Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Review & Discussion

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If you haven’t heard already, at midnight on Harry Potter’s birthday the script-book edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released. And if you haven’t heard already, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth Harry Potter story, told in the form of a play that you can actually see if you’re super lucky and live in London, or that you can read in the form of this book.
Also, do you have to pay property tax on that rock you live under?
I personally didn’t go to a midnight release party for it because I’m a fake fan. But seriously, my sister’s graduation party was that night and I was exhausted. Also – and I don’t know if this is TMI – but I’m literally so sunburned. All of my skin is falling off and I didn’t want people thinking that I was cosplaying as a molting basilisk.
I had to go to the DMV the following day to get my temporary driver’s license (which isn’t really good for anything but WOOOOO) and I figured I would be super bored waiting so my mom and I ran to Barnes and Noble and – not too surprisingly but completely disappointingly – they were completely sold out.
In a panic, we went to Target, wondering, might they have a copy left after all this time?

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Always. 
Target did a thing where you got a free poster with the purchase of the book so that was pretty cool even though the poster wasn’t anything too amazing. The cashier was really friendly and talked about how he felt like a fake fan because he didn’t even realize it was coming out until he was stocking the shelves. He still gave me a funny look when he asked me if I wanted it in a bag and I almost yelled, “No!” and grabbed it.
Watching people put hardcover books in those plastic bags stressed me out so much. You are literally begging the universe to rip the dust-jacket.
But I digress, it was a good day overall.

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Spoiler-Free Review

**because this is a play, the plot moves very fast and it will be hard to review this without revealing any details. If you haven’t read the book yet and want to go into it blind, stop here.**
So the basic premise of this book is that it picks up from the epilogue in Deathly Hallows where the grown up squad of Hermione, Ron, and Harry are seeing off their children at King’s Cross. The main focus in this story is on Albus Severus Potter, who is having a hard time feeling like he fits into his family or anywhere. This leads him to make some extremely poor decisions and almost ruin the entire world.
First of all, let’s talk about the characters. Scorpius Malfoy is my spirit animal, obviously. He’s just an adorable little nerd trying to get through life and be brave while simultaneously being afraid of everything. Rose Granger was also fantastic, just a really funny, strong character. She reminded me so much of Hermione without the authors blatantly trying to make them the exact same person.
Albus kind of annoyed me. He did sort of remind me of Harry though. He just really wanted to do what he thought was the right thing, but didn’t always think it through very well. I’ll get more into that with the spoilers.
As for the plot, it made sense if you didn’t think about it. I don’t necessarily mean that in a super negative way, it’s just true. It was fast-paced and entertaining and I’m sure that’s part of the reason why it translates so well onto the stage. However, if you pause and think about the actual logistics of some of the magic and time-travel, it’ll make your head hurt.
In some ways, the plot also seemed a little cliché and predictable to me. The whole “tiny change in the past creates crazy ripples in the universe” element was well done but nothing new. However, the different alternatives that we get to see poses some very interesting “what-ifs” and allows more old characters that we’ve missed to be incorporated into the story.
And speaking of old characters… let’s talk about Harry, Ron and Hermione. They’ll always be some of my favorite characters of all time. How could they not be? I was excited to see how their personalities would stay the same and change as they got older.
Here’s the issue: You know how Maxon and America were all grown up in The Heir and The Crown? And like, it was them, but it wasn’t? Like they were older, but it seemed like their characters just served the purpose of being some parents, and even though they were well-developed as parents, they didn’t seem like the well-developed younger characters, just grown up? It’s like they were completely different people with the same names, and some of the old trademark qualities being extremely forced as if they’re screaming through their beaming, remembered faces, “Look! It’s us! I promise!”
If you haven’t read the Selection and didn’t really get that comparison, I was also reminded of one of my favorite songs at the moment, called “Next Year” by Two Door Cinema Club. It had a line that goes:

Maybe someday,
You’ll be somewhere,
Talking to me,
As if you knew me

I know it sounds dramatic, but I couldn’t stop thinking about that line. They really just didn’t seem like the same characters at all. And I know that they’re grown up and I know that they’re not going to be completely the same, but the entire time it felt like these characters were talking, trying to become people that they just aren’t anymore. Like those characters were really new, more boring characters Polyjuice-potioned into being Harry, Ron and Hermione. Impostors. Impastas.

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As for the formatting, I didn’t really mind it being a play. I’m sure that some of the issues with things not being very well-explained could’ve been fixed if it was a full narrative, but that was really my only issue with it. I found it interesting – as I was reading, I pictured everything on a stage. Did that happen to anyone else? It was weird, but not unpleasant.
The stage directions/descriptions were really amazing, too. I had to slow down a lot when I was reading to make sure that I was really reading and appreciating everything, because there were some beautiful little gems in there. My favorite was this one:

There’s a silence.
A perfect, profound silence.
One that sits low, twists a bit, and has damaged within it. 

First Line: A busy and crowded station.
Pages: 308
Hooked by page: 1
Rating: 3.5 stars
Recommend for: Harry Potter fans. I can’t say it felt like a completely genuine Harry Potter story, but it was great to have new Hogwarts adventures.

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Spoiler-y Discussion

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First of all, can we talk about how beautiful this book is? People were going to buy it no matter what, but I’m grateful that Scholastic took the time to make it look nice and all high-quality. The binding, man. It’s got that stripe-y stuff going on – that’s when you know it’s well made.
On to the discussion – where to begin? I liked seeing where the characters ended up. Hermione was the Minister of Magic, which was awesome in a way but also kind of forced, I felt like. Hermione is smart and strong, so let’s make her the leader of the Wizarding World, of course! Ron is funny, so let’s have him own a joke shop! (Also, why was Ron running Fred and George’s joke shop? What happened to George?) It felt like they were taking the easy way out.
And speaking of taking the easy way out, some things were just oh-so convenient. Delphi just so happened to have Polyjuice potion, which normally takes, like, a month to brew – lying around? And they just happened to have some sort of DNA from Harry, Ron and Hermione?
Whatever. Moving on.
I thought the idea of Amos wanting someone to go back and save Cedric was a solid basis for the plot. It was exciting enough because it would involve evil by facing Voldemort in the past without introducing an entirely new force of evil. But like, if you’re going to bother going back in time to save a life, why not just go big and go all the way back to when Voldemort was a baby and kill him then?
Goblet of Fire has always been one of my absolute favorite Harry Potter books (although, aren’t they all?) so when the plot involved a lot of time-traveling back to that time I was pretty excited. But as soon as they mentioned time-traveling, I just knew something was going to go horribly wrong. Time is just so weird and nothing about it makes sense when you start going backwards.
Initially, when they started messing with the competition in order to stop Cedric from reaching the final I thought the mishap was going to be that if Cedric had a rough start to the competition he wouldn’t want to help Harry with the egg clue and things would be thrown off that way.
I loved all the alternate universes though. Getting to see Snape again when he wasn’t mean and got to know about how he would end up being a hero was my favorite.
The whole thing about how after Cedric was embarrassed in the competition he got super angry and awful and became a Death Eater and then kiLLED NEVILLE was too much. I mean, I liked it, but liked it in a way that was more like, “THIS IS PROVOKING A LOT OF EMOTION IN ME WHICH MEANS THAT IT’S GOOD WRITING” as opposed to, “Nice.”
The one alternate universe where Albus and Harry’s relationship stayed exactly the same except Albus was in Gryffindor was kind of strange to me. Like, how in the world did messing with the past cause Albus to be sorted into a different house? Did those changes change Harry, thus affecting how he raised his son and causing Albus to grow up with different values?
I think the whole point of it was for Albus to make the realization that the fact that he and Harry didn’t get along wasn’t due to him not being in Gryffindor.
YER A GENIUS, ALBUS!
Do you mean to tell me, small child, that your father, who named you after the Slytherin headmaster and was almost sorted into Slytherin himself, doesn’t hate you, a Slytherin?
All of the arguments between Albus and Harry were so uncomfortable for me. It was like if angsty, book-five Harry as an adult was fighting angsty, book-five Harry as a child. When Harry told Albus that sometimes he wished that Albus wasn’t his son, I literally cringed.

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Jumping to the ending, because I’m out of control. Delphi always seemed kind of off to me, but that was more because I thought she was just an awkward and under-developed character with an intriguing but unexplored backstory rather than evil.
And not only evil… but VOLDEMORT AND BELLATRIX’S DAUGHTER?
I’m not kidding, at the beginning when we first hear about the rumors that Scorpius might be Voldemort’s son, I was literally thinking, “No, he can’t be, because Voldemort and Bellatrix were in love.”
I HAVE SHIPPED IT SINCE DAY ONE (read: book five, but whatever).
The thing that seemed off to me was that Delphi said that she was born right before the Battle of Hogwarts. Like, define “right before”. Was Bellatrix pregnant when she was torturing Hermione or killing Dobby? Or was the baby born a while before that when our gang is in the woods?
In that case, where’s the baby during aforementioned Hermione torture and Dobby murder? Or the Battle of Hogwarts, for that matter?
It would’ve been cool if some things in this book explained little details foreshadowed in the original stories. Obviously it couldn’t, because this book really is just an additional, unplanned thing.
Anyway, once we find out that Delphi is Voldemort’s daughter and Scorpius and Albus are trapped in time, they manage to get a message onto Harry’s baby blanket. In hindsight, it’s a good idea, but I wish we had gotten to actually see them go in and get it. You’re not supposed to make contact with your previous selves when you use time travel because it can really mess you up, so what happens if you unwrap a blanket that’s around your dad as a baby? Poor Harry was already so messed up, what happens when he stares into the eyes of his son who is more than ten years his senior?
The entire Augurey thing was so, so weird to me. Did Voldemort somehow know that he would be killed at the Battle of Hogwarts and planned to have this baby that would travel back in time and save him? I can’t think of any other reason why Voldemort would want to have a child, but that isn’t at all foreshadowed in the books, which just reminds me again that this book is more milking the franchise than finishing off the story once and for all.
Harry transfigures into Voldemort, which I didn’t even really know was possible, but it worked for the most part. It was heartbreaking to hear Delphi, whose only purpose, it seems, is to save her dad even though he will never learn to know or love her.
Even more heartbreaking was reading about Harry reliving the death of his parents and not being able to do anything about it. GAH. That was painful, but very well done. 10 points to Gryffindor.

So those are my thoughts! I could go on forever but I’ll stop there. If you’ve it this far, thank you! I hope you enjoyed what I had to say. Feel free to leave any and all of your thoughts in the comments below. You can also follow my blog and on my other social media if you feel so inclined.
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Random Sunday #6: No-Maj and Black Hermione?

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Hello, and happy Sunday! It’s been a good month since I made one of these posts, and awhile since I made a post in general that wasn’t a review. So hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful and safe holiday season. Do you have any snow where you live? Normally we have tons by now where I am, but we’ve been lucky (lucky according to my mom, deprived according to me) and not had any snow this winter. According to the ever-reliable weatherman, that’s all going to change tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.
So if you’re like me, you spend your weekend stalking the queen (read: J.K. Rowling) on Twitter, and you’re always looking to see when she’s going to announce that coveted eighth book. No such luck yet.
However, she is constantly confirming and pushing aside different rumors about characters and other happenings in the Harry Potter series. It’s always exciting to get new news on the series, but sometimes this new information completely conflicts with what we previously believed about the beloved books, which can be hard to accept.
The first big reveal that J.K. Rowling made (and although it wasn’t made via Twitter, it did spark a lot of drama on the Twittersphere) is that “muggle” isn’t the correct term for non-magical folk in the United States. Here in America, we refer to them as “no-maj”. WHAT? This enraged many fans – including myself – and Americans who found themselves going from muggles to no-maj would be better described as no-mad, am I right? Or… yes-mad… because they were very upset.
I tried.
I mean, come on Jo. If we can’t be wizards, at least let us be muggles.
Apparently the American version of the word is going to be more prominent in the film – as it takes place in New York – so maybe it will grow on us.
No-maj, however, is old news. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is going to be the eighth Harry Potter story taking place in the same time period as the epilogue of the last book, but this story is going to be in play form. The casting for the production was just released, and the reveal of the people playing Harry, Ron, and Hermione caused some ripples on Twitter.
harry cursed childEveryone was shocked that the play would feature a “black Hermione”, because that’s not the way she was portrayed in the books, movies, or illustrated editions of the books. It was especially shocking because J.K. Rowling allegedly played a large role in the casting of the play.
A fan tweeted about wanting to know how J.K. Rowling felt about the casting of Hermione, and Rowling replied saying, “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair, and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.”
The legions of Harry Potter fans that were shocked by this went to investigate, and many people were quick to quote a line from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that reads, “Hermione’s white face was sticking out from behind a tree.”
Another Twitterer quoted Rowling’s tweet about her thoughts on the casting, saying, “Would have been useful [if] you mentioned that before the casting for the movies was made.”, to which Jo replied, “Writers. Don’t. Cast. Movies. Ask. John. Green.”
It’s kind of unclear if this was how J.K. Rowling always pictured Hermione, or if she’s just encouraging people to picture her how they want to and be open to new interpretations of her character’s appearance.
In new adaptations of books, things can’t always be exactly how we imagined them. Can we talk about the fact that for the movies, Peeves went from being a semi-transparent ghost to be so invisible that he wasn’t included in the films at all? Noma Dumezweni wouldn’t have been casted if she wasn’t going to make a fantastic Hermione, and I’m sure the play won’t disappoint.


So what are all of your thoughts on this? Like every piece of Harry Potter news, it just makes me want to reread the books again. Leave all of your thoughts in the comments!
It feels kind of weird that this Random Sunday actually stuck to one main topic. I was thinking about saving this for a “What’s Up Wednesday” post, but I thought it was interesting enough to have its own post dedicated to it.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thanks for reading! 🙂
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Thursday Thoughts: Book to Movie Agitation

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Happy Friday Eve! Also, Merry Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve (my counting might be a little off.) I hope you’re having a fantastic and stress free week.
So, if you couldn’t guess from the title, today I’m going to be sharing my opinions on book-to-movie adaptations. And, if you couldn’t guess from the title, these aren’t going to be very positive thoughts.
Don’t get me wrong: I don’t completely hate book-to-movie adaptations. Some movies were really well done and I understand that the movies aren’t going to be a perfect replica of the books. Movies also can help introduce more people to these books that might help get them into reading. But it’s been a really long week and I’m in the mood to complain, so let’s get right into it! Here is everything I hate about book-to-movie adaptations.
(WAIT – SIDE NOTE: All of these things could easily apply to book-to-television adaptations, but I haven’t really gotten into watching any of those so for sake of simplicity and me not pretending to have experience with book-to-television thingymajiggers I’ll just be calling them book-to-movie adaptations.)

Book-to-Movie Agitations (Because I had to use that pun more than once)

WHEN THEY COMPLETELY CHANGE THE STORY:
Okay, I know that I literally just said “I understand that the movies aren’t going to be a perfect replica of the books”, but what I’m really talking about now is when they completely alter the entire story, to the point where the entire message or ending or both is different. *cough Percy Jackson cough*
I once read a book (which I won’t name because I’m going to spoil the ending but it won’t really be a spoiler if you don’t know what book I’m talking about) about two siblings and at the end of the book one of the siblings dies. This death leads to the whole realization of the heart-breaking message of the entire story and it was beautifully done, so I made sure to watch the movie adaptation soon after finishing it.
In the movie, they killed the other sibling. WHAT? You have the right to make a movie out of this book, not just go around killing characters willy-nilly. The fact that the other sibling died prevented the beautiful message from happening and made the entire story pointless and made me hate all of the characters because the death of that sibling could’ve been prevented.
Alone, that movie might not have been too horrible. However, it was advertised of the movie adaptation of the book. It would’ve been more accurate to say “Movie very loosely based on a New York Times bestselling novel but under the same title so that it’ll do better in the box office”.

THEY TAKE AWAY MY INNER HARRY POTTER:
I know a big issue that a lot of people have with book-to-movie adaptations is that the casting isn’t very well done. Personally, I don’t really notice things like this. I know that I’m horrible at fan-casting and I certainly couldn’t do any better. I get used to people being the characters very fast.
But that’s the issue. I get used to people being the characters very fast. Though it’s a little thing, I hate that I’ll never be able to think about Harry Potter without picturing Daniel Radcliffe. I can’t – and will never be able to – remember what Harry Potter looked like in my head when I was first reading the books, and that really bothers me.
At least I can always imagine what Peeves and Winky look like BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T EVEN INCLUDED IN THE MOVIES.

FAKE FANS: 
Look, I’m usually a firm believer in the fact that there’s no such thing as fake fans, and that you can be a huge fan of something without knowing every little nit-picky detail and reading all of the bonus material and waiting for midnight releases and all of that.
What drives me crazy, though, is the people who are “fans of the series” but only mean the movies. Since Mockingjay Part 2 has come out and everyone at my school is getting all excited about The Hunger Games series again, I’ve gotten into many debates with people about whether the books or movies are better… only to discover at the end of our heated conversations that they haven’t even read the books.
You can have fantastic books without movies. You cannot have fantastic book-to-movie adaptations without books. Books win.

UNNEEDED “PART ONE”S AND “PART TWO”S:
*loud sigh*
I’m not going to complain about the part one and two of the last Harry Potter movie, because I think it was well done and necessary in order to capture all of the action and excitement within that last book.
However, I really, really hope that this doesn’t become a trend for every single book series, although I fear that it’s too late. Mockingjay Part One and Two? Fine. A lot of people thought the book should’ve been more detailed and split into two as well. I can buy it. Just do it well.
ALLEGIANT, THOUGH? I’m not the hugest fan of the Divergent series in the first place, and I feel like those movies are going really off-course from the story. I haven’t seen Insurgent yet, and I don’t even know if I will, because it doesn’t seem like people really enjoyed it.
So what better solution than to make two more movies that people won’t really enjoy?
I guess I can’t really talk since I haven’t seen Insurgent. What bothers me the most about all of this, though, is that the movies aren’t being called “Allegiant: Part 1” and “Allegiant: Part 2”. They’re being called “Allegiant” and “Ascendant”.
I can just picture it now. Innocent “fans of the series” going to the bookstore after seeing the movie:

Worker: Can I help you?
Fan: Yeah, I’m a really big fan of the Divergent series. Do you have the books?
Worker: Yes, I love that series! We have Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant right over there.
Fan: Okay, thanks. And do you have Ascendant?
Worker: What?
Fan: Are you sold out of the fourth book?
Worker: There isn’t a fourth book.
Fan: Yes, there is! It’s called Ascendant.
Worker: No. There isn’t. Sorry.
Fan: You’re wrong. Ugh. And you call yourself a fan. (hair flip)

Also, apparently they’re considering making Hunger Games prequels? I volunteer as tribute to throw my copies of this perfectly-good-series-that-has-no-need-for-prequels at whoever thought this would be a good idea. Just leave the story as it is before you ruin it.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post! I know it is a little dramatic, and obviously it’s not the end of the world if these movies keep coming out. I know that there are people who work very hard on creating them and people who really enjoy them. I certainly try to watch them when I can, but I don’t seem to have as positive of a reaction as everyone else. Sorry?
Be sure to let me know all of your feelings on book-to-movie adaptations in the comments.
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Match Made in Mondays #11: New Harry Potter titles!

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Hi and welcome to what I’m 90% sure is the 11 Match Made in Mondays post! Normally I would just click the link button on the menu and then “link to previous posts” and check what the last number was, but with the new update that isn’t an option anymore and I’m pretty thrown off. Also, I’m too lazy to dig through my old posts and find what number we left off on.
However, if you want to dig through my old posts, you might notice that my blog has a new theme! I can’t decide if I like it. Oh well. I don’t know remember what my last theme was so there’s no going back. 
If you don’t know what Match Made in Mondays is, it’s a weekly meme that I host here on Forwards and Bookwords. Each week I throw out a topic and people can fill in their own responses. It makes more sense when you actually read a post, or read this. If you’re interested in participating, I’d love to read your posts! One regular participant who has wonderful content in general is Annelise over at The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange, so be sure to check out her blog!
Today’s topic is…

THIS BOOK + A NEW TITLE = A Match Made in Mondays

This was kind of a weird topic because personally I have never looked at a book and thought, Man, this book would be so much better if it had a different title. I mean, except for the Vampire Academy series. Between the uncomfortable covers and incredibly dramatic covers, I would like to just avoid reading those in public period.
However, since I’ve come to accept that the Vampire Academy books are beyond help, I decided to pick the Harry Potter books.
What? Audrey picking the Harry Potter books for a Match Made in Mondays? That’s so shocking and original!
What? Audrey sarcastically making a self-deprecating joke about how she always uses the same books in these things? That’s so shocking and original!
Sigh.
Anyway, can we clap for me because I’m overachieving by doing an entire series instead of just one book instead of underachieving for once. *enthusiastic pat on the back*
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Harry Potter book titles – I love everything about those books. However, now that the books and the movies are over, it’s about time that the Harry Potter fandom got a little more excitement… like completely new covers! Ones that fit the story even more than the original ones.

WARNING: Mild Harry Potter spoilers. But like, you’ve probably already seen this stuff on Tumblr. Also, why haven’t you read Harry Potter yet? You silly goose.

  1. Harry Potter and the Introduction of the Vague Bearded Professor
  2. Harry Potter and the Possessed Soulmate
  3. Harry Potter and the Book Without Voldemort That Mainly Serves to Provide Backstory and Make You More Attached To Characters That Will More Than Likely End Up Dead
  4. Harry Potter and the Time That He Was Mysteriously Entered Into a Competition Which Shouldn’t Be Possible and Was Allowed To Participate Even Though It Seemed Really Sketchy That He Was Picked For This Competition Like Was It Not Blatantly Obvious That Something Horrible Was Going to Happen
  5. Harry Potter and the I Told You That Those Characters Would More Than Likely End Up Dead
  6. Harry Potter and the “Hi I’m Harry Potter and I was nominated by Dumbledore for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.” *jumps into Pensieve*
  7. Harry Potter. Literally just Harry Potter because everyone else dies.

I hope you enjoyed reading this! I definitely think this is my favorite Match Made in Mondays post so far. There were going to be fun gifs sprinkled throughout but I don’t know how to add gifs in the updated format… can you? I don’t know what I’m going to do if I can’t. Michael Scott gifs speak when words can’t, you know?
Let me know what you think of my new Harry Potter titles. Next time Scholastic comes out with fancy new versions, these titles will be on the spine, instead of a castle, amirite? Also let me know what books you think need new titles and what those titles should be!
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Match Made in Mondays #9: A Whole New POV

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Happy Monday! I can say that with sincerity today, because for me this Monday is actually Last Day of School Before Thanksgiving Break Eve. But it’s easier to just say Monday, isn’t it? Sorry.
If you don’t know what Match Made in Mondays is then WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE LAST NINE WEEKS OH MY GOODNESS. I’m just kidding. Kind of.
Basically, Match Made in Mondays is a book meme I created here on my blog. Each week, participants fill in the blanks or capital letters or bolded letters or whatever (I’m incredibly unpredictable) to create what they think would be a perfect match. I’m horrible at explaining things but I wasn’t always, so you can look at the original post explaining this fun little thing right here.
Let’s get right into it! (She says after rambling for three paragraphs) This week’s topic is:

THIS CHARACTER’S POV + THIS BOOK/SERIES = A MATCH MADE IN MONDAYS

What I meant by this topic is basically retelling a book from one of the side character’s point of view, or from the main character’s first person POV if the original was told in third person, etc. However, if you wanted to go with a side character from one book/series’ POV on a different book or series, that’s perfectly okay. Personally, I’d love to hear Dobby’s view on The Hunger Games.
Like, that’s not my pick for this perfect match, but just imagine that. A blue-haired Dobby interviewing tributes, asking them what kind of socks they were going to be wearing during the competition.
Or – or, Dobby as Haymitch, drinking Butterbeer and sponsoring a tribute but just sending them hundreds of pairs of socks, thinking that that would make them free from the arena.
Sorry… anyway. While I’m not using Dobby and The Hunger Games, I am sticking with the book that Dobby comes from…

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There are so many fantastic characters whose perspectives I would love to read from (maybe just because I want to have an excuse to read the Harry Potter stories over and over again). The stories are told in third person, so literally any perspective would be brand new.
The obvious choice would be Harry Potter. I can’t imagine all of the emotions and inner thoughts that would be added to the story if we were actually inside his head the entire time instead of just following him around. But Harry was never actually my favorite character in the series, and I don’t necessarily think that he would offer the most interesting new insight into the stories.
I was also tempted to go with Snape, who was obviously a very mysterious and deep character that I would’ve liked to get to know more about. However, I don’t know if I could last seven books inside the head of someone who is so moody and, for lack of a better term and embracing my hip teenager-ness, salty.
There was a brief time when I considered picking Ms. Norris, Filch’s cat, simply because it would be incredibly unique and she observes so much. However, she doesn’t observe nearly enough to clearly tell the same Harry Potter stories.
So who was a character who I never fully got to understand, that wasn’t too “salty” all the time, and wasn’t a cat?

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Heck yes, Dumbledore. As the series goes on, Dumbledore because more and more mysterious and secretive and confusing and wonderfully quotable. Imagine an entire seven book series filled with Dumbledore’s profound quotes?
Dumbledore certainly is involved enough in the series to convey the same story and have everything make sense (with some exceptions, but we’ll avoid spoilers, shall we?). Dumbledore had such a unique past, as well, that I feel could be incorporated nicely into the book narrative and help the reader slowly figure out things maybe a little even before Harry. Plus, just imagine Dumbledore’s inner narrative:

Once again, the Potter boy has asked me a brilliant question that would require a very long answer. Almost longer than my luscious beard.
Instead of answering, I will be cryptic and wait a few books to supply a real answer, smothering his concerns and suspicions with awarded house points.


I hope you liked that post! Be sure to let me know if you made a MMiM post this week or if you agree with my answers. If you didn’t make a post but you’ve suddenly been inspired and have your own pairing, you can leave that in the comments as well! I love chatting with you guys.
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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A Bibliophile’s Search History

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Hey guys! I hope you’re having a fun start to your weekend. Today I thought I’d do something a little different for “Storytime Saturday”, kind of like a random but hopefully relatable little thing that you’ll hopefully find funny.
Before I get started, I’d really like to be able to credit the person who inspired this post. A couple months ago someone made a similar post to this, talking about things that every book lover could admit to Google searching. I thought it was such a fun idea that I wanted to make a response with my own Google searches, but I can’t seem to find the original post anywhere. If you made that post, please, please let me know in the comments so that I can give you credit for your fantastic idea. Without further ado, let’s begin.

Part 1: Searches in an effort to cure the “I Finished the Last Harry Potter Book” hangover

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Part 2: Searches from those looking for their own Augustus Waters

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Part 3: Searches from those in denial

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I hope you enjoyed that goofy little post! If you were wondering, my most recent Google search was actually “sedimentary rocks”. I’m a pretty exciting person.
Let me know what you thought of these Google searches or if you have any that you’d like to add! Again, if you were the creator of the original post with this topic, be sure to let me know! It was such a good idea and I want to give you credit because I had a lot of fun doing it!

Thanks for reading! 🙂
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Match Made in Mondays #6

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Hello, I hope you’re having a tolerable Monday! According to Amazon some books that I ordered are coming in today so I’m having a pretty good one, what about you?
So you know how everyone is always fighting online about who’s ships are more compatible or more likely to be real? Well what could be a better idea than making participants in today’s MMiM create even more ships to fight about?
If you don’t already know, Match Made in Mondays is a meme that I created. Basically every week you plug in variables in an equation (more like Math Made in Mondays, am I right?) that you think will create a perfect match. You can see upcoming and past topics, as well as a more detailed explanation here.
Without further ado, let’s get match-making!

this character from this book this character from a different book shipped = a match made in monday

You know what’s always bothered me? How come Neville never ends up with anyone good in the Harry Potter series? Sure, Neville has his moments of heroism in the series, but wouldn’t it be the ultimate victory for Neville if he ended up marrying Hermione? Or had everyone pining for him at the Yule Ball? Obviously relationships aren’t the only thing that matter in a middle grade series, but I always thought that Neville deserved his own personal happily ever after, which is why Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series is the first factor in my pairing.

(Note: Yes, it was confirmed that Neville does end up with someone – and I’m not going to say who – but I swear, they had no chemistry! It’s like they were just thrown together for the sake of being a couple. I totally don’t ship it, so I’m replacing it.)

Now, what do we know about Neville? Obviously we need to make sure that his shipping partner balances out his best and worst qualities. Is anyone surprised that I’m turning to another one of my favorite series and picking Cress?
(From the Lunar Chronicles, you silly geese, if you didn’t already pick up on that)
Although I love Cress’s counterpart in her current ship (who will remain unnamed for sake of spoilers) I think Cress and Neville would make for an adorable couple. They’re both fun-loving and kind of goofy but can also kick serious butt when push comes to shove. They’ve incredibly loyal friends, and… I don’t know, just think about it!
Cress has lived in outer space for pretty much her entire life, and Neville loves plants. I just picture them sitting on the ground gardening together, with Cress completely fascinated and Neville trying as hard as he can not to accidentally blow something up.
Cress also kind of reminds me of Luna somehow, and I was always a hard-core Lunaville shipper throughout the entire series.

So how, you may ask, will Neville and Cress meet when they live on completely different sides of worlds in completely different time periods? Neville’s a wizard (although maybe not the best one, at that), so I’m sure he’ll make it happen once he realizes that they’re destined to be together. And if he doesn’t… I will.


I hope you enjoyed that MMiM post for this week! I had a really fun time making it. You’ll notice that for now it only used gifs from the Harry Potter movie, but I’m holding out hope that they’ll finally make some movies out of the Lunar Chronicles and I’ll be able to change that.
Let me know if you agree with this ship or if you made your own (either in a post, or in your mind just as you were reading it!).
Have a fantastic rest of your day, and thanks for reading! 🙂

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