Showing posts with label Harry Potter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harry Potter. Show all posts

Friday, December 27, 2013

Life of a Blogger: Favorite Movies


I've been a huge fan of Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat (what used to be Aunti Spinelli Reads) for a while now so when I saw that she started this new post I just had to join in! What a novel idea (hehehe). Okay, that was corny, but I'm proud of it. This weeks topic?

Favorite Movies

Okay, for those of you who don't know, I may have a slight addiction to movies and TV. Alright, maybe "slight" is too soft a word. Ughhh...okay! It's a straight up addiction but NO SHAME! I love movies. There is a dollar theater next to my college and let me tell you I take advantage of it. 

So, to say this is a hard topic is an understatement. I'm usually rather easygoing when it comes to movies. A movie has to be really bad for me not to at least enjoy it a bit. My favorite genre? Action. If its got guns, car chases, sword fights or explosions, I'm happy. But I definitely have some favorites. Here are the movies that I love. Heck, that's an understatement. My joy, excitement and love for these movies cannot be described in sufficient words. These are truly phenomenal.

1. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. 

There are simply no words to describe how awesome this movie is. So, I thought I'd let the GIFs convince you.







Honestly, if these don't convince you, I don't know what will....

2. LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY:

The epicness that is these movies is indescribable. I have never gotten so involved in the characters and plot of a movie. The brotherhood, loyalty, and courage that is shown by these characters is beyond expression. And the bromances! Ugh....love them. These movies are simply phenomenal (with plenty of hot men!!).

Yes you do....

And best of all....
The Fresh Prince of Gondor
How have I never seen this before?!?!

3. HARRY POTTER MOVIES:

Okay, let me say this first: the movies are not nearly as good as the books. However, I love these movies because I love seeing what is perhaps my favorite books series come to life. I love seeing all these amazing characters brought to life and all the adventures they go through. Whenever the marathons come on ABC family you can bet that I'm sitting on my butt watching em!



4. LION KING: 

I simply had to add in my favorite Disney movie!


Just look at those moves. Sassy.

5. MAJOR PAYNE:
Damon Wayan. 'Nuff said. 

Words of Wisdom

Just look at those moves. 

In all honesty, this is a very short list and in no way lists all of my favorite movies. I have a ton. However, these are definitely movies that have stuck with me and that I could watch over and over again. And, I just wanted to keep it short and sweet. In short, I love stupid humor and EPIC ACTION MOVIES!

So, what are some of y'all favorite movies? Did they make my list? 

All the best 
Mackenzie 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
by J.K. Rowling
Pages: 435
Source: Own
Format: Hardback

Rating: It's Harry Potter. Of course I loved it! 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously?

My Review:

(This is a Re-read)

Can I tell y'all something? This is actually the first book I ever read of Harry Potter. Yup, I actually started with book #3. For a long time my sister had tried to get me to start reading, and when she found out that I loved the first two movies (the only ones out at the time), she thought I would like the books. Finally I consented and let her read it to me. It's been my favorite ever since. 


I absolutely love The Prisoner of Azkaban. I really love the later books in the series, but there is just something about this one that makes me keep re-reading it. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've re-read this one. I think it's because it's the book that's on the precipice of change. The series really gets darker and deeper as it goes on, and this is the book that, while still light in nature, starts the detour into depth and darkness. It's the perfect mix of lightheartedness that we came to love, but with a darkness that binds you. 


This series has the best trio in book history. You get loyal Harry, humorous Ron, and intelligent Hermione. Their adventures and love for each other never cease to amaze me. And this is one series where I think I love every single secondary character and that's a big feat. And two of my favorites come in during this book: Lupin and Sirius! 


I don't really want to give too much away, but I always loved the plot of this book. I thought it was brilliantly done and I love that we really start to learn more about Harry's past and what happened to his parents. 

Overall:

This was kind of a nonsense review but honestly, just read the Harry Potter books. They are amazing. I've never fallen in love with a series this much. And this book? My favorite. If you don't read the others (but have seen the movies) then at least give this one a try. 

All the best
Mackenzie

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thinking Through Thursday (6)


Welcome to another "Thinking Through Thursday"! This is a post I write (or try to) every Thursday in which I discuss various bookish goodness. 

This week's discussion is:

Favorite Series:



Harry Potter without a doubt.


Okay, okay, I know how cliche this is and whatnot, but Harry Potter is truly a fascinating series with so much heart and magic. I have never been as truly invested in characters as I have of the characters in this series. Honestly, I have learned so much from this series. I was invested in each character in some way and all of them were fully dimensional. It was so easy for me to imagine them as real people and to fall in love for them and root for them or want to punch them or some other crazy emotion. Each death hurt me deeply. I think this is the only series where I actually cried.


The first books were simply magical storytelling that got me interested, but as the series went on and it became more complex, I simply couldn't put any of the books down. Each book had so much heart, magic, love and time put into it that they are truly perfection. These stories didn't always have happy endings for everyone, but it was so real and beautiful. 


Oh, I could go on and on and on but I'll stop. I think you get the gist of everything and I'm sure so many of you out there feel the same way. 


So is Harry Potter your favorite series? Why? If not, I'd love to know what your favorite series are. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter Year 1) by J. K. Rowling


    Alright, alright. Before y’all start freaking out and going “YOU HAVEN’T READ HARRY POTTER YET?!? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!” let me tell you that yes, I have read Harry Potter. So take a deep breath…in…and…out. I am actually re-reading the Harry Potter series as part of the Reading Fever’s 2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge. But guess what? The reaction that I wrote previously is the same reaction I had when I realized she had never read it!! But, since I love this series so darn much I decided to join her on her quest to read HP (or re-read in my case). So without further ado, I present Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:



Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter Year 1)
by J. K. Rowling
Release Date: September 1, 1998
Pages: 310
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
★★★★★



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley—a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry—and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable. For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.  



My Review: 


   I forgot just how magical this story was. Between the amazing characters, the world that you can’t help but become immersed in, the fun adventures, and the amazingly delicious sounding food, this book is fantastic.

 Welcome Harry, the boy who lived. Also the boy who doesn’t know what he is. After the tragic death of his parents Harry is sent to live with his only living relatives. However, this isn’t exactly a happy life considering his Aunt, Uncle and cousin don’t treat him like family but more like a servant. However, at the age of eleven, Harry is accepted to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and embarks on a magical adventure where he learns about friendship, love, and himself.

  Harry is a great MC. He’s treated like crap, yet keeps his head high. He knows what its like to be the underdog so he doesn’t judge people but gets to know them instead. He’s kind, funny, courageous and has no shortage of nosiness. He may get into trouble a lot, but thats only because he's trying to help out. I admire that he stands up for what he believes in and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty because of it. 

  I love Ron and Hermione. They may be just the friends of “The Boy Who Lived” but they take center stage just as much as Harry. Ron is the youngest of 4 brothers and is just trying to prove himself and he doesn’t fail. He’s funny and adventuresome and knows how to play a wicked game of wizard’s chess. Hermione, the brains of the bunch, may be a bit high and mighty, but when it comes to Ron and Harry, she’s willing to do anything to keep them safe.

  The Weasly twins? Oh goodness, I loved them from the beginning! The funny pranksters are definitely a great addition to this story. Neville may get picked on often, but when its time to be brave, he definitely lives up to it. Dumbledore may be a bit “off his rocker” but he’s wise and witty and makes an awesome Headmaster. A lot of thought went into these characters to make them unique and I can definitely say that Ms. Rowling did a fantastic job.

  The writing is simple, yet beautiful. I really enjoy that the story sounded almost like someone telling a story. I could easily imagine sitting in a circle listening to someone tell this story.

  The world building was fantastic and so well thought out. Honestly, J. K. Rowling though of everything. But don’t think that you’ll be bogged down by details. She gives just enough to really let you see what its like without going overboard. She obviously put so much thought into this world and was able to create something so incredible. Also, I actually liked that I had seen the movie because as I was reading it, I was picturing the movie in my mind. I love to compare the books and movies to see what was kept in the movie and what was left out. Let me say that they did a fantastic job to bringing the book to life.

   The plot will not let you down! There is so much adventure and action and fun that is in these books. Also, since I’ve read all the books before, I’ve now realized how much thought had to go into these books. This story arc stretches across 7 books, which takes a lot of thought to keep things organized and flowing. There are references in this book that you recognize in later books and things that they talk about in this book that happen in others. Although the plot may seem simple in this book, once you read them all you’ll realize how complicated and intricate it all is.

  If you can’t tell from my long (sorry bout that btw) review, I absolutely adore this book. I want to go to Hogwarts and visit Diagon Alley thanks the wondrous descriptions given by Rowling. I want to meet Ron, Hermione, Harry, Neville and all of the other characters that I’ve fallen in love with because of reading this book. I want to eat the delicious sounding food. Harry Potter is such a great story about love and the power of friendship and I encourage all who have yet to read it get their rears in gear and head to the bookstore to buy it asap.  


Part of my 2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge

All the Best,



Sunday, February 5, 2012

2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge






Name: 2012 Harry Potter Challenge
Host: The Reading Fever
Starts: January 1, 2012
Ends: December 31, 2012
Challenge: Read all seven books in the Harry Potter series during 2012.

Why: 
Do you even need to ask? I love Harry Potter. This is the one series that I actually read, before I really got into reading. When I was that young, I might read one series once I found out I liked it, but I wouldn't take the time to go search for another series. I read this only because my sister pretty much forced it down my throat. And boy am I glad I did!

I have been one of the lucky ones to have literally grown up with Harry. The first book came out when I was 3, the first movie when I was in first grade, the last book when I was in 7th grade, and the last movie came out the summer before my senior year. So yes, he's literally been there for me my whole life. 

I actually read the 3rd book first. Weird right? Thats because my sister wanted to read it to me and she had already read the first two. She was always the reader and I wasn't. But, after she kept asking and asking and asking, I finally said yes. After giving me a summary of the first two, we sat there and read the third book together and I'll admit that I actually enjoyed it! After that, I decided to read this series for myself. 

Throughout this series I laughed and cried and gasped. My heart was pumping during the action parts and breaking during the sad parts. This world is the most amazing world I have ever had the pleasure of escaping to. And that food?!?! I wish it was real! I've never had books that have made me want to eat their food as much as these! 

However, the characters truly made these books for me. They went through so much, yet were so brave and courageous. Yeah, they cried and argued and were probably peeing in their pants, but who wouldn't? I could easily relate to them. If I was ever in such a situation, I would have been scared too, but I can only hope that I would have acted as brave as them. Through the power of friendship, they were able to pull through. 

All in all, Harry Potter taught be valuable lessons about love, heartbreak, courage, and most importantly friendship. I love the world that J. K. Rowling created and I dreaded the last book and the last movie because it meant their story would end. But it doesn't. Their stories live on through their books, movies, and most importantly, us. Harry Potter is truly the Boy Who Lived. 


P.S. The Superbowl is on today!!! Woot!!!