Albus – yer a wizard

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ~ J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

Hey y’all!

YES I KNOW, I’M REVIEWING THE CURSED CHILD. Ok guys, calm down, don’t freak and start fangirling. I mean it’s only HARRY POTTER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. A moment of silence for our dear, departed friend, Severus Snape… *sniffs*

19 years later, Harry, Ron and Hermione have settled comfortably into their lives, normal lives without Lord Voldemort. But that’s all about to change. For young Albus Potter, unlike his father, Hogwarts is awful. The one thing that seems to keep him going is his friendship with Scorpius Malfoy, the only one to accept him for being so unlike his father, the great wizard Harry Potter. When there is a fight between Albus and Harry, Albus is determined to prove himself and help Amos Diggory bring his son, Cedric, back. With the last remaining Time-Turner, he and Scorpius set off on an incredible adventure to save Cedric Diggory. But evils have come back from the past to haunt the Potters, and the mission to rescue Diggory creates chaos across time. Can Albus and Scorpius put things right before another war begins?

I was SO excitled (totally a word) to read this book. Like, um, everyone in the world, I am a huge Harry Potter fan; and I am very happy to say that this book/play thingy didn’t disappoint me! It was just beautiful in every way. A bit different, being a play and all, but I loved the plot – it was just an awesome sequel. I mean you’d think that, after the popularity of the original series, this could never, ever, ever live up to its perfection, but it actually did. Thank you, Jo. You’re a babe. As is Scorpius! He was probably my favourite character because he was so cheerful and such a good friend to Albus. A fantastic book thingimy; I highly advise you to buy this little piece of amazingness, or suffer certain death…

Simi’s awesome new way of rating – clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

Harry vs. Voldy…..

Book 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Hello everyone!

I’m back to Harry Potter with a hugely exciting story full of dangerous battles and, sadly, a few tragic deaths. I guess it fits the name…… (buy the book here)

After celebrating a wedding and a birthday and being chased by Death Eaters over half of England, Harry, Ron and Hermione set off on an epic adventure to seek the Horcruxes created by Voldemort to make him invincible. They discover the birth place of the Boy Who Lived and learn about the mysterious sign of the deathly hallows (pictured left on gravestone), and even find a few Horcruxes…. But can they destroy them all and defeat Voldemort* before it’s too late? It all ends here and it’s down to Harry to save the wizarding world…..

I lost count of how many times I cried in this book! Sometimes it was just because the chapter had ended! Kidding, why would I cry about that? But it was seriously sad, and I did feel a bit upset when it ended. I didn’t want the whole magical journey to finish. But it was an AWESOME finish, I have to admit. And so many great lines! ‘J.K. Rowling’s really deep’ is what my sister says, because of course she’s already read the books twice before I’ve even started them…. Oh well, at least my reading journey hasn’t ended, and I hope it never will.

Simi Star rating: ***** (5 stars)

Potter’s Potions

Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Hi readers!

I’m back with the next Harry Potter book ready to be blogged! It’s an action-packed novel full of strange stories and sad happenings, but it’s a great book that keeps the reader interested….. (buy the book here)

Harry is whisked off to The Burrow by Dumbledore where he spends his summer with his two best friends, Ron and Hermione. They then set off on the Hogwarts express to another year at the magical castle. On the train, Harry sneaks into his archenemy Malfoy’s compartment, after hearing some mysterious things in Diagon Alley about Death Eaters (Voldemort’s army). He keeps a close watch on Malfoy over the year, but is distracted by a task he has been given by Dumbledore: Extracting a memory from the new Potions Master, Slughorn. Slughorn has taken a liking to Harry because of his talent in Potions, which is really from copying mysterious scribbled notes from Harry’s textbook. Will Harry be able to solve the many mysteries around him so he can finally undertake a dangerous quest that holds some of the biggest mysteries of all?

What an exciting story! Probably my favourite part of the whole book is when Harry and Ginny Weasley (Ron’s younger sister) kiss!!! It’s very adorable and there are lots of other good sections of the book too – many would agree with me when I say that I recommend this book! A fantastic adventure that makes you want to never put the book down!

Simi Star rating: **** (4 stars)


Good wizard, bad wizard

Book 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Hi everyone!

I’m so very sorry to all my readers that I haven’t written in ages but I’ve been awfully busy lately, especially now that I’m at secondary school! I also challenged myself to read A Series of Unfortunate Events again as fast as I could and I read them all in 40 days!!! Anyway, back to the subject of the next Harry Potter book: The Order of the Phoenix…… (buy the book here)

Harry’s back at Hogwarts and another adventure awaits him! After the return of Voldemort, the order of the phoenix (a group of good wizards led by Dumbledore) are reunited to make plans to stop Voldemort’s evil. But the Minister for Magic, old Cornelius Fudge, forces all witches and wizards to believe that Voldemort is not at stake and Harry Potter is crazy. But of course Fudge is a liar. Maybe he just doesn’t want to believe it or maybe he’s a downright liar. Sorry, getting carried away. Harry is desperate to help but Dumbledore refuses to let him. And to top it all, there’s a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher: Dolores Umbridge, the most wicked witch that ever walked the face of the earth. For once, Harry wants to be anywhere but Hogwarts…..

I think a big change in the world of Harry Potter is coming because everything is becoming much more dangerous, and the books are getting chunkier! Friends are willing to risk their lives to help Harry defeat Voldemort, and I like the fact that they want to help him. Friends can be really great sometimes, don’t you think?

Simi Star rating: **** (4 stars)

The Triwizard Tournament is now at Hogwarts!!

Book 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Hi readers!

Another adventure for Harry is on the way, but this time it’s much more challenging than climbing through trapdoors and tunnels in trees….. (buy the book here)

Introduction: The Triwizard Tournament is a tournament made up of three tasks that are quite dangerous and take a lot of knowledge to get past. One champion is picked from each of three different wizarding schools across the world to compete. People wishing to compete put their name in the Goblet of Fire and the most worthy contestant from each school is coughed from the goblet. The challenges are spread out across the school year and the winner of the tournament is awarded 1000 galleons in prize.

When Harry’s name unexpectedly comes out of the goblet of fire as a fourth contestant (it’s the Triwizard Tournament not the Quawizard Tournament, that just doesn’t work!) he is forced to compete as the underdog of the champions (the age limit is 17+ and Harry is only 14) for he has nowhere near the same amount of knowledge and skill, or does he? He must get past dragons, save hostages from the lake and work his way through a maze full of dangerous obstacles. But the big question that is pounding in Harry’s head all year is: who put his name in the Goblet of Fire?

Now that I’ve finished this book and started the next one, I’m actually starting to miss this book. I guess I was very into it, and that already proves that it’s a great story. One of my favourite parts is when Fleur Delacour (a student from one of the competing wizarding schools) starts off disliking Harry a lot, but changes her attitude towards him when he saves her sister from the lake. It made me happy.

Simi Star rating ***** (5 stars)

WARNING: Sirius Black has escaped Azkaban!!!!

Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hello all!

I’m onto the third book now! I read pretty quick, don’t I? But the next book is really big, so this will probably be my last post for weeks!! Anywho, here it is, another year of magic and mayhem! (buy the book here)

This year is Harry’s third year at Hogwarts! But no one is safe this year – Sirius Black has escaped Azkaban and there are rumours that he’s out to get Harry. Although, there are spooky Azkaban dementors guarding the entrances to Hogwarts, so surely Black can’t get past them, right?. But he escaped the dementors the first time, what’s going to stop him from doing it again…..

What a lovely story, well sort of. My favourite part is when Hermione slaps Malfoy around the face (or punches in the film). What?! He deserved it!! And my favourite person is Professor Lupin, Harry’s new, really nice, Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher! So if you like books with dementors, rats, executing, Harrys and happyish endings, then you’re in the right place, this book is full of ’em!  A heart pumping novel, full of danger and mystery, and maybe a bit of time turning twists…..

Simi Star rating: **** (4 stars)

Slithering Snakes #2

Book 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Hi all!

Wow. It was soooo long ago that I wrote my blog post ‘Slithering Snakes’. I thought that, because this story and the Baudelaires’ story with Uncle Monty (although they have different plots) are both about snakes, they could have the same title. Or maybe I’m not very creative and couldn’t think up a different name! (buy the book here)

Harry has started his second year at Hogwarts and he’s having so much fun. But there are two things bugging him. The first is his new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockart, who is very full of himself and can’t leave Harry alone, and the second is that Harry is hearing strange voices in the walls, which is not a good sign. But he
and his friends are slowly putting the pieces of the puzzle together and are getting closer to finding out who is behind the strange attacks* happening around the school….

What an epic book, but a bit creepy! It’s so smart how everyone who was attacked saw only the reflection of the monster attacking them, and how all that adds up at the end. I bet Hogwarts is glad that brave Harry is always there to save the day, even though sometimes he just runs into the problem and is the only who can solve it, along with Ron and Hermione of course.

Simi Star rating: **** (4 stars)