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Re-Visiting The Boy Who Lived #1


Reading slumps rarely hit me but, when they do, they last for months. I, of course, wanted to avoid this like the plague, so I picked up an old favourite: the Harry Potter series. Despite J.K. Rowling’s problematic views and behaviour, both politically and with regards to the wizarding world, I can’t help but love this series. It’s been a constant in my life, beginning with the movie adaptations and then the books (yes, I did it in reverse). I was late to reading the series, starting and finishing them in June to July 2014 but I sped through them in a month, soaking up this remarkable story. Harry Potter is just *very* magical to me.

Although I adore the series, I’m also very vocal about how much I dislike certain parts of the story or how idiotic Rowling’s constant milking of the series is. I can enjoy it but I can also be critical of it too. My biggest issue in The Philosopher’s Stone is Dumbledore. He is a character that perpetually irritates me (you’ll have to wait for reviews of the later books before I start bashing Snape). Dumbledore knew, full well, that Harry, Ron and Hermione would go looking for the stone – he said it himself. Instead of going with them, or, you know, instead of staying at Hogwarts in order to be there just in case, he leaves for a meeting in London.

Let’s unpick this, shall we?

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2019 Reading Challenge:


It’s that time of year again. I’m here to discuss my 2019 reading challenge! I don’t think I’ll be selecting as many books as last year, despite getting through most of them. I want to keep it quite simple as my university schedule is so crazy. I need some sort of calm in my life at the minute.

Anyway, below are five books that I’m dying to get to in the new year – series I need to finish, lost manuscripts, a series I want to re-visit, a classic I should have read last year, and a completely new and spontaneous buy. Here’s my 2019 TBR…

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare:

I am dying to finish this series! Cassandra Clare is one of those authors that I’ll never tire of. I lived for the Shadowhunter world when I was in sixth form, and any moment I can spend in it is a moment well spent as far as I’m concerned. I also can’t wait to get my hands on Chain of Gold this year. I’ve been patiently waiting for it, so I pray to GOD that Will Herondale makes an appearance (I miss him a lot)!

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The Crimes of J.K Rowling, otherwise known as Grindelwald:



Do you know why I admire you, Newt? You do not seek power. You simply ask, “Is the thing right?”

Rating: 3 stars

Read28 December – 29 December, 2018

It hasn’t been long since I settled down to watch The Crimes of Grindelwald. I went with my expectations quite low to avoid any disappointment. I’ve made it known how much I hate the idea of this and The Cursed Child. J.K Rowling doesn’t seem to let her story live peacefully; she’d rather milk it because she knows her loyal fans will continue to spend an ungodly amount of money to live a moment extra in the wizarding world (yes, I am one of *those* people). But it’s like she doesn’t know her own story (The Cursed Child, for example). So, why do it?

Essentially, what frustrates me the most about Fantastic Beasts is that it has nothing to do with the beasts. The franchise takes inspiration from her textbook, in which she wrote in aid for Comic Relief, but the beasts play the smallest role in the story. They are convenient – a plot device that helps Newt out when he is in a muddle. Why, whyWHY couldn’t the narrative be a simple tale about Newt embarking on an adventure to find magical creatures? Why do we have the same, recycled story of Harry Potter?

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