Top Ten Harry Potter Movie Villains

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Warning: May contain spoilers.

The Harry Potter books and movies feature a wide range of interesting characters, creatures, and even sentient objects. Some are good, others not so much. While many of the good guys are enjoyably quirky, it is my opinion that the most interesting characters in the Harry Potter universe can be found amongst the villains.

Before I begin this list, I would like to point out two facts. First, as stated in the title, I am basing this list upon the characters as portrayed in the films rather than the books. There is no reason for this other than, this is what I want to do.

Secondly, this is not a list of the scariest Harry Potter villains. If that is what you were after, you can see such a list over on Pottermore. This list is, instead, a list of the villains I most enjoyed watching on-screen, even if they weren’t necessarily frightening, or didn’t have the most screen time. Continue reading

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Intermittent, then Non-existent Posts

I haven’t been posting a lot, lately. At first, I tried to post intermittently, around recurring illnesses and preparations for my move.

The reason I haven’t been posting at all over the past few weeks, though, is a simple one. I’ve still been ill on and off, and I’ve still had moving preparations, but I’ve also been researching for a new WIP. Whenever I begin a new project, I tend to bury myself in it, to the exclusion of all else. It’s a flaw.

I’m not going to apologise, since I will, in all likelihood, do this again, but I will try to post here more regularly.

Cowards All

Religious people are cowards. I don’t care how many burning buildings they’ve entered, they are cowards. I’m sure you are wondering how I can say this. Some of them are heroes, you cry. Some cling to their faith through overwhelming odds. That, you say, is true courage.

Not so. Continue reading

Top Ten Harry Potter Time Travel Stories

Image: Time Travel by TheDigitalArtist, pixabay.com, CC0 Creative CommonsThis blog post contains spoilers for Harry Potter and some stories may be triggering. You have been warned.

Fan fiction stories are a staple of any fandom. They allow fans to re-imagine all the parts of the original work they didn’t like or place their favourite characters in different situations. Sometimes these situations are used so often, and by so many authors, that they become cliché. However, I’m not one to shy away from clichés or over-used tropes. After all, there is a reason they are used so often as to become cliché, right?

One common story theme in the Harry Potter fandom is that of time travel. This theme doesn’t come completely out of the blue. After all, J.K.Rowling herself utilised time-turners in her stories. Unlike time-turners, however, most time travel stories go back much more than a few hours.

When it comes to the world of Harry Potter fan-fiction, time travel stories are amongst my favourites. For the purposes of this list, I am not including stories that simply utilise time-turners, or trunks or rooms with some kind of time distortion. Rather, this is a list of stories where characters (most often, Harry) are either physically sent back in time, sent to a different time period in another dimension, or do-over fics in which their memories and/or soul are sent back to their younger self. Continue reading

HP/Z-Nation Recs?

First, let me begin by apologising for the lack of Top Ten Tuesday and Fiction Friday last week. My internet was too intermittent for lengthy blog posts, and I had neither the time, nor the inclination to catch the bus in to the library in order to use theirs. My internet seems to be working fine now, though, so barring other extenuating circumstances, this week’s blogging should be fine.

Today, I have a request. I have a hankering to (can you say hankering to, or does it have to be hankering for?) read a few good Harry Potter / Z-Nation crossover stories, but I can’t seem to find any. There’s plenty of Harry Potter/ Walking Dead (though still not as much as I’d like), but not so much Harry Potter / Z-Nation. Does anyone know of any that I’ve missed? I’d really appreciate the recs.

I’m particularly interested in stories that ship Harry with either 10k or Murphy, or stories with no ships at all. However, I will read any and all recs, because I just really want to read this particular crossover.

So, can anyone help me?

Anything Night Tonight

Do you ever have an ‘Anything Night’? Perhaps to use up leftovers, clear out your cupboards, or simply because you can’t be arsed cooking? We don’t have them very often because I generally have a weekly meal plan posted on the fridge (complete with who’s cooking, who’s doing dishes and so on); however, this past week, a few of us have been sick on and off, so I decided to forgo the meal plan this week and just take it one day at a time. Continue reading

Laying Low

Mama’s face lit up when she spied me through the old screen door.

“Well hello there, Sugar.” She said. “Ain’t you a sight for sore eyes.”

“Hello Mama.” I replied. “May I come in?” Continue reading

Top Ten Twitter Writing Events

Twitter has many uses and there is something there for almost any interest. It’s a great way to communicate and connect with people with like-minded interests all around the world. I personally have many interests, and I follow a wide variety of people on twitter. I follow people who post such content as history, fun facts, LGBTQI+, and current affairs.

However, the largest group of people I follow on twitter are other writers and it is through them that I discovered twitter writing events. For those who don’t know, twitter writing events are hashtag games wherein the host posts a theme and participants write a tweet-length microfic revolving around, or inspired by, that theme. Continue reading

Chopsticks

I learned to use chopsticks when I was a kid.

My Dad was the entrepreneurial type, always starting new businesses, always swearing that ‘this was the one’. We had periods when I was very young when we didn’t have a lot of money. However, for the majority of my formative years we were, not wealthy, but certainly comfortable. Dad worked hard to give us the life he felt we deserved. He grew up poor and he was determined that we would want for nothing. Continue reading

Tally

He was short. That’s what caught my attention. I’m a fairly average height, but he barely reached my shoulders. Otherwise, the guy was unremarkable. Dark hair, blue eyes, handsome but not gorgeous — if not for his height, few would spare him a second glance. Continue reading

Deceit

This story is for people aged 18+ as it is NSFW. If you under 18 please click on the Fiction Friday link in the menu to read some of my other stories. Continue reading

Top Ten Fanfics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

Image by Greyerbaby - Pixabay.com - CC0 Creative CommonsThis blog post may contain spoilers for various fandoms and some of the stories contain adult humour and/or NSFW content. You have been warned.

Fan fiction stories are a staple of any fandom. They allow fans to re-imagine all the parts of the original work they didn’t like or place their favourite characters in different situations.

Just like the authors of original works, fanfic authors strive to draw a reaction from their readers. Whether that reaction is tears, excitement or suspense is, of course, unique to the story. One such reaction is laughter. I have come across quite a few humorous stories over the years, many of which I found quite amusing. Continue reading

Creating a Bucket List

In January of this year (2018), I finally got around to creating a bucket list. A bucket list is a list of experiences and achievements that you hope will happen within your lifetime. These lists are nothing new, but they really seem to have gained popularity after the release of the 2007 movie titled, funnily enough, The Bucket List.

A bucket list is an intensely personal thing, and there is no right or wrong way to create one. However there are a lot of tips floating about the internet that can make creating your list a little easier. Here are some of the hints that I found particularly helpful when creating my list. Continue reading

Blood

Hushed whispers and tugging hands startled me awake. My fuzzy mind, still groggy from sleep, struggled to make sense of my surroundings as I was roughly dragged down smooth stone stairs towards a cold steel cell. I felt something wet on my leg and looked down. My heart froze at the trickle of red I saw there. Oh, Gods! Blood!

Shock cleared my mind and brought clarity. I was no longer being dragged into the bowels of the basement. Instead, I was racing towards the safety of sterility, thoughts spinning towards panic. Continue reading

Top Ten Things I’d Miss in an Apocalypse

Zombie Parking - Avalon_Mists - Pixabay - CC0 Creative CommonsWhether you think the world as we know it will cease to exist due to war, zombies or super volcanoes, apocalyptic scenarios aren’t exactly known for their creature comforts.

Aside from the obvious — things like safety, shelter, and enough food to eat — everyone has a something they would miss more than anything else, should our modern lifestyle come to an abrupt end. Continue reading

Silence by Nurture Waratah

Silence

Hum of traffic
returning workers
from endless hours of drudgery.
Roar of mowers
remaking lawns
in tame parodies of the wilderness. Continue reading

Been Sick

I’ve been really sick lately and haven’t felt up to blogging. I haven’t even felt up to writing! The doc has me on antibiotics now, though, so hopefully I’ll be fine to resume both blogging and writing by Friday.

Top Ten Beer Commercials

I have always loved watching well-made commercials. As a child, it was not unknown for me to ask Nanna Carmen to fast forward through the shows she recorded for me in order to skip to the ads. There are a lot of entertaining commercials out there, and some of the best seem to come from the producers of that ever-popular beverage — beer. Now, I am not a beer drinker, I don’t much like the taste, but I do enjoy a good beer ad. Continue reading

microprompt 848: slug

I was having a hard time deciding on a post for today, and my response to the twitter tag #microprompt was slightly too long for a tweet, so I just posted it here, instead. I’ll take a screenshot to post on twitter. Continue reading

Unravelled

Terry waited for Julie to pass before emerging from the shadows.

“Hello, Michael.” he said coldly.

“Terry! But you… you’re…” Continue reading

Top Ten Postmodern Jukebox Covers

Ever since my husband introduced me to Postmodern Jukebox, I have been a huge fan. Begun by Scott Bradlee in 2011, the hugely popular Postmodern Jukebox is basically popular modern songs sung in vintage music styles. While the concept may sound odd at first, it works surprisingly well and has proved so popular, artists have gone on to tour five continents as well as releasing several albums. Continue reading

5 Things I’m Watching on Netflix

So, I’ve been watching a few shows on Netflix recently. Well, if I’m being honest, my daughter has been watching them, and I’ve been caught up in the shows while attempting to work on my laptop. Here are some of the shows we’ve been watching. Oh, by the way, there will probably be spoilers, so consider yourself warned. Continue reading

Luck

‘Fake’.

That’s what we all thought when we saw the video of the homeless guy tearing out the cop’s throat with his bare teeth. Two point three million views and not one person thought it was real. Sure, the word ‘Zombie’ was jokingly bandied about in quite a few comments, but no-one was insane enough to truly believe it. Anyone who did sure as hell wasn’t wasting time watching videos on YouTube. Continue reading