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Thestrals Books Needs You!

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From the beginning, I’ve wanted this to be a place where we can all share our favourite books and a few other random things with each other. So I am sending out an invitation to everyone who visits here to get involved.

If any of you have anything you would like to share, then please let me know. It can be a book, a movie, a place to visit, anything at all. Just get in touch. You can leave me a reply here with suggestions, or you can send me a copy of what you would like to be posted (use the contact details on the ‘Connect’ page).

It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel confident about how to write the post, because the most important thing is to share something you think is great with everyone else. So get writing!

 

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If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (*14 years and over)

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Title: If I Stay.

Author: Gayle Foreman.

Year of Publication: 2010 (UK).

Publisher: Black Swan (UK).

Website: www.gayleforman.com

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

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 14 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

This book is the first book in a series.

 

This isn’t usually my kind of book, but I really liked it. If you enjoy stories like The Fault in Our Stars then I think you will really like it. It has also been made into a film staring Chloë Grace Moretz who is one of my favourite actresses.

It is the story of a teenage girl who’s whole family suffers an horrific accident, and the huge choice she must make about her own life. It is heart-breaking and incredibly happy at the same time, and carries a lot of hope. It has become one of my favourite books, and one that I happy read over and over again.

I would recommend both the book and the movie as I think they are brilliant, and you’ll want to read the second book to see what happens next.

The second book in the series is called Where She Went.

 

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike.

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Oxford

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Oxford is one of the nicest cities I’ve ever been to, and full of history, culture, and most famously; the oldest university in Britain (and the English speaking world), dating back to as early as 1096, although no one is sure exactly when it was first founded. This gives it a history as long, and rich as Hogwarts.

It’s only an hour away from London by train (leaving from London Paddington), so it’s pretty easy to get to for a day out if you are visiting London.

Oxford University (and also Cambridge, which is the second oldest university in Britain, and also worth going to if you get the chance) doesn’t work like other UK universities. Instead of being one institute, it is a collection of colleges united under the name of Oxford University. Oxford and Cambridge (called Oxbridge) have produced 51 of the 54 British Prime Ministers, and several US Presidents. If it were an American university it would be Ivy League, and has a long history and reputation as being one of the best universities in the world.

Being so old, the city has some tremendous buildings, and more exciting for me it has around 100 libraries. It’s also quite good for shopping, restaurants, and lots of pubs to cater for all the students it has. Most of the colleges that form the university allow visitors inside, and offer guided tours, though be prepared to pay for entry. However, you should try a Footprints Tour. It’s a two hour tour, is great fun, and keep your ears pealed for the odd Harry Potter fact. You can visit their website at www.footprints-tours.com/oxford-walking-tours/2-hour-free-oxford-walking-tour Like the Harry Potter tour I mentioned in the Edinburgh post it is FREE, but tips are more than welcome by the great people who lead the tours. These guys also do tours in London, Cambridge, York, and Bath, so if you like the tour they do here, so if you go to one of these great cities you can always go on one of their tours there too.

As you explore the city there are four places all Harry Potter fans should visit. The first is Christ Church College, who’s stair case was used in the first two films as the Entrance Hall for Hogwarts, and the Dining Hall was the inspiration for the Great Hall for the set designers.

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The south cloisters at New College were used in Goblet of Fire as a place for students to hang out, and where Mad Eye turns Malfoy into a ferret.

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Two different parts of the Bodleian Library were used in several films as the infirmary, and where Harry and his friends are taught to dance my Professor McGonagall in Goblet of Fire. (The round building in the top photo is the Bodleian Library from the outside.)

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The grounds of Blenheim Palace were used in The Order of the Phoenix for the Professor Snape memories in the Pensive.

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You can visit www.locationoxfordshire.co.uk/trails to download a guide and map for these places. It also has guides for The Golden Compass and Inspector Morse (a British crime drama) which both also used the city as filming locations.

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And as a little extra fact for all you Hufflepuffs out there, Miriam Margolyes (who played Professor Sprout in the movies) is from Oxford

 

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Movie and TV Companions (*Various ages, see each book individually)

So this is a bit of a mega post, and the reason for that is because the books I’m talking about are all movie companions. I’ve posted about a couple of Harry Potter ones before now, and there are others that I like to, but I realised that if I tried to do all of them individually I would be repeating myself over and over again because I would be saying pretty much the same thing about each of them. That would just be boring, and I figured that one big mega post would be much more fun and easier to do.

These 8 books are all companions to various movies and TV shows that most of you will already know, but what they are full of great and very interesting facts that we wouldn’t know about without these books. They are well worth getting for any hard-core fans of the movies and TV shows they are focused on.

And here’s a little extra bit of Doctor Who fan fiction for you that a Ravenclaw called Rosie (RoseMagic10218) told me: The final scene in Harry Potter for David Tennant (who played Barty Crouch Junior in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film) was called The Parting of Ways, and the first Doctor Who episode we see him in as the Doctor is called The Parting of the Ways. He also makes a reference to Expelliarmus in a Doctor Who episode called The Shakespeare Code, and appeared in two episodes with Rodger Lloyd-Pack who played his dad in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the episodes were called Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel).

 

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Title: Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects.

Author: James Gross and Steve Tribe.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publisher: BBC Books (UK).

Website: www.bbcshop.com/icat/books/icat/books

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £20 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Author: Brian Cogman.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publisher: Gollancz (UK).

Website: www.makinggameofthrones.com

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £25 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

 

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Title: Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Seasons 3&4.

Author: C. A. Taylor.

Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).

Publisher: Gollancz (UK).

Website: www.makinggameofthrones.com

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £20 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

 

* You can also buy both these Game of Thrones books in a single slipcased edition, so it’s up to you which you buy. I’ve put an age of 16 on these two even though the books themselves aren’t in any way inappropriate for younger readers, but because the TV show they are about are inappropriate for younger viewers.

 

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Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. A Visual Companion.

Author: Jude Fisher.

Year of Publication: 2013 (UK).

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (UK).

Website: www.tolkien.co.uk

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A Visual Companion.

Author: Jude Fisher.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (UK).

Website: www.tolkien.co.uk

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. A Visual Companion.

Author: Jude Fisher.

Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (UK).

Website: www.tolkien.co.uk

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £9.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: The Hugo Movie Companion.

Author: Brian Selznick.

Year of Publication: 2011 (UK).

Publisher: Scholastic (UK).

Website: www.theinventionofhugocabret.com

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Age Range: All ages.

 

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Title: Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie.

Author: Mark Miller.

Year of Publication: 2010 (UK).

Publisher: Titan Books (UK).

Website: www.kickassofficial.webs.com

Format: Available in paperback only.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £17.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first. I’ve put an age of 16 on this book even though it isn’t in any way inappropriate for younger readers, but because the film it is about is inappropriate for younger viewers.

 

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