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A Tribute to Hermione Granger

A Tribute to Miss. Hermione Jean Granger

September 19, 2017
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Matt Wells

 

Today marks the fictional birth date of Harry Potter’s brainy best friend. Hermione Granger is a huge patron to Harry Potter’s journey throughout the series. She’s an intelligent bookworm, but there is  far more than cleverness to her utter brilliance.

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We’re first introduced to Hermione on the Hogwarts Express. She comes across as friendly, yet also a huge know it all whom enjoys boasting about her intelligence to all. At first Harry and Ron aren’t very fond of her, but after the Golden Trio went toe to toe with a grumpy. disgusting troll in the girls lavatory they become total bff’s. Frankly Harry and Ron would most likely had died without the guidance of their female counterpart.
Hermione solved many of their situations by reading through short and lengthy books from the Hogwarts library. She isn’t one to break the rules unless someone’s life is on the line, although she will  break Draco Malfoy’s nose of course. Besides reading, Hermione was an activist for house elf rights. Her loyalty to her causes and friendship are easily seen.

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In my humble opinion, Hermione is one of the greatest  characters of all time. I absolutely enjoy how her strengths are shown so strongly throughout the novels. Hermione is shown as a kind hearted person who puts her education and morals above popularity and good looks. Being someone with extremely curly hair I understand the problem sister. Hermione is also a muggle born, so her bravery to overcome difference is colorful.

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I cherish the friendship between Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione grew up in the muggle world and have this sibling like connection. Why did Harry never go live with Hermione’s family instead of with his rotten relatives? Maybe he didn’t like dentist? I still cringe at the idea of Hermione being with Ron, but it is what it is. Emma Watson was the perfect actress for the role of Hermione Granger. She  truly is the brightest witch of her age.

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Hermione reminds me a lot of one of my cousins. She’s well educated,  speaks strongly for her beliefs and is loyal to her friends and family. It’s pretty cool to have Hermione Granger for a cousin. Likewise to Scout, Nancy Drew, Lois Lane, Katniss and Wonderwoman Hermione Granger will be a true role model for girls and also boys for years to come. I cross my fingers, hoping my MC will have the same success 🙂

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Other Notable Harry Potter Character’s Who Deserve a Film

 

Hello guys! Recently Roya Eve Reads, a super cool Youtuber, did this video on her channel. Harry Potter Marathon was also going on, so it got me into the mood to talk about Harry Potter. Here i mention five or at least six characters from the Harry Potter universe I think deserve their own films. Enjoy and also let me know which Hogwarts house do you belong in plus other characters you think deserve their own film.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

This summer, JK Rowling brought us Potterheads back into the wizarding world.  When I first heard about Cursed Child I was  extremely excited, yet cautious for good reason. Cursed Child is not a book, but a screenplay. Curse Child did not capture the magic of the 7 installments, yet I expected so before reading this. At times it did not even feel like I was, reading Harry Potter. Overall I was glad to finally re-enter the wizarding world and see how Harry Potter and his friends were doing.

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Basicslly Cursed Child is  comparable  to a poorly written fan fiction.  This has upset a few Potterheads, none the less that should be expected. Being made into a play it isn’t meant to be like a novel, yet have drama and suspense fit for a theatre.  Surely someday, JK Rowling will add on to her amazing wizarding world. Lets face it, Harry Potter is a huge franchise today.  Yes, she has said that Harry Potter’s adventure’s are over, yet that does not mean there is more to come for other characters. I’d like to read a prequel about a young James Potter, Severus snape, or professor Dumbledore  or even more about the Potter children and their classmates. There is so much depth to be put into the picture here.  In Cursed Child, we only got to see Albus and Scorpius. Rose, Ron and Hermione’s daughter, was also in the story, yet  in a limited role. I was hopeful we’d get to learn more about them, but that did not happen. They rushed from year one to year 4 in a matter of pages. I could not get into the character’s personalities which is ome main problem I have with this screenplay.  Surely JK Rowling had nothing to do with their character development. This was not the Harry Potter characters  from the books. Some moments they were just boring.

I was sad that notable characters  such as Serius Black or Luna Lovegood had  little to no mention in this  screenplay. They left important characters out who could have made this better instead of carry on about Harry and Albus father/son issues. Clearly they’re not the first family to deal with such issues. I thought the story was not so bad, dealing with Albus and Scorpius searching for the time turner. I am glad to know that Draco is no longer evil and has found friendship among them. I never really thought of Draco as evil, but just a troubled youth with the worst family ever. The part I despise the most was Voldemort having a child. It just seems so awkward and bizarre to have him, producing children although it does make  some sense that him and Bellatrix Lestrsmge would be a couple. Why even go there? Leave Voldemort in the grave period. Surely there is another dark wizard lurking about.

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 I’m sure Cursed Child would be fun to witness as an actual play. Reading the screenplay cannot compare to actually viewing the play in person. I’m grateful that JK Rowling wanted to give her fans who won’t be attending the play a chance to be a part of it, but this did not leave me satisfied. The story of Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart.  I’m hopeful that JK Rowling will continue the novels rightfully done someday, but for now we must wait.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Review

So it has been a while since my  last review of the novels from the Harry Potter series. A few months ago I got an idea to review each Harry Potter book after reading them. That seem like such an awesome plan when I first thought  of it. A lot of time has passed since my review of Prisonar of Askaban, so I’m exetemely sorry to those who have been waiting patiently.  It can take me a couple months to read books with 500 pages or more. It takes me even more time when I’m reading a few other books at the same time. Harry Potter should be read solo, yet   I’ve  finally re-read Goblet of Fire, so here is my review for the 4th installment.

 

Goblet of Fire has always been my favorite Harry Potter novel.  The first three Harry Potter novels are geared more toward children.  I realize that Harry Potter is a children’series, yet Goblet of Fire is where the story tends to gear more toward teenagers likewise to the novels ahead in the series. This was a brilliant move by JK Rowling since her audience was older by then.  In Goblet of Fire Harry is now 14 years old.  His childhood is moving along nicely. He had been through so much guilt and pain  already that you’re hoping something good comes along for him.  A trip to the Quiddtech World Cup was pretty nice.

At Hogwarts Harry battles his unwanted popularity while trying to survive in the Triwizard Tournament. They should have taken Harry Potter out of the championships list, but we wouldn’t have a story then would we? He argues with Ron a lot in this book. Hermione shows some signs of vanity with getting her teeth fixed and going to the Yule Ball all glamorous. The kids are growing up fast.  Hermione also stands up for the enslaved house elves. I wish Winky were in the films. It irks me that the professor Moody in Goblet of Fire was actually an imposter. So not cool. The most pivotal part of Goblet of Fire is when lord Voldemort returns to the flesh.

Before his return all we had were clues about what type of villain  he was. With the way Voldemort is described I think of him as the devil. He has facial features of a serpent. The dude literally has no nose. The man had been missing for years, yet they feared his name so much. The way he returns into the story is very chilling. He had Cedric Diggory[ or that Edward glowing vampire guy from Twilight] killed without any remorse. We figure out that it was the love from Harry’s mum that kept him safe from Voldemort’s curse.  When Voldemort returns a darkness starts to consume the Wizarding World which becomes a huge problem for Harry and his friends.

 

What are your thoughts on Goblet of Fire? Did U enjoy the book and film as much as I did? Let me know in the comment section below.

 

 

Harry Potter and the Sourcerors Stone Book Review!!!

Last week after, watching Harry Potter Weekend on Freeform I decided to re-read Harry Potter again. It so gave me the feels!  It took me only five days to get through Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, so I decided I will blog about each of the seven books once I finish them[YES!]. It’s amazing to think how much this book changed JK  Rowling’s life. There is an entire theme park dedicated to these books!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone has such a different feel to me compared to the later novels. The first book is so short and more childlike while the later books are also geared toward children plus youths.  It’s odd how the US version is called Sorcerer’s Stone when it’s actually called the philosophers stone, but I’m not going into that debate at this time.  The beginning  takes place with the Dursley’s, explaining their background to us. In the films I think of them as just rotten. Yes, they’re still rotten within the books, yet their reasoning for tormenting Harry so more factual. They didn’t have to like magic, yet they’re still a bunch of nasty muggles.

We meet Professor Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall for the very first time. Dumbledore explains to McGonagall that Lily and James Potter had been murdered by Voldemort and their infant son Harry will be cared for by his aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon Dursley. McGonagall does not agree with this idea, yet accepts Dumbledore’s plan for, keeping Harry safe. Hagrid shows up with Harry and they leave him on the doorstep.

 

 

 

Eleven years pass by. Now Harry is treated as the black sheep. He is ordered around by his aunt and uncle as well as bullied by his cousin Dudley[ worst relatives ever]. Harry had no idea  about his magical abilities until a letter from Hogwarts comes to him.  Harry had never got a letter before this. For a while his  atrocious relatives hide the truth from Harry until a half giant visits him. Hagrid gives Harry the scoop on what really happen to his mum and dad and who you-know-who was. He also says yer a wizard harry.  Without hesitating,  Harry agrees to go to school at Hogwarts, beginning his adventure.

 

Next Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley a place full of Wizard wonders. Harry gets his school supplies and a pet owl named Hedwig. Here he meets Draco Malfoy who is somewhat worse than his cousin. Sometimes we make enemies before we make friends. At Olivander’s Wand Shop he finds his wand which use to be owned a very dark wizard.

 

Soon enough Harry goes to King’s Cross Station to leave for Hogwarts.  He is sort of left at the station not understanding where to find platform 9 and three quarters. His relatives just leave him there to figure it out on his own. Luckily for Harry he meets the Weasely’s. The Weasley’s are not wealthy, yet have treasure that no other family could have. Harry becomes close to their youngest son Ron. Ron is eager to make a name for himself at Hogwarts. Harry has no intention of being sorted into Slytherin house which lead the Sorting Hat to place him into Gryffindor! Along the way Ron and Harry get close to Hermione Jean Granger which creates The Golden Trio.

 

At Hogwarts The Golden Trio get into their first of many adventures.  In the Sorcerer’s Stone they figure out who Nicholas Flamel was and what purpose the sorcerer’s stone holds. During the Halloween feast, Harry and Ron stop a mountain troll from, hurting Hermione which leads to their friendship.  At Christmas holiday Harry finds the mirror of  erised while, searching for more clues about Nicholas Flamel. They would have found their answers much faster if they had talked to Hagrid first. Harry becomes Professor Snape’s most disliked student. Harry also joins the Gryffindor quiddtech team as seeker. Hagrid also got a pet dragon which was not a wise idea.

Harry figures out that Professor Quirrell was actually the one helping Voldemort not Snape. On the contrary Snape was, keeping Harry alive although Harry really does not show much appreciation for this. While, trying to hurt Harry,  Quirell actually hurts himself.  Love wins.

 

 

In the Hospital Wing Harry wakes up to find Dumbledore, standing over his bed. Dumbledore explains to Harry what had happen and not to worry. He also reminds Harry to not be frightened by Voldemort’s name, because fearing the name increases the fear of the thing itself[ life lesson]. At the end of the semester Harry returns to his relatives, waiting for his return to Hogwarts.

 

I actually had not read the first book of the Harry Potter series until 2011.  I remember after, seeing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone my family went straight to the bookstore in our local mall. My mom looked at me and said to my six year old self that someday I would read all of those books.

 

So that was my review on the first Harry Potter novel. Pretty great to be, reviewing my favorite series. Let me know what you guys thought of this book. I would love to know what you guys think. Now excuse me, but I’ve got some books to read.