Harry Potter Spells Tag

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today I have a fun little tag that I saw floating around on YouTube, but the original creator has removed the video – many creators have done this though! You know by now I love a good tag, and that I love the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, so this tag sounds perfect! So without further ado, let’s begin! And fair warning, there may be spoilers.

Expecto Patronum! A childhood book connected to good memories. For this I’ve chosen The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, which my mum used to read to me at bedtime, or just before she went to work. This made me fall in love with fantasy, and I just have these vivid memories of being tucked up in bed, with Little Ted, listening to a story about magical creatures. This is a story that my mum still loves, and I remember when I was little, letting her voice wash over me. Definitely good memories from childhood there!

hobbit

Expelliarmus! A book that took you by surprise. I’ve spoken about this a few times recently, but my answer is the adult psychological thriller, Final Girls by Riley Sager, which I read in August of this year. I was taken on such a journey that I was always surprised, and I wasn’t able to guess the ending. I love a book that plays with tropes, and I think this did it so well.

Final Girls

Prior Incantato! The last book you read. My most recent read is Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake, which is the third book in the YA fantasy series, Three Dark Crowns. In this series, three queens are born, each with a different power (elementalist, naturalist and poisoner), but only one may be allowed to rule the mystical magical island of Fennbirn.

Two Dark Reigns

Alohomora! A book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before. Kimi Shiruya – Dost Thou Know by Satoru Ishihara lead me into the world of manga when I was around 10/11. This manga follows two rivals in the sport of kendo, who fall in love. It’s a male centred romance and I think this is YA, but may require a mature mindset. I hadn’t read manga before, or a M/M relationship, so this was a completely new genre for me. I’ve enjoyed a lot of manga since, so I’d say it was successful.

Dost Thou Know

Riddikulus! A funny book you’ve read. I’ve gone for My Dad Wrote a Porno: The Fully Annotated Edition of Belinda Blinked 1 by Jamie Morton, James Cooper, Alice Levine and Rocky Flintstone. The popular podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno, has published the “erotica literature” with footnotes and comments. This is an adult comedy, not sexy at all, and follows salesgirl Belinda as she enters her new job at Steele’s Pots and Pans and meets a wide variety of men and women… It was pure comedy gold. The comments are witty, and the unusual and informative cultural context/language alerts/talking points, work very well. The novel itself by Flintstone is poor, but there’s something that’s charming about it all at the same time.

mdwap

Sonorus! A book you think everybody should know about. For this I’ve gone for Asking For It by Louise O’Neill. This is a YA contemporary that follows a young girl before and after she is raped. The book focuses on rape culture, and as people read it, they each take different themes from it. I definitely think this is an important book, and everyone – young, old, men, women – should read it.

asking for it

Obliviate! A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read. For this, I’ve gone with a spoiler. I saw vague tweets and Instagram posts about the ending to Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, which is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series. Those comments were in my head so I kind of knew what to expect, and it wasn’t as overtly shocking as it should have been. Don’t get me wrong, I was shocked still, but the spark wasn’t there because of damn spoilers!

empire of storms

Imperio! A book you had to read for school. A book I had to read for my A-Levels at college was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is a classic, set and written in the Jazz Age/Roaring Twenties which follows the mysterious and wealthy Gatsby, and his love for socialite, Daisy. There are a whole cast of characters, and it’s narrated by Daisy’s cousin, Nick, and has his observations of social lives, wealth, romance and more… It’s fairly popular, with film adaptions too!

the great gatsby

Crucio! A book that was painful to read. I’m guessing this is painful in a bad way, and I went for One With You by Sylvia Day, which is the fifth and final book in the adult romance Crossfire series. I read this in May, and it was disappointing and painful all at the same time. It was a dual perspective, which I don’t think worked for it, as Gideon was boring. His attraction or love for Eva was borderline worrying and unhealthy. The characters had personality transplants, sex scenes were rewritten with little change, so that wasn’t exciting or new. There was a bland subplot, which made little to no sense. Painful reading to end the series on…

one with you

Avada Kedavra! A book that could kill (interpret as you will). I’m taking this as kill you, because it’s so good! I’m going with The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, which is the first book in the Folk of the Air series, which I read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2018. This is a YA fantasy, which follows Jude, who witnessed her parents being murdered. She and her sisters are taken to Faerie, to live out the remainder of their lives. Jude wants to belong to the court, but things don’t go as planned. Instead, she enters the services of Prince Dain as a spy, and battles through the difficulties, all the while being hated by the cruel Prince Cardan… This was everything I wanted in a Fae book. There was danger, mystery, secrets, Fae! The writing style was easy to follow, and Jude was a character I connected with – she is always looking for ways to belong. The main romance was slow burn, whereas the action was constant and fiery. Yes, this killed me!

the cruel prince

So that’s it for the tag – please feel free to let me know your answers! What’s your favourite spell from the Harry Potter series? I love Expecto Patronum, because of the connections I have with the spell, what it means to create a strong Patronus, and what it helps to do!

– ReadWriteZoe.

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