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Harry Potter Classroom

Why couldn’t my teachers be this epic?

There’s a middle school teacher who decorated his classroom into a “Harry Potter wonderland” for his incoming students. Having that dedication to a book series is just amazing, but to share that passion with students is wonderful.

Most of the decorations seem to be trinkets that the teacher had for years since he was a teen himself and reading the books, so it wasn’t that pricey for him to splurge on decorations. It’s incredibly heartwarming to me for a book series to touch someone enough to want to share that with others, especially students. It shows his passion for not only Harry Potter but for reading in general, and his decorating skills are going to forge such a special connection with his students that I’m a little envious about. I can only hope that the teacher’s passion will shine through enough to inspire the students to show their passion about something just as much.

Here’s to everyone who has that special book or series or television show or song that they can gush about just enough to bond with another!

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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Home

 

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Switching Places

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If I could switch places with any book character, it’d be Bailey Clarke from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

People read books to escape, to imagine themselves in another world or just to tune out the real one for a while. While some people wish that fictional characters were real, I wish that I could go into their worlds, to witness the imagery that I only see in my head with my own eyes, to meet these heroes and misunderstood characters in person.

Bailey Clarke is one of the main heroes of Morgenstern’s book. The timeline of his narrative crosses over the other heroes’ until they meet together in the climax. Bailey isn’t one of the main magicians or performers of the circus — instead, he’s a young man who just falls in love with the circus itself. Just like the readers, he becomes entranced with the magic and becomes pivotal in helping to rescue the circus. His journey to save the circus also saves himself, as he finds where he truly belongs in the world and what he is meant to do.

There are, of course, plenty of other literary characters that I would love to switch places with — Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Aech from Ready Player One, Bilbo Baggins or Éowyn from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings — but I believe Bailey Clarke fits me best. To see the wonder of the Night Circus, to figure out the purpose of my life, to find and keep a beloved ring of family and friends…

I wouldn’t mind being Bailey Clarke in Morgenstern’s world.

What about you? Any certain characters that you wouldn’t mind trading places with?

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Home

 

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Favorite Characters: Fred and George Weasley

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The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling is easily one of my favorite series. The series gifts sheer magic, both literal and metaphorical, to the readers no matter what page we’re on. While there are few characters I actively dislike (well, there is Umbridge, but while she was made for us to dislike, I can appreciate her as a character), my absolute favorites were the Weasley twins, Fred and George.

The Weasley family were one of the first magical characters that we meet, and Fred and George immediately introduce themselves to the readers with humorous quips, teasing their mother about mixing them up and promising their sister a Hogwarts toilet seat. Their humor and strong family bonds were what initially drew me to them as characters, and I always got excited whenever they passed by on the pages of the books.

Their loyalty and ambition soon bumped them up my list of favorite characters. They’ve always believed in and supported Harry throughout the series, welcoming him into their home along with the rest of their family, joining Dumbledore’s Army, and even taking off in a flying car with their younger brother to rescue Harry from his aunt and uncle in the second book. Their penchant for pranking came from genuinely wanting to make others laugh and be happy, even during the wizarding world’s darkest times. They never entertained the thought of purebloods being above the rest of the wizarding world and stuck by their friends for who they were.

Even if there were characters who weren’t thrilled with their pranks, the inventions these guys came up with were genius, testifying to their intelligence. I was definitely impressed with their development leading to the pair of them opening up their own business. Their personalities lead me to believe that they could have easily fit into any of the other houses if they weren’t in Gryffindor. Can you imagine Slytherin having these goofballs?

Perhaps my favorite aspect of these two characters is their inability to give a crap what anyone else thought of their dreams. They whole-heartedly pursued opening their own business, despite others around them trying to convince the pair that it was risky, that they should stay in school, that they should get a more traditional job. As someone who has been in a similar situation, I definitely appreciate it more now than I did when I first read the books.

It’s always enjoyable to return to the Harry Potter series and see the Weasley twins gracing the pages with their wit, humor, and inspiration.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2017 in Home

 

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Favorite Author Quotes – J.K. Rowling

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”

“And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.”

“I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”

“I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”

“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Home

 

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Posted by on June 12, 2017 in Home

 

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

“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.

HARRY: So I’m supposed to stand and watch?

DUMBLEDORE: No. You’re supposed to teach him how to meet life.”

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Review

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This post may contain spoilers.

 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling is one of the most beloved book franchises in the world. Spawning movies, video games, entire theme parks from the books, Harry Potter has almost a cult following. When word got out that there was going to be a play that took place after the epilogue of the final book, people went crazy. Created by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne with a bit of help from J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was born.

Considering I wasn’t able to hop on a plane and get to London for the two-part play, I was definitely excited to hear that the script would be published. Although it wouldn’t have been the same as seeing the magic performed on the stage, I was sure my imagination could fill in the blanks.

Being a script, this book was a quick read. It took me a little under three hours to get through it all. It was a delight to see Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Draco again, to see them grown even if they were still struggling from the war that had snatched away their childhoods two decades beforehand. They all had children themselves, all growing up with the pressure that came with famous parents.

The story of the play itself revolves much around time and what-ifs. What if Cedric Diggory had lived after the Triwizard Tournament? What if Hermione and Ron had never gotten married? What if Voldemort had won all those years ago? Harry’s youngest son Albus and Draco’s son Scorpius explore these possibilities when they dare to meddle with time, to try to right a wrong, to try to figure out themselves in a world that only sees them as the sons of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy.

While I enjoyed this very much, it seems to have been given mixed reviews over on Goodreads. Quite a few reviews complain about the lack of character development, the lack of description and stage directions, how it reminds them of fanfiction instead of an actual eighth story.

But that’s the point of this entire script.

It is a fanfiction, it’s a what-if telling of the future of some of the most beloved literary characters in the world. It’s a play, not a novel, and it shouldn’t be reviewed as such. Plays are meant to be watched, to see unfolded on a stage, allowing the audience members to come to their own conclusions about the characters through their actions and interactions with each other. There is no narration to allow us to get into a character’s head — you must deduce that yourself from his words, from her actions what their thoughts are.

It’s unfair to compare the play to the saga when the play aims to take you to a new world. A familiar world, yes, but a new world just the same.

With all that said, I would have loved this as a novel much like those who left disgruntled reviews stating the same, but I can understand that the writers wished to invite Harry Potter fans from all over the world to see their play. If not in person on the London stage, then in their imaginations with the help of the script. If only there were a few more parts after Part One and Part Two…

If you enjoy the Harry Potter series and keep in mind that this is a script rather than an attempt at the eighth novel, then I believe you’ll enjoy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” gets a 4 out of 5 stars.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Wizarding World Book Club

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Pottermore is launching a Wizarding World Book Club because it’s long overdue.

This summer, Pottermore will host the worldwide book club to invite new and old readers alike to read the Harry Potter books together to debate every little detail in them (as if fans haven’t been doing that since the first book was published, right?). New themes will be discussed every week for fans to dissect. It’s aiming to bring even more readers together to share in something that we all love.

Considering I don’t go on Pottermore regularly, I probably won’t join in on this worldwide book club, but I still thought it was something fun to share. I may still follow the Twitter account for the book club, though, @WWBookClub.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Home

 

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