you see that the series is said and done. It doesn’t mean that your adventure and road to courage, bravery, knowledge and loyalty is. Maybe that was the whole purpose of it all. It was to make us Potter fans courageous, cunning, brave, knowledgable, witty, loyal, trustworthy. We’re well versed in all houses, so why not be one big house, on a big adventure?

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Review : Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

17347380Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling 
Published : August 27th 2013 by Scholastic (first published 2005)

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
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As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.


 

So, I’ve been reading through the series and I have to say, The Half-Blood Prince was just as good as I remember it being. Wait, I lied. This is even better than I thought it being. The Half-Blood prince is that present you find after opening all your Christmas presents like a day after everything. It’s the 5 dollar bill you found in your pocket of those jeans you haven’t worn in 4 months. The Half-Blood Prince is probably my ultimate favorite book in the series.

I think this is the book where everything just becomes real for Harry and not only for him but for us as readers. I think this really took a turn to where Harry actually becomes…human I guess. He deals with emotions, he’s not longer angsty, he realizes the repercussions of everything, and he’s becoming a man and still learning. And not only Harry though, J.K. Rowling gives a sense of human nature to all of her characters. Especially going so deep into the backstory of Voldemort and even further into the Gaunts. And she didn’t stop there, no, she took Malfoy. Sniveling little annoying, heaping mound of jerk Malfoy and made him into a vulnerable little being, someone with their back against the wall, a scared, very scared boy.

This book was just a Rowling masterpiece. I’m so happy to see her writing blossom through these books just like all of her characters, her little babies. I just can’t reiterate how amazing this book is. It just brings everything together for the last installment. Rowling really thought things through when writing this and it shows. It shows how much she cares for all of her characters, how much it means to her to let us know that they’re all just…people, they’re people with feelings and emotions and who just so happen to live and go to this amazing place we can only wish was real.

I also cannot believe that it took me so long to reread this. I feel like the Half-Blood Prince truly makes you feel like you’re on an adventure with the golden trio, always moving forward to beat Lord Voldemort.

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Review: Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix

24120668Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.

So upon re reading this whole series, I realized I don’t like Order of the Phoenix as much as I thought I did. And I like The Goblet of Fire more than Order of The Phoenix. Which is a new development. I loved this book, but I ABSOLUTELY HATE UMBRIDGE. And she just overtakes the book for so long that it always makes me want to tear out every page that has a mention of her name (but I’d never do that of course). But I think that J.K. Rowling did an amazing job with this fifth book.

I love all the backstory, like Sirius’ family, and you also see a TON of stuff that isn’t in the movies *ahem* St. Mungo’s! I loved getting to see what happened to Lockhart and finally getting to see Neville’s parents again (from the last time I’ve read the series). It really hit me seeing Alice trying to interact with Neville and basically interacting with him like he was still a child giving him candy.

And the fact that everyone who was kind of in the back of everything just turned into bad asses is AMAZING. I love that Neville goes complete bad ass and so does Ginny (congrats on seeker Ginny!) I really love that everyone is just turning into their own person and just want to help.

ALSO, Love love LOVED seeing so many magical creatures! The Nargals and the Centaurs gah they were so amazing.  And that last scene with the death eaters and how Neville completely kicks so much ass. And how he could’ve potentially been the “chosen one” gah. He’s such a great character. I also liked everything about occlumency, and how you see into who Harry’s parents were and what it was like being Snape back in the day (poor thing!) I honestly felt like I was reading this book for the first time.

I loved every moment of it though.

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