Harry Potter turns 20

Today, I was going to post about my holiday to Canada, but after hearing a piece on the radio yesterday I changed my mind. It was a piece about Harry Potter to mark the 20th anniversary since Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was first published.

On the 26th June 1997, the first Harry Potter book was published in the UK. It had an initial run of only 500 copies (many of which went to libraries), and Jo Rowling’s name was shortened to JK Rowling because the publishers thought that boys wouldn’t read a book written by a woman.

She was a new author that no one had heard of before, and her first book probably (I’m only guessing here) wasn’t expected to be hugely successful. But 20 years later, the BBC is asking people what the world would be like without Harry Potter.

JK Rowling’s creation has given us hope beyond words in a world that often seems dark. It made people like us realise that it’s ok to be different, and a little rebellious, because different doesn’t mean bad. It means we are individuals who can think for ourselves, and be the most important people in the world. Because when you look at the story, it’s not the ‘normal’ people like the Dursleys who make a difference, or stand up to evil, it is people like us.

What started off as a small-scale book, became a global phenomenon that has transcended all of the differences of it’s readers and movie fans to bring them together in a community that I am proud to be a part of.

I was 15 when the first book came out, and Harry Potter has been a huge influence on my life. I will always be thankful for the gift that JK Rowling gave to us 20 years ago, and continues to give us to this day. It taught me about what it takes to be the good person that I always try to be, and have courage when things are hard, to use my brain to think problems through, the need of friends and family, and to hope in love.

 

“The toilet’s never had anything as horrible as your head down it— it might be sick.” Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

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Riddle Me This Nineteen

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

  • 1) A boy fell off a 100-foot ladder, but was not hurt. How?

He was only on the first step.

  • 2) What was the last year that looked the same upside down?

1961.

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

Your riddles for this week are:

  • 1) You see a boat filled with people, but when you look back seconds later there is not a not a single person on board. Why?
  • 2) Which word in the dictionary of any language is spelt incorrectly?

 

Good luck!

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Small Things by Robert J. Crane (16 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Small Things.

Author: Robert J. Crane.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Revlen Press (UK).

Website: http://www.robertjcrane.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £15.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 14 book in the Out of the Box series.

 

Sienna is growing as a person. She no longer sees herself as the ultimate badass who can’t be beaten, but getting her head blown to pieces in the last book by a couple of kids, and only being saved by her polar opposite (Kat) made her re-evaluate her perspective. She is learning that she is only one person, despite the voices in her head.

But it is the voices in her head who have given her the most trouble in the past that are surprisingly the ones who are most useful now. Especially when an old pain in her ass turns up on her doorstep in need of help. He’s a man that Sienna has always disliked, but is persuaded that not even he deserves to die. So, she is forced into taking on his fight to save his life. But her enemy is not like her usual foes; this one is smart, and Sienna must learn to ask for help in order to succeed, especially when the root of the problem is the same organisation that her brother and his team are also investigating.

I’m really glad that this series has started to change direction a little, away from the whole ‘Sienna is Queen’ thing that was getting a little repetitive. Sienna is a great character, so it is good to see her growing and changing as a person, and learning to accept that she might always be an outcast. Though luckily for her, at the end of the book an unexpected opportunity arises for her that could give her some respite from being the most hunted person in America.

The next book in the series is called Hunters, and will be released on 25th July 2017.

 

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” Albert Einstein.

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Riddle Me This Eighteen

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

  • 1) What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you no longer need it?

An anchor.

  • 2) What can run, but never walks? Has a mouth but never talks? Has a bed but never sleeps?

A river.

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

Your riddles for this week are:

  • 1) A boy fell off a 100-foot ladder, but was not hurt. How?
  • 2) What was the last year that looked the same upside down?

Good luck!

ThestralSnidget84.

The Fireman by Joe Hill (16 years and over)

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Title: The Fireman. 

Author: Joe Hill.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Gollancz (UK).

Website: www.joehillfiction.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

 

A deadly virus has been released upon the world. Some say it is Islamic terrorists who let it loose, while others say it is Christian fundamentalists. No one knows for sure, and while the people on TV debate its origins the world is burning. 

When school nurse Harper Greyson see’s what happens when people burn in the schoolyard, it doesn’t really matter who released the virus. The only thing that matters is keeping her unborn baby safe. So, Harper is forced to survive anyway she can, but when the apocalypse arrives in a ball of flame, how exactly do you survive with sacrificing everything that you are?

This has been a fantastic book; one that I have not wanted to put down. I stayed up until 3am to finish it, though I felt very tired the next day. It is certainly a great book, and I will be reading more from this author.

 

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

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Riddle Me This Seventeen

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

  • 1) What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

Shorter.

  • 2) What word begins and ends with the letter E, but only contains one letter?

Envelope.

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

Your riddles for this week are:

  • 1) What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you no longer need it?
  • 2) What can run, but never walks? Has a mouth but never talks? Has a bed but never sleeps?

Good luck!

ThestralSnidget84.

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Title: Four.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).

Website: http://www.veronicarothbooks.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is an accompanying book in the Divergent series.

 

This is a collection of four short stories following Tobias, otherwise known as ‘Four’. He may not be the main character in the main books of the series, but he is very important to the story, because without him Tris’s story wouldn’t have happened the way it did. The stories follow Tobias in the events that lead up to him meeting Tris, and how it affected the choices that he made. I really enjoyed reading things from his perspective, as it adds a new dimension to the whole story, and it makes a change to see someone other than a main character take centre stage.

Thanks to Demelza for suggesting this series.

 

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” Indira Gandhi.

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