T5T: Books for Slytherins

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 share some recs for the final Hogwarts house: Slytherin. Believe me, when I say I saved some really good stuff for them!

#1 A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin:

If I had to choose one books series that represent the very essence of Slytherin, it’d be ASOIAF. Those novels scream the word ambition which is a major trait of the Slytherin kids. There’s lots of scheming, plotting and killing going on which I also imagine them enjoying. There are many ruthless and badass characters. It’s almost as if Martin had written the books just for Slytherin. 😉

Cover from Goodreads

#2 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson:

I saved this one exclusively for the Slytherins. It kept popping up in my head with most of the other houses too, but here it’s the ultimate fit. Lisbeth Salander would most certainly be sorted into Slytherin and you can’t convince me otherwise. The books by Stieg Larsson have this dark and unsettling vibe about them the Slytherin would relish. They’d devour the series!

Cover from Goodreads

#3 The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick:

There’s not really a logical reason why I think the guys and gals from Slytherin would like this book. But out of all the Hogwarts houses, I can simply imagine them being the most interested in alternate history. They’d totally spend house debating the outcome of imaginary battles and the aftermath. So TMITHC would be a fascinating read for them, although I am also a little scared it would give them some bad ideas.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Hey Guys – hope you are having a nice week-end!
Finally. I finally got hold of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to read it this year. From the time it came out up to now every copy the library had (and they have quite a bunch) was constantly borrowed.
Well, recently I got really lucky! 😀

 

The Plot:
Quite some time has passed since we last left Hogwarts. By now Harry’s and Ginny’s second son Albus Severus first heads for King’s Cross Station. Soon he makes a very unlikely friend: Scorpius – Draco Malfoy’s son.
However, after Albus overhears a conversation between his father and Amos Diggory, an idea start to grow in his head. Many people did for his father but maybe Cedric Diggory could be saved.
As we know, meddling with time travel never does any good…

 

The Rating:
I have to admit, I read Harry Potter for the first time last summer. But I was hooked from page 1. JK Rowling created such an impressive and magical world, her stories touch you. So, The Cursed Child has quite big shoes to step into. Before I had a chance to read the book, there was plenty of time to check out reviews. There are some very mixed feelings out there, from loved it to super awful – the whole spectrum is covered. So I was even more excited (and a little nervous) about this one!
First of all, let me explain something: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is intended to be a play, therefore the “book” is not what you would traditionally imagine it be. It is simply the script for the play, containing nothing but a few stage directions and dialogue.
If reading that kind of stuff is not something you are used to, it can be pretty hard to get into as it is very different from a regular book. That might be a reason some people disliked the “book”.
Apart from that, I have to say that JK Rowling created an interesting story that’s both heart-warming and heart-breaking. It’s hell of a ride through time with some unexpected plot twists. Of course we also meet some old friends. You know, I immediately thought Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would make for an amazing film but then my heart to broke over the fact that Alan Rickman isn’t there to play Snape :’-(

So, I don’t want to  add any spoilers, therefore this review is a little short.
There is one thing you should bear in mind with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: It’s not a regular book, it’s a script to a play. If you get yourself acquainted with that kind of style, I am certain you will love it!

Did you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Maybe even saw the play? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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Book vs. Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Today’s Book vs. Movie revolves around the longest book and shortest movie in the Harry Potter series.

 

The Plot:
It’s time for Hogwarts again. But a few weeks before going back, Harry is attacked by two Dementors back at his home. This is the first incident in a chain of events that leads to Dolores Umbridge turning Hogwarts into a dictatorship – while Voldemort is trying to steal something…

 

Book vs. Movie:
As I mentioned above, The Order of the Phoenix is the longest book in the series. For some reason, however, it was turned into the shortest movie.
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Book vs. Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The third installment of J. K. Rowling epic Harry Potter series bears the title “The Prisoner of Azkaban”. The  – so far – darkest book in the series.

 

The Plot:
The entire magical world is up in arms. Sirius Black has escaped from the legendary prison Azkaban, that is guarded by the happiness-sucking Dementors. Everybody is afraid, but one boy appears to be in bigger danger than everyone else. Harry Potter is looking forward to another turbulent year in Hogwarts…

 

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Book vs. Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

This is the second part in my series of Harry Potter – Book vs. Movie posts. If you liked The Philosopher’s Stone, read on to find out about the second part, The Chamber of Secrets!

 

The Plot:
Another year in Hogwarts! The young wizard Harry can’t wait to go back to school. After a very exciting first year at the School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, everybody hopes for a more relaxed second year, but this isn’t a normal school. Strange events are lurking just around the corner. The Chamber of Secrets has been opened and the whole school lives in fear. Another riddle to solve for the young Mr. Potter and his friends…

 

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Book vs. Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Finally, after so many years, I got started on the Harry Potter series. While I saw most of the movies in theatres, I never read the books. It’s time to catch up!

 

The Plot:
Harry Potter appears to be a normal boy, but he has a secret he doesn’t even know about himself.
…Until a letter arrives. As it turns out, Harry is a wizard and not just an ordinary one. He is the most famous kid in the entire magic world. When he was little he survived an attacked of the most evil wizard of all time, while his parents died. It’s time to embrace his heritage and he starts his first school year at Hogwarts, School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Many adventures await…

 

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