Harry Potter Spells Tag

Hey, bookworms! I missed doing a post yesterday for Harry Potter’s birthday because of writing and work. So today I’m going to make up for it by doing the Harry Potter Spells Tag, which I found on becoming bookish, who you should definitely check out (after reading this post, of course)!

I’m not going to tag anyone specific so if you decide you’d like to do it, consider yourself tagged! Let’s get to it!

 

1. Expecto Patronum – a childhood book connected to good memories

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss is the only “childhood” book that I have good memories of. I consider childhood to span from ages birth to puberty, which didn’t leave me with much time to experience it as I went through puberty “early.” This was one of the first books I could read by myself and so I read it until my copy was tattered. (Photo credit to Chris Schwartz.)

 

2. Expelliarmus – a book that took you by surprise

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The Alchemyst (well, the whole The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott really surprised me. I was looking for something similar to Harry Potter after a reread of the series and someone at the library suggested these. The covers reminded me of old books, which I thought was awesome, so I decided to check them out but had low expectations and wow! Definitely give them a go.

 

3. Prior Incanto – the last book you read

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I’m working my way through The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. The last book I finished reading was the first book in the series, The Red Pyramid. Honestly at this point, the author could put his grocery lists on eBay and I’d bid. I like him as a person, but his writing is also really good, albeit inconsistent.

 

4. Alohamora – a book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before

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Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey introduced me to a load of new things, both book related and not. It’s the first alternate universe book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. I wish there were more alternate universe novels out there because I LOVE them. (If you have any recs….give me all the recs.)

 

5. Riddikulus – a funny book you’ve read

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I laughed my way through at least half of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon. It’s such a fun summertime read and I’ll probably reread it again soon because I just love it so much! I should probably also work on my review for it but I might just wait until after my reread to do that. I don’t know yet. We shall see!

 

6. Sonorus – a book you think everybody should know about

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If you’re surprised that I’m picking The Alchemists of Loom series by Elise Kova, you must not follow me on any social media or text with me at all ever because it’s at least half of what I talk about. I absolutely love this beautiful steampunk fantasy series and please check it out. You can thank me later, preferably with baked goods or candles.

 

7. Obliviate – a book or spoiler you would like to forget having read

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I would love to forget having read what I did of A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. I’ve read ownvoices reviews that say how much they loved the book and saw great representation in it, but I really just hated it. As an ownvoices reviewer myself, I felt like it reinforced general stereotypes of bipolar disorder and the associated medicines while also providing wild inaccuracies I hadn’t heard before. I won’t review or rate it because, like I said, there are some reviewers who found good rep in it but I would love to forget I read any of it at all.

 

8. Imperio – a book you had to read for school

This one is impossible for me because the only things I had to read for school was when I was participating in school plays and I had to read and memorize a script. We were assigned book reports but we were always allowed to select our own books and since I was an avid reader even when I was younger, I never felt forced to read anything. I just wrote the report about whatever I happened to be reading right then.

 

9. Crucio – a book that was painful for you to read

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Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember In The Ashes series is so extremely painful to read, but not for the reason you might think. It’s so incredibly well written that everything is immersive and realistic and seeing the people in the book suffer is excruciating. I can’t wait for book 3 in 2018!

 

10. Avada Kedavra – a book that could kill

The first book that pops into my head for this prompt is 13 Reasons Why because it romanticizes suicide, which could potentially push someone toward committing suicide themselves. This has probably also been aggravated by the creation of the show, which I already know I can’t watch so please stop recommending I watch it.

 

And that’s it! I had loads of fun doing this tag! If it looks like something you’d enjoy doing too, I tag you!

Happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop 2017 #17

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly Hop that is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Weekly prompts are given in the form of Blogger submitted (G-rated) questions.

How many books have you re-read? If you have re-read books, please tell us the book’s title and why you re-read it.

I’ve reread a few books and continue to do so. The books I reread the most are the Harry Potter series, which I go through again once every year or two. The series has given so much to me and I get something new from it each time I reread it. Also, I’ve read them so many times that reading them again feels almost like coming home.

I’ve also read the nine books in the Kushiel’s Universe series by Jacqueline Carey several times. I enjoy the storytelling, the creative worldbuilding, and the representation I see in it of myself.

There are loads of books I reread occasionally for different reasons, but the most recent I’ve read more than once is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The entire book is so breathtakingly and masterfully written. It covers so many relevant and important topics within it that I often find myself thinking about it even when I’m not reading it. I’ll probably read it again soon.

Do you reread books? Which ones are your favorites to visit again?

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 2017 #17

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme that is hosted by the wonderful Lunar Rainbows!

I know a few of you have asked me to go ahead and write the post about how I got into Harry Potter and why I still love it. There’s a free week coming up in May, so I’ll use this blog meme to tell that story since it’s already Harry Potterish!

What other settings/world would Harry Potter characters do well in? (Like who would win the Hunger Games, who would do well in the Mines of Moria, who would be a good addition to the Avengers, etc.)

I’m going to break this one down by setting/world so that I can fit a few characters into each. I’m going to leave off settings and worlds in books I haven’t read.

The Hunger Games – I think the most likely to win the Hunger Games would have to be Ginny. She’s badass and fearless so I could see her being able to survive and not being afraid to kill the other people in order to do so.

Avengers – I would love to see Hermione and Harry in the Avengers. Harry for his strength of character and determination. Hermione because every time someone says something inaccurate or offensive, I could see her saying, “Well, actually…” and then giving a full textbook explanation of why they’re wrong. While this could be considered “femmesplaining,” we all know Hermione would be correct.

Ketterdam – Is it just me or would Fred and George be absolutely hilarious if they were dropped into Leigh Bardugo’s Ketterdam? I could see them pulling pranks on EVERYONE. It. Would. Be. EPIC!

Westeros – Let’s be real… the only one of the Harry Potter characters who could survive in George R. R. Martin’s Westeros is Ron. He’s great at hiding but also is a loyal friend. I could see him doing well on the King’s Council….so long as he didn’t oppose the Lannisters too openly.

Wonderland – Luna and Neville would be perfect here! With the array of fantastic characters and species of animals, both of them would fit in wonderfully.

What other settings/world would Harry Potter characters do well in?

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 2017 #16

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme that is hosted by the wonderful Lunar Rainbows!

If you could change one thing from the fifth film, what would it be?

Honestly, I don’t know. At this point in the films, the only thing I really remember starting to bother me was the casting changes, but that happens when anything this extensive is filmed. The Hunger Games was only four movies adapting from three books and they had cast changes between films. I suppose it’s only fair to expect that cast changes happen, but as a fan THEY IRRITATE ME!

What would you change about the fifth film if you could?

​Harry Potter Moment of the Week 2017 #15

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme that is hosted by the wonderful Lunar Rainbows!

How did Lockheart add to the overall storyline?

I think he added a good bit of depth to the wizarding world. Before him, we had good wizards, evil wizards, and quidditch players. But with adding Lockheart to the story, we get to see that the wizarding world also has celebrities. It has people who faked it to make it. It has people who are, or believe themselves to be, larger than life. I think the presence of his character was incredibly important for the storyline because it brought the entire wizarding world more parallel to our own, muggle/no-mag world.

I also think it gave us a glimpse at what Harry might have been like if he wasn’t sent to live with the Dursleys. As McGonagall says, everyone would have known who he was. He would have been famous. Lockheart shows us exactly how that can go to someone’s head.

What do you think Lockheart added to the overall storyline?

​Harry Potter Moment of the Week 2017 #14

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme that is hosted by the wonderful Lunar Rainbows!

What’s your favorite Fred and George moment?

This is a tough one to answer because there are so many great moments with these two. I think probably my favorite is toward the beginning of The Chamber of Secrets when they fly Arthur Weasley’s car to help Ron break Harry out of his room to bring him to the Burrow. They went out of their way just to do something nice. While it made Harry’s escape possible (because, as later established, Ron can’t drive well AT ALL) it also is a starting point for putting essential layers on the character development of the twins.

What’s your favorite Fred and George moment?

​Harry Potter Moment of the Week 2017 #13

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme that is hosted by the wonderful Lunar Rainbows!

Would you have joined Dumbledore’s Army? Even with Unbridge breathing down your neck?

Most definitely, yes! The kids who joined learned so much more than the kids who didn’t. Also, they gained a practical knowledge of spells that probably meant the difference between life and death during the battle of Hogwarts. While obviously it wasn’t enough on its own  (FRED! 😭) I’m sure it did help quite a bit.

Plus I feel like it’s important to point out that sometimes a little rebellion is good. Resistance is important. So Umbridge is breathing down your neck isn’t a good enough reason not to join. In this case, there is so much more to gain than could be lost.

Would you have joined Dumbledore’s Army?

​Harry Potter Moment of the Week 2017 #12

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme that is hosted by the wonderful Lunar Rainbows!

What’s your favorite Harry Potter fanfic?

I…actually have never read a fanfic, Harry Potter or otherwise. If any of you have recommendations to good ones, maybe I’ll check them out? I’m willing to read them, I just never have before.

What’s your favorite Harry Potter fanfic?

​Harry Potter Moment of the Week 2017 #11

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme that is hosted by the wonderful Lunar Rainbows!

Which cast member do you think was a perfect fit for their character?

I mean so many of the cast members fit their character so well, so this is a tough one to answer. In the end, when it comes to perfection, I have to go with Dame Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall. She’s authoritative but fun and she really digs into every role she plays. For me, she IS Professor McGonagall.

​Harry Potter Moment of the Week 2017 #10

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme that is hosted by the wonderful Lunar Rainbows!

This week’s topic is: If you could change one thing from book 5, what would it be?

I’ve actually been waiting for this one because I already know the answer. I would change it so that Sirius Black didn’t have to die. I know it’s at least slightly important that he dies but I can’t bring myself to care about that.

Harry has already lost both of his parents. He then gains a godfather, only to lose him as well. I know life isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows, but I would like just that one concession.

What one thing would you change from book 5?