Top 5 Tuesday: Fictional Friendships

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week all introduce you to my favorite bookish besties!

#1 The Illyrian Babies in the ACOTAR-Series:

Rhy, Cassian, and Azriel. Not only are they amazing characters on their own, they also have this brilliant friendship. Everything about them gives me a fluffy warm feeling in my ovaries.

#2 Ron, Hermione and Harry from the Harry Potter books:

They are top-notch friendship goals. Not only do I love the fact that every one of them brings something different to the table but they still are a great match. I also recognize myself a lot in Hermione and really wish I had friends like that!

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T5T: Books for Gryffindor

Hello, my darling readers!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a T5T post!
It’s hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For this month, we get a very special treat: for the first time ever, there is a theme! So all four T5T posts for February are related to the Hogwarts houses. Today, I’ll pick five reads for anybody in Gryffindor!

#1 – A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

If you look at the traits Bionic Book Worm used to describe people sorted into Gryffindor house, ASOUE was the first thing that came to my mind. Not only would they be able to recognize many of their valued traits in the Baudelaire orphans who are the main characters in this book series, but they’d also have a hell of a time procrastinating as there are 13 novels in this series!

Cover from Goodreads

#2 – Pretty much anything by Sarah J. Maas

First of all, her books are absolutely brilliant and I think everybody should check them out.
However, I think those would be especially brilliant reads for Gryffindors as the characters Maas creates embody the very traits a Gryffindor would cherish. They are passionate, stubborn but also unafraid to make changes. When I look at Aelin from the TOG series or Feyre from the ACOTAR books, that’s what I see.

Cover from Goodreads

#3 – The Fault in our Stars by John Green

While I think that Gryffindors might make good John Green fans, this was the only one of his books that I enjoyed. The protagonists also feature many aspects that Gryffindors value. A few years have passed since I read the book but I remember Hazel to be funny and trusting and she certainly tries to live in the moment. It’s simply an amazing book and I can totally see somebody like Hermione discussing the novel even weeks after she’s done reading.

Cover from Goodreads
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T5T: bad ass females

Hello, lovely readers and welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!
It’s hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
So here we go with 5 super bad ass female characters!

#1 – Hermione Granger:

Hermione is one of my all-time favorite characters and by far my most beloved on in the Harry Potter universe. She’s smart, she’s kind, she never backs down. What I love most about her is her drive to learn something new, to discover knowledge.

Hermione Granger (found on tumblr)

#2 – Daenerys Targaryen:

No list of bad ass female characters would be complete without Dany from the A Song of Ice and Fire series. She’s the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.
She’s not afraid of anything. And she won’t stop at anything to reach her goals.

Daenerys Targaryen (found on tumblr)
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Movie Mania: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Hey guys! I finally got around watching the film everybody is talking about. Two years ago the first film in the new franchise set in the wizarding world was released and ever since then fans have been waiting anxiously for the next installment. But does it live up to all the big expectations? Let’s find out!  

 

The Plot:
After the events of the first movie, Newt Scamander is trying to get the Ministry of Magic to lift his travel ban. Little does he know that very soon he’d be leaving America on request of Albus Dumbledor. Newt is to locate Credence Barebone before the dark and powerful Wizard Grindelwald can find him…

 

The Rating:
To be honest, I just struggled a bit with summing up the plot. That represents my feelings on the film quite well!
First of all, despite being titled The Crimes of Grindelwald, I couldn’t really figure out what his crimes actually were. I had expected to see what he had done in the past, but I suppose we’ll get that in another movie. In this installment he doesn’t do that much and actually has very little screen time. That one of the major points that irritated me about this film.
Furthermore, in terms of plot, there’s barely anything going on, that’s what made it so hard to summarize. We don’t get too many bits of new information and ultimatly the entire film seems to be setting up for things yet to come. With a run time of over two hours, it’s simply far to long to be enjoyable when merely consisting of building blocks for later adventures. What we find out here could have been shortened to a flashback scene in the next movie and nobody would be sad about it. Many new characters get introduced but barely get to say a word. Leta Lestrange, for example, was such a promising character. We find out a few things about her past, but ultimately she remains ever so pale as she has just about no lines in this film! I can’t even say anything about Jude Law’s performance or about Johnny Depp because they had just exteneded cameos in this movie! Continue reading

Movie Mania: Voldemort – Origins of the Heir

Hey guys!
Todays review will be very interesting for the Harry Potter fans among you: the long-awaited fan-made movie Voldemort – Origins of the Heir was finally released!

 

 

The Plot:
This 52 minute long film depicts the teenage years of Tom Riddle and his first steps on the road to be become Lord Voldemort, the darkest of all Wizards.

 

The Rating:
I have to confess, I was so excited about this whole project. When I had first heard about the idea for this film, I was already jumping up and down. However, this project wasn’t made without controversies. Following the Kickstarter campaign to finance this, movie Warner Bros. filed a law suit for copyright violations. Well, it was agreed that they are not allowed to generate any profit with the movie, so the production could continue and on 13th January, it was made available on Youtube.  Continue reading

4 Harry Potter Things I missed in the Movies!

Hey guys!
I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter book series and was reminded of so many great details I loved while reading the novels. Unfortunately not all of them made it to the adaptations. Here’s what they missed!

 

#1 – Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare:
In the books Hermione starts this little movement after she finds out that elves are practically slaves. She tries to get others to join, has a programme and begins knitting hats for the elves.

 

#2 – Dudley’s Goodbye:
In the movie adaptation the farewell between Harry and his family is rather cold (just like the relationship was in general). But in the novel the goodbye between Harry and Dudley was so wonderful it warmed my heart. The two finally make up and Dudley even thanks him for saving his life. It almost broke my heart that this scene wasn’t in the film! Continue reading