The Crimes of Grindelwald

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I know I said that real posts are coming and once again I promise they are, but since it’s already December I could resist staring #HPDecember early. This was started a few years ago when a couple of book bloggers decided that there was no better way to indulge in the holiday season than to read Harry Potter. They were entirely right and with the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald it seemed like a perfect way to continue the tradition.

If you were paying attention to my Goodreads linked in the sidebar you will have noticed that I did finish the script book a few weeks ago, however it took me until last week to see the movie. Yes, I knew all the spoilers and if you haven’t seen the movie or read the script book turn your eyes away because I will be spoiling all of it here for you.

In this movie , we catch up with Newt Scamander nearly 6 months after the last movie has ended. He has published the first edition of Fantastic Beasts and where to find them , returned to England and been banned from international travel by the Ministry of Magic. After Newt has a hearing that doesn’t quite go well at the Ministry of Magic, Newt runs into Professor Albus Dumbledore. Professor Dumbledore informs Newt that Creedance is still alive and in Paris, he also strongly suggests that Newt go find him before Grindelwald does. Newt refuses and heads home, but not before Professor Dumbledore slips him Nicolas Flamel’s address. Once home Queenie and Jacob show up on Newt’s doorstep to announce their engagement. After a very weird fight and undoing Jacob from a love potion, Queen storms of to Paris to find Tina and the guys follow just to make sure they are all safe. Things only get crazier and more questions arise and get unanswered than ever before. The end of the movie shows Queenie and Creedance siding with Grindelwald, Leta Lestrange dead, and Dumbledore holding a blood pact that he and Grindelwald made years ago.

The movie and the book was so crazy that I barely even have words, but then again this does seem in typical J.K. Rowling fashion to keep us in the dark about so many things until the very end. The mere thought that this series will span 5 movies because we are going from 1926 to 1943 is crazy! The first bomb that was dropped from the trailer was that Nagini was a human, which to some of us wasn’t that big a deal, the bigger deal that was divulged in the movie was that she didn’t automatically side with Grindelwald. The second bomb that was dropped in the movie, at least to some was that Queenie chose Grindelwald’s side after she and Jacob fight about getting married. I’m still hoping that Queenie comes back to the good side in the next movie. The third bomb that was dropped was Grindelwald’s revelation that Creedance was Aurelius Dumbledore. If you have been following all the threads online regarding this revelation you might realize that either Grindelwald is lying or that Creedance isn’t a real person.

I was impressed by the visuals of the movie and how beautiful Paris looked in the 1920s. It was also nice to see Professor Dumbledore as a young man and to catch a glance of Professor McGonagall as a young woman. I won’t nitpick as some of the movie illustrations of some of the spells we have seen in other movies, but it was interesting to see how Professor Dumbledore and Grindelwald used magic as compared to everyone else. I was also impressed to see Newt’s lab and to see all the creatures he has collected. We only were able to see a small fraction of it in the first movie. Ahhh…Baby Nifflers! They are really so cute and the Niffler might be my favorite character and unsung hero from these movies so far.

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If you have seen this movie or read the scrip book let me know your thoughts. Have you read Harry Potter again since your first read? Will you be joining me in #HPDecember? Look for my Harry Potter related content this month as well as more content in general in the coming weeks.

See you soon!

Book Review: Fantastic Beasts & where to find them

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I am back once again with yet another book review. I promise that I will have more life posts coming soon, but right now I’m in the midst of Vlogmas which you can watch here. It’s been consuming all of my time. I still have been reading though, so you will have a bunch of book reviews coming your way soon.

In continuing with last year’s trend of continuing to add companion books to my #HPDec challenge. I’m not sure if I’m going to finish this year, but I’m going to continue to push through. Fantastic Beasts & where to find them is a companion book to the original series and I had not read it before this year.

This book was a fairly quick read since it is the textbook during his first few years at Hogwarts. I loved learning about the creatures of the Wizarding World and the extensive history behind them. I was very happy to include this book in my collection and think that anyone who is immersed in the Harry Potter universe will enjoy adding this to their collection as well. I think that I might have enjoyed this more since watching the Fantastic Beasts movie/book since you were able to meet a few more of the creatures than what you see in Hogwarts.

Book Review: Harry Potter revisited #5

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I’m finally posting a review on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, since I got completely distracted in December and didn’t finish the book then. I read this book when it first came out and this was my first time re-reading the book. There are parts of this book that I thought dragged on for longer than necessary and other parts that were just the right amount. I was still completely upset at Professor Dolores Umbridge treatment of students who expresses a different opinion than her. You can see this through her treatment of Harry, Lee Jordan, and the Weasleys. Overall, I still loved the book for the most part.

These discussion questions are from Fortified Books. Feel free to answer the questions if you are re-reading the Harry Potter books too!

Discussion Questions

  1. Though Hermione formed S.P.E.W. in the last book, HP and the Goblet of Fire, she continues to plan and enact projects to help the house-elves gain their freedom.  She makes and leaves for the elves to find various items of clothing, despite everyone’s, including the elves, insistence that they don’t want to be free.  Do you think the elves really don’t want freedom and Hermione is wrong to continue trying to force freedom on the elves?  Or, do you think Hermione is right and should continue her work?

I think Hermione is well intentioned with trying to grant house-elves freedom. She wants them to live as we do not being bound to anyone. She also makes this decision based on Dobby who was overjoyed with his freedom and all the things he could do with it. The other house-elves who encounter Dobby might not now what freedom entails since Dobby goes a little overboard with enjoying his freedom.

2. We never get a solid explanation for why Professor Umbridge is so hateful towards most of the students.  Do you think it’s only because of her support of Cornelius Fudge and the belief that Dumbledore is attempting to overthrow him?  Or, do you think there is more to it than that?

I think that Professor Umbridge is hateful of everything that she is foreign and not like her. Since Dumbledore has such an eccentric way of teaching and accepting everyone and believing in the good it gives Professor Umbridge a reason to worry because she does not believe in the good of everyone and that wizards are superior. 3.

3. Harry is shocked to discover that his Dad was a bit of a bully, at least towards Professor Snape.  However, Harry’s thoughts concerning Draco suggest that, given the opportunity, he might take similar action.  Though Sirius and Lupin don’t go into detail about Professor Snape’s behavior as a teenager, do you think he is the way he is because he was bullied?  Or, do you think he was like Draco, and the bullying he received was retaliation?

4. Dumbledore expresses his regret over not telling Harry the truth because of Harry’s age.  Do you think this is J.K. Rowling’s response to some of the adult criticism of her books, particularly HP and the Goblet of Fire, for including death and other dark subjects in the storyline?

Yes, I believe that this is J.K. Rowling’s response to the criticism about her books.

I hope that you enjoyed reading my thoughts on 2016 #HPDec and I hope to see you again for another #HPDec or another post.

Book Review: Tales of the Beedle Bard


I am back once again with yet another book review. As of this book I have officially completed my goodreads goal for 2016 even though the widget on the side isn’t updated to reflect that. I’m proud that I completed my goal even if it wasn’t by reading all the books that I wanted to this year, I still managed to read some amazing books.

This year for #HPDec I decided to also include some of the newer Harry Potter books which do not belong with the original series. This book is a companion book that was included alongside the original series. I had not read it before this year, but I had definitely wanted to since there are referenced quite a bit in the Harry Potter books. This book was a fairly quick read since it is mainly wizarding fairy tales with additional commentary by Professor Dumbledore on how they relate to the wizarding world in real life. I love how all the fairy tales seemed to be a bit more on the darker side showing morals and what could happen if magic is misused rather than regular fairy tales which are only fanciful and only offer advice and morals.

I enjoyed this book and was very happy to add this to my Harry Potter collection. I apologize that this review is so short, but it really is a short book that does not need a lot of additional commentary to it. I hope to see you soon in another post!

Movie and Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

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As you probably know, I am doing #HPDec once again this year. I thought it was only fitting that I include some of the newer manuscripts to the Harry Potter world including: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and this movie. I will also be doing a review on the movie manuscript later this month, but thought that I would first review the movie.

I saw the movie on Thanksgiving Day Weekend. Surprisingly enough, when I saw it there  weren’t that many people in my showing so I could ooh, ahh…and squeek over all things of the Wizarding World.. I had watched all the trailers and honestly that didn’t even do the movie justice, although I’m not quite sure what to think on the 5 movies that will come from the book along with a re-release of the textbook this Spring.

Back to what we are really here for, the movie. I love how Newt Scamander brings his creatures to New York. I love the first interaction of Newt and Mr. Kowalski at the bank to mention that we get to meet a Niffler for the first time. I’m so in love with the niffler! Trust me once you see it in the movie you will want a niffler too! The Pop Funko doll doesn’t quite do it justice. I love the interactions between Newt and Tina. I can’t wait to see more of their love story.

Here’s a rundown on the movie: Newt Scamander comes to New York/ America to return one of his magical creatures to its native home. Shortly after he arrives in New York, he runs into a group of people that hate wizards that are protesting in front of the bank. While watching the protest niffler manages to escape from the confines of his suitcase and get into the bank. Newt follows niffler into the bank and meets Kowalski who watches him use magic and they end up accidentally switching suitcases. After which several of the other exotic creatures escape the suitcase and run amok in New York. In the meantime, New York and the Wizarding World in America is dealing with the fact that there are unexpected events happening throughout the city. In the beginning it is also reported through the flash of several newspaper clippings that Grindelwald the first really bad wizard has disappeared.

I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I am seriously in love with this movie. Perhaps it is because we got to see a niffler up close. Perhaps it is because the movie is set in the 1920s and the fashion of that time, I can’t. I don’t know, the movie is amazing and great beyond belief. I love the fact that David Yates is once again directing this part of the Wizarding World.

*edit I just finished reading the movie script. I will say that the script is fairly well written and very detailed. I’m glad that I was able to understand Eddie Redmayne in the movie otherwise the script would have been super helpful. I wasn’t as impressed with the script as I thought I would be. I would have thought there would be more, maybe implications of what we can see in the next movies, but alas there is not.

If you have seen this movie let me know your thoughts, if you haven’t seen this movie yet I highly recommend that you do so. I will see you soon in another post.