Harry Potter Week Day 7: Thank You

Happy Anniversary Harry!

Today the Harry Potter series turns 21. Here in the US it’s the big 2-0. Wow, 20 years! I can’t believe it! That’s like, two-thirds of my life. To celebrate, Weird Zeal has hosted a week-long Potter event, which so many of you have been reading, liking, and commenting on. Thanks guys! But today is special. Today we say thank you.

 

I want to say thank you to all of the fans. To all of the Potterheads who have created such an amazing community, both on the internet and in real life.  Continue reading “Harry Potter Week Day 7: Thank You”

Harry Potter Week Day 6: Fan Fiction

Harry Potter is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this week (20th US!), and Weird Zeal is hosting a week-long event! I’m a die-hard Potterhead, and I’m having a great time with these short but fun posts about my favorite series. If you’re a Potter fan make sure to check out the event!

Today’s theme is free play! That means pick whatever I want. And what I wanted to share with you makes me a little nervous. I mean, I put it on the internet, but I’m pretty sure nobody, like, READ it really. But there’s approximately 600 of you, so…

I don’t write much fanfiction, and I read even less. But when you live in a world like I’ve lived in Harry Potter, sometimes it just comes spilling out of you. This came to me one night about 4 or 5 years ago, and I couldn’t fall asleep until I got it out. I hope you enjoy it. I’m rather proud of it. 🙂 Continue reading “Harry Potter Week Day 6: Fan Fiction”

Harry Potter Week Day 5: Ships

Harry Potter is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this week (20th US!), and Weird Zeal is hosting a week-long event! I’m a die-hard Potterhead, and I’m having a great time with these short but fun posts about my favorite series. If you’re a Potter fan make sure to check out the event!

Today we’re talking about our ships! Now I’ll be honest with you guys, I’m a canon gal all the way. If it happened in the books, it happened. Those characters ARE who J.K. Rowling wrote, and if Hermione ended up with Snape they would both have to be completely different people than they were in the books. So I like canon. However, I’m not opposed to extra-canon shipping, you know, people who never got sorted out in the books.

So, without further ado, my ships!


I will go down with this ship!

Ships I will defend until my dying day.

Hermione and Ron

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Art by Priscilita22

When people say they don’t like Ron I always respond “Well Hermione does, so get over it.” And when they say Ron doesn’t deserve Hermione? “The heart wants what the heart wants. Love is unconditional. You don’t love someone because they deserve it, you love them because you love them.” Frankly, I worry those people don’t really understand what love is… Lately I’ve heard Hermione “settled” for Ron. What book are you reading???? Settling for Hermione would have been Krum, or LITERALLY anyone else. Ron was first prize.

I started shipping Ron and Hermione in July of the year 2000. I was 11 years old and book 4 had just been released. It was the scene after the Yule Ball, where they were shouting at each other and Hermione tells him that next time there’s a ball he should ask her FIRST. From then on I was rooting for them. When they finally kissed in book 7 I think I burst into tears. Laughter tears.

I will fight you to the death on Ron and Hermione. And I will probably win. Continue reading “Harry Potter Week Day 5: Ships”

Harry Potter Week Day 4: A Harry Potter Story

Harry Potter is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this week (20th US!), and Weird Zeal is hosting a week-long event! I’m a die-hard Potterhead, and I’m having a great time with these short but fun posts about my favorite series. If you’re a Potter fan make sure to check out the event!

Today we’re sharing stories of Harry Potter in our lives. Which, to be honest, was really hard for me to choose. There are so many HP stories that mean a lot to me, but not many of them are particularly interesting. They’re downright boring, for the most part.

But after a lot of self-reflection, I found one that is meaningful to me. Continue reading “Harry Potter Week Day 4: A Harry Potter Story”

Harry Potter Week Day 3: Top 7 Characters

Harry Potter is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this week (20th US!), and Weird Zeal is hosting a week-long event! I’m a die-hard Potterhead, and I’m having a great time with these short but fun posts about my favorite series. If you’re a Potter fan make sure to check out the event!

Today we our sharing our favorite Harry Potter characters! Which, if you ask me, seems like an amazing opportunity to share some fanart too!


Top 7 Harry Potter Characters

7. Ginny Weasley

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Art by Burdge

I feel like Ginny is an extremely underrated character. Aside from Harry (maybe even including Harry) she gets the most character development out of anyone in the series! I love her matter-of-fact takes-no-bull attitude and how she doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. I love how she stands up for Luna before anyone else does. And I love that she supports Harry’s decisions and doesn’t try to talk him out of them. Continue reading “Harry Potter Week Day 3: Top 7 Characters”

Harry Potter Week Day 2: Ranking Harry Potter

Harry Potter is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this week (20th US!), and Weird Zeal is hosting a week-long event! I’m a die-hard Potterhead, and I’m having a great time with these short but fun posts about my favorite series. If you’re a Potter fan make sure to check out the event!

Today we are ranking the books, favorite to least. Or the movies, but I don’t care about those. So books it is! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while anyway, so here we go!


Ranking Harry Potter

1. The Prisoner of Azkaban

5There are so many reasons this is my favorite Harry Potter book. I think primarily I love the time travel aspect. I remember as a young person I hadn’t ever really thought of time travel this way before, of how our future can be in our past and it all wrapped up together. It really affected the way I’ve approached every other time travel book/movie/TV show/whatever since then. I also loved Hogsmeade. I feel like Hogsmeade, along with the Quidditch cup, really made this the last of the light-hearted early books for kids, which is what I originally loved about Harry Potter. Finally, I was so excited to learn more about Harry’s mysterious father and his friends. I’ve always loved Sirius, don’t know why. Continue reading “Harry Potter Week Day 2: Ranking Harry Potter”

Harry Potter Week Day 1: Hogwarts Tag

So I just found out reading one of my favorite blogs, Modern Witch’s Bookshelf, that not only is it Harry Potter’s Anniversary Week, but Weird Zeal is hosting an event!

Harry Potter celebrated his 20th Anniversary last year, but THIS is his 20th Anniversary in the US. Now, I’m not usually the sort to make a big deal out of stuff like this, but after reading Samantha’s blog post I checked out what Weird Zeal is up to this week, and it’s so much fun that I couldn’t NOT participate! I’m supposed to be doing something completely different right now, but OH WELL!!!!

So today is Day 1, which is the Hogwarts Tag. Now, I already did the Hogwarts Tag last summer, read here, but this one is slightly different, so here I go!


The Hogwarts Tag

The Rules:

  • Link back to one of Weird Zeal‘s post so that she can see all participation!
  • Tag your friends and tell them to join as well!
  • Have fun 🙂

1. What house are you in?

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Proud Ravenclaw! “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” Continue reading “Harry Potter Week Day 1: Hogwarts Tag”

Dumbledore’s Still Not Gay

In an interview that exploded onto the internet this week, the director of the new Fantastic Beasts movie revealed that the character of Dumbledore will not be explicitly gay in the upcoming film. And people are more than a little upset.

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When the Harry Potter books were released in the 90s and early 2000s they were almost revolutionary in the way they dealt with discrimination. There were even a couple of studies (read more here) that showed that readers of Harry Potter had better attitudes toward minority groups, especially immigrants and homosexuals. However, to many 21st century readers, it isn’t enough. They want to see representation. This is most easily exemplified in the black-Hermione movement, which did eventually lead to the casting of black women for the role of Hermione in the Cursed Child play. However, LGBTQ readers and allies still lack a character to identify with.

Long-time fans have been anxiously awaiting the Fantastic Beasts sequel, because we assumed that any moving including both Dumbledore and Grindewald would HAVE to include something about their relationship and/or sexuality. It’s incredibly disappointing to me, but even more so to others, to find that this won’t be the case. Not just because of this lack of representation, but because I know I was personally hoping to get to know Dumbledore better. He is such an enigma in the books, which is presumably why his sexuality never came into play. I think fans are itching to find out more about him. (I can’t help but think of all the times I’ve heard a call to read a “Life and Lies of Albert Dumbledore” book…)

So, yeah, it sucks. Continue reading “Dumbledore’s Still Not Gay”

Calendar Girls November: Best End of a Series

I gave basically zero thought to this post because I figured it would be so easy. Then I went to look at my bookshelf and realized that I had no idea what book to pick. Turns out I don’t read all that many series. And the first book is almost always the best one! The only two good answers were both a little obvious.

So, get ready for not the most interesting choice for Best End of a Series, but a good, solid choice nonetheless! Continue reading “Calendar Girls November: Best End of a Series”

Review: Cuckoo’s Calling

16160797Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Series: Cormoran Strike
Genres: Mystery, Crime, Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆


After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.


Oh. My. Word.

So, let me start off by saying that I am not at all well-versed in the mystery genre, and have very little to compare to. I have been wanting to get into this genre for a while now, but wasn’t really sure where to begin. So when I saw Cuckoo’s Calling on sale for $6 I figured, why not?

Continue reading “Review: Cuckoo’s Calling”