Books

The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Hello friends and fellow wizarding lovers! Originally, I planned on writing a review for a different book this week. Instead, I switched things around since I finished the Harry Potter series earlier this month.

At first, I planned on writing a full series review. Personally, I don’t think I remember enough or have enough time to do that. Thankfully, I stumbled upon the Ultimate Harry Potter Tag.

Basically, I’ll get to talk about the book series and my thoughts on it without doing a full review. At the time I’m writing this, I have yet to watch the movies so I’ll probably either skip the movie questions or just answer it about the books. Without too much more rambling, let’s get into it!


General Questions

1. Which Harry Potter book is your favorite?

This wasn’t a tough question for me, at all. My favorite book in the series has to be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Since it was book 5, there was a lot of build-up to this one and we already knew most of the characters.

We also learned more about Sirius and continued to follow Harry in his chase to defeat Voldemort. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was Umbridge but she made a wonderful antagonist to hate when I was reading lol.

2. Which Harry Potter book is your least favorite?

This was a tough question as I enjoyed all the books. This was sort of a toss-up because I enjoyed aspects of both Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

However, I have to give it to The Prisoner of Azkaban, because of Sirius. Sirius is easily one of my favorite characters from the book and I hated how this book portrayed him. I know it was for a reason, but come on man…..

3. Which Harry Potter film is your favorite?

Confession time: I’ve only seen Chamber of Secrets in the Harry Potter film catalog. I’m going with that one for now, but I’m sure it will change since reading the books.

4. Which Harry Potter film is your least favorite?

I’ll pass on this one for now!

5. Which Harry Potter quote is your favorite?

Harry Potter's Sirius Black Quote Typed on Typewriter by #LettersWithImpact

Characters Questions

6. Which Weasley is your favorite?

Could my answer be anything but Ron? Well, I do appreciate all the Weasleys, Ron is by far my favorite.

7. Which female character is your favorite?

Hermione, of course! She’s smart, bookish, clever and one of only a few female characters. I wish Harry Potter had more than just Hermione as a lead female character even though I do love her.

8. Which villain is your favorite?

Hands down, Lord Voldemort. The hatred and utter ruthless is what makes me enjoy him so much as a villain. He’s evil through and through without any apologies.

9. Which male character is your favorite?

As if I haven’t already mentioned him a billion times, it’s Sirius Black. He is everything.

10. Favorite Hogwarts professor?

This is such a tough question because I enjoyed so many of them! I’m going to go with a tie between Professor McGonagall and Professor Lupin. They’re both such wonderful characters who I always enjoyed seeing.

Would You Rather?

11. Would you rather wash Snape’s hair or spend a day, listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Give me Lockhart all day every day. I don’t want to get my hands on Snape’s greasy hair.

12. Duel against an elated Bellatrix or an angry Molly?

Probably Bellatrix. I like Molly too much to try to duel against her.

13. Travel to Hogwarts via Hogwarts Express or Flying Car?

Hogwarts Express, because it’s just so iconic. Plus I’d feel a little safer, riding in a train than with Ron driving.

14.  Kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a Bubble Bath?

Voldemort better pucker up!

15. Ride a Hippogriff or ride a Firebolt?

Obviously, ride a hippogriff. On one condition: Buckbeak has to be the hippogriff I ride, I won’t accept any other.

As the next section is about the movies, I’m going to skip ahead to the Hogwarts section! 

Hogwarts Questions

16. Which Hogwarts House was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Honestly Gryffindor. That’s only because it’s the main house they always talk about and I had no clue at first.

17. Which Hogwarts House were you actually sorted into on Pottermore (or any other online-sorting quiz)?

Hufflepuff. After taking multiple quizzes, I can truly say I am a Hufflepuff and proud of it. 🙂

18. Which class would be your favorite?

I’d have to say Charms. I think it’d be the most interesting class and one of the most beneficial too.

19. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Expecto Patronum because it could help me get out of tough situations and hopefully, I’d have an awesome patronus.

20. Which character at Hogwarts would you instantly become best friends with?

This is a tough one because I feel like I’d get along with a few of them. I’m going to go with Ginny Weasley because I think people underestimate us a lot and then they’re surprised at how clever and tough we are.

Misc. Questions

21. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which one would it be?

The Invisibility Cloak. I’d love to just sneak around and see what was going on in certain places. It would be fun but also annoying lol.

22. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

Uh so much??? I feel like since I read this when I was older, I don’t have nostalgia glasses on if that makes sense. I’m just going to talk about two things I’d like to change.

The first thing I’d change is losing Sirius. Um, excuse me, J.K. Rowling??? Why did you do that??? He was such a wonderful character who deserved so much more.

The second thing I’d change is Snape’s treatment of Harry. I know a lot of people say “but he was trying to protect him” which is true. However, he didn’t have to constantly bully and belittle Harry and his parents. I thought that was completely ridiculous and disgusting.

23. Favorite Marauder?

Padfoot, of course!

24. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Am I not the president of the Sirius Black fan club already? It’s obviously Sirius 😛

25. Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows!

26. Which parts of the books/films made you cry?

Basically every single death scene, but mostly Dumbledore, Sirius, and Fred.

27. What would your Patronus be?

According to the Buzzfeed quiz I took, it’s a horse. Same as Ginny!

28. If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?

29. Have you played any of the video games?

No. Not a huge video game fan, honestly.

30. If you were on the Quidditch Team, which position would you play?

I’m going to say a chaser. Honestly, I’m not really sure because I’m not the athletic type in magical or non-magical sports.

31. Were you happy with the ending?

For the most part. I enjoyed how neatly the story wrapped up, but I definitely think there’s room for prequels 😛

32. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

The series does mean a lot to me because I’m very proud I finished it and was able to enjoy it. Since I read it now versus when I was young, I don’t have as much attachment to it. I did enjoy it a whole lot, though 🙂

33. Do you think you could ride on a broom?

Maybe!

34. What would you do if you had the Marauder’s Map?

Probably just creep on people to have fun haha.

35. What spell would you make up and what would it do?

My spell would probably have my car drive for me or a spell where I could somehow acquire anything I wanted including money, a job, and a house. Am I bad person??? Oh well, this is just pretending haha.


Almost 40 questions later, I’m finally done. Hopefully, you enjoyed getting a glimpse into my thoughts on Harry Potter, at least the books.

Maybe I’ll follow up later and do a post all about the movies. Quick question: Who are your favorite male and female characters from the Harry Potter series? 

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Wizarding Wednesday #2: Favorite quotes from the first 5 books

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’m back for my second installment of Wizarding Wednesday, a new Harry Potter meme I introduced on my blog. I was sort of hesitant to turn this into a regular Wednesday meme, but feel free to participate.

If you do, all I ask is you pingback to me. If people are interested, I’d be happy to try to come up with topics for each month. This month’s topic is a little bit different as I’ll be looking at my favorite quotes from the first 5 books. As for writing this post, I’m reading book 6 so I’m sure the final two books will get their own post.

Either way, let’s get into some of my favorite quotes from the first 5 books in the Harry Potter series.

5. “To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

I’ll be working my way from book 1 to book 5 so this is a quote from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Even though I’m sure everyone knows this, this was a quote from Albus Dumbledore when he was talking to Harry.

I love this quote because it’s incredibly true. Even if you lose someone, they will always be there and always love you. It’s hard to deal with life without them, but knowing you were loved by them is a wonderful feeling. It makes the loss a little easier to deal with and that’s exactly what Harry needed.

4. “When in doubt, go to the library.”

Coming up with a quote from Chambers of Secrets was tough. I looked through a few pages, but nothing stood out to me. This quote spoken by Ron about Hermione was surprisingly relatable though so I had to include it.

It’s pretty sound advice if you ask me. If you’re doubting something, go to the library and look it up or just go to the library to relax. Since we’re all book bloggers around her, I’m sure you all can agree. 🙂

3. “Don’t let the muggles get you down.”

I had trouble with Chamber of Secrets, but deciding on one for The Prisoner of Azkaban was incredibly hard. There are so many great quotes from this book and trying to pinpoint a single favorite was tough. After looking through them, I decided on “Don’t let the muggles get you down.”

This quote is spoken by Ron to Harry about the Dursleys. This quote is obviously reminiscence of “Don’t let the bastards get you down” and after reading The Handmaid’s Tale, it has a special meaning to me. The next time someone needs a pick-me-up, I’ll have to use this line.

2. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

Goblet of Fire also has a ton of great quotes. I saw so many good ones, but I decided to go with this one. Personally, this quote is another one that a lot of people can relate to and something that many people don’t think about.

This quote was spoken by Sirus Black and honestly, what a guy. I could go on and on about Sirus, but this is one of my favorite quotes from him. I won’t give away any spoilers, but Sirus! Why?? Sirus!!!!

1. “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”

Order of the Phoenix had a handful of good quotes and this one is perfect. It really does remind me a lot of the book and sigh, it’s another incredibly true quote. Everyone has the choice to do what’s right and wrong, but it all depends on who you are and how you decide to represent yourself.

Once again, this is a quote from Sirus Black. Have I mentioned I loved him? Because I do and I can’t believe. Well, we all know but once again, Sirus! Why? Sirus!!


Well, that’s my March Wizarding Wednesday post! Hopefully, you enjoyed it and maybe we have some of the same favorite quotes. Can’t wait to hear from some of my fellow Harry Potter fans in the comments. 🙂

 

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Wizarding Wednesday: Why I chose to read the Harry Potter series now

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to a new monthly meme on my blog entitled Wizarding Wednesday. This is basically a way for me to talk a little bit about Harry Potter each month since I’m spending 2018, reading the entire series.

I don’t really have set date when I’ll be posting it. I’m going to be joining another Wednesday meme so be on the lookout. However, this meme will just a monthly post where I talk about Harry Potter, basically a free for all.

I wasn’t originally planning on creating a meme out of this, but if you want to, feel free to create your own Wizarding Wednesday posts, too. All I ask if you do participate is pingback to this or one of my future posts. I won’t make prompts or anything so just feel free to make an HP-related post. Without further ado, let’s get to what I’m talking about this week.

While I have yet to get this question, I’m surprised I haven’t. Why did I decide to read the Harry Potter series this year? The series is over 20 years old, but still reminds many people’s favorites to this day. However, I had yet to actually pick it up until now so let’s get into why I wanted to read it now.

Part of the reason is that I started this book blog. Before I blissfully ignored Harry Potter including the books, the movies, and the merchandise, but almost every post included something about the series. There were people making posts about it, people rereading it and people just plain loving it. If so many of my fellow bloggers loved it, then I couldn’t put off reading it any longer.

Another reason I decided to read Harry Potter now is that I wanted to start some new series in 2018. At the beginning of the year, it always feels like a fresh start so why not start something new? I knew it was going to take a few months to do and so far, I’m only on book 5. Not to mention, it’s another iconic series and one of the biggest YA fantasy series, ever.

I couldn’t not talk about the movies, though. The Harry Potter movie adaptations are known as some of the best in the business. From their great casting to brilliant acting to comparison to the books, it’s hard not to be captivated by them. I believe I’ve only watched the first two but I’m looking forward to seeing the story come alive before my eyes.

Another reason why I had to pick them up is the Wizarding World. My boyfriend and I eventually hope to go to Disney World so why not head to the Wizarding World in Universal too? Seeing the pictures, commercials and people’s Instagram posts makes it look so cool. I’m not even sure when or if I’ll get to go, but it would be a fun vacation spot and something I wouldn’t want to miss just because I haven’t read the books!

Last but not least, the final reason I waited to read the books is so I wouldn’t have to wait. I’m sure a lot of you would agree with me on this. You’d rather read all the books at your own pace instead of having to wait for them to come out. Even though the series wrapped up in 2007, I’d rather know I have all the books at my fingertips to put down and pick back up as I please.

That’s it for my first Wizarding Wednesday post! When did you decide to read the Harry Potter series?