Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

This is the first time I have ever attempted to draw anything beyond stick figures and smiley faces, plus this was drawn with a mouse on a computer, so I had rather less control than a pencil in my hand. … Continue reading

Top Ten Harry Potter Ships in Fanfiction

Harry Potter Ships

This blog post may contain spoilers for various fandoms and many recommendations are nsfw. You have been warned.

Fanfiction 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. They allow fans to take their favourite scene and say things like “What if Snape collected Harry instead of Hagrid?” or “What if Pain left everyone dead?” and imagine how these tiny changes might affect the entire story.

Fanfiction stories also allow fans to combine their favourite fandoms. I have read stories where Cedric Diggory (Harry Potter) turned out to be Edward Cullen (Twilight). I have read stories where Vernon abused Harry while on a business trip to the States and Harry wound up in the care of Casey Novak (SVU), who turned out to be a witch. I have read stories where Harry somehow came in contact with the NCIS team, the Winchesters or the Avengers. All of these authors were able to create situations for these fandoms to interact without stretching the point of incredulity to breaking and all wrote excellent stories that were well worth reading. Continue reading

Avada Kedavra

This is a Harry Potter fanfic. Oneshot. AU. Harry mourns Draco after the Battle of Hogwarts. Implied abusive Dursleys. Implied Drarry. Implied Voldemort/Bellatrix. Severus as Harry’s father. TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide. References rape. It’s just one sentence, but it is there. I don’t own HP or any part of it.

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30 Day Book Challenge Day 15:

Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter

A Character Who You Can Relate to the Most I believe one of the characters I relate to the most is Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series. Like Neville, I was a late bloomer. I was no raging beauty … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 4:

Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter

Book Turned Into a Movie and Completely Desecrated Warning: Contains Spoilers! I definitely did not need to look far for an answer to this question.  I have seen loads of book-based movies that completely sucked but the one that annoyed … Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.RowlingSynopsis:Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing – if they can. But What will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?
Genre:Fantasy/Young Adult
Text:J.K.Rowling
ISBN:978-0-7475-9105-4

Year:2007

Butterfly, age 11: I liked this book because it had lots of action. It was really interesting. I liked how the ending showed how everyone turned out as the got older.
Mum: The gripping finale in the Harry Potter series, this book is by far the darkest. There are a few shocks still in store but there are still a few laughs. This book is worth reading just to see Hermione say “Merlin’s Pants”. As can be expected in a war, there are more deaths in store and to balance things out, there is a new baby. In this book we learn a lot more about Dumbledore and Snape and their motivations.

My only disappointment with this book was the ending. I felt that it was thrown together in a slipshod manner and left more questions than it answered.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Synopsis:It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonable mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursley’s house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursley’s of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…
Genre:Young Adult/Fantasy
Text:J.K.Rowling
ISBN:o-7475-8108-8
Year:2005
Butterfly, age 11: I like it because of the surprising events. It just catches it by surprise and I like that. It was really easy to read. It was exciting.

Mum: I love the beginning of this novel – hilarious!

This novel is packed with information about Voldemort – his past, his origins, his motives. Many of our most pressing questions are answered, only to be replaced with yet more questions. There is romance in store for some of our favourite characters and the rivalry between Harry and Snape escalates. This book is full of tension and I couldn’t put it down! Those who are unfamiliar with the story (are there any of you left?) should brace themselves for a huge shock at the end.

This is definitely one of the better Potter books!

15 Books (shamelessly pinched from Hubby)

All seven books in the Harry Potter series in ...

All seven books in the Harry Potter series in order without their dust jackets. Each hardcover book used a different two-color scheme. The books are the first American editions published by Scholastic. Author’s collection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are the rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. They don’t have to be the greatest books you’ve ever read, just the ones that stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes

1. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
2. Z for Zacharia by Robert C. O’Brien
3. Daughter of the Empire by Janny Wurts & Raymond E. Feist
4. Servant of the Empire by Janny Wurts and Raymond E. Feist
5. Mistress of the Empire by Janny Wurts and Raymond E. Feist
6. Earth’s Children series by Jean Auel
7. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
8. Blythe Spirit by Sandy Blythe
9. Ash Road by Ivan Southall
10. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
11. The Stand by Stephen King
12. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
13. Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence
14. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15. Spellbinder by Stephen Bowkett

Spending My Jury Cheque

Fortean Times

My jury check finally arrived – Yaay! It cleared this week, so I have been spending, spending, spending.

The first thing I bought was a Wii. It will technically belong to me to avoid any arguments, but I really bought it for the munchkins.

Under strict orders to keep the rest for myself, I used some for a twelve month subscription to Fortean Times. I also pre-purchased tickets for Butterfly and myself to see Harry Potter on July 18.

I still have a little money left and I’m having trouble deciding what to spend it on. There is so much I want but so much the kids and home needs! I have so much difficulty spending money on myself – it’s like my brain freezes.

Any ideas?

Books I Read In February 2009

February 2009 Books

Selling Sickness: How Drug Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients by Ray Moynihan & Alan Cassels The Darwin Awards: 180 True Stories of How Dumb Humans Have Met Their Maker by Wendy Northcutt This is the Way the World … Continue reading

Books I Read In 2007

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from a ...

The Adult Only Jokebook by Unknown
Got the Look by James Grippando
Bad Men by John Connolly *Twice*
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Hiding From the Light by Barbara Erskine
Hideaway by Dean Koontz
The New Dark Age by Joan London
The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
The Presence by John Saul
Haunted by James Herbert
By the Rivers of Babylon by Nelson DeMille
Ancient Images by Ramsay Campbell
Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham
Twisted Souls by Shaun Hutson
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling *Twice*
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling *Twice*
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling *Twice*
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling *Twice*
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling *Twice*
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling *Twice*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling *Thrice*
Lucifer by Michael Cordy
The Taking by Dean Koontz *Twice*
Tithe by Holly Black
Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism by Sean Hannity *Unfinished*
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Famine by Graham Masterton *Twice*
The Running Man by Michael Gerard Bauer
Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw
Kingdom of Summer by Gillian Bradshaw
In Winter’s Shadow by Gillian Bradshaw
The Vampire’s Kiss (Nightmare Hall #22) by Diane Hoh
Book of Horrors (Nightmare Hall #16) by Diane Hoh
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
What Katy Did at School by Susan Coolidge
The Saint of Dragons by Jason Hightman
The Mark of Ran by Paul Kearney
Mother’s Helper by A. Bates
Krazy 4 U by A. Bates
Magician by Raymond E. Feist
Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist
A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist
Odd One Out by Monica McInerney
Dear Miffy by John Marsden
Dream Date by Sinclair Smith
The Missing by Chris Mooney
The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
“…and That’s When It Fell Off In My Hand” Louise Rennison
The Great Plague: The Diary of Alice Paynton London 1665-1666 by Pamela Oldfield
Bloody Tower: The Diary of Tilly Middleton London 1553-1559 by Valerie Wilding
Regina’s Song by David & Leigh Eddings
Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell
Dead Famous by Ben Elton
Twisted by R.L. Stine
My Tudor Queen: The Diary of Eva De Puebla London 1501-1513 by Unknown
Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks
Stacey’s Ex-Best Friend (Baby-Sitter’s Club #51) by Ann M. Martin
Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein
The Boy on the Lake: Stories of the Supernatural
by Judith Clarke
February Dragon by Colin Thiele
The Cataluna Chronicles: The Deadly Fire by R.L. Stine
The House of Evil: The Second Horror (99 Fear Street) by R.L. Stine
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Come Back Gizmo by Paul Jennings
More About Paddington by Michael Bond
Kristy and the Copy-Cat (Baby-Sitter’s Club #74) by Ann M. Martin
Chicken, Chicken (Goosebumps #53) by R.L. Stine
Stacey’s Big Crush (Baby-Sitter’s Club #65) by Ann M. Martin
Bruce Coville’s Book of Ghosts
by Bruce Coville
The Haunted Burial Ground (Sweet Valley Twins Super Chiller) by Francine Pascal
The Curse of the Ruby Necklace (Sweet Valley Twins and Friends Super Chiller) by Francine Pascal
The Werewolf of Fever Swamp (Goosebumps) by R.L. Stine
When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
Disaster Strikes by Eve Pownall
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
Jessica and the Jumbo Fish (Sweet Valley Twins #19) by Francine Pascal
Twentieth Century Girl: The Diary of Flora Bonnington London 1899-1900 by Unknown
Them: Adventures With Extremists by Jon Ronson
The Evangeline by D.W. Buffa
100 Strangest Unexplained Mysteries by Matt Lamy
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
Cross Bones by Katthy Reichs
The Coming Global Superstorm by Art Bell & Whitley Strieber
Letters To a Young Politician by Alistair McAlpine
Snow Blind by P.J. Tracy
Surprise! Surprise! (Sweet Valley Kids #1) by Francine Pascal
Mandy Miller Fights Back (Sweet Valley Twins #48) by Francine Pascal
Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) by Francine Pascal
Dangerous Love (Sweet Valley High #6) by Francine Pascal
Forbidden Love (Sweet Valley High #34) by Francine Pascal
Memories (Sweet Valley High #24) by Francine Pascal
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Let Stalk Strine by Afferbeck Lauder
Heavy Words, Lightly Thrown by Chris Roberts