HP Month: Best Actor Portrayals Part Two

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Hello book lovers! Today I am bringing you part two of the best actor portrayals in the Harry Potter films!

The actors to already make this list are:

  1. Severus Snape portrayed by Alan Rickman
  2. Professor McGonagall portrayed by Maggie Smith 
  3. Hermione Granger portrayed by Emma Watson 

 

4. Molly Weasley portrayed by Julie Walters

I am such a fan of Molly Weasley. She is such a wonderful, kind-hearted, and very protective mother. Julie Walters completely nailed this part, mastering the ability to go from yelling at her sons to welcoming Harry with open arms. We can’t forget her legendary howler she sent to Ron in his second year after he and Harry stole the car to get to Hogwarts. It is such a funny, quotable scene! Walters portrays the strong idea of motherhood that we see in this series. She brings real power and motherly intimidation to the character, making her the perfect Molly Weasley! 6360654231208611701633274618_tumblr_myp1wkSpC71risnpzo1_500tenor.gif

 

5. Albus Dumbledore portrayed by Michael Gambon 

Ahh our beloved Dumbledore. Now Dumbledore was played Richard Harris is the first two Harry Potter films but upon his declining health, the role was recasted. I have chosen Michael Gambon because he played Dumbledore for longer, and had the role during the times when I think he had the most impact on Harry’s life. Gambon really was the Dumbledore I pictured in my head as I read the books. I love how Gambon has a certain tenderness about him when dealing with the students of Hogwarts, especially Harry. He really masters the mysteriousness of Dumbledore, but also the kind face that is very easy to trust. Michael Gambon gave life and real depth to this character and I cannot imagine the films without him in them.

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6. Dolores Umbridge portrayed by Imelda Staunton

PLEASE DO NOT HATE ME! Kathy at Books & Munches brought this to my attention and it seemed to good of a point to not include. Staunton is included in this best actor portrayal list because of how much she made us hate her. She portrayed Umbridge perfectly, down to her pink outfits, obsession with cats, and undeniable evilness. If one actress can make an entire fandom hate her more than the most evil wizard in history himself, Lord Voldemort, she is doing her job right. Most people, myself included wouldn’t even think to include her in this list because we are always thinking of positive portrayals. You just cannot deny the burning hate you feel inside for Umbridge and we can partly thank Imelda Staunton for this.

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What do you guys think? It is so hard to make these lists because of so many great actors! Do you agree or disagree with my lists?

Feel free to comment and join the Rave! 

Keep reading my bookish friends,

-S

HP Month: 3 of the Best Actor Portrayals

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Hello my friends! As many know the Harry Potter films are fantastically successful. Even many of those who haven’t read the book have seen the films. Now I am entering a disclaimer now, THE BOOKS ARE ABSOLUTELY BETTER, but that doesn’t mean the movies aren’t amazing as well.

It’s an absolute wonder to see the wizarding world we visualized in our heads to play out in a cinematic fashion. I must say, the casting is absolutely brilliant in these films, each actor bringing to life the wonderful character J.K Rowling created. I think today we should discuss our favorite actor portrayals in the films. Don’t worry my friends, we will revisit the topic of the movies for more discussions over other aspects.

So with much deliberation, I have put together a list of three actors that captured their role perfectly. A part two will be soon to come!

1.Severus Snape portrayed by Alan Rickman

As you all know, I am quite the fan and supporter of the great Severus Snape, and I think some of that has to do with Alan Rickman’s fantastic performances in all the movies. He fully captured Snape’s dark and disinterested nature, as well as his scorn for Harry Potter. He radiates broodiness and mysteriousness just as I imagined. Even more brilliant, J.K Rowling told Alan Rickman his character’s fate, so that he would be able understand Snape better, understand his motivation and drive for his actions, and be able to depict that properly for us dedicated fans. We musn’t forget that some of the most quoted sayings from the books and movies came from the one and only Snape. Alan Rickman was absolutely wonderful, and he gave the world a performance that is unforgettable. He will forever be missed.

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2.Professor McGonagall portrayed by Maggie Smith

We all love a fierce character who you can’t help but love. Maggie Smith is that for me. She capturess McGonagall’s sarcastic nature, her wittiness, and her ability to intimidate even the darkest of character’s in this series. I love how she always fights for Harry, and even over the years when he got into some serious trouble, she ensured he never left Hogwarts. Maggie was perfect for the character, and it’s even more heartwarming that she was the one to suggest that Daniel Radcliffe be auditioned. This tells me that her  what could be perceived as motherly actions towards Harry Potter is absolutely real! Don’t you just love real chemistry between actors? Maggie brings a dash of humor, concern, love, determination, and real fight to the character of Minerva McGonagall.

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3.Hermione Granger portrayed by Emma Watson 

Being the bookish, brilliant, and the brains of the world renown trio, you would think that Hermione Granger’s character would be difficult to portray, but Emma Watson is no amateur. Watson has been brilliant since age 9, when she auditioned for the role of Granger. Perfect for the role, we have watched Emma grow up on the big screen,  and over the years she continually added depth to her character. She excellently portrays the perfect student, complete with the quick and straight arm raise to answer a question that has yet to even be completed, and the hesitance to break the rules. A faithful friend till the end, she spews wisdom beyond her years quite often, and is the glue that holds the trio together. You cannot deny the chemistry between the trio on screen, and I honestly believe Emma, Daniel, and Rupert by the end had a friendship just as true and as faithful as Harry, Hermione, and Ron! Emma really encaptures the spirit of Hermione, and without her I don’t think the character would have ever come alive on the big screen as it has!

What are your thoughts? What actors do you think belong in a part two of this post? Are there any actors you disagree with on this list!

As always feel free to comment and join the Rave!

Stay magical!

-S

 

HP Month: Theme Discussion-Love

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Hello my bookish friends! To continue with Harry Potter month on Read Rave, today I would like to discuss the theme of love and how it appears in these lovely books.

Some may argue, like myself, that love is the central theme in these stories. Now the type of love varies from romantic love, friendship love, love for family, and motherly love. Rowling also demonstrates, what a life without love is worth. The story of Harry Potter simply would not exist without love.

Let us start with the love that began Harry’s story, the strongest love of them all as some claim, the love of a mother. My mother always tells me I cannot completely understand love, and its power fully, until I become a mother. I believe this is common ideology, and J.K. Rowling demonstrates this in a physical manner in this series. When Lord Voldemort sought out an infant Harry due to a prophecy that predicted a child with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord, Lily Potter gave her life protecting her son. By doing this she cast a physical manifest of her love onto her son, thus creating the protective spell that keeps Voldemort from touching Harry in the first three books. Rowling shows us the immense power of the love of a mother, by physically making it keep Harry safe. This is absolutely brilliant, and I think really emphasizes the importance of love that she wished to convey in her writing.

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Friendship and the love that accompanies such is very apparent in this story. As with Lilly Potter, Harry’s story would not be complete without his best friends Ron and Hermione. They both show so much love and support for him. One of my favorite examples of this is in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. As the trio is attempting to find the stone, they must past through a series of obstacles. In one of the obstacles, the three must play their way across the room in a game of wizarding chess. Ron sacrifices his own knight piece, thus sacrificing himself, in order to allow Harry and Hermione to win the game. He demonstrated his love, and his faith in his friend. Thus only Harry and Hermione continued. Hermione then stayed behind after drinking a potion, thus sacrificing herself as well. At such a young age, these three understood friendship and love, the sacrifice it sometimes requires, but the strength and power it gave them as well.

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And I must not forget the dabbles of romantic love we find in Harry Potter as well! Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione! *sigh, this HP lover’s heart is content* As with our other two examples, having someone to love makes one so much stronger!

As I mentioned, J.K Rowling also demonstrated what life without love can be. Lord Voldermort was conceived under the effect of a love potion, and grew up without love in his life. Now not all turn into the most evil wizard in history due to the lack of love, but we can make a connection to how dark it can make a person’s life. Is life without love worth living?

Every step of the way, Harry Potter was surrounded by love. This love made him stronger, made him good at heart, and allowed him to understand real fundamental keys of life, such as the power of selflessness and sacrifice. Love allowed him to prevail, and that is such a beautiful thing.

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I could go on so much longer about the theme of love found in Harry Potter. I didn’t even touch on Molly Weasley, Dumbledore, Sirius Black, Lupin, Severus Snape, all who which made such an impact on Harry’s journey. We may have to revisit this theme later this month!!

I love hearing from you all! What are your thoughts? What do you think is the best example of love in this series? Do you think it is the central theme or does another theme stand out to you more?

As always, continue reading, loving Harry Potter, and join the Rave!!

-S

HP Month: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

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Hello my fellow Potterheads! Today I will be raving about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I could not wait for the release of the book last summer. My friend and I waited in line to get it right at midnight, and I was so stoked to immerse myself back in the wizarding world. It took a bit of time to get used to the format of the book, as it is the script for the play in London, but once I was used to it, I could not put it down.

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Rating: 9/10

Read Again: Absolutley


The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

~ Goodreads


So I thought it was super cool how we got to get reacquainted with our old friends Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Ginny, while meeting the next generation of Potters and Weasley’s as well.  The play really shows the struggle Albus is having living in the shadow of his famous father. The story really took a different turn than I was expecting, and I don’t want to give too much away, but I was not expecting some events of the past to make an appearance in the story as they did. One element I absolutely loved was the incorporation of Severus Snape. I think the way he was depicted in this story really supports my viewpoint of his heroic nature in the original Harry Potter series.

I would have loved to have made it to London to see the original cast perform, as I believe they have already recasted the roles, but there is still hope for this obessesed HP fan. The countdown has begun for the release of tickets to the BROADWAY SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!

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I love everything Broadway and am absolutely overcome with excitement that my favorite heros are about to make their debut on the stage!!! Needless to say, I have already begun saving to buy a ticket to see the show! I have not seen a broadway musical on Broadway and I can find no better show to make my first than Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!!! The live countdown has begun!

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What are your thoughts on the story? Has anyone actually seen the play in London? Is it as wonderful as I imagine? Is anyone else absolutely hyped for the Broadway version as I am?

Please feel free to comment, and don’t forget to join the Rave!

-S

HP Month: Why Severus Snape Is A Hero

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Many people have drastically varying opinions on the one Severus Snape. Some see him as a menace, a villain that unfairly lashed out at Harry just because of who his father was. But if you see Snape as I do, you view him as one of the unsung heroes of the entire Harry Potter series.

Professor Snape was a brave man. He stood with the darkest wizard of all time, feigning unquestionable loyalty, but Severus Snape was only ever loyal to one person. Lilly Potter.

Every action Snape took in every book was supported by his love for Lilly. In retrospect, looking back over the series, it makes it all the more beautiful. He protected Harry, not because he was the Boy Who Lived, but because he was HER son. *Insert uncontrollable sobbing*

It is literary genius by the brilliant mind Rowling. What better exemplifies the power of love, than risking one’s life to honor it? Love is such a strong theme in Harry Potter, and this is a great example of that. Love drives us, inspires us, protects us, and is worth everything.  Snape understood this, uncharacteristic for his cold hardened demeanor, but it is what made his character have so much depth.

The scene that Harry finally learns all this, about the love Snape held for his mother is so beautiful to me. His tears hold the answers, and it is in this final moment that the hardened veil drops and we see true, raw vulnerability.

What are your thoughts? Is Snape a hero or a menace? If he had revealed his secret sooner do you think some things would have been different? I am curious to hear from you and would love to discuss!!!!!!

 

“After all this time?”

 

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-S

Rave Talk: Happy Birthday Harry Potter! 

I’m Yay Yay Yay! Happy Birthday to the boy who lived!!! 

To celebrate 20 years of the magical world of Harry Potter, I will be having a whole month dedicated to anything and everything Harry Potter! 

Born myself in 1997, I am a child of the generation of HP ⚡️.  The stories simply astound me, works of pure magic (hehe). 

JK Rowling is a wonderful, inspiring woman, with such creative power to create an enchanting world of witches,wizards, and of course Butterbeer. So much went in to this legendary series and I cannot wait to share some of my insights, theories, and favorite bits of the HP series. 

Check in during the entire month of August for discussions over plot, characters, our favorite book of the series, movie comparisons, and so much more!! 

IT’S A MONTH OF HARRY POTTER! JOIN READ RAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC!

See you soon, 

-S

Weekly Rave: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

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Rating: 7/10

Read Again: Once is enough

Hey my fellow book lovers! This week I will be raving over Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt. Do you all know what is better than books? BARGAIN BOOKS!!! I stumbled across this book on the bargain shelf at my local book store. What a find, am I right?!

Lauren Barnholdt is a new author to me, but I was pleased with this first book of hers I read. Through to You is such a light, cute read that was a welcome break from my series commitment lately! Any fans of Sarah Dessen would be a fan of Barnholdt!

Told through two different perspectives, Barnholdt creates a touching story of overcoming the darkness in our lives, and seeing the good in others.

Harper is the quiet girl who works for her mother after school at her dance studio. Harper wants to be a choreographer, and is working on her dance for the choreography program at Ballard.

Penn is a gorgeous, ex-heartbreaker. Known for his ability to hook up with girls, he has a bit of a reputation. After an injury that ended his baseball career, Penn left it all behind, baseball, his friends, hooking up senselessly with girls.

When Penn leaves a note on Harper’s desk one day that says I like your sparkle, things between the two begin to change. They begin to grow closer, but the darkness within Penn still keeps Harper at arms length. All Harper wants is for Penn to let her in, but she doesn’t think it is possible.

Barnholdt creates a great story of opposites attracting, in the most unlikely circumstances. This is a classic story of love being strong enough to begin to heal the darkness in ones life. If you are looking for a cute read, join the rave and read Through to You!

Happy Friday!

Here is to the power of love.

Until next time,

-S

Weekly Rave: Ashfall #2: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

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Rating: 7/10

Read Again: I have, but not a necessity

What’s up guys? I have been quite busy getting myself ready to head back to school so my summer reading frenzy has slowed down just a bit, but no worries I do have a book to rave about this week! I bring to you Ashen Winter, the second installment in the Ashfall series by Mike Mullin.

Because this is the first book I have chosen to review that is a second installment, I have decided to post the Goodreads summary and then give my own thoughts on the book! It’s a little different from my usual style but I think it will still work out nicely!


It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.

-Goodreads


After such a brilliant and captivating first book, Ashfall, I had high expectations for the second installment. When Alex and Darla make the decision to enter back into the dangerous Iowa, I expected the action-packed, fight-for-survival, with a little bit of love story to continue, but for me this book was a bit of a lull.

When Alex gets separated from Darla I found it was difficult to proceed because I just wanted them to be back with each other and found the details in between to be a little thick and redundant. Same ash wasteland, similar dangers. We do have an added danger of flenser gangs, dangerous murderous gangs surviving on human flesh and profiting in the trade of young girls for their own desires. This does make the need for Alex to find Darla much much more intense and pressing.

Overall, this book mostly just moves the series along and begins to set the scene for the very thrilling Sunrise, the third book of the series. This book is far more captivating than the second installment. Upon some research on Goodreads, it is rumored a fourth installment in the series is set to be released in 2018! I cannot be more excited to continue reading about Alex and Darla’s many life-endangering, and altering adventures.

This review should not be confused. I still love Mike Mullin’s writing, and believe this series is absolutely amazing, I am just stating of the three books released so far, this second book Ashen Winter is not my favorite. I still encourage you to pick up your own copy, join the rave and share your opinions with me!

I am looking for a cute, light read to round out my summer, any suggestions? 

Please feel free to comment!

Here is to a love that is worth taking risks.

Until next time,

-S

Rave Talk: Movie Adaptions Done Wrong

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Hey guys!

I love movies and I love books! So whenever it is released that a book I have read is being adapted for the big screen, I can barely contain my excitement! But sometimes this excitement falls short.

Below is a list of two movie adaptions of popular books that completely failed to live up to their full potential.

  1. The Sea of Monsters 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians had the potential to have been the next Harry Potter or Hunger Games movie franchise. With lots of action, demigod heroes, Greek gods, and a little bit of romance, a 5-movie adaption covering each of the books in this series could have easily been done. Anyone who has read the books or seen the movies knows that the Sea of Monsters is actually the second book in this Rick Riordan series. While the first movie was nothing like the book either, the second movie is what really doomed this series. The second book depicts Percy setting out, with the help of his friends, to retrieve the Golden Fleece to save Camp Half-Blood. The movie is very loosely based on this story line, but then adds other details that set the story astray. The biggest altering detail being that of the battle against the resurrected Kronos during the final scenes of the movie. This battle does not even occur till the fifth and final installment, The Last Olympian, thus limiting the franchise to only two movies. My disappointment runs deep, as Percy Jackson ranks amongst my favorite heroes. Riordan’s series is enjoyable for all ages. Though I read it when I was younger, I still enjoy rereading, and believe there is enough interesting elements, between the journey to the final fight, and the friendships and love found along the way, to entice readers of all ages. This movie could have been successful, I do believe the fan base was large enough.

2. The City of Bones

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is simply outstanding. With so many intricate details, and blind-siding plot twists, this is another series that should have been a huge hit in the box office. The fandom is certainly big enough for a success rate in the theaters, and the fact that only one movie was ever made shows the lack of approval from these fans. The first issue I had, as I am sure others did, was the casting for this film. Clary was always described with fiery red hair, so when envisioning the female lead, this was the one feature I found most important. Lily Collins is a beautiful actress, and I am a fan of several of her other films, but in this movie her dark eyebrows stood out against her dyed red hair. Just on appearance, she didn’t fit that fiery red hair picture Clare had made for her readers. Same goes for the male lead, and Clary’s love interest, Jace Lightwood. Described as perfectly beautiful, a chipped tooth being his only physical flaw, I was looking for a striking actor to be casted. I just didn’t find Jamie Cambell Bower to fit that roll. While I do find him handsome, I just didn’t think he fit the strikingly beautiful persona. After getting over these details, I still tried to give the movie a chance, but I found the plot so far from the actual book plot that I had trouble even finishing the film. Another bitter disappointment. These books had so much potential to be great, especially with six lengthy books, they easily could have been adapted into a six or seven film series. Maybe the new tv series on Freeform based on the books offers some promise, but I have not had the chance to watch it so I cannot confirm.

What do you guys think? Could these books have been adapted better?

Has anyone watched either of these movies without reading the books first? What are your thoughts?

Feel free to comment! I am interested to hear what you all think!

Until next time,

-S

Rave Talk: How Books Have Ruined My Chance at Love

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I love everything books and reading. I consider myself a Reader, otherwise known as someone who knows their way around a bookstore and library, but your eyes are not deceiving you. Books have ruined my chance at love.

Books have ruined my chance at love in two ways actually.

Reading makes me a bit of a introvert, okay a lot introvert. I would rather be curled up at home with a good book, preferably with another book waiting to be read as soon as I finish the book I am holding, rather than be out socializing with a cute guy. Can you see how this may present a bit of a problem? Books keep me at home, not that I am complaining, but no guy is falling hopelessly in love with me while I am sitting at home. Yes, a bit of a problem.

More importantly, books have molded me into a hopeless, HOPELESS, romantic. I want whirlwind romance, a gorgeous brooding boy, toughened on the outside, hopelessly in love with me on the inside. Are my expectations too high? I do not think so. I realize that it is unlikely I will ever find myself in a life or death situation, like an alien invasion, or find out I am a demon-hunter, so a gorgeous boy is unlikely to save my life, setting the perfect opportunity for a soul-shaking love. No, I am a reasonable person, I only expect a little. Is electricity with a simple touch, dancing under the moonlight, and kissing in the rain too much to ask for?

I don’t think it is too much to want to be absolutely swept off my feet. It happens all the time in the books right? That must mean it happens somewhere? I will just stick to my books for now. Love at first chapter is good enough for me at the moment.

But to all those guys out there just waiting to sweep me off my feet, read any book by Nicholas Sparks or Katie McGarry, and you will know exactly how to win my heart. Just do what those perfect guys do in those books and you got me. 🙂

Ugg, I am hopeless. Books have ruined my chances.

Join the Rave!

Until next time,

-S