Winter BiBib Day #7: Write a Book Recommendation

It’s the final day of the Biannual Bibliothon and I’m back for the last time to bring you my post for today’s challenge. It is hosted by Laura from Laura’s Literary Letters – love the alliteration in the title! Her challenge is quite simply to recommend a book. This proved hard for me because there are a few books that I absolutely love but don’t think many will appreciate, few books that everyone seem to adore but I think are quite mediocre and coming up with a title that I think everyone can take away something from is quite difficult. However, I settled upon a very famous book, not because it’s my favourite but because I think everyone in our generation who reads or likes the idea of reading should at least give this a try.

Winter BiBib Day 7

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Discussion – Do You Consider The Cursed Child Canon?

Welcome to another post in my Harry Potter themed monthly series! July always puts me in the mood for Harry Potter because it is J. K. Rowling and Harry’s birthday this month. Also, the 20th year celebrations that took place recently have given me plenty of reason to take a trip down memory lane. Today I’m opening up a discussion on one of the most controversial topics for fans of the series – Do you think Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is canonical? Sure, it is listed as the 8th book in the series and marketed as canon, but opinions on it differ greatly.

Note: This post contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

HP Cursed Child

Personally, I like to pretend this book doesn’t exist. I haven’t watched the play, but many have praised it and it has won several awards. I think I’d have liked it better if it had remained only a play. I didn’t need it as an addition to my beloved seven-book Harry Potter series.

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A Very Potter Book Haul

It’s been a while since I posted and that’s because life got pretty hectic since I started a new job. I didn’t expect it to get so busy so suddenly, but that’s life I guess. I promise to be more consistent because this blog is precious to me, pretty much as the Ring was to Gollum. I did say this month would be Harry Potter themed to celebrate its 20th anniversary and the impact it has on my life. I must confess that I don’t own physical copies of all the books (which shall be rectified as soon as I get my salary, never fear), but I have a few books on here that is my entire Harry Potter collection.

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Top Three Thursdays #16 – Got Caught Reading

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (15/06/17) is: The Times I Got Caught Reading

Being an obsessive bookworm, chances are you’ve read books at times and in places you’re supposed to be doing something else. I know I have. ‘Get Caught Reading’ is also a reading initiative supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), with May being ‘Get Caught Reading Month’. I don’t live in the United States and neither is it May now, but I thought this would make a great post idea. Here are the “top three” (i.e. most memorable) times I got caught reading.

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Book + Movie Review – Fantastic Beasts

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (The Original Screenplay)

Author: J. K. Rowling

Genre: Fantasy

Published by: By Little, Brown Book Group on November 19th, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(taken from the cover)

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Thoughts

As I was reading through the book, each scene kept playing in exquisite detail inside my head and it felt exactly like watching the movie again. Also, reading the screenplay makes one realise just how well the actors have portrayed each character. I also felt like I understood Tina’s and Credence’s character better as I read. A few things that escaped my notice while watching the movie became clearer, which made me appreciate the world-building even more. I can’t review this book further without reviewing the movie itself, so let’s move on to that.

Cast and Characters:
If you’ve watched the movie, you know that Eddie Redmayne is perfect as Newt. If you haven’t watched it, I’m here to tell you that Eddie Redmayne is perfect as Newt. He’s captured the shy, socially awkward and curious characteristics of Newt Scamander so very well. Tina’s character was a bit of a let down for me. She’s an Auror, described as ambitious, but really is timid, hesitant and more awkward than Newt in the movie. I hope we see a growth in her character in the coming movies. Queenie is ADORABLE. She’s sweet, charming, resourceful and has an innocent look about her that is instantly lovable. She’s also outgoing and smart, even though a lot of people notice her for her looks and might underestimate her. Jacob Kowalski is easily the most endearing Muggle No-Maj in the world. He’s a man with a dream who is whisked away into the magical world by Newt and his problematic suitcase, but handles it rather well. After Harry’s horrible Muggle relatives, Jacob is one normal guy everyone would like. The other No-Majs, especially the Barebones family, are disturbing and mysterious, each in their own way, with some amazing casting. Colin Farrell was excellent as Percival Graves. He understood his character well and hit all the right notes, so to speak.

Plot and Setting:
I’m not sure I understand why Rowling chose to tell this story from Newt’s perspective, but as a fan of Harry Potter, I have complete faith in her storytelling abilities and will reserve my judgement on this until more movies are made. There’s a smaller plot involving Newt and his creatures and a larger, overarching plot with a darker tone, mainly about Grindelwald’s reign of terror. The movie shifts focus from one to the other, but the tension is maintained throughout and I really enjoyed that. It’s very clear that the smaller plot is meant to be on the lighter side with many comic moments, whereas the larger plot, especially shot in darker backdrops, is meant to be the more serious of the two. I liked how one tied into the other and sped up the plot to its climax with a bittersweet ending.

The setting is as perfect as Eddie Redmayne’s Newt. The magical and non-magical New York collide and rub against each other, leaving a trail of mass destruction and death is of special note. Newt’s case, however, is the most interesting of all. It literally transports you to a whole new magical world, which won me over in a trice.

Special Effects:
I watched the movie in 3D and that is the best way to enjoy the movie because the special effects are brilliant and deserve a huge round of applause. The beasts were, as promised, FANTASTIC. The Niffler, Pickett the Bowtruckle, the lady Erumpent, the Swooping Evil, the Demiguise, the Occamy, Frank the Thunderbird – I hope I got them all because they’re as important as the cast. I loved each and every one of them as they had such different and fun personalities and created some truly hilarious moments, especially the Niffler.

Conclusion:
The movie is worth everyone’s time, more so if you are a fan. Adults might find relating to the grown-up characters easier than Harry, so definitely give it a try even if you didn’t like Harry Potter as much. Highly recommended for animal lovers and the Hagrids of this world.

I would like to add that you should definitely watch the movie first and then read the screenplay to fully appreciate it. For those of you who have watched but are hesitating to read this, it is definitely worth the read, especially if you love Rowling’s Wizarding World and her style of writing.