Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp

Hey Folks!
To get into the magic spirit before watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Review coming in the days, right here), I finally read the last Hogwarts Library book missing in my collection. So let’s find out some stuff about Quidditch!

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
Kennilworthy Whisp collected many interesting facts about every wizards favourite game, Quidditch. First of all, we find out about the history, the development of the game itself, famous teams and all the rules!

 

The Rating:
As usual: lovely. JK Rowling excelled herself with this one. I really like Fantastic Beats and Where to find them (the original book, not the screenplay) and The Tales of Beedle The Bard, so I was excited to finally check it out. Quidditch Through the Ages is another great supplement to cure the post Harry Potter blues. Not only has she created an amazing world but also gives it more depth with each single book she publishes. She pays attention to every detail, like inventing a magical writer or giving a foreword by Dumbledore. Even the illustrations are on point. But what I liked best about this one is the humor. I can’t even tell you how often I laughed out loud! Continue reading

TV Show vs. Movie: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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It’s time for another post on A Series of Unfortunate Events. This time I want to shed some light on both the TV show and the movie. Which one is better?

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Beaudelair. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Beaudelair children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…
There are 13 books in total, and Netflix dedicated 2 episodes to each book. So the first season consists of 8 episodes and deals with the first four books. As that would be far too much for just one movie, only the first three books were adapted in the film.

 

TV Show vs. Movie:
I was hooked from the first episode on. In this TV show everything plays together perfectly. The casting is amazing, although I had my doubts about some of the actors, I ended up more than delighted. So far they keep very close to the novels, thus really making the story come alive. Furthermore, Lemony Snicket is very present in the TV show in his function as narrator. He is part of every episodes and makes several comments. This may sound a bit weird, as it’s not the usual thing to do, but believe me, it works out wonderfully. Another point I love about the show is the music. The title song for each episode is a little different and especially the song in the last episode was marvellous.

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Movie Mania: Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Today I want to share one of my all-time favourite action-adventure movies: Steven Spielberg’s famous Raiders of the Lost Ark.

 

The Plot:
Archeologist and professor Indiana Jones heads to Egypt to prevent the Nazis from finding the Ark of the Lost Covenant, as it would make their armies invincible. On this very dangerous trip he even reunites with his old love Marion…

 

The Rating:
Harrison Ford has starred in many impressive films throughout his career, but the Raiders of the lost Ark series is definitely among the very best. The only way to describe this movie is as hell of a ride. It’s a fast paced adventure that takes you around the world. Continue reading

TV Show Review: Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life

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I finally had time to check out what ever Gilmore Girls fan had been dreaming of for 9 years: a sequel. In 2016 Netflix released 4 90 minutes long episodes full of Stars Hollow fun! Let’s see whether they are good…
(Just to warn you, there will be spoilers ahead!)

 

The Plot:
Rory is struggling a bit with her career, constantly switching between New York, Stars Hollow and London.
In the mean time Emily has to deal with the great loss the family suffered. Richard passed away and she lost her purpose.
As the relationship between them is still not the best, Lorelai is not the biggest help. She’s got her own problems to think about, concerning her private life with Luke as well as her professional life at the Dragonfly Inn. Continue reading

Book Review: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7)

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I just finished The Vile Village, part 7 in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Only 6 more books to go, but before I get started with the Hostile Hospital, we’ll take a look on this one!

Goodreads Cover – The Vile Village

 

The Plot:
The Beaudelaire orphans are in trouble. After their last guardian turned out to be Count Olaf’s evil girlfriend, Mr. Poe has trouble finding a new home for the children. They end up entering a program where an entire town takes on the responsibility of raising them and the town’s name is: VFD. Are Violet, Klaus and Sunny one step closer to solving the mystery? Or is it just another cruel joke? Continue reading

Movie Mania: Love in the Afternoon

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Today I have a classic for you. Directed by Billy Wilder in 1957, Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper are the shining stars in this romantic comedy.

 

The Plot:
Young Ariane overhears a telephone conversation her father, a private detective, has with one of his clients. He suspects his wife to have an affair with Frank Flannagan, a notorious playboy and wants proof. The young girl gets mixed up and decides to warn Flannagan, and maybe, just for once, the player gets played…

 

The Rating:
As you know, Audrey Hepburn is one of my all-time favourite actresses. In Love in the Afternoon she is just as lovely and charming (and maybe a little bit naive) as always. But what bothers me about this film is her chemistry with Gary Cooper: there is none. As lovers the two simply don’t work out on no level whatsoever. Unfortunately this awful match destroys the entire film, as the basic line is the love-story between them. Continue reading