Donnerstag, 23. Oktober 2014

Review and Discussion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ! Spoiler !

Wow ... I can not believe that this adventure should be over now ...
I'm happy, sad, lucky, depressed, but especially grateful and fulfilled.
But, how it should be in a professional review ;-) , I want to go through all the points about which I want to talk in chronological order with you before I let my overwhelming feelings and thoughts run free.
I would like to talk about the following points in more detail
The search for the Horcruxes
The Tale of the Three Brothers and the Deathly Hallows
The Battle of Hogwarts
Snape and his story
All those who had to die in this book
And of course the end
The common theme that somehow pervades this book is Harry's search for the Horcruxes. I found it incredibly interesting how J.K. Rowling built up this search slowly, from the beginning, through the argument between Ron and Harry, to the destruction of the last Horcrux. How she  did it, the atmosphere so catching that it drew the reader directly into the story, is truly unique.
First I did not really know where the story line about the Deathly Hallows should lead us ... I was uncertain about what it meant for the Story. I suspected it belonged to the grand plan to destroy Voldemort.
But even without the knowledge of the real meaning the tale of the three brothers fascinated me.  It worked incredibly well.
At the end, the mystery of the Deathly Hallows was solved., it was found that it was more about knowing than actually have them, and especially the existence of the Elder Wand.
I start to connect The Deathly Hallows  with Dumbledore. I found it incredibly beautiful that he was still omnipresent, despite his death, in the world of Harry. The idea that such a large and important person is always part of Harry was beautiful. What I also insanely well-liked, that Dumbledore was able to admit his weaknesses, he admitted that the search with Grindelwald for the Deathly Hallows was built because he has been seduced by the potential power, that he has made ​​mistakes, that he also is not perfect. This gesture, this idea was amazing and made ​​Dumbledore an even bigger and better personality for me.
The Battle of Hogwarts was Kind of the beginning of the last great fight of good versus evil. It
as wonderful to see how Hogwarts was getting ready for the fight, wanted to fight against their enemies and everyone has gathered to fight for and with Harry and against evil, darkness, against Voldemort. This epic battle was an incredibly well-chosen element for the ringing in of the end of such a great story. And although the battle claimed many victims, it is an important, large part of this book.
Before I want to pay one last respect, which also book characters deserves especially these,  I want to pay tribute to one special man . A man of whom I was never quite sure which side he is now, but knew he was not a bad person. And knew by the end of this book, as Harry said with his own words, "he was probably the bravest man I ever knew."
Snape. Severus Snape. Yes, he was brave and strong. And above all, he acts out of love.
When I could see through Harry's memories and found out how much he loved Lily, Harry's mother, and what he did for her, after all this time ...,  when I found out what a great, strong man he was, I knew I had always seen him basically as a man with a moving story that had a purpose, which he carried in his heart. And ... he was probably one of the greatest heroes of this story, probably one of my biggest heroes.
But now to all the others who lost their lives in this story ... And my goodness, in this book there were many ... Almost too many ...
 Charity Burbage, Bathilda Bagshot, Gregorowitsch, Ted Tonks, Dirk Cresswell, Gornuk, the goblin, Rufus Scrimgeour, Grindelwald and Colin Creevey.
Bur above all them, this are the losses which hurt me the most
Hedwig ,the owl who took care of Harry from the very beginning  and what a faithful companion she was. And in the same moment Harry became an adult, Hedwig died,  well chosen, Ms Rowling ... But no less painful ...
Alastor Moody, my dear Mad-Eye! This is a death, with which I never expected, he seemed so untouchable, so indestructible, just Moody... I could not understand, that Moody had to die ...
Dobby, probably the best house elf the magie world ever what , he protected Harry always against evil, he left this world as the free elf and with  his last words "Harry...Potter..." , his death was probably one of the saddest in this book.
Lupin and Tonks, who had only just had a baby, little Teddy, the two who had to fight so much for their loveThe only consolation is that they could go together.
 Fred Weasley, mainly known just in company with George, and now he just had to go alone, without his brother ...
 And of course Snape, the great Snape, who had to die only because Voldemort wanted greater power and victory over death
All these great character who died, paved the way for the big end.
Basically there were two ends ...
 But when Harry turned up without a fight against Voldemort and supposedly also died, I was suddenly very unsure ... I was sure Harry would survive and Voldemort die ... Suddenly everything seemed to be different.
 But when Harry arrived with Dumbledore in a kind of world between death and life , Dumbledore solved the mystery of why Harry is still alive and Harry decided to return to life and to finally destroy Voldemort , it already felt better. It would be all right.
 And so it happened, Harry finally defeat Voldemort after all these years, the good has triumphed.
 But I was also very happy about the additional "Nineteen Years Later" chapter in which some questions about the future of Harry and his friends were released, but some were also still open ...
  But the main thing: "All was well."

Dienstag, 7. Oktober 2014

Review and Discussion on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by J.K.Rowling !!Attention Spoilers!

Hey everyone!
Today I would like to share my thoughts on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" with you!
Im still a little shocked about what happend in the book.
Well a little... A LOT actually...
Of course Im going to tell you, why I am so shocked, although I think everyone who has read the book, knows what Im talking about. But I want to talk about other things in the book too.
First of all, the different lovestorys, Ron and Lavender, Hermione, who's in love with Ron, Fleur and Bill, and of course Harry and Ginny!
I really liked who J.K.Rowling managed this part of the Story. The lovestorys are always in the back, it's not annoying or too much. It's a really good addition to the mainstory.
Also, I liked how the book started. It was great to see everything from the perspective of Prime Minister. That's a good way to show us how Voldemort and his Death Eaters have already influenced the Muggle-World
But now, let's take a look at the main themes of the book.
For me, this book is a huge turning point for the overall story. A lot of things clear up here. And that mainly through the memories from the Pensieve. I really, really liked that.
To discover Voldemorts past seems to be very important for the continuation of the story. And Dumbledore often points out that it's really important for Harry to know Voldemorts past.
And, as we know, it was important to solve the secret of the Horcrux, which we will meet again in the last book, when Harry tries to find them.
I really liked the idea that the past forms the person and their actions in the present.
And now, the big mystery: Snape.
At the beginning of the book, Bellatrix and Narcissa (Dracos mother) visit Snape. I already thought then, something strange is going on.
Everyone was talking about Dracos mission, I thought that was very suspicious.
I always thought, Draco has to kill Harry.
Well.. I thought wrong..
He should kill Dumbledore. Dumbledore! He tried to do that in this tower. But I knew, he wasn't able to really do it.
I was happy already, thought Dumbledore is save.
And then, Snape appears. And he kills Dumbledore with a "simple" "Avada Kedavra"...
Then I really thought: Dear J.K.Rowling, what the heck do you plan?
I didnt want to understand that Snape is an evil person, that he's on the evil side now. that Dumbledore, wise Dumbledore, made a mistake with trusting him.
But the way he stood in front of Harry, confess he's the Half-Blood Prince, so cold and deadhearted, I was deeply shocked.
I ask myself, if there's anything more worse which could happen...
And then I look at the last book..And I see... Yes... It could...Im sure..

Montag, 6. Oktober 2014

We were liars - My opinions, my thoughts - A reflection !!!!SPOILER!!!!

Today, I would like to share with you my thoughts on "We were liars" by E. Lockhart

We were liars was pretty hyped on Booktube. But everyone was like: You have to go into it without knowing anything about the plot. Nothing.
And I totally agree with everyone who said this.
So please, if you haven't read this book, leave now. I would definitely spoil you!
I really reaally love this book, it's one of my favorite books of all time! So it's definitely worth reading it.

Alright let's get started!

I want to talk about these topics:
The writing style
The fairytales
The ending

Let's start with the writing style

E. Lockhart has a fantastic writing style. I find it really mysterious, dark but also really really beautiful.
Let me quote some part of the books to explain what I exactly mean.
For example at the beginning of the book, in chapter two, Cadence Dad "ran off with some woman he loved more than us". Then it's written:
"Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest. I was standing on the lawn and I fell.The bullet hole opened wide and my heart rolled out of my rib cage and down into a flower bed. Blood gushed rhythmically from my open wound, then from my eyes, my ears, my moth. It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps to the porch. My heart spasmed among the peonies like a trout"

I was like, WHAT THE HELL? Are you kidding me? This can't be real, did he really shot her? She can't be dead already!
Then I read on...

"Mummy snapped. She said to get hold of myself. Be normal, now, she said. Right now, she said."

Again, I was like... you must be kidding... She just got wounded! And then I realized...
That was E. Lockharts way to describe Cadence feelings. Like a metaphor. This. Is. So. Good!!!

Or an other sentence written so beautifully:
"She is sugar, curiosity and rain."
Isn't this a wonderful way to describe a person?

Next point, the fairytales.
As you read on the book, you realise there are fairytales. Fairytales about a king and his three daughters and stuff like this.
And I found that amaaaaazing. Because, you know, it was just a really reaaally great way to complete the story, and write down something, you just have to read between the lines to see the link to the main story.
For me it's a really great and unique way of storytelling!

Now, to the most important part of the book.
The end, the secret, the solution of the big mystery.

At the back of the book it's only written:

"We are liars.
We are beautiful and privileged.
We are cracked and broken.
A tale love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?
You decide."

Just keep that in mind...

The whoooole entire book, I thought it's all about Cadence accident, what happend, who caused it...
And THEN! at the end, it was all about this fire! And everyone was dead!! Besides Cadence. EVERYONE WAS DEAD! It blew my mind! Throughout the whole book they were just imaginations or hallucinations of Cadence.
Oh yes, by the way, for me they were imaginations/hallucinations, not ghosts, it wasn't a ghost story for me.
Well, I was soo shocked by the end. But then.. I was like: Gosh you should knew it! I saw so many clues towards the ending AFTER reading it...

Here some clues I totaaaaally missed...

I mean, the title... We WERE liars. They WERE....

Cadence flash backs.... Mirren holding the oil for "the motorboats" or Grandpas face lit up by a "bonfire"

Or an other thing, Cadence wrote Mirren and Johnny some emails... And they never, neever replied.

Or like they were all wearing the same clothes from this tragic summer... You know, get it?

They dont eat dinner at New Clairmont. Yeah, of course they don't

Or these sentences in the book:

"He picks a second peony and hands it to me. "For forgiveness, my dear" ....
"Three flowers for you. You should have three." AAAH! So obvious...

Or this conversations:
"Did you go on the tire swing?"
"No," says Taft. "Are you sure you're not a drug addict?"
"Where did you even get that idea?"
"Bonnie. She says I should watch out for you."
"Don't listen to Bonnie," I say. "Listen to Mirren."
"That's what I'm talking about."
She is talking about someone who isnt there anymore....

All these were clues I've missed and there are a lot more...
Once, I want to reread this book and find out all of the clues!

This was my little reflection of "We were liars"
Thank you for reading!