SLYTHERIN PRIDE DAY

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Green font today for this post, mostly because today as you can see from the banner above is SLYTHERIN PRIDE DAY! Ah, Slytherin… Say what you will about this house, my house, but many would argue that this house is merely misunderstood. Of course we’re remembered as the house which the Dark Lord himself came from but throughout the Harry Potter series what most people – characters in the fictional world and individuals in reality – don’t seem to realize is that a fair few characters who were either unpleasant, bad or evil, happened to originate from the other houses as well. That being said, I know fine well that whilst the Sorting Hat sorts individuals into their houses based upon the person they are, that doesn’t mean that they are incapable of showing the traits associated with the other houses of Hogwarts. I myself, had I not been sorted into Slytherin, am sure that I would be in Ravenclaw given my thirst for knowledge and obsession with learning, reading and the likes.

Side thought: I would never survive as a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Given that the students of that house are only permitted entry to their Common Room should they correctly answer a riddle – something which I’m terrible at – I would forever be waiting for someone to do it for me.

That being said, I’m not talking about Ravenclaw today so enough of that, no need to get sidetracked… Today, I’m talking about Slytherin. Going back to what I was saying previously, Slytherin is ultimately a misunderstood house. Just read the Harry Potter novels or watch the movies and you’ll see that not all Slytherins are bad. Why, Merlin himself was a Slytherin! However, Merlin was not one of the founders of Hogwarts and thus our story for today doesn’t begin with him.

Our story begins with Salazar Slytherin…

The Life of Salazar Slytherin – By Harry Potter Folklore

(The video (above) was uploaded to Youtube by Harry Potter Folklore who kindly granted permission for his video to be an addition to this blog post. If you’re reading this, thanks again for allowing me to feature it in todays post!)

Now I’m not going to give a history lesson because if you’re a fan of Harry Potter and are in the Slytherin House (or have done research of the house) then you know all about it. Besides… It’s Slytherin secrets, other houses keep your noses out

The point I’m hoping to make in this post is that should you be sorted into Slytherin or have been but are not comfortable with the sorting, just remember not all of us are Death Eaters. Am I one? Well, that’s for me to know and you to… No, really, we’re not all bad and if you’re in Slytherin then you can be sure that the rest of us will always have your back! Maybe you’re not in Slytherin, maybe you’re in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw… Well let this also be a message to you and if any of you, from any house, find yourself falling for a Slytherin or already in a relationship with one, don’t feel like you have to be wary or end it, in fact… Look at what’s on Pottermore.com – Why you SHOULD fall in love with a Slytherin. The link below will direct you to the page. 

Why You Should Fall In Love With A Slytherin

I know, I know, there are still a few of you out there adamant that Slytherins are evil and shouldn’t be trusted but as I said before, not all of us are and not all Slytherins within the Harry Potter series whom originated from the Slytherin house were ultimately evil: Professor Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Horace Slughorn, Regulus Black,  Scorpius Malfoy, etc. Also let’s not forget… Cue the comparison! 

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(The image at the top of this comparison collage was taken from my copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Slytherin Edition). The image at the bottom was taken from my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Screenplay)

This being said, even within the series there is proof that Slytherins are not all bad and their cunning can be used for good as well as a means to achieve their own ends. The following image is an extract from the Harry Potter and Philosophers Stone book (Slytherin Edition) but does include an excerpt from the seventh book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 

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So, there’s your proof, not all Slytherins are bad, not all of us are cruel and not all of us would save our own skin and leave others to face an unshared fate. I could go on but the proof is all around us, for you Muggles who know nothing of the Wizarding World, there’s source material in the books, online and even the movies. 

To those who come from the houses of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, please try not to sterotype us. To those of you from Slytherin… 

Happy Slytherin Pride Day!

(The following video was uploaded to YouTube by misspatricia who granted me permission to include the link in todays blog post. Misspatricia, should you be reading this, I thank you again for granting permission!)

SLYTHERIN PRIDE

 

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The Power of Words

The Power of Words

“There exists, for everyone, a sentence – a series of words – that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of words, that could heal you. If you’re lucky you will get the second, but you can be certain of getting the first.”
Philip K. Dick, VALIS.

Here is a quote which I know many need to read, if only just to educate them on the power which their words have upon others. Now, before you decide to stop reading, this isn’t going to be one of those depressing sort of posts or the type of posts that consists of an endless rant. Instead, I am merely sitting in my room in the early hours of the morning and musing over the power which words have over us all… I suppose this is something which is often overlooked by us all – yes, myself included – whether it be ignorantly overlooking how our words may affect people we know, or even people we don’t in cases of which words are send back and forth only appearing on a screen, or whether it be the words which we read in books… Words are a powerful tool which, as the quote about so cleverly states, can destroy and heal.

In quoting from one of the wisest characters whom I know…

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And so, let this post serve as a reminder to you and to me that words should be chosen with care no matter who we are speaking to or of. Words hold a power over us all and have the abilities to control us whether by making us think or act differently according to what it is we hear or read.

Let this magic be used for good.

Today’s challenge: Compliment at least three people, whether it’s someone you know or even someone you don’t know. Say you’re grateful for having that person in your life or compliment how well they dress… Any kind of compliment could make someone’s day all the more brighter.

 

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10 Bookish Related Facts About Me

  1. I don’t prefer movies to books but being able to see the worlds and characters which I love being brought to life no matter how terrible the movie adaptation is is my guilty pleasure.
  2. I have slowly begun to accept the existence of Kindle’s and understand how they are useful and do have advantages. HOWEVER, I will NEVER stop preferring books to an electronic device!
  3. I have an extremely bad and irritable habit of not finishing TV Shows… It’s not that I don’t want to finish them, just that I begin them and then start another and another and another until there’s so many I don’t know what which one to continue watching first.
  4. I used to want to be a writer and write books for children. Well, I say books, they were mostly short stories. One was a series of adventures following the unfortunately unlucky Dr. Rat and his fat white Cat… The other was a story I wrote in Primary Seven whilst on a school trip to Kilbowie Outdoor Centre (in Scotland where I live) in which killer sheep began to pick off unwary travelers. That story was then read out by me to my class afterwards. People seemed to like it, surprisingly, although I don’t think they knew some of them were the victims.
  5. I’m quite an obsessive person and often get too deeply involved in fandoms of things which I particularly enjoy, so much so that I may as well just exist within that fantastical world of which the fandom is focused on.
  6. In addition to being obsessive over things which I enjoy I also tend to go through ‘phases’ which shift extremely quickly. For example, within the space of an hour I could be researching everything to do with Bucky Barnes from the Marvel Universe and then suddenly be questioning why we never got to see Teddy in the end scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and if he is okay and happy and… Oh God, my heart!
  7. I actually am not a great fan of romance novels. Whilst I like the odd romance story or a book or movie which features a romance within in it (because let’s face it, most do) I don’t particularly like those which are strictly romantic and by that I mean your typical boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily every after fairy tale type romance. It’s just too cliche in my opinion.
  8. I don’t own as many books as I would like. This really irritates me, especially because the book-tubers whom I watch on YouTube mostly come from America where the houses are much bigger than those in Britain or simply have bigger rooms and thus more space. I am very limited in the space which I am able to keep books and therefore can’t buy as many as I want to without having to sacrifice others to make room for the newbies.
  9. If I could have any job in the world, apart from my desire to enter the field of journalism, I would love to own my own bookstore. My ideal design for it would be based off the old fashioned bookstores that you often see now only in movies or read about in books. That little bookstore on the corner with its walls practically made of bookshelves and piled with books all the way to the ceiling… That would have been my dream job but sadly now-a-days, shops like that are not in fashion.
  10. I find it difficult to read in silence… This is a massive problem which I face and have done all throughout my life. Whether it be having to read aloud or having to audibly and visually react to what I am reading I am literally unable to sit down in a chair and read a book in absolute silence. Now it’s a bit obvious why, as much as I love them, I’m rarely seen in a library huh?

 

Well, that’s it for this post. You now know 10 Bookish facts about moi! Why don’t you share some of your habits and such concerning books and reading. Do you have anything you like or dislike about books? Are you a books/movies or both kind of person? Feel free to comment below!

 

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Trailer [CLICK HERE]

Directed, again, by Chris Columbus comes the second movie adaptation to the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Released in 2002, this adventure fantasy movie has a run time of 2 hours 41 minutes and a PG rating due to the rare but mild bad language used within the movie, some mild violence and the horror aspects of the movie such as the enlarged spiders and snakes which younger viewers may find frightening. In this movie, the second in a series of seven, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint return to their pivotal roles of the Golden Trio: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. When Harry ignores the warnings telling him not to return to Hogwarts he arrives to begin his second year only to find himself facing a new threat as a series of attacks occur within the school. With the threat of closure looming over Hogwarts Harry and his friends must find out who the mysterious Heir of Slytherin is and how to stop the attacks before it’s too late…

Warning: Potential spoilers ahead… 

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Book Review: The Werewolf

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The Werewolf by Colin Dunne is a 126 paged tale which was published in 1999. This horror fiction novel follows the character of 12 year-old Lyddie who, along with her dog Maxxie, lives with her Auntie Pauline in a small town in Newcastle. Following an attack on her dog, Lyddie and her friends Stipo and Stodge encounter the mysterious Count Lupus whom Stipo recognizes as the “Emperor” of Werewolves. Knowing that their knowledge of his true self is the only motivation he needs for wanting to be rid of them, the trio embark on a journey to destroy him first facing death and worse to protect each other and the town from the Werewolf…

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Suggestion Saturday!

So this is a relatively new thing I am starting, or at least I am going to try it out and see how it goes…

Every Saturday, a post like this shall appear and give you the opportunity to comment and suggest any books you wish me to read/review or TV shows and movies you wish me to watch/review. In addition to that, you can also put forward a topic and I will post a reply to it featuring my opinion on said topic – the choice is up to you.

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So if you have any suggestions or recommendations then feel free to comment below or do so via email (the email address to contact can be found at the side and/or bottom of the blog).

Many thanks and hoping each of you are well!

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Published in 1998, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling is the second book of the Harry Potter series. This 251 paged fantasy fiction novel shows Harry Potter continuing his adventures at Hogwarts after he returns for his second year at the Wizarding School. However, after returning despite the warnings from a peculiar new friend, Harry is faced with a new set of challenges as an old evil returns and Hogwarts is forced to repeat the past.

Warning: Potential spoilers ahead… 

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Book Review: Carry On

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If you’re a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s books, particularly her novel entitled Fangirl, then you’ll love Carry On. Published in the UK in 2015, this 517 paged tale is a take on the fictional characters within Cath’s world featured in Fangirl. However, that being said, readers are perfectly able to read this book on its own as the YA fantasy fiction novel is, in its own right, its own story! The book itself is split into four sections or ‘books’, each one as epic as the other making the entire novel a definite page turning.

Warning: Potential Spoilers ahead… 

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Book Review: Fangirl

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(Note: In case any viewers are confused, something appeared to go wrong last night with the upload of this full review. I have therefore had to rewrite and re-upload it. Apologies for any inconvenience and here it is!).

Published in the UK in 2014, Fangirl is a contemporary Young Adult fiction novel written by Rainbow Rowell. The 456 paged novel follows the main character Cath as she begins University along with her twin sister, Wren. With her sister determined to become more independent, Cath is faced with going through Uni life without Wren to lean on as well as overcoming the challenges which life at University presents: socializing, course work, boys and of course finishing her beloved fan-fiction before the release of the final book.

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Day One: I write because…

I write because… That’s actually a good prompt because there are so many reasons why I enjoy writing but me being me, it’s actually pretty hard to explain them all in a way which would probably be understood. I think that’s because writing, to me, is always personal whether it’s a non-fiction or fictional piece. I’m too emotion-driven and subjective for it to be anything else.

So, why do I write? I write because…

One of the things I have always enjoyed doing is writing, in school, at home, anywhere, all the time. Personally the number of stories I’ve come up with in my head, if published could have probably resulted in me having at least over 100 books to my name – or perhaps locked away but let’s not assume and judge! Writing comes incredibly easy to me, as it does to many people although I think that’s because I have such a hard time explaining things to people even whilst talking – which I also love to do – and so taking the time to sit and write it all down just makes life a whole lot easier. Another reason why I enjoy writing, particularly about things that I enjoy is that it allows me to stretch my imagination a whole lot more and also because my obsessive personality refuses to let me enjoy something such as a movie franchise or TV show without knowing every single detail. I blame Harry Potter which will never be over in my mind, so long as I can find new things to discover.

I think another reason why I write is because, and I’ve found out especially after joining social media sites such as Twitter, Goodreads and creating this blog, ‘I need friends’ – the exact same reason as to why the Flash was so eager to join the Justice League in the latest DC movie. Apologies, my inner geek was attempting to rise to the surface there. However, that is generally another reason why I enjoy writing. Writing my opinions or reviews online for things which I enjoy allows me to connect with the fan-base and communicate with others who enjoy the same thing and I also get to avoid putting myself under stress due to social anxiety when I don’t have to leave the comfort of my bedroom to do so!

Another reason why I enjoy writing and this reason is most likely linked even more to this blog is because I am unable to control the emotions which arise as a resulting of reading a good book or watching a good TV show or movie and writing about it allows me to express my feelings without annoying anyone with an hour long description of the book then an extra hours rant about why whomever deserved better, etc.

And, last but not least, another reason why I enjoy writing is that since I always have and since my studies in social science can lead to a career in journalism – a job which I wanted once as child too – I have decided to pursue that dream. Therefore, upon acting upon the advice of my careers adviser, I began a blog and that is the tale of fandomfrenzy.blog.

Please note, there are many other reasons as to why I enjoy writing and as I stated before, I simply don’t know how to express them to you all. However, these are a few and the most important reasons accompanied with GIF’s for your own amusement because GIF’s are awesome! 🙂

 

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone Trailer [CLICK HERE]

Released in 2001, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (otherwise known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S) is the first of eight movies created which act as an adaption of the novels written by author J.K Rowling. This fantasy adventure movie directed by Chris Columbus holds a PG rating and is therefore suitable to all viewers -with the exception of younger children who may find a few scenes somewhat frightening. The movies run time stands at 2 hours and 32 minutes and the plot is that of the book, with young Harry Potter arriving at Hogwarts and encountering the challenges which come with being a famous Wizard within the Wizarding community. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson who are only beginning their journey into the magical world of Hogwarts, much like their characters Harry, Ron and Hermione.

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

This was inspired somewhat by the post featured on the following blog: https://fandomsontherun.wordpress.com/ which is where I first saw this Harry Potter Tag. 

And so, let me begin taking part! 

1) Favourite book?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’: There is really nothing that I dislike about this book. I remember first reading it and I was so happy to be finding out about Voldemort’s past which was something that I had always been curious about. I am also a massive Hinny and Romione fan so this book had just the right about of romance in it as well as the magical epicness which always occurs in a Harry Potter novel.

2) Least favourite book?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’: Choosing a least favourite Harry Potter book would be like asking a Mother to choose her least favourite child, it is extremely difficult but I want to answer the question so that would be my answer. I may one day change my mind but to date ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ is my least favourite book out of all seven. Angsty!Harry just irritated me despite how I loved the book being filled with detail and information which was useful to the plot, it just felt a bit rushed as though we were getting bombarded with information which we would need to know for future reference at the last minute…

3) Favourite movie?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’: I almost feel compelled to say, ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ but movie-wise, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ must be my favourite. I love the time-travel concept, as well as the rest of the plot in general because who doesn’t love the fact that, despite what he previously believes, Harry does in fact have family who aren’t the Dursley’s. Another thing I like about ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ is that the movie visually portrays just how much darker things have gotten. Personally, I remember finding ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ scary when I watched it the first few times but watching ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ – especially in the cinema – gave me the chills! Those Dementors, oh my!

4) Least favourite movie?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One’: Again, I find it difficult to choose a least favourite Harry Potter anything but regarding this question my answer is ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One’. Whilst I enjoyed the movie and specific events which occurred in this movie, it really felt like a filler of sorts and a means of leading up to ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two’. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t exactly a bad thing but as a person who enjoys rapid epicness, this movie felt a little too like ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One” to me.

5) Favourite quote?
– “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – [Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ ~ Ch. 35. Page. 579]. – This should have been a hard question to answer given all the great quotes which come out of the seven Harry Potter books but, alas, this quote is my all-time-favourite. The words speak to me on a very personal level and just call out to my fangirl mind reassuring me that no matter what anyone else says regarding how I passionately love fantasy worlds, it’s okay to do so and they are – to me – as real as the reality in which I live is!

6) Favourite Weasley?
– ‘Ronald (Ron) Bilius Weasley’: I would say Ron is my favourite character but someone else is higher on the list of possible answers for that question and so I will say Ron is specifically my favourite Weasley. His humour plays a massive part in why I like him and although you would think that I should probably pick Fred and/or George as my favourite Weasley(s) if I enjoy comedic character, it isn’t the only reason why I like Ron. One of the biggest reasons I like Ron is that, unlike Harry, the main character that is Ron Weasley feels a lot more real in comparison to the Boy Who Lived – even J.K Rowling said herself that Ron is very much a ‘real boy’ next to Harry. Ron as a character has his own struggles which he must battle: a major one being his own lack of self-confidence and his insecurities. This is something which I can relate to and therefore is another reason why I love Ron as a character. Also, something else he and I have in common is our undying love for food! Who doesn’t like a guy who loves food?

7) Favourite Female Character?
– ‘Ginevra (Ginny) Molly Weasley (Later: Potter)’: “Another Weasley, I know just what to do with you…”. Yes, another Weasley makes the top of the list of favourites. Now comes the debating part of the answer… Yes, I like Movie!Ginny but I am angry that they really didn’t do Book!Ginny ANY justice. Overall though, Ginny as a character has always been my favourite. Her character development throughout the series from a shy girl used to open the Chamber of Secrets to a strong young woman who defies the rule, which aims to send underaged students home during the Battle of Hogwarts, to stay and fight is an inspiration! The level of which she understands Harry too is something which I love about her and how she goes from being Harry’s number one fangirl to someone who understands he has flaws and faults, isn’t afraid to call him out when he’s being difficult and knows him as Harry and not just the Chosen One.

8) Favourite Villain?
– ‘Tom Marvolo Riddle/Lord Voldemort’: For this question, I almost replied with Dolores Umbridge, simply for the fact that when it comes to Voldemort the reader and viewer KNOWS that Voldemort is the villain whilst Umbridge presents the false image of being seemingly harmless with her excessively pink outfit and obsessive adoration for cats. However, whilst I like that aspect of Umbridge there is nothing, in my opinion, which can make her equal to the love I hold for Voldemort as a villain. Not to justify any of his actions throughout the series and the actions he committed pre-series but whilst the creation of his Horcruxes were motivated by his desire to be undefeatable, it was also motivated by his fear of death. Thanatophobia (fear of death) plays such a vital part in what motivates Voldemort, it’s almost a point which could be used to gain him sympathy because despite the belief that to die is the next great adventure, a fear of death is something which most of humanity has… and that is what makes Voldemort so interesting is that behind the snake-like appearance and inhumane being which he has reduced himself to is a drive which so many humans have.

9) Favourite Male Character?
– ‘Draco Lucius Malfoy’: As anyone will be able to see from my Harry Potter movie marathon post, my favourite character changed a lot through the first few… movies, at least. However, as far as the up-to-date answer goes, it is Draco Malfoy who I consider to be my favourite character and he is the answer I would give should anyone ask me in person. My justification for this is simple… Whilst Draco might not have been the best character in most of the movies, and I can’t say I didn’t laugh when Hermione punched him in the face, his character gained my immediate sympathy and affection in ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ (both the book and the movie). Whilst I agree that he is “The Boy Who Had No Choice” as many other fans call him, what I like about his character development is that it is very much like that of a soldier’s – particularly during the first world war. His upbringing shaped him into an almost exact copy of his Father and ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ shows the soldier analogy well as Draco attempts to be the Death Eater’s “Chosen One” and save his family and himself by complying to Voldemort’s orders. After years of behaving in his arrogantly childish manner and revelling in how connected his family are to the Dark Arts, power in general and wealth, he is finally faced with the reality of what it means to be a part of such a world and that actions have consequences.

10) Favourite Professor?
– ‘Professor Remus John Lupin’: Whose favourite Professor ISN’T Lupin? Kidding, of course everyone can have their own favourite Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and whilst I admire Snape and he very nearly was the answer to this question… I must choose Lupin, merely for the fact that Snape is put down to second Favourite Professor because if he had been my Professor or teacher at school then I would have been slightly afraid of him. Lupin, however, is my number 1 for this question. I remember reading “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” for the first time and just being so relieved by the end to have a Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor who was generally a nice person. What I love about Lupin too is that until that point in the series he is the only D.A.D.A Professor to come to Hogwarts who was a good character but believed himself to be bad simply because he was a Werewolf. If only he had been able to stay on at Hogwarts in that position…

11) Would you rather WASH SNAPE’S HAIR or SPEND THE DAY LISTENING TO LOCKHART RANT ABOUT HIMSELF?
– ‘Spend the day listening to Lockhart rant about himself’: I surprised myself with the answer to this question and that was even after given it a great amount of thought. Whilst I personally think Snape’s appearance might improve with clean hair, I’m personally just too lazy to do it and he has magic… if he wanted his hair to not be greasy then he could do it himself. Then again, if I had magic then I suppose it would only take a flick of a wand on my behalf too… and then facing whatever response Snape had my action… For that reason, I would rather listen to Lockhart rant about himself. To be honest, I would even enjoy listening to him rant to an extent because I would know that whatever achievements he said he’d gained someone else had and just learning more about what had been done by those Wizards and Witches that he obliviated and whose achievements he was taking credit for would be fascinating. Not to mention, of course, should the time come much like it did in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret” to call Lockhart out on his B.S then I would be more than happy to be the one to do it!

12) Would you rather duel AN ELATED BELLATRIX or AN ANGRY MOLLY?
– ‘An elated Bellatrix’: Yes, I would rather go up against Bellatrix Lestrange… Of course, the reason behind the duel taking place is something that I would like to consider but an elated Bellatrix is better than a furious Bellatrix and is certainly better than an angry Molly. I think the duel between them both in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: (Part Two for the movie)” says it all! Never anger Molly Weasley.

13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS or THE FLYING CAR?
– ‘The Hogwarts Express’: This would definitely be my answer, without a doubt. Sitting on that train packed with other students from different houses with different backgrounds would be an event that would cure my social anxiety for even just the time it took to journey to Hogwarts. I’d also be lying if I didn’t say that part of the reason why I would rather travel to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express would be to taste some of that delicious candy that the Trolley Witch comes through the train with!

14) Would you rather KISS VOLDEMORT or GIVE UMBRIDGE A BUBBLE BATH?
– ‘Kiss Voldemort’: To be honest this question is probably the easiest question that I have answered so far. There is just no way in hell that I would ever give Umbridge a bubble bath because somehow, I just know she’d find something to complain about and pull me up for going something wrong… Kissing Voldemort, however, doesn’t seem like a bad thing to do in comparison, it’d be quick, it’d mean nothing and Voldemort used to be handsome before his snake-like appearance took over so I could just imagine him to look how he used to if need be.

15) Would you rather RIDE A HIPPOGRIFF or RIDE A FIREBOLT?
– ‘Ride a Hippogriff’: I feel that as a Seeker then I should choose to ride a Firebolt but given I’d have a broomstick anyway I am going to choose to ride a Hippogriff because just watching Harry ride Buckbeak in “Prisoner of Azkaban” filled me with so much awe and warmth, there is not a part of me that would hesitate or turn down the opportunity to ride a Hippogriff, especially if it flew around Hogwarts.

16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?
– ‘Ginny Weasley’: Without a doubt Ginny Weasley is my answer for this question. Cue the whole book vs movie debate to kick of the explanation to my answer! Book Ginny (whilst I still wish she had been featured even more – because from a bias perspective there will never be enough appearances of my favourite character on page or screen) really is mentioned so many times throughout the series and obviously as the books go on she becomes a more significant character. In the movies however, she is rarely there and even when she is her part is minimalized so that she could be edited from the scenes and it really wouldn’t make much of a difference on some occasions.

17) Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’: As much as I enjoyed the book I can’t deny that seeing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time was, even just a little, better! This is simply for the fact that something magnificent was brought to life and it made the whole adventure just feel more real.

18) RICHARD HARRIS or MICHAEL GAMBON as Dumbledore?
– ‘Michael Gambon’: A lot of people may disagree with me because in all the Harry Potter tags I’ve watched and read, Richard Harris seems to be the favourite for those who answer. However, mine must be Michael Gambon. Perhaps this is because I have witnessed him portray Dumbledore longer due to the unfortunate death of Richard Harris (R.I.P) or simply because the humour – whilst often dry – that Michael Gambon brings to the set in the behind the scenes footage and portrays on screen makes him my favourite Dumbledore.

19) Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most?
– ‘Draco’s Deleted Scene’: (I must contain my frustration, I must not rant, I must refrain myself…) BUT I CAN’T! Mostly because of a deleted scene that I witnessed after the release of Deathly Hallows. The link of which can be found in the following brackets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEywLcF16t8). The following clip shows Draco Malfoy running between Harry and Voldemort and throwing Harry his wand for Harry to defend himself (and others) from Lord Voldemort. The fact that he not only helps but runs between Voldemort and Harry makes me feel a sense of admiration for Draco Malfoy as a character – such of which I didn’t really begin to feel until ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’.

20) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be?
– ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One’: I have nothing against this movie! I understand that ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ was such an important book and there were many critical events within its pages that the director and screenwriters etc. wanted to fit into the movie. However, the movie in comparison to the previous six and with ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ in existence felt very much like a filler movie – much like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One in my opinion.

21) Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
– ‘Slytherin’: Whilst I could argue that a part of me thought that there was a chance I would be sorted into Ravenclaw due to my studious nature, the house which first thought that I would be in was Slytherin.

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
– ‘Slytherin’: After taking the first ever Pottermore Sorting Quiz, I was sorted into Slytherin. This was, for me, a significant moment and I was extremely proud. I was even prouder when I was sorted into Slytherin for a second time – having had made another account due to me obtaining a new email and mostly because I had forgotten my log in details.

23) Which class would be your favourite?
– ‘History of Magic’: Whilst this is depicted as one of the most boring classes studied by the students of Hogwarts, I must admit that I would most likely enjoy it very much. I love History as a subject and the idea of learning about historical magical events and their impact, etc, is one which appeals to be greatly. Furthermore, my fascination of being taught by a ghost would well outweigh any boredom felt during the lessons if there was any.

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
– ‘Imperio’: Yes, yes, my Slytherin side is showing. Even more so because it took me a few minutes to decide upon a final answer… I admit I was torn between Imperio and Crucio. After considering it however, I don’t think I would waste my time torturing people when I could just make them do whatever I wanted and therefore my response to this question is Imperio.

25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
– ‘Luna Lovegood’: To be honest, Luna Lovegood is perhaps my second favourite female character within the Harry Potter series. Both her character in the books and the movies is one which I feel I would instantly become friends with. Like Luna I am somewhat I bit of an outsider and just like Luna I am perfectly fine with that situation. For that reason, among others, I feel that I would both naturally gravitate towards Luna and become friends with her as well. We could sit and discuss Nargles and other creatures which no one believes to exist.

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
– ‘Invisibility Cloak’: Elder wand? Tempting but too much trouble. Resurrection Stone? Firstly, I wouldn’t know who to ‘bring back’ and secondly if I was in the position to I still would not. Thus, my response to this question is of course the Invisibility Cloak! Think of what fun I could have if I was invisible, the pranks I could play, the people I could avoid… The endless opportunities which present themselves to me in my mind make me wish with all my heart that the Invisibility Cloak was real!

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
– There are two, if I’m honest and given that there are only two I am just going to take the time to tell you them both:
I would have enjoyed more flashback sequences (showing the Marauder’s Era or Tom Riddle’s time).
Perhaps some parts of the story told from the perspective of various characters.

28) Favourite Marauder?
– ‘James Potter’: To be fair, I can’t exactly put my finger on a specific reason which makes James Potter my favourite Marauder. His character is just one whom I am drawn to and whilst I do not agree with how he treated Snape and possibly others, his loyalty to his friends, his love for Lily and his mischievous nature is something that I admire about him and feel, personally, redeems him to an extent.

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
– ‘Fred Weasley’: Fred… Fred, Fred, Fred. There is no doubt in my mind that if I could bring a character back to life it would be Fred. I don’t know what it is about movies but it is rare for me to get emotional over a character’s death. However, Fred’s death was one which shook me for months – both after reading it in the book and witnessing the scene in which Harry, Ron and Hermione enter The Great Hall to find Fred’s body among the deceased. Such a funny character who was, again in my own opinion, the ideal big brother, and of course George’s TWIN… There is something about the death of a twin which makes a character’s death much more heart-breaking and for that reason I would chose to revive Fred and return him to George, the rest of the Weasleys and us as fans!

30) HALLOWS or HORCRUXES?
– ‘Horcruxes’: Yes. I’m going there. I, fellow Slytherin, would choose the same early path as Lord Voldemort himself and without hesitation. Hallows, to me, are interesting magical objects. However, I am similarly interested and vaguely obsessed with the idea that it could be possible to live forever and if I had to make a few sacrifices then so be it! Furthermore, whilst I could make as many Horcruxes as I like, there is only one Hallow which interests me – two including the Elder Wand to be honest but my previous answer states how I truly feel about that.

Movie Review: Avalon High

AH Movie  Avalon High
(Characters L>R: Jennifer, Marco, Allie, Mr. Moore, Will, Lance, Miles)

Avalon High is a Disney Channel Original Movie which was released in 2010. Directed by Stuart Gillard, the movie has a run time of 1hr 30 mins and is the movie adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Meg Cabot. This fantasy drama movie suitable for the entire family stars Britt Robertson as Allie Pennington, Gregg Sulkin as Will Wagner, Joey Pollari as Miles and many more talented actors and actresses. Being an adaption of the book, there are a few noticeable differences within the movie. However, the basis of the story remains the same with young Allie Pennington transferring to Avalon High only to discover that the legends surrounding King Arthur and his Knights may not be as fictional as she once believed.

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Book Review: Avalon High

AvalonHigh      Avalon High

An issue that I came across whilst writing up my notes for this book review was identifying the correct year in which this book was published. Online the publication date varies between 2005-2007 and the copy of the book which I own also stated that the novel was first published in 2006, whilst the edition itself was published in 2007. The novel itself was written by Meg Cabot and whilst it is a stand alone novel, a trilogy of manga comics act as continuation of the story. The 280 paged novel follows teenager Ellie Harrison as she enrolls at Avalon High where she discovers that the legends surrounding the Once and Future King, Arthur Pendragon, may not be just a myth but true and that she is to play a crucial roll in this modern day tale of the reincarnated figures that define medieval mythology.

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Harry Potter Movie Reviews – Coming Soon!

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Harry Potter Movies 1-8 Trailer

As the book reviews have already begun (set to post on this blog on the last Friday of each month) so is to begin the movie reviews for the Harry Potter franchise. The movie reviews for each of which will be posted on this blog on the first Friday of each month.

A link has been provided above to a YouTube video posted by the HBO channel showing snippets from each of the eight Harry Potter Movies. Feel free to watch it if you so desire. 🙂

Much like the Merlin Seasons 1-5 reviews, the trailers of each individual movie will be posted alongside each individual review for said movie.

The first Harry Potter movie review will arrive to you on Friday 2nd of February 2018.

 

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Book Review: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

the loneliest girl in the universe The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

What a read! The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James is a 290 paged YA (Young Adult) fiction novel which was published in 2017. This stand alone novel tells the story of Romy Silvers who is on-board ‘The Infinity’ spacecraft which has been sent from Earth to locate Earth 2.0. The only communication Romy has is with Molly and a mysterious boy named J who is on-board ‘The Eternity’ spacecraft which is set to combine with her own. When contact with Molly fails, the only person Romy has to talk to is J and as she slowly falls for the mysterious stranger all that’s left to do is wait until he catches up with her.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

hp1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Published in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a 332 paged fantasy fiction novel written by J.K Rowling. The first in a series of seven books, its pages tell the story of a young boy named Harry Potter who is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is here that he learns what it is to be a Wizard, makes both friends and enemies alike and comes face-to-face with the greatest dark Wizard of his time.

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Sherlock 

Well, my University lecture was cancelled today due to snow… 

HOWEVER, whilst I do have work tonight. I intend to have all three of these books completed at least by the early hours of tomorrow morning. 

A review of them will not be done as they are merely written to accompany the TV show  (BBC’s) Sherlock. I do hope there are more to read though and if there are I will buy them sometime. 

Until then, let the reading commence! 

P.S. A review of the show itself will feature on my blog at some point in the future. 

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