The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

We were both tagged by the lovely Eliza over at DuskAngelReads, and can’t wait to do this tag are we are both HUGE Harry Potter Fans. We’ve just discovered Eliza’s blog so please do go and check her out and I really liked the idea of tagging your newest follower so I’m going to steal that idea and tag Emma over at the BookCrunch who’s blog I absolutely love and glad we found! We’ve also added/removed some new questions because I didn’t like a few of them so enjoy!

Favourite Book?

Amy: Goblet of Fire, just because I loved learning more about the Wizarding World and meeting new characters from all the other schools. So much more happened in this book and I just remember loving every chapter.

Eleanor: I really loved the last book, the Deathly Hallows, mainly because everything came together in a grand finale and I was that little bit older when I read it so I could appreciate it more.

Least Favourite Book?

Amy: I don’t really have one because they are all wonderful but I’ve recently re-read The Philosopher Stone and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did when I was younger.

Eleanor: I’d have to agree with Amy here, for similar reasons, great for the younger generation.

Favourite Movie?

Amy: Deathly Hallows part 2 because it was such a perfect ending and I just remember crying a lot over everything. Plus the whole battle of Hogwarts is one of my favourite scenes of the entire series.

Eleanor: I loved the 5th movie, the Order of the Phoenix, mainly because I love to hate Umbridge.

Least Favourite Movie?

Amy: I don’t know why but it has to be The Chamber of Secrets?!

Eleanor: I’m really not a fan of The Goblet of Fire, some very bad hair cuts in that one…

Favourite Quote?

Amy: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Eleanor: “Not my daughter you bitch” – Mrs Weasley

Favourite Weasley?

Amy: This is a bit of an odd one but as much as I love Ron I’d have to pick Bill. He showed us that’s it’s cool to be clever and has a pretty awesome job as a curse breaker for Gringotts as well as being apart of the Order. Plus he’s married to the lovely Fleur and even suffered from a Werewolf attack, in the short of things I think he’s pretty badass!

Eleanor: Mrs Weasley because I’d love her to be my mum, along with my current mum, obviously…

Favourite Female Book Character?

Amy: Nymphadora Tonks because I love how quirky and fun she is and plus she’s married to Lupin! I do also absolutely love Hermione but I wanted to pick someone different for this tag because I thought that was a bit of an obvious answer.

Eleanor: Professor McGonagall because she’s brave, smart and an overall legend.

Favourite Male Book Character?

Amy: Again I wanted to pick someone different and who wasn’t a part of the trio so it would have to be Draco Malfoy because of his character development and plus I think he’s a pretty good villain.

Eleanor: Awh Neville I think, such good character development!

Favourite Villian?

Amy: Bellatrix Lestrange, god she’s such a bitch!

Eleanor: Professor Umbridge, i mean i hate her more than Voldemort!

Favourite Professor?

Amy: Easy peasy, it has to be Lupin because he’s just so darn loveable and a great teacher.

Eleanor: Hagrid counts as a professor right?

Favourite Magical Creature?

Amy: A phoenix! I’d love to have one just like Fawkes.

Eleanor: Fluffy! Who wouldn’t want a three headed dog?

Would you rather a) wash Snape’s hair or b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Amy: Neither one of those appeal to me but I would probably wash Snape’s hair because it would be hopefully over quickly and maybe I might be able to give him a haircut?!

Eleanor: oh this is easy, wash Snap’s hair, no question, put on some gloves, chuck on a bit of shampoo and bobs your uncle!

Would you rather duel a) an elated Bellatrix or b) an angry Molly?

Amy: We’ve all see what Molly is like when she’s angry so I think I’d take my chances with Bellatrix and I’d like to think if I was a wizard I would be able to defeat Bellatrix!

Eleanor: Molly I think because it wouldn’t be serious and we’ll just laugh about it later.

Would you rather travel to Hogwarts using a) the Hogwarts Express or b) a flying car?

Amy: Oh this one is hard because having a flying car would be so cool but I’m going to pick the Hogwarts Express just because of the atmosphere and so I could meet the trolley lady as well as buying some wizarding snacks from her too!

Eleanor: I mean I have been on many trains but have yet to experience a flying car… soo i’m going to say the car

Would you rather give a) Voldemort a kiss or b) Umbridge a bubble bath?

Amy: Give Voldemort a kiss just to say that I’ve kissed the Dark Lord!

Eleanor: Well this depends on what kind of kiss it is? If it’s just a peck i’ll do it but i’m not snogging him, I’d rather take the bath!

Would you rather fly a) a hippogriff or b) a Firebolt?

Amy: A hippogriff! Do I get to keep one?

Eleanor: Of definitely the hippogriff!

Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?

Amy: Ginny! I’m not a fan of movie Ginny because she’s got zero personality in the movies and her relationship with Harry isn’t as good as it is in the books.

Eleanor: Peeves, because he wasn’t even in the movies! That would have been so funny if he was!

Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

Amy: Nope! The book is always better in my eyes!

Eleanor: I mean movies and books have their different merits but I think I preferred the books.

Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Amy: I can’t choose between the two because I think Richard Harris was the perfect Dumbledore in the first film but I couldn’t see him as Dumbledore in later books whereas its the opposite for Michael Gambon!

Eleanor: Gambon all the way! What a legend!

Your top thing that you wanted in the movie that wasn’t in there?

Amy: I didn’t like the fact that they didn’t include Neville being a part of the prophecy and also Dumbledores background and backstory which I thought was a huge part of understanding his character.

Eleanor: Hermione’s house elf appreciation club, the name has slipped my mind but I found that hillarious in the books!

If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies, which would it be?

Amy: Does making a film version for Cursed Child count?

Eleanor: I don’t think I could remake any of them… my film making skills aren’t the best… windows movie maker anyone?

Which house are you sorted into on Pottermore?

Amy: Gryffindor!!

Eleanor: Hufflepuff and I totally agree with that decision!

What’s your Ilvermory House?

Amy: Wampus!!

Eleanor: Pukwudgie

What’s your Patronus? Is this what you wanted?

Amy: I got a Goshawk! I really wanted a bird of some sort so I was really pleased that I got a bird of prey! If I could have any animal though I’d love a dragon!

Eleanor: I’m a Scops Owl, which are pretty adorable when you google them so i’m happy!

Which class would be your favourite?

Amy: Defence against the Darks arts! In the books and movies, they always looked the most fun and exciting!

Eleanor: Transfiguration sounds pretty cool.

Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Amy: Accio! I’d become super lazy but how easy would it be to just call things over.

Eleanor: Does apparation count? Because it would be handy when getting home from University!

Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?

Amy: Hopefully I’d instantly become friends with Hermoine as I think we’re similar people as we both love to read and really care about our school work!

Eleanor: I really don’t know actually… I’d like to think I’d be friends with all the main gang but I don’t know if I’m cool enough for that…

If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

Amy: The Invisibility Cloak! Just think about all the places you could sneak into!

Eleanor: Easily the cloak, I mean it would just be so useful!

Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

Amy: Nope, everything about these books was perfect all I’d love now is a prequel about the marauders!

Eleanor: I don’t think so, I mean they’re pretty untouchable…

Favourite marauder?

Amy: Either Lupin or Sirius, I can’t choose because I love both and neither deserved to die!

Eleanor: Sirius, not only is he a legend but he’s such a nice guy!

If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Amy: All of them! I really want to bring Remus back to life but I feel if I bring him back I have to bring Tonks back and I can only resurrect one person! It would have to be then either Sirius or Fred.

Eleanor: Hedwig, am I right?

Are you still with us, because bloody hell that was a lot of questions! Thanks again to Eliza who tagged us and feel free to do this tag even if we haven’t tagged you!

Our Favourite Fairy Tale Retellings

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I don’t know about you but I’ve always loved a good old fashioned fairytale and when it comes to fairytale retellings, I’m all over them like a rash! I’m currently reading ‘Stealing Snow’ by Danielle Paige and I’m kind of enjoying it but not as much as others but fingers crossed it gets better soon! Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you and feel free to comment down below recommending me some of your favorites!

Cinder – Cinderella as a cyborg! Marissa Meyer is a genius, re-imagining of one of the most popular fairy tales and adapting it to a sci-fi universe. Set in the distant future in New Beijing, we follow the protagonist Cinder across a mysterious adventure uncovering things from her past and future whilst she tries to stay alive as well as handling a tricky love life. We all know the tale of Cinderella and this novel follows it but with many unexpected twists and turns!

Cruel Beauty – Cruel Beauty is a wonderfully written blend of Beauty and the Beast retelling and Greek mythology which is a combination of two of my favorite things and to top it off its characters were equally as wonderful and powerful, especially Nyx. This heart-breaking love story was full of twists and turns as well as sticking to the classic Beauty and the Beast storyline which I really enjoyed.

Dorothy Must Die – As you can possibly figure out from the title, the story is a continuation from the Wizard of Oz but things are very different from where the film/book left. It’s quite some time in the future and we’re introduced to Amy, a young girl in a bit of a situation at home and at school. One night when she’s left home alone a tornado hits, and guess what, her home flies up in the tornado and lands in the magical Oz. However it’s not quite how the book or the film depicted it, everyone is miserable, grey and depressed, the munchkins are slaves and flying monkeys are wingless. So what happened to the Oz Amy grew up loving? Dorothy happened.

Heartless – I’m a huge fan of the Luna Chronicles by Marissa Meyers, so when I heard she was writing something different I got very excited. It follows the backstory of the Queen of Hearts and how she became so evil! This is definitely one of those books where you have to be patient and persevere for a bit as it starts a bit slow however I can guarantee that if you keep reading you won’t be disappointed.

A Court of Thornes and Roses – This is probably one of my favorites on the list as in my eyes Sarah never writes a bad book! Growing up ‘Beaty and the Beast’ was my favorite Disney fairy tale and I thought Sarah’s retelling was unique and nothing short of magical.  All the characters are wonderful especially Feyre who was such a strong and powerful woman who has amazing character development and relationships with other characters if you know what I mean! Pre-warning this book is steamy, I’m not kidding, the chemistry sparks right from the pages and we get some sexy times that made me swoon (Chapter 27, if you know what I mean…).

The Murder Complex – Lindsey Cummings

I don’t want to toot my own horn here or jinx anything but I am on a role with reading books recently! I think it’s because everything I’ve read lately has been really fast paced and kept me flying through its chapters on the edge of my seat. I came across Lindsey through Booktube and particularly through Sasha Alsbergs channel and the fact that they both wrote Zenith together. After reading the synopsis I was instantly drawn in and excited to pick it up and I’m glad I did as it was a chilling, action-packed adventure but pre-warning the story is full of blood and killing which I was expecting but not to this extent!

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision. The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who has a secret past of his own which will lead them both on a path of danger and mystery.

Again I don’t want to give anything away in the synopsis but I loved that fact that the chapters were short and left you on a cliffhanger or revealed important information because that just kept me reading on and I couldn’t stop. The idea behind the Murder Complex I thought was really unique and interesting and I look forward to discovering more about it in the next book. Although I loved the fast pace of this book I felt at times it went too quick and I was a bit confused at what had just happened. I just wish instead that we got a bit more detail, character development and emotion because without that I found it hard to connect and love the characters. As for Zephyr and Meadow, I didn’t love these character but I still ship them because they really do care for each other and I like the idea that they balance each other out as Zephyr teaches Meadow how to trust while Meadow teaches Zephyr how to survive. However, I felt like their relationship was a bit forced in the middle of the book and to improve I would have like to have seen it develop and slow down a bit more which it was beginning to do at the end of the novel.

Despite the fact that this book has all the typical elements of previous YA dystopian reads like Marie Lu’s ‘Legend’ series and ‘The Hunger Games’ it was still an enjoyable read and if you’re a fan of pretty much all dystopian and just want an easy read then this book is for you!

Books We Want to be Made​ Into Movies

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Nowadays most of our favourite YA novels are being or already have been adapted for film including The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner and this Summer’s romance drama ‘Everything Everything’ which I am super excited for as the trailer looked amazing and I am a huge fan of the book. But there’s always that worry that directors and producers aren’t going to stick to the book which occasionally results in a crap movie *cough* Percy Jackson *cough*. Most of the book to movie adaptations I’ve seen recently though have been pretty good and the elements they’ve changed and added I felt have been beneficial. Anyway, this got me thinking about a few of my favourite books and which ones I’d love to see on the big screen, so here’s a few that I hope one day will successfully be made into movies!

The Queen of the Tearling – If you haven’t heard of ‘The Queen of the Tearling’, its a fantasy/sci-fi novel set in the distant future and sees Princess Kelsea battling the evil Red Queen in an attempt to claim her throne. From what I’ve heard this is a Warner Bros project and even has the backing of Emma Watson who apparently loved the book so much that she’s considering tying herself to another franchise for the sake of being involved. And to top it all off Harry Potter producer David Heyman is also on board so I have high hopes for this adaptation!

Shadow and Bone – One of my all time favourite series which follows an orphan girl in a fantasy world discovers her own magical abilities when her best friend is in danger –making her an in-demand monster hunter. The rights were snatched up by DreamWorks back in 2012 and once again Producer David Heyman, the man who saw the potential in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, was attached to produce, along with Jeffrey Clifford of Heymaker Films.

Six of Crows – The Grisha world is definitely one of my favourites so there’s no surprise that another one of Leigh Bardugo’s books is on my list, I need to see this world on the big screen! I tried to look for info on a possible movie but I can’t find anything but I hope if the do decide to make this into a film then please let it be good, this is one of my favorite books, I don’t want them to ruin it with a bad adaptation!

Anna and the French Kiss – I thought I should include a contemporary on my list as the rest of them are all fantasy novels. But this is such a cute story about a girl called Anna who is sent to France for School and it’s here she meets Etienne St Clair who is just wonderful in my eyes!

Throne of Glass – Probably my favourite YA series because Sarah J Maas is such a legend who has a real gift for writing and creating amazing characters. It was announced a while ago that these books were going to be adapted for a TV Show which I have mixed feelings about as I love these books so much I’d want the TV Show to be perfect and I really don’t want it to turn out like Shadowhunters! Anyway, Hulu is developing Queen of Shadows, from the Mark Gordon Company, which will serve as a studio on the project and its series portfolio includes works like Criminal Minds and Grey Anatomy so fingers crossed its good!

I’ve got so many more books that I want to list but this list was getting a bit too long so if you guys enjoyed this then let me know and I’ll make a second post! Plus I’d love to know what books you’d like to see on the big screen, so leave us a comment!

The Valiant – Lesley Livingston

This book cured my serious reading slump as I hadn’t read a book for personal enjoyment for a couple of months, which I know is really bad! I’d read books for University but I wanted to read something fun and action packed, and this book had everything I wanted. Its fast pace and short chapters made it really easy to read but addictive so much so that I sometimes struggled to put it down. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book which is set in Ancient Rome and I loved all the mythology that was intertwined in the storyline and I just found it really refreshing and interesting.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar but when Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle. Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band but is instead captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival. Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena.

Doesn’t that synopsis sound epic! I don’t want to spoil the storyline but let’s just say it’s packed with action especially those brutal and badass fight scenes in the arena and lots shocking moments that got me very excited. Like I’ve mentioned the books fast pace not only helps to keep you on the edge of your seat but stops you from putting the book down!

I instantly fell in love with Fallon as soon as we met her because she is just such a brilliant character who is hard-working, fierce but also flawed which allowed her to learn and develop as a character throughout the story. I also liked the fact that sisterhood was such a central part of the story both with family and friends and I appreciated that this wasn’t the cliche plot of a girl out to kill everyone and/or overthrow the rulers for revenge. Fallon was fighting for herself. Cai was also another favourite and I think he may have gained a spot of my fictional boyfriend list because his relationship with Fallon is just so darn cute and romantic. My only criticism is because of the fast pace of the book, we skimmed over their relationship a bit and I would have liked to see more of it especially in the developing stages.

Overall, I’m going to give it 4/5 stars and if you’re a fan of the Throne of Glass series and Ancient Greece then this book is definitely for you as it’s filled with powerful female protagonists, a hint of romance and bucket loads of action! I hope this book gets a sequel because the second half of the book set up lots of elements for the possible sequels to build on and plus I want to see more of Fallon!

Top Fictional Siblings – #NationalSiblingsDay

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Funny enough it was my sister that informed me about this ‘holiday’ but I doubt that she was telling me for my benefit and I look forward to seeing what tries to manipulate into doing but anyway that got me thinking about a few of my favourite fictional siblings. Although at times my sister and I argue and bicker, I am so lucky to have her and the impact that she’s had on my life (and hopefully the one I’ve had on her) is certainly beneficial and a powerful one; I don’t know what I’d do without her. This is the exact same for fictional siblings, they are always there for each other, they risk everything they have to protect them and without them, there would be a piece missing in their lives. There were so many to pick from so if I’ve missed any that you love then let me know in the comments.

The Weasleys in Harry Potter – I swear every ‘top’ something post I’ve done recently has included a member of the Weasley family but I think that is because they are a perfect family. I was just going to pick Fred and George as they are like to sides of the same coin but I’d be leaving out the others who all play an important role not only in the family but the books.

The Bennett Sisters in Pride and Prejudice – Mainly Jane and Elizabeth because they’re my favourite and I can’t stand Lydia (ugh). These two are extremely close and that probably what I love about them and their sisterly bond. They share secrets and defend one anther and encourage and support the other one’s happiness.

The Stark Children in Game Of Thrones – They are my favourite family (or what’s left of them) in the Game of Thrones series, as once again they are all extremely determined and brave and try to look out for each other. I can’t wait to see the hopefully reunite in season 7!

Damon and Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries – Eleanor was the one that got me hooked on the Vampire Diaries and from the first couple of episodes I fell in love with both brothers. Despite their arguments and differences, both are always there for each other and will risk their life to save the other.

Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan Pevensie in The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe – Admittedly I am basing my opinion of the Pevensie’s off the movie as I haven’t yet read all the books. Each sibling is unique and brings something new to the table when on their adventures in Narnia and will do anything for any other one of their siblings! #family4life

Thor: Ragnarok – Trailer Reaction

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You can watch the trailer here.

My sister and I are huge fans of the Marvel Universe and of Thor in general because who doesn’t love Chris Hemsworth and these movies are always packed with action, humor and badass fight scenes. I love the elements of 80s sci-fi movies mixed with your typical full-blooded MCU spectacle which is giving me ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ vibes! There’s a lot in there for such a short teaser, but it never feels like we’re being force-fed too much information instead it’s just making more excited for this film.

I had mixed feelings about Thor’s new look because I was a huge fan of the long hair but I’m warming to the new short hair and it feels like he’s gotten funnier! We see a glimpse of Loki as well and fingers crossed we get to see more of him in this film! And the Hulk! I loved that final scene but now I want to know more about how he ended up in the same situation as Thor! It’s about time we had a villain introduced into the MCU with Earth-shattering potential and it looks like Cate Blanchett’s Hela fills this position. Not only do we get an immediate sense of her mythology thanks to the flashbacks, we also get a firm promise of how powerful she is – she can’t just wield Thor’s hammer, she can shatter it like a toy which hasn’t been seen before.

All in all, I am super excited for this film, can’t it be October already?