Thursday, July 30, 2015

HP MOTW (9): Books I'd Recommend To Draco

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows

 Which books would you recommend to Draco?

At first I thought this question would be really hard. How would I know what books to recommend to a fictional character?! But then I started thinking about books that had Slytherin characters in them. Some of them are the main characters, some are villains, but either way they are Slytherins through-and-through.

Blood Red Road (Dustlands #1) by Moira Young
Saba can be cold, selfish, and cunning, but she also is very protective of her brother (and later) her sister. She's a Slytherin who goes after what she wants and has good intentions even if things end up going terribly wrong because of her actions. I think Draco could definitely relate to Saba.

Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
The main villain, Steelheart, is a near-immortal superhuman (called an Epic) who becomes a tyrant. Basically, it's a world where a Voldemort-like character won the war without much of a fight.
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)
If the Darkling isn't a Slytherin, I don't know who is.

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
There's a lot of Slytherins in this series. I think some arguments could be made for Gryffindor, but, for the most part, anyone who is playing the game (Katniss, Haymitch, Cato, Finnick, Joanna, Snow, Coin, etc.) is a Slytherin. Again, I think Katniss' loyalty to her family would be relatable to Draco.

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White 
Fia is made a Slytherin through her circumstances. Because of the world she is in she's forced to become something she wishes she wasn't so she can protect her sister. Now that I think about it, I would totally ship Draco/Fia :D

One For the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich
Okay, this one is just kind of a joke. I don't think that Stephanie is a Slytherin. I would just recommend this to Draco to see his face when he is reading it. It would be HILARIOUS! Spandex, big hair, car explosions, Grandma Mazur...What a way to be introduced to Muggle culture. LOL

Thursday, July 16, 2015

HP MotW (8): Who Would My Hogwarts Boyfriend Be?

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If I went to Hogwarts, who would my boyfriend/girlfriend be?

You would not believe that amount of thought that I put into this question. I don't like the idea of fictionally dating a fictional character that would be a part of a fictional couple, so that narrowed it down a lot. And just because I love a character doesn't mean we would be good together. For example, I considered George Weasley (who doesn't love a guy with a sense of humor?) but then I realized that would be a disaster because I am not a practical joker, nor do I like practical jokes in real life. And as much as I love quidditch, I don't love it as much as Oliver Wood, so there is a relationship doomed to fail. There's also the fact that I'm a Slytherin, so the houses that I would interact with socially and number of people who would be prejudice against me limit my choices considerably.

Like I said, I put way too much thought into this... It's sort of pathetic really.

So, who did I finally decide would by my Hogwarts boyfriend? ... drum roll, please... Terry Boot!

He is a Hogwarts student, I promise. He's a Ravenclaw, was a part of the DA, and is generally a background character that doesn't matter. That's why I picked him. I couldn't make all the details match up with the other characters, so I picked a character I knew very little about. Out of all the houses, Ravenclaws are on the best terms with Slytherins, and I'd get along great with a character who's a booknerd.

So, that's my answer. I know it's kind of boring, but I couldn't come up with anything else. I really do take these things too siriusly ;)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Harry Potter Collection

Harry Potter Month is hosted by Faith at Geeky Zoo Girl and Micheline at Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The event runs throughout the month of July in honor of The Boy Who Lived's birthday. You can find out more about it here.

I've wanted to do a post which showed the fruit of my HP obsession for a while now. Harry Potter Month seems like the perfect time to showcase all the HP stuff I've collected over the years. I am also really proud of the fact that most of these items I found at yardsales, thrift stores, flea markets, etc. I'm not posting a picture of my books because they look the same as every traditional Scholastic HP books.

The booklet at the top is a crazy cool planner/notepad/address book that was made for the year 2003. The Chocolate Frog pin actually opens up and has a inedible chocolate frog that smells like chocolate (YUM!). My Deathly Hallows Necklace, a HP ornament, and a stamp booklet (they're still selling them at post offices in the US).

I felt kind of dorky buying these, but I couldn't help myself. And yes, I have worn the big backpack to a college class before. 

 My sister bought me the bookmark and posterbook and I am eternally grateful to her for them. I haven't used either of the journals yet, but I'll figure something out.   

 The trivia game is pretty awesome but I never got the chance to play HP Clue because it's missing the Vanishing Cabinet card. I know, I find it ironic also.

 These were part of my Luna Lovegood costume that I wore to the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 midnight showing. The bag I found later and has no HP connection other than the fact that I thought that's what Hermione's beaded bag should look like.

 I finally finished my collection of hats this year! I was so proud of myself when I finished the Gryffindor hat because IT ACTUALLY RESEMBLED A HAT, despite being too big. I thought, here's something I can do better than Hermione :) (pattern here)
The scarf was made by an awesome friend of mine <3

 The binder I bought for $2 at a yardsale and contains someone's collection of articles related to HP and goes back as far at the PoA movie. I'm also in love with that pop-up book.

 A T-shirt, a misspelled Syltherin(e) picture frame that I made, a crochet Buckbeak (pattern here), and what was supposed to be the Sorting Hat (pattern here).

Here's a collection of my HP related books.

 So, there it is. I'm hoping to one day have a bookshelf that I can devote just to my HP books and all the random things I've collected and made. Until that happens, I'll continue to add to my collection.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

HP MotW (7): Favorite Lupin Moment

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Favorite Remus Lupin Moment? 

This is a tough question because Lupin is such a great character and I love reading any scenes that have him in it. That being said, I couldn't pick any other scene than when the DADA class covered boggarts. I love how nice and encouraging he was to Neville when Snape publicly humiliated him in front of the class. And then there's the perfect moment when the boggarts turns into Snape and then with a "Riddikulus!" he's wearing Neville's grandmother's clothes. Even though Lupin doesn't hold a grudge against Snape, I'm sure Moony couldn't help but laugh.

Also, it's not really a "moment", but I love how whenever a dementor is around he always gives chocolate to everyone around. Now that's an awesome professor.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

HP MoTW (6): One Thing I'd Change

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If you could change one thing in book one, what would it be?

Okay, this is really weird, but I wish Hagrid hadn't give Dudley a pigs tail. It feels like a fairly cruel addition to the book. If I remember correctly, in the book Hagrid did it not because Dudley was eating Harry's cake (movie) but because he was angry at Mr. and Mrs. Dursely. Which means he's punishing Dudley for the parents he has just like Harry was punished for being the son "those people". I know the scene is funny and uses the magical cliche of turning people into animals, but I wish Hagrid would have reversed it or something. Then maybe the scene wouldn't feel tainted to me and it would still leave intact the ongoing jokes about it in the series.

This is only something that started bothering me recently. I guess that is why adults shouldn't analyze children's books, I take things too seriously.