always my favourite series

I have always loved Harry Potter, I read the first three with my parents at a very young age and then aged eleven, I read them for myself again. Slightly later than a lot of people but clearly the perfect time to do so. I read them all in less than month and then two months later, read them all again. I then devoured anything linked to it, reading the Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch through the Ages. I bought the Cursed Child on the day of release and read it in a day. Harry Potter was – and is – a massive part of my life and a major reason for that is because of the messages they hold.

You could simply dismiss them as children’s books and leave it at that but in doing that, you miss out on some crucial lessons and an incredible world. The Wizarding world is widespread and encompasses more than simply Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. If the new Fantastic Beasts film has taught us anything, it is that the Wizarding world stretches across time and cultures, each being slightly different but all as wonderful as each other.

It was watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that inspired my to write about Harry Potter. I felt that because they can be easily dismissed as children’s books that they weren’t books that I could write about but I was so wrong and watching Fantastic Beasts reminded me why.

Fantastic Beasts reminded me of the wonderful world that JK Rowling created and all of the parts that sit in the background and make it all work. The way that she can develop and add to it so easily because she made a world that blends so seamlessly with our own. The plot of the main storyline were the perfect basis for the events in Fantastic Beasts and the events of Fantastic Beasts are the perfect complement to unanswered questions in the original novels. The American Wizarding World appeared so effortless, as if it just had to be different in the exact ways that it was and illustrated how in-tune Rowling still is with the world she created.

And don’t even get me started on the characters! Newt was the exact scatter-brained, animal-loving guy that I feel came across so brilliantly in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book that Rowling released for Comic Relief and Tina and Queenie were honestly incredible. I love strong female characters and Tina fits into that idea, she’s not perfect but she is amazing, she fights for what she believes, damn the consequences (even if to start with this only seems to get herself and Newt in trouble!) and Queenie is sweet but strong, the ultimate combination. Jacob was a sweetheart and I fell completely in love with him from the very beginning.

I also loved the way that it left the storyline so open and ready for the next four films, I was a bit uncertain about that to begin with. Five films based on Fantastic Beasts? Sounded impossible but then I saw more information about what the films were going to cover and I came around to the idea more. Credence was amazing, the obscurial idea was amazing and Grindelwald was so much more than amazing!

This all shows that JK Rowling isn’t done yet and neither is the Wizarding World and I, for one, can’t wait!

I loved the film and can’t wait until I can read the screenplay! (hopefully I’ll have it by the New Year! Fingers crossed for Christmas)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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all seven-year-olds deserve superheroes

(there will be spoilers)

 

The title of this one is a lovely quote from a wonderful novel that I recently finished called ‘MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS & apologises’ by Fredrick Backman. It is the perfect novel for a book lover because the entire premise is about the power of words and stories and the way that they affect our lives so magnificently.

It starts with a little girl, Elsa, talking about her grandmother and all of the amazing things about her. But the main basis of the story is Elsa completing some quests for her grandmother after her death. These mostly include delivering letters to the people that live in their building.

The important part though is that each of the people corresponds with one of the characters in Elsa and her grandmother’s imaginary world of the Land-Of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. The interweaving of reality and fiction throughout the novel works perfectly and is only improved by the lovable characters. My favourite has to be Elsa the seven (nearly eight) year old that is the protagonist but the crotchety, taxi driver Alf is a very close second.

A sweet lovely read that perfectly blends the two worlds and teaches even older readers important messages about friendship and the influence that adults have on young children.

Anyone who is a fan of fantasy, fairytales, mystery or even stories should give this book a chance because I can guarantee that you will fall utterly in love with these amazing characters and the wonderful storyline.

Because really, all seven-year-olds deserve superheroes.