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.

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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.

Who really is the Half Blood Prince?

Every Harry Potter book that comes out and is just as good as the last, if not better.  Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince comes out with a bang as it gets us right into the book.  J K Rowling really knows how to start the books to grab your attention and no matter how many times I read the book I am fascinated by it.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince:

“The War against Voldermort is not going well; well even Muggle governments are noticing.  Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names.  Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.  And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on.  The Weasley twins expand their business.  Sixth-year students learn to Apparate-and lose a few eyebrows in the process.  Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love.  Classes are never straightforward, through Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter.  Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldermort-and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.”

I really was blown away by this book and the movie (but the book was still better at least in my opinion).  But this book really was another amazing addition to the Harry Potter series.  I will never stop reading them because they are just so enjoyable.

As the book began the first thing you get is again the muggle world and wizard world mixing but it is with the Ministry this time.  Voldermort is making himself known now and the muggle world is being effected by this stronger wizard.  It is a different from the other books because before Voldermort was there but not as powerful now he is.  He has gain in strength and determination to gain more power and to ultimately kill Harry.

One thing I thought was interesting was the unbreakable vow that Snape made with Mrs. Malfoy.  As the first time reader I wasn’t sure what that really meant for Snape’s character.  Was he really bad or was this all still part of a plan for the goodside (the truth comes out but in the last book).  I still love the character of Snape.  I think he has much more depth than people think and reading it several times over I will still continue to believe this.

It was also intriguing to learn about the past with different characters.  One is Harry’s father and even Sirius.  He finds they are good but they had a little rough patch with the rules.  Then there is the past with Voldermort and the boy he was before, Tom Riddle.  I think that bit of information was probably the most interesting part with background because you learn about the man behind the villain.  I thought it was interesting to find that the boy from the start had an evil streak to him which should have been a clue to how he would become but there were some who saw him for who he was, even if it was too late.

I liked how we also learned about Voldermorts past with his mother and her father and brother.  It was another clue to Voldermorts family, the family he resented and thought weak.  There was also a nice foreshadowing on the quest which Harry will be taking in the last book with finding the items Dumbledore was intruding.  As I read the book over and over I kept thinking about how these objects were mentioned and the power they created.

It was interesting to see that in the last book Snape finally gets what he wants and I wondered the first time why, why would Dumbledore do this now (at the end of the last book you find out why).

The most intriguing part was Harry’s battle which was always going on but the seventh book will bring it to an end no matter what.  Harry knows his prophecy and his mission, getting Horcrux’s, which is given by Dumbledore.  The one thing that frustrated everytime I read this book was that Dumbledore was always so vague with his instructions.  Did this mean he could not trust Harry completely?  This is probably not the answer (in the last book the answer will be given which was a surprise and worth reading about).

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book of Rowlings series and is another wonderful addition.  It is worth reading as it leads to the final chapter in Harry Potter.

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.

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.

The World of Harry Potter

So going back to reading the series was a decision I made very quickly. Reading the series Harry Potter is not a hard thing to do and I got in the mood after I finished the series of Percy Jackson. It was similar to Harry Potter in some aspects and got me in the mood. Also magic is just plain cool to read about and Harry Potter is one of those books that feels like comfort food. I can devour it at any time and for many times over.

When the series first came out I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure what the big deal was about. Honestly it seemed strange that I didn’t pick up the book sooner but the first time I read the book was when I was a junior in high school. I guess I wasn’t into books as much back in middle school, but when I opened up that book for the first time and read the first page I was drawn into the story, the dialogue and scenes. I found right there on that very first book of Harry Potter that J.K. Rowling is an amazing writer. She took a seemingly normal boy into the world of magic, magic that he was born into. It has been a brillant world that was created and still is going strong as the books came out and movies came forward.

I think the count of reading the books have been five times and honestly I have loved each time that I have read the books. You learn or remember something different each time. Some small little detail that you now know why it was put into that scene.

The first book of the Harry Potter series is Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Plot of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone:

“Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…even if Harry can survive the encounter.”

The book blew my mind the first time I read it and every time I picked up the book. J K Rowling is an amazing writer. The character Harry Potter is a refreshing character that many children will enjoy reading and probably relate with in someway or another.

So now why is this book so amazing?

Do you have to ask? First of all the detail is fantastic. I couldn’t believe how quickly I was riveted by the first page of the book. I was swept into this new world with these rude annoying family. I was immediately intrigued to continue with the book and before I knew it I was pulled into the scene where a woman changed her cat form into a women and a man with a long beard made the lights disappear. I knew that this was going to be amazing. And for the fifth time it still is amazing.

I love how the character of Harry Potter is introduced. He is an ordinary boy but with extordinary powers which are lying dormant in Harry, at times making themselves known. And I actually love the idea of Harry living in a normal lifestyle. Magic is new to him and a discovery.

Other than Harry and his friends I love the character Neville. He is an understated character but will get to be more known as the book goes along. You can’t help but love him.

On a side note I did see the movie before the book but I have to say they were both amazing. The book better for the amount of detail but you can’t have everything.

The book is entertaining, enjoyable, interesting, mesmerizing, adventurous, mysterious and just plain fantastic. J K Rowling gives us Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is truly a stepping stone for this amazing well written series which can be read over and over (which I have and continue to do).

So if you haven’t read the book read it, then get the series and enjoy.