Festive Fortnight [5]: A Very Merry Potter Post

Some of you might be wondering: “what does Harry Potter have to do with Christmas?” Well, let me explain! Not all that much, really. Yet, for some reason, the Harry Potter films have become a part of Christmas for a whole lot of people around the world.

Perhaps it’s the cosiness of the earlier films, or the Christmas celebrations within them. I don’t know. All I know is that I wanted to do a Harry Potter post during this Festive Fortnight, because I love Harry Potter and I’ll take any excuse to talk about it.

Some time last year, I made a post in which I ranked the Harry Potter books. It was horrible and difficult, but also kind of fun! So, I decided to do the same for the films. The ranking is different from my ranking of the books, but there are definitely similarities, mostly at the top and the bottom. I just want to say as a kind of disclaimer before we start that I love all of these films a lot and that this ranking might change the next time I see any one of them. Although the top two and the last one are pretty much fixed.

Also, I did my best to be vague, but there might be a few spoilers here and there. Just thought I’d mention that

Anyway, here’s my ranking of all eight of the Harry Potter films!

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A Harry Potter Appreciation Post – #HarryPotter20


Disclaimer: this post contains spoilers for the Harry Potter series – although, to be fair, if you haven’t read it yet but are offended by HP spoilers, that’s kind of your own fault, isn’t it?

There’s a hashtag trending on Twitter today – most of you will have probably seen it: #HarryPotter20. In case you missed it: 20 years ago today Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. Every other post on any of the social media seems to be about how Harry Potter changed someone’s life, or shaped their future – it’s kind of heartwarming. So I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon. Because (surprise, surprise) Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life as well.

This morning, I tried to remember when exactly I was introduced to Harry and J.K. Rowling, but I wasn’t sure. I do remember that I got the book as a present for my birthday one year (so it must have been October), and that that was the first time I’d heard of it. I checked the publishing information for that same copy, and that particular copy was published in 2001 – so let’s go with that! Four years after its original publication, Harry entered my world – in Dutch, mind you; it wasn’t until years later that I got to know “Hogwarts” instead of “Zweinstein” and “Diagon Alley” instead of “Wegisweg”.

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My (Spoiler Free) Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Okay, so… Where do I even start?!

I really, really loved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And I know that many people are on the fence about it and some people are disappointed or don’t like it at all, but I’m not one of those people and in this (spoiler free!) post I am going to attempt to tell you why.

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Ranking the Harry Potter Books (AKA the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done)

Ranking the HP books

A while ago, Beth from The Quiet People did a post on her definitive ranking of the seven Harry Potter books, and I enjoyed reading about her choices so much that I decided to do my own post about it. I’ve never attempted to rank the books before, so this ought to be fun. Or, you know, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. One of those two.

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read the Harry Potter books, first of all: HOW? and secondly: this post contains spoilers. Seriously, if you haven’t read (all) the books and do still want to: DON’T read this post.

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Reread: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

P1010195Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. But the future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him, but for anyone close to him — and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord’s forces of evil.

In this dramatic conclusion to the Harry Potter series, Harry must leave his most loyal friends behind, and in a final perilous journey find the strength and the will to face his terrifying destiny: a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight.

First read: 2007

Times read: 2 or 3

When I started this blog I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t get to reread some of my favourite books since I now review every “new” book I’ve read. That’s why I came up with this feature. Every time I reread a book (which isn’t all that often, but still) I will keep track of my reading progress and thoughts on Goodreads, and I will then make a small post and review about it on here.

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Reread: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

P1010194It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes more and more clear to Harry that he will soon have to confront his destiny. But is he up to the challenges ahead of him?

First Read: 2005
Times Read: No clue

When I started this blog I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t get to reread some of my favourite books since I now review every “new” book I’ve read. That’s why I came up with this new feature. Every time I reread a book (which isn’t all that often, but still) I will keep track of my reading progress and thoughts on Goodreads, and I will then make a small post and review about it on here. This time I’ll also include some of my favourite quotes, just because the Harry Potter books are so quotable. I might do the quote thing again, I might not, who knows!

Thoughts while rereading…

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As most of you will know, the Harry Potter books are very close to my heart, and they will always be my favourites. I love rereading them once in a while, and as you can see in my reading progress thingy, it had been a while since I’d last read the Half-Blood Prince. I had actually forgotten quite a lot of what happens in the book (although I did remember the main storylines, of course) and it was SO much fun rereading everything!

One of the things I was most pleasantly surprised by was the focus on love and crushes and all that teenager stuff. I know that those things become more present as the series goes on, but I think there’s much more attention for it in this book than in the Order of the Phoenix and all the previous ones. I really liked it! It made me chuckle quite a bit, actually. It also makes the story even more real, because even though these kids are fighting evil, they’re still growing up at the same time, and dealing with the same (sometimes silly) stuff every teenager deals with.

Another thing that I love about all of the Harry Potter books, and sometimes forget about, is the humour. There is so much witty banter going on between Harry, Ron and Hermione! And of course Fred, George en Ginny as well.

I tend to forget just how funny some of these conversations are because of all of the serious and sad stuff happening, such as the ending. That got me all over again. Of course I knew exactly what happened, but it still made me really sad. I went to have dinner with some friends after I finished reading the novel, and she asked me how my day had been, and all I said was: “Meh. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today” and she knew exactly what I meant!

Favourite Quotes

Man, that Dumbledore is wise:

It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.

This conversation between Harry and Snape just had me grinning very widely:

“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“Yes, sir.”
“There’s no need to call me “sir” Professor.”
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.

And this one had me chuckling out loud:

“An Unbreakable Vow?” said Ron, looking stunned. “Nah, he can’t have…. Are you sure?”
“Yes I’m sure,” said Harry. “Why, what does it mean?”
“Well, you can’t break an Unbreakable Vow…”
“I’d worked that much out for myself, funnily enough.”

There are so many more quotes I love from this book, but I’ll just leave it at these three for now!

What are your favourite Harry Potter moments or quotes?