All posts tagged: Harry Potter

Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Tropes I’ve Had Enough Of, Thanks!

Ah, another Tuesday, another Top 5 Tuesday, courtesy of Shanah over at, Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is all about tropes, again, but this time: Top 5 Tropes I’ve Had Enough Of! #1 : The Love Triangle This has to be the ultimate in clichéd tropes. Enough already, it’s been done to death! This is why I do not read romance novels. Ever! #2 : The Unlikely Hero Despite the fact Hero was a woman, why do we use the word Hero to exemplify men? Get over it people, woman are just as good, if not better, at being the hero. Where’s the female Harry Potter? Of, yeah, her name was Hermione. #3 : The Old Duffer Who’s Life Is Changed … By having a kid in the house, you know the kind of story, the Anne Of Green Gables kind of trope. Can we please reinvent this one, or get rid of it altogether? #4 : Dysfunctional Family Saga I was so done with this trope decades ago. I lived this so why …

Top 5 Tuesday: Bookish Maps

So this week’s topic for Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm is: Bookish Maps or, books with maps in. Once again I will be sticking to talking about books I’ve personally read and loved that have included a map or maps. So here they are: No. 1 — Hogwarts School (J.K. Rowling) No. 2 — Narnia (C.S. Lewis) No. 3 — Discworld (Terry Pratchett) No. 4 — Guilder (Princess Bride) No. 5 — Earthsea (Ursula K. LeGuin) I did have so many more books but, there’s a point where you have to choose just five as this is, after all, the Top 5 Tuesday, and not, Top 24! Honourable mentions go to: Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings) | The Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh) — see, I had to squeeze two more in!

A Slytherin Saturday

He may have been Head of house Slytherin. He may have seemed like the epitome of evil, hell bent on thwarting Dumbledore and Harry, but we know Severus Snape was so much more than that. A complicated man who, despite everything and, in the end, did what was asked of him by Dumbledore and, in doing so, gave the ultimate sacrifice: his life. In dying the way he did, Snape showed us what it is to be a different kind of hero—an unseen hero. A tarnished man with a conflicted soul who harboured a deep hurt that, quite possibly, shaped who he became throughout the whole series. Intentional by Rowling? Undoubtedly! I mean, what better kind of hero can you have than Severus Snape? Bitter, yes, twisted, maybe. But in his love for Harry’s mother, Lily, Snape dug deep and found something deep inside himself, and did the right thing when it mattered. I think, for me at least, when I learned that his patronus was a doe, as silver doe at that, I knew …

Unique Blogger

Following on from Vera over at Unfiltered Tales, who was asked three questions by Kiersten, I am taking up the challenge to answer the three questions she threw out for anyone to join in on—partly because I had no post prepared for today, it’s a Bank Holiday Monday and we’re housebound due to rain. Shame you all cannot hear the thunder like we can! Anyway, Vera’s questions to all of us were: What character’s flaw irritates you? Hmm… there could be so many candidates for most irritating, but I would have to settle on Police Cadet Yvette Nichol, a character from Still Life, by Louise Penny. Who was so well written I began to detest her by the mid-point of the book. She’s arrogant and so self-absorbed to the point she ignores sound advice and takes everything as a personal insult. Worst of all, she’s deceitful on a level that is ultimately her downfall. Louise Penny crafts this character to such a degree as to make Nichol get so under a reader’s skin, and makes …