Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Forbidden

Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Release: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse

  • Incest. There you go. I said it. This book is about incest. But it's about so much more and if you turn away from this wonderful novel because the incest scares you off, then I urge you to truly take the most cliché advice in the world: Don't judge a book by it's cover (or it's subject matter, in this case). Just don't. Anywho, my point is that I never, EVER approved of incest before but this book has taught me to think twice about taboo topics. Maya and Lochan, the siblings that fall in love have showed me that incest is multifaceted. Weird, isn't it? I'd never thought I'd say that but it's true.
  • Lochan, one of the main characters, really touched my heart. As the oldest, Lochan takes over as the head of the family because his mother doesn't understand the meaning of responsibility. I've never met an MC like him. He was socially inept but he was an amazing character, nonetheless. His feelings and emotions were brutally honest and raw; even though I'll never be able to know exactly how he felt, I got pretty close because Suzuma is just that good at internalization.
  • Lochan's entire family broke my heart. They were so real and their situation made me incredibly sad. Since their mom is a douche, they depend on Lochan and Maya, the elders. The siblings are all different but they still manage to work together and look out for one another. They truly made a beautiful family. 
  • Like I said, Lochan and Maya's relationship never felt wrong or disgusting to me. The reasons that they fell in love were legit. Theirs in one of the few relationships that made perfectly good sense because of the way Suzuma depicts the two characters and their circumstances. I honestly couldn't imagine them NOT being together. It was clear why the two needed each other and that's what made their love so real.
  • The plot of Forbidden focused on the relationship between Lochan and Maya but there were many smaller sub plots that tied together at the end. Family was a big one. Throughout the novel, it was heartbreaking to see how the family affected the relationship and vice-versa. The end was shocking. I wasn't expecting it at all! My heart was already crumbling but the end just shattered it to pieces.
  • The dialogue was weird at times. I mean, I find it awkward to call someone "my love," y'know? I think it's a preference thing though because it might be fine for others. 
  • I would've liked to see Maya's side of the relationship developed a bit more. We get to know her personality pretty well but Lochan's feelings felt far stronger and real compared to Maya's.
To Sum It Up
  • A heartfelt, mind-altering novel about incest. Left me re-thinking everything I knew about society's views on the taboo subject. 
  • Touching characters in intense situations that broke my heart. 
  • The most emotionally draining book I've read this year and I say that in the best possible way! 

2011 Contemp Challenge: 11/13 books completed.
Thank you so much Galley Grab for allowing me to read this book! I swear, I'm forever in your debt!

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Harry Potter Week: I Remember

    Today is the last day for Harry Potter Week. The day to reminisce about this phenomenon that has been such a huge part of all of our lives. But I can't do it. I just can't bring myself to talk about it. I find it physically impossible to tell you all how much Harry Potter means to me. I watched the movie last night and I was literally left speechless. Talking about it just makes me feel as if it really is over. But I know it's not. I'll be reading these books on my death bed. And I'll have the movies on replay for my whole life. Plus, there's Pottermore, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and so much more. So I'm not going to sit here and tell you guys how much I'm going to miss it, as if it's gone forever. Because it's not gone and it never will be.

    But I can't just do NOTHING for the last day of Harry Potter Week. So I'm going to leave you guys with a montage of books/movies 1-7.5 that I found on Youtube. Enjoy :)

    This may seem an inadequate conclusion for a week about something so huge and I'm sorry for that. I just don't have the strength or ability in me to say goodbye to Harry Potter because it's not over, not for me. As my hero and role model said last week, "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."

    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Harry Potter Week: Just get me to my destination, please!

    My wings were made for flapping and that's just what they'll do.
    One of these days these wings are ganna flap away from you.

    Cawwwww cawwwww- what? You don’t understand my cawing? Fine, I’ll speak in your ugly English language. But I think you should all learn how to speak Hippogriff. It’s very satisfying, trust me. My call brings all the ferrets to the yard!

    Let’s get to the reason you’re all here- to talk about me! I mean, to learn about transportation in my world. The best way to get from one place to another is using a Hippogriff. Just look at my powerful legs and wings. Do you really think there is a better method of transportation? I offer a fun, exhilarating ride to those who I deem acceptable. Plus, my soft feathers will keep you warm, no matter how high we fly! And I'm beautiful too. Who wouldn't want to be seen riding a creature as majestic as me? Okay, okay, let's move on before Honey comes along and begins yelling. I love that one but she's quite feisty.

    My broomstick is bigger than yours, Draco.
    The most obvious and frequently used method of transportation is the broomstick. Students are taught to fly broomsticks in their first year of school. Many charms are built in for protection, which makes a lot of sense because who would want to sit on a stick – how uncomfortable! Broomsticks are very versatile. They are not only used for transportation, but for sport as well.

    Next up is the Floo Network. I must admit, it’s quite interesting, not to mention effective. It's the only method that comes close, but not quite at, my level of awesomeness. Here’s how it works: step into a fireplace (turn it off first, unless you’re bloody crazy like Loony Lovegood!), grab a handful of the glittery floo powder, drop it into the fireplace and say the name of your destination. TA-DA! You must be careful though. Hagrid once read me an article about how wizard and witches with an “innie” belly button tend to end up 100 metres from their desired location. Don’t ask me how; I don’t even have a belly button!

    Come Harry, let us apparate like the
    bad ass mo-fos that we are.
    I’m sorry, I lied earlier. I said that the Floo Network is second coolest to me, but that place goes to apparation. It’s similar to driving for muggles. Both apparating and driving require a licence and intense practice and skill. The most dangerous part of apparating is the risk of getting splinched. It even sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Splinching occurs when one apparates or dissaparates unsuccessfully, leaving part of their bodies behind in their former location. Ron once left half an eyebrow behind during his Apparation exam, which doesn’t seem too bad. But later on, while running from Death Eaters, he splinched away part of his upper arm. Sirius stuff, I tell you... ;)

    Have you heard of Portkeys? I’m sure you have! It’s sort of like apparation but with a few key differences. An item must be enchanted using the Portus spell to create a Portkey. A Portkey can transport a group of people, as long as they are all touching the Portkey at the time of activation. Those who travel by Portkey feel a tugging sensation on their navel. What is it with wizarding transportation and belly buttons? First the Floo Network and now Portkeys...

    Harry, get on the damn bus! It's got other stranded wizards
    to pick up!
    Let’s talk about one of my favourites: The Knight Bus! Cawwwwwwwwwwww! It provides emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. I’ve never actually been on it but I’ve looked in through the windows once. It was during the time that Sirius and I were in hiding. He was craving a butterbeer so I flew him over to The Hog’s Head and waited behind some trees. Harry had sent him some Polyjuice Potion and a couple of hairs for emergencies so he took a bit of it before going in. Five minutes after Sirius went in, The Knight Bus showed up to drop off some tiny potato-looking man. I took a look inside the bus because it had stopped right infront of me. I wouldn’t mind crashing in there for a while!

    Anything off the trolley, dears?
    And last but definitely not the least, we have the Hogwarts Express! Choooooooooo chooooooo! What a fantastic vehicle, isn’t it? It picks up Hogwarts students at Platform 9 and ¾ on King’s Cross Station in London and takes them to Hogsmeade Station, located between the town of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. The best part about the Hogwarts Express is obviously the old witch who sells sweets on a trolley. Chocolate Frogs, Bernie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum, Cauldron Cakes, Pumpkin Pasties, Licorice Wands, and much, much more! Don’t forget about the ice cold pumpkin juice!

    Let me know your favourite method of transportation in Harry Potter in the comments below!

    And make sure you check out today's posts by the brightest witches of their age:

    Harry Potter Week: The Second Trio

    Neville: Hey guys, the Ministry has control of this blog too! 
    Ginny: Dumb bloggers, can't even take care of themselves. 
    Luna: Oh Ginny, that's quite rude. It's not their fault.
    Ginny: Yes it is. If they looked after themselves, we wouldn't have to come rescue them.
    Neville: But it's not their fault! The Ministry is -
    Ginny: I mean, there are other muggles that are in more danger than these bloggers.
    Luna: Yes, well. Since we're here, let's get on with it, shall we?
    Neville: Let's look around for suspicious activity. Maybe an animagus or something.
    Ginny: Is that...that Firelight book cover! Is it...moving?
    Luna: Let me see that - immobulus!
    Neville: It was definitely a moving portrait! The other one is probably linked directly to Umbridge's office! 
    Ginny: Whose blog is this? Honey's? What a fool! I thought she was monitoring her blog. 
    Luna: She probably had wrackspurts in her brain. You know how that is, quite annoying.
    Neville: No, we don't know how that is, but enlighten us, please!
    Luna: Well they get into your brain from your ears and make it go all fuzzy. Serious business!
    Ginny: Yes, I'm sure it is...
    Neville: Someone take care of that Firelight cover. Reducto should do it. 
    Ginny: Reducto! Can we go now?
    Luna: But what about Honey? Shouldn't we make sure she's alright?
    Ginny: Oh, alright then. But don't be surprised if I stick a flobberworm up her nose. Dumb girl deserves it.
    Neville: Is that her coming in through the door?
    Honey: Oh hey guys, what's up? Ginny, what are you- *gets flobberwormed*
    Ginny: That's for wasting my time.
    Luna: But where did you get that flobberworm from?
    Neville: *shakes head*

    Alrighty then, that was one disgusting flobberworm! Ginny sure doesn't like me... Well since I'm back, I'm having a giveaway to celebrate! I'll be giving away one Harry Potter Sticker Book courtesy of Insight Editions

    • Fill out the form with your name or nickname and your email to enter.
    • Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
    • International!
    • Enter once only. Multiple entries will be deleted.
    • Linking the contest is appreciated, but not necessary.
    • Ends July 20th.

    Hosted by the brightest witches of their age:

    Check back tomorrow for the end of Harry Potter Week!

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Harry Potter Week: Giveaway #2

    Hey guys, it's Honey! The Ministry still has control of my blog but I have managed to hack into their system. I'm only here for a little bit to reward you guys for being such great troopers during the takeover! I know Nagini was spouting some horrible advice the other day and all I want to say is DO NOT BELIEVE HER! And I'm not sure how Rodolphus's diary got here but I'm sure it was Bella, trying to embarrass her fool of a husband. Ah, they certainly have something special. So anyways, I'll be giving away one Hagrid key chain, courtesy of LEGO!

    • Fill out the form with your name or nickname and your email to enter.
    • Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
    • Australia only! Sorry :(
    • Enter once only. Multiple entries will be deleted.
    • Linking the contest is appreciated, but not necessary.
    • Ends July 20th.


    Thank you LEGO for the key chain!! Youu daaaaa best!

    And don't forget to enter the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter giveaway as well! It's international!

    That's all for now! I'll be back when I get in better control of the blog. I'm looking for the culprit right now. I bet it's Umbridge!

    Harry Potter Week: Lestrange Diary

    Excerpt from the diary of Rodolphus Lestrange. Please read Bella and the Snake to understand this entire post.

    Date Unknown

    I saw it again today. The spark, the connection between He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and Bella. It's actually quite amusing. They have a funny relationship, sort of like a puppy and it's owner. Bella being the puppy, of course. I was spying on them earlier and Bella was painting a portrait of The Dark Lord. I was surprised that she had stepped away from the shrine of The Lord that she set up in her closet. They had a bit of a conversation before he got mad and left.

    I decided to have a chat with her afterwards:

    Rodolphus: What are you doing, Bella?
    Bella: Painting, you nitwit.
    Rodolphus: Why are you painting? I think your shrine is jealous of the time you're spending with this painting..
    Bella: It's a painting of The Dark Lord, fool. I'll be adding it to my shrine as soon as it's completed. 
    Rodolphus: Right, just overlook the fact that your shrine is already overflowing into our bedroom.
    Bella: I know you like the action figures of The Dark Lord as much as I do! Remember the one where he Avada Kedavra'd that fat muggle police officer?
    Rodolphus: Oh yeah, that's a good one! We need action figures of me.
    Bella: You'll have your own action figure when you become as successful and handsome as The Dark Lord. 
    Rodolphus: That's true. I need a bit more leverage to my name.
    Bella: And think about it from a manufacturer's point of view; they'll have to spend extra plastic on making a nose for you. They don't have that issue with The Dark Lord.
    Rodolphus: Are you suggesting that I cut off my nose?
    Bella: What's the point? You'll still be uglier than him.
    Rodolphus: But will I get my own action figure?
    Bella: You're barely even in action. I do EVERYTHING.
    Rodolphus: That's not true! Remember when we Crucio'd the Longbottoms? 
    Bella: Yes, I remember that you stood back and laughed while Crouch and I Crucio'd them.
    Rodolphus: Nooo- oh wait, you're right. How about when-
    Bella: No, that was me.
    Rodolphus: Okay, remember when-
    Bella: Still me.
    Rodolphus: Surely, that time-
    Bella: Nope. It was me.
    Rodolphus: You don't even know what I'm about to say.
    Bella: But I know it was always me.
    Rodolphus: If it's always you in action, then why isn't there an action figure of you? HM?!?
    Bella: There is. It's coming out November 20th, to a store near you!

    I just walked away after that. This woman is impossible. 

    Hope you're all enjoying Harry Potter Week!

    Hosted by the brightest witches of their age:

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Harry Potter Week: The Acceptable Curssssesss


    SSSSssssss. It issssssss I, Nagini. Now that the foolisshhh girl has been removed, I will be your hossssst. Do you know about the Threeee Unforgivable (Acceptable) Curssssessss? They are the mosssst powerful and deadlyy cursssesss known to wizzzzzard-kind. They are: the Killing Curse, Avada Kedavra, the Cruciatus Curse, Crucio, and the Imperius Curse, Imperio. Ussssing these cursses would usually  send a witch or wizard to Azkaban. But not anymoreeeeeeeee.

    The Imperiusss Curse:
    Thisss curssse places the stupid, weak witchh or wizzard under complete control of the cassster. Nottt many can resssissst this curssse. Thosse under the curssse go into a state of blisss and easse. But that meanssss the casster has complete control and they can doo whateverrrrrr they want. They could make youuu eat an acromantula. Or they could make you tell Moaning Myrtle that you love her. The effectss of thisss cursssse are either verrryyyy bad or verrryy good, dependinggg on how you look at itttt.

    Harrrry beingg Crucio'd! 
    The Cruciatus Curse:
    The nexxxxt unforgivable curseee is the Cruciatus Curse, whichh inflictsss unbearable pain upon the victimm. How funnnnnnnnnn! The Death Eaters love to usssse thiss one and I love watchinngg themmm. There'ssss nothingggg better than hearing Muggles' screams of excruciating pain. The most important partttt of thisss curse is wanting to inflict pain. That'ssss why those who use it must be strong and determined. Weaklings like Harryy Potter could never use thisss cursssee.

    The Killing Curse:
    There goesssssss the dumb motherrrr.
    Besssst for lassssst! Instantaneous death! What could be bettter? It issss consssidered to be the worst of the threeee curssses. There is no comming backkk frommm the deadddd.....usssually. But there issssss one thing that willll get in the wayyyyy of this cursssse. What isss it called? Sacrificial protection, I believe. If someoneeee willingly protectss another from this cursssse, a counter-charm will be endowed in the principal victim. Jusssst like with that stupid Harrrrrryyy Potteeerr and his his iddiottt motherrrrrr.

    All you readerssssss need to knowwww that the usssee of these cursses is encouraged by the Ministry. Muggle, mudbloods, half-blood, Muggle-lovers and the like are open to all witches and wizardssssss. Sssssoooo, get currrrrssssssssing

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    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Harry Potter Week: An Official Ministry Announcement

    The Ministry of Magic wishes to thank Guenhwyvar for making our letters look magical. Visit her at The-Dark-Arts in Diagon Alley for all your wizardry artist needs.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Harry Potter Week & Giveaway: There's a boggart in my closet!

    Hey guys! It’s me, Honey. I was planning on having Parvati Patil come in for this post but I decided I wanted to do it myself. We’re going to discuss something very important today. We first came to learn about this creature in Harry’s third year at Hogwarts. Professor Lupin did a wonderfully engaging lesson on this interesting magical creature that has popped up many times during the series. Yes, I’m talking about boggarts.

    I’ve always found boggarts captivating. I mean, they basically look into the brain and figure out what a person’s greatest fear is. Imagine having a gift like that; it seems very powerful. The spell to get rid of a boggart is Riddikulus, which turns the boggart into something funny. We get to learn the boggarts of many characters throughout the series. Boggarts reveal a lot about a person. Here are a couple of important boggarts in Harry Potter:

    Dementors, which Lupin claims is very wise because what Harry fears is fear itself.

    Spiders. A completely viable fear because Fred and George played a prank on him involving spiders when he was younger.

    Failure. Hermione’s fear fits her personality perfectly. J.K Rowling said that Hermione tries to compensate for her insecurities by being the best she can possibly be and failing completely goes against Hermione’s goal.

     Professor Snape. Completely understandable, if I do say so myself.

    The full moon. I’d be scared of it to if I were a werewolf.

    The corpse of his sister, Arianna. Dumbledore’s boggart just broke my heart.

    His own dead body. Voldemort fears death. I can honestly understand all of his actions because they are completely based on this one fear.

    Molly Weasley and Queen Rowling 
    Both have a fear of losing their loved ones. I honestly can’t picture them fearing anything else. We’ve gotten to know both of them on a highly personal level. We’ve seen the trials they’ve faced and their fear couldn’t be any more suiting.

    So to end off this post, I’ve gathered the boggarts of Brodie, Liz and Sonia, my wonderful co-hosts for this amazing Harry Potter event. Here goes:

    My boggart would be a giant cockroach. Actually, it wouldn't need to be giant. The muggle kind do good enough job of FREAKING ME OUT!! I considered spiders, but I can handle the smaller kind. I even let the little ones go, because they're small and innocent and don't mean me any harm. But cockroaches? I cannot function within fifty metres of one. If I see one, I start making stupid whimpering noises, jump on a chair and call for someone to get rid of it. They're big and brown and ugly. I try to love all creatures, I really do, but I can't make an exception for this. They were designed to eat people like me. Particularly the flying kind. I didn't even know they COULD FLY until one hulked out at me - and I say hulked out, because it looked five times larger and more menacing when it flew. You know there's over 400 different species in Australia alone? They say you should know the enemy and I know the dirty facts about mine. Which makes me more paranoid.

    Tim Curry as IT, from the Stephen King mini-series
    Hiya, Liz!
    My Boggart would be a clown. Ever since I was a child, clowns have frightened me - I think it's because of those huge fakes smiles they have painted on their faces, and those massive feet that bang on the floor and make a horrible noise whenever they walk. And why do they dress like that? In what way could they possibly be funny? A poor, unsuspecting child, goes up to them to smell a pretty flower pinned to their top, and BAM, water sprays into their face. Tell me, in what way is that NOT TERRIFYING?! Their creepy eyes, their oversized buttons that look like instruments of torture - the only thing that's funny about them is that they're supposed to be funny. Not to mention their clown cars - how do so many of them fit in there? What kind of dark magic is that?! We can't rule out the possibility they work for Voldemort. We can't.

    My boggart would definitely be some kind of animal. While I'm scared of them all, from the cute little bunny to the huge and ferocious killer shark, it would probably appear in the form of a vicious, snarling lion because, as you know, boggarts exist to make our lives living hells. Now, I know what you're thinking - a lion? Obviously I'm not Gryffindor material. To tell the truth, I'm not so fond of badgers, snakes or eagles either, but let's get back on track. Can you blame me for being scared of a big, scary lion? This thing could kill me in more ways than Voldemort. I could be devoured, trampled, shredded, or just plain scared to death. Just imagining those giant claws or teeth anywhere near me makes me shudder and my heart rate speed up. King of the jungle? Okay, sure! I will stay safely out of your way, Mr. Lion, as long as you don't come close to me.

    I was cringing while looking
    for this picture. EW!
    My boggart is weird. It’s unusual, I guess. You guys will probably laugh at me, which I don’t mind because everyone laughs when I tell them. My boggart is ketchup. Yuup. I’m afraid of ketchup. It’s a phobia that developed when I was little. My sister and cousins would tell me that it’s monster blood and I’ve stayed away from it ever since. Even though I know it’s not monster blood, or any type of blood for that matter, I still can’t bring myself to eat it. And I hate the smell of it too. I get a sniff of ketchup and I just wanna run in the other direction. I've grown accustomed to being around it because I work at McDonald's and it's literally everywhere. Still hate it though. I don't think I'll ever get over this fear. If a ketchup bottle boggart ever appeared in front of me, I honestly don't know how I would get rid of it. You want to know the funniest part about my phobia? I LOVE TOMATOES. But I hate ketchup. Weird, eh?

    Okay that's all for the boggarts! Let's move on, shall we?


    Please welcome Professor McGonagall who is here today with a little treat for those of you reading and commenting during Harry Potter Week!

    Don't let this smile fool you.

    It has come to my attention that one of the Hogwarts acceptance letters that I mailed out this year was returned unopened. This means that we have one empty spot at Hogwarts this year. Now, I'm going against protocol by doing this but I figured that one of you would like to come instead. No muggles allowed! Witches and wizards only. All you have to do is let me what your boggart is and I'll consider sending you the letter. But only one person will be accepted! And just because I'm feeling generous, I'll throw in a few goodies like HP magnets + more! But don't think I'm getting soft; I'll transfigure you into a bowtruckle faster than you can say, "Aww, how sweet of you Professor McGonagall!"

    • Fill out the form with your name or nickname, your email, and your boggart to enter. 
    • Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
    • International.
    • Enter once only. Multiple entries will be deleted.
    • Linking the contest is appreciated, but not necessary.
    • Ends July 20th.
    • For more information on the prize, click here. No specific details on the goodies.


    A big thank you goes out to Munchkinzmomma on Etsy for supplying the letter and goodies for this giveaway! She's crazy cool so make sure you check out the other items she has on Etsy!

    Hope you're enjoying Harry Potter Week!

    Hosted by the brightest witches of their age:

    Make sure you drop by their blogs and see what they have for you today!

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Harry Potter Week: I Love Hermione Granger


    Collin Creevy here! I’m not sure why I’m doing this but here goes nothing. I love Hermione Granger. I honestly do love her. You’re probably thinking that I don’t know her well enough to love her but that’s not true. I know her pretty well; let me prove it.

    I am certain that she is the brightest witch I have ever met. I bet she’s even the bright witch YOU’VE ever met. She gets the highest grades in all of Hogwarts and there isn’t a question that she can’t answer. She truly is the brightest witch of her age. Harry and Ron are lucky to have her. I know, for a fact, that they wouldn’t be alive without her. And so what if she’s a know-it-all? There’s nothing wrong with being educated. Her thirst for knowledge has helped her out of many different situations. Plus, intelligence always makes a girl more beautiful. Not that Hermione isn’t already beautiful enough. Her bushy hair always has my heart fluttering. And her large front teeth? They put the biggest smile on my face! I could take pictures of her all day long!

    Why can’t more girls at Hogwarts be like Hermione? They might as well be dung beetles. But Hermione is always with Harry Potter and the ginger. She’ll never notice me. I might as well just give up on love forever. Or settle for Romilda Vane. What does it really matter, anyway, if I can’t have Hermione? You must think I’m an obsessed fool. Well, go ahead, I don’t care. Love makes you think crazy things. And believe me, I haven’t touched a drop of love potion. This is true love coming straight from my woe-filled heart. Just ask my brother! He told me the other day that I was sleep talking about Hermione. He said that I was asking her to take a stroll in the Forbidden Forest but she said she’d rather party with the giants. I don’t believe him though; I know Hermione would never be so rude.

    I think I’m going to ask her out next week. I’ll just go up to Harry, Ron and Hermione during dinner in the Great Hall and tell her that Moaning Myrtle wants to talk to her so I could get her alone. Then I’ll just ask her if she has plans for the weekend. I’ll take her to the lake and we can skip rocks and watch the giant squid. Or maybe I’ll ask her to tutor me in Potions. Snape’s been failing me; I’m sure it’s got nothing to do with the fact that I ask him if he’s washed his hair every time I come to class. I bet Hermione would love to tutor me! I think I’m going to stick with that. Maybe we’ll fall in love and she can force Harry to give me his autograph! This just keeps getting better and better!

    So I love Hermione Granger. You better not love her too; she’s MINE! My love is too pure to overpower. Check out some of the pictures I took of her!

    She's mad because she's away from me. 
           She's thinking of me!
    She's excusing herself to go
     to the loo so she could sneak
    away and see me!

    This one is my favourite. I'm not sure who took it but I've blown it up and pasted it above my bed!

    We're beautiful together!

    Okayyy Collin, time for you to go! Look! It's Harry. I think he has a quill in his hands, maybe he'll sign your forehead for you. Runnnn after him!!

    Finally, he's gone. There's no stopping this kid once he gets going! I must admit, it's kinda cute how much he loves her! Creepy, but cute :)

    Huge thanks to the wonderfully talented chromatic for the amazing banner and button! Visit The-Dark-Arts for all your wizardry artist needs.

    Hosted by the brightest witches of their age:
    Sonia - The Story Queen

    Make sure you drop by their blogs and see what they have in store!

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    Harry Potter Week: Ministry of Magic Profile

    Name: Honey
    Gender: Female
    Occupation: Blogger
    Active Since: March 2011
    Monitored since: June 2011
    Last spotting: The Hog’s Head with Sybill Trelawney, Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries, Liz of Planet Print, and Sonia of The Story Queen.

    Blood Staus: Pure Blood, but with unacceptable pro-Muggle leanings
    Family: Pure blood mother, father, and sister (verified by Dolores Umbridge), brother (whereabouts and blood status unknown)
    Security Status: TRACKED. Family and house are under strict surveilance. All movements are being monitored. Special lookout for unknown brother. Blog is also being monitored for pro-Muggle propaganda.

    NOTES: Sniff Books, Not Drugs will be under intense surveillance for 2 weeks due to an anonymous tip of alleged illegal pro-Muggle and pro-Harry Potter activity.

    Yuup, that's right. I'm being monitored. I got an owl from Arthur Weasley telling me that he found this in Dolores Umbridge's office when he was snooping around. Don't worry though, I'm tracking the IP addresses that come on my blog right now. Any address that isn't on my list will be hit with a Confundus Charm and their internet will go haywire.

    And I've known about them tracking my house for a while now. There's been a little hamster that appeared 3 weeks ago around my house. I see it everyday, just sitting and watching. It only moves at night. Could it be any more obvious?

    I didn't know they tracked me at The Hog's Head though. I'm going to have to be more careful. I'll need to tell the girls as well. You're probably wondering why we were with Trelawney, eh? She said she wanted to meet with us. We weren't particularly busy or anything so we agreed. She told me to drink some tea and I said, "Sorry, I only do coffee." She just shoved the cup into my hands and then her eyes started to twitch. I drank it because I didn't want her spazzing out on me.

    Here are what my dregs looked like:

    Trelawney: My dear! The build up on the side of your cup is unusual. I foresee an ugly week ahead of you.
    Honey: (looking at Trewlany) Oh yeah? Well I see an ugly face ahead of me.
    Trelawney: Such disrespect! I am telling you the truth! Be careful, lest you come upon an unfortunate surprise.
    Honey: The only thing that'll surprise me is if you start acting like a normal witch. 
    Trelawney:  You remind me of a certain know-it-all witch. Her large beaver teeth were the cause of her sufferring. Let me see if you have any irregularly proportioned features. (starts to circle around Honey, grilling her down)
    Honey: Get away from me, you old crackpot! 
    Trelawney: AHA! Your ears. How peculiar. They're flat, no curled rim whatsoever. Are you part elf? Or perhaps pixie?
    Honey: No. I'm a pure blood witch! 
    Trelawney: I was afraid of that. Your ears will cause you great harm. I suggest you keep a stick of wormwood covered in the spit of an acromantula in your pocket at all times. 
    Honey: And I suggest that you keep your dumb old advice to yourself! How dare you analyze my ears?! Draco's father will be hearing about this. 
    Trelawney: Draco's father? What?-
    Honey: Oh, hush up, you fool. Give me your tea cup! Let me read YOUR FUTURE.
    Trelawney: Oh no. It doesn't work like that- HEY! Give it here!
    Honey: Is that a worm in the middle? Actually, I think it's a snake. I'm afraid Nagini's going to eat you. 
    Trelawney: You don't know what you're talking about! You do not have the inner eye. Only I have the inner eye.
    Honey: Shut up before my fist meets your inner eye

    Watch yourself, Sybill. I'm known to be quite volatile.

    The girls were too busy laughing their heads off to participate in my reading. It didn't go too bad, right? I mean, she's always talking nonsense anyways. She was saying something about being careful and protecting our followers during the whole meeting. I didn't pay her any attention though. How could I possibly have an ugly week ahead of me? I'm going to be involved in all things Harry Potter. It's going to be a wonderful week! Keep checking back to see what the girls and I have in store :) Make sure you guys check out the girls' intro posts! I've linked them at the bottom :)

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    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Oh hai there!

    Hello! In case you've forgotten, I'm Honey. I know I haven't been blogging a lot lately but I'll make up for it this week.

    You see, in June, I had exams, so I was MIA for a long time. Then right after exams were done, I slacked A LOT. I was just so tired of school and work and everything. So I slacked hardcore. But this week, I've been doing a lot. I balanced my time between two things: work and Harry Potter. Yuuuup! If I wasn't working, I was sleeping. When I wasn't sleepING, I was writing Harry Potter posts for the Harry Potter week that Brodie, Liz, Sonia and I have planned for you guys starting tomorrow! 

    It's going to be a crazy awesome week, so make sure you don't miss it! There are going to be FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC posts. Trust me, I've read them all and I can attest to their awesome-sauciness! There are going to be giveaway too and I know how you guys love those! 

    I've had a couple giveaways on the blog that I've closed but still haven't announced the winners for. I think I'll do them all next week, so stay tuned for that as well. 

    I promise guys, right after Harry Potter week is over, I'm going to read and review like crazyyyyyyyyy. And I gotta comment on blogs too so just bare with me til then! 

    Kay, that's all. PEACE OUT FELLAS! 

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