Gilmore Girls Book Tag 2.0

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A DRILL. THE GILMORE GIRLS REVIVAL IS NOW OUT!

In case you can’t tell, or don’t know me at all, my favourite show of all time is Gilmore Girls.

And in celebration for my love of Stars Hollow and all its residents gracing our screens once again I scoured the internet for the perfect way to show it.

I saw this particular Gilmore Girls book tag on Pink Lemonade Reads BookTube channel and knew I this was how I was going to celebrate Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Featuring everything from moments, to people, to some of the most iconic lines, the Gilmore Girls 2.0 Book Tag has it all.

So grab yourself a cup of coffee, snuggle in your favourite pink winter coat, and Oi with the poodles already!

*I stayed up until the revival was put on Netflix, 1am my time, and I have since lived the six hours of glory.*

I Just Got Hit By A Deer – A Character Having the Worst Day Ever 

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Um, does Harry Potter on any given day count?

 Stars Hollow – A Wildly Eccentric Cast

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For this one I chose to go with the cast of characters from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. From Yossarian to Colonel Cathcart, each character has their own quirks, and by the end of the novel you care deeply for each of them.

Coffee – A Book You’re Addicted To or a Character With an Addiction

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A book I’m addicted to is actually the A Court of Thrones and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. The wait for the still untitled third book has been painful, and as such I feel as if I am going through withdrawal from an addiction. Just publish the book already Bloomsbury, please…

Someone Devil Egged my Car?! – Great Act of Revenge

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Pretty much anything Victor and Eli do to each other in Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I don’t want to say too much about the great acts of events that these to former friends do to one another, but if you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it.

Mr. Medina – An Illicit Affair

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Not sure how the Lorelai/Max relationship was illicit, but book wise I am going to go with the relationship between Humbert Humbert and Lolita in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. The book, while a stunning achievement in the written word, gave me the willies more than once.

Kim’s Antiques – A World You’d be Afraid to Enter

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That world would be Panem from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy. First, my luck is usually the worst so no doubt I would be picked to participate in the games. Two, I’m incredibly clumsy so I would probably embarrass myself on Caesar Flickerman’s show. And Three, I’m grossly out of shape so I would probably be the first one to die. So there’s that.

Harvard Vs. Yale – Character Who Needs to Make a Life-Changing Decision

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For this one I am going to go with Kate from Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl. If you are at all familiar with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, then you know pretty well the life-changing decision Kate has to make in Vinegar Girl. Though not my favourite Hogarth Shakespeare adaptation, I gave this book three stars, I still think if you’re a Shakespeare fan its worth a read.

Luke’s Diner – A Comfort Read

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. This book will always be my favourite in the series because, in my opinion, it’s when the characters begin to come into their own. Whenever I’m not feeling myself, this book reminds me that change can be a good thing.

Am I Crying or Laughing? – A Book that Messed with your Emotions

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This one is definitely Newes of the Dead by Mary Hooper. If you’re unfamiliar, this book is a historical fiction novel about Anne Green, a servant in 1600’s England, who was hanged for a crime, only to be alive on the dissection table. I cannot tell you how fast I read this book, only to find out what happens.

Emily – The HBIC (Head Bitch in Charge)

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No one can hold a candle to Emily Gilmore, in my opinion, but the closest that any author has come to making a character the HBIC is probably Suzanne Collins’ character Effie Trinket. She’s just so damn sassy that who else could fill this spot, am I right?

Lorelai and Rory – Favourite Family Dynamic

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I mean, technically, The Addams Family started as cartoons in newspapers, which is a thing you read, and I just recently watched 1991 movie, so here’s looking at you Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Thing. Keep on doing what you’re doing.

I Pushed Him in the Lake! – A Book You’d Throw in a Lake

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and (I put this here reluctantly) J.K. Rowling. I gave it a three stars rating on Goodreads, half because there were some things I enjoyed about it and half because I couldn’t give a ‘Harry Potter’ book any lower than that.

1000 Yellow Daisies – Favourite Book Romance

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Jane Austen always writes good romances, and my favourite will always be Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey!

Jess – An Unpopular Opinion

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Now this one could get me into trouble, given that it always gets me into trouble in my personal life but every time I read The Lord of the Rings series I will, every time, skim The Fellowship of the Rings because I find it boring! Even when I am watching the movies I tend to struggle through the first one, maybe because I don’t want to watch three hours of people walking and world building, or maybe because I am bias and The Two Towers is by far the best in the trilogy, but I’ll leave that up to you.

First Snow – Snowy or Holiday Read

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I’m going to go with the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It just isn’t the holidays until I’ve read and watched about a million different variations of this novel.

Hep Alien – Book Centred Around Music

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Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson because what is a road trip without music, right?

He’d Better Have a Motorcycle! – Your Book Crush

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Mark Watney from The Martin. Now, hear me out. I know he’s a bit unconventional, but he’s funny, resourceful, smart, and he’s an astronaut botanist, what more could a girl want! Plus, Watney makes joke after joke about a myriad of nerdy things, including Harry Potter, which if you’ve read this tag, or any tag I’ve done you know my love for all things Potter knows no bounds.

It’s Repetitive and Redundant – A Book That Could Have Been Shorter

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For a book that is over 300 pages, The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney could have been so much shorter. That or I should have done my research before picking up this book because novels about whinny rich families whining about the same things for 300 pages are really not my thing.

Kirk – The Weirdest Book You’ve Ever Read

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I mean, I’m not sure any book I’ve read has been as weird as Kirk is in Gilmore Girls. I mean, to be as eccentric as Kirk is quite a feat in and of itself. However, I think the book that comes the closest to Kirk is The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. Even looking back at that book still makes me question whether I fully understand what Hawkins wanted the reader to get out of it. Maybe what he wanted was for everyone to look back on it confusingly, makes it quite memorable, that’s for sure.

It’s a Lifestyle. It’s a Religion. – A Book That Means More to You Than Any Other

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I think the book that comes closest to the love I have for Gilmore Girls would have to be the Harry Potter series. It’s the series that sparked the love of reading in me, and without my love of books I don’t know where I would be.

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Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

*All gifs created by nathanthenerd on Tumblr*

Pokemon Go Book Tag

While pursuing WordPress late at night I stumbled across a sensation taking over the globe. No, it’s not Pokemon Go, it’s the Pokemon Go Book tag created by Read at Midnight. This tag combines people’s love for reading with their love for catching the original 150 Pokemon, made famous once again in 2016. Interested to see if I can ‘catch em’ all’? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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This is an easy one for me, as well as pretty much any child that grew up in the 90’s. The Harry Potter series gave me a lot growing up, while also teaching me immense patience for waiting for the next book in a series to be released.

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Again, another easy one. My favourite classic of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I first read this in fourth or fifth grade and have continued to re-read it every year since my first introduction to it.

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I’m positive I am going to eat my words for this but I have no interest in reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Don’t get me wrong, I love her ACOTAR series, but I found that one on a whim and have grown to love it rather than having it shoved down my throat.

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Salt to the Sea to Anna and the Swallow Man to City of Thieves, give me a good WWII story and I will gobble it up gleefully.

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I purchased Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel last year after Christmas, but the more I stare at it on my TBR shelf, the more it gives me anxiety. I mean buy two copies and you have five-pound weights right there.

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman recently kept me up until 3:00am because I couldn’t put it down without knowing what was going to happen to Tom and Isabel. Considering I love sleep more than anything M.L. Stedman truly has a gift.

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I’m not usually one to sing the praises of a book couple, mostly because no matter what you choose the internet is a place that will always tell you you’re wrong, but I am partial to Feyre and Rhysand from ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas.

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The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab is absolutely a fire-hot, fast-paced read that will leave you lost while you wait for the February 2017 release date of the third book, A Conjuring of Light.

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Can I just be like every other person on the planet and just say the Harry Potter series. I mean, come on J.K. Rowling, nobody would really blame you if you wrote more adventures for Harry and friends.

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I am always apprehensive of picking anything up from the fantasy genre, given that those books are always a million pages long, but I really enjoy The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen. I’m just hoping that The Fate of the Tearling, the third novel being published on November 29th of this year, changes its cover to match the previous two instalments.

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I’m going to say the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs only because I’ve already read the first book and that makes me feel a little better. I am really bad at finishing series FYI.

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I would probably fall into a pool of my own tears if I ever got the chance to own the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Deluxe Illustrated Edition. It’s so pretty, but that £150.00 price tag kills me a little inside. 

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Though I’ve already read it, Emma Cline’s The Girls was a debut novel that was very hyped but lived up to it.

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This could also count as my guilty pleasure buy, if the tag had it, but anything by Jenny Han. I absolutely loved her Summer trilogy, and thought it took me a while to buy her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology, it rekindled a love for her writing. I’ll definitely be picking up her Burn for Burn series and the next book in the To All the Boys series very soon.

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I have been really looking forward to the release of Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer because it has been 11 years since he’s published anything new. He’s just such a quirky writer that it’s no wonder I’ve been eagerly anticipating a new release for all these years.

Well that’s all she wrote, literally, that’s the tag Read At Midnight created. Hopefully something else like this comes out down the road so that I can write something else this fun! I wasn’t tagged by anyone so if you read this and want to do it, I tag you Pikachu!

Top 5 Wednesday: June 29, 2016 – Settings You Want To See More Of

Today’s post is not a review, surprise, surprise. As an avid reader, I get plenty of my book recommendations from BookTube, but something I’ve never tried but always have wanted to be a part of is Top 5 Wednesday’s.

If you’re unfamiliar with what Top 5 Wednesday let me explain. Gingerreadslainey (Lainey), a BookTube creator on YouTube, came up with a reading group on Goodreads where every Wednesday people from all over can  come together and talk about bookish things in the form of a list.

Every week is a new topic and not every topic has to be completed in order to be in the group. Due to liking the topic for June 29, 2016, which is “Settings You Want to See More Of,” I figured there is no time like the present to put fingers to keyboard and share my thoughts to the group.

Want to see where I want to be? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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5) Terabithia: Oh Terabithia, you small twinkle in every child’s eye. Ive read Bridge to Terabithia more times than I can count, my younger sister was obsessed with the movie, and boy oh boy do I wish there were more adventures in this forest land. Yet, I think I treasure Bridge to Terabithia much like I do To Kill a Mockingbird, and if there ever was a sequel, well, I’m not sure what my reaction would be. The novel was great in teaching fetus Sara all about love (platonic), life, loss, and everything in between.

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4) Let me pitch it to you. Rivendell, a time in the past, and a “young” Elrond and the inevitable mischief that LOTR fans know he got into. Unfortunately, I don’t think I would trust anyone but J.R.R. Tolkien to take us back to the intricate world of Middle Earth, so this one is very unlikely to happen. I guess the only way I’m going to get my fix of Rivendell is to like Lautebrunnental in Switzerland, where it is rumoured Tolkien got his inspiration for the Elvin town in 1911.

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3) Isla Nublar: The Jurassic Park franchise has always been a novel/movie series that has made me think of how cool it would be to see dinosaurs -herbivores of course- in the 21st century. I currently own the novels, and can 100 per cent admit to not have opening them, but I seriously want more stories set on this island, so hurry up Hollywood, you’re my only hope. (RIP Michael Crichton)

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2) Stars Hollow: Now I know that Stars Hollow is not from a book, well unless you count Lauren Graham’s upcoming nonfiction novel Talking as Fast As I Can, but as an avid Gilmore Girls fan I would sell my left kidney to be transported to that kooky town. If you’ve been living under a rock these past few months you may not know that there will in fact be more Gilmore Girls episodes set in this fictitious town, and yet I know I’m not the only one who is holding out hope that the upcoming four episode run won’t mean the end of the line for Stars Hollow and its residents.

20160629 T5W - June 29, 2016 SLV 0043.jpg1) Hogwarts: Because how could anyone do a top 5 settings list and not have Hogwarts in their number one spot. I know I am not alone in wanting a certain writer (here’s looking at you J.K. Rowling) to release more books about everyones favourite school of magic. Personally, I feel the trio’s story ended with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and yet I wouldn’t be opposed to the Marauders time in the hallowed halls of Hogwarts. That, or Rowling could just disclose the location of Hogwarts to all those who had their acceptance letters lots in the mail… no seriously… where is my letter…

Well, that’s my list. I hope it wasn’t too rambly, and if you stuck to the end, well, gold stars to you! Have opinions of yourselves? Feel free to leave a comment!