Author: J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter:  The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling

I feel like I can no longer call myself a Harry Potter fan, because this short story was “released” ten years ago, and I didn’t know it existed.  I’ve always had a soft spot for the Marauders, although as I’ve grown older I recognize that they were definitely bullies.  Still, I’ve always wanted Rowling to write a companion series about them (I’m all set with the sequels, plays, etc.).  Another reason why I’m flabbergasted that I didn’t know about this short story. First of all, I need to point out that I really appreciate the Sirius Black pun.  This is a […]

Posted March 14, 2019 in Reviews // 8 Comments //
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Full disclosure:  I’ve never been crazy about the book version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m talking the original version, the wee little paperback published to support Comic Relief back in 2001.  Although if I’m being completely honest, I also think that the published scripts from the films are a bit of a money grab.  But they’re selling and people like them, so what do I know? This little book is the first one in the Hogwarts Library series, a little sub-series of companion books to Harry Potter to raise money (well, except for Tales of Beedle the Bard) for charity. […]

Posted January 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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

Harry’s quest is nearing an end. Since Dumbledore’s death, Harry has known it is his turn to pick up the mantle of destroying Voldemort, and that he will not be able to return home to Hogwarts.  As the hunt for Horcruxes looms over him, he has a single lead:  the fake necklace and the note signed “R.A.B.”.  He plans to go alone, and bring Voldemort to his end. What follows is a cross-country adventure as Harry – joined by his friends – break into Gringotts, duel death eaters, and are intrigued by the story of something called “The Deathly Hallows”.  […]

Posted October 20, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)

Everything you ever wanted to know about Quidditch! Quidditch Through the Ages is a fun companion book to the Harry Potter series.  Originally sold in 2001 as an effort to raise money for the Comic Relief charity, Quidditch Through the Ages was part of a two-part “Hogwarts Library” series (later joined by The Tales of Beedle the Bard).  If you want to know the history, rules, and teams behind the popular wizarding sport, this book is a must have. At only 56 pages, this is a quick read. This book is not intended to give you the mechanics of how to bewitch […]

Posted October 18, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

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

So many things have changed at Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a complete turnaround from the angsty nightmare that was Order of the Phoenix.  There are EMOTIONS and it is BEAUTIFUL and character development happens and I LOVE IT. Half-Blood Prince is my favorite book after Prisoner of Azkaban.  There is so much going on, and a BIG adventure is starting, and THINGS ARE GETTING REALLY REALLY REAL.  I could go on and on about how this book is delicious and how Rowling is my Queen.  How the writing is perfect, the characters are perfect, the story is perfect, I […]

Posted September 13, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Confession:  I like some Harry Potter books better than others. I have read Prisoner of Azkaban a couple dozen times.  … I have read Order of the Phoenix three times.  First, when it came out.  Second, right before the movie came out.  Third, this time.  This time was by far the best, and for one glaring reason:  CAPSLOCK!Harry is a lot more tolerable when you can’t see all the angry capital letters.  There are aspects of OotP that are so cool, and the cast of characters is great, but this is still my least favorite in the series.  That said?  Still four hearts. […]

Posted July 7, 2017 in Reviews // 1 Comment //