This collection consists of 3 short stories, namely:
"Minerva's Summer Romance" - Professor McGonagall has long spurnA must for every Harry Potter fan!
This collection consists of 3 short stories, namely:
"Minerva's Summer Romance" - Professor McGonagall has long spurned any notions of love, that is until the day she meets the wandering Jacob of Ely, a Highlander and more specifically, belonging to a brotherhood of golden dragons. Who knew Scots could be so romantic and Minerva can literally let her hair down? Plus oh, Headmaster Dumbledore as a matchmaker! Such a romantic short story this is.
"Charlie Weasley - Who Talks to Dragons" - Have you ever wondered how cone Charlie Weasley is such a natural with magical creatures? Well, apparently he has the gift of being able to talk to and understand dragons via their thoughts. This delightful yarn mentions the dragon preserve wherein Charlie worked in, the rescue of Baby Norbert (who later grew up to be Norberta) and the dragons who volunteered for the TriWizard Tournament. I wouldn't want to cross--even in the slightest--the grand Dame of dragons. But I'm glad to hear that dragons also pay their dues to humans who rendered them a service, such in the case of the Golden Trio rescuing the old dragon from Gringott's.
"Harry Potter and the Morning After" - A funeral and a proper ending dedicated to those who have fallen after the war in Hogwarts School of Wizardry against the minions of Voldemort. This is the proper way in which the sung and unsung heroes of the wizarding world should have been given honor. It made me cry buckets of tears.
When first we met Harry Potter, he was "The Boy Who Lived", with an address of "The Cupboard Under the Stairs". Who could help but bleed sympathy forWhen first we met Harry Potter, he was "The Boy Who Lived", with an address of "The Cupboard Under the Stairs". Who could help but bleed sympathy for Harry, treated abysmally -- abused, really -- by the only blood relatives (in fact his mother's very own sister) and forced to live under said stairs by those awful Muggles, the Dursleys? And yet, at the time when the old magic over his Muggle residence would break on the eve of his coming-of-age, there was a resolution of sorts. I did not hold out for a reconciliation between Harry and the elder Dursleys since their prejudices have seeped a long time ago to the core of their beings, but I did not expect the bridging of a gap between Harry & Dudley. "Don't these people realize what you've been through? What dangers you are in?" "Er -- no, they don't," said Harry. "They think I'm a waste of space, actually, but I'm used to --" "I don't think you're a waste of space."
Relieved that there are no deaths in the Weasley family even with almost everyone of them members of The Order of the Phoenix (and the rest making up the bulk of Dumbledore's Army), events proceeded as planned culminating in the joyous occassion that was the wedding of Bill to Fleur. It was a treat to be able to read about a witch and a wizard getting married. I couldn't think of anyone else more well-suited to marry the eldest Weasley son than Fleur -- who displayed her love for him even when Bill was bit by the werewolf Greyback. Unfortunately this was also the time when Harry can no longer dodge the murky background that was Professor Dumbledore's younger life, what with his earnest conversation with Elphias Doge and Great-Aunt Muriel about his mentor, and the expose book written by Rita Skeeter. The wedding proved to be the jumping point as well of a glimpse of two factors that will play a bigger part later in the book: the introduction of Xenophilius Lovegood and the sign signifying the Deathly Hallows (adopted by Grindelwald as his sign according to Victor Krum) as well as Harry's realization of who Gregorovitch is.
But not everything relies on one's age but the level of maturity attained. The heart of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes (and overcoming his desire of seeking the Hallows), but in his journey from being a boy to manhood--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and Voldemort, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. "Harry, I'm sorry, but I think the real reason you're so angry is that Dumbledore never told you any of this himself." "Maybe I am! Look what he asked from me, Hermione! Risk your life, Harry! And again! And again! And don't expect me to explain everything, just trust me blindly, trust that I know what I'm doing, trust me even though I don't trust you! Never the whole truth! Never!"
Nobody was even more surprised than they were we presented with Professor Dumbledore's will as personally delivered by then Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour. I think every reader felt a modicum of respect towards him when he refused to reveal Harry's whereabouts when the Ministry was taken over by the Death Eaters. The Last Will of Albus Dumbledore left Ron his Deluminator (remember this one from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"?), Hermione his copy of the book "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" and to Harry "I leave the Snitch he caught in his first Quidditch Match in Hogwarts, as a reminder of the rewards of perseverance and skill." Who knew that snitches have flesh memories? Or that young generations of witches and wizards grew up with children's stories such as "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," and "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump"?
Harry then embarks on the quest to find the remaining Horcruxes based on his knowlege of Voldemort's early life as Tom Marvolo Riddle, with his two bestfriends at his side. Knowing that Harry would refuse for them to place themselves in mortal danger for him, they have already devised plans to stem off any arguments. Ron (with the help of his Dad, Fred and George) has made The Burrow's resident Ghoul dress up in his pajamas and pretend to be him with spattergroit so as not to endanger the rest of the Weasleys if he should disappear. As for Hermione, it must've pained her greatly the necessity of modifying her parents' memories to forget that they have a witch daughter, and thus, protect them from Voldemort's interrogation. You can't help but admire her for such courage and how she was able to always be organized (even bringing along Dumbledore's book 'Secrets of the Darkest Art') and stay on top of things when the time came for the three to hastily depart The Burrow.
The journey proved to test not only the trio's faith in the task left behind to them by Professor Dumbledore but also to test their friendship. Their stay in Grimmauld Place proved to be advantageous, not only for the fact that Harry was able to discover Sirius's old bedroom (and its Muggle decor) and see an old photo of the Marauders in their Hogwarts days, but also a precious letter written by Lily Potter to Sirius, decribing Harry's birthday present from his godfather. It is also during their stay here that they have been able to plan how to best infiltrate the Ministry of Magic and discern the horrors of the newly-instituted Muggle-born Registration Commission headed by that soulless Umbridge, figure out the what the new regime is all about ("Magic is Might") and their efforts in capturing Harry, now known as "Undesirable Number One", knocked over by the news of Professor Snape becoming the new Headmaster of Hogwarts and Death Eaters talking total control of the entire school, convince Professor Lupin not to abandon his new bride and soon-to-be-born son, and to find out the identity of R.A.B. (Regulus Arcturus Black) who has robbed Voldemort of his Horcrux hidden at the cave. It was Kreacher -- through his obedience of the highest law that a house-elf must obey above all others -- that they were able to piece together the story and to finally understand the deplorable situation of house elves serving their masters.
Harry friendship with Ron has never been as sorely tested as it was then, aided by the evil residing in Slytherin's locket. "I..." She looked anguished. "Yes -- yes, I'm staying. Ron, we said we'd go with Harry, we said we'd help --" "I get it. You choose him."
Am I relieved when it was resolved; when Ron's fears of losing Hermione to Harry was out in the open. "She's like my sister," he went on. "I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It's always been like that. I thought you knew."
Harry is much stronger when he is with Ron and Hermione, of that there was never a question. He needed all the emotional support and outpouring of friendship most especially when they finally found out about "The Tale of the Three Brothers", further explained by Mr. Lovegood, which spoke of the three Deathly Hallows. The Elder Wand, The Ressurection Stone and The Cloak of Invisibility combined makes one the Master of Death, which now seeks to create a huge chasm between Harry from the other two. Yet nobody could blame him of thinking of these great magical implements as a way not only to finally defeat Voldemort but to also bring back what he misses the most: his parents.
Encouraging was the knowlege that the three of them are not alone in this fight, that there are others like the 'Potterwatch' who fully support them without question. Kudos to the Weasleys and Lee Jordan for continuing the fight through an alternative medium. What happened next could not be helped -- what with the utterance of the Taboo -- ending in their capture (along with Dean Thomas and Griphook) into the dungeons of Malfoy Manor. It was there that Wormtail was able to finally repay the life debt he owed to Harry in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." We also get to find out what has happened to the captured Luna & Mr. Olivander. It is also through the wandmaker that we get exposed to the obscure branch of magical study: wandlore. From here on, more clues are scattered for the reader to pick up on; as well as the precarious relationship existing through thousands of years between wizards and goblins. Like Harry, I also rekindled the hope that it may be the twinkling blue eyes of Professor Dumbledore which showed itself on the sliver left of Sirius's mirror and responsible for sending the aid in the form of Dobby.
Hard to read through was the death of Dobby, the house-elf who hero-worshipped the ground Harry walked on. He would undoubtedly sacrifice all that he is to be able to save Harry and Dobby's death proved instrumental in the raw pain experienced by 'The Chosen One' to enable him to re-focus on the destruction of the Horcruxes and abandon the search for the Deathly Hallows. I cried when Dobby died; when Harry dug his grave near Shell Cottage. All he cared about was that a dark stain was spreading across Dobby's front, and that he had stretched out his thin arms to Harry with a look of supplication. "Dobby, no, don't die, don't die -- "
Not everything is about death in the last book of the series. How ecstatic are all readers upon hearing of the greatest news to befall Professor Lupin and Auror Tonks. "It's a boy! We've named him Ted, after Dora's father!" Hermione shrieked. "Wha -- ? Tonks -- Tonks has had a baby?" "Yes, yes, she's had the baby!" shouted Lupin. All around the table came cries of delight, sighs of relief; Hermione and Fleur both squealed, "Congratulations!" and Ron said, "Blimey, a baby!" as if he had never heard of such a thing before. "Yes -- yes -- a boy," said Lupin again, who seemed dazed by his own happiness. He strode around the table and hugged Harry. "You'll be godfather?" he said as he released Harry. "M-me?" stammered Harry. "You, yes, of course -- Dora quite agrees, no one better -- " "I -- yeah -- blimey -- "
Included is a change within the characters, helped along by the circumstances surrounding them. Those whom we thought would instinctively cower are the ones who proved their mettle. It is those who were left behind in Hogwarts who sought to fight the battle against the takeover of their beloved school. "Gran's on the run. She sent me a letter," he clapped a hand to the breast pocket of his robes, "telling me she was proud of me, that I'm my parents' son, and to keep it up." Neville may have finally lived up to the reputation of being the son of his famously courageous parents and proved that he is indeed a true Gryffindor to be able to wield Godric's sword to later slay the Horcrux residing in Nagini.
It was also the time for the return of the son who has seen the error of his ways: "I was a fool!" Percy roared. "I was an idiot, I was a pompous prat, I was a -- a --" "Ministry-loving, family-disowning, power-hungry-moron," said Fred. "Yes, I was!" "Well, you can't say fairer than that," said Fred, holding out his hand to Percy. Mrs. Weasley burst into tears. She ran forward, pushing Fred aside, and hugged Percy into a strangling hug, while he patted her on the back, his eyes on his father. "I'm sorry, Dad," Percy said. Mr. Weasley blinked rapidly, then he too hurried to hug his son.
The Weasley family are once again all together; all was forgiven and forgotten between their family members. Equally lucky was Ron, and were it not for the change in his outlook towards the welfare of the downtrodden house elves, I don't think that Hermione would've had the push she needed. "No," said Ron seriously, "I mean we should tell them to get out. We don't want any more Dobbies, do we? We can't order them to die for us --" There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione's arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet. "Is this the moment?" Harry asked weakly, and when nothing happened except that Ron and Hermione gripped each other still more firmly and swayed on the spot, he raised his voice. "OI! There's a war going on here!"
While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Headmaster Dumbledore, Professor Snape, and Voldemort, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise. It all draws to a near close when we all troop back to the place that both Harry and Voldemort considered as their 'true home': Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Both are bent on acquiring the lost diadem of Hogwarts Founder Rowena Ravenclaw and trust Voldemort to be overbearingly confident as to completely discredit that others would be able to penetrate the secrets of Hogwarts as well as he did. I was relieved when Professor McGonagall has finally realized that indeed Harry's the only one who can defeat Voldemort. 50 points to Gryffindor House for her dig at Harry regarding the professors' capability of safeguarding the school. "You're acting on Dumbledore's orders?" she repeated with a look of dawning wonder. "We shall secure the school against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named while you search for this -- this object." "Is that possible?" "I think so," said Professor McGonagall dryly, "we teachers are rather good at magic, you know."
Thus the fast-paced, not-to-be-missed Battle of Hogwarts has began. This proved to be the most action-packed portion of the book, as students from all Houses defended Harry from any underhanded plan of Slytherin House to gladly hand over Harry to the Death Eaters. It was revealed that the decor of Hogwarts of which we as readers have been familiar with all this time are actually concealing their purpose: "Hogwarts is threatened!" shouted Professor McGonagall. "Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to the school!" Clattering and yelling, the horde of moving statues stampeded past Harry: some of them smaller, others larger than life. There were animals too, and the clanking suits of armor brandished swords and spiked balls on chains.
I must've read the sentences regarding Fred's death several times to make sure I understand that he has indeed been killed. It just seemed so heartbreaking... "No -- no -- no!" someone was shouting. "No! Fred! No!" And Percy was shaking his brother, and Ron was kneeling beside them, and Fred's eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face.
This was exactly what any mother would've needed as a reason to kill off Bellatrix, and who best avenge such deaths than Mrs. Weasley? "Not my daughter, you bitch!" "You will never touch our children again!" screamed Mrs. Weasley. Molly's curse soared beaneath Bellatrix's outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart.
With the death of Professor Snape, the truth of who he was and what he was ready to sacrifice in order to protect the memory of Lily Potter through her son was finally revealed. Nobody could've possibly seen that coming. We knew, at the end, that Harry himself was ready to make the same sacrifice in order to protect everyone and everything that he loves: 'I open at the close' Harry pressed the golden metal to his lips and whispered, "I am about to die." Lily's smile was widest of all. "You've been so brave." "You are nearly there," said James. "Very close. We are... so proud of you."
I was shaking my head at the thought of Harry dying unarmed and defenseless at the hands of Voldemort were it not for his meeting afterwards with Professor Dumbledore and the sincere apology and regret expressed by his mentor of all that has happened. "Can you forgive me?" he said. "Can you forgive me for not trusting you? For not telling you? Harry, I only feared that you would fail as I had failed. I only dreaded that you would make my mistakes. I crave your pardon, Harry. I have known, for some time now, that you are the better man." "Master of death, Harry, Master of Death! Was I better, ultimately, than Voldemort?" "Not the way he did," said Harry. After all his anger at Dumbledore, how odd it was to sit here, beneath the high, vaulted ceiling, and defend Dumbledore from himself. "Hallows, not Horcruxes." "Hallows," murmured Dumbledore, "not Horcruxes. Precisely."
How does it all end? Who should be triumphant in the ultimate face off between Harry and Voldemort? The truth of Professor Dumbledore's plans shake Voldemort to the core, he realizes that there was a solid reason why Professor Dumbledore was "the only one he ever feared". In the face of Harry Potter, so similar to him in many ways, Voldemort realizes that this is indeed the end no matter how much he believes and relies on his own powerful brand of magic. "I don't want anyone else to try to help," Harry said loudly, and in the total silence his voice carried like a trumpet call. "It's got to be like this. It's got to be me." Voldemort hissed, "Who are you going to use as a shield today, Potter?" "Nobody," said Harry simply. "There are no more Horcruxes. It's just you and me. Neither can live while the other survives, and one of us is about to leave for good..."
"Aren't you listening? Snape never beat Dumbledore! Dumbledore's death was planned between them! Dumbledore intended to die, the wand's last true master! If all had gone as planned, the wand's power would have died with him, because it had never been won from him!"
"So it all comes down to this, doesn't it?" whispered Harry. "Does the wand in your hand know its last master was Disarmed? Because if it does... I am the true master of the Elder Wand."
Words cannot describe how every fan and supporter of "The Boy Who Lived" must've felt over the utter defeat of Voldemort. Harry knew that he had made the right choices and decision upon entering the Headmaster's office. All around the walls, the headmasters and headmistresses of Hogwarts were giving him a standing ovation; they waved their hats and in some cases their wigs; they reached through their frames to grip each other's hands; they danced up and down an othe chairs in which they have been painted. But Harry had eyes only for the man who stood in the largest portrait directly behind the headmaster's chair. Tears were sliding down from behind the half-moon spectacles into the long silver pride, and the pride and the gratitude emanating from him filled Harry with the same balm as phoenix song.
The war has ended; the Battle of Hogwarts finished. Voldemort's folly of not believing the powerful magic that is love caused his own downfall. Harry's belief in himself and the enduring love and support of everyone around him enabled him to win. We now bid our sad farewells to those who have fallen; goodbye Hedwig, Auror Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, Ted Tonks, Dobby (Here lies Dobby, a Free Elf), Fred Weasley, Professor Remus Lupin, Auror Nymphadora Tonks, Colin Creevey, Professor/Headmaster Severus Snape.
Title Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Author J.K. Rowling Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Two spreads of four-color stickers - 50 in all - depict the characters, animals, and all the magical objects that appear in the book and the movie. DeTwo spreads of four-color stickers - 50 in all - depict the characters, animals, and all the magical objects that appear in the book and the movie. Descriptive text provides all the details any kid could want about this amazing fantasy world.
Thirty full-size portraits of the actors we've come to love, including Daniel Radcliffe [Harry], Rupert Grint [Ron], Emma Watson [Hermoine], and RobbiThirty full-size portraits of the actors we've come to love, including Daniel Radcliffe [Harry], Rupert Grint [Ron], Emma Watson [Hermoine], and Robbie Coltrane [Hagrid]. Acclaimed British actor Michael Gambon steps into Dumbledore's robes, and Gary Oldman makes a properly sinister Sirius Black.
This book has just one thing going for it: it's the first biography for youngsters about the popular author. The only other sources of information areThis book has just one thing going for it: it's the first biography for youngsters about the popular author. The only other sources of information are articles in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet.
Unfortunately, the text reads like a rough draft of a junior-high research paper. Incomplete and fragmented sentences abound as Shapiro rambles on in a confusing manner. Quotations are loosely traced to articles and interviews in their sentences, but are not properly documented. Shapiro writes in absolutes without noting sources; events appear out of nowhere as if they'd been previously mentioned. It's a shame that the book is too inaccurate, unsubstantiated, and poorly written to be suitable for research purposes.
Also, the book must have been in production before the name of Harry Potter Book 4 was changed from the Doomspell Tournament to Goblet of Fire, but the mistake will jump out at readers.
What was unforgivable was that the author was a little confused with some of the details in the books when he stated that owls run banks (when the books clearly say that goblins run Gringotts) he also states a few incorrect names (Shapiro wrote Cho Chan instead of Cho Chang as the name of Harry's first girlfriend).
If you are a Harry Potter fanatic this is a must-have addition to your library. It covers the Harry Potter world in a virtual 3-D approach. The book iIf you are a Harry Potter fanatic this is a must-have addition to your library. It covers the Harry Potter world in a virtual 3-D approach. The book is full of surprises and beautiful artwork. Mere words cannot convey the enjoyment the reader will receive from this book.
This beautiful book offers a way to hold the wizarding world of Harry Potter in your hands. And as an extra special bonus there are sections about the final two films, including a preview of my favorite new discovery: Fleur's double phoenix wedding dress. Also, learn why Yule Ball ice sculptures never melt, where Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts are really "minted," how to get a Hippogriff to work with actors, the inspiration behind Hogwarts castle, and why Dementors move the way they do.
The level of detail in the book is amazing. For example, the Quidditch program contains an advertisement for Pumpkin Juice. You might want to order two copies: one to keep pristine; and other to take out all the special art from its protective sleeves to decorate your room or office. I would love to pretend to do Christmas shopping out of the Weasley's Wizard Wheezes catalogue! I now have a new appreciation for the talent and vision of the filmmakers whose work is highlighted here. The text explains how movie magic was accomplished, down to the special salt that stands in for snow in the models, which has diamond shaped crystals and even crunches like the real thing.
The pictures, layout, and hidden goodies made the book worth the steep price. Not only is the book interesting, but it shows a lot of the objects and concepts included in the movies that you may have missed. It brings the world of Harry Potter to life as you turn each page. The artwork, footnotes, call sheets, snapshots, memories of the cast, crew and production teams all come together in a way that takes the reader into how the movies were made and feel a part of what must have been a truly remarkable experience for all involved.
It's the perfect gift for any long-time (or new) Potter fan—I got it for myself as a Christmas gift. You get to see, close up, so many of the magical things that were created to fill Harry's world. I know it's a cliché, but the book is almost magical. All of the special touches make it feel like you have a true treasure pulled right out of the Gringott's bank vault.
"James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper (James Potter, #2)" is a continuation of the adventures of James, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's son."James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper (James Potter, #2)" is a continuation of the adventures of James, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's son. But there are changes from the last since this time around, he's joined by his younger brother, Albus and his cousin, Rose (Hermione's daughter). At first I thought, oh no, the author's re-creating the Golden Trio (take a look at the book cover and you'll see why I assumed this). Fortunately this wasn't the case.
The mother of all surprises was that Harry's second son was sorted into the Slytherin House while the only child of Draco Malfoy gets sorted into the Gryffindor House.
HP fanatics will like the extended magic that the Mirror of Erised functions as as well as the time travelling bit, back to the time of the Hogwarts Founders. If you haven't figured it out by now, yes, the story takes much inspiration from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (literally and in terms of the plotline). In concept this seems to be a great premise but unfortunately it feels strained written under the pen of Lippert.
The big issue this time is trust: should James and his friends trust the new Hogwarts Headmaster; should Merlin trust James? Is Petra to be trusted? Tabitha? What about Albus? Scorpius?
Title James Potter and the Curse of the Gate Keeper (James Potter, #2) Author G. Norman Lippert Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
You may think that with the end of the "Harry Potter" book series, reading a "guide" like this would prove pointless, but nonetheless, I found myselfYou may think that with the end of the "Harry Potter" book series, reading a "guide" like this would prove pointless, but nonetheless, I found myself reminiscing quite a bit and enjoying the several theories and the then unanswered questions forwarded by avid fans before Rowling published "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".
With a title like "The End of Harry Potter? An Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries that Remain" I expected the book to, well, speculate on the mysteries that remained. Oddly enough, it didn't really postulate a lot of theories on how the book/series was going to end. Since this was the primary purpose for buying the book I was, at first, a little dismayed.
But as I continued to read the book, I came to like it more and more. It flowed and was a good read. It was intelligent and thoughtful. I think the nicest thing I can say about the book is that it will make the reading of Book 7 more enjoyable. Some theories I'd seen, others I'd thought of, but he did manage, more than once, to slip something in that took me by surprise.
The most I appreciate was when Langford discussed Rowling's ability to fool us in-depth, like a magician waving a rabbit in front of our faces but convincing us that we can't see it. She's a master at that. And I know that most, if not all, Harry Potter fanatics would agree wholeheartedly.
Title The End of Harry Potter? An Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries that Remain Author David Langford Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
"James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing" is a 360 page self-published online novel--an unofficial and unauthorized continuation of the Harry Po"James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing" is a 360 page self-published online novel--an unofficial and unauthorized continuation of the Harry Potter book series. The novel is set eighteen years after the end of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", and describes the adventures of Harry's son, James Potter, during his first year at Hogwarts.
James is shy and nervous, deeply concerned about the tremendous Potter family legacy that he feels pressured to live up to. On the train, he makes two new friends (his Ron and Hermione, as it were): Zane Walker and Ralph Deedle, both Muggle-borns. Like his father before him, James gets into much trouble, and gets entangled in a larger plot to destabilize the magical and non-magical worlds. This involves an organization known as the Progressive Element, who wish to make the magical world known to the Muggles, and three relics which are believed to be able to bring Merlin to this day and age, at the Hall of Elders' Crossing.
It has it’s cringe worthy moments but it’s simply nice to have a bit more of the Potter Worlds to read about. Lippert has succeeded in morphologizing certain loose ends JK left hanging, such as the moving portrait problem. These matters he handles with a loving detail guaranteed to endear him to fanatical fans, of which he is clearly one himself.
The introduction of the American element seems natural when you consider the writers origins but having an American student and a teacher was overkill. There are several continuity errors with the canon that a fanatic would note: Prof. McGonagall isn’t the permanent headmaster, the Defense Against the Dark Arts position is no longer cursed after Voldemort’s death, and electronic devices do not work at Hogwarts.
This is one of the few “fan fictions” that seems to come close to crossing the border between online wishing and real life writings. But what must be taken into account is that the book was written for people who don’t want to see the end of Harry Potter and not for people who go crazy about the smallest detail being changed.
I was happy to be back in that Harry Potter world–and I really did feel like I was. I will most probably read the sequel to this.
"It's going to be all right, sir," Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore's silence than he had been by his weakened voice. "We're"It's going to be all right, sir," Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore's silence than he had been by his weakened voice. "We're nearly there... I can Apparate us both back... Don't worry..." "I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water, "I am with you."
This has got to be the most heart-wrenching book of the entire Harry Potter series, yes notwithstanding the last book. Who knew that once one opens this book what will happen to the wizarding world as we know it? I was simply not prepared for it.
It is within these pages where we see the aftermath of Voldemort's return: of the senseless murders committed, of the atrocities he is prepared to do and the consequences that follow. We also learn that the Muggle government (well, at least the Prime Minister counterpart) is well aware of the magical community's existence. One can't help but be mad at the Ministry of Magic's attempt to make Harry a mascot for the Ministry, after the way they have treated and abused him. Too bad the Ministry cannot commit to an Unbreakable Vow like the one performed by Snape with Narcissa, in order to protect Draco.
Speaking of Draco, I must say that I found it frustrating on the part of Harry that his two bestfriends kept downplaying his hunches of Voldemort's plan. The evidence's staring them right at the face, but of course one couldn't foresee in way did Professor Dumbledore play in Draco's redemption and changing of ways in the last book. One can't help but feel a twinge of pity for him, for fearing for one's life and that of your family's.
Another character who's torn in terms of familal obligations (although on a different level) is Neville -- he who will show his own brand of inner strength before the book series comes to an end. "Hmph," snorted Professor McGonagall. "It's high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she's got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have -- particularly after what happened at the Ministry."
The Weasley family is not spared in this installment. They have committed (and have placed in danger) all of their family members, in the quest of possibly defeating Voldemort and the Death Eaters. If I felt my heart skip a beat upon the possibility of Mr. Weasley dying within the Department of Mysteries in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" , what more of Ron almost dying due to poison fully intended for Professor Dumbledore? "Dumbledore's told us how you saved him with the bezoar," she sobbed. "Oh, Harry, what can we say? You saved Ginny... you saved Arthur... now you've saved Ron..." "Half our family does seem to owe you their lives, now I stop and think about it," Mr. Weasley said in a constricted voice. "Well, all I can say is that it was a lucky day for the Weasleys when Ron decided to sit in your compartment on the Hogwarts Express, Harry."
Add to that the instance of Bill being bitten by Greyback and the possibility of being turned into a werewolf. I was proud of Fleur for standing behind the man she's about to marry. "You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per'aps, you hoped?" said Fleur, her nostrils flaring. "What do I care how he looks? I am good looking for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!" And then, Harry did not quite see how it happened, both women were crying and hugging each other.
It's lucky that Bill won't transform into a full-fledge werewolf and not suffer the prejudice that has been felt by Professor Lupin right from the start. "But you are normal!" said Harry firecely. "You've just got a -- a problem -- " Lupin burst out laughing. "Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my 'furry little problem' in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit."
The mystery of Tonks's depression finally came to light towards the end, triggered by what has befallen Bill. "You see!" said a strained voice. Tonks was glaring at Lupin. "She still wants to marry him, even though he's been bitten! She doesn't care!" "It's different," said Lupin, barely moving his lips and looking suddenly tense. "I don't care either, I don't care!" said Tonks, seizing the front of Lupin's robes and shaking them. "I've told you a million times..." "And I've told you a million times," said Lupin, refusing to meet her eyes, staring at the floor," that I am too old for you, too poor, too dangerous... "
I was excited when Rowling chose to devote a couple of pages to Fred's and George's Weasley Wizard Wheezes in their new store in Diagon Alley. One could use those Patented Daydream Charms of theirs, and I'd definitely want a purple Pgymy Puff of my own. Speaking of funny scenes, I laughed out loud when Professor Dumbledore decided to retrieve Harry from the Dursleys. It is their fault that they refuse to drink Professor Dumbledore's offer of oak-matured mead. Harry looked around; all three of the Dursleys were cowering with their arms over their heads as their glasses bounced up and down on their skulls, their contents flying everywhere.
Lessons proceeded back to normal (or as normal as they could possibly be) in Hogwarts School, with the introduction of the use of nonverbal spells in almost all of their subjects. It must've been a streak of rebelliousness in Harry's part to render Snape speechless in their Defense Against the Dark Arts class: "There's no need to call me 'sir,' Professor."
A hilarious bit was thrown in, involving Ron's family, Harry and Death Eaters: "There's no way they'd let me be a Death Eater!" said Ron indignantly. "My whole family are blood traitors! That's as bad as Muggle-borns to Death Eaters!" "And they'd love to have me," said Harry sarcastically. "We'd be best pals if they didn't keep trying to do me in."
There is also the introduction of Apparition lessons, with a preview of Side-Along Apparition done by Harry and Professor Dumbledore in the opening chapters. I can't help but agree with a lot of Hogwarts students in the importance of having a license to perform disappearing and appearing. Frustration was running high and there was a certain amount of ill-feeling toward Wilkie Twycross and his three D's, which had inspired a number of nicknames for him, the politest of which were Dogbreath and Dunghead.
Frankly, I never thought I'd find Potions to be exciting were it not for the introduction of a new character, Professor Slughorn as the new Potions Master. Where else shall we see Harry perform admirably (the helping hand of the Half-Blood Prince can't be striked out however) and get to know various highly interesting potions such as Amortentia (the most powerful love potion in the world) and Felix Felicis (liquid luck that'll make an ordinary day extraordinary). Smelling the latter also gave us a clue of who might be Harry's true love: They chose the one nearest a gold-colored cauldron that was emitting one of the most seductive scents Harry had ever inhaled: Somehow it reminded him of treacle tart, the woody smell of a broomstick handle, and something flowery he might have smelled at the Burrow.
But that's getting ahead of ourselves. The relationship which seemed to be the focus was the one brewing between Ron and Hermione. There were instances of Ron's near jealousy over Harry's closeness to Hermione but did seem to pay off in his favor come his Gryffindor team try-outs: "If you ask me," said Harry quietly. "McLaggen looks like he was Confunded this morning. And he was standing right in front of where you were sitiing." "Oh, all right, I did it," she whispered. "But wasn't that dishonest, Hermione? I mean, you're a prefect, aren't you?" "Oh, be quiet," she snapped, as he smirked.
Unfortunately it was Harry who found himself suddenly caught in the middle of this on-off relationship between his two bestfriends. It was not as though he was really surprised, thought Harry; he had an inkling that this might happen sooner or later. But he was not sure how he felt about it... What if Ron and Hermione started going out together, then split up? Could their friendship survive it? What if they become like Bill and Fleur, and it became excruciatingly embarrassing to be in their presence, so that he was shut out for good?
Ron behaved like a total prat with his immature and inconsistent jealousy of Hermione going out with Victor Krum a long time ago. He felt the need to retaliate by going out with Lavender who ends up sending him a thick gold chain of a necklace with a pendant "My Sweetheart" and calls him "Won-won" in front of his mates. I can't help but feel triumphant for Hermione, but at the same time couldn't see a way for them to come out in the open with their feelings. "She can't complain," he told Harry. "She snogged Krum. So she's found out someone wants to snog me too. Well, it's a free country. I haven't done anything wrong."
"He's at perfect liberty to kiss whomever he likes," said Hermione. "I really couldn't care less."
Meanwhile Harry finds himself in a predicament of confronting his real feelings for Ginny, after experiencing pangs of jealousy of seeing her with Dean. A bigger issue is that of the possibility of choosing Ginny over his friendship with Ron: She's Ron's sister. But she's ditched Dean! She's still Ron's sister! I'm his best mate! That'll make it worse. If I talked to him first -- He'll hit you. What if I don't care? He's your best mate!
I was blissfully happy when Harry and Ginny finally ended up together. Readers are provided with how this change of feelings within both Harry and Ginny actually occurred. Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.
I never really gave up on you," she said. "Not really. I always hoped... Hermione told me to get on with my life, maybe go out with some other people, relax a bit around you, because I never used to be able to talk if you were in the room, remember? And she thought you might take a bit more notice if I was a bit more -- myself." "Smart girl, that Hermione," said Harry, trying to smile. "I just wish I'd asked you sooner. We could've had ages... months... years maybe..." "But you've been too busy saving the Wizarding world," said Ginny, half laughing. "Well... I can't say I'm surprised. I knew this would happen in the end. I knew you wouldn't be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort. Maybe that's why I like you so much."
But as easily as it was for them to naturally fall for each other, it seems even more easy to forget that Harry's task is still ahead of him. Owing to his special classes with Professor Dumbledore, we learn of the parentage and early life of Voldemort, as the young orphan Tom Riddle. We get a glimpse of memories painstakingly research by Professor Dumbledore in order to aid the 'Chosen One' who's prophesized to defeat the Dark Lord. "You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!" said Dumbledore loudly. "The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort's! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart, just as pure as you were at the age of eleven, when you stared into a mirror that reflected your heart's desire, and it showed you only the way to thwart Lord Voldemort, and not immortality or riches." "I'd want him finished," said Harry quietly. "And I'd want to do it."
We now know about the real identity of the Half-Blood Prince, Snape overhearing Professor Trelawney's prediction regarding the 'Chosen One' and the request of Voldemort to become a professor at Hogwarts (resulting to a curse placed upon the Defense Against the Dark Arts post), the precious artifacts left behind by the Hogwarts Founders which were turned into Horcruxes by Voldemort in order to chase after immortality. The scene of Harry and Dumbledore retrieving Merope's necklace at the cave was the most frightful thing I've ever read within the book series. All of these are important to remember once one begins to read the final book in hopes of solving the location of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
The moment of Professor Dumbledore's death is the most shocking of all. As a Harry Potter fan, you don't want to believe it. Almost, you are waiting for a deux machina to undo the killing curse done by Snape. When Harry felt the spell wore off of him and when Hagrid picked up Professor Dumbledore's body from where it had fallen, I thought that there must be a magical cure for what has been done. After all, he's Dumbledore! It can't be possible for him to be beat, to be dead -- and at the hands of one he trusted. When his portrait appeared in the Headmaster's office, I felt that maybe he is dead. It was confirmed when Fawkes sang his mournful song, and I knew that the greatest wizard is now gone. "No other headmaster or headmistress ever gave more to this school," growled Hagrid. "Hogwarts should be Dumbledore's final resting place," said Professor Flitwick. "Absolutely," said Professor Sprout. "And in that case," said Harry, "you shouldn't send the students home until the funeral's over. They'll want to say -- " The last word caught in his throat, but Professor Sprout completed the sentence for him. "Goodbye."
Title Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Author J.K. Rowling Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
As Hagrid has said, what would come, would come... and he would have to meet it when it did.
Long before her fourth installment appeared, Rowling warnAs Hagrid has said, what would come, would come... and he would have to meet it when it did.
Long before her fourth installment appeared, Rowling warned that it would be darker, and it's true that every exhilaration is equaled by a moment that has us fearing for Harry's life, the book's emotions running as deep as its dangers.
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" proved to be the darkest book in the series so far, the lines are drawn more clearly and powerfully than ever before in the ongoing struggle of good versus evil, as we witness the rebirth of Voldemort back into his old body, aided by horrific spells and the contribution of flesh, blood and bone. It is made clearer to the readers exactly what was so appalling during the reign of Voldemort and of his Death Eaters; we now know what the Dark Mark is and what were the Unforgivable Curses (Avada Kedavra, Imperius, Cruciatus) used to frighten and punish everybody into submission.
Readers are immediately introduced to the Riddle House (which would play a bigger part later in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" ) and are exposed to the established connection between the Dark Lord and Harry Potter via his lightning bolt-shaped scar. There was the painful part when the reader shares the same thoughts of Harry -- of no escape from Voldemort when restored to power -- were it not for the occurence of Priori Incantatem due to the sharing of the magical core of their wands. I was shocked when Cedric died, it had seemed so unnecessary at the time. But that is what's shockingly terrifying of Voldemort -- the total disregard of innocent lives -- of destroying whoever stands in the way.
Light-hearted moments can be had when we find ourselves realizing exactly how do wizards and witches blend into the Muggle world if, and when, forced by circumstances. A fine example was the crowd who were jostling to set up camp in order to watch the Quidditch World Cup: A little farther on they passed a tent that had three floors and several turrets; and a short way beyond that was a tent that had a front garden attached, complete with birdbath, sundial, and fountain. And don't forget Archie, the wizard who insists on wearing a long flowery nightgown as his Muggle disguise!
And now we're set; swept into the contagious excitement and frenzy that is the 422th Quidditch World Cup: Bulgaria vs. Ireland. As Muggles we get to read about how professional Quidditch is supposed to be played, with Krum being the crowd favorite. Who knew that leprechaun gold vanishes after a couple of hours? Or that veela women can really make you want to say or do extraordinary things just to make them notice you?
We make the acquaintance of the two older Weasleys, Charlie & Bill and are also made aware of the existence of Portkeys as another way to travel long distances. A glimpse of Percy and his ambition is already being given foundation to, what with his entering the employment of the Ministry of Magic. And lest we forget, Fred and George and their plans of establishing Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Remember the Ton-Tongue Toffee which Fred "accidentally" dropped for Dudley to consume? You kne instinctively that the twins will be a success at what seems to be their inborn talent: that of pranks and having a blast in life. "Take it," he said, and he thrust the sack into George's hands. "It's for the joke shop." "Listen," Harry said firmly. "If you don't take it, I'm throwing it down the drain. I don't want it and I don't need it. But I could do with a few laughs. We could all do with a few laughs. I've got a feeling we're going to need them more than usual before long."
A new house elf is introduced in the form of Barty Crouch's house-elf Winky, aided by Dobby's appearance (who finds employment in Hogwarts' kitchens, since he finds it hard for wizards to come to terms of a house-elf as an employee and not as a slave). We note how he's adjusting to a life not anymore bound in slavery but that of a free elf: "Professor Dumbledore offered Dobby ten Galleons a week, and weekends off," said Dobby, suddenly giving a little shiver, as though the prospect of so much leisure and riches were frightening, "but Dobby beat him down, miss... Dobby likes freedom, miss, but he isn't wanting too much, miss, he likes work better." Ahem, Hermione and her campaign for S.P.E.W. and Ron kidding her regarding the House-Elf Liberation Front. Watch out for Ron more or less imbibing S.P.E.W.'s doctrines later in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".
Also answered is something that I'm curious about: the possibility of Muggle technology in Harry's magical world. "All those substitutes for magic Muggles use -- electricity, computers, and radar, and all those things -- they all go haywire around Hogwarts, there's too much magic in the air." Hmmm, I know, no internet even if I do get my Hogwarts letter...?
Along the way, Rowling conjures up more new characters as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, one of the best Aurors there is who may or may not be getting paranoid in his old age. I was flabbergasted when the impostor Moody was made to drink Veritaserum; I kept thinking, no way, he can't possibly betray Dumbledore. "Because you've got to know. You've got to appreciate what the worst is. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you're facing it. Constant Vigilance!"
I owe it to Moody who gave a comedic turn to this book when he gave Ron what he dearly wished for: "Don't talk to me," Ron said quietly to Harry and Hermione. "Why not?" Hermione asked in surprise. "Because I want to fix that in my memory forever," said Ron, his eyes closed and an uplifted expression on his face. "Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret..."
We also have the very nosy Rita Skeeter, armed with her Quick-Quotes Quill that turns even the most innocent assertion into tabloid innuendo. Hurray for Hermione for teaching her a much-deserved lesson in the end! I laughed out loud when the golden trio railed against her in Dumbledore's presence (since she almost suceeded in getting Hagrid sacked due to her article in The Daily Prophet): "I have gone temporarily deaf and haven't any idea what you said, Harry," said Dumbledore, twiddling his thumbs and staring at the ceiling.
It was great that Rowling has decided to enlighten her readers regarding the many different nationalities of witches and wizards around the world, from very young children to middle-aged ones. And nothing exemplifies this more than the 700 year old friendly competition that is the Triwizard Tournament. We're introduced to Dumstrang Institute and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic; both schools responsible for producing Europe's future wizards & witches. Both are proud to located in an Unplottable area and armed with Muggle-repelling charms like Hogwarts is. Reiterated once more was the differences between the students specially selected for the Four Houses of Hogwarts as sung by the Sorting Hat: "In Gryffindor, the bravest were Prized beyond the rest; For Ravenclaws, the cleverest Would always be the best; For Hufflepuff, hard workers were Most worthy of admission; And power-hungry Slytherin Loved those of great ambition." and now Rowling aims to widen our perspective by including others outside of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Unfortunately the Triwizard Tournament brought a strain to the close friendship shared by Harry and Ron: He thought he could have coped with the rest of the school's behavior if he could just have had Ron back as a friend, but he wasn't going to try and persuade Ron to talk to him if Ron didn't want to. Neverheless, it wasy with dislike pouring in on him from all sides. but which was resolved later. After all, that's what true friendship is, after all. "There you go, Harry!" Ron shouted over the noise. "You weren't being thick after all -- you were showing moral fiber!"
But it was interesting to note the development of Ron's and Hermione's relationship, due to the Yule Ball. This just proves that girls do mature faster than boys: "Hermione, Neville's right -- you are a girl..." "Just because it has taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!" "Next time there's a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!"
Serious topics are discussed and learned: of believing in yourself, of not allowing biases and prejudice to color one's attitude towards everything and everyone, and of the importance of true friends who believe in you: He looked at Harry for a moment and then said, very seriously, "Yeh know what I'd love, Harry? I'd love yeh ter win, I really would. It'd show 'em all... yeh don' have ter win, I really would. It'd show 'em all... yeh don' have ter do it. Yeh don' have ter be ashamed of what yeh are. It'd show 'em Dumbledore's the one who's got it righ', lettin' anyone in as long as they can do magic."
Title Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Author J.K. Rowling Reviewed By Purplycookie...more