More Fun Quizzes!

Genre/Cross-Genre Quiz: http://uquiz.com/9SBfYp

What Reading Dragon are You? Part 1: http://gotoquiz.com/UakeP

Part 2: http://gotoquiz.com/UkIeA

I’m gearing up for another theme “week” so hold on tight!

In the meantime, here’s one last quiz to get you prepared: 

http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/quiz/

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Introducing a collaboration between the Fairy and the Dragon

You heard right, I’m introducing a collaboration with a Fairy.

Or, specifically, Tammy from The Book Fairy’s Haven.

You will find a link to my guest post on her blog. Hopefully, we can look forward to more guests posts on both blogs in the future.

(Warning: It seems that there were quite a few typos, more than usual ;), in translation. Please show us mercy!)

http://bookfairyhaven.blogspot.co.za/2016/08/guest-post-crossover-genres-in-ya.html

J.K. Rowling Proved that It’s Okay to be Weird

I know it’s a day late, but I would like to say my own “Harry Birthday” to Harry. I am super excited about the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” A copy of is heading my way right now. In honor of this auspicious occasion, I would like to open up a discussion about a very particular Harry Potter character, and I’m going to reply to a post that was published on tor.com a few years ago. It showed up in my feed a few days ago, probably also in honor of the new release, and I just couldn’t help but notice it. Here’s the link to that: 

http://www.tor.com/2013/11/19/neville-longbottom-is-the-most-important-person-in-harry-potter/

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First, though, I’d like to add my voice to these common Harry Potter topics:

1. I definitely belong in Hufflepuff. It’s not that hard to figure it out. I’m a badger through and through. I also like to think that I have some Ravenclaw brains in me. Apparently, I’m also an American Thunderbird. I don’t really know what that means yet, but I’m excited to learn about it.

2. I cried during every death, every death, that occurred in the Harry Potter books and movies. I think that Dobby’s death affected me the most, though Hedwig was a close second…Is it bad that the non-human deaths affected me more?

3. Yes, I own all of the Harry Potter books and the movies. I remember the first moment that I sat down to read/watch each one. My favorite books are the 3rd and 4th ones, because Harry wasn’t really a little kid anymore, and the themes start to get really dark in the 5th book (understandably, but really dark). Of course, those grim themes occurred earlier in the movies. The 4th movie is really my favorite, because I enjoy watching the tournament. 

4. I didn’t hate the Dursleys so much by the end of the series, but I would looove to belong to the Weasely family. They are the best part about the Wizarding World. They just are! And with my red hair and glasses, I would totally fit in!

5. I don’t think that Rowling made a mistake when she paired off Harry and his friends. The movies don’t come close to doing them justice. If you read the books, however, you’ll see that Ron and Hermione and Harry and Ginny are soulmates! It’s complete balance and worth fangirling over!

6. Of course, my favorite character was Hermione. She’s such a strong female character. Clearly the boys would be lost without her. Plus, she’s a bibliophile. I still can’t get over how amazing she truly is.

7. I’m not going to pretend that I knew Snape’s backstory, but I did suspect that Rowling had something big planned for him. When I found out, I think that I yelled at the book for like 10 minutes…and then I got over it. Snape was a tortured good guy who was on Dumbledore’s side the whole time. I believe it. 

8. I was super upset when someone asked this question: If you had the chance, would you rather kill Voldemort, Snape, Bellatrix, or Umbridge? First of all, Snape shouldn’t even be on that list. If Voldemort was still alive, I think that we should all feel a duty to kill him…but if he was already dead, then I would go after Bellatrix without even throwing Umbridge a second glance.

8. I think everyone would say that the ending was the most shocking part of the book. I always knew that Harry would have to die at the end, but the fact that he could come back just blew my mind! The beauty and symbolism in that one scene was breathtaking! Other than that, I think the scenes that caught me most off guard were when we found out about Neville’s role in the prophecy (I was like, “What!? He’d better step it up then!”) and Dumbledore’s death (I didn’t see that coming at all. I kept wanting him to appear in a picture frame and solve everything.)

9. The question that I want answered most isn’t really anything big, but it’s been nagging me for years…Did Harry ever go back to look for Hedwig’s body? How did he mourn her loss when everything was over? Did he ever get another owl?…Why wasn’t one of his kids named Hedwig?

10.Finally, I’m super psyched for Newt’s movie and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, but I’m totally okay that Harry’s story is over. I thought that the last book ended appropriately. It was a classic Bildungsroman story…once Harry was grown up, there was no reason to keep the series going. In some sense, I should probably be worried that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” could take away the sense of peace that the series’ ending gave me. Everybody seems to think it’s amazing, though, so I doubt that will happen. I’m not quite ready to leave the Wizarding World, and I’ll never stop talking about the Harry Potter Series, but I think that Harry deserves his rest. 🙂

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Now, on to the second part of my birthday tribute. Again, here’s the article that I am responding to: http://www.tor.com/2013/11/19/neville-longbottom-is-the-most-important-person-in-harry-potter/

Emily Asher-Perrin goes through all of the main characters (except one) in Harry’s group of fighting friends and explains how all of them are “related” to the fighters that made of the group of James’ friends in the older generation.

She then explains how Pettigrew, that heartless little traitor, actually set things into motion and caused Harry’s death and everything after. And Neville, being Pettigrew’s new counterpart, could have betrayed Harry, too. He doesn’t. He actually carries on a major part of the fight himself and kills Voldemort’s snake himself. He really stepped up and a lot of Harry’s success is due to him. I got that!

I knew that from the moment I heard the prophecy that Neville was more important than anybody knew, maybe even as important as Harry himself. Neville defintely belongs high on up the list of characters who are often underestimated. I don’t think I understood how truly amazing Neville really is until reading Asher-Perrin’s article. I think her analysis is spot on.

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However, at the same time that I was coming to the realization of how awesome Neville is, one thing kept bothering me. All of the characters in Harry’s core group of friends, and Malfoy, are paired with a character from that past generation…all of them, except for Luna Lovegood.

Luna stood by Harry in the end. She never quit fighting. In fact, she was kidnapped by Death Eaters at some point, but she didn’t flee or faint when she was rescued. She was Harry’s guide into the weird unknown that was right before his eyes.

Harry would still be knocked out under his invisibility cloak on the train if Luna hadn’t saved him. He would still be caught alone in his grief if she hadn’t have told him about the Thestrals. He would still be dead if she hadn’t have told him about the diadem. Did you hear me? Harry would be dead and Voldemort would have been alive without the help of this one friendless girl who had to deal with bullies every day at Hogwarts! She’s so weird and loyal and smart…and she totally embraced that! She’s amazing!

 But Asher-Perrin didn’t even mention her. Where’s Luna’s credit? Who is she supposed to be?

These questions bothered me so much that I had to stop reading the article at some point and come back to it later. I didn’t want Luna’s problem to get in the way of Neville’s success. But after thinking about it for a while, I’ve finally realized something equally as important.

Yes, Neville may be Pettigrew and Harry may be James and everyone else is everyone else…but Luna is just Luna. She doesn’t get to be paired to anyone, and she doesn’t need to be. Maybe just having a “new Pettigrew” wasn’t enough. Maybe they also needed someone else.

Luna has always struck me as the one person in the group who didn’t fit into any mold. Rowling paid her even more respect by making her a completely unique character. She filled a very important role in the group: the one person who isn’t afraid to embrace the weird and who truly believes in the impossible. Without that belief, how could anyone truly expect to overcome such a dark wizard as Voldemort.

That’s what was missing from the previous generation.

My guess is that no one would took Luna’s father seriously, even if he did try to help them. Thank goodness Harry and his friends were willing, albeit reluctantly at first, to take Luna seriously. Luna might have been a bit odd at times, but she is quite wise and her insights should not be taken lightly. 

So, alright, Luna doesn’t need to fit into Asher-Perrin’s analysis, or anyone else’s. She didn’t need to fit into any predestined role. I don’t think she would really care that she doesn’t. She decided that she was going to use her own unique skills to help Harry win his fight against Voldemort, and, really and truly, we have her to thank for his success!

Thank you, Luna, from the bottom of my heart!

I hope that everyone comes to appreciate the important of both Neville and Luna, Harry’s geeky, weird, underappreciated sidekicks.

Luna Lovegood

Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/EatSleepAndRead/

Just Click the Link!

I knew that my Facebook and Blogging friends were probably tired of hearing about my wedding…but I wasn’t quite ready to finish talking about it.

Last month I wrote an article about books, and my wedding, and wedding advice. It was originally entitled “A Cure For Wedding Day Jitters.”I sent a query out to four or five different corporate-sized blogs and online magazines. Last week, I received multiple replies 🙂 .

I decided to go with A Practical Wedding, because I liked that the staff was willing to work with me (and that, although we disagreed on a few changes, the editor is still willing to work with me.) Here’s the link to the published article:

http://apracticalwedding.com/2016/07/wedding-stress/

Enjoy!

Also, here are some quizzes for your nerdy pleasure. If you like them, let me know. I might be able to create some more challenging quizzes or competitions in the future.

THE ULTIMATE YA LOVERS QUIZ

 

THE ULTIMATE FAIRY TALE QUIZ (ANDERSEN AND GRIMM)

 

When You Lose A Piece of Yourself

I’ve made a lot of excuses for why I haven’t been able to get the library for a few months. I’ve been busy with wedding plans…I’ve had a lot of freelance work…I had to pack and move multiple times…my husband actually expects me to talk to him instead of reading all day…I’ve been sick a lot…and, most recently, I’ve had to use my reading time for my internship. All of these are true, however, I have still been able to preserve some free reading time.

So what’s the real reason I haven’t visited my new local library? *drum roll please*

I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter series!

The series has been collecting dust on my shelf for years. I don’t know what inspired me to pick them up again. Maybe it was the announcement of the new Harry Potter movie series, or maybe something inside of me just said it was time.

I’m sorry to say that I had to struggle through the first book. I’m not 12 years old, after all. I suppose it’s understandable that a twelve year old’s perspective doesn’t immediately catch my attention anymore. By the time the Mirror gave Harry the Stone, however, I was hooked!

*Que the photo of me reading the fifth Harry Potter book when I’m supposed to be getting ready for my wedding*

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It has taken me all the majority of this year to get through the first part of the series, but now, as I’m abut to open the seventh book for the first time in years, I can’t believe that I haven’t done this sooner!

There is nothing more magical than finding a new favorite book. I won’t argue with that truth. But  there is something magical that happens when you become attached a book. You leave a part of yourself behind in its pages. For some people, it may be enough to just keep their favorite books on a shelf to look at. For others, they have to revisit their favorite books.

I’m definitely one of those people. But then again, I’ve been known to watch favorite movie scenes over and over again. So I might be crazy…but I don’t think I’m the only one.

Do you know the feeling I described earlier. The feeling of “leaving a part of yourself behind” in a book. As I’ve reread the Harry Potter series, I’ve tried to picture myself reading them for the first time. (I’m so jealous of that Melody.) I’ve gotten of memories…ghosts of emotions…snippets of old arguments with fellow Harry Potter nerds 🙂 . The part of me that will always love Harry Potter has come alive again. I had almost forgotten it was there. I mean, the movies are still playing everywhere, but they just aren’t the same.

And if I may make on more observation: What’s the use of keeping your favorite books around if you don’t intend to pick them back up one day? Do you just like feeling the covers or showing them off to your friends? That’s not really my style.

So have you felt that way about one of your favorite books or series? Do you love to revisit your favorite fictional worlds? Which ones? How often do you reread books?

Or do you think I really am crazy and rereading books is a waste of time? Do you just feel like you never have the time or do you have a stronger reason for disagreeing with me?

I want to know your thoughts.

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