Showing posts with label Harry Potter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harry Potter. Show all posts

Monday, November 28, 2016

Character Playlist: Ron Weasley

Ron Weasley is known for his sidekick-humor charm in the movies. However, in the books, he's much more than just a supplement to Harry's hero qualities and Hermione's intelligence--Ron is there through thick and thin. Not only that, Ron is incredibly witty in the books, and many of his best moments are overlooked in the movies. Here's a playlist dedicated to the wonderfully witty, Ron Weasley.

"King and Lionheart" by Of Monsters and Men
Though "Weasley is our king" was originally made up by the Slytherins to taunt Ron, the Gryffindors eventually take it on as their own when Ron is the reason they win the quidditch cup.

"Ho Hey" by The Lumineers
Ron isn't quite sure where he fits in, and is constantly overshadowed by his best friend. But by the end, I think he knows where he belongs.

"Friend, Please" by Twenty One Pilots
The first line of the song speaks to Ron's character: "I feel for you, but when did you believe you were alone?"

"Lean On Me" by Bill Withers
Ron is there for anyone and everyone he cares about, no matter what. He's a steadfast friend that you can always count on.

"Underdog" by Imagine Dragons
Ron is often considered the underdog, not possessing as much magical talent as Hermione or Harry. But, he always pulls through, for those he cares about.

"Laughter Lines" by Bastille
Ron's humor helps get him, Harry, and Hermione through their times of darkness; you can definitely tell that there's a little bit of Fred and George in him.

"I'm a Mess" by Ed Sheeran
As we near the end of Deathly Hallows, Ron becomes unsure of his and Hermione's relationship, unsure that they will ever actually destroy all of the deathly hallows. So he leaves.

"Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons
This song also speaks to the problems that Ron made up, because of the horcrux.

"Lights" by Ellie Goulding
Ron follows the light to get back to his friends, and he's the light in the times of darkness.

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers
Ron proves in Deathly Hallows that he would walk across the world to find Hermione (and consequently, Harry) again.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Character Playlist: Hermione Granger

Hermione Granger edit

Hernione is absolutely my favorite character from the Harry Potter series; I mean, Harry and Ron would have been pretty helpless without Hermione (even when she was petrified, they still couldn't figure out the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets without her help). She's a great role model for young girls, just like she was for me when I first read the books. Hermione shows you that you can be book smart and still be badass and save the world. Her's my homage to the girl who Harry probably wouldn't have survived without: Hermione Granger.

"Run the World (Girls)" by Beyonce
Hermione could definitely run the world if she wanted to.

"Oceans" by Seafret
By the last book, Hermione knows that the only person she wants is Ron, but when Ron leaves, he seems oceans away.

"Doing the Right Thing" by Daughter
One of the hardest things Hermione does within the series is to erase her parents' memories in order to save them from Voldemort. It may have been difficult, but it was the right thing.

"Kiss with a Fist" by Florence + the Machine
Hermione doesn't kid around when it comes to fights. She's in it to win it.

"00000 Million" by Bon Iver
Similar to the speaker in the song, Hermione is able to overcome the many hardships she is faced with within her life.

"Mountain Sound" by Of Monsters and Men
While perhaps not completely her idea, Hermione ensures that when her, Ron, and Harry are on the run from Voldemort, they are well taken care of and have all of the necessary supplies.

"Bad Blood" by Bastille
The travels in Deathly Hallows creates a lot of bad blood between Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and Hermione just wants them to focus on moving passed the conflict.

"O Children" by Nick Cave
Hermione feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, knowing that Harry needs her in order to save the world from Voldemort.

"Flawless" by the Neighbourhood
While Hermione loved Ron, she was willing to give up that love if it meant fighting for the greater good.

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar
Hermione always gets back up, no matter how many times she's knocked down.

What other songs would you include on Hermione's list?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Character Playlist: Luna Lovegood

Luna Lovegood edit

By request, I bring you a playlist dedicated to the character you can't help but love, Luna Lovegood. Perhaps a little spacey, with some theories and beliefs that are a little out there, but you know that once you're a friend of Luna's, you have a friend for life.

"Shake It Out" by Florence + the Machine
Luna is the type of person that doesn't allow the demons to drag her down, she is a beam of positivity for her friends.

"Cha-Ching" by Imagine Dragons
An ode to living your life in the moment and pursing your passions, this song fits Luna to a T.

"Anything Could Happen" by Ellie Goulding
I'd like to think that this is Luna's own personal motto.

"Eet" by Regina Spektor
Despite her shining personality, Luna does have to overcome a lot of trials in her life, from witnessing the death of her mother to being captured and tortured by the death eaters. I imagine there were moments where it was difficult for her to put herself back together again.

"Breathe" by Alexi Murdoch
Along similar lines, after the war is over, being the beam of light that she is, Luna probably often had to remind her friends and herself to just breathe.

"Matilda" by Alt-J
While Luna has proven that she can make it on her own, when she meets Harry and every one else, she has finally found a home.

"Someone New" by Hozier
Luna has such an open and accepting personality, I imagine that she is often falling in love with new people every day.

"Lost Stars" Keira Knightley
At times, Luna seems to be a little lost in her own thoughts, much like a lost star.

"Flowers in Your Hair" by The Lumineers
Light and upbeat, Luna might often dance to this with flowers in her own hair.

"Rivers and Roads" by the Head and the Heart
When Luna and her friends all go their separate ways, the rivers and roads will always connect them to each other.

More upbeat than previous playlists, I think this one fits Luna well. Are there any songs you would add?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Character Playlist: Harry Potter

"Everyone thinks I'm special...All those people in the Leaky Cauldron, Professor Quirrell, Mr. Ollivander...But I don't know anything about magic." 
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(image source: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition)

Anyone who knows me knows that the Harry Potter series is, and continues to be, one of the biggest influences on my life. Though, if you ask any Harry Potter fan, they don't often list Harry Potter as their favorite character; he quite often gets the short end of the stick, for being the protagonist of the entire series. So, here is my homage to the Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter himself!

"Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran 
Dumbledore forces Harry to return to the Dursleys' every summer, meaning that he often looked forward to the school year more than he looked forward to summer.

"Where We Belong" by Thriving Ivory
Fitting for the final battle at Hogwarts, as it is the only place Harry has ever truly felt at home.

Given the circumstances around Harry's birth, and the way Dumbledore prepares him for war, I'd say this song fits Harry pretty well.

There are definitely points where the tasks left to Harry make him pretty miserable, and angsty. 
Order of the Phoenix, anyone?

Despite the constant trials and tribulations Harry is put through, he never gives up on the one task he believes he needs to complete.

"Bend and Break" by Keane
These two lines sum up the connection here nicely: "If only I don't bend and break / I'll meet you on the other side."

Harry's been forced through a lot in his life, all in the name of defeating Voldemort.

Harry had to witness the death of many friends on his journey, ones that he carries with him forever.

"The Reckless and the Brave" by All Time Low
You know, the most fitting title for a daring Gryffindor.

"Victorious" by Panic! At the Disco
I mean, Harry's technically victorious in the end, right? And lots and lots of times during quidditch.

Glancing through other Harry Potter playlists for inspiration, I couldn't help but notice that many of them were not for Harry himself. Are there any songs that should be included that I missed? Mention them in the comments!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Best Day Ever

Before I get to the spectacular day that was my Wednesday, I have to play some catch-up. Tuesday morning we got up early in order to see the torch run by Kingston University. I honestly thought it was a little anti-climactic. Don't get me wrong, it was still extremely cool to see the torch, but I thought there would be a bigger parade or something that went with it. So I guess I'd say it didn't match my expectations. But it was still something that I probably won't get to do again, so it was still pretty cool. After that, I went back to finish my final paper for my Shakespeare class before heading out to see Richard III. Thankfully it wasn't raining for this performance! It actually hasn't rained at all this week, which is pretty spectacular. The play itself was really good, all of the actors did an amazing job. Roger Lloyd-Pack who played Barty Crouch Sr. in Harry Potter played Buckingham, and Mark Rylance played Richard, who was the first Art Director at the Globe. Pretty cool, and they both did a fantastic job. After the play, we walked around London a little, to take in the view of London at night, which is absolutely gorgeous.

Now we're to Wednesday, one of the best days, if not the best day, I've had since I came to London! It all started off with leaving bright and early in order to make it to Middlesex University to see Rupert Grint carry the torch. Of course, it was the hottest day London has seen all year, which made standing on the side of the street a little difficult, but it was worth it! Diana Gould, the oldest person to carry the torch, took it into the University for lunch, and Rupert was the one to carry it out. So cool! And all the while they had music playing, people handing out things, and people taking pictures. The atmosphere was so energetic, despite it being really hot. It's definitely something I'm going to remember forever.

After seeing Rupert carry the torch, I made my way to Leavesden Studios, for the Making of Harry Potter tour! I had to take a train and a bus to get there, but it was so amazing! I couldn't stop smiling on the way to the Studios, and once we got there, I was just in awe. This is where so much of Harry Potter was filmed! It definitely was the highlight of my trip. I got there a little early, so I grabbed a bite to eat, then looked around the shop, where I could have spent sooooooo much money. There were so many things I wanted, but they were all so expensive! Anyway, I got in early, and the amazement began! I had goosebumps when we were sitting and waiting to be let into the actual studios. I was kind of amazed at how many younger kids were there, and I have to say, I felt a little sorry for them because they will never experience the true excitement of Harry Potter. They won't have grown up with it, like so much of our generation has. They won't feel the excitement in the air at a midnight book or movie release, won't grow up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I'm glad that our generation got to experience this, that we got to grow up with Harry. It's something that will probably make an impression on us for the rest of our lives.

Anyway, seeing all the props and stuff made me realize how much time and effort went into making this amazing book series come to life. I mean, I knew there were a lot of people that worked on it, but seeing it all in person is just amazing! There's so much detail put into every little prop, and I love it. It shows how dedicated they were to making JK Rowling's books come to life. I could definitely go back there again and again.

Now we've come to Thursday, the last day of class. I can't believe this experience is almost over already! It seems like I just got there. But in a little less than 2 days, I will be saying goodbye to London and hello to Holland. But for now, I will enjoy it while I'm here. The next time you hear from me, I'll probably be back in the good old state of Michigan. Until then, happy reading! :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

My Final Weekend

Alas, it's hard to believe that this is my last weekend in London! I feel like the time has just flown by! It has been a gorgeous weekend, though, it didn't rain at all yesterday or today. This is saying something, since it's rained almost every single day we've been here. Anyway, this weekend has pretty much been about relaxing, having seen most of the things that I wanted to see while I was here (minus Leavesden Studios, but I'm doing that on Wednesday). It was really quite nice, not having to rush around to places, feeling like you have to cram everything in before you leave. I was glad to have the weekend to relax in Surbiton.

On Thursday, we went to Stratford-upon-Avon, which is where Shakespeare was born. It was an adorable little town, and honestly, I think if I had to live anywhere in England, I would probably live here. There were a lot of cute little shops (more on that in a minute) and I liked that it was kind of a smaller town, and you could take a two hour train and be in London, if you wanted. Anyway, we went there to see The Tempest, but we had a little time to kill before the show we were seeing. So we walked around Stratford and found Shakespeare's birthplace. We walked down the street a little ways, and what did we find? A little shop called The Creaky Cauldron, a store dedicated to Harry Potter things. We might have freaked out a little! It was such a cool little store, and we grabbed some butterbeer before continuing our way through Stratford. Then it was time to see The Tempest, which was a pretty good performance, though it was a little slow at parts. Then we stopped in a used bookstore before grabbing the train back to London. Overall, it was quite a successful day.

The next day, we got up early in order to get to Westminster Abbey before it got too busy. This is an absolutely gorgeous building, both inside and out! It kind of amazes me that people actually go to church there, because it is such a beautiful building. A lot of famous people are buried there, from kings to famous authors to famous scientists. It's pretty neat to see. After the Abbey, we made our way down the bank, specifically looking for the Southbank Book Market, which we found! It was lovely to see all of the books placed on table, I probably could have spent the whole day there, browsing through the books. There was also a little food market there, where we stopped for lunch. We had some delicious brushetta from a little stall in the market. Then we made our way to the Imperial War Rooms, a museum dedicated to all sorts of war things. It was interesting to see a different side of the wars, especially since they all happened over here. We're used to hearing the US side of things, and to see the British side of things was neat. They also had a Holocaust exhibit that was really interesting, and really depressing. We all decided that we needed something happy after that, and what's happier than chocolate? So we went into a chocolate store, and did some shopping before heading back to Surbiton for the night.

Saturday we spent the day in Kingston, doing various shopping things and walking around the mall. We did go to this little cupcake place called Sweet Revenge, which had the most delicious cupcakes. I had a red velvet one, and took home a peanut butter one for later. So good. The rest of the night was spent relaxing, and beginning to work on my paper. Sunday was a day of complete relaxation. Since it was so beautiful outside, I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and headed into Surbiton, grabbing a panini and a milkshake, and sought out a park to read in. It was glorious. I read all of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I can't say that I regret it one bit. When I came back, I had to work on my paper (which I probably should have been doing all day), but I'd have to say the afternoon was definitely worth it. Today I ventured into London with a few friends to go to Camden Market, which is a huge market! There were so many different things being sold there, and that's one of the things that I love about London. There are so many of these market places all around, and that's definitely something that you don't see as much of in the United States. I kind of wish you did, because most of the time, the markets have really good deals on things. If I lived here, I would try to do most of my shopping here! Anyway, the rest of the week should be full of adventures, as I might possibly get to see the torch 3 different times, and I'm going to tour Leavesden Studios! It will be a whirlwind, then I will be home. So bittersweet. Until next time, happy reading! :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Quieter Weekend

The past two weekends I've been here have been pretty chaotic, trying to fit everything in before we leave in two weeks (seems so soon!). The first weekend was filled with many London sights, the second with Wales and Ireland. This weekend was a little less hectic, at least for me. Saturday was a day trip to Brighton, and as we rode in the bus there, I just hoped the whole time that it would be nice weather, given the fact that Brighton is located right on the coast. Luckily, I got my wish! It was a little cloudy when we got to Brighton, but it cleared up as the day went on, and it actually turned out to be a lovely day. First we went to the Royal Pavilion, taking a little tour of this beautiful palace. It was interesting, but the tour didn't really take us all that long. Then we walked around the pier, thinking about going on some rides (since it's basically like a mini fair), but decided not to, given it was a little on the expensive side. So we walked up and down the beach, which was a rocky beach instead of a sandy one and that was a little strange to me, being used to the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. Not many people were swimming, given that it's pretty cold, and the air temperature wasn't all that warm either. After thoroughly exhausting the amount of things to do at the beach (there weren't really that many if you weren't looking to spend money), we made our way over to the Lanes, the shopping district of Brighton. It was there that we stumbled upon a market, where we found a bookstall, which would proceed to be my downfall for the rest of the day. At the bookstall, I found all three Lord of the Rings books and the seventh Harry Potter book, which made me excited! I thought I was done for the day when we found another used book store that had the fourth Harry Potter book. So I bought that...and found the fifth one at another store and bought that. Now all I need are books 3 and 6 in order to finish my collection, which I'll probably end up buying somewhere.

Anyway, after the book buying extravaganza, we stopped for some ice cream, killing time until we had to get back on the bus to Surbiton. Of course, when we went back to the bus, it started down pouring, so we were all soaked for the bus ride back home. We got back and dried off a bit before venturing back into town for dinner. There's this restaurant here called Pizza Express, and they are everywhere! We decided that we finally had to eat there, so that's where we went for dinner, not really knowing what to expect. It was delicious! They had all kinds of pizza, and you could see them making it as you sat at your table. Pretty cool!

The next day (today, really), we got up early in order to get to Hampton Court Palace before it got too crowded. The Palace was really, really beautiful, especially the gardens! When we visit places like this, sometimes it's unbelievable how long these buildings have been there, especially since we don't really have anything close to it in the United States, being a relatively young country. Everything here has so much history, and it's really cool to be able to see it all. The rest of the day has been pretty relaxing, catching up on things I needed to do. The rest of the week should hold some fun adventures. Until then, happy reading! :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Take Seven

Let's just start with saying that the movie last night was absolutely amazing! Yes, it has its flaws, but I still loved it and thought it was the perfect way to end the series. I did finish all seven books before the movie (woohoo!) and I'd have to say that I'm pretty proud of myself because I was kind of pressed for time. But I did it and it feels fantastic :)

So Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is by far my favorite book. When I read it for the first time, I just couldn't put it down (granted, that basically happened with all the books. But this one was...different somehow. Maybe cause I knew it was ending, I don't know. I just love it). Everything comes together in this one, and I just love the way JK Rowling did it. I hate to be a broken record, but she really is a fantastic, amazing, awesome writer. And she wrote a series that people will remember for generations to come.

Yes, the book is amazing, but how did the movie compare? Well this one was split into two parts (which I assume most people know) and this allowed all the producers of the movie to follow the book much more closely. Granted, there were still things left out. But not nearly as many things as in other movies (cough, cough Order of the Phoenix cough, cough). I would have to say the thing that disappointed me the most was the fact that Ginny and Harry never get a satisfactory kiss. Ron and Hermione's kiss was absolutely amazing, but Ginny and Harry basically just have a peck. What the heck? I thought that Harry and Ginny could redeem themselves in this one, but I guess not. We'll just have to live with it. Oh well. Other than that, I thought they pretty much nailed the movie. There were a few other things, like the fact that Lupin and Tonks' kid was only mentioned once, and Harry didn't mend his wand in the end. But those are minor things. Thank you Warner Brothers for making a fantastic ending to a fantastic series.

It's weird to think that there will be no more Harry Potter movies or books. The books we've known for a while...but now the movies are done. The chapter on Harry Potter has closed. It's a little sad because that's what I've grown up with, along with millions of other people. But thanks to the millions of fans, the theme park, and JK Rowling's new website Pottermore, Harry Potter will live on for years and years to come. I know that my kids will read it. Someday we'll look back on the memories we made with Harry Potter with fondness. It's not everyday that you get to be a part of something so big.

So what will I be reading next? Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. He also wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret which is being made into a movie. They are some pretty amazing books, but I'll let you see that for yourself in my next post :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Take Six

Today is the day, and there are no words to describe my excitement!! I have finished all the books (thank goodness) but alas, I'm only on book 6 here. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is actually my least favorite Harry Potter book. I just felt like it was a lot of background story (don't get me wrong, I thought it was interesting, just not as exciting as the other books) and not as much action and adventure. I also thought that Half-Blood Prince focused more on the relationships than the action. I know they're teenagers and it's a part of life, but I don't think there needed to be so much emphasis on it.

So, how many of you wish that Harry and Hermione would've gotten together? Reading the books, it doesn't really make sense. It's clearly Ron and Hermione and Ginny and Harry. But in the movies, it's not as obvious, at least in my opinion. It seems more like Harry and Hermione in the movies. And Ginny's character in the movie....let's just say she could've been cast a little better. My theory on why this is is not all the books were published when they started the movies, so maybe they predicted that it would be Harry and Hermione, so that's what they decided to do. Then they got to the later books, and they were like "Oh, we were wrong." So then they tried to fix it, but it didn't really work all that well. Oh well, I guess that's just what you get when you make a book into the movie.

*SPOILER*Now we get to Dumbledore's death. A lot of people weren't happy with it, but I kind of think it was necessary. With him gone, now it's completely up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione to get rid of Lord Voldemort. It kind of forces them to grow up, and I think that was a very important thing. I mean, if Dumbledore was there all throughout the seventh book, things would've been a lot more...convenient. He would've figured a lot out for them. I like that they had to figure it out for themselves. It makes it more interesting.

So, that's it for now. Up next: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Harry Potter Take Five

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is least liked by a lot of people. It's long, and Harry kind of complains a lot. I, however, do not agree with the majority. Until the seventh book came out, Order of the Phoenix was my favorite, and I can't really explain why. Maybe I like the length, I like the fact that you finally get some explanations, I don't know. I just like it.

I'll admit, Harry broods kinda a lot in this novel. But he has a lot to brood about, doesn't he? I mean, his parents are dead, and every year at school, he gets caught up in some dangerous event. Saving the Sorcercer's Stone, going into the Chamber of Secrets, competing in the Triwizard tournament, and finally witnessed the rebirth of Voldemort. He's also had to deal with the death of Cedric Diggory (who he, admittedly, didn't really know that well, but still. To see someone murdered right in front of you has to be pretty scarring.). Oh, Harry also has to deal with the fact that his scar hurts (what seems randomly), and he has visions of what Voldemort is doing. You try to do all this as a 15-year-old and see if you don't become brooding and angry. It's very difficult to do.

If you couldn't deduce from before, Order of the Phoenix is my second favorite of the series. I must say, I was very, very disappointed with the movie. While I knew a lot would be left out, because the book is quite long, there were parts that I really wish hadn't been left out. Like Harry's date with Cho. I thought it was kind of funny, but they just skimmed over it. Their kiss was pretty good though, much better than Harry and Ginny's first kiss (at least in the movie, more on that in the next post).

Have you figured out what my least favorite book is yet? I would think that it would be pretty easy to figure out by now...but you'll get more explanation on that soon. Up next: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter Take Four

I'm still way ahead of my posting...I'll try to get better at that. I am on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but I will be writing about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. So much action in this one! And so much that they left out of the movie. It was unfortunate. In re-reading the books, my mind is refreshed to what they left out. Little things, and big things. Like Rita Skeeter being an animagus. I liked that story line, but it was completely left out of the movie. Oh well, I guess I'll get over it someday.

This is where the books start to get really, really long. I'm not really sure why that is. Maybe JK Rowling had more to include starting with book 4? I don't really know. But it is kind of a drastic jump, from 400 some pages to 700 some pages. And after Goblet of Fire, all the books are at least 600 pages. Perhaps this is why some people don't like to read the books. It is kind of daunting, isn't it? But I promise, they go quickly because there is so much action (some people may disagree...but a lot does happen in each book). That's why I can read them so quickly, well partly anyway. I also have read them quite a number of times (I've lost count), which probably helps. I know what's coming next by heart.

Goblet of Fire is my third favorite out of all the books. Why? Because as a reader, we're starting to be able to put the pieces together, and the events in the books are getting darker and darker, and in general, more exciting. The magic is also getting more complex, which makes it more fun to imagine. I'm a pretty big fantasy fan (not just because of Harry Potter...I just like fantasy in general. The magic, the creatures, it's just all so fascinating). And to see JK Rowling's craft at writing, it's just awesome. How people can't like it, I will never understand.

I know this is kind of a short post, but I've still got some reading to do. Up next: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Harry Potter Take Three

(left side US cover, right side UK cover. Thought I'd make things more interesting)
So....I'm kinda behind in updating this considering that I'm really on book 6. But I'm becoming pressed for time, so reading the books has become a priority. Anyway, I finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Saturday. The last of the relatively short books, there is an about 300 page difference between Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. I'm not really sure why there's such a jump...but there is. I have reached the long books, but they still read just as fast, at least for me. There's so much going on in these books that I find it difficult to read it slowly.

Most people know who Sirius Black is, correct? Well, he's Harry's Godfather, in case you didn't. The other day, I saw a link that made me laugh hysterically. Some crazy Twilight fan (I realize they're not all crazy...but this was was, trust me) posted something on yahoo answers that said JK Rowling ripped off Harry Potter from Twilight. Interested? Check it out at this link. I promise, if you've read both these series, you will find this completely ridiculous. I know I did.

So where does Prisoner of Azkaban rank compared to the other books? It's number 4, I liked it more than the first two, but not as much as the later ones. I don't like that they left the whole Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs thing out of the movie though. I thought that was one of the more interesting things in the book, but they left it out in the move. I have no idea why. That happened with some of the later movies...I understand that though, because there is so much in those books that it is impossible to include it all in a movie. But this wouldn't have taken much time...and it would've explained the Marauder's Map a whole lot better.

That's all have to say for book 3. Up next: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Harry Potter Take Two

So, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Big creepy spiders, a snake-like creature that can kill you with one look, and a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher that doesn't know what he's doing. These are the types of things that make JK Rowling such a fantastic writer. She comes up with all of this stuff, stuff I couldn't even imagine coming up with. It's what makes Harry Potter so awesome. JK Rowling created this whole world that readers can escape into, a whole world that has its own rules, its own magic. It's fabulous.

It occurred to me after I wrote my last post that I should tell you where each Harry Potter book rates on my scale. In general, my liking increases as I get farther into the series, but there is one exception. I'll get to that when I get to that book. Anyway, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, while it is a fantastic book, is number 6 on my list. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is number 5. Mind you, I still like them a lot better than quite a few other books, but they're just not my favorite out of the series. I like the ones that include more action, it makes it more interesting.

I think I'd have to say that my favorite part of Chamber of Secrets is toward the end, when Harry and Ron actually go down to the chamber. It's so suspenseful and exciting, and actually really pivotal to the end of the series. That's another thing that I like about Harry Potter. Little events in the earlier books can be very important in the later books. I like how JK Rowling connects them all with little details like that. It takes a really skilled writer to do that. I can't wait until she writes something else.

I guess that's all I will say for now. Up next: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Harry Potter Take One

Thus starts my Harry Potter posts. I started re-reading the series on....Thursday I think it was. I've pretty much finished a book a day since then, and am almost done with the third. But I will reserve this post for the first, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Oh! It's also Harry Potter weekend on ABC family, so I've been watching the movies as well. I'm going to be all set for the movie next Friday. :)

Hopefully most people know what Harry Potter is about...if you don't, I'm pretty sure you've been living under a rock. Even if you haven't read the books or seen the movies, you've at least heard about Harry Potter. Being such a huge franchise, it's kind of hard not to. Anyway....I'll skip over the summary, though if you desperately want one, here is a chapter by chapter summary by sparknotes.

So I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back when I was in 6th grade. There isn't really a spectacular story to go along with it, I just started reading them. And I fell in love. Pretty much since then, I've been obsessed with the series, going to midnight book and movie releases. I even joined the Harry Potter Alliance chapter at Central, which is an awesome group and organization. I will do a post on it later for more explanation. But anyway...since I read Harry Potter for the first time, I've read it multiple other times. So many that I've kind of lost count. Some people think this is ridiculous, re-reading a book. But I don't seem how it's any different than re-watching your favorite movie or TV show. If you really, really like something, why wouldn't you read it again? That's my opinion anyway. I really, really like Harry Potter, so I don't really see a problem with reading it again.

Re-reading the series does make you realize how brilliant JK Rowling is. The way she set up the series, the way she weaves things into the plot, and the way she hides stuff in the novels that you don't realize are there until you read it a second or third time. People can say a lot of different things about JK Rowling, but they can't say that she's a bad writer. If she was, so many people wouldn't have read it, it wouldn't have become nearly as popular as it was today. Someday, I want to write something that people thoroughly enjoy. I want to write something that people will remember for years to come. JK Rowling did that, and when she published it, she definitely didn't realize quite how big it was going to get.

Coming up next: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Blink & Caution

I finished this book a while ago, but I've just now had the time to sit down and write about it. Such a busy week! Anyway, the book I finished was Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. The first thing that kind of threw me off about this book was the fact that Blink and Caution are the names of the two main characters. Well not their real names...their nicknames. You find out their other names later. But I just thought that was weird, that those were their names. Caution kind of gives why she gave herself that name, but I never really understood Blink's name. And I guess I never will.

The story is about a boy, Blink, who witnesses a fake kidnapping, and is now on the run from the authorities. Caution is on the run from her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend, and both of their lives eventually intertwine. The way Tim Wynne-Jones wrote that into the story was absolutely fantastic, if you ask me. It just seemed so effortless, and it seemed like something that could happen in real life, which I liked. I liked the story in general, the voice of the characters and what it was about. I haven't read much like it before, and a new idea is always refreshing for someone like me that reads a ton.

I think one of the most intriguing things about Blink & Caution was the way that Tim Wynne-Jones switched between Blink and Caution. Blink's perspective was told in second person and Caution's was told in third, which made it really easy to tell who was who. The only thing was I don't particularly like books that are told in second person, so the fact that Blink's story was told in this way irritated me a little bit. But I thought it was a really cool idea, and it really helped me to tell who was talking.

Completely switching topics honor of the release of the 8th and final Harry Potter movie (so sad, yet so exciting!), I am re-reading all seven Harry Potter books. Yes, I realize the movie comes out in a week. Yes, I realize the books are quite long. But I have faith in myself that I can finish all seven before the movie comes out. Actually, I am already on three, so woohoo! I will post my review of the first two soon, but you'll probably be able to tell that they will be pretty good reviews. Get ready for a week of Harry Potter. :)