Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Spoiler Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #7
My rating: 5/5 stars

I have finished my 2017 Harry Potter reread!
This review contains unmarked spoilers

As the other 6 reviews I have done for this series this review will also be all over the place. Because so much happens in this book I think I will shorten the review by only talking about the things I really want to talk about and keeping it kind of short.

First off the Dursley's are going into hiding. I sometimes wonder if Mr. Dursley has any sense because he says we are leaving then nope we aren't. Dudley was like screw it dad I want to leave. Petunia just wants Dudley to be safe and at the end they did leave Private Drive. Dudley's last words to Harry was I didn't think you were a waste of space or something along those lines. I keep forgetting that.

Harry leaves Private Drive with the Order and of course they had a master plan that they would turn 6 people into Harry as they escaped into safe houses. Each one different. Harry rode with Hagrid which is very emotional because Hagrid is the one to bring Harry there and he is the one taking him away. The twins, Ron, Hermione, Fluer, and Mundungus turn into Harry and they are off into the night to the different safe houses. Apparently the Death Eaters knew that they were traveling that night which we later learned how and why they knew. Hedwig dies which is extremely sad and Hagrid fell from the sky trying to protect Harry. The first time I read it I though Hagrid was dead but he is alive and well and I am glad Hagrid is okay. They arrive at Tonk's house and then take a porkey to the Burrow.

Bill and Fluer's wedding take place in the Burrow and during the wedding the Death Eaters took over the ministry. Hermione disapperates with Ron and Harry into the city where they are met by Death Eaters. I don't think it was ever com firmed whether or not Harry still had the trace on him.

They spent the night in Grimmauld place and later learned Kreacher's story. We figure out that R.A.B is Regulus Black and he allowed Voldemort to use Kreacher to drink the potion to hide his Horcrux. Regulas of course with the help of Kreacher goes to the cave and drinks the potion and tells Kreacher to destroy it before dying. It was honestly a heartbreaking moment. Regulus unlike Sirius treated Kreacher with more respect and Kreacher does love Regulus more. Harry gives Kreacher the fake Horcrux and Kreacher looses it and after that treats Harry, Ron, and Hermione more kindly. He also find Mundungus and they discover that he sold the locket to Umbridge. I am pretty sure when everyone read that part for the first time they are all, including me, this lady again? I thought she was gone.

With careful planning and with the help of polyjuice potion the three of them manage to get into the ministry and find the locket but like Kreacher, could not destroy it. Later on Ron will stab it with the word of Gryffindor. Speaking of the sword, Neville proves himself as a worthy Griffindor as he mamages to pull the sword out of the hat just like Harry. Neville I feel like thought he didn't belong in this hout but he proved he is brave and courageous.

Not being able to return to Sirius's house they start camping out in the woods, Ron leaves but comes back Harry ignore's Ron's warning and says Voldemort's name and they get captured. Hermione is tortured and honestly that scene was very scary because Bellatrix is cruel and I didn't know the first time I read it whether or not Hermione survived. She does and recovers in shell cottage where Bill and Fluer now live. Dobby rescues the trio plus a few others including Luna and Dobby dies in the process. It is a sad moment and even Harry is so devastated that he had trouble saying anything but Goodbye at Dobby's funeral.

Way before that when the met Bathilda and learned she was actually a snake Hermione breaks Harry's wand. Harry feels like a part of him is missing. Told by Ollivander his wand is repairable he later tries to fix it with the elder wand and it works.

At shell cottage they made an agreement with Griphook the goblin and pulled off an epic break in into Gringotts. I loved that part and it was my favourite moment in this book.

The battle of Hogwarts was more sad and more epic this time I read it. Grawp threw Hagrid through the window so he could join the fight. I really wished we could of seen that scene in the movie. Percy comes back and learns his lesson that family is very important and he witnessed his brother die. Honestly it was heartbreaking to see Percy, who finally wanted to see and hep his family again only to lose one of them. I mean I cried reading that part too.

Lets not forget at the end that the house elves lead by Kreacher also helped fight. And Mrs. Weasley fighting Bellatrix was insane. Bellatrix almost killed Ginny and Mrs. Weasley was mad. I don't think I ever saw her that mad ever. People tried to help her but she reused any help and they all stared to watch. I feel like everyone stopped fighting or were half fighting but watching them fight.

That's it for now and I probably add more later because I still have a lot to say.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Review

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #6
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reread: 10/9/17

This review contains unmarked spoilers

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the 6th book in the Harry Potter series and I did really enjoy it.

Like my other 5 reviews this review will be all over the place.

My favourite scene or part of the book is when Harry, Hermione, and Ron enter Fred and George's new Joke shop. I just love it that the twins are doing what they love for a living and can help support the family. I am not surprised though that a lot of their products are banned from the school. I mean they are masters at sneaking it into the school so I honestly feel like banning the items does nothing.

In this book we are reintroduced to Fleur which the Ginny calls Phlegm. Mrs. Weasley and the Weasley's (except Bill) don't like Fleur. Fleur of course is engaged to Bill. I honestly don't think Mrs. Weasly is very happy about that. At least she didn't dump him at the end of the book when he was attacked my Fenrir Greyback and it shows that she does care about him.

Hogwarts hires a "new" potions master Slughorn. I honestly don't like Slughorn that much. Personally my least favourite teachers are always the teachers that have obvious favourites. Sughorn clearly does having the Slug Club. Hermione and Harry are in it and Ron sadly isn't. I feel like a lot of his favourites also has to do with the act that he knows their parents and the parents were one of his favourite students. Harry's mom was one of Slughorn's favourites as he keeps telling Harry that he is a natural at potions like his mother.

Speaking of potions Snape now teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts. Harry's favourite subject is now being taught by one of his least favourite teachers. There is one scene I love that takes place during Defense Against the Dark Arts. That is when Harry tells Snape there is no need to call him sir.

Back to potions. Harry is using a potions book that use to belong to the Half Blood Prince. This Prince has changed some of the instruction on potion making making Harry a prodigy in Potions. He has also written many useful and some dangerous spells. The dangerous being that one spell that Harry used on Draco. When trying to figure out who the Prince is we can tell that the Princeis wicked smart and is found of Potions and the Dark Arts. Snape who is the Half Blood Prince is both good at Potions and the Dark Arts and it makes perfect sense.

Harry in this book is obsessed with what Malfoy is doing. He even sends Kreacher and Dobby to follow Draco. Of course he manages to figure out what is going on and that Malfoy is using the room of requirements. I love that Crabbe and Goyle are the lookouts for Malfoy and take polyjuice potion. That is such a clever idea. One thing I always wonder is who Crabbe and Goyle are transforming into. I mean did they just pluck a hair of a muggle girl walking in the street and have a stash of them or did they take them from students?

Malfoy was fixing a vanishing cabinet and I will admit he is smarter than we thought. In this book we see an entirely different side of him. He is of course stressed out that Voldemort will kill his family if he doesn't kill Voldemort. He used a necklace which unfortunately fell into the hands o Katie Bell and a poison that has found its way to Ron Weasley.

Katie has been in the hospital for a long time and this is the first time I realize how long she has been in there.

Harry is Quidditch Captain in this book. I will admit I am glad Hermione used a charm to confund McLaggen. I hate that guy. He played Keeper in one game and it was a disaster. He kept telling people what to do and Harry of course being captain was very annoyed that McLaggen wasn't doing his job. I mean he hit a buldger at Harry's head and they lost the game. McLaggen shouldn't even be touching the Buldgers. He is a keeper he should be stopping Quaffles from getting into the hoops. Thank God Ron recovered and was able to play the next game.

Hermione starts to have feelings for Ron and it is very obvious when reading. Her always being upset when Lavender was around and sending those bird things at Ron. Both her and Ron have those little cure moments together that I really love. While Ron was with Lavender I honestly think Lavender slipped Ron a love potion because after he took the antidote he kind of stopped having feelings for her.

Harry is taking private lessons with Dumbledore in order to understand Voldemort's past. Harry of course learns about Horcruxes and that a person cannot truly die unless they are destroyed. Harry also manages to learn that Slughorn was the one to tell Riddle how to make a Horcrux. Well sort of as he didn't give a lot of detail and just said that a person had to kill another in order to create it which of course was enough information for Riddle.

At the end of the book Dumbledore dies and Snape is the one to kill him. The first time reading it I was like what!? I hated Snape so much at that moment but eventually I can to be neutral about him. I mean I hated the way he treated Harry but he did have a very difficult job.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and Highly recommend this series!

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

There is Someone Inside Your House Review

There's Someone Inside Your HouseTitle: There's Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 3./5 stars
Date Read: 10/21/17

There's Someone Inside Your House is the 2nd Stephanie Perkins book I read. The first being Anna and the French Kiss. As you all probably know already this book is completely different from the cutesy contemporary books she is known for. I am glad she wrote something different and experienced with a new genre as I did enjoy this book, however I didn't love it. I being the scaredy cat I am was not going to pick this up but since it was short and since it is close to Halloween I picked it up and I finished it. It isn't as scary as I thought it would be, and at times the serious moments were actually funny when it is actually not suppose to be funny.

This book is under 300 pages and it is a perfect book to read during a 24 hour readathon or in one sitting. Also I recommend going into this book with low expectations because that is what I did and I think that it helped me enjoy this books more.

I honestly didn't really care much for the characters but I didn't hate any of the main characters. Personally they were all okay. I did think that some characters lacked character development. We do have some diversity in this book but I cannot speak for the representation of it. Makani is half African American and half Native Hawaiian and Darby is a transboy.

There is a romance in this book and the book talks about it quite a lot. In fact it the book wan't focused on the murders it was probably focused on the romance.

S P O I L E R _ B E L O W

The killer is revealed halfway through the book which is honestly disappointing. I wanted the killer to be revealed at the end of the book to make me want to finish it more. After that point the book was basically find the killer.

Overall I did like this book but if you are a huge horror fan and want to be scared this book will probably not be for you. If you are like me a scaredy cat, you can probably read this book and be perfectly fine as some of the parts that are suppose to be scary are actually funny.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October Wrap-Up & November TBR

Today I am posting my October Wrap-Up and November TBR. This post will be similar to my  last one. This month I reread 3 books and read 6 books which is a very good reading month for me. It has been awhile since I read so many books in a month. The placement of the pictures are a bit weird but I can't fix them which is why it is like that but I will hopefully figure out the problem before my next wrap up.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: 5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 5/5 stars

Books Read:
The Dazzling Heights: 4.5/5 stars
Warcross: 4/5 stars
A Discovery of Witches: 1/5 stars
There's Someone Inside Your House: 3/5 stars
Meddling Kids: 3/5 stars
Hunting Prince Dracula: 5/5 stars (Not Pictured because I can't write below the picture when I insert it)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)Warcross (Warcross, #1)A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)There's Someone Inside Your HouseMeddling Kids


I participated in 3 readathons this month and both were 24 hour readathons. The first being the Readbyzoeathon and the other two were 24hourathon and Dewy's 24 hour readathon (same day)
Duriing the readbyzoeathon I finished rereading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and read most of The Dazzling Heights. For the other two readathons I finished a Discovery of Witches which I hated, and There's Someone Inside Your House.

In the Month of November I plan on participating in the Sgallywagathon and the Minimojiathon. We shall see how that goes.

November TBR

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)UprootedA Stolen Life They Both Die at the EndEmpire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Spoiler) Review

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #5
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review contains unmarked spoilers

This review like the other four are going to be all over the place. It is also a reread.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the longest book in the series with over 800 pages.

Now before anyone asks yes I hate Umbridge more than Voldemort. Let's just start of the review by talking about Umbridge. Umbridge is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts and later becomes the High Inquisitor and Headmistress. Umbridge suck. Even the teachers hate her. My favourite part of the entire book was when Fred and George set off the fireworks and when they created a swamp. I always forget about the swamp. Anyway Fred and George are like Hogwarts heroes now. The Fireworks an swamp drive Umbridge crazy. Even she (Umbridge cannot get rid of the swamp so it's sits there most of the book.) I loved Harry, Ron and Hermione kind of knew that Professor Flitwick and McGonagall would be able to get rid of the swamp and Flitwick did in to seconds after Umbridge left and even left a bit of the swamp as sort of a token of Fred and George's grand escape.

Peeves also obey's the twin's orders to give Umbrige hell. It says in the book that Peeves never took an order from a student before. This proves that even Peeves hate Umbridge.

Okay back to the beginning of the story. Harry is basically kept in the dark about all the information in the Wizarding world. He hates it. He eventually gets trapped by Dementors along side his cousin Dudley, produces a protronus, we all know what happens and now he has to go to a hearing.

Harry is rescued from Private Drive by a group from the Order of the Phoenix and is taken to Sirius's home. There he sees the Weasley Family again and Sirius as well and catches up on whats going on. Fudge is and idiot. Why would Dumbledore take over the Ministry of Magic. He loves his job as Headmaster and if he wanted to be the Minister of Magic he would of taken the position before Fudge.

In #12 Grimmauld place we learn that Sirius owns a House Elf named Kreacher. Hermione of course hates the way they treat Kreacher. Kreacher plays a major part in the story. If Kreacher would of simply told Harry the truth that Sirius was still at his house, Sirius would of still been alive. If Kreacher never told people vital information, Sirius may of still been alive. It is crazy to think how one minor character can have such a big influence on what happens in the books. Take Cho's friend for example. She rats out Dumbledore's army. If she didn't there is a chance that Dumbledore would of never let the school. One thing is still clear though and that is if none of this happened it is still very possible that Fudge thinks that Voldemort is still not back.

Ron joins the Quidditch team and most people think he sucks. Harry, Fred, and George got banned from playing Quidditch. Now here is the thing, it makes no sense that Fred got banned from playing. George and Harry attacked Malfoy and I can see it but Fred did nothing. He tried to but people held him back but he didn't even touch Malfoy so he did nothing wrong. Therefore it proves the point that Umbridge is a big jerk. Okay IF he called Malfoy bad names it is wrong but during Quidditch people call each other foul names all the time. Ron helps Griffindor win the final game and Harry and Hermione miss it because they were meeting Grawp.

Hagrid wasn't teaching in the beginning of the story and the trio had no idea where he is. Later they discover he was on a mission to befriend giants with Madame Maxine. Of course things went wrong. Hagrid and Madame Maxine are all okay though.

Firenze is a centaur that now teaches at Hogwarts and is banned from his herd. Umbridge who hates half breeds of course hates him. This is something we don't see in the movie. Anyway after class he tells Harry to tell Hagrid something that makes no sense to Harry but he tells Hagrid anyway. Hagrid chooses to ignore the warning. Harry, Hermione, and later Ron, learn that Hargrid took Grawp to the forest. A giant and his half brother which will later give Hermione the idea to tell Umbridge that Dumbledore's secret weapon is in the forest.

This is the book where my all time favourite Harry Potter character is introduced. Luna Lovegood. This is also the book where Dumbledore's Army forms. I feel like Harry is a fantastic Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and of course along with Ron and Harry, I was a bit surprised it was Hermione to have suggested the idea. Many people join Dumbledore's army and learn many defensive skills and all sorts of jinxes which they would use on Malfoy and his gang at the end of the book on the train.

Harry is having dreams associated with Voldemort and now has to take occlumency with Snape and learns that his father and Sirius use to bully him. I am pretty sure that Harry was not expecting that at all. Even his mother hated James at that time. During Christmas time Harry dreams that Arthur Wealsey was attacked by a snake and sure enough he was. Arthur goes to St. Mungo's hospital and is expected and does survive. I love that Arthur allowed the doctor to use stitches on him. When visiting Mr. Wealsey we learn that Neville's parents are still alive but are not the same after being tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange and Lockhart is there as well and still thinks he is famous and offering them his autograph.

Harry's eventually dreams that Sirius is being tortured and manages to go to the Ministry of Magic with the help of some of the members of Dumbledore's army. This part of the story is a lot different. The doors rotate, Ron is attacked by brains and it was just Harry and Neville, the two possible chosen ones against the Death Eaters. Hermione was attacked as well as Luna and Ginny broke her ankle. The scene just felt more action packed.

O.W.L.S are taken by all fifth years and we actually get a bit more of an inside of what goes on during the tests. Harry did very well in his O.W.L.S in Defense Against the Dark Arts and to no one's surprise probably failed Divination and History Of Magic. I loved it when Ron said that he was describing a man in the crystal ball only to look up an see he was describing the man grading him.

Those are just some of my thoughts and I will Probably update it next time I reread it.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Super Scary Book Tag

Today I will be doing the Super Scary Book Tag. This tag is created by Clever Fox. I am super excited to do this tag! I made a deal with myself that I would only use Harry Potter for 1 question!

1. What goes bump in the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.
The first book that came into my head is the Diviners by Libba Bray. I have only read the first 2 books but I really enjoyed both of them. The third one also recently came out. The Diviners is not scary but it is creepy and I didn't want to put it down.

 2. Jack O Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time. 
I don't actually read a certain book during the Halloween time but I do reach for a certain genres. I tent to ready mysteries, books with paranormal creatures (including witches), any book with a Halloween vibe.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)3. Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic. 
The first book I thought of is actually A Darker Shade o Magic by V.E. Schwab. I read the first two books in the trilogy this year and both of them are on my all time favourite books ever list. I cannot recommend them enough.

4. Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series. 
For this question I chose my favourite Harry Potter character who is Luna Lovegood. I love her personality. Another one of my favourite witch characters will have to be Manon Blackbeak  from the Throne of Glass series.

5. Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).
No book has ever haunted me. I have read creepy books but they did not really haunt me. I will also say that I do not like most books I read for school since reading it for school takes the fun out of reading so I guess those books kind of haunt me. I always remember them.

6. Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it? 
For this question I am going with Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I love this trilogy and even though Clockwork Princess is my favourite in the trilogy I would rather take Clockwork Angel with me because it is the first book. I love the characters and the story and I think it can help me keep my mind off the haunted graveyard.

7. The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vamps, zombies, werewolves, etc).
Thinking about it I honestly have to say vampires. I actually never read Twilight for your information but I have read other Vampire books that I really enjoyed such as Vampire Academy.

8. In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)I think I will choose Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor for this question. I haven't read this book yet and in fact I don't really know what it is about. It just seems like a good Halloween read because I heard something about monsters?. Are there monsters in it, I honestly have no idea.

 9. Trick or Treat? 
I honestly prefer treats. I am also not a prankster.

That is The Super Scary Book Tag. I hope you all enjoyed the post. I don't think I am going to tag anyone but If you want to do feel free to do it!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #4
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reread: 9/30/17

This review contains unmarked spoilers. I will also recommend reading the entire series before actually reading this review.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my favourite Harry Potter book and movie in the series. I absolutely love this book. I think what makes me love it so much is that it features two other magical schools other than Hogwarts and the Quidditch world cup.

Unlike the movie we start off with Harry staying in Private Drive. (Both start at the riddle house but we are skipping that part. His scar also hurted and he sent a letter to Sirius.) Mrs. Weasley write him a letter inviting him to go the world cup with them. She of course uses many stamps. I wish the movie kept this scene because I loved it. It was so funny and Uncle Vernon's reaction was exactly how I expected to be. They also rescue or retrieved Harry by using Floo power. Of course the fire place had to be blocked and 4 Weasleys were stuck in a fire place. It was hilarious. I loved when Fred and George dropped the tongue taffy for Dudley as well and I felt like he (Dudley) deserved it.

The Quidditch world cup is such an amazing scene. We see so many witched and wizards from all over the world and I loved it. Now thinking about this might be Harry's first Quidditch game he has ever watched because he always plays on the house team. The Malfoys are also there and we meet Winky Mr. Crouch's house elf. Winky is found holding Harry's wand and is released. Unlike Dobby, Winky hates freedom. Speaking of house elves. Hermione starts S.P.E.W which Harry and Ron call spew. I also call it spew since it is easier to say than S.P.E.W. Sorry Hermione. I wish S.P.E.W. made it into the movies and I wish be did get to see Dobby like we did in the books. Yes Dobby is back. I really like Dobby and he is one of my favourite characters in the series. I love Dobby and his socks. I find it funny how Dobby thinks socks are not suppose to match!

The trio will learn when they arrive at Hogwarts that Hogwarts is hosting the Tri-Wizard Tournament. The two other schools that are participating are Durmstrang and Beauxbaton's Academy of Magic. Three champions are chosen by the Goblet of those students age 17+ and the champions were Krum (a famous seeker Ron admires) Fleur, Cedric and Harry. Now the thing I found surprising is that they still allowed Harry to compete. I feel like this is serious matter and they should of used the truth potion on Harry to prove he did not put his name in the Goblet of Fire because many people didn't believe him. At least Dumbledore did. I know that there are strict laws on the potion but it is a serious matter. Even though there was a contract I felt like they should of made an exception. Lets also say that truth potion does not work and that Fred and george tried it and ended up growing beards and never try to fool Dumbledore.

One thing I love about Harry Potter is the small details that make the story more fun and exciting. The little things that we forget about until we reread the book that make you smile. Like at the end when Mrs. Wealsey hugs Harry and comforts him like his own mother would. Yes I did tear up.

Back to the tasks. So we learn that the champions have to pass three dangerous tasks.
1) Dragons
2) The lake/merpeople
3) A maze

Now my favourite task to read about would have to be The Lake task. It was fun reading about. 3/4 of the people meant a lot to Harry which I found surprising. I expected Krum's most missed person not to be Hermione the first time I read it. Also I find it cute that Dobby calls Ron Wheezy.

The Yule ball was also an interesting scene to read about. Ron and his dress robes. LOVE that scene. It is hilarious.

At the end of the book we learn that the Cup is a porkey, Cedric is killed and Voldemort has returned. Moody is not actually Moody but Barty Crouch Jr. and Harry's name was not put into the cup my accident. So much happened at the end that it takes me a lot of time to process.

Harry gives Fred and George his prize money to start their Joke shop and I cannot wait till book 6 when they actually open the shop.

Those are just some of my thoughts and I may add more to this review the third time I read it.

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