‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’ By J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Publisher: Little, Brown
Date: 2016
Pages: 343
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

The eight story, nineteen years later …

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ was a book I picked up as part of the N.E.W.T.S readathon in August. It fulfilled the prompt for an E in Defence Against the Dark Arts which was to read the first book that came to mind.

The Cursed Child takes place 19 years after all the events in the final instalment in the Harry Potter series. In it we follow Severus Albus Potter as he grapples with life in his brothers shadow and learning to accept who he is.

This story is also written in play format and has been adapted to what I have heard is an incredible production. However as a story it was something that I read as a seperate entity to the Harry Potter series. It was still something that felt like meh story. I wasn’t committed to the outcome, which is unfortunate as I am a HUGE Harry Potter Fan!

Overall I felt like this story was not necessary as a continuation of the Harry Potter universe. I don’t feel like I gained more knowledge of the wizarding world in any real way. I wish I could of gotten more out of it.

Plot: 4/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 4/10
World Building: 4/10
Quality of Writing: 4/10
Stars: 1/5

Review: ‘Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

By J.K. Rowling

Book 4 in the Harry Potter Series

Publisher: Scholastic Trade
Date: 2000
Pages: 734
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 145
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ was the 4th book in my annual Harry Potter reread.

Obviously ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ is the 4th book in the Harry Potter series. We follow Harry Potter, a wizard as he heads to school for his fourth year. In the fourth year things are a little different. Instead of students competing in the house Quidditch Cup, they are being joined by students from Dermstrang and Beauxbaton’s who are travelling to Hogwarts to participate the Triwizard Championship. With this deadly competition underway Harry will experience anything but a regular year at Hogwarts.

Harry is our main character. He is the Chosen one. The boy who lived. With all these labels I felt that Harry was no where near as arrogant as he could be. I sometimes feel as though he can be a little to naive. However within the context of ‘The Goblet of Fire’ Harry is a 14 year old boy thrust into something that magically he isn’t ready for which makes the lack of confidence and humble behaviours logical. He can be very hot headed throughout.

‘Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire’ is where the Harry Potter series really takes a darker turn and things really begin to kick off. It is my least favourite of the Harry Potter books but it is definitely necessary for the development of the story.

The Harry Potter series is one that I will always love!

“What’s coming will come and we’ll meet it when it does”

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

The Harry Potter Book Tag

I saw this post on Jenna’s blog bookmark your thoughts, and being a Harry Potter fan I wanted to give it a go!

I really have a soft spot for ‘harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone’ I always seem to gravitate towards this one. I feel as though this is where the magic begins so this is where I feel like I can experience it over and over again.

The final movie, with the epic conclusion is one I always enjoy rewatching

I don’t know what it is about ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ but there is something about it. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy it however it is not my favourite book.

One hundred percent when Dumbledore and Dobby die, I was a hot mess!

Luna, Luna, Luna! She is absolutely my favourite. She is so quirky and really sees whats going on.

I took this Quiz on Pottermore and I got a St. Bernard, which is fine with me because I love doggos!

I think I would choose the invisibility cloak. Sometimes you just need to sneak into a library!

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ By J.K. Rowling

‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

By J.K. Rowling

Publisher:Scholastic
Date: 1999
Pages: 341
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 20
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle  Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?

As with the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ review, I want to say I’m a little biased because this is the millionth time I am rereading these books, but honestly I just love them and I can’t get enough!

The second book ‘The Chamber of Secrets’ picks up with Harry at the Dursely’s for the summer awaiting the beginning of his second year at Hogwarts. From the get go Harry isn’t really having a good time of it, but really whats new?

Poor Harry can’t catch a break in this book. Which kinda tells you what the next 5 books are going to be like for him. I do feel sorry for him particularly in this book because students and some staff just end up jumping to conclusions which annoyed me so much. I mean the poor kid is like 12, give him a break.

Anyway, we meet a few new characters in this book that reappear later on in the series. One of my favourite introductions is of course Dobby. Such a sweet little house elf.

Overall I think ‘Chamber of Secrets’ is a strong second book in fantastically magical series that I will always love.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8.5/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:   5/5

Review: ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ By J.K. Rowling

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gridndelwald’

By J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Little Brown
Publish Date: 2018
Pages: 272
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  fantasy Script
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia QBD

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ in the screenplay of the movie released in 2018 in the Wizarding World and the Fantastic Beasts film series. I saw the film and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I hadn’t picked up the first Fantastic beasts screenplay so I wasn’t going to pick this one up but I found it for a great price at Dymocks and I love the cover so thought why not?

I’m now really glad I picked it up!

I’m not about to sit here and say it was a 5 star read. It was good though. I enjoyed being able to read the remember each scene of the movie. It was actually a fun time.

I also found that I picked up on details that I either didn’t notice in the film or that were hard to get across in the movie. Honestly I really recommend this if you liked or were kinda in the middle about the film, it gives you a bit more information which is so helpful!

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Stars:  3/5

Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon Update

Ok, so i know no one is keenly awaiting an update on the Christmas at Hogwarts read-a-thon, but I thought I would post one anyway.

So far I have completed:
* ‘Finish your course work‘ which was a prompt to finish your current read.
* I then decided to ‘Help Hagrid decorate the trees’ which was a book with gold detailing on the cover. Originally I was going to read ‘Shadow and Bone’ By Leigh Bardugo but since it took me longer than I anticipated to finished my current read I chose something a little easier to read and went with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindewald’ the Official Screenplay by J.K. Rowling, which I’ve now finished.

*Next was ‘Visit the 3 broomsticks for Mulled Pixie Wine’ which was a prompt to read a book that would take a day to read for this I was originally going to read ’50 ways to Yay’ by Alexi Panos but decided instead to read ‘Explorer: The Mystery Boxes’ By Kazu Kibuishi’which was definitely a good choice as I really enjoyed it.

*The 4 the prompt I chose from the 3 options and chose ‘Attend the Yule Ball’ which was read a book you’ve been preparing yourself for. I intend to stick with ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas.

*The final reading prompt has 2 options and I am still sticking with ‘Use the invisibility cloak to sneak into the restricted section’ which is to read a banned book. For this one I am sticking with ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ By J.K. Rowling.

Thats the update on my first ever reading challenge! Are you participating? How are you going with your reading challenge?

Unboxing: September Gobstone Alley Box

Once again I got my Gobstone Alley Box, definitely unexpected but I’m not going to complain. 

Here’s what was inside…. 

So I want to start off my saying that I absolutely love the t-shirt! You can’t see the whole quote in this picture but it says ‘when in doubt go to the library’. Love, love, love. 

The other items included were:

  • A ‘I solemnly swear I’m up to no good’ mug
  • A stag Patronus coaster
  • A ‘He who must not be named’ keychain 
  • A vial of powdered Bicorn horn
  • Vial with fresh lavender
  • A Potions Master magnet
  • Cosy Elves Tea which is ‘Neville’s Hand-Picked Flower’ tea. A black tea with raspberries.
  • A Potions class syllabus which I am excited to take to work to continue my decoration. 
  • A permission form to visit Hogsmeade. Also excited to take this to work. My kiddos love looking at my Harry Potter wall. 
  • ‘Common room’ Incendio Candle. 
  • Bertie Bott’s Every flavour beans. 

This one did take a while to get here – I received it in November. But totally worth it, because i genuinely love everything! 

Unboxing: WIZARDING WORLD: Hogwarts House Pride 2018 Box

This unboxing is only a SMIDGE late, It arrived while I was overseas so I didn’t get to unbox it until I got back. For this box we needed to select a Hogwarts House. Now, since we get Hufflepuff for the Gobsotne Alley box for me (Go Hufflepuff) we get Ravenclaw for my fiancee when we order Lootcrate.

Let me tell you, He was EXCITED!

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Inside wrapped in blue tissue paper were the following fun items:

  • A Harry Potter enamel pin. (an exclusive lootcrate Item)
  • Hogwarts crest socks. There were two pairs. One with the Ravenclaw crest and one with the hogwarts crest. My Finacee has worn both of these for work, so you know they are a hit!
  • Hogwarts house T-shirt. I love the colour of this one, its the perfect blue for Ravenclaw and another one thats already been warn numerous times.
  • Hogwarts house patch. This is going to be a great edition to our patch jacket!
  • Hogwarts House Pocket Watch. This is an amazing quality watch. Its great as a decor piece on my bookshelf!

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Did you get the 2018 House Pride box from lootcrete this year? Let me know your thoughts!

You can also find an unboxing for the ‘Family Ties’ box from there beginning of the year, here.  You can also check out Lootcrete and the Wizarding World Box.