Monday, 18 February 2019

Book Review: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling

Hey Guys!

I'm back! I took a break from posting on here after Christmas to concentrate on handing in all my essays for university and then getting organised with my dissertation (third year is sooo much fun!!) so I took a back seat from blogging and concentrated on getting all my work done. Now that I'm not an uncoordinated mess I want to start uploading once a week again! Finding a balance with all my uni work, extra-curricular activities, freelance work and blogging is a challenge but I'm attempting to make it work!

This week I'm back with another book review, which is still quite new to my blog as I've never been one to post many book reviews before - however now that my love for reading has sparked again I want to share my thoughts and opinions with you guys, especially as I have a long TBR list! 

I read Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire back in September while I was on holiday in Lanzarote, but you know me - I'm late with everything! So I made sure to make some notes while I was reading it so that I could write a blog post later on - and here we are! ❤

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling



Blurb


Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.


I fell in love with the Harry Potter books ever since I began reading them in my first year of university more than two years ago! Between each book, I've found myself picking up other books on my TBR list but I've always gone back to another Harry Potter book in the end. I've always been captured and pulled in by Harry Potter ever since I watched the films as I child, but now that I'm making my way through the books I'm even more drawn in by the charm of the characters, Hogwarts and the whole of the Wizarding World.  I know a lot about the Wizarding World and Harry Potter characters as I've seen every film at least a hundred times but reading the books has helped me dive even further into the lives of the characters and the challenges Harry has to face both with the Dursleys and in the classroom. It is so easy to lose yourself in The Goblet of Fire thanks to the imagery and narration. 

The highlight to The Goblet of Fire was the introduction of other wizarding schools from around the world - in the three previous book other wizarding schools aren't mentioned, so meeting characters from places not related to Hogwarts and seeing them all take part in the Triwizard Tournament was so capturing! I think because I'd already seen the film I already had the scenes and settings imagined in my bed but reading one chapter to the next made it come to life even more!

The characters explored were definitely the best part of the fourth instalment! Hearing more on the protagonists Harry, Ron and Hermoine were fun but getting to meet Victor Krum, Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, Cho Chang and Padma and Parvati Patil was so interesting. Two other characters that I wish were featured in the film was both Charlie and Bill Weasley! You get to hear more about the Weasley family and all the Weasley children which isn't featured in the film, especially the home life at The Burrow. Also, another fun character that was introduced in the book and not the film was Ludo Bagman. Now that I've read and seen The Goblet of Fire I really wished Ludo Bagman was included in the film. Obviously, other characters take over his parts such as Bartie Crouch and Cornelius Fudge but having the character Ludo Bagman in the film like his character in the book would have been great - especially his enthusiasm for the Quidditch World Cup! 

When the book goes into detail of the Quidditch World Cup and all that it encompasses it was an element to the story that made it so much more exciting - having wizard celebrities and the celebration of an event that is so close to our own football world cup was fun! Seeing a magical twist on a normally mundane event. 


One element of the book I was really taken in by was the story of Tom Riddle's childhood. In the film you don't get given an insight into Tom Riddle and his family like you do in the book. Especially the beginning chapter when it gave such extensive detail on the Riddle family house and how it's a location/setting is key to the story.  

There are so many elements to the book that made me fall in love with The Goblet of Fire all over again. Especially as the fourth part of the Harry Potter collection has always been one of my favourites due to J.K Rowling introducing so many new characters, wizarding schools which previously weren't mentioned and more of Voldermort's evil crimes and back story. This is when the story of Harry Potter and Hogwarts really takes off! 

If you haven't read the fourth book of the Harry Potter series then I highly recommend you pick it up. You won't be able to put it down and you'll be moving on to the next book straight away to continue escaping to the Wizarding World ❤

See you next week for another new blog post! I'm not sure what day I'll be uploading a new post as I'm still sorting out my week plans but there will be one! 

Amy x 

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Blogmas Day 22: My Christmas Memories

Hey Guys!

Welcome To Blogmas Day Twenty Two

Everyone will have so many memories from Christmas, it is a magical time of year and so many moments are remembered for years to come, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite Christmas memories with you all ❣


My Top Christmas Memories


Fake Snow and Reindeer Food


I have a lot of memories from Christmas as a child, especially as Christmas is the most magical time of year when you are younger. You believe in Father Christmas, you get to play with toys day after day, you get new toys and watch your favourite Christmas films, so there is no surprise that one of my favourite memories is of Christmas as a child. From the age of four to ten, my parents would go to extreme lengths to ensure Christmas was as magical as possible! On Christmas Eve my dad and I would put our carrots and reindeer feed on our front garden so that when Santa parked his sleigh his reindeers would have something to snack on. We would then put a sign outside our house saying "Santa, stop here!" so that Father Christmas would know to stop at our house and deliver presents. After making sure there was enough food for all the reindeers, we would then leave a small glass of sherry and a mince pie next to the fireplace. As I have a personalised stocking that my parents also bought for me, I would then hang it up on the end of my bunk bed so Santa could fill it with little stocking fillers and I would have an early night. When I woke up the next day I would wake my parents up, come down to the living room and there would be snow covering our living room floor! In the snow, there would be boot prints going from the fireplace to the Christmas tree where loads of presents would be labelled with our names. Even at the age of twenty I always remember those Christmas' when there would be tons of fake snow, the sherry glass was empty and the reindeers had enjoyed the carrots. Obviously now I know that this was all my parent's amazing effort to make Christmas the most magical time of year and it worked because I still think back to those memories now ❤

(Unfortunately, I don't have any photos from this time on my phone!)

Grandma and Grandad's on Boxing Day


Before my grandparents passed away, every year on Boxing Day all of my family and extended family would travel to my grandparent's house to continue with the festive celebrations. We would all turn up around lunchtime and not leave until very late evening or sometimes not till the next day. My grandma would do an amazing buffet with various desserts, breadsticks, dips and various different crisps and sandwiches (leftover Christmas dinner - the best sandwiches!) so we'd have plenty of party food to choose from. Boxing Day at my grandparents would be a time for everyone to have a catch up, all of us younger children would get to play with our new toys and the adults would get to swap their secret Santa gifts (every Christmas the adults would all do a big family secret Santa with the aim to buy the silliest presents and would then swap them all on Boxing Day). The best secret Santa gift I remember was a bright orange Space Hopper - it gave us kids hours of fun! Later on, my grandma would bring out huge Christmas sacks and would put them in front of all of us grandchildren which would be full of presents from herself, my grandad and would also include the presents bought by aunties and uncles and more extended family. There are three gifts that were my ultimate favourite; the first was a pair of Disney pyjamas my Auntie Jane had bought which were personalised with my name, bright pink and the cosiest pyjamas I had ever had - so, of course, I got changed into them straight away and spent the rest of the day in my new princess pyjamas! My second favourite present from the Christmas sack was the Polly Pocket Cruise Ship bought by my grandma and grandad. It came with desk chairs, beach towels, cocktail glasses, and colourful suitcases - I had years of fun with that cruise ship! And my third favourite Christmas present was this beautiful Victorian Dolls House, also bought by my grandparents and physically built by my grandad. It is the most beautiful dolls house and came with all the furniture, dolls and little accessories like plates of food and flowers for the tables! Boxing Day at my grandparents was the best ❤


Lanzarote 



We have been to Lanzarote for Christmas for three years. This year is the first year we have decided to celebrate Christmas back in England. While going away to Puerto del Carmen we have made many memories which I will always remember - especially the second year we went! When we went to Lanzarote it would be my mum, dad, Uncle Pete, Auntie Sue, James, Will and I, so in total seven of us all in a villa for a week. Since we've been going for three years I've a lot of memories from each of the villas we have stayed at and funny family moments but the holiday I always remember was the second holiday! Just before we had flown out I had caught a really bad cold, to be honest, it was more like flu and ended up taking it out with me and getting worse as the holiday went on - which wasn't the best start! But the holiday was so rememberable for me because we had Christmas decorations everywhere, with a blow-up snowman, a mini Christmas tree, garlands going down the stairs and in the lights and reindeer antlers ❄ We also had all of our Christmas t-shirts that are all personalised with our nicknames and wore them for most of the holiday and has the best Christmas dinner (cooked by my dad). But the most memorable part of the holiday was getting cosy on the sofas with a blanket (my cousin James and I both were freezing because of our bad colds) and watching movies with all my family and drinking the prosecco. It was such a great holiday where we had cocktails on Christmas Eve, watched all the different Santas' on their motorbikes bike through the town to Christmas music and I remember my mum constantly trying to find different types of medicine to cure my cold/flu(bless her!). It may have been annoying being ill but I actually had the most fun and made some of the best memories. The other two occasions in Lanzarote were so fun too that I couldn't help but share some photos ❤


What Christmas memories do you have? Let me know in the comments below!

See you tomorrow for Day Twenty-Three and Four of Blogmas ❤

Amy x 


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