Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#31): The Chamber of Secrets

The Book

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry‘s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school’s corridors warn that the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened and that the “heir of Slytherin” would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families

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As tiny as this book is, the movie has nothing on it. I too want a flying car because that sounds totally awesome. What I don’t want, is to get beaten up by the Whomping Willow. Again, this book sets off all the switches in your head and opens up that door to imagination. This wasn’t my favourite in the series but there was a lot of suspense and I think as the years go on, I felt more sorry for Harry. Poor kid just couldn’t get a break.

The Movie

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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When I first watched this movie, I was scared to death. I was alone in mine and my sister’s bedroom and all the lights were off so that added to the effect. Of course now, it being years later and me having watched the movie many more times, I’m not scared anymore but jeez, that snake though. I always did like that they made the movie version of Dobby so adorable.

The Decision

Book, book, book. Loved the movie and I will gladly watch it again. I’m actually due for a HP marathon but the book wins for me.

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RST: My Mom and JKR

Okay! Let’s get this show on the road. Now it’s no secret that I never read Harry Potter as a kid and I’m still not over it. Do you know how much better my life could’ve been if I was introduced to the magical world of Harry Potter at a younger age?

I’ll tell you how all this started. I read one book as a kid, one. Want to know what it was? My yellow children’s bible. I had two copies of it, one in English and another in Afrikaans. I was so dedicated to that book, I refused to even look at another book. The thing is, I didn’t grow up in a house where reading was a thing. My parents didn’t read me bedtime stories- I read them to myself (yellow bible come through). I went to the library every week but I can’t tell you what books I borrowed because I can’t remember.

I was about 10 when I was introduced to Harry Potter. Right in time for my Hogwarts letter to arrive. But I can’t talk about Harry Potter and the magical world with mentioning my mom. My mother, sweet woman that she is, gets a bit crazy whenever J.K. Rowling is mentioned. Like any excited kid, naturally I went to my mom when my eyes were opened to Harry Potter and you know what she said? ‘I don’t want you watching that witchcraft.” Witchcraft? Hell yea it’s witchcraft! Guys, she wouldn’t even let me watch those shows about magic tricks. I ignored her and thank God I did because my life without Harry Potter would’ve been like a life without happiness.

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When it came time to my buy my first Harry Potter book- The Deathly Hallows- I’m telling you, a war broke out in my home. And here the worst part wasn’t that my mom was buying me a book filled with witchcraft, the book itself was hella expensive. I still have it though and I’ve read it thrice, so I don’t see the issue.

My mom’s the kind of person who wants to know what I’m reading and is very concerned because she knows that if you get too into something, it could take over you. She had absolutely no problem with Twilight and The Vampire Diaries but HP she has a problem with. Priorities, mother! When I explained to her that DH was the last and final book of the HP series and I just had to have it because the movie was going to come out in a year or two, the look on her face said it all…

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I got the book though so I think I won that battle.

Harry Potter marathons come on TV every couple of months and I always make sure I’m there to watch at least the first and last 2 movies. My mom always finds reasons to add in her own commentary. ‘I don’t like that woman.’ ‘How can someone write something like that? And for children no less.’ ‘She must be very evil to think of an idea like this.’ Yes! My mother called JKR evil. Who does that?

I got so defensive when she first started but now I laugh. I legit find it extremely funny that after all these years my mom still hasn’t let it go.

One thing’s for certain though, young or old, Harry Potter’s for everyone and if others can’t understand our love, that’s okay. At least we know the truth.

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So there you have it. Just a little humorous post to put smiles on faces. My mom may have her set ideas on some things but I love her regardless.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#21): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I’ll be doing the Harry Potter books and movies individually as too much went on in each book/movie to put it in one post.

The Book

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling’s debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation in 1998. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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I probably took way too long to actually get into the book part of the Harry Potter series but once I entered those wonderful magical gates though, there was no turning back. The moment I read that first sentence: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.’, I knew I was in for a ride filled with conflicting emotions and departing on this adventure I’d never want to look away from. I’ve probably only read this book twice- maybe one and a half times- but that feeling of home doesn’t go away. I feel like I’m being wrapped up in a warm blanket. I can’t fully explain it but as much as the movie shows the magic…the books makes me feel it.

The Movie

Image result for harry potter and the sorcerer's stone posterHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released in some countries as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)[3] is a 2001 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film was the first instalment in the long-running Harry Potter film series, and was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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I remember watching The Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time (I say ‘Sorcerer’s Stone because when I got the books they were the US publications and I just got used to saying it). My uncle gave me the DVD randomly one night and since I wasn’t allowed to watch anything related to witchcraft, obviously I was drawn to this from the get go. I knew absolutely nothing about Harry Potter but I fell in love with it immediately. I had nothing to base the movie off off so I wasn’t concerned if anything was changed or left out. All I know is that 10 year old Caron desperately wanted to be a part of this magical world. I still do to be honest. I’d gladly take Madam Pince’s position as the Hogwarts Librarian. When I finally managed to read the book and then re-watch the movie, I was able to compare the two better.

The Decision

When I first started this post I was so sure that I was going to choose the movie over the book but now that it’s time for me to make a decision I’m finding myself leaning towards the book. It’s all explained above. Imagination is a powerful thing. It’s so broad and unlimited and with these books, anything is possible. The mere idea of a magical world is just so astounding, it’s almost unfathomable. It’s books like these that further cements my love for fantasy as a favourite genre.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorn & John Tiffany

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

Goodreads Synopsis

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


*First read: 31 July 2016 and rated 5 stars

Initial mini-review on Goodreads:

What a whirlwind of emotions I’m feeling right now. I’m still in that story and I think I will forever be that way. Thank you J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany for this book. I’m on a rollercoaster that’s never going to stop and I don’t mind for one second.

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So first off, I want to start by saying that I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book but that doesn’t mean I went in without expectations. I knew this was a script of a play so I wasn’t hoping for much in regards to a novel, as this is not one. My main aim was to experience the Wizarding World once again irregardless on whether Harry Potter was the main character or not. That being said, I think it’s best to not think of this as a ‘continuation of Harry Potter’ but more as a ‘continuation of what happened after‘. I enjoyed the book either way though.

I do have a bone or two to pick with this book (and others) but I’ll outline that in a separate post so keep a look out for that.

I was super excited to read this book and when I finally got it, it was probably the happiest day of my life for this year. Fangirl dream come true. I finished it in under two hours the first time and I was so amazed, it took me some time to come back to terms on what was real and what wasn’t.

This review is a mix of how I felt both the first and second time I read it and how my opinion of the book may have changed.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up right where Deathly Hallows ended and this to me was so awesome because it was as if we just stepped away for a minute. It was like a version of ‘I open at the close‘. I found this incredibly amazing. There were a few changes that I noticed from the very beginning and some irked me, some didn’t but it didn’t take away from the book as a whole.

There were definitely some changes in character that made some seem a bit…not as themselves but this too I was able to ignore because it had been 19 years and people change. The new characters that were added were a joy and I was vastly impressed with how easily I fell in love with them.

Their wasn’t much in terms of world building because we have 7 other books to tell us what the Wizarding World is and stands for. In regards to the plot, I liked it. It was definitely not something I expected and I think that was the shocker for me because there was the predictable undertone to all the Harry Potter books and I guess I expected this to go a different direction than those.

I rated this 5 stars the first time but I think I’ll rate it 4.5 this time. Reading it twice in one week made it easy for me to see what I missed the first time and I felt that I didn’t want to rate it a solid 5 like I did before.

I don’t see this as a continuation of Harry Potter’s story per say but it was a great read all the same. I do think that this is the last I’d read of a new Harry Potter book though as I believe any other questions can be asked to J.K. Rowling herself since this book did answer a lot of questions.

**Do you know hard it is to review a book that you can’t really talk about? #keepthesecrets

Read: 8 August 2016
Rating: ★★★★.5

Publication Date: 31 July 2016
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Links to Authors Goodreads Pages: J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne

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

Goodreads Synopsis

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.


I have finally read this book! It took me two months due to my procrastinating and all around lazy behaviour. *Deep breaths* I need air, I need a doctor, I just NEED!

I decided to review this book because I read books 1-5 after I had already seen the movies. I read book 7 a few months before the movies-twice and it still remains my favourite in the series. I was told that if I had read the books in order I would have experienced the hate every one else felt for Severus Snape, but since I read The Deathly Hallows first, my mind was already made up about him. I will admit that it was the last book that tipped my decision over the edge and confirmed that Snape is indeed my favourite Harry Potter Character but I had liked him throughout the series. I don’t know, maybe I like snarky people.

Most of us know how this plays out, but I’ll go through it for those who don’t know. After the events of Book Five, the Wizarding World finally believes that Voldemort has returned. The war rages on and it doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. Dumbledore reveals to Harry his ideas about Voldemort’s rise to power and how he believes to weaken him. Since the prophecy was heard, Harry now knows that either he himself must kill Voldemort, or Voldemort must kill him.

I had never paid attention to the movie. It was the one that I couldn’t understand and I’m glad that now all that is sorted out. I get it now. There were so many things put in perspective for me. It was as if I were experiencing it all for the first time.

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

Dumbledore’s unwavering faith in Severus made Harry so angry. I mean, we know that Harry’s anger is a force to be reckoned with, but there was no explaining why Dumbledore refused to believe that Severus could do no wrong.

Harry’s obsession with Draco made me roll my eyes. It wasn’t so bad in the movie but in the book! He was Malfoy this, Malfoy that. I started feeling Hermione and Ron’s pain pretty early on.

When that climax approached, I was worried. I knew it was going to happen, I knew how it was going to play out. I was worried that maybe my love/like/admiration-whatever- for Severus would go away. I was legit scared. No lie. It came and went and I still didn’t hate him. I understand everyone’s anger, I understand how it’s clear that there was major betrayal involved but as I said, my mind was already made up about him.

I’m glad I read this book. With this book, I have no completed the entire Harry Potter series. I’ll probably re-watch HBP because Alan Rickman made the perfect Snape. It’s been fun and I’ll probably marathon this series sometime in the near future because who can resist the Harry Potter series.

Read: 30 November 2015
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 1 January 2005
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: J.K. Rowling

Let’s Talk…J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling as we all know is the author of the world renowned Harry Potter series (along with its companions). She’s also written The Casual Vacancy, a completely different genre than Harry Potter. It’s more Mystery and Adult. As well as the Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. You can find out more at her Goodreads page.

             

J.K. Rowling has been a part of so many people’s lives and so many say that she has made their childhood better and more magical. There were millions of children waiting for their Hogwarts letters to come when they turned eleven so that they could experience the same adventures Harry did.

I didn’t read much as a child and I was 3 years old when The Philosopher’s Stone was published so obviously I couldn’t read back then. I found out about the series when The Chamber of Secrets movie came out. Yes, I know it’s pretty late but I’m glad to have jumped on the band wagon no matter how late I was. I remember watching The Philosopher’s Stone in the lounge and my dad trying to get me to stop because of witchcraft and the ‘scary’ scenes. I told him my uncle told me to watch it and that was my introduction to the Harry Potter fandom. The Basilisk in the second movie haunted my nightmares for days but that didn’t steer me away.

I never read the books as a kid and I started out with The Deathly Hallows because I remember buying it just after I watched The Order of the Phoenix. I started reading the series last year (2014) and have yet to complete The Half-Blood Prince. This series didn’t make up my childhood but it did make a big impact on me in my early and late teenage years.

J.K. Rowling has touched our lives, our hearts and for most, as Harry Potter grew, we grew with him.

Harry Potter’s story may have ended but he lives on in us, in his stories and definitely in Pottermore: a site dedicated to fans of the series. New writing from J.K. Rowling herself is added every once in a while that gives us never before seen information about the world and characters.

For a bit of a change, J.K. Rowling wrote The Casual Vacancy, a book that’s filled with mystery. It’s a more Adult centered book and it’s been said that one has to step out of the world of Harry Potter and look at the book from a different perspective. Which is a bit difficult to do because we know J.K. Rowling as the author of Harry Potter and nothing else. But when inspiration comes knocking one done not turn away.

The Cormoran Strike series were written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and has gotten quite a bit of praise. We always need a bit more murder and mystery in our lives. The third book in the series was published in October of this year.

J.K. Rowling’s words will remain with us for a long time and I personally think it’s amazing that we had someone like her to add to our childhoods, to our lives and us as people.

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