Friday, July 15, 2011

The End Is Here...

"I had an idea for a boy who had magical powers but didn't really know what he was."
J.K. Rowling

It's almost impossible to believe the series that stemmed from that one idea. That single thought. It's been a wild adventure that I have thoroughly enjoyed and I am sad to see it all come to an end.

If you're like me and are being forced against your will to wait just a little longer, here are some awesome photos to ease your suffering.











Okay, now I'm even more excited...Be sure to visit my partners in crime for one final dose...
Jennifer Daiker
Michael Di Gesu
Laurel Garver
Lisa Galek
Abby Minard
Colene Murphy
Melissa Sarno

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Everyone Loves A Good Villain

There cannot be light without the dark...you cannot have good without the balance of evil. And oh, how I love the evil that oozes out of my favorite Harry Potter villains. So many love to hate characters made it almost impossible to choose my favorites. Almost. But, I managed to narrow it down to my top five. Though in the end some turned out to be good in their own right, they earned their status with past deeds.

So without further deliberation I give you my top five villains:


#5 Draco Malfoy
From the moment they arrive at Hogwarts and Harry turns down his friendship, Draco becomes a bane in Harry's existence. Eager to please his father, Draco is vile and cruel to all muggles and anyone associated with them. The apple didn't fall far from this tree my friends.


#4 Lucias Malfoy
Rich, powerful and utterly full of himself, Lucias Malfoy is any dark lord's dream come true. Why? Because he will do anything to stay close to those in power and step on anyone who gets in his way.


#3 Bellatrix Lestrange
Proud member of the noble house of Black, Bellatrix has a heart to match her family name. Devoted to Voldemort through and through, Bellatrix kills her own family member Sirius Black when he comes to Harry's aide.


#2 Severus Snape
From the moment of his arrival at Hogwarts, Snape has been a thorn in Harry Potter's side. Whether it be ten point from Gryffindor or Occlumency lessons, Snape never passes up the chance to torment The Boy Who Lived.


#1 Voldemort
Can you possibly be surprised? Since Harry was just a baby, this dark lord has been vying to kill him. Voldemort has single handedly raised an army wiping out those Harry loves with the flick of a wand. Yes, Voldemort is my number one villain.

So who's your favorite? Go ahead and spill...you know you have one!

For more Potter fun be sure to stop by these amazing blogs:
Jennifer Daiker
Michael Di Gesu
Laurel Garver
Lisa Galek
Abby Minard
Colene Murphy
Melissa Sarno

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Potter Mania Continues...

Potter mania continues today with a few of my favorite quotes. And be sure to visit these other fabulous bloggers for their installments today as well.

Jennifer Daiker
Michael Di Gesu
Laurel Garver
Lisa Galek
Abby Minard
Colene Murphy
Melissa Sarno


"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

"What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

"I'll be in my room, making no noise and pretending that I don't exist."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

"Why does it have to be follow the spiders! Why can't it be follow the butterflies!"
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

"You foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!"
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

"Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

"Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

"You're the one who is weak. You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

"We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

"We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

"Every second he breathed, the smell of the grass, the cool air on his face, was so precious: To think that people had years and years, time to waste, so much time it dragged, and he was clinging to each second."
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

Have a great day everyone and I'll see you tomorrow. Now off you go!

Monday, July 11, 2011

My How Things Change...

To kick off this week of Harry Potter mania I decided to compare pics of some of my favorite Potter characters then and now. Take a look below, it's amazing how much they have changed since the beginning!

Draco Malfoy...



Ginny Weasley...



Neville Longbottom...



Fred and George Weasley...



Ron Weasley...




Hermione Granger...



And last but certainly not least Harry Potter...



Hard to believe how much the cast has grown since the very first movie. Well that's it for today...but be sure to visit my partners in crime for their amazing posts and stay tuned for more Potter fun throughout the week!

Jennifer Daiker
Michael Di Gesu
Laurel Garver
Lisa Galek
Abby Minard
Colene Murphy
Melissa Sarno

Friday, July 8, 2011

On My Wishlist


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City. It's where you can list all the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.

This week on my wishlist...

Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White


Goodreads Description:
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.


Hades (Halo #2) by Alexandra Adornetto


Goodreads Description:
Even the love of her boyfriend, Xavier Woods, and her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep the angel Bethany Church from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly her loved ones as well. Can he be trusted in this wager? And what does Jake have Xavier believing about Beth’s fate that may result in an act of betrayal that will leave Bethany – and readers – wondering if Xav is so good after all?

Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini


Goodreads Description:

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.


That's it for this week. So tell me...what are all of you reading? Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Accio Contests!

As promised my fellow Potter cohorts and myself have been plotting and scheming to celebrate the release of the final Harry Potter movie. Next week posts will be all Potter so stay tuned...

To kick things off Lisa Galek is having an amazing contest over on her blog.




Here's a list of the fabulous prizes she has for you:

Gryffindor

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Quidditch Through the Ages
Harry Potter Coloring Book


Hufflepuff

The Gospel According to Harry Potter by Connie Neal
The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by David Colbert

Ravenclaw

The Science of Harry Potter by Roger Highfield
The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Slytherin

The Great Snape Debate
Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody by Michael Gerber

You can also enter the The "Happy Birthday, Harry!" Fan Fiction Contest.

The prize for the winner will be something fabulous that Lisa picks out from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Read. Write. Repeat. for all of the details.