First Impressions

From learning he’s a wizard to arriving at Hogwarts, Harry’s wizarding world initiation is fast, so first impressions are important. Receiving his wand, meeting Ron, Hermione and Malfoy, being Sorted into Gryffindor – a lot that happens in those early weeks has a lasting impact.

– Pottermore

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
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The Trophy Room
Source: Pottermore

These chapters… These chapters! These chapters are filled with first impressions of the magical world. The wonder of Diagon Alley, Plattform Nine and Three-quarters and the Sorting Hat. No matter if you read it for the first time or the twentieth, you are as amazed.

Arrival at Hogwarts

If I had to chose one thing from the Harry Potter books to experience it would be arriving at Hogwarts as a first year. The tradition of going by boat across the lake is beautiful and gives such a first impression of Hogwarts. Just imagine the castle and its reflection in the lake. Beautiful and magical. I’d love it.

Being sorted would be nerve wracking, Pottermore is a much safer way to be sorted (you don’t have a few hundred people looking at you), but I would definitely do it if it meant I could study at Hogwarts (#Ravenclaw #HousePride). Also, please tell me, is there anyone who would mind attending one of the feasts at Hogwarts?

You have to agree Hogwarts knows how to make an entrance. From the first moment Harry puts his foot close to the school you are filled with wonder. This is something every school should strive for – wonder and excitement. A great welcome would give any student a bag of motivation. There won’t have to be magic or a banquet, but something special to welcome the students back. Maybe ice cream as dessert? Or a chocolate frog?

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Rant/Discussion – Does Book Blogging Have Restrictions?

Some very good ranting. For me quite eye opening at least


I’ve come to notice that book blogging can put and keep you in a box. Tell me what you think about that.

Look around, there’s a bunch of book bloggers on WordPress alone. There’s clearly a standard most of us think when we come into the blogging community whether it be doing book hauls or book reviews or needing to get ARCs – it’s all a standard misconception. 

How many of the book bloggers are entirely unique. Very, very few. Some stick to book reviews, some don’t do book reviews, some only do giveaways – it doesn’t really matter what certain bloggers do, most are traditional in every sense.

What do I mean by that?

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is beautiful. This is my childhood. This is the beginning to a story that means so much to me I have the Deathly Hallows mark tattooed on me.

So I finally joined the Wizarding World Book Club (one month late), but now I have finished the first book and I’m on track! (Will just write a post for all the themes concerning the first book before I’m really on track.) It is a wonderful way to reread these books. But now on with the review.

As I said, this is my childhood. The magic of these books spellbound me 14 years ago as my dad read them to me, and it has never let me go. J.K. Rowling has a writing style that draws you in, all the wonder Harry experiences plays out so vividly inside the readers head. Especially in this first book wonder is such a huge part, and even though there are dark parts to the story it is a children’s book. A children’s book only since it is told through the eyes of an innocent child. If the story was told through an older character, this would never be a children’s story (as can be seen as Harry grows up).

I’ve reread this book more times than I can possibly remember, but this was the first time I listened to it on audio. Stephen Fry has done such a good job narrating this book! *applause* I most definitely recommend him! I’d like to continue listening to these books, but at the same time I’d love to sit down with them and read them. I’ll just have to see what I’ll do.

“Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley–a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry–and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable.”


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July 2017 Wrap Up

Audiobooks are saving me. I have a summerjob/internship that includes a lot of alone time = time for audiobook listening (or podcasts [LOVE YOU MUGGLECAST ♥]). Trying to get some reading during evenings as well, but I just seem to have too much to do usually. Anyway, it’s been a good month!

What did you read in July?

August 2017 TBR

August. The final summer month. The last few weeks of work/internship and then back to business at uni. Final weeks staying at my parents’ house, then back to my own flat. So time to read the final books for summer! I do hope to read a lot these last weeks of summer here in Finland.

What to finish

The Inquisition by Taran Matharu – Almost halfway through. Doesn’t feel as good as the first one but I do want to know where it is going. Still very Eragon-ish.

The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan – I am ashamed. It is still here. But maybe I’ll get to it this month?

What to start

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – The next book to read in the Wizarding World Book Club! I hope all of you have joined in. Not gonna start this I think until I get back to my own flat in a few weeks though.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I WANT TO READ THIS! Jeez I am bad at picking books up (or just slow at finishing the ones I am reading).

Icefall: Episodes 1-6 by Walt Stone and Mica Stone – NetGalley, the review will come. And soon. Promise! As soon ass uni starts again I will probably have more time to read… hrrm… somewhere between being a tutor and studies.

What do you want to read in August?