When looking through the recesses of WordPress for a Harry Potter related book tag I stumbled across this bloody brilliant one created by Kimberlyfaye Reads. This tag combines Harry Potter spells used through out the series with corresponding books. Interested to see my spell casting abilities? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
Accio – the summoning charm. An upcoming release you cannot wait to get your hands on.
One of the book I cannot wait to get my hands on is Mischling by Affinity Konar. This book is set in 1944 and follows twin sisters Pearl and Stasha as they try to survive Auschwitz. Seeing as I am running low on WWII fiction novels, this is definitely on the top of my ‘To Buy’ pile.
Alohamora – the unlocking charm. Favourite series starter.
My favourite series starter has to, in honour of the inspiration behind this post, be Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. The way Rowling was able to create magic through the pages of a book will forever make me put it as my favourite start to a series.
Fiendfyre – a fire curse. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies.
I would have to say that the book that recently gave me the warm and fuzzies was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Though I try to avoid contemporary novels at all costs, there is something about Han’s writing that keeps me coming back for more.
Aguamenti – the water making spell. A book that made you ugly cry.
When I read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys I remember ugly crying for the last 100 pages or so. If you are interested in WWII marine time disaster books, definitely pick this one up. Though, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Expecto Patronum – the patronus charm. A bookish hero or heroine you’d want around to protect you in real life.
Feyre and Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series can come protect me anytime. Knowing them, they would probably teach me to protect myself, and I am a-ok with that.
Lumos – creates light. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.
I was so emotionally destroyed half way through The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman that I went on Wikipedia to find out the ending. Do I regret my decision you ask? No. If I didn’t spoil this for myself it would have been my choice for the book that made me ugly cry.
Imperio – the imperius curse. A book you wish you could make everyone read because yo love it so much.
If you haven’t already heard me talk about it enough… The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
Engorgio – engorgement charm. A book series you wish never ended.
Now I could state the obvious and say the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling but I’m going to be different and say the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz. If you like friendship, boarding schools, magic, and mayhem, then you should really check out this series.
Wingardium Leviosa – levitation charm. A book with an uplifting mood or message.
For this I couldn’t decide between Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling or A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox. Both books are intended for the prospective graduate, but I think reading either of them at any time in life would be just as meaningful.
Obliviate – memory charm. A book you wish you could forget you read.
I don’t have a book I detested so bad that I wish I could forget it. I think the beauty of books is reading a wide selection of books from different genres to find the niches in which you fit in. If I didn’t read books I disliked I would never know what books don’t fit to me as a reader.
Anapneo – clears the target’s away. An author whose books always get you out of a slump.
For this one, I scoured my shelves for authors in which I own quite a few books from. The authors who came away with the coveted prize of always getting me out of a slump are Philippa Gregory and Nicholas Sparks, take away from that what you will.
Jelly Legs Jinx. A swoon-worthy hero or heroine.
I’m going to apologize to all the Mr. Darcy fans out there, but if I had to pick one of Austen’s leading men it would be, without a doubt, Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey.
Glacius -freezes object to ice with great range.. A book that caused you to drop everything and read it.
I pretty much dropped everything to read A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. When I finished it I found myself in a book hangover, and I still can’t believe that I have to wait until May 2017 to find out what happens next.
Crucio – the cruciatus curse. A book that was painful to read.
In the past I would have said Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, but lately I’ve been considering re-reading the book now that I am able to appreciate the classics in the period in which they were written.
Anteoculatia – a practical joke spell. A book that made you laugh out loud.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline shouldn’t have been as funny as I thought it was, given its the story of a boy who wants to win a tournament to escape poverty, but damn was it funny. The characters were sassy, the pop culture references were top notch, and the tone of the book made me sometimes forget that the book was trying to explore tough issues.
Expelliarmus – disarming charm. A book that made you want to send it flying.
The Shinning Girls by Lauren Beukes has caused me more headaches than it should. There are so many characters, each one with their own chapters, and it downright makes me want to throw it when I can’t remember one character chapter to the next. I’ve currently marked this as my only DNF on Goodreads, but I desperately want to finish it just so I can say I did.
Portus – turns an object into a portkey. Bookish world you wish you could visit.
Again I could say something about Harry Potter, i.e. Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, or Hogsmede, but I am going to go instead with Narnia, post-Jadis the White Witch, from The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.
Stupefy – stunning spell. A book with a shocking twist or ending.
Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin had one of the most shocking twists of any WWII novel I’ve read. Mind you, this is an alternate history WWII novel, so I should have expected it.
Avada Kadavra – the killing curse. A character death that destroyed you.
The death of the beloved House-Elf Dobby will forever go down as the one character death that destroyed me. I cried for hours after reading about Dobby’s demise, and I still hold a twinge of recentment to J.K. Rowling for killing him off.
Finite Incantatum – terminates all spells in the area. Best series conclusion.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is probably the best series conclusion that I have read. Unlike with the wizarding world, I could believe that the characters of the Hunger Games trilogy lived in relative peace and quiet upon the series conclusion.
And that is the Harry Potter Spells book tag created by Kimberlyfaye Reads. Feel like I missed an opportunity to include a book? Let me know with a comment below.
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