So it has been a few weeks since I finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and I didn’t want to just dive into reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire straight away. But Harry Potter hasn’t been far from my mind. In fact, in between reading the two books it has been my birthday and at the grand old age of 34 it definitely had a Harry Potter theme. I was gifted with:

  • Two Harry Potter Hoodies
  • A Harry Potter Christmas Glitter Bauble
  • A Harry Potter T-Shirt
  • Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
  • A Hedwig Keyring
  • Two Harry Potter Canvas Book Bags (one Hogwarts, one Slytherin)
  • A Harry Potter notebook
  • A Gryffindor Scrunchie (which my two year old niece took a liking to and subsequently stole)
  • Twelve pairs of Hogwarts House socks (Lisa, like Dobby, is a free elf)



  • An acceptance letter for Hogwarts. Eek, my life is complete.

I would happily do seven more years of high school if I could go to Hogwarts.

Anyway, it was an awesome birthday which promised Harry Potteresque adventures s now I must go on my next one…in the form of reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I’m a little bit scared.

  • Ok, straight away I’m wigged out. It starts at the Riddle House NOT at Privet Drive. This isn’t supposed to happen.
  • Poor Frank! He didn’t do it, I tell you!
  • See, this shows just how quickly gossip can spread.
  • Ooh, JK you whiley minx! Hinting to Wormtail about his right hand. Good God I love these books.
  • I like to imagine that Dumbledore goes on city breaks for his holidays. They should release a book of pictures of him in famous places and landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or the leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Ok, so I know Mrs Weasley put too many stamps on the letter about the Quidditch World Cup to the Dursley’s, however, I commend her actions. There is nothing worse than when the post office holds your mail hostage. Actually, no there is something worse. It is worse when they hold your mail hostage AND THEN make you pay to get the damn thing. Go you, Molly Weasley!
  • I love that the nickname for Ron’s owl is Pig. I plan on getting a cat and I am going to call it fish.
  • Hedwig is such a dignified owl. I love how JK gives animals personal characteristics.
  • Oh the meeting with the Dursley’s and the Weasley’s is totally awkward turtle.
  • I love Mr Weasley. I love how he stands up for Harry against the Dursley’s. Now we see where Ron gets his protective nature from – his parents.
  • I love how JK champions other forms of success – not just academic. She knows the twins aren’t bookish but they are entrepreneurial. Go JK!
  • Oh gosh, I forgot how insufferable Percy becomes in this book.
  • I would love to be able to apparate. It would make my long distance relationship so much easier.
  • “Merlin’s Beard” is officially the best surprise response ever! I’m going to use it more.
  • I could have used a magical space tent – a TARDIS tent if I may – when I used to go to music festivals. At one point in around 2008 or 2009 (I forget when) I went camping at a festival. In my three person tent we housed six people overnight. It as a roasting hot August Bank Holiday. It was brutal but fun.
  • Yay! Go Oliver Wood being signed to a Quidditch team.
  • Winky! Winky the house elf. Oh I had almost forgotten about Winky…almost!
  • I wonder who invented Quidditch? I mean not like JK Rowling, I mean which member of the wizarding community?
  • It is strange that wizards celebrate Christian festivals and not pagan festivals. I also wonder if there are any Wizard specific ones like National Wizard Appreciation day
  • So, on reflection, the Death Eaters and Voldemort are a metaphor for terrorism I all its forms. People who act in a bad way to instil fear and terror into the masses. I’ve said it before but I will continue to say it, JK is a pioneer with the issues that she tackles.
  • And issues on modern day slavery with the house elves. So ahead of her times.
  • The Dark Mark – erm hello, so terrifying!
  • Oh poor Winky. She is so desperately sad. I can’t handle it.
  • Ok, not to sound like a bad wizard or team Voldemort but I really need to read The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts.
  • We have a Rita Skeeter mention. She so should have been played by film and theatre legend Bernadette Peters. Fact!
  • Poor Ron. I know what it is like to be the poor friend and not have the same amount of money as they rest of your mates. It sucks. Bless him.
  • Colin Creevy’’s brother Dennis is adorable. Imagine being excited because you fell into a lake. So cute.
  • Mad Eye Moody should have been played by the guy who played Hannibal Lector…what was his name?
  • ANTHONY HOPKINS! It took over twelve hours for me to remember that guy’s name. Far longer than it should have taken.
  • SPEW – Oh Hermione, you will change the world one day.
  • I love how Hedwig is so full of pride and indignation at Harry’s lack of gratitude. Someone needs to put him in his place. Go Hedwig!
  • Hermione is like Jeremy Corbyn…but better. Hermione for Prime Minister.
  • Oooh at fourteen, the Harry Potter gang are starting to notice the opposite sex more. Love, love, love….or you know, hormones.
  • I love how Madame Maxine called Dumbledore “Dumblydore” – gotta love the French.
  • I don’t like it when the gang fall out. Ron, Harry is innocent I tell you.
  • I would so love a quick quill pen – but not a mean one and mine would have purple ink.
  • Oh Hagrid, you old charmer – “Bong-Sewer” lol.
  • I love that amidst all the dragon angst and moaning JK gave Harry a human side by telling Cedric about the first task.
  • When you think about it, with the house elves, Hermione is a modern day suffragette.
  • Dobby is back!
  • Oh Winky, you poor repressed elf.
  • When I was in high school we had dodgy school discos where lads had competitions to see how many girls they could kiss and you drank from upside down carton drinks. The Yule Ball sounds so much fancier.
  • Seriously, how unbearably cure is it that Dobby has a bauble attached to his tea cosy hat? I am just melting.
  • Socks are Dobby’s favourite clothes. Socks are my favourite clothes. Therefore I am Dobby.
  • Completely off the topic of Dobby and the Yule Ball but I wonder how much teachers at Hogwarts get paid?
  • Ok, confession time. When I first read the Harry Potter series I had never heard the name Hermione before and I pronounced it “Hermwarne.” Viktor Krum can’t say Hermione. I couldn’t say Hermione. Therefore, I am Viktor Krum…and Dobby.
  • Oh Rita Skeeter – as much as you aren’t a villain villain, you really are a nasty cow.
  • Oooh Bagman is a bit crooked. Isn’t he shifty?
  • I’ve never tasted Butterbeer. I wish they sold it in supermarkets for me to try.
  • “Inappropriate charms on a goat.” Oh JK, you slay me.
  • Moaning Myrtle is a little perv.
  • I love it how indignant Hermione gets because the library hasn’t provided the answers I’m with you there, Hermione. Libraries are magical.
  • Pansy Parkinson is really insufferable. She is a proper flibbertigibbet.
  • Padfoot Returns is one of those fabulously revealing chapters. All of Barty Crouch’s secrets are being revealed.
  • Oh Winky has become a little alcofrolic. Bless her and her butterbeer soaked liver.
  • Oh I forgot that there were nifflers in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I want a niffler so freaking badly. They remind me of micropigs looking for truffles. Funny story, Inthought that micropigs found chocolate truffles. It took my fiancé explaining to me that it is a different kind of truffle. I think that was the moment he fell in love with me thogh so win win. I am going to get a micropig and train it to find chocolate for me.
  • Oh dear. Love spurned Hagrid is a tad xenophobic, isn’t he?
  • Oh I love it when Sirius goes all godfatherly on Harry. He’s stepped up, son!
  • I wonder if a penseive takes away the pain of certain memories.
  • Also I love the Penseive chapter. It is another revealing one.
  • I wonder how Mad Eye Moody got his magical eye? There is a story in that, JK.
  • Ok, I don’t like mazes because of their being no bathrooms. They remind me of queues for rides in the fair ground. I know how to get out of them but I still don’t like them.
  • Harry and Cedric are so noble. I love them both.
  • When I first read the Harry Potter series (eighteen years ago) and it got to the scene in the cemetery I put the book down and refused to read it for a week because I was that upset.
  • No words are more terrifying “Lord Voldemort has risen again.”
  • Oh Voldemort hints at the horcruxes. How did I miss this?
  • Ok, so the Death Eater chapter – terrifying but I’m also finding Voldemort’s waffle quite camp…and I like it.
  • Oh the ghosts at the wand duel – I can’t even handle it.
  • Cedric’s final wish kills me.
  • The plot twist at the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is bloody amazing.
  • “For a fleeting instant, Harry thought he saw a gleam of something like triumph in Dumbledore’s eyes.” – This always made me question Dumbledore’s integrity and goodness. Was he proud of Voldemort/Tom Riddle? It makes you think that Dumbledore isn’t as good as he seems.
  • All it took was a motherly hug to Harry from Mrs Weasley and I am a broken woman. Oh god here come the tears.

I feel emotionally drained. I know what I am getting in the next three books but man I want to read them.  I know I am going to be a broken woman.

Poor Cedric, his death was one of the worst deaths in the whole series. I genuinely don’t know how I can handle any more heartbreak.

Wish me luck!

So I’m off work sick at the moment and obviously Harry Potter is my comfort blanket. Let’s hope that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will work its magic and make me feel better.

I always say that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the book that changes this series that stops it being for children. It starts getting really dark. Also I have an overwhelming memory of being on a train going to see my granddaddy in Eastbourne and reading this book. It was a re-read but something happened that was shocking that I had forgotten about and I took an audible gasp of breath. The people on the train all turned and looked at me. I apologised and told them I had forgotten that this thing happened and then sheepishly hid behind the book. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was that shocked me so much but when it happens again I will be sure to write it down.

Ok, here goes:

  • Who was the most feared wizard before Voldemort? Was it Grindlewald?
  • “Don’t let the Muggles get you down!” I totally forgot that Ron said that! Love it!
  • People should wear Fez more often.
  • Oh my. JK wrote the word “bitch.” Ok it was used in the technical sense but see, this is just as I said, the books are becoming more adult.
  • I think I would enjoy riding buses more if I could sleep on them. I once missed my bus stop (which happens to be at the start of a big hill) after I had just been to my university library. I had to walk over a ruddy big hill to get home, shattered, carrying twelve very large hardback books on Race in Post-war America. I resumed the nap the moment I got home.
  • Hermione is a September baby – perhaps a Libra like me…because we rock.
  • When is Hermione’s birthday?
  • *Googles Hermione’s birthday* It is the 19th of September 1979 – not quite a Libra. Boo.
  • You know, Harry could totally eliminate the element of surprise in his life if he just did some wizard research into his own past.
  • Oh Harry! You have been so starved of love that a hug from Mrs Weasley must have felt awesome.
  • I don’t know why but whenever the journey to Hogwarts takes place in my brain when I am reading the books the weather instantly becomes wintery – really blustery winds and heavy rain. I feel like it needs to be read in that weather to feel the same impact. As I read this chapter it is grey and rainy. Perfect…except that it is 18:15 on a September evening.
  • Holy crap the Dementors are scary in my head.
  • I can’t believe Hermione Granger is sassing a teacher. Bolshy move, Granger!
  • The knight, Sir Cadogan, in the painting reminds me of the little dog in Labyrinth. God I love that movie.
  • Lupin is just a stand-up guy. He is the teacher you remember for the right reasons. He is Hogwarts version of Shirley Donnelly. I should preface this by saying that Shirley Donnelly was my favourite teacher in high school. She, along with Jane Granger in primary school and Elina Vitkala in college were the best people ever.
  • Oh I had forgotten about the Hufflepuff/Slytherin quidditch match switcheroo. Ooh and the first mention of Cedric Diggory.
  • Ooh Ron jumping to Hermione’s defence once again. He lurves her. He lurrrrrvvvvesss her! As a side note, I must try to remember that I am 34 years old and not in high school and it isn’t classy to mock fictional characters.
  • Aww Cedric Diggory tried to do the right thing. Man, he was a good guy. Oh, pre-emptive sob!
  • Oh, the Marauder’s Map. My sister bought me a Marauder’s Map mug last year for my birthday. Tea has never tasted so mischievous.
  • Well the Minister of Magic was a bit remiss with his security discussing Sirius Black at the Three Broomsticks.
  • The Marauder’s Map chapter has to be one of the most revealing chapter of the whole book series. Bloody brilliant.
  • Oooh, Harry is right pissy at the moment. To be fair, he has just learned that Sirius Black got his parents killed at the hands of Voldemort but he is still very whiney.
  • Dumbledore likes chipolatas. I like chipolatas. Therefore, I am Dumbledore.
  • I’m yet to figure out what my patronus is. I have an idea that it is a crossbreed. I would love it to be a unicorn because they are awesome but I reckon it might be a bookworm. Maybe a book-a-corn – a bookworm with a horn?
  • When you think about it, Quidditch is like Formula 1. It’s not necessarily the driver (or the broomstick rider) t is the car/broomstick that gives you the advantage. Also this is a damning indictment into the lack of funding for sports in schools.
  • I don’t like it when Ron and Hermione are fighting. Bring back the love, JK.
  • “My dad didn’t strut.” – Strut is a funny word.
  • Poor Hagrid and Buckbeak. Sob.
  • Go on, Hermione. I don’t condone violence but Malfoy had that slap coming to him.
  • Flibbertigibbet is one of my all time favourite words of ever.
  • We should all take a minute to appreciate Lee Jordan’s Quidditch commentary. Bloody brilliant.
  • I feel like my heart has been in my mouth these past few chapters. So many revelations.
  • You have to wonder though, where was the pastoral care at Hogwarts? I mean, seriously? There needs to be another book in which Harry deals with all of his life drama. It could be called Harry Potter and the Therapists Couch.
  • Peter Pettigrew – you little shit!
  • Oh Harry, for a brief moment you were happy. You had a family with Sirius.
  • Dementors – truly terrifying. I cannot say this enough. If you want it emphasised then please see point 12.
  • Ok, so I can’t just breeze past Hermione’s secret (the time turner – which, by the way, I have) without commenting on the glaring error of why did nobody just use a time turner years ago to foil Voldemort and, you know, save Lily and James? I love you JK but you didn’t think this one through. Still my favourite book though!
  • Oh, when Dumbledore can’t fix things for Sirius is like when you realise that your parents aren’t superheroes. Sadness.

God, I love this book. Such a glorious story. I didn’t manage to remember what I forgot. Perhaps I need Neville’s Rememberall. It is disappointing that I can’t remember but I will get over it. Especially as I am currently basking in that post Harry Potter glow.

Next up, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Exciting.

Ok, as much as I enjoyed my Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone re-read I knew that I would then have to re-read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This is my least favourite of the seven books. I remember watching an interview with JK Rowling and she said that people don’t really seems to like it as much as the other books because there is only one adventure rather than many little ones. I’m not sure if that is the reason that I rate it my least favourite but I am hoping that this re-read can make me appreciate it a bit more.

Here goes:

  • Ooh I forgot that it is in this book when we first meet Dobby.
  • The Dobby in the film did not look like the Dobby in my head. I grew to appreciate film Dobby but my original one was more reptilian like…which is strange because nowhere isn he described as such…curious.
  • Poor Harry is treated like a prisoner at the Dursley’s.
  • Huzzah! Ron is here to save Harry. Some would argue that he is the real hero of the Harry Potter books.
  • So if Harry Potter is 37 in 2017 then Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was set in 1992. In Back to the Future 2 the flying car – The Delorean – was invented was invented in 2015. Are we to assume that muggles finally had help from wizards in making a flying car?
  • Oh The Burrow – I want to stay at the Weasley family home. Plus Burrow just sounds like a warm word.
  • Gilderoy Lockhart should have been played by Hugh Grant – Fact!
  • It is strange but one of my favourite lines from the film was never in the book. The whole Diagon Alley/Diagonally line.
  • The large black cabinet. Oh JK you clever bean!
  • I wonder if Percy did become the minister of magic? Or did his taste of power in the later books make him seek the simple life? I started working in a school many years ago and I got totally drunk on power. It can easily happen. Thankfully I managed to check myself before I wrecked myself.
  • I love how Mrs Weasley is oblivious to Mr Weasley’s tinkering. Bless her. Julie Walters – legend!
  • Ginny’s diary – dom dom dom!
  • Ahhh…so it has just clicked. Dobby is the reason I can’t get on to Platform Nine and Three Quarters. It is not that I am a muggle. It is that I am being magic blocked by a precocious elf.
  • Flying the Ford Anglia – it really is surprising that Ron and Harry did not get expelled.
  • God how embarrassing would it be to get a howler? Totally mortifying.
  • Justin Finch Fletchley was a bit of a douchenozzle, wasn’t he? Pretentious twit!
  • I think Colin Creevey would make an excellent wizard biographer.
  • Mudblood! Oh no, he didn’t! Malfoy, you ASS!
  • Ron jumping to Hermione’s defence – total hero!
  • With the Moaning Myrtle storyline JK really did a brave thing writing about depression and bullying.
  • If I could drink Polyjuice Potion I would want it to be to turn myself into JK Rowling. I would steal all hr back-story books and read them all. Moo hoo haa haa. Forget Voldemort; I am the true evil genius.
  • I don’t really have big dreams, do I? I just want more stories.
  • How many bones are in the arm?
  • There are actually 68 not 33.
  • See, JK is dealing with issues of self harm and repression. She is so ahead of her time.
  • Hermione’s facial hair when she turns into a cat after drinking Polyjuice Potion is totally a sign of the patriarchy. Ok, I had a whole reason why I wrote this statement but I have recently been in hospital and can’t actually remember the point I was making or the reason behind it but I am sticking to my guns.
  • I wonder if there are any links between Polyjuice Potion and transfiguration spells?
  • How old is Voldemort?
  • Who were Tom Riddle’s parents? I feel like we find out in a later book but I can’t remember.
  • I have so many questions!
  • Oh I forgot about Hagrid going to Azkaban. Heartbreaking.
  • There was no need for the Aragog sized spider in my house this week. I’m not scared of spiders but this was mahoosive.
  • Aww you really do feel Ron’s bourgeoning love for Hermione in this book.
  • I totally forgot that Hermione got petrified.
  • I always suspected that Voldemort and Harry Potter were related but it never came to fruition. That would probably been too neat really, wouldn’t it?
  • Ok, so the basilisk bit Harry in the Chamber of Secrets. Well wouldn’t that kills Harry the Horcrux? Man these books are complicated when you read them as an adult. There are so many questions.
  • Dobby is a free elf. Ok, so since me and my fiancé have been dating I always take his socks. It’s got to the point where he now just hands me them rather than me stealing them. When he does give me them now I instantly think to myself Lisa is a free elf. I recently told him this and I’m not sure what he thought but he has already put a ring on it and I say no backsies.

So 37 thoughts on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It was better than I remember and do have a new found appreciation for it. It did leave me with a few questions but hopefully they will be answered when I read the next few books and rather excitingly it is my favourite book next – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Ok, so I am about to start my epic Harry Potter reread. I haven’t read the books in ten whole years and I have been promising a reread for ages but now I am actually doing it. Yay!

I’m not going to review these bad boy books because there are no words to accurately describe my utter adoration for the Harry Potter series and equally there is no way I can be neutral about them either so instead I will share my thoughts that happened during my reread.

Here goes:

  • Oh my god. I’m so excited but so very nervous. What if they aren’t as good as I remember? I run the risk of ruining my memories from youth.
  • Oh the covers are so pretty. I don’t want to break the spine. I’ll have to buy myself a new set…to add to the second unopened set that I have upstairs and the new covers of the Philosophers Stone and the illustrated edition…maybe I’m a bit obsessed.
  • Twenty years since The Philosopher’s Stone was released. How is that even possible?
  • “Even muggles like yourself should be celebrating.” (P5) I am so sad that I am a muggle.
  • The introduction of Dumbledore. What a wise old man. I always wanted him to be played by Sir Ian McKellan but Richard Harris was pretty brilliant.
  • Dumbledore is an archaic word for bumblebee. Great word.
  • The Put-Outer is a more subtle version of the clapper. I’ve always wanted a clapper.
  • Professor McGonagall was perfectly cast as Maggie Smith. Fact.
  • Dedalus Diggle – I wonder if he ever gets mentioned again.
  • For 11 years Voldemort put fear in the wizarding community – surely there are 11 books here for the writing. Come on JK! Give the people what they want.
  • When Voldemort was all bad ass was Hogwarts running as usual?
  • “All these things he’s done.” (P13) Re point 10. See JK, the story practically writes itself.
  • “There will be books written about Harry – every child in out worlds will know his name.” (P14) How bloody right you were JK.
  • Hagrid – again perfect casting with Robbie Coltrane.
  • I remember on my second reread of Harry Potter and gasping at all of JK’s cleverness with her reference to Sirius Black – well played JK – well played indeed.
  • Harry has a lightning bolt scar on his head. A few years ago I got really sick which left me with a scar on my chin which I kind of like. My illness was really rare and it nearly killed me but it didn’t. I’m the girl who lived through my illness ergo I am Harry Potter.
  • Mrs Figg – utter legend. If only we had known sooner.
  • JK called on of Dudley’s friends Piers and described him as having a “face like a rat” (P25) – is this JK’s hate for Piers Morgan showing 2 years ago? If so then kudos for the foresight JK!
  • There has been a theory bandied around that the snake in the zoo is Nagini. How mad would that be? But then it said in the information box that it was born in captivity so I guess that poo-poo’s that theory.
  • Harry hopes for a distant relative to save him – oh sob!
  • Harry gets his Hogwarts letter. I have never gotten one. I swear I am not a muggle and if that letter arrived tomorrow and at the age of 34 I had to do seven more years of high school just to go to Hogwarts then dammit I would do it. I wonder if there is a wizarding university?
  • Maybe this is why I am obsessed with getting post? Maybe I am just waiting for that damn Hogwarts acceptance letter.
  • For Harry’s 10th birthday he was given “a coat hanger and a pair of Uncle Vernon’s old socks” – technically Harry is a free wizard now.
  • Is Petunia a non magical magic person? Is she a squib? Or do you have to show no magical talent in a magical family to be a squib?
  • What happened to Harry’s grandparents?
  • “Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die.” (P62) Good god the clues were everywhere.
  • New mention Doris Crockford. Will she get mentioned again? Dammit how does JK keep all of these people in check?
  • I always imagined Diagon Alley to be the most amazing place. Random segue but I am engaged to be married and since I’m not your typical bride I will not be going to watch half naked men shake their tushes or out drinking. No folks I am going to the Harry Potter Studios because then I will feel like I am a wizard. I think it is the closest I will get to being a wizard. Sob!
  • Harry is in Gringotts. The stalagmite/stalactite line has always been one of my favourites from the entire series of books. Even now I still don’t know the difference. I do think that he ride that Harry goes on to get to his vault would make a boss ride. I wonder if they included it in Harry Potter World? Googles it – apparently yes.
  • I like trains. I went to Platform Nine and 3 Quarters but the queue was massive and I was like the oldest person there. I will go again one day and get my picture take and I will do it with aplomb.
  • It’s a shame that Peeves wasn’t in the films. Rik Mayall would have played him brilliantly.
  • Snape was a right nasty sod towards Harry that first Potions lesson. I work in a high school – that form of bullying wouldn’t be tolerated. Believe you me!
  • I’d be crap on a broom. I definitely wouldn’t be on the Quidditch team. Not even the reserves.
  • Halloween sounds magical at Hogwarts…well you know except for the troll.
  • I always loved Oliver Wood’s inspirational pre-Quidditch match speeches. Sean Biggerstaff who played him in the films was quite a fittie. Wonder what he is doing right now? Googles Sean Biggerstaff. He has actually been in a fair few productions. Sadly, I have seen none of them. Ah bygones.
  • The Mirror of Erised chapter is just heartbreaking. Poor Harry.
  • Dammit Harry! Look at your chocolate frog cards. That is where you heard about Nicholas Flamel.
  • Oh man, what I wouldn’t do to have an invisibility cloak. Ok I know what I would do. I would hide under it and just read books all day. No one would be able to find me. Moo hoo haa haa!
  • Dumbledore is right. You can never have too many socks. (P230)
  • Seriously, I have never wanted to be in someone’s mind as much as JK Rowling’s. She gives hints about things that won’t happen for several books. This is totally the Back to the Future Hypothesis. Without a doubt, JK Rowling is a genius.
  • Ron really does have some great one-liners.
  • Of all the pets I’ve ever wanted a dragon has never been on the list. A dinosaur has been but never a dragon.
  • “It is a monstrous thing, to slay a unicorn.” (P277) Well said Firenze!
  • See you can understand why Harry reckons Snape hates him. He threatened to get him expelled.
  • Poor Neville. Little did us readers know how big a part he would play in the overall story.
  • I’m terrified of dogs. This all stems from an incident as a child when a greyhound stalked by whole family. One day my older sister sent me to the shop because Smash Hits! magazine was giving away 100 free stickers. I saw the greyhound ahead of me so I decided to cross the road. The greyhound followed me. So I crossed back and the grey hound followed me. I decided I just needed to be brave and walk past it and as I did the damn dog bit my leg. It didn’t break the skin but when I ran home my sister was more concerned about not having her smash hits. What was worse was that after the dog had bit me it walked away an I swear it was laughing like Dick Dastardly’s dog Muttley off Wacky Races. Now this dog only had one head. If I came across a three headed dog I am pretty sure I would pee my pants. Harry, Ron and Hermione are way braver than me.
  • Quirrell man. What a bitch.
  • Why couldn’t Quirrell touch Harry without burning in pain?
  • Was Voldemeort/Quirrell a horcrux. I forget. I hope I find out in the rest of the story. See this is why a reread is needed.
  • Ah the Quirrell touch question has been answered. Mother’s love.
  • And it is over. I feel pleasantly full. I don’t have a book hangover just book fulfilment. Like when you eat the right amount at a meal without overdoing it and needing your stretchy pants.

Now on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secreets. Dum dum de dum dum dummm dum.

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themTitle: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Author: JK Rowling

Pages: 293 Pages

Publisher: Little Brown UK

The Blurb

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this ebook edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Inspired by the original Hogwarts textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. A feat of imagination and showcasing a cast of remarkable characters and magical creatures, this is epic adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any film lover or reader’s bookshelf.

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them received its theatrical release on 18th November 2016.

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The Review

I am not going to lie to you. I am a mad Harry Potter fangirl so anything Potter related I am pre-destined to love. However, my love for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling is actually based on more. It is just a wonderful story.

I am constantly saying to friends and other Potterheads that JK Rowling needs to write wizarding history.  I want to know more about The Order of the Phoenix, more about You-Know-Who’s life, more about the Lestrange family. Just more, really. I think that I why I was so excited when the Pottermore series was released in September, why I sat on the hallway stairs waiting for The Cursed Child to be delivered (I was there for 8 hours – it stopped being funny really quickly) and why I was so excited for the release of fantastic beasts.

It is the back story of such a random and little mentioned character in the Harry Potter series but it packs such an impact and drips through to the series in such a subtle way. Newt Scamander has docked in New York with hopes to find a rare creature. What ensues is a series of wacky and magical adventures that has you wishing you weren’t a muggle.

JK Rowling has, once again, delivered another fabulous piece to the Potter puzzle. Heed my words Rowling, WE WANT MORE!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling is available now.

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