Rereading Harry Potter – Week 17

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 17

Hi again my fellow bookworms/Potterheads! I’m ashamed to once again have to apologize for this post being late. Things have been crazy here lately with job changes and our search for a house, which has taken up a lot of my time. That being said, it’s time for another week of rereading Harry Potter! I had so much fun with this week’s reading again. Rereading these books has really been an amazing experience for me so far, so thank you for tagging along and reading these posts.

Last week, we read about the days that led up to the Quidditch World Cup. We’re starting today with Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys walking up to the Quidditch Stadium. The Stadium seats a hundred thousand wizards (where are all these wizards coming from? There are only 5 boys and 5 girls per year, per house at Hogwarts, where is the rest of them?) and the Weasleys are seated in the Top Box with the Minister of Magic, the Malfoys and Barty Crouch (not very likely, the movie version where they’re somewhere in the crowds is much more logical). In the Top Box they run into Winky the house-elf, who tells Harry that Dobby is demanding pay for his work now (how dare he), so he has some trouble finding a new position. Winky is Mr. Crouch’s house-elf and is being forced to save his seat, despite the fact that he is afraid of heights. Can you feel Hermione’s outrage yet?

The game starts and Ireland absolutely crushes Bulgaria. When Ireland is ahead by 170 points to 10, Krum catches the snitch to end the game. Seems like an illogical move to me, since they only need to score 2 goals (are they called goals?) to be able to win, but okay. Fred and George betted Ludo Bagman that Ireland would win, but Krum would catch the snitch, so they won quite some money from him. They tell Mr Weasley that they’ve got big plans for this money, so their mother will never hear about it. We all know that Fred and George start a joke shop after they graduate in the Order of the Phoenix, so I guess the money is going to that joke shop. Did Rowling already have their journeys planned out?

Harry is woken up by Mr Weasley shouting at him to get outside immediately. A bunch of wizards are setting fire to tents and floating the Muggle family who runs the campsite. They later discover that these wizards are Death Eaters, Voldemort’s followers. The trio run into Malfoy in the woods and he warns them that they probably wouldn’t want her getting spotted, since the Death Eaters are after Muggles and Hermione is a Mudblood. I’m not sure if Malfoy is trying to protect Hermione in his own weird way, or if he’s just insulting her. Maybe I’ve just read a few too many Dramione fan posts. They also run into some French speaking girl looking for Madame Maxime, who I’m guessing is Fleur Delacour’s younger sister. Hermione tells us that she is probably from Beauxbaton, this school of magic in France that we’ve never heard of before (same goes for Durmstrang).

The trio runs into Winky next, who can’t run properly because Mr Crouch hadn’t told her to hide (I kind of liked Barty Crouch, but not so much anymore) and one of the Veelas (the magical creatures that the Bulgarians brought with them for the opening show that resemble mermaids and have the power to lure men towards them), which did not leave Harry and Ron unaffected. They are hiding a bit farther into the woods when they suddenly hear someone Apparate near them and summon the Dark Mark. The Ministry appears soon after and of course assume that Harry, Ron and Hermione were responsible. Then they find Winky on the ground with Harry’s wand in her hand and they assume she is guilty. Harry’s wand was indeed the one used to conjure the Dark Mark, so it’s not looking good for Winky. Also, it’s not allowed for house-elves (or any non-human creatures) to carry a wand.

The Weasleys, Harry and Hermione go back to sleep for a few hours before returning home by Portkey. They spend the rest of their summer holidays playing Quidditch, waiting for Sirius’ letter and packing their trunks. Ron comes across his maroon velvet dress robes that make him smell like his great aunt Tessie. The dress robes are apparently on his school list for this year, though for unknown reasons (so far).

When they’re about to leave for the Hogwarts express, an urgent message comes in from the Ministry. Amos Diggery’s head is sitting in the middle of the fireplace and is talking to Mr Weasley. Apparently some guy named Mad-Eye did something he wasn’t supposed to and he is supposed to start his new job today (I wonder what that job might be). Since Mr Weasley has to go into work unexpectedly, Mrs Weasley and all of the kids have to take a Muggle taxi to King’s Cross. The train whistle blows and Harry, Ron and Hermione are off to another year at Hogwarts.

Well, that was it for this week! Next week (or this week, since I’m late again), we are finally going to find out about the Triwizard Tournament (spoiler alert). I’m looking forward to meeting Krum and Fleur and getting to know Cedric better! Have a great week and see you next post!

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 13

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 13

Hello again my fellow bookworms! The week has flown by again and it is time for another edition of Rereading Harry Potter. There is so much going on in this week’s pages and I’m so excited to get started.

As you may remember, we left off last week with Hermione running to McGonagall to tell her that Harry had received a Firebolt for Christmas from an unknown sender that could possibly be Sirius Black. The broomstick was temporarily confiscated to be checked for jinxes and Harry and Ron were naturally very cross with Hermione. So cross, in fact, that they will hardly be speaking to each other for the rest of this week’s pages. In part 2 of Ron and Harry not speaking to Hermione and the other way around, a little further up the road, Crookshanks supposedly ate Scabbers. Call me silly, but I would probably be a little cross with you as well if your pet ate my pet.

After the rest of the school has returned from their Christmas break, classes start up again and so do Lupin’s dementor lessons. As you probably know, you have to think of a happy memory, wave your wand and yell “Expecto patronum!” and it will produce a Patronus. Sounds easy, but I’ve been trying and thinking of a happy memory that would be good enough to produce a Patronus is actually quite hard! Let alone when you’ve been orphaned as a baby and have been forced to live with your abusive aunt and uncle for 13 years. I guess that’s why it’s “very advanced magic”.

Harry finally manages to produce a weak excuse for a Patronus (everyone’s a critic these days) and they decide to call it a night. Harry asks Lupin that since he went to school with his father, he must have known Sirius Black as well, which causes Lupin to get all defensive and tell Harry to go on up to bed. Curious, very curious..

During their next Anti-Dementor class, Harry asks Lupin what a Dementor has under his hood and he answers that question a little too.. vividly, to my taste. The way he describes it makes me imagine a combination of the Kraken, a leech and the purple pentapus from the Avatar series. Enjoy that mental image. Lupin describes the Dementor’s Kiss and tells Harry that that’s the fate that awaits Black if they ever catch him.

To win the Quidditch Cup, Gryffindor would have to win from both Ravenclaw and Slytherin. They’re playing Ravenclaw first, who have Cho Chang as a Seeker. I’m guessing Rowling has a think for jocks, because apart from Hermione, pretty much everyone of importance plays Quidditch.. Harry, Cho, Cedric and Malfoy are all Seekers and so was Harry’s father. Fred and George play Quidditch and so will Ginny and Ron in a few years. Viktor Krum plays Quidditch and most of the other Weasleys as well. Did I miss anyone?

The Gryffindor’s next Quidditch match is played against Ravenclaw. Lee Jordan is providing the commentary during the match. I think this is the first time Lee Jordan is actually introduced in the books, even though he has already made several appearances in the movies at this point in the story. I guess they liked the character. During the match, Harry’s crush on Cho is foreshadowed by him “noticing that the Seeker is actually very pretty”. I’m looking forward to their relationship and seeing how different it is from what I remember from it. Just when Harry spots the Snitch, a couple of Dementors come onto the Quidditch field. Harry casts a Patronus their way and goes after the Snitch. When he dismounts his broomstick with the Snitch in his hand, he finds out that they hadn’t been Dementors at all. It had been Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle pretending they were a Dementor. McGonagall gives them all detention and takes 50 points from Slytherin (uhm, Minerva? When some of your own students stayed up past their bedtime, you deducted 50 points EACH, what’s up with that?)

After the game, there’s a party in the Gryffindor common room until well past midnight. That night, Ron wakes up to Sirius Black standing over his bed with a knife. Turns out, he got the password to Gryffindor Tower from the list of passwords that Neville had lost. I told you the whole password system was a bad idea security-wise!

The next day, Hagrid sends Harry an owl that he wants to have tea with him and Ron that evening. When they meet up with him, he tells them that he wants to discuss Hermione. Hermione has been to see him a lot lately and has helped him with Buckbeak’s defense (almost forgot about that). Apparently she’s been struggling with her enormous workload and not being able to talk to her friends. The movie never showed that she was struggling with her workload and I’ve always wondered how she could possibly keep that schedule up. It sets impossible standards, so I’m glad to see that it is actually portrayed as impossible.

It’s time for another Hogsmeade day that weekend and Hermione, the royal party pooper, threatens to tell McGonagall if Harry decides to go to Hogsmeade again. I actually agree with her this time, since there is like a billion security measures to keep Harry safe and Harry decides that there’s no way in hell that he’s going to give up on going to Hogsmeade. It’s kind of like when the whole country would be in quarantine to protect those who are in poor health while those in poor health are partying away. Don’t be like this, Harry! And on top of all that, this dumbass got himself caught by Malfoy! Malfoy of course runs to Snape, who points out how arrogant it was of Harry to run off to Hogsmeade while the whole Ministry of Magic is trying to protect him. I didn’t think I’d ever agree with Snape, yet here we are. He makes a whole point of insulting Harry’s father until he loses it and then Snape does this really cool thing where he calls Lupin through the fireplace. I’m guessing he uses Floo Powder or something, let’s hope they’ll explain it to him some day. Lupin, of course, saves Harry’s ass and then confiscates the Marauder’s Map. In the movie, that is the point where he points out that Peter Pettigrew is on that map, but I guess Rowling is saving that for a later time.

On their way back from Snape’s office, Ron and Harry run into Hermione, who informs them that Hagrid has lost Buckbeak’s case. Malfoy takes the fact that Hagrid is inconsolable as an opportunity to make fun of him even more, which earns him a good smack across the face from Hermione.

The night before the final match against Slytherin, Harry has trouble sleeping. When he looks out his window, he sees the Grim moving around the edge of the forest, next to Crookshanks. A while back, I read a fan theory of how Crookshanks was actually the Potter’s old cat, who ended up being forgotten and then finally sold to Hermione. I always thought it was a little farfetched and it had little truth to it, but now that I’ve read this, I can kind of see where they’re coming from. What if Crookshanks was indeed the Potter’s cat and Sirius and Crookshanks were working together to get rid of Peter Pettigrew. That would also explain why Crookshanks has been targeting Scabbers. Just let that sink in!

The next day, it is time for the final Quidditch match against Slytherin. Gryffindor needs to win by at least 200 points to win the Quidditch Cup. Of course Slytherin is determined NOT to let Gryffindor win, so they try all sorts of tricks to sabotage the Gryffindors. Rowling really tried her best to make us hate the Slytherins in this scene. Naturally, Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup and Hagrid, McGonagall and Wood are sobbing and the rest of the school is partying their asses off. And that’s it for this week!

So we’ve only got about 130 pages left in this book, so depending on how much there is to comment on in those pages, I’m either going to make on large post about it or divide it into two posts. I haven’t read the chapters yet, so I guess I’ll decide when I do. Stay tuned!

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Rereading Harry Potter as an adult – Introduction

Rereading Harry Potter as an adult – Introduction

Hello fellow bookworms!

Did you read the Harry Potter books as a kid or were you already grown up when the books came out? How much do you remember from it?

I’m not sure how old I was when I started reading the Harry Potter books, but I remember being around 10 or 11 when the final book came out. At the time, my school was holding a competition to come up with a name for their new reading corner and the winner could name three books and they would receive one of them. Obviously, it wouldn’t be a very good story if I didn’t win the competition, so surprise, surprise: I won! (I would tell you the name, but it doesn’t really translate into English, sorry). The three books I put on my list, were:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows;
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and;
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Yes, I was a very annoying kid. But, I knew what I wanted and I made sure they gave it to me. So I was no older than 11 or 12 when I finished reading the series. I’m pretty sure I reread the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets a couple of times, but after the movies started coming out, I’ve been more focused on those than on the books. I recently noticed that I’ve started to forget a lot of details from the books, especially those things that aren’t featured in the movies (such as Peeves) and all the things that they changed in the movies (“HARRYDIDYOUPUTYOURNAMEINTHEGOBLETOFFIRE”, Dumbledore asked calmly.).

A little while ago, I decided that I wanted to reread the whole Harry Potter series. I’ve tried doing this before, but I usually stopped reading halfway through the first book to start a book I hadn’t read yet. So, I thought it would be a good idea to take you guys along with me! This way I’ll have a very good reason to keep going (cause I don’t want to let you guys down) and you’ll hopefully enjoy reading about what it’s like to reread Harry Potter as an “Adult”. Harry Potter has truly been a lifelong obsession for me, so feel free to leave comments or e-mail me, because I will take any excuse to talk about Harry Potter in a heartbeat.

I’ll be starting the Harry Potter reread in the first week of January and do a weekly short update about it on my blog, so my first post will be out around the 9th of January. I’m looking forward to it!

Thank you for reading and I’ll check in soon with the first part of my rereading Harry Potter journey!

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From Fame to Ruin by Jina S. Bazzar – coming out on December 21st

From Fame to Ruin by Jina S. Bazzar – coming out on December 21st

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Fiction
  • Romantic thriller
  • Suspense
  • Ebook
  • 334 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.32

First of all, a great thanks to the author Jina S. Bazzar for gifting me a copy of her upcoming book From Fame to Ruin in exchange for an honest review.

From Fame to Ruin book cover, a romantic thriller novel that will be released on the 21st of December.
From Fame to Ruin cover, copied from goodreads.com

Carol is the sole heir to a broken empire, Ricardo the newest celebrity in the rock world. When they came together, their fire blazed. When their past caught up, they were left burned, scorched to the ground. When a psychopath decides it’s payback time, Carol is faced with an impossible choice – save her son or sell her life. Ricardo wants nothing to do with the woman who played him for a fool, but finds himself moored by circumstances, half truths, and memories of the past. They say time can heal anything. So far, time’s brought nothing but complications.

This book really took me by surprise. This was the first time I was contacted by an author to review their book and I was really flattered, but it also added a lot of pressure. What if I didn’t like it? I would have to give it a bad review and I really did not want to do that. I decided to take the leap and thank God, it paid off.

I didn’t know what to expect from a “Romantic thriller”, but now that I’ve read this book, I think it’s the most amazing combination of genres. Call me a girl, but I think the romance part of a book always just adds an extra dimension. In this book especially. The book constantly alternates between 4 years ago and today. The thriller part is happening in the today and the romantic parts of the story are (mostly) happening 4 years ago. This is the perfect recipe for a book that never gets boring. Usually the “4 years ago” is the boring backstory of how things came to be. That’s the part you have to plow through, because the information is essential, but you mostly just want to get back to the good parts. Now add a little (or a lot) romance and suddenly the backstory isn’t so boring anymore.

The choice of using a dual timeline was a really good one. The “4 years ago” chapters give your heart rate a little time to slow down again. I would be reading a chapter that happens in the “today” and then moving on to a chapter that happens 4 years ago and I would suddenly notice that I was clenching every muscle in my body. The best books are the books that give you high blood pressure, in my humble opinion.

From Fame to Ruin comes out on the 21st of December. I put the Amazon link below, so check it out if you’re interested!

https://www.amazon.com/Fame-Ruin-Romantic-Thriller-Novel-ebook/dp/B09HSGMFYC/ref=sr_1_1?adid=082VK13VJJCZTQYGWWCZ&campaign=211041&creative=374001&keywords=From+Fame+to+Ruin&qid=1639741832&s=books&sr=1-1

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My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

  • Fiction
  • Thriller/mystery
  • Humor
  • Paperback
  • 226 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 3.72

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“It takes a whole lot longer to dispose of a body than to dispose of a soul, especially if you don’t want to leave any evidence of foul play.”

Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

Korede’s sister Ayoola is the favourite child, the most beautiful of the two and possibly a little sociopathic. Two of Ayoola’s boyfriends have mysteriously died before and now her third boyfriend is dead. Self-defence, apparently. It is also the third mess that Ayoola has left for Korede to clean up. Korede takes the burden of cleaning up the blood, getting rid of the body and stopping Ayoola from posting Instagram pictures while she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. After all, to Korede family always comes first. Until Ayoola starts dating the handsome doctor that Korede has been in love with for years. Korede is faced with the question how far she would go to protect her sister.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It had been on my shelf for years before I decided to pick it up, mostly because I thought it was a completely different kind of book. I finally picked it up after I coincidentally came across a review of the book somewhere and I realised it wasn’t at all the kind of book I thought it was. Why did I buy a book without reading the summary and then put it on my shelf for two years because I didn’t like the kind of book I thought it was, you ask? Well, I never said I was perfect.

“I dare you to find a flaw in her beauty; or to bring forth a woman who can stand beside her without wilting.”

Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer

I adored the characters in this book. They were hilarious and vibrant and there really wasn’t a dull moment. The book is written from Korede’s point of view, so you don’t really know what is going on in Ayoola’s head, but not knowing what she is thinking is a large part of the fun, otherwise it wouldn’t be a mystery. It was kind of a cliché that Korede is the “ugly duckling” and her sister is the beautiful, but naive one and that kind of bothered me a few times throughout the book, but I guess it also adds an extra dimension and I can’t really think of a different relationship that would add the same dimension to their interactions. So I guess I forgive her for the cliché.

The book was very accessible. The chapters were short and sweet, it wasn’t too difficult to read, the writing is smooth and witty and I went through it quickly, which made it very enjoyable. I hate mystery novels or thrillers where you have to wait endlessly for a clue or for someone to solve the mystery while the narrator takes it upon themselves to describe where a character got their completely unrelated and irrelevant dog Fluffy or the EXACT colour of the leaves on an even more irrelevant tree (I’m looking at you, George R.R. Martin). This is definitely not that kind of book. My Sister, the Serial Killer is fast-paced while always making you want to keep reading and if you love reading a book in one session, you’ll adore this book.

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