Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Review

Dreadfully busy still, and it’s only going to get worse as I return to school in a mere two weeks. *sobbing internally* But what better way to escape the school induced anxiety that looms over you than by reading Harry Potter! Book was great, but I have several complaints I have to get out of the way.

  1. VERY…LONG…BOOK: It dragged a bit at times, but still it came out on top as my favorite book so far. (yes even beating out Prisoner of Azkaban)
  2. MOVIE TOO SHORT: Extremely frustrating that the longest book gets the shortest movie.
  3. UMBRIDGE AND SNAPE NEED TO LEAVE: Portrayed even more ruthlessly in the book than in the movie (if that’s possible)

Upsides to the movie:

  1. Harry beating Voldemort in his mind was portrayed far better. I particularly liked when he used the happy memories of Ron, Hermione, his parents, and Sirius to fight him off, very touching.

Upsides to the book:

  1. Lots of detail that sheds light on things the movie did not. Ex: The Black house and Sirius’s relatives, Neville’s backstory, why Cho and Harry didn’t work out, etc.
  2. Spared the agony of Harry’s reaction to Sirius’s death. I mean there was detail, but we didn’t have to see Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal of it. (that was heart breaking, and disturbing).

Favorite Scenes:

  1. Though uncomfortable as it was, the scene where Harry and on visit St. Mungo’s to see Mr. Weasley. Funny because we got to see Gilderoy Lockhart again, and he is as pompous as ever (signing autographs) even after being Obliviated he still has the characteristic narcissism hanging about him. Uncomfortable because Harry and Ron see Neville with his parents. Even more uncomfortable is Harry overhearing via extendable ears from the Order that Voldemort is trying to possess him.
  2. McGonagall basically rewarding Harry for picking a fight with Umbridge. “Have a biscuit, Potter.” Sound familiar? Best plot twist ever!
  3. Fred and George telling Peeves to give Umbridge hell, and Peeves obliging!
  4. Another uncomfortable scene was Mrs. Weasley trying to fight the boggart in Grimmauld Place and failing as it turns into dead Weasley children, and dead Harry. Lupin, being the comforting man he is, disposes of it, and comforts Molly. I believe this drives home just how protective Mrs. Weasley is of her children and that even the adults in the world have fears.
  5. The patronus lesson in the D.A. meeting. I loved finally getting to know what other peoples patronuses were, because I’ve always wondered what mine would be. (I think it would be a wolf or a horse

AWARDS: Most hated character ever invented: Umbridge The anatagonizer: Snape (he’s like the taunting older brother except even more of a schmuck) MVP: McGonagall (because she sassed Umbridge and put up with so much of her crap)

The Problems of Being a Writer

I am currently trying to write a book and I am experiencing some very mixed emotions along the way. Some happy, some sad/frustrated, and others of just pure inconsolable depression because I think my ideas are rubbish. But I know they are just fine, I’m just being over-critical. Because four days ago I thought my writing was terrible, and this morning I thought I could give J.K. Rowling a run for her money. So here’s a glimpse into the sufferings and triumphs of writing my first book.

1. Getting started always seems to be like this…

                     

2. Then you get hit with some serious writer’s block 

3. The loss of confidence. Things are looking bleak. This sucks, this sucks, everything sucks…I may just throw out the whole thing. It’s never going to get published, and it will sit all alone in my documents collecting cyber dust. I QUIT

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4. Then you all of a sudden are on a roll

5. When someone interrupts your writing…

6. While editing you come across something so magnificent, you wonder if it was really you who wrote it 

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7. Research. It can turn into hours of internet fun, and a questionable search history.

8. Lollygagging on facebook, twitter, and random streams of youtube videos you find. Doesn’t matter. Any form of social media drives you to distraction.

9. Guilt sets in and you start to feel haunted by your mediocre word count of the day.

Siriusly, guys.

10. You can never find your notes. They are in different notebooks, computer documents, and you even have some scribbled on a napkin from Outback Steakhouse, but you can never organize your thoughts as well as you’d like.

11. Late night writing until 3 a.m. The eye strain is real! The next day you are completely disheveled. People think you are hungover, but if you tried to explain how the plot of your book was at stake they would think you’re still drunk. So you just nod and agree and avoid everyone.

.12. When you run out of coffee or tea…

13. That “I’m only 10,00 words away from finishing it” feeling. 

14. FINISHING IT

15. Here’s to hoping the editors and publishing companies don’t look like this when they read my manuscript! 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review

Hello Internet. Sorry for being a bad blogger. I’m so behind on reviews and reading as I’m coming close to finishing wwriting my own book. Anyway I finished the Goblet of Fire nearly two weeks ago. So I finally got a free moment to write the review. Here we go.

Loved the book, and I hate to admit it, but it’s right up there with my favorite, the Prisoner of the Azkaban. Still a bit unsure myself of which one comes out on top.

Anyway, lots of differences between the movie and the book, and now I understand why people say that the movie was the worst one in the series.

First of: Spoilers ahead!

1. Excuse me, where is Ludo Bagman. I mean he can be cut out of the story and not have a huge impact, but learning about characters whose roles were completely cut is a bit unsettling.

2. The finding of Mr. Crouch in the woods. Krum was supposed to be with Harry when he found him! This was a bit crucial as it helps reveal where Mr. Crouch has been.

3. In addition, there was NO mention of why Mr. Crouch hasn’t been attending to the Triwizard Tournament. This cut down Percy’s role significantly.

4.  The house elf, Winky, WHERE IS SHE IN THIS MIX. AND DOBBY. JEEZ.

5. Also, Rita Skeeter being an unregistered animagus and Hermione locking her in a jar stuck as a beetle. YOU GO HERMIONE.

6. Barty Crouch Jr’s fate being cut out of the movie. HOLD UP. *HUGE SPOILER* This guy’s soul was sucked out via demerntor’s kiss. That’s a bit important don’t you think? The last we see of him is Snape’s wand poking him in the cheek…crappy way to leave it.

Best scenes in the book that weren’t in the movie:

1. Dumbledore telling everyone in the hospital wing that this big black dog (SIrius) will accompany Harry as long as it wants with no explanation whatsoever. YES DUMBLEDORE SIR. NO ONE WILL QUESTION YOUR SANITY AT ALL.

2. Hermione locking Skeeter in a jar.

3. Harry falling through the vanishing step after seeing Crouch on the Marauder’s map, and Snape trying to catch him only to be saved by Moody.

4. Hagrid calling Madame Maxime a giant, and her trying to deny it and getting offended. Nice try woman, but big boned has nothing to do with it if you’re 7 feet tall. \

5. The Weasley family meeting Harry before the third task. We get to meet Bill, and Charlie again! YAY. And the idea of Fleur and Bill’s relationship is sparked.

In all, I loved the book, and loved how much darker the books are getting.

The awards go to: 

MVP: Moody (even though it was Barty Crouch Jr. he still turned Malfoy into a ferret)

Well acted in the movie: Cornelius Fudge

The pets the directors forgot to feed and include in the film: Dobby, Winky, and Ludo Bagman

Most annoying: Rita Skeeter

Side note: I’m halfway through Order of the Phoenix, but with all the loose ends I’m trying to tie up the review probably won’t be for at least another week. Sorry!

To Be Read List

Good gracious this is going to be a long list. I will work through it slowly granted I have my own book to finish writing! So without further ado here is a list of books I want to read in the future. I will cross them out as I go. They are in no particular order…

1. Sharp Objects

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

5. Stonebird

6. Red Dragon

7. The Silence of the Lambs

8. Hannibal

9. Hannibal Rising

10. The Dan Starkey series beginning with Divorcing Jack

11. Ghost Month

12. The Late Hector Kipling (just ordered this on amazon and am going to get it signed by David Thewlis himself! 🙂

13. Interview with a Vampire

14. Cat’s Cradle

15. Sherlock Holmes

16. The Adventures of Robin Hood

17. Kingdom of Scars

18. Ender’s Game series

19. Danny the Champion of the World

20. Bridget Jones the Edge of Reason

21. Fangirl

22. The Princess Bride

23. The Lord of the Rings

24. Never Let Me Go

25. Looking for Alaska

26. The Shack

27. The Martian

28. All The Bright Places

29. Paper Towns

30. Bobby Sands: Writings from Prison

31. White Oleander

32. I am the Messenger

33. The Night Circus

34. The Island of Dr. Moreau – FANTASTIC…LOVED IT

35. Memory Man

36. Some Boys

37. Those Girls

38. Express Yourself

39. Crown of Ice

40. Phantom of the Opera

41. Playing Beyond the Scoreboard

42. Ordinary Miracles

43. Dogs Don’t Lie

44. Dead Things

45. Hangman’s Curse

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review

Let me just say..this is my favorite book of the series so far. It’s also my favorite movie. More of my favorite characters were introduced and I just love everyone and everything about this book (except the Dursley’s). From Hogsmeade visits, and flying with Buckbeak, to Professor Lupin’s DADA lessons, and finally meeting Sirius Black I never lost interest once. Even the dementors were pretty interesting even if they were just running around sucking the life out of people.

I digress. On to the favorites. I love Professor Lupin’s demeanor. He is calming, a good mentor, and an excellent professor. He even helps Neville boost his confidence which is saying something. Going along with him I liked the idea that even in the magical world people could be different and outcasts which he coped with really well. Pinballing off of the that I really liked how Harry’s extended family and friends were introduced. We also get more insight about Snape’s backstory and it shed some light on why he hates Lupin, Harry, James, and Sirius. Speaking of Sirius, I loved how open he was to letting Harry come and live with him even though he hadn’t seen him for over 12 years. He just broke out of prison and he was ready to reassume his role as his godfather immediately. SIRIUS YOU ROCK!

Best moments 

1. First off blowing up your aunt? YES…FOUR FOR YOU HARRY..YOU GO HARRY

2. Getting to eat chocolate every time a dementor attacks

3. Lupin getting rid of Peeves using magic

4. McGonagall asking her class whose death Professor Trewlawney predicted this year (SO MUCH SASS)

5. The Marauders Map calling Snape an ugly git and to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business

6. The Christmas feast for twelve people…awkwarddd

7. When Hermione freaked out during Lupin’s final exam because her boggart was her failing all her exams

8. When Hermione punched Malfoy

9. When Sirius became the best godfather ever (gave Ron a new owl, gave Harry a new broomstick, and offered to have him live with him)

10. When Harry told his uncle Vernon that his godfather is an ex-con on the run and likes to check in to make sure Harry’s “happy”

Awards of the movie:

MVP: Lupin (best DADA professor yet and he taught Harry how to fight dementors AND he’s such a nice, laid back guy. YAY LUPIN)

Most Likely to poke their abnormally large nose in other people’s business: Snape (seriously just leave Lupin alone)

Biggest Drama Queen: Malfoy (quick milking the arm injury you faker)

Most stressed out: Hermione (how many classes were you taking this term?)

Most likely to end up on a magazine cover: Sirius (poor guy was framed)

Onto the Goblet of Fire! 🙂

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review

Yep just polished off the second book. Liked it just as much as the first. So onto the recap.

I posted just this morning about what you go through while reading the harry potter series. I spoke about just how much trouble the trio gets into and how exhausting it is to read about it. I’d say that this book really hit them hard. If I didn’t know any better this is the missing book from the Series of Unfortunate Events.

First up, poor Ron had to deal with the repercussions from the incident of his father’s enchanted car and the whomping willow. In addition, while reading about what Mr. Weasley was going through as a result gave me anxiety. Ron also broke his wand and was causing devastation with the simplest spells. Adding to that he had to face his fear of spiders times 10 if you ask me. Lastly, his sister Ginny was taken into the chamber and was responsible for petrifying people (indirectly). That’s a tough life if you ask me. The money shot: squishing his beetle with his elbow while trying to transfigure it into a button. (I thought this was funny).

Next up, is miss Hermione Granger. She was called a mudblood by Draco frickin Malfoy. Next off she was petrified while trying to save the school from a basilisk. She broke countless school rules and even coaxed Ron and Harry to break even more so that they could sort out the Chamber of Secrets. She also didn’t get to join in on the fun of going into the Chamber. The money shot: her favorite time of the year was cancelled: exams.

Lastly, the-boy-who-lived through the misery of his 2nd year at Hogwarts managed to

1. Have his letters from Hermione and Ron stolen by Dobby.

2. Got trapped from going through the  barrier at King’s Cross.

3. Almost got killed by a tree

4. Was harrassed by Gilderoy Lockhart everywhere he went

5. Was harassed by a “voice” when Lockhart wasn’t around

6. Broke his arm in quidditch only to have the bones removed by Lockhart

7. Almost got killed by an army of spiders.

8. Got blamed for petrifying people and bullied school wide for possibly being the “heir of slytherin”

9. Almost got killed by Tom Riddle’s memory (Got bitten by the basilisk in the process)

The money shot: Got himself locked in his room at the Dursley’s because Dobby decided to drop pudding on the Mason’s head

All in a days work for three 12 year olds

The favorites are as follows:

Professor: still Snape

MVP: Madame Pomfrey and Professor Sprout for reviving all the petrified people

Favorite Moment: How Gilderoy Lockhart was portrayed in the book. He is actually one of the biggest schmucks I have come across in the books. He is intolerable. Here is a direct quote from the book involving him that I absolutely loved.

“I could whip up a Mandrake Restorative Draught in my sleep-”

“Excuse me,” said Snape icily, “But I believe I am the Potions master at this school.”

YAY Snape, don’t take any of smug old Lockhart’s crap! 🙂

Now on to the most anticipated book of the series…Prisoner of Azkaban! It was my favorite movie and I look forward to meeting the book versions of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. They are right up there with my favorite, Professor Snape. 🙂

10 Things that Happen While Reading the Harry Potter Series

I’m well on my way in reading the Harry Potter series (am halfway through Prisoner of Azkaban!) and here are some thoughts I’ve had and things that have happened since.

1. Not seeing the light of day because I was so engrossed in the book, and my parents are starting to worry about fresh air and the like.

2. Being told I can’t read every waking hour by my parents. And when I protest I get hit with this famous phrase…

BUT I DON’T WANT TO BE AN ADULT…LEAVE ME ALONE WITH MY FANTASY BOOKS.

3. Getting asked what I did today…”well I read and read some more, then went to the gym and read while I did cardio. Then I came back and read some more.” But seriously I only leave my book when I’m on the prowl for food, tea, or I have to pee.

4. Reading about Harry getting into mischief left and right exhausts me. When I was young and saw this in the movies it  seemed adventurous and fun, and now I’m just like: “DAMN KIDS. JUST STAY OUT OF TROUBLE FOR ONE CHAPTER WILL YOU?” Yeah I’m getting old…

5. When your parents get concerned about how much you read and try to intervene. 

6. Wanting all the glorious wizard food featured in the books. WHY IS PUMPKIN JUICE NOT A THING? SOMEONE GO BUY ME A CHOCOLATE  FROG…

7. When you realize that favoritism is everywhere…including Hogwarts. Yeah I’m looking at you Snape. Malfoy’s not a little angel. He’s a schmuck. But most of the time the favoritism is just evening a score so it’s cool.

8. When you realize that the series only has seven books and you know it will be over soon. But your friends keep telling you things will be okay, but you remain skeptical.

I KNOW HOW IT ENDS…I SAW THE MOVIES.

9. And this is how you expect social interactions to go once you’ve finished the series.

10. Thinking life would be so much easier if I had magic. Being a muggle is tough…but then again the scariest thing we usually deal with is doing out taxes rather than facing the Dark Lord. So I’ll take it 🙂