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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(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

17347379Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 
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.
And yet…

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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