Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildWhen I heard that Harry Potter was being continued I was hesitant to buy the book. I had loved Harry Potter and I really didn’t want more because I was satisfied with what I had. But as an avid reader of Harry Potter I had to read the book, the curiosity was driving me crazy. So I was given Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and let me say that I actually liked it. There were some issues I had with it but overall I thought it was really good. What threw me was the format. When I had gotten the book it didn’t occur to me it would be in play form, I guess I was just not thinking. Well once I got over that bit of news I went straight to reading the story.

The story starts right off where the seventh book ends which is nineteen years later. Harry and his friends are at the train station and they are dropping off their children to go to Hogwarts. Albus (Harry and Ginny’s child) will be the main character along with Scorpious (Draco’s child) and it will be telling their story once they are at Hogwarts. I wouldn’t go into great detail so not to spoil it. All I will say is those boys will be changing a lot of things and there will be consequences.

Now there are some out there that didn’t like the book and that’s fine as we all have our own opinions and likes and dislikes. This book is not like the other books because it is not a book but a play. It is written in dialogue and scene direction so there are no places for the characters thoughts, but honestly it didn’t bother me. I thought that the characters stayed true to who they were in the books. I also liked that you got to know more about what was happening in the characters life, where they ended up in life. And of course there were some good twist that were very entertaining to read.

The Cuckoo’s Calling

the Cuckoo's CallingDetective Cormoran Strike has been having some bad luck with his girlfriend leaving him and his business is not providing enough income to survive. Then Strike will get some luck and get a case that should not lead anywhere as Lula Landry’s suicide was concluded by the police. Once Strike looks further into the case he will find more and more that doesn’t make sense and lead him on a path of what was going on in the supermodels life.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first book to Cormoran Strike series. The author is Robert Galbraith but she is better known as J K Rowling. Okay so it was unfair to compare her writing to Harry Potter but it was hard as that’s what she is known for. Personally for me the Harry Potter series was far better than this book. Now if I think about this novel just being a novel I thought it was pretty good. The problems I have with the book is that it is a little wordy for me. I didn’t want all the detail as I wanted to get to the meat of the plot and get on with solving the problem. Detail is good and handy in mystery novels but for me it was too much description.

Detective Cormoran Strike was an odd man to put it mildly but he was good at his job and was meticulous when it came to following through and detail. I liked him for the most part and thought he was well written.

Now even though I was wasn’t a big fan of the on going detail I felt that once you hit a certain part in the novel it really gets going. The mystery has been unfolding throughout the story and I have to say I had my suspects but the actual person I wasn’t guessing. The author did a good job at writing this mystery out and giving us suspects with what looked like valid motives. For me the murderer blindsided me as I was not prepared for this person but the reasons are explained and it was easy to get why this person resorted to murder.

Since I have read this book I will try out the second book at a later time just to see where Cormoran Strike’s next case will lead him.

The Final Chapter of Harry Potter

This was the only time in my life so far that I actually waited outside in the cold for a book to come out at midnight and really it was worth it.  It was a fun experience and worth the wait when J K Rowling finally came out with the last book of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows a couple years ago (and now the first part of the last movie will be coming).  After that long wait I torn through that book like there was no tomorrow and still I read this book with a lot of enthusiasm again and again.  If you have not read the first book what are you waiting for!  And second there are some spoilers on what happens in the book.  So stop at the summary and don’t read further.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows:

“Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him with.

In this final, seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.”  Found in Fantastic Fiction.

Honestly this book was the one that I was anticipating, the movie as well which is coming out this November which is very exciting.  After reading these books over and over, and watching the movies again and again you get attached.  I really wanted to know how the book ended and I have read this book plenty of times to know exactly.  The movie I hope will be worth the wait but all of them are fantastic.

In the book I love how the story is about Harry, Hermione and Ron’s journey to find the Horcrux’s and to at last defeat Voldermort.  Well, that last part is really for Harry.  I found that the items for the Horcrux’s were strange with how he decided to choose them.  But the items all seemed to hold a significance that was sometime in the past.

The mission I thought was well thought out.  The dynamic of the three of them and mission was fantastic because it was not perfect.  Ron will get out of the mission temporarily and all hell will break loose.  They reach very hard times where it looks that all hope is lost and nothing is going right, and still then things are not going their way.  It was great to see because you do not want all happy endings throughout the book.  You want to see them struggle and make their way to the end of their journey with all the cuts and bruises.

One thing I loved was the beginning with Harry at his house.  This was his goodbye to the Muggle world and the only family he had.  But the part that I loved was how they came and got Harry.  Have seven identical Harry’s was a very cool idea to confuse the bad guys.  The book started out with action in Rowling’s traditional style.

The wedding was a nice touch to the book because it was a nice thing to have before the three of them would leave their family.  Also you got to read about all of the Weasley’s which is the family I love.  All of them where there and I hope in the movie they have all of them because they seem to think that Bill and Charlie are not important enough but really they are.

The characters I felt had all finally grown up, and grown up in dangerous times but it had to be done.  I love to see how Neville was able to come into his own and how Ron was now confident in himself.  Then there is Harry who understood what he needed to really do at the end.  His quest would come to an end because he understood that he needed to die in order to really defeat Voldermort.  This was an amazing concept that I was blown away by.

The concept of the Deathly Hallows was also a cool little twist.  That is what this story came down to.  Harry was going to wield the Deathly Hallows and become the true master, this was something that Dumbledore was tempted by.  But Harry was stronger than Dumbledore.

There was one part with Snape as he met his end you finally found out the truth.  Snape truly was a good man but only because of Lily Potter who was the love of his life even though he never had a chance with her.  Snape was a very interesting character who I loved to read about and I was so happy to see that he truly was good.  I would have hated it if he was part of the villains.  Harry now understood why Snape did what he did and changed his view on his Professor.

The final battle was truly an epic battle.  I was enthralled by the battle.  The students who were of age fought, all of Harry’s friends fought and it was amazing.  I loved how Rowling wrote that last scene.  You could see everything that was happening.  But as with all battles there comes tragedies.  Deaths were something the good and bad side both had.  There were three deaths that were so cruel and honestly the first time I was tearing up a little.  I will be interested to see those in the movie and probably cry a little there as well.

Now as the battle is finally done guess who is dead?  Well if you can’t guess…it’s Voldermort!  He was defeated and Harry was able to live.  He was able to become a normal wizard without any part of Voldermort to reside in him, he was free.  And the best thing that followed was when Rowling added in those 19 years later.  That part was needed, a must to have.  As a reader who followed the book since junior year in high school and seven years later is enthralle d with the book the ending was perfect.  19 years was amazing because you got to read about Harry and Ginny, and then Hermione and Ron.  The best part is with their children.  You got to hear about their children and see that after all this time Harry was safe and living life.  I loved the last part and really was truly brilliant of Rowling to add this ending.

So after all this time Harry Potter is still a part of my life, if only in books but I believe this series will be for future generations of children.  It is a truly intriguing world of magic and something that children and adults can get lost in.

J K Rowling is an amazing writer and did very well with her Harry Potter series.  I will be forever a fan.  Read to the series if you have not done so yet.

Meeting the Order of the Phoenix

The fifth of Harry Potter well really what can you say other than wow!  I will love Harry Potter novels forever and J K Rowling brings Harry back to this thrilling story in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.  Each book is fantastic but the fifth one is truly amazing (until the last book) and the longest book of the whole series.  And because you see the book is so thick you would loose interest but you don’t.  The book grabs your attention and holds on until the very end.  And it doesn’t matter how many times I keep reading the book it always fascinates me.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix:

“There is a door at the end of a silent corridor.  And it’s haunting Harry Potter’s dreams.  Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams.  But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Be-Named, a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.  His fate depends on them all.”

This book gave the reader many opportunities to learn about the characters that have been constant in the book; Harry Potter, Voldermort, Snape, even a little of Harry’s parents, and the past battles.  Rowling bring great depth within the book as she brings these characters back to the pages.  And the depth of the story is the tell tale sign the book has more to it.  I am amazed by the amount of background that you did learn about the characters.

Another interesting thing I thought was this book was darker.  It had a darker side in the plot but also in the characters.  They are older and understand more in the world but really the person who has changed the most has been Harry.  In this book you see a darker side of Harry Potter.  He is angry and battling his own personal problems with his dreams and connection to Voldermort.  This idea grasped my attention and drew me into the story line because I wanted to see more with what was going to happen.

The connection with the dreams is a big element to this story and is really fascinating because it shows how close those two are.  It makes you wonder what is really going to happen with this connection (this is something that plays on from this moment and becomes more and more prevalent to Harry’s survival).

In the story I liked learning more about the Order, it was something new to learn about which would be connected to the story line and be inspiration for the younger generation.

The scenes were again so detailed that you knew what was going on.  I loved how Harry still had the muggle world in his life and how the wizard world was starting to sabotage.  Another scene that was interesting was the trial for Harry because this was something that didn’t really happen before in the book.  It was cool to see the Ministry was starting to really take action just not the way you thought.

The characters were again always fantastic.  I love Snape’s character.  He looks like a bad guy, acts like one but is he really one.  That character is so confusing when I read the book the first time but of course I know now (the last book was amazing to read with him and you know what side he really is on).  The new character of Luna was wonderful.  I love her spirit and quirkiness.  She is one character you need to have in the story line.  Now the new teacher, Umbridge.  She frustrated so much.  She was really evil.  As a teacher and a person I was appalled by the punishment with the blood pen and really just the overall way of her strategies.  Of course that is what makes her a great villain.

Now as any good book is written there are happier times but this book does give a darker edge and has some sad news for Harry. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoneix really takes you into the wizardry world and lets you imagine.

The Champion of Hogwarts

As the fourth book passed through my hands for about the fifth time I knew I could read the book again. I would say yes I am obsessed with Harry Potter how could you not be. The fourth book, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling just keeps on giving us more and more. The fourth book brings Harry to a new stage in the game of survival.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire:

“Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursley’s and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasley’s. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious even 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 hundreds of 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.”

As I put down the book for the sixth time I loved it more and more. The way J. K. Rowling writes, she really is an amazing storyteller. The series of Harry Potter just gets better and better every time I read the novels.

The fourth book brings on a whole new story line as the wizard cup is being fought for by professionals and students. Reading this book the first time I was enthralled. For one there was so much detail and I was amazed. It was the longest book so far (next book even longer) and it kept me reading throughout.

As the book started out with the the muggle world but really it was Voldermorts scene I was excited. Voldermort was still weak but he was getting in his appearance and making himself known. Soon he would find his way to become whole again which is what is all feared. I like the scenes with Voldermort because they are intriguing. We have our hero and now our villain who are completley different but have that connection, a connection that holds so much more to the story.

When the book then went into Harry’s dream I loved it because you got to see more of the connection. Harry is able to see what Voldermort is doing through dreams which is fantastic (but is used against him sooner or later).

The world cup was a very interesting part of the plot along with the tournment. I loved these because they were again something new. They both showed more of the world of wizardy which was really exciting. In the movie I remember the maze part and that was actually suspenseful with how it was shown which was different for Harry Potter. To me Harry Potter is for the kids and adults but it is always cheerful, never really suspenseful or even a little scary. This addition I thought was great to see.

Through the book there was more interaction with Charlie and Bill of the Weasley who I love to see actually in the movie which is one of my pet peeves but I love them in the book. They are a great part of the book to have.

J K Rowling really brings Harry Potter to a new level with Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. There is mystery, adventure, intrigue, fear and hope all wrapped up into one novel. If you haven’t read the books yet find them, open the pages and read. If you like wizards you wouldn’t be sorry.

The Adventure with Harry Potter

The third book of Harry Potter was amazing and the first time reading it was  my favorite, until the next book came out.  But this one is better because you meet one of my favorite characters. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban brings fourth the character of Sirius Black.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban:

“For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldermort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.”

J K Rowling brings Harry Potter back to the pages as he must get through his third year at Hogwarts while meeting a new friend and foe from the past.

I was really in love with this book when I read it the first time through this fifth or sixth time that I picked up the book because Sirius Black was a very cool new character to have in the series. I mean really how could you not love his character and every time I read the book I remember more and more about him. I loved the interaction and hoped for more (of course not all things will be a happy ending as we find out later).

Now starting out the book I loved how Harry really did have a normal life. He couldn’t do magic and still had to live with the Dursley’s whom I actually like, frustrated by like. Their attitudes are completly annoying but they give Harry a sense of realiness. Magic is not the only thing. I think that it also really does give more to the plot because it lets you understand Harry more.

As Rowling writes the books I also love how she gives you a little background which is intertwined throughout the book. Helps you remember what had happened before (if you really forgot the scenes, which I really never do). She doesn’t just tell you but as she writes there are details telling you what happened.

One thing about the book that was very different from the other books was the time traveling. It was something I did not think of that Hermione was getting into but it was an interesting side factor which later on of course came into play with the plot.

I loved the fact that also you are still learning more about the past of Harry and really the past of the night that Harry’s parents and himself met their fate. It was interesting to learn about who was really betraying who and who turns out to be the innocent ones involved.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban was truly an amazing book to read over and over. You really get caught up in the world of Harry Potter as he searchs to find the truth about the past and to pass his third year.

A Journey to the chamber of secrets

By now most people have read the books, I have read the books multiple times because they are so amazing to read. The detail, the characters and plot are out of this world. I really could continue to read Harry Potter for years and years to come. The second story in the world of Harry Potter is Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets:

“Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursley’s had been so mean and hideous that all Harry 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 who says that if Harry 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 and a spirit who haunts the girl’s bathroom. But then the real trouble begins-someone is 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?”

Well I remember reading the book for the first time because I hoped that the book was going to be as well written and interesting as the first, of course it was. Still is as I continue to re-read the books.

Now the second book is Harry’s second year. I find the book interesting as you start to see more secrets come out about Harry. For one he can talk to snakes but that is a something the dark lord can do. So why would he have this sort of power? (of course we already know the answer to that). I really though think the foreshadowing is really well down. I love when authors are able to do that. You catch some but not all.

In the book you get to know the Weasley’s, the family I love. All the Weasley’s are fantastic to read about and it is very enjoyable to learn more about them and their lifestyle as Harry is able to live with them for the rest of the summer as they rescue Harry. Out of the Weasley’s I really like them all but I thought it was nice to hear about Ginny. She being the only girl of the family and really the book is centered around what is happening with Ginny, you just didn’t realize that.

Another character I liked hearing about is Tom Riddle. It is always interesting to hear more about him (him being Lord Voldermort). Seeing that he is reaching out even as he is in this weakened state.

J.K Rowling gives Harry Potter a name for itself as the second book came to the page. The mystery of the book will entice you to continue to read and want to learn more about Harry Potter and how he will get out of his predictment.

Now I again will journey to the next book where Harry is meeting a friend and foe in the third book.

So remember if you want you find yourself absorbed into the world of magic pick up the series of Harry Potter.