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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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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Ten Animated Shorts

Anyone who has spent any time at all on my blog or social media accounts will know by now that I enjoy reading short stories. What you may not know is that I also enjoy watching short films. Short films, like short stories, can say an amazing amount in a brief amount of time and, as with short stories, short films often pack a more powerful punch than their full length counterparts. Continue reading

Top Ten Holocaust Movies

A person would have to have been living under a rock to be unaware of the terrible tragedy known as the Holocaust. Despite the efforts of ‘deniers’ and the fact that genocide has occurred far too frequently both before and since, the Holocaust remains a black stain upon human history.

As a major historical event that affects our collective psyche to this day, the Holocaust is a favourite theme amongst writers and film-makers alike. I tend not to seek out films about this topic as I find them incredibly upsetting. Nevertheless, it is impossible to live long in today’s society without coming across at least some, and I have seen more than a few worth recommending. Continue reading

Top Ten Revenge Songs

As long as there have been humans, there has been revenge; the act of punishing another for a real or perceived slight. Humans are not the only animals known to exact vengeance, but we have certainly honed it to an art form

Speaking of art forms, the concept of revenge is such a common instinct that almost all forms of art include at least one example. From oral histories to Shakespeare to novels; from tapestries to paintings to Japanese woodblock prints; from plays to movies to TV; revenge is one of the most universal themes in existence and music is no exception to this trend. Whether you are in the mood for a classic opera, a popular Broadway musical, or the latest pop song, it is almost guaranteed that you will find more than one themed around revenge. Continue reading

Top Ten MAFMAD Winners

MAFMAD, short for Make A Film, Make A Difference, was a campaign run by the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, Australia from 2003 to 2013. It called on young people under the age of twenty-five to make a short film with the theme ‘Your Mates Life is in Your Hands’. Continue reading

Top Ten Breakfast Cereals

Whether it’s a broiled egg on toast or a full English, everybody loves a home-cooked breakfast. Unfortunately, we are often in a bit of  hurry and do not have enough time to sit down to a delicious meal. This is where breakfast cereal comes into its own. It’s quick, it’s easy and there is enough of a variety to please almost any taste-buds. Variety, being what it is, also means choice and everybody’s choice of favourite cereal is different. Continue reading

Top Ten Fan Songs

Anybody who regularly reads my blog will tell you that I am heavily into fan fiction. However, fan fiction is not the only form of fan labour out there. Fans of almost any show, book, movie, game, or even band or actor, can continue to get their fix in almost any medium. Continue reading

Top Ten SasuNaru Doujinshi

Many fans of anime and manga also enjoy reading doujinshi. For those who aren’t in the know, doujinshi is the Japanese term for self-published works. While doujinshi can feature an original cast, they are also often used as a type of fan fiction. Many people who create doujinshi publish on the internet, either on dedicated websites or, in many cases, edited together with background music to make a video. It is video doujinshi that are the subject of this post.

Many fans of Naruto are perfectly happy with his relationship with Hinata. However, as with any fandom, fans like to explore relationships other than those shown in canon. Even fans who are perfectly happy with the canon relationships sometimes like to explore other scenarios. It is just such a pairing that is the subject of this post. Continue reading

Top Ten Fanfics That Made Me Cry

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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. Authors, like the Gods, can be quite cruel to the characters in our stories and, in this, fan fiction authors are no different. It is the goal of any author to make the reader feel and if, by placing our characters into terrible situations, we cause the reader to shed real tears, then we have definitely succeeded at our job.

In the world of fan fiction, this can be done in a number of ways. Whether it is killing off a favourite character’s lover, subjecting them to a terminal illness or simply examining a canon situation in a more personal way, many fan fiction authors have a particular talent for ferreting out that one thing that will devastate the hearts of their readers. Continue reading

Top Ten Songs That Make Me Cry

Music is a brilliant way to enhance or express our emotions. It can liven up an otherwise dead party, cheer us up when we are down or sink us into the depths of despair. Playing music that resonates with our soul can help us to cope with the ups and downs of life.

On occasion, we connect with a song so deeply that we find ourselves in tears. This can happen for many reasons. Sometimes the lyrics themselves, or the story behind them, are depressing, sometimes the song reminds us of a sad story or a difficult time in our lives. Longreach is Praying is one such song for me. Continue reading

Top Ten Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

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It can be quite difficult to get the perfect gift for that special someone. Especially if they are really into a fandom that you don’t know much about.

While some people prefer traditional gifts like jewellery or books, others prefer their gifts to be themed to their current obsession. One fandom that inspires a lot of loyalty, sometimes bordering on fanaticism is Harry Potter.

Non-fans buying for their Harry Potter obsessed loved ones can sometimes find the experience a bit overwhelming, so for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I’d create a kind of gift guide for family and friends of Harry Potter fans. Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Displays 2016

Every year, families and governments around the globe decorate their homes and cities to celebrate the Xmas season, and every year the best of such displays are posted on YouTube. I won’t be writing about each individual display, as I think each video speaks for itself.

You will notice, by the date, that I am posting last years displays. I do prefer to show the displays from the previous year, rather than the current one. After all, I don’t want to miss a beautiful display simply because it was uploaded the day after I put my list together, do I?

So sit back, relax, maybe sip some eggnog and enjoy my top ten list of 2016 Xmas displays, from ten to one: Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Movies For Kids

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Xmas is a time for family, yes, but when you add children to the mix, it becomes extra special. Nothing can build holiday excitement faster than seeing the wonder on small faces as they watch the Xmas lights or visit Santa at the store.

One way to build your children’s anticipation is to sit down with them and drink a delicious hot chocolate while watching a much-loved holiday movie. Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Movies

 

 

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The holidays are almost upon us. As they approach, we will engage in many pastimes peculiar to the season. We will shop for gifts, sing Xmas carols, decorate our home and indulge in the treats we might normally deny ourselves.

One of my favourite activities in the lead up to the holidays is relaxing with my family in front of the television, with a glass of Xmas cheer, and enjoying a good Xmas movie. Continue reading

Top Ten Things I Hate About Renting

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With more and more people being locked out of the housing market, renting is on the rise. For those who chose to rent rather than buy, renting does have some advantages.

Renting can often be cheaper than buying, allowing renters to live in areas they can’t afford to buy. For example, the current loan repayment on a three bedroom home in Penrith¹ is $570 per week², while the rent on such a home is $400, and that isn’t taking into account such costs as rates, maintenance and insurance.

Renting is more flexible for those who need or want to be able to move quickly. If you are transferred at work, for example, you don’t have to wait for your home to sell. The fact that renting doesn’t require a long term commitment is a positive aspect for people who like a constant change of pace.

However, for those of us who rent out of necessity, rather than by choice, renting does have many disadvantages. Therefore, without further ado, here is my personal top ten list of things I hate about renting, from ten to one: Continue reading

Top Ten Stephen King Films

 

 

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I am a huge fan of Stephen King and one of the things I love most about his writing is his ability to populate his worlds. Every character, no matter how minor, has a role. Every character, no matter how minor, has a back story. Where other authors will simply refer to ‘the cashier’ or ‘the truck driver’, King will give these people a name and a family. He’ll tell us a little about their lives and how their day has been so far.

In many cases he even links them to characters in other novels or stories that he has written. A character mentioned in passing in one story may play a pivotal role in another. A favourite character in the novel you read yesterday may be briefly mentioned in the short story you read today.

It is for this reason that I have always been a proponent of King’s books over their movie adaptations. There is a depth to his novels that just doesn’t seem to carry over into film.

That said, not being as good as the novel, does not necessarily translate as ‘bad’. There are plenty of enjoyable films based on works by Stephen King, some of which have a place on my mental list of favourite films. Continue reading

Top Ten YouTube Channels I Discovered This Year

With billions of visitors daily, YouTube is one of the most well-known and popular video streaming sites on the internet. With millions of channels on the site, and more being added every day, there is always something new to discover.

Sometimes the channels we discover are brand new, with only a handful of videos available. At other times we may discover for ourselves, channels that have been producing content for years, with thousands of subscribers having found them before us.

This is definitely the case when it comes to myself. Due to the fact that I don’t watch YouTube nearly as often as some, I am often a latecomer when it comes to the discovery of channels. Many of the channels I discovered this year are neither new or unknown. They were, however, new to me. Continue reading