quidditch through the ages

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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

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fantastic beasts and where to find them

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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

fantastic beasts and where to find them movie review

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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