#WomanCrushWednesday: My Favorite Fictional Females

A few weeks ago I posted a #ManCrushMonday list of my top ten fictional guy crushes. I thought that this week I would post a #WomanCrushWednesday list, just to even things out a little and show a little love to my favorite fictional females. I know that Wednesday is usually reserved for Harry Potter related content, but this list is gonna be mostly Harry Potter characters anyway, so let’s just jump in.

  1. Hermione Granger

What are they from?

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why do I like them?

Hermione Granger is smart, strong and stubborn. She stands up and fights for what she believes in, and she is one of the only characters I’ve read about who is both bookish and badass. In fact, part of why she’s so badass is how much she loves reading and learning. I loved her for that, because it made me feel better about how much I loved reading and learning.

2. Linh Cinder

What are they from?

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Why do I like them? 

Cinder is smart, selfless, and sarcastic. She’s very brave, and she’s willing to sacrifice herself of the people she cares about. Also her friendships are just the best. I just want to be her friend.

3. Sadie Kane

What are they from? 

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Why do I like them?

The sass is strong with this one. I love, love, love Sadie Kane’s feisty attitude. She can definitely come across as immature, especially compared to Carter, but she’s still an incredibly strong character. Also she’s just super relatable.

4. Princess Cimorene 

What are they from?

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

Why do I like them? 

Cimorene is a princess who would rather live with dragons than in a palace. She’s smart and resourceful and doesn’t want to be saved. She doesn’t need to be saved. She’s just the best.

5. Annabeth Chase

What are they from?

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Why do I like them?

Unlike most of Rick Riordan’s characters, Annabeth doesn’t really have any powers, but she’s still on of the pos badass characters in the PJO universe. As a daughter of Athena she knows how to play to her strengths, which means she’s an excellent strategist. She’s able to her own among super powerful demigods like Percy and Thalia armed only with her wits and a knife, and it’s amazing.

6. Ginny Weasley

What are they from? 

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

Why do I like them?

What’s not to like about Ginny Weasley (except her portrayal in the movies, but I don’t like to think about that.) She’s basically the coolest person ever.

7. Piper McLean

What are they from?

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Why do I like them?

She’s a very determined character who’s very in tune with her emotions, but she had to work to get there. Also she’s got some of the coolest powers ever.

8. Luna Lovegood 

What are they from? 

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why do I like them?

Luna is so unapologetically herself, and I love that about her. She’s quirky and kind and everyone should want to be more like her.

9. Blue Sargent 

What are they from?

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Why do I like them?

Blue holds her own. She holds her own as the only non psychic in a house full of psychic. She holds her own as the only girl in the Gangsey. She’s stubborn and strong but also kind and sensitive.

10. Nymphadora Tonks

What are they from? 

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why do I like them?

I feel like Tonks is such an under appreciated character. She’s clumsy and quirky and absolutely unique, but she’s also very strong. I feel like people forget exactly how strong she is. Not only was she an Auror, but she was trained by Mad Eye Moody himself. She was also willing to give up everything for love, which is something I really admire. Plus she’s a Hufflepuff, which just makes me love her even more.

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Some Book Recommendations From My Dad

My reading preferences have been strongly influenced by the people around me. I often read books that my friends and family recommend to me, and in turn I recommend stories that I think they’ll like. I don’t think anyone has had a bigger influence on my reading than my parents. Most of my favorite books are either ones we read together, or ones they recommended I read.

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Today is my dad’s birthday, and since he’s had such a big influence on my love of books, I thought I’d ask him to recommend five of his favorites for you guys. So here are five series that my dad thinks are worth your time.

  1. The Great Brain Series by John Dennis Fitzgerald

I think I could probably best describe this series as Little House on the Prairie, but with boys. It’s realistic fiction loosely based on the author’s childhood in Adenville, Utah back in the 1890s. Although The Great Brain seres is set several years after the Little House series, they have a similar first person narration style.

Funnily enough both the Great Brain series and the Little House series have a final book that was published after the death of the author.

The Great Brain books were first published way back in the 1960s, and my dad read them when he was a kid. The stories mostly focus on the adventures John had with his older brother Tom (A.K.A “The Great Brain”) a notorious swindler who always has a plan to make himself some money. I actually probably enjoyed this series more than the Little House books because of all the crazy hijinks Tom got into.

I’d recommend the series to anyone who likes reading about clever characters, crazy adventures, and stories about childhood. Or to anyone interested in learning about how people lived in the past.

2. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Johnathan Stroud

This series, set in an alternative version of London ruled by an upper class of magicians, tells the tale of a five thousand year old djinni named Bartimaeus and the teenaged magician named Nathaniel who summons him.

Stroud does a wonderful job of combining magic with recognizable elements of our own world to create something brand new and wonderful.

I’m struggling to find the words to describe this series. It’s really stunningly good, so if you like wit, magic, djinni, and complex world building, you should definitely give this series a try.

3. The His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman

I’ve talked about the His Dark Materials series before on the blog. It was my dad who first introduced me to the series. He was there when the movie inevitably made me cry. We’ve been through a lot together with these books. I love everything about this series, and I honestly can’t do it justice in just a few paragraphs, but I’ll try.

Pullman’s world building is masterful. He combines elements physics, philosophy and theology with interesting fantasy elements like witches, armored bears, and a mysterious particle known as Dust.

Throughout the series we follow Lyra Belaqua, a stubborn, independent young girl, and her deamon Pantalaimon. After her friend Roger is kidnapped, Lyra sets off to rescue him, and ends up journeying through a multiverse of beautiful and diverse worlds. Soon, Lyra finds herself caught up in a war between science and the church that crosses dimensions, and threatens to tear worlds apart.

4. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jaqueline Kelly

Another beautifully written tale tale about growing up. This award winning book tells the tale of Calpurnia Tate, an intelligent, curious, young girl at the turn of the century.

After developing an interest in Darwin’s theory of Evolution, Calpurnia turns to her grandfather who teaches her all about the natural sciences. Callie would be happy spending her days with grandfather, roaming about outside and collecting specimens, but Callie’s mother has other plans. She wants Callie to become a proper lady, wether she likes it or not.

5. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

I don’t think this one is any surprise. I’ve already talked about how much this series means to my family. My dad was the one who read all the books out loud to me the first time. I guess if I haven’t convinced you to read the series yet, maybe he will.

Harry Potter is something we shared when I was a kid, and we still share it today. We still have debates about the books on a regular basis. (He likes to try to justify Snape. Everyone has their flaws.) Plus we’re both Hufflepuffs. I made him take the Pottermore quiz.

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In summary, Happy Birthday Dad! Thanks for sharing such awesome books with me over the years.

Harry Potter and the Magic of Music

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”

– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Music has always been, and always will be a huge part of my life. My father is a musician, so I’ve always been surrounded by music. Like books, it’s something constant in my life. No matter how rough life gets, when I find myself in times of trouble, I know I’ll always have the words of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and J.K. Rowling to comfort me.

But, you see, the thing about music is that it doesn’t really need words to convey emotion. As a person obsessed with words and they way they work, I never really understood that. That is, until I joined band.

I started playing the trumpet in my school’s band way back in the sixth grade, and it quickly became a huge part of my life. In fact, it’s the reason I’m posting this today. We had a parent performance on Wednesday.

 

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I already regret that hairstyle, but oh well

Anyway, band really helped me discover the magic of music without words. Our sixth grade year we mostly played short, familiar tunes that I knew the words to. (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,  Yankee Doodle, etc.) Those were nice and all, but in seventh grade we got to play a medley of music from the Harry Potter movies. Naturally, I was excited about it. I loved Harry Potter, so I would be happy doing anything related to it.

I remember playing the first few notes of Hedwig’s theme and realizing that there were tears streaming down my cheeks. The boys in my section teased me for crying, but I think that was the moment I realized how powerful music could be. I’d cried because just hearing those few simple notes had transported me into the magical world I loved so much. Just a few notes opened the door to an entire world.

After we played that piece I was eager to get my hands on more music like that. More music that cold make me feel something. There was no better place to start than with John Williams.

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, John Williams is the composer behind the soundtracks to some of the greatest movies of all time. Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter to name a few. He’s a master at taking a few simple notes and themes and turning them into something huge and epic and moving.

John Williams was a gateway into the larger world of movie scores. I found myself looking back at all of my favorite movies and listening to their scores. That’s how I discovered artists like Alan Menken, Mark Mancina, Alexandre Desplat, Murray Gold, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, and Hans Zimmer.

From there I moved on to classics like Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, Moonlight Sonata and Fur Elise by Beethoven, Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky, and so much more beautiful music by artists who’ve mastered the art of moving people without using words.

By listening to them I think I’ve learned a thing or two about moving people with words.

Like almost everything in my life, it comes right back to Harry Potter.

You see, there were two trumpet solos in that medley we played back in seventh grade, and at the time I wanted to play those solos more than anything. Unfortunately, I was sitting in forth chair, and I didn’t think I’d even get a shot. My friend (he’s requested to be called Gish) was first chair, and we all thought he was going to get the solo by default. Then my band director surprised us all by holding auditions.

Since I was forth chair I was the last to go. My heart was pounding so loud that I could barely hear the three boys play the solo before me. Two of them did okay, Gish played it pretty much perfectly. I thought there was no way I could win now. My hands were shaking as I picked up my trumpet and prepared to play. The room was too quiet. The boy were staring at me. The director was staring at me. I took two deep breaths and began to play.

The solo was only a few measures long, but it felt like it went on forever. I was terrified, but I focused on the music, on how much it meant to me, and I played on.

Then, the worst thing that could possibly happen did. I messed up. I cracked a note that I’d been playing perfectly all week. I poured my soul into that audition, but it didn’t keep me from messing up. I was devastated.

Then the unthinkable happened. He gave me the solos. Both of them. Even though I’d messed up. Even though Gish had played them technically perfectly. I’d played them with heart, and thats what really matters in both music and writing.

 

#ManCrushMonday: My Top Ten Boys From Books

I’m low key convinced that I’m super single because books have totally ruined men for me. You see, boys in real life are just super disappointing compared to boys in books. So, since I don’t have a real life #ManCrushModay I thought I’d share a list of the top ten boys from books I would totally date of they weren’t fictional and already in adorable committed relationships. I had to keep it to books (sorry Prince Zuko) or else this list would’ve been about a mile long. These are In no particular order of course, because I don’t really think I could rank them.

1. Harry Potter

What are they from?

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why do I like them?

Harry James Potter is kind, humble, loyal, and brave. He doesn’t give up on the people, in fact, he’d do pretty much anything to protect the people he loves. He just wants to be a normal kid, but he’s willing to step up and be a leader because thats what people expect from him. He makes some stupid decisions sometimes, but it’s usually because he’s trying to do the right thing.

2. Mr. Darcy 

What are they from?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Why do I like them?

Lots of people think Mr. Darcy is a total jerk. They are wrong. Mr. Collins is a total jerk. Mr. Darcy is just incredibly proud, which makes him come across as rude as the beginning of the book. I like Mr. Darcy because when he gets called out for being rude, he immediately acknowledges his behavior and works to change it. I also like that he falls for Elizabeth’s mind and personality and not just for her looks. He treats her like an equal, which is something that can’t be said for some of today’s male leads.

3. Captain Carswell Thorne

What are they from?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Why do I like them?

Let’s be honest, I basically have a crush on the entire cast of characters from TLC, but Carswell Thorne might be my favorite. He is such an incredibly flawed character, and I love him for it. He doesn’t think he’s a good person, but he wants to be, which is whats really important. He’s incredibly confident, which can make him come across as cocky and self centered, but he’d really do anything for his friends. Especially Cress. He’s incredibly protective of her and I think it’s the sweetest thing ever.

4. Levi Stewart 

What are they from?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Why do I like them?

Levi is unflinchingly optimistic and loyal. He’s not into books at all because he has double reading, but that doesn’t stop him from totally supporting Cath’s passions for writing and Simon Snow. As someone with a huge passion for books and writing, I’d kill to have a boyfriend as supportive as Levi is.

5. Percy Jackson

What are they from?

Pretty much everything Rick Riordan writes tbh

Why do I like them?

I like Percy for most of the same reasons I like Harry. He’s loyal, kind, brave, and he always steps up and tries his hardest to save the day. Percy is also absolutely hilarious and relatable.  I would never actually go after Percy though, because there is nobody he belongs with more than Annabeth.

6. Carter Kane

What are they from?

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Why do I like them?

Rick Riordan is very good at writing boys (and characters in general) for me to fall in love with. When I was younger I had the biggest crush on Carter because he was one of the first male characters I’d read about who liked to read and learn about things. He’s also super heroic and a wonderful brother to boot. What’s not to love?

7. Prince Kai 

What are they from?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Why do I like them?

Prince Kai is just the sweetest, dorkiest, most hopeless romantic ever. I mean, he holds on to Cinder’s dirty old foot because it gives him hope and reminds him of her. (I realize that sounds really creepy out of context, but I promise you it’s super cute in the series.)

8. Remus Lupin 

What are they from?

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why do I like them?

It might seem unwise to have a huge crush on Remus Lupin, him being a werewolf and all, but I  don’t think I’d like him so much if he weren’t a werewolf. I’m not saying that in a Twilight “Oh werewolves are so sexy” kind of way. No, I like Remus Lupin because, despite all the terrible things he’s been through, he’s still an incredibly good person. (Unlike some slimy potions professors I could name.)

9. Clark McCallister 

What are they from?

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Why do I like them?

I said I’d kill to have a boyfriend who supports my writing passion, but why not go one even better? Why not someone who shares that passion with me? Clark McCallister is an adorable nerd who also happens to be a bestselling fantasy author. *swoon*

10. Richard Gansey III

What are they from? 

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Why do I like them? 

Gansey is probably my newest fictional crush. He’s incredibly loyal both to his friends and to his search for Glendower. I’m a hufflepuff, so is it really surprising that I value loyalty in my bookish crushes?  I also really like how he sees magic in everything.

 

So those are the boys in books that I absolutely adore. Do you also have a crush on any of these fictional cuties? Want to fangirl over them together? Think I left someone out? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

Harry Potter and the Amazing Family Bonding Session

Happy Wizarding Wednesday everybody!

Last Friday was 10 year anniversary of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. I honestly wouldn’t have remembered if John Green hadn’t tweeted about it, which is why this post is kind of late. Oh well.

I was very unprepared for the 10 year anniversary of Deathly Hallows. I was just scrolling innocently through twitter when, out of the freaking blue, I got hit with this monuments news, and suddenly I felt super old.

HOW IN THE WORLD HAS IT BEEN TEN YEARS?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!!

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It may seem very strange that I’m freaking out about this so much, but Harry Potter was my childhood. It’s been TEN YEARS since one of my absolute favorite childhood memories.

Let me explain further…

I am incredibly lucky to have grown up with parents who support all of my passions, from music, to writing, to fandom. In fact, most of the things that I love were introduced to me by at least one of them.

My parent’s and I have been reading books together at bedtime since before I was born, which means I’m not actually sure how old I was the first time I read the first six Harry Potter books  because they were read out loud to me.

I do remember the first time I read Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. I was six years old that summer, and it was pretty much the biggest moment of my entire life. I mean, the world went kind of insane.

I remember sitting in my grandparent’s living room, waiting for my parents to come home from the midnight release at our local Hastings (rip), watching the news coverage of celebrations happening all around the world.

The book came out on a Saturday, and my parents and I spent the next three to four days snuggled up on our sofa, reading the book together.

We took turns reading chapters out loud. We didn’t leave the house for anything, not even food. Our diet consisted mostly of leftover pizza. We only paused for bathroom breaks, sleep, and my emotional meltdown when Dobby died.

People talk about the amazing power of Harry Potter, and how it brings together people from all around the world, from all walks of life. I think that’s really amazing, but for me Harry Potter will always be about family.

Some Thoughts On Movie Adaptations

We all have a sort of Love/Hate relationship with movie adaptations. On the one hand, the idea of seeing your favorite characters brought to life on screen is super exciting. On the other hand, they’re usually pretty bad.

Even the best adaptations have their flaws. Everyone generally loves the Harry Potter movies, but there are some characters who fell flat, and some scenes that left something to be desired.

For some reason, Hollywood likes to screw with the characters/storylines of our favorite books. I understand that it’s super annoying, but we, as a community, need to stop taking it out on the authors we love.

Recently, two of the worst movie adaptations of all time, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The and The Mortal Instruments, have been made into successful TV shows.

Another disappointing adaptation, The Golden Compass, is slated to return as a TV series on the BBC. I couldn’t be more excited about the new show, considering the fact that the His Dark Materials series is one of my all time favorites, and the movie was so bad it made me cry.

Unfortunately, there’s one series with an absolutely horrible movie adaptation that probably won’t be turned into a TV show any time soon. That’s the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.

How do I even start to talk about the Percy Jackson movies. They did so many things wrong, but I think their biggest mistake was casting the characters so much older than they are in the books. They also didn’t try very hard to stick to the plot line of the stories. I think the fact that Rick hasn’t even bothered to watch them, pretty much sums up how terrible these movies were.

Percy Jackson fans have been harassing Rick about turning the series into a TV show for years. Here’s what Rick has to say about it: http://rickriordan.com/about/frequently-asked-questions/

Fox owns the movie/TV rights to Percy Jackson, and they aren’t willing to sell them. Any decisions about a TV show would be made by them, and they probably wouldn’t consult Rick about a TV show any more than they did with the movies. Basically, stop bugging Rick about this. It’s not in his power.

Shocking, right? Unfortunately, most authors have very little power when it comes to TV and movie adaptations of their work.

They also have no say in casting.

For some reason, fans get really ugly when it comes to casting, and authors usually end up taking the brunt of it.

John Green literally has it in his twitter bio that he has nothing to do with casting movies, because every time they make a movie out of one of his books his fans get super nasty.

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Other authors, like Jenny Han and Angie Thomas, have been getting lots of flack about the casting in their upcoming movies.

Let’s get a couple things straight.

  1. AUTHORS ARE NOT IN CHARGE OF CASTING.
  1. Tweeting them pictures of your favorite face claim isn’t going to change that.
  1. You are not entitled to your dream cast.
  1. Whoever is in charge of casting is most likely not going to pick your dream cast members.
  1. Their job is to pick the best actor/actress for the role. That might turn out to be a fan favorite, but it probably won’t.
  1. I’m not saying you can’t have a dream cast. Dream casting is super fun, as long as you don’t get super ugly about it.
  1. Amandla Stenberg does not have the time to be the main character in every single movie/tv show. (Although she will be starring in the The Hate U Give movie.)
  1. Even if the cast isn’t your dream cast, it’ll probably be wonderful. Try to reserve judgment until you see the final product.
  1. Even if the movie/tv show turns out to be a disappointment, you’ll still have the wonderful books that you love.

How Harry Potter Made Me A Writer

Hey guys! I’m back with another installment of Wizarding Wednesday! You all really seemed to love the first one, so I’m really excited to continue on with the series.

This week I’d like to talk to you guys about dreams.

You see, for as long as I can remember it’s been my dream to become a published author. For years I’ve been working on an array of different writing projects, from half finished novels to Doctor Who fan fiction.

Thats right. I write fan fiction, and I’m not ashamed to say it.

For me, fan fiction is a way to practice writing every day without having to worry about picky little things like characters and world building. I just get to focus on weaving pre-existing characters into original plot lines.

Its also a way for me to connect with like minded people, and get instant feedback on my writing. In the five years I’ve really been a part of the community I’ve made so many great friends, and my writing has improved substantially.

Funnily enough, I’m pretty sure that my first original piece of writing was a fan fiction. Although, at age six, I’m pretty sure had no idea what fan fiction was. All I knew was that I was incredibly upset with the ending of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Poor little Eva had no idea what was coming for her later that year when Deathly Hallows was released.)

I channeled all the hurt and rage I felt over Sirius Black’s death into writing Harry Potter 5.5, where it was revealed that when Sirius fell through that barrier in the Department of Mysteries he really just ended up in another dimension. (This idea may have been heavily influenced by Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.)

I was completely dedicated to the idea. I even drew some very beautiful illustrations for it. Unfortunately, I have no idea where all that hard work ended up, because about a week later I moved on to my next project: A book about girls who talk to animals. (I do still have that if anyone is interested in seeing it.)

While I never finished my lovely Harry Potter fan fiction, or that book with the talking animals, I also never stopped writing. (Or got over Sirius Black’s death)

So, I’d like to dedicate this post (and hopefully all of my future best sellers) to JK Rowling, Phillip Pullman, Rick Riordan, and any other wonderful author who’s ever killed off a character I loved. Without you guys I might never have discovered my true passion.

Bookish Adventures in Kansas City

I’m back!

You guys probably didn’t notice I was gone, but, just in case you were wondering, I’ve spent the past several days on vacation with my family in Kansas City. While we did regular vacation-y things, like visit art museums and freak out over really cute animals at the zoo, we also made a couple more unusual stops.

Since Hastings went out of business, my town no longer has an actual bookstore. If you want a book you have to cross your fingers and hope that it’s either at Walmart or the used bookstore downtown. So when we decided that we were coming to Kansas City, I did a little research on bookstores in the area.

Out of the three stores I discovered online, we were only able to make it to Rainy Day Books. They’re well known for bringing in authors for talks and signings, and although there wasn’t an author there the day we visited, I did discover a shelf full of signed books.

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I’d already decided to buy myself this lovely paperback copy of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, as it had been on my To Buy list for an incredibly long time. Then I stumbled upon the signed books shelf, where I found a signed copy of Carry On AND a signed collectors edition of Eleanor & Park!

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But the bookish fun didn’t stop there. After I left Rainy Day Books, clutching my precious cargo close to my chest lest it be taken from me by some cruel twist of fate, I headed down to the Kansas City Central library.

The Kansas City library is one of the coolest libraries I’ve ever been to, and I’m saying this as someone who, for various reasons, has probably been to more libraries than the average person.

For starters, this is their parking garage.

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The building itself is absolutely huge, and used to be a bank, so it’s got a bunch of interesting history to it. Some highlights of the building include an old bank vault that they’ve converted into a small movie theater, a rooftop garden area complete with a giant chess set, and old sniper nests in the main lobby area. If you look closely at the front go the building you can see where they filled in bullet holes from the one time someone tried to rob the place, back when it was still a bank.

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I had a wonderful time on my trip, but I’m incredibly glad to be back home.

Have any questions about my trip? Want to know more about the places I visited? Just want to freak out with me about my new Rainbow Rowell books? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

 

My Lifelong Quest To Be As Awesome As Ginny Weasley

I’ve decided to start a little thing here on the blog called Wizarding Wednesday, where I share a little bit of my Harry Potter love with you guys.

Today’s Topic: Absolute BAMF, Ginny Weasley.

When I was a little girl I really wanted to be Ginny Weasley. Even though I’m probably more of a Hermione, and Movie Ginny was pretty depressing, my love for Ginny Weasley is still raging strong. I mean, who doesn’t love Ginny Weasley?  She holds her own among her six older brothers. She was possessed by Lord Voldemort at age 12 and handled it better than Ron did at age 17. She kicks ass at Quidditch. She married her celebrity crush. We should all aspire to be Ginny Weasley.

As a little girl, I think I was drawn to Ginny because of her confidence and her freckles. I was a super shy, incredibly bookish kid with a face full of freckles that I hated. I guess I thought that I Ginny Weasley could make it through being possessed by Lord Voldemort AND having freckles, then I could get over my shyness too.

In first grade I had a bully who masqueraded as my best friend. It was a tough time in my life. The next year I read the entire Harry Potter series by myself. The books really helped me move on and learn how to be myself again without being afraid. That year I decided I wanted to be Ginny Weasley for Halloween.

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My grandma sewed me my very own Hogwarts uniform, and my mother crocheted me this lovely Gryffindor scarf. (She still hasn’t gotten around to the Hufflepuff one I requested ages ago.)  I refused to let them color my hair, some did the next best thing. We sprayed a blonde wig with red hairspray. I wore that wig long enough to take this picture, but it was too itchy for me to keep on all night.

I then proceeded to get incredibly offended every time someone asked me if I was Hermione.

These days I would be charmed (haha get it?) if someone compared me to Hermione, but if I’m in a situation where I need a little confidence I always ask myself, WWGWD?

What Would Ginny Weasley Do?

Side Note: About two years ago I actually did dye my hair red, and I adored it. I could totally pass for a Weasley.

Rereading Harry Potter

It’s a big time for the Harry Potter fandom. The 20th anniversary of the Philosophers Stone was a few days ago, and Harry’s birthday is coming up next month.

Speaking of Harry’s birthday, next month I’lll be doing my yearly reread of the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter has had such a huge impact on my life.

 

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Little Eva as Ginny Weasley

As a kid I struggled to start reading, but once I started I never stopped. Harry Potter was the first large series I read by myself. In the second grade I lugged the books to school every day. My tiny second grader backpack couldn’t take it, and the strap literally tore off.

Needless to say I’m a very dedicated fan.

So once a year, during the month of July, I hop back into the Wizarding world. I’ve got a lot of Harry Potter love and memories, so throughout the next month you’ll probably be seeing a bunch of Harry Potter themed content.

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Harry Potter memories, so leave a comment. I love hearing from you guys!