hogwarts tag

Of course, I couldn’t just ignore this tag. I mean hello, I am the ravenclaw library. I live and breathe everything Harry Potter. I often compare books I do read to Harry Potter and often wonder what House they are. I just love Harry Potter a lot, okay?

I saw this on Destiny‘s blog and I knew I had to do it. You all should go check her blog out. Her graphics are very cool and she is just a fair and honest reviewer. I love that she tries to find the positive in every book she reads. She is truly a great reviewer and she is mega kind. Go check her blog out!


am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Muggle born. I found out about Harry Potter from a friend. I was over at their house and they had the Chamber of Secrets on. I asked about it and they told me it was Harry Potter. Somehow I acquired the books and I read them, thus starting my obsession.

My mom hasn’t read any of the books but she has seen all the movies at least four times each. Of course, she has to text me and ask me questions about EVERY SINGLE THING. My dad has tried to read the books but he really couldn’t get into them. He totally supports my obsession with them though. So that’s a plus.

which wand chose me?

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This is Hawthorn wand. It has a Phoenix feather core and it’s 10 3/4″ in length and quite bendy, in case you couldn’t read the really tiny font. Hawthorn wands are complex and intriguing in nature, much like their owners, according to Pottermore. I find this to be true and it pertains to me immensely. Hawthorn wands can be dangerous and their spells can backfire, which is kind of a negative but oh well.

did I take an owl, cat, rat, or toad with me?

I would have probably taken an owl with me. They are incredibly useful, delivering letters and whatnot. However, I wouldn’t have minded taking a cat with me either just so I have some to hug. Can’t really hug an owl. I’m afraid of toads so those are out of the questions and rats are just plain icky to me.

where did the sorting hat put me?

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I feel like this doesn’t really need an explanation.

what house did I want to be in?

To be honest, I always wanted to be in Ravenclaw. I thought that Ravenclaw’s traits were something that fit me. I didn’t want to be in any other House. Even though Hermione is my favorite character.

what lessons are my favorites and least favorites?

I’m one of those nerds that would have loved to take every single class and I would have loved them all. I think History of Magic would have been my absolute favorite. I love History and everything about it.

the form my patronus takes:

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Yeah, I know. I don’t want to talk about it.

what does a boggart look like to me?

My family and close dear friends telling me I’m not good enough for them and leaving me.

do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

If I was more cordinated, I would take up Quidditch. But let’s be real, I wouldn’t be that great at it. So I would probably just spend all my time in the library despite the mean librarian.

where would I find myself in my free time?

Like I said above, probably the library. Or I would be in the Ravenclaw Tower a lot too. It’s so dang pretty!

what would I most likely get detention for?

Knowing me and how I operate, I would get in trouble for being in a place I shouldn’t be and not knowing that it isn’t a place I’m supposed to be in. Because that is how I live my life.

what career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

I would probably want to do something at Hogwarts, like running the library or teaching History of Magic. I wouldn’t mind finding a book related job at the Ministry of Magic as well.

tags

Copping out on tags again. Because it takes forever to tag people. If this seems like something up your alley, give it a shot and ping me back so I can see your answers. I love learning about fellow Ravenclaws or any House.

 

xxlacy

quidditch through the ages

to read a blurb about this book on Goodreads, click here


This will be a pretty short review because the book itself is only 114 pages. That is tiny, really. But for such a tiny book, it packed a lot of information into. I’m impressed, really, because a lot of books that try to do that just get overwhelmed. It may help that it’s not a “novel” by the standard definition.

Anyway. This book is mentioned in the Harry Potter world but it’s not the standard textbook. It’s a free reading book that is offered in the Hogwarts library. Hermione actually gives a copy of this book to Harry at some point as a gift and he reads it a lot, so it’s pretty popular.

Quidditch is a very popular sport in England. Harry, himself, was a Seeker along with his dad. Ron played Keeper, while the Weasley twins played Beater. Other Weasley members played Quidditch as well. And I believe that Ginny played Quidditch for the Holyhead Harpies for a brief time after her time at Hogwarts. Needless to say, this is a popular sport.

In this particular book, we get a brief overview of how Quidditch came to be along with the brooms, teams and assorted Quidditch moves. I mean, that’s it. I don’t know what more I can say about this book without actually writing it on here. I will admit, though, when I first read the book, I didn’t care for it as much as Fantastic Beasts. I actually found it kind of slow and boring. I have no idea why I thought that because I gobbled it up the second time around. Must be age.

I really do recommend picking up this book, especially if you are die hard Harry Potter fan like I am. It adds to your collection, plus if you got the red cover like I did, it’s add charm to your bookshelf.

 

xxlacy

fantastic beasts and where to find them

to read a blurb about this book from Goodreads, click here

to read my review on the movie with the same title, click here.


I love that Jk Rowling gave us a couple of textbooks from the world of Harry Potter. It really brings the story more to life because you actually get to read what the trio read. I am still waiting for Hogwarts, a History but until then, I will live with this book and Quidditch Through the Ages.

Out of both texts, I prefer this one. It reads very easily and is organized alphabetically. The beginning prologue, which explains how the Ministry of Magic rating system came to be and other information like that, is a tad on the boring side but textbooks can’t always be fun and exciting. I do wish that there was more information about each creature and maybe even some pictures. The movies only show a few of the creatures, like the ones that play a major part in the story. However, I did like the little notes and drawings that the trio wrote in them. It gives the book a more personalized feel so it’s not so much a textbook but an extension on the original series.

I really can’t complain though. This was highly informative and I’m glad that it was released to us Muggles. Yes, I know that I am American and should use the term “No-Maj” but honestly, Muggle sounds better.  It really is a must have for the die hard Harry Potter fans but it’s also a good book to have just in your library as well because the cover is so dang pretty!

As far as how this compares to the movie, you almost can’t compare them. The movie took the creatures from the text and put them into a situation. It would be fairly difficult to try and make a movie just from this text. The only way I can see this happening is if they did like an infomercial type of movie with Newt (or Hagrid) showing us each character. I could even see it like a documentary that is often on Animal Planet or Discovery Channel.

I am pleased with both book and movie. They each contribute something wonderful to the Harry Potter world. With the movie, we are introduced to Newt, a wonderfully adorable and awkward man and is the predecessor for Hagrid. In the book, we learn a little more about the creatures in the series and just how dangerous/not dangerous they are. Each has their own merits and I cherish both of them.

 

xxlacy

harry potter series review

to read the blurb about the Sorcerer’s Stone on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Chamber of Secrets on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Prisoner of Azkaban on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Goblet of Fire on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Order of the Phoenix on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Half Blood Princes on Goodreads, click here.

to read the blurb about the Deathly Hallows on Goodreads, click here.


This series essentially defined my childhood and continues to define my adult life. I base every book I read on Harry Potter. I often wonder what House a main character would be. For example, I think Kaz from Six of Crows would totally be a Slytherin. I own so much Harry Potter stuff, it’s ridiculous. You can say that Harry Potter consumes my life on a daily basis. I often talk about Harry Potter so much, my family gets rather annoyed with me.

Everybody always tells me that Harry Potter is a kid’s book and that it isn’t even that good of a series. Those nay sayers can shove off. Harry Potter is so much more than a children’s book. It contains tons of adult themes such as war, distrust of the media, death, etc. You could pick any book and find at least five different adult themes. It teaches children, teenagers and young adults so much about the world and it’s nastier side.

Words fail me when it comes to expressing my love for this series. I know that this probably sounds incredibly silly but Harry Potter got me through some really rough times. I was picked on a lot as a kid. I was just extremely socially awkward. I have anxiety but it was undiagnosed for a very long time. I didn’t know what was wrong with me or why I couldn’t act normal. As a result, I got kind of lonely because nobody could deal with me and how clingy I would become. Thank god I found a few friends that understand me and understand why I am the way I am. Without them, I would be lost.

I don’t know how I acquired the series. All I know is that I somehow got them because I saw the Chamber of Secrets at a friend’s house. I asked her what the movie was and she told me. I was instantly intrigued, once I found out it was an entire book series, and that started my obsession. These books kept me company and soothed my mind when it was racing. I knew that if I had a rough day, Harry Potter would be there, waiting for me.

This series also taught me that my awkwardness was okay. Hermione and Luna were a big part of that. Hermione taught me that being smart and a girl was completely okay. You can love learning and still wear dresses. Being a nerd was okay and people will still love you. Luna taught me that weirdness is fine. There is someone out there that will think you are perfect, weirdness and all.

I truly think that everyone should give this series a try. The first couple of books are a bit middle grade so they may seem simplistic. But it’s just building up to something so much greater, darker and amazing. I mean, man, I’m struggling for words right now. This series just means so much to me. I want everybody to love it as much as I do.

 

 

After all this time? 

Always.

 

xxlacy

seven deadly sins book tag

I’m back with another tag. I wasn’t really tagged in it, per se, but it looked fun. I found it on Frankie’s blog. If you haven’t checked her blog out, you seriously need too. Her reviews are fun and witty. Props, as always, to the original creator!

I’m also doing this tag because I’m currently in the midst of reading Harry Potter. I want to do a series overview of it so that’s why there is the lack of book reviews. I’m also reading a Sarah Dessen book and I got an ARC for Keep You Safe which I will be starting that as well. Don’t worry, once I knock out HP, I will be back with lots of reviews! In the meantime, enjoy this fun little book tag.


Greed: What are you most expensive and inexpensive book?

My most expensive book is Illuminae. It was actually a gift from my sister for my birthday!

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My least (new) expensive book is Blue by Danielle Steel. It was a measly $8USD. I would have put my thrift store books but I can’t remember which one was the cheapest.

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Sloth: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness? 

Easy. It is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. The hype surrounding it is real and I don’t want to be disappointed.

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Wrath: Who is an author you have a love/hate relationship with? 

Nicholas Sparks. There are a lot of his books that I adore but I really hate some of the endings that he does. They seem really pointless and hurt my heart. Luckily, my favorite, Safe Haven had a good ending.

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Gluttony: What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Harry Potter, no questions asked. I have been re-reading it over and over again. I compare everything I have read to Harry Potter.

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Lust: What traits do you find attractive in fictional characters?

Personally, I like a sense of weakness. I like it when the character knows that they are weak in some areas and they work on fixing those problems. I always think of Neville when I think of weak characters. He knows that he is weak but he also knows his strengths as well. He works on those weaknesses and gets better and becomes a kickass wizard.

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Pride: What book do you talk about in order to sound intelligent? 

Hmmm, to be completely honest. I really don’t do that. I talk about all the books I’ve read, not to sound intelligent, but because I enjoy talking about books.


Envy: What book would you like to receive most as a gift?

I would love love love the duology of Six of Crows or the Ravenclaw Harry Potter book set. Each are super crazy beautiful and I wouldn’t turn them down.

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Tag

Anybody who wants to do this! This was a fun tag and it made me think quite a bit about my answers.

xxlacy

 

fantastic beasts and where to find them movie review

to see what the movie is about from IMDB, click here.

to read reviews of the book this movie is based on from Goodreads, click here

 

I know that I am an all book blog so this review will be a little out of the norm. However, I feel that it is fitting to have a movie review that is based on a book. If this is popular or you guys like it, I can easily do more of them. I have seen The Giver and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (which I can rave about all day long!)

This weekend, I was FINALLY able to watch Fantastic Beasts. I have the textbook and have read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and if I can find it again in my massive stash of books, I will read it and review it.

This movie was so incredible! I was sucked right back into the magical world that is Harry Potter. Yes, this wasn’t about Harry Potter but I instantly got those vibes. The movie had a very similar soundtrack to Harry Potter, so that helped the vibes immensely.

The movie follows the adventure of Newt Scamander in the 1920’s, who wrote the textbook Fantastic Beasts. His destination is Arizona but makes a stop in New York. There is a lot of drama going on with a beast that is threatening to expose the wizarding world. Newt happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He enlists the help of an ex Aurora, her sister and a Muggle (No Maj as they are called in America) to help clear his name.

This movie did take a lot of liberties. The book is basically a list of all magical creatures, a short paragraph or so of information about them and the Ministry of Magic’s rating of how dangerous or not dangerous they are. So, in all reality, the movie had a lot they could do.

I did like that many different creatures did show up and Newt explained what they were and how not dangerous they are. Newt’s entire life was based on proving to wizards that not all the creatures in the world were dangerous. He is the precursor of Hagrid and I loved it.

Newt as a character was just so awkward and charming. He really did remind me of Hagrid and how much he loved all his creatures. I wholeheartedly support his cause and I now want a pet dragon, among other things.

The sequel is supposed to have Jude Law as young Dumbledore. I am interested to see how this will go. This movie did bring him up and Newt’s time at Hogwarts so I’m interested to hear the story of those two. I think that as long as Jk Rowling remains mega involved, I will love it no matter what.

 

xxlacy