In the sequel following "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", we are no longer taken by the hand to explore the world beyond the barrier of PlatforIn the sequel following "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", we are no longer taken by the hand to explore the world beyond the barrier of Platform 9 and 3/4. Now is the time for Rowling to leave clues and innuendos to a lot of secrets and revelations that'll be sprinkled in the book series onwards. Now we can enjoy it along with a richer plot and more developed narrative and characters.
We get to meet Dobby, the house-elf (and little did I know of the sacrifices he'll make for Harry's sake later on in the series). It was hard to suspect Dobby of any maliciousness or that he make be taking orders from the wizarding family he serves, given his utmost sincerity in protecting Harry from the monster within the Chamber of Secrets. And yes, I cheered when he was finally given his freedom.
And finally, we get a glimpse of what a "normal" wizarding house must be like, in this case it is the Weasleys' house: The Burrow. It was interesting how the magical community live their daily lives and us, as Muggles, can only be in wonder of what would be deemed normal to them: magic cookbooks to whip up a scrumptious dish using your wand, a magical clock that's useful in knowing where your loved ones are, and that it's actually possible for a house to be architecturally sound since being held up, well, by magic.
I was delighted to know that wizards and witches can choose to travel by Floo Powder if they can't Apparate yet (since they won't be allowed to be traveling everywhere on their flying brooms either).
There was a glimpse of the reason why Filtch hates Hogwarts students that much (and why he'd side up with Umbridge later on), well, it's because he's a Squib owing to the damning evidence of a Kwikspell: A Correspondence Course in Beginners' Magic" manual on his office desk.
We get to meet possibly one of the worst caricatures of a teacher, the pompous know-it-all fraud who in reality just coasts by with just his looks: Gilderoy Lockhart. I guess this one's a reflection of the mundane world as any, since most would judge everything on appearances alone. Of course, most witches were seen to be under the spell of Lockhart's good looks: "Oh, come on," said Ron, wrenching it from her grasp and thrusting it at Madam Pince. "We'll get you another autograph. Lockhart'll sign anything if it stands long enough."
Amidst the excitement of driving Mr. Weasley's flying Ford Anglia and crashing it into the Whomping Willow, mumbling words while using Floo Powder and ending up in Knockturn Alley, encountering ghosts in the bathrooms and attending a Deathday Party on Halloween night, and the trip to an even more dangerous part of the Forbidden Forest and facing Aragog and his children, none can compare to the pureblood mania spawned by Salazar Slytherin when he built the Chamber of Secrets.
One couldn't help but wonder at the reason why Harry, like Slytherin, could be a Parseltongue and also share the same physical appearance of Tom Riddle. Of course, all answers are had by the end of the Harry Potter series and credit to Rowling for letting things build up and not give everything away as the series progress.
On a lighter note, giggles are from readers are not missing, although at the expense of Harry himself: "Harry," said Hagrid abruptly as though struck by a sudden thought. "Gotta bone to pick with yeh. I've heard you've bin givin' out signed photos. How come I haven't got one?" "I have not been giving out signed photos."
Fred and George, however, found all this very funny. They went out of their way to march ahead of Harry down the corridors, shouting, "Make way for the Heir of Slytherin, seriously evil wizard coming through..." "Oh, get out of the way, Percy," said Fred. "Harry's in a hurry." "Yeah, he's off to the Chamber of Secrets for a cup of tea with his fanged servant," said George, chortling.
Noticeable is the change in the characters of the trio, as they stand by their friendship and are willing to adjust in order to see things through. An example is Hermione's idea of using a Polyjuice Potion: "I never thought I'd see the day you'd be persuading us to break the rules," said Ron.
"I seem to remember telling you both that I would have to expel you if you broke any more school rules," said Dumbledore. "Which goes to show that the best of us must sometimes eat our words," Dumbledore went on, smiling. "You will both receive Special Awards for Services to the School and -- let me see -- yes, I think two hundred points apiece for Gryffindor."
Title Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Author J.K. Rowling Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
"There were a hundred and forty-two staircases at Hogwarts: wide, sweeping ones; narrow, rickety ones; some that led somewhere different on a Friday;"There were a hundred and forty-two staircases at Hogwarts: wide, sweeping ones; narrow, rickety ones; some that led somewhere different on a Friday; some with a vanishing step halfway up that you had to remember to jump. Then there were doors that wouldn't open unless you asked politely, or tickled them in exactly the right places, and doors that weren't really doors at all, but solid walls just pretending. It was also very hard to remember where anything was, because it all seemed to move around a lot. The people in the portraits kept going to visit each other, and Harry was sure the coats of armor could walk."
Honestly, I don't know anybody who'd refuse to even entertain the thought of attending a school for wizards. Yes, the experience itself may be daunting and scary but really, most of us would welcome an opportunity to escape the mundane world and enter one of the fantastical. And such is what "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is: an introduction to world that you could never have imagine may possibly exist.
I've already lost count as to how many times I've re-read the Harry Potter series. The plot and characters are well known and described in many reviews, so I will not address them. I don't even think I need to convince anybody to read these books and/or watch the movies. Harry Potter and the magical world that J.K. Rowling has creating (Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, Hogwarts) in the first book alone have already become household names the world over that you have to be living under a rock if you haven't been aware of this phenomenon. "Welcome," said Hagrid, "to Diagon Alley." Harry wished he had eight more eyes. He turned his head in every direction as they walked up the street., trying to look at everything at once: the shops, the things outside them, the people doing their shopping. There were shops selling robes, shops selling telescopes and strange silver instruments Harry had never seen before, tottering piles of spell books, quills, and rolls of parchment, potion bottles, globes of the moon...
I believe that I maybe counted as one of the millions of readers worldwide who wished something better for Harry Potter, especially being made aware of the miserable treatment done to him by his Muggle relatives. I too wish to know the contents of the mysterious letters which were detailedly addressed to the exact location of Harry. I cheered when Hagrid finally got a hold of Harry and conveyed to him the message that he'll be attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that coming term. "Harry had never even imagined such a strange and splendid place. It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting."
I was looking forward as well to the process of selecting a wizard's wand and what exactly it is that aids magic: "Every Ollivander wand has a core of a powerful magical substance, Mr. Potter. We use unicorn hairs, phoenix tail feathers, and the heartstrings of dragons. No two Ollivander wans are the same, just as no two unicorns, dragons, or phoenixes are quite the same. And of course, you will never get such good results with another wizard's wand."
Instead of retelling the plot of which most people are already familiar with, I'd like to post here my favorite scenes and quotes from the book itself. One treat was finding out the type of delicious treats available to those who travel aboard the Hogwarts Express: "What she did have were Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life."
I didn't expect the fast and true friendship that would form between Harry, Hermione and Ron. Early on we've managed to catch glimpses of the personalities of the two boys but of Hermione, I snickered: "I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed -- or worse, expelled."
One item (aside from a witch's wand) that I'd like to have is most probably Harry's Invisibility Cloak. Just think of the possibilities! And yes, I wouldn't pass up the chance to stand in front of the Mirror of Erised: "I show not your face but your heart's desire." No matter what Dumbledore may say that: "It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts."
The best laugh out loud moment of the entire book would be: "Devil's Snare, Devil's Snare...what did Professor Sprout say? -- it likes the dark and the damp --" "So light sa fire!" Harry choked. "Yes -- of course -- but there's no wood!" Hermione cried, wringing her hands. "Have you done mad?" Ron bellowed. "Are you a witch or not?"
But what would make one continue reading and ultimately finishing the Harry Potter series? It's because, like Harry and the rest of the magical world, we all want to know what exactly happened that night when Voldemort tried to kill the Potter family. How was it possible that Harry, as a mere baby at the time, survived? Would the friendship between Harry, Ron & Hermione survive the test of being constantly thrust into the limelight fraught with dangers? Why does Prof. Snape hate Harry so much, that you couldn't help tagging him as the one trying to steal the Sorcerer's Stone all this time? "The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should be treated with great caution."
Title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Author J.K. Rowling Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
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.