Monday, July 21, 2014

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

My favorite teacher finally arrives! All of the old friends of Harry's dad come around. It's like Harry's family presenting themselves to him.

First Sentences:

"Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways. For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of the year."

Last Sentences:

"He's a convicted murder, but he's broken out of wizard prison and he's on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though... keep up with my news... check if I'm happy...." And grinning broadly at the look of horror on Uncle Vernon's face, Harry set off toward the station exit, Hedwig rattling along in front of him, for what looked like a much better summer than the last.

Favorite Quotes:

He raised his hand automatically and tried to make his hair lie flat.
"You are fighting a losing battle there dear," said his mirror in a wheezy voice.

"I'm not going to be murdered," Harry said aloud.
"That's the spirit, dear," said his mirror sleepily.

The mirror's responses to Harry were pretty funny. It kind of reminds me of Belle's talking mirror but much wittier.

Sybill Trelawney by eighthSun
"You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don't let you off homework today. I assure you that if you die, you need not hand it in." - Professor McGonagall

This is after the Divination teacher basically said he was going to die this year. McGonagall can be hilarious sometimes.

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

One of the most famous quotes in the Harry Potter series. I love that the Marauder's map ended up being in part created by his father. It's nice that Harry has a part of his father's memory in his hands. 

"Do you know, Harry. I think she might have been." he said thoughtfully. "Who'd have thought it? That brings her total of real predictions up to two. I should offer a pay raise...."

And we all know what the first prediction was... It's funny how Dumbledore reacts to things. He's usually very calm, sarcastic, or funny in the way he reacts to situations.

Favorite Moments:

"But Aunt Marge suddenly stopped speaking. For a moment, it looked as though words had failed her. She seemed to be swelling with inexpressible anger - but the swelling didn't stop. Her great red face started to expand, her tiny eyes bulged, and her mouth stretched too tightly for speech - next second, several buttons had just burst from her tween jacket like a monstrous balloon, her stomach bursting free of her tweed waistband, each of her fingers blowing up like a salami -"

Probably the greatest karma anyone has received in any book ever. She even said the line about if there is something wrong with a mother dog there's something wrong with the pup but said not so nicely. 

"Harry ate breakfast each morning in the Leaky Cauldron, where he liked watching the other guests: funny little witches from the country, up for a day's shopping; venerable-looking wizards arguing over the latest article in Transfiguration Today; wild-looking warlocks; raucous dwarfs; and once, what looked suspiciously like a hag, who ordered a plate of raw liver from behind a thick woolen balaclava." 

Harry's describes how he's never had more freedom in the previous paragraph to this one. In this one he's describing basically what I do. Go somewhere alone to eat and observe people. It reminded me so much of how I suddenly felt when going to college the first time.

"Have you ever seen anything quite as pathetic?" said Malfoy. "And he's supposed to be our teacher!" Harry and Ron both made furious moves toward Malfoy, but Hermione got their first - SMACK! She had slapped Malfoy across the face with all the strength she could muster. Malfoy staggered. Harry, Ron, Crabbe, and Goyle stood flabbergasted as Hermione raised her hand again. "Don't you dare call Hagrid pathetic, you foul - you evil -"

All I can think of in this moment is GO HERMIONE! Malfoy needed a smack a long time ago.

Moody, Padfoot, Wormtail, and Prongs - Viria
"You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night!"
...."You know Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night.... You found him inside yourself."

I don't remember catching this before. Harry conjured up a Patronus his father was as an animagus without knowing it. How touching is that? He has this connection with his father that he wasn't aware of. I love that his mother's Patronus is a doe. They are both deers!

Ron's eyes widened. The minute owl was still hotting excitedly. "Keep him?" he said uncertainly. He looked closely at the owl for a moment; then, to Harry's and Hermione's great surprise, he held him out for Crookshanks to sniff. "What do'you reckon?" Ron asked the cat. "Definitely an owl?" Crookshanks purred. "That's good enough for me," said Ron happily. "He's mine."

Pig! I love this little owl. I honestly forgot about him. I need to make sure to keep an eye out for him in the next books.

Thoughts on Prisoner of Azkaban:

Remus! I love Remus. He's such a caring guy. He's the first person that was really close to Harry's parents that Harry knows of that he can talk to about them. Not including Dumbledore. 

I forgot about Crookshanks too! I'm forgetting all the animals... I forgot how he was so smart and became friends with Sirius the dog. I think he's supposed to be a type of creature... not just a cat. Something else that distinguishes him. Now that I think about it. What happens to Pig and Crookshanks? I can't remember.

Snape really has a chip on his shoulder. He can't seem to forgive or even try to see things from other points of view like when they all were trying to explain about Wormtail. He seriously belongs in Slytherin. 

Hagrid basically taught his class about two creatures all year. How on Earth is he allowed to teach!? No one learned anything!

I'm glad Harry has someone he can talk to about his parents now. I wish Harry was able to stay with Sirius wherever he is.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Harry Potter Questionnaire Part 1: Hogwarts/Places

I found some questions on tumblr and I thought I would answer here for fun. It'll be in 4 parts over the time I'm reading the last Harry Potter books. You can see what the other questions are about on the tumblr link to the person who originated the questions -Millie @

1. Hogwarts: Where’s your favorite place in the world?
A: My favorite place in the world is at the beach soaking in the sun and swimming in the salty ocean. It's possibly the only place where I feel completely relaxed. 
2. Sorting Hat: What Hogwarts House would you place yourself in?
A: I've looked at the traits for all of them and I'm still not so sure after all these years. I'd probably see myself in Hufflepuff because I'm not manipulative (Slytherin) or extremely brave (Gryffindor). Although I love books and believe I am very smart I'm probably not as academically smart or clever as the kids at Ravenclaw. Hufflepuff is considered the place where everyone else is placed who don't fit into a category. They are also very loyal which I consider myself to be. I would defend you to the end if you were my family or friend. Unless you want to get yelled at don't mess with my friends. I'm not very cheery or patient though but out of all of them I identify with Hufflepuff the most. Second would be Ravenclaw...

3. Gryffindor: Talk about a situation where you had to be brave.
A: Huh. I probably have never been in a situation where I had to be truly brave except maybe learning to drive which I'm doing now. I've avoided it so long that it's a miracle I was brave enough to start driving at all.
4. Ravenclaw: What’s something you’re good at?
A: Not much unfortunately. Haha! I'm an excellent reader and I'm pretty good at History when I've had to study for tests. I've always liked History. It's pretty interesting so I've always been good at the subject.
5. Hufflepuff: Talk about someone that you are loyal to.
A: I'm extremely loyal to my brothers. I would destroy you if you dared to hurt them. I'd always be on their side against anyone in the world. They probably don't know how much I would have their backs if they needed me - most likely because I need them more as well as being the youngest sibling.
6. Slytherin: Talk about your greatest ambition.
A: My greatest ambition is having the life I want the most. I want to fall madly in love, get married, have kids, run all the time, spend time in nature, have books all around my house, travel when I can, try to be more adventurous, and let go of my fears. I would ultimately like to be happy and feel secure in what I'm doing and who I am as a person. That is my greatest ambition.
7. Diagon Alley: What is something you’ve always wanted to buy?
A: Always?... I guess I've always wanted my own house. I'd decorate how I wanted it. It would be filled with books, movies, cds, clocks, and art. I'd have a french country style kitchen. My whole house would be filled with bookshelves. I'd have a secret door behind a bookshelf leading somewhere else... I plan on my house to be awesome.

8. Ministry of Magic: What would be your dream job?
A: Sit around and read... If that was a job that I could have I would be so happy. 
9(3/4). Platform 9 and 3/4: What’s something that’s always seemed impossible to you?
A: Working and being good at my job. It just seems impossible for me at the moment especially since I'm going into teaching. There's so much to learn and do! I'm also extremely shy with new people and large groups so... we will see how that goes. I also just have never had a job so it worries me that I won't be prepared and someone is bound to yell at me. This is why I could never get into retail...
10. Hogsmeade: What’s the best school trip you've ever been on?
A: I've hardly been on any but Grad Bash was really cool. I only wished that before I went to Universal I realized I could go on another line that was much faster than the main line - that way I wouldn't be stuck in one line for hours on end (if that made any sense...). I need to go back to Universal and visit the Harry Potter section more thoroughly. I had lots of fun with my friends but none of them really liked Harry Potter so I was in the Harry Potter World for such a short time. I did end up buying some lemon candies at Honeydukes. I regrettably bought the Butterbeer that's not the slushy ice one. It kept frothing up all over the place and I didn't like it so I ended up throwing it away... Next time it will be on ice so I can actually taste and enjoy Butterbeer. I really want to go back!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

I was wondering this morning why I was dreaming about spiders and then I realized it was because I just finished reading Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I've been slower than expected reading all the books but I haven't been feeling so hot. At least I've had Harry Potter to comfort me when I was feeling up to reading his adventures.

First Sentences: 

"Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. Mr. Vernon Dursley had been woken in the early hours of the morning by a loud, hooting noise from his nephew Harry's room."

Last Sentences:

"Proud?" said Harry. "Are you crazy?" All those times I could've died, and I didn't manage it? They'll be furious..." And together the walked back through the gateway to the Muggle world.

Favorite Quotes:

"Famous Harry Potter," said Malfoy. "Can't even go into a bookshop without making the front page."

I love this line from Malfoy although I feel like he says bookstore in the movie. Maybe though it's just that I have to repeat that line whenever he says it in the movie.

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

Too true. You know who you are and who your true friends are by the choices we make.

Favorite Moments:

There was a thud of metal as Ginny's cauldron went flying; Mr. Weasley had thrown himself at Mr. Malfoy, knocking him backward into a bookshelf. Dozens of heavy spellbooks came thundering down on all their heads; there was a yell of, "Get him, Dad!" from Fred or George; Mrs. Weasley was shrieking, "No, Arthur no!"; the crowd stampeded backward, knocking more shelves over; "Gentlemen, please - please!" cried the assistant, and then, louder than all - "Break it up, there, gents, break it up -"

Lucius Malfoy was insulting Mr. Weasley and his family which I'm sure he's heard before. He goes too far when he insults Hermione's parents so he tackles him to the ground. Mr. Weasley was DEFENDING Hermione's parents. Lucius's ignorance and rudeness was too much not to respond to especially since prior he was getting to know the Granger's and they became friendly with each other. Loyalty to friends and doing what's right - Mr. Weasley is pretty bad-ass.

Swedish cover for Chamber of Secrets
Lockhart and Snape turned to face each other and bowed; at least, Lockhart did, with much twirling of his hands, whereas Snape jerked his head irritably. Then they raised their wands like swords in front of them.
"As you see, we are holding our wands in the accepted combative position," Lockhart told the silent crowd. "On the count of three, we will cast our first spells. Neither of us will be aiming to kill, of course."
"I wouldn't bet on that," Harry murmured, watching Snape baring his teeth.
"One - two - three -"
Both of them swung their wands above heir heads and pointed at their opponent; Snape cried: "Expelliarmus!" There was a dazzling flash of scarlet light and Lockhart was blasted off his feet: He flew backward off the stage, smashed into the wall, and slid down it to sprawl on the floor."

Any moment where Lockhart gets what he deserves is a great moment for me.

There had been no more attacks since those on Justin and Nearly Headless Nick, and Madam Pomfrey was pleased to report that the Mandrakes were becoming moody and secretive, meaning that they were fast leaving childhood. "The moment their acne cleats up, they'll be ready for repotting again," Harry heard her telling Filch kindly one afternoon.

... in March several of the Mandrakes threw a loud and raucous party in greenhouse three. This made Professor Sprout very happy. "The moment they start trying to move into each other's pots, we'll know they're fully mature," she told Harry. "Then we'll be able to revive those poor people in the hospital wing."

I loved the updates on the Mandrakes. They are so funny - throwing a party and being secretive like teenagers. Haha!

"Potter! Weasley! What are you doing?"
It was Professor McGonagall, and her mouth was the thinnest of thin lines.
"We were - we were -" Ron stammered. "We were going to - to go and see -"
"Hermione," said Harry. Ron and Professor McGonagall both looked at him.
"We haven't see her for ages, Professor," Harry went on hurriedly, treading on Ron's foot, "and we thought we'd sneak into the hospital wing, you know, and tell her the Mandrakes are nearly ready and, er, not to worry -"
Professor McGonagall was still staring at him, and for a moment, Harry thought she was going to explode, but when she spoke, it was in a strangely croaky voice.
"Of course," she said, and Harry, amazed, saw a tear glistening in her beady eye. "Of course, I realize this has all been hardest on the friends of those who have been... I quite understand.

This moment was so touching. I've read McGonagall cry before in the last book when she was told Harry's parents died and Harry had to be left with the Dursleys... It was very sweet how touched she had been that Harry and Ron cared so much for their friend even if they were lying about seeing her.

"The adventure ends here, boys!" he said. "I shall take a bit of this skin back up to the school, tell them I was too late to save the girl, and that you two tragically lost your minds at the sight of her mangled body - say good-bye to your memories!"

And then Lockhart loses his mind. Love this moment! Lockhart is one of those people who justify their cruelness. He got what he deserved. I only hope that the real people who did the fearless acts in his books get their memories back and get recognition.

Thoughts on Chamber of Secrets:

I didn't realize how jealous Draco is of Harry. Harry catches Draco talking about him and he sounds absolutely jealous. It's interesting to see Draco at this moment of his life and how mean he is compared to the later book. He's a mean boy but not a heartless one. He just needs to get over himself to see what's really right and wrong.

I don't know why the Dursleys cared so much to lock Harry up. Just let him go. You rather him not around anyways, don't you?

I wonder if there are other types of animal languages people can know in Harry Potter's world other than Parseltongue. It would be so cool to speak Dragon. Also, if Salazar Slytherin's logo is a snake because he could speak Parseltongue does that mean the others can speak their Houses animals or do they just really like badgers, lions, and ravens? I don't see how badgers would represent loyalty and patience so that's why I'm wondering. Maybe it was their pets that inspired their Houses...

Oh Dobby, how you annoy me...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This was a really hard list to come up with. I watch a LOT of shows. I'll watch anything. I even watched golf one time... that was a lazy day. I tried to get the list as accurate as possible. I would love to know if you've watched any of these shows and what are some of your favorite tv shows too.

10. Parks and Recreation

I used to watch Parks and Recreation all the time but with the last couple of seasons I stopped for some reason. I got into it again a while back and I'm re-watching all the seasons now. Mainly I did this because I always loved Andy and April's romance and personalities. I forgot how much I loved Ron Swanson's attitude on life and Leslie's crazy work ethic. I love how Leslie and Anne always say nice things to each other. As friendships go they have one of the most inspiring especially since girls tend to judge each other more than lifting them up.

9. Bates Motel

This show is so dark and wonderful. Norma Bates is so crazy controlling. Her relationship with Norman borderlines creepy... okay no it's all the way creepy. I love the back story to Norman Bates the killer from Psycho. The setting, the secrets the town keeps, Norman's trances, and his brother's side business are all amazing parts that make this show amazing. 

8. The Fosters

I think I love this show too much... There are so many twists that keep getting added on which always makes each episode super interesting and fun to watch. I love how the characters - especially Callie - have grown. She's faced so much. I don't know how she's keeping it together.

7. Veronica Mars

How could I not include the lovably sarcastic Veronica Mars? Her wit and loyalty to her friends has always made her one of my favorite tv show characters. This show was really good and should have lasted longer.

6. Teen Wolf

There is so much variety in this show. It's comedic at one point and grim at another. Season 3B in particular was one of the darkest seasons in the show. The story behind each season and what's going to befall Scott and his friends is always amazing.

5. Fullmetal Alchemist

One of the best animes ever made. I remember loving this show when I was a kid and I still love it. 

4. Friends

I used to watch this Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld all the time. It was a really weird thing for me as a kid to watch these shows but I loved them nonetheless. Friends is my favorite out of the bunch. It's funny and heartwarming. It's a show I know I always will enjoy watching.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I didn't expect this to be as hilarious as it is. So funny!

2. Bob's Burgers

One word: Louise. Oh my goodness this girl is the sassiest, most wonderful fictional being in the world! This show is so funny; it's unbelievable.

1. Avatar: The Last Air Bender

Avatar will always be my favorite show. It is absolutely flawless. That is all you need to know about this show.