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Top Ten Tuesday – Harry Potter Bucket List

April 4, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
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Today’s topic is a Fandom Freebie and the most important fandom that I consider myself a part of is, of course, Harry Potter. I haven’t done too many HP specific posts shockingly enough (I discussed why I love HP and last year’s Santa List was predominantly HP stuff), so this time I’ve decided to talk about the Harry Potter related things I’d love to do.

I’ve received my Hogwarts letter:

And I definitely know my House:

But the other awesome Harry Potter related things one can do are endless. Here are just a few that I’d love to say I’ve done… someday.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

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Who wouldn’t want to take a steam train over the Glenfinnan Viaduct just like in the movies?

Elephant House

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Just to see where it all began. Plus, I hear they have great coffee. 🙂

Kings Cross, London

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Ask the employees in London’s King Cross station how to find Platform 9 3/4? Awww yeees.

Bodleian Library, Oxford

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I’ve always wanted to see this library after the beautiful descriptions in The Discovery of Witches, but certain library scenes in the Harry Potter movies were shot there as well.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Florida, Japan, and LA

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Naturally.

Let a wand pick me

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I’ll bring a fan with me so I can do a perfect reenactment. lol

See Cursed Child on Broadway

Butterbeer

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Seriously. I can’t die until I’ve had authentic Butterbeer.

Get a Harry Potter tattoo

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What would I get? Absolutely no idea.

Write some Harry Potter fan-fic someday for fun

Who knows, could be fun. 🙂

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Short & Sweet – Half-Blood Prince, The Rose and the Dagger, The Lover’s Dictionary

January 6, 2017 Bonnie Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Read in 2016, Read in 2017, Short & Sweet Reviews 11 Comments

Short & Sweet – Half-Blood Prince, The Rose and the Dagger, The Lover’s DictionaryHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Narrator: Jim Dale
Series: Harry Potter #6
Published by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling on November 20th 2015
Length: 18 hours and 55 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: The Cuckoo's Calling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...."

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

Once upon a time, I considered Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to be my favorite of the bunch. This re-read? This is quite possibly my new favorite for how well-paced and exciting the mystery was. There was a reason behind everything Rowling included and when the links become apparent it was nothing short of fantastic. These stories have been quite dark since Goblet of Fire, but this installment added many fascinating angles to it and finally gives us the relationship between Harry and Dumbedore that should have been in place years ago. Technically this is my very first time re-reading past Prisoner of Azkaban (#3) and it almost felt like I was reading them for the first time. Having read Cursed Child has also changed my perception on the story as well by being able to view the characters differently knowing not just how they turned out at the end of Deathly Hallows, but several decades later as adults too.

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While I haven’t re-read these as much as I should, I have seen the movies several times and those are what has been ingrained into my brain so it’s fantastic to recall the subtle/unsubtle changes that were made. Peeves continues to be absent and Tonks’ major part in this book is left out completely, the destruction of the Burrow didn’t happen at all in the story, a certain someones funeral gets left out, but most missed were many of the memories of Tom Riddle that Dumebledore shared with Harry. Those memories, to me, are what makes Voldemort most fascinating (in the worst of ways) and gives him a much needed complexity which takes him beyond your standard cardboard villain. But yes, I have a vastly different appreciation for this story now and am grateful I’ve finally made time to re-read this series in its entirety.

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

Short & Sweet – Half-Blood Prince, The Rose and the Dagger, The Lover’s DictionaryThe Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on April 26th 2016
Pages: 416
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: The Wrath and the Dawn

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The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.
The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”

Khalid spends his days keeping his identity secret as he helps to rebuild his demolished city and Shahrzad is doing all she possibly can to break the curse on Khalid so that they can live out their days together in peace. The Wrath and the Dawn only hinted at the presence of magic and I’m pleased to say that the magic is on full display in The Rose and the Dagger. There’s heartbreak and strife galore because is anything ever easy when it comes to love?

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It’s no secret that I absolutely adored the first book. Whether it’s because I loved the first so much and I didn’t expect the second to be able to live up to it or because of my poor track record in regards to final books in series’ but it took me forever to take the plunge and pick this one up. But better late than never, I finally did. This installment focuses less on the romance and more on the conspiracies and scheming going on in the background of the kingdom. Yes, the romance focus was definitely missed since I loved it so, however, there was a maturity to it this time around that was definitely absent from Wrath what with all the passion flying around. There were some intriguing mysteries involving Khalid’s rivals and Shahrzad’s father that I quite liked but one mystery in particular View Spoiler » left me feeling confused what with the unraveled ends that it was left with. While I was not nearly as enamored with this installment as I was with the prior, this still ended up being a most magical story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights.

Short & Sweet – Half-Blood Prince, The Rose and the Dagger, The Lover’s DictionaryThe Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
Published by Picador on January 17th 2012
Pages: 224
Genres: Contemporary
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Lover's Dictionary, Every Day

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How does one talk about love? Is it even possible to describe something at once utterly mundane and wholly transcendent, that has the power to consume our lives completely, while making us feel part of something infinitely larger than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this age-old problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan's The Lover's Dictionary constructs the story of a relationship as a dictionary. Through these sharp entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of coupledom, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

‘It scares me how hard it is to remember life before you. I can’t even make the comparisons anymore, because my memories of that time have all the depth of a photograph. It seems foolish to play games of better and worse. It’s simply a matter of is and is no longer.’

The Lover’s Dictionary is the antithesis of a love story. But it’s still a story of love. It’s the type that brings to light all the hairline fractures and imperfections of romance. It shows the wondrous, shining moments of first love and the gloomy, dispiriting moments when it comes to a close. It’s both tragic and comforting and it’s an astonishing piece of writing.

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The natural state. Our moods change. Our lives change. Our feelings for each other change. Our bearings change. The song changes. The air changes. The temperature of the shower changes.

Accept this. We must accept this.

I read and reviewed this years ago but I recently purchased a copy for myself and have been wanting to re-read just to see if this retained all the same magic that I recalled it having. I quite possibly loved this even more, mainly because while I could appreciate the emotions behind the story the first read, the second read was like a mirror reflecting back all my current emotions. It made my heart ache quite fiercely at times, but reading something so sincere and genuine can be a breath of fresh air, even when it hurts.

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There are times when I doubt everything. When I regret everything you’ve taken from me, everything I’ve given you, and the waste of all the time I’ve spent on us.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Santa List 2016

December 20, 2016 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 16 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week, we’re discussing what we’d like Santa to bring to us. My book wishlist is a mile long so I added various other items that would be lovely to own. It’s primarily Harry Potter stuff which surprises exactly no one. 🙂

Harry Potter illustrated books

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Somewhere to read them
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And for when it gets cold

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Some bookish tea to drink (The Firebolt and Magic Tavern Spiced Brew sound especially delicious.)

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A mug to drink it in

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Bookish wall art is of course a must
Never a Quiet Year at Hogwarts Art Print

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A smelly bookish candle to set the scene

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Maybe some bookish clothing, if I ever left my cozy chair.

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Some pretty little earrings

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And a bag, to carry my books
Slytherin Green Tote Bag

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What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas??

Leave me a link to your post and I’ll be sure to stop by. 🙂

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Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

November 5, 2016 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2016, YA 6 Comments

Book Review – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Series: Harry Potter #8
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on July 31st 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: The Cuckoo's Calling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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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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*some spoilers to follow*

If I’m being honest, I never originally intended on reading this story. I adore Harry Potter, I just felt that the story was better left as is after the epilogue of the Deathly Hallows. But then my book bestie morphed into the pushiest book pusher that ever pushed and suddenly I found myself having already finished and wondering how I ever thought I could not read this. Setting aside all the vast amounts of criticism this has received (i.e. this isn’t written by Rowling, it reads like fan-fic, it’s not even a book but a screenplay) it ended up being more than I could have ever hoped for.

“Hogwarts will be the making of you, Albus. I promise you, there is nothing to be frightened of there.”

Taking us right back to the epilogue of the Deathly Hallows, we get to see Albus getting on his first train to Hogwarts. And his discussion with Harry regarding the possibility of him being placed in Slytherin. We’re not given the detailed account of his time spent at Hogwarts, but rather the generalized impression that Hogwarts isn’t quite the sanctuary for him that it was for his father. The comprehensive details of the world are also missing from the screenplay but for those of us who have already read the first seven books, that world is emblazoned upon our minds and no rehashing of details are necessary for us to fully comprehend each and every scene.

Cursed Child manages to smoothly connect many major plot points from the original novels: the infiltration of the Ministry of Magic by Harry, Ron, and Hermione (Deathly Hallows, book 7), the Tri-Wizard tournament and Cedric’s death (Goblet of Fire, book 4), time turners (Prisoner of Azkaban, book 3), the perpetual battle between good and evil, and the important father-son relationships that have been a focal point of this series from the beginning. It also makes a less than obvious point of showing how seemingly inconsequential deaths end up having a much larger impact in the grand scheme of things. With the help of a time turner, we’re shown snippets of how the world could have been with the simplest of changes. The variation of possibilities was both shocking and horrifying. What I most enjoyed was how this wasn’t simply a new set of adventures with a new set of characters but rather recognition of the fact that the actions of the past was not a given end to that story, but that they inevitably had an effect on the future of their own children.

Harry: “How do I protect my son, Dumbledore?”
Dumbledore: “You ask me, of all people, how to protect a boy in terrible danger? We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.”

While we do see the original characters and what they have become 19 years later, the focal point is on their children, primarily Albus and Scorpius who become immediate friends on the Hogwarts Express. Albus has a severely strained relationship with his father, Harry, and has difficulty living up to not just the enormous importance of his father, of the great men he was named after, and because of the fact that he was in fact placed in Slytherin rather than his father’s house, Gryffindor. It’s easy to see from the original stories how understandable it would be for Harry to not be the perfect father, considering his own lack of a permanent father figure. He does what he feels is best even when it is quite clearly not best, and the scenes between the two are often painful and heartbreaking. Scorpius, son of Draco Malfoy, also suffers from a poor relationship with his father due the actions of his past as well as Draco’s own relationship with his father, Lucius.

In October of this year I decided to do an impromptu re-read of the Harry Potter series on audio. I have re-read books 1-3 numerous times but I tend to run out of steam and have never been able to re-read books 4-7. Well, I finally overcame my hangups and completed my first re-read of Goblet of Fire. Due to the majority of this story centering around the storyline from The Goblet of Fire I chose to do my second re-read of the year (ha) of Cursed Child since the storyline was still so fresh in my mind. It works extremely well if you treat it as a #4.5 book as well, granted, it’s vital to know the outcome of the series as a whole in order to fully appreciate how it ties everything together and illustrates the growth of these characters.

“Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

Yes, perfection is an impossibility, and while there were many things I would have personally changed, this still managed to hit all my Harry Potter feels as perfectly as possible. Cursed Child reinforced my love of both the original stories and characters by growing them in legitimate ways, it gave me new characters to love (primarily Scorpius <3), and it removed the stereotype associated with Slytherin house by showing that not all associated are necessarily evil. #slytherinpride

I got: Slytherin!! So true. Can We Guess Your Hogwarts House By Asking Random Questions?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Why I Love Harry Potter

June 7, 2016 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

I’ve been a huge fan of Harry Potter since forever, but I’ve never actually taken the time to list out exactly why. Just because okay?! It’s just hard to put my love into words. 🙂 But, here are just a few of the many, many reasons why Harry Potter will always hold a special place in my heart (in no particular order):

Friendship

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

Harry, Ron, and Hermione always shared the most magical friendship that wasn’t perfect but made you wish you had a group of friends you could rely on just like that.

Family

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him.”

Family was also such an integral part to the story and to the evolution of the characters. Between their house families, the Dursley’s, Harry’s deceased parents, the Weasley’s, Sirius Black, and even Hagrid, those stories always showed how the families you’re born to and the families you choose to make for yourself shape who you become.

The Magic

“You’re a wizard, Harry.”

While the first book isn’t my favorite, there is something everlasting about the moment when Harry discovers magic in the world and that he’s capable of it. Makes you feel that anything is truly possible.

“Villains”

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

Even the supposed villains have a complexity about them that makes them worthy of our sympathies. Snape and Draco immediately come to mind but this rule definitely doesn’t apply to Voldemort or Dolores Umbridge.

The Teachers/The Classes

“Don’ you worry, Harry. You’ll learn fast enough. Everyone starts at the beginning at Hogwarts, you’ll be just fine. Just be yerself. I know it’s hard. Yeh’ve been singled out, an’ that’s always hard. But yeh’ll have a great time at Hogwarts — I did — still do, ’smatter of fact.”

Seriously, McGonagall may have been a hard ass but she was one awesome teacher. There were so many interesting teachers though besides McGonagall: Hagrid, Sprout, Hooch, Flitwick, and of course we can’t forget Lupin (my favorite). And oh, to live in a world where you took classes for Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Potions, and Care of Magical Creatures.

The World

“Welcome,” said Hagrid, “to Diagon Alley.”

Besides the magic itself, the places these characters live in sound beyond fun. Hogwarts especially but Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, The Burrow… Harry’s first reaction to Diagon Alley would have been all of us.

Its Lasting Power

It’s the one series that I can read again and again and still enjoy it. The characters feel like old friends and its always so good to be back at Hogwarts. Even the movies are fantastic adaptations and without fail, every time it snows I get the urge to watch them only to get a glimpse of Hogwarts covered in snow.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Wishes

December 22, 2015 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 1 Comment

No matter how many lovely things you own, there’s always going to be that list of stuff you wouldn’t mind owning. You know, in case anyone was wondering what to getcha. 😉 I could easily list ten books that I wouldn’t mind owning, but I’m going to go a different route and showcase some of my favorite things I’ve stumbled upon on the internet (similar to my Bookish Desires post but more recent).

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Book Art PrintSherlock Holmes 221B Baker Street - Watercolor, Art Print, Home Wall decor, Watercolor Print, Sherlock Holmes Poster

Hogwarts Castle From Harry Potter Watercolor Art Print Archival Fine Art Print Home Decor Children's Wall Art Wall Hanging Birthday Gift 2

[Book Art] [Sherlock Art] [Harry Potter Art] [Poe Art]

I don’t have anything bookish on my walls minus my framed blurb because I’m super proud of it. I’d love to have more bookish things on my walls.

INSPIRED from "Harry Potter" DEATHLY HALLOWS (1/2" Triangle Size) Silver Earrings.

Harry Potter pillow sampler - Cross Stitch Patterns - Products:

[HP Mug] [HP Earrings] [HP Cross-Stitch Design]

I’m a complete sucker for all things Harry Potter. It is what it is.

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[Poe Tote] [Poe-Ka Dot Socks] [Poe Pillow]

Tote bags are my purses and while I already have a few cute literary totes, this Poe one is THE BEST. And Bahahahaha… Poe-Ka Dot. Get it?

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