Wyrd & Wonder 2020: Wrap-up

Thank you Imryl from One More, Lisa of Dear Geek Place and Jorie from Jorie Loves A Story for organizing Wyrd & Wonder! Bloggers wrote amazing fantasy-themed posts. I like to highlight a couple of them. On The Bookwyrm’s Den I found this fun list with Fantasy World Elements We Need in the Real World. I can’t agree more! Jessticulates wrote an interesting post about the lack of centaurs in fantasy books. And Annemieke from A Dance with Books discussed The Norm of Gender Constructs in Fantasy.

What happened on my blog during Wyrd & Wonder:
Wyrd & Wonder 2020: TBR
Fantasy Bucket List Book Tag
5 fantasy books in five words
Three myths and legends I love
Five reasons why I love the Strange the Dreamer duology
Top four fantasy stand-alones

And of course I read fantasy in May. Here are my thoughts about the books I read.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found - Moïra Fowley-DoyleSpellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle4 stars
What connects the characters in this book is the fact that they all lost something. First Olive and Rose only lose small things, but soon it’s clear that Rose lost something bigger. Then they meet three mysterious strangers who seem to be a little lost themselves. When they find an ancient spellbook, it may be their chance to set everything right. During the whole story the characters, and also me as reader, are wondering: Is the magic of the spellbook real? The story really is an interesting mix of contemporary and fantasy with a touch of mystery. Almost all characters seem to have their secrets. The beautiful, lyrical writing style also really helped to create a mysterious, uncanny atmosphere. First the big cast of characters was a bit confusing, but everyone adds something and is necessary to tell the story. It was very interesting to read how the theme of loss is thoroughly explored. I loved that it even can be found in the details: each chapter starts with a list of things that were lost or found.

Shadow of Night - Deborah HarknessShadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) by Deborah Harkness3 stars
No spoilers for A Discovery of Witches
Last month I loved to reread A Discovery of Witches. I was looking forward to finally reading the sequel. Sadly Shadow of Night disappointed me. Most of the story is set in the sixteenth century. Again it’s clear that the writer is a passionate historian who put a lot of research into the book. But I have the feeling she got a bit carried away. I did like to meet the many historical figures. And the book does give a vivid image of the sixteenth century. Yet, there were so many descriptions of clothes, the outside and the inside of buildings and all objects found there. It was too much. The detailed descriptions would have been very interesting if the writer wouldn’t have overdone them. A lot of characters and things that happen are not even important for the plot. The book is quite long (more than 500 pages), but plot wise few happens in this story. At some points I thought about DNF’ing the book. I kept reading, because there were still parts I enjoyed (especially the second part and when we meet a certain character near the end of the book). I’m not sure if I’m going to read the next book. I’d like to finish the trilogy, but I’m afraid that the last part will also disappoint me.

Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylorreread
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor
It was amazing to re-visit these books! I dedicated a whole post to this duology with reasons why I love it. But I would like to add the way in which Laini Taylor explores different themes, especially dreams and hate. I also love the fact that there are some “easter eggs” for readers of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. And the ending of the story is absolutely perfect!

A non-fantasy book I read this month:

The Moon Sister - Lucinda RileyThe Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters, #5)  by Lucinda Riley4 stars
I waited months to get this book from the library. So I really wanted to read it this month, even though it’s not fantasy. This part tells the story of Tiggy. I immediately liked her, she is kind and has a strong intuition. At the start of the books she gets a new job as a wildlife consultant on an isolated estate. There Tiggy meets Chilly, a Spanish gitano (also known as a gypsy). He tells her that it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home. At the same time we read about the Spanish Lucía living in the twentieth century. She is born as a poor gitano, but with an unprecedented talent for dancing. Lucía isn’t a very likable characters, but I did admire her ambition. It was also interesting to read about the culture and history of the gitanos. Just like the other books in the series, the characters are well-written and I enjoyed reading the story.

Top four fantasy stand-alones

Today’s Wyrd and Wonder theme is mic drop, we are encouraged to talk about stand-alones or books you wish didn’t have a sequel. Most fantasy books are part of series. It’s great to be able to read more about well-loved characters when I have finished a good book. But I also love it when the whole story is wrapped up in one book. The advantage of a standalone is that you get one story from beginning to end. No disappointed sequels or waiting for the next book! Here are some fantasy stand-alones I loved to read.

Top four fantasy stand-alones

1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
This is a childhood favourite and a book I still love to re-visit. It’s about a boy named Bastian and a strange book set in Fantastica. This world needs a human to save it. While reading Bastian is able to go into the book. He not only becomes part of the story, but is also able to shape it with his imagination. That’s probably a dream of many bookworms!

2. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This book is a wonderful historical fantasy. In 1920s Mexico Casiopea is forced to work for her grandfather and cousin. She desperately wishes to go away and have her own life. It’s seems impossible, until she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. By opening it Casiopea accidentally frees the Mayan god of death. This is the start of a journey through Mexico, but with deamons and magic.

3. Circe by Madeline Miller
This is a retelling about the witch Circe from Greek mythology. She is a strong, interesting and complex woman. I loved that the focus is entirely on the character development of Circe. The story is also beautifully told. I have a basic knowledge of Greek mythology, and I am not particularly familair with it, but it was interesting to learn more about the Greek myths with this book!

4. Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
This book explores the theme of loss. It’s about characters losing small and big things and characters who seem to be a little lost themselves. When they find an ancient spellbook, it may be a chance to get everything back. I loved how the beautiful writing style in this story helps to create a mysterious atmosphere in which we are never sure if the magic is real or not…

What is your favourite fantasy stand-alone? Tell me in the comments!

Five reasons why I love the Strange the Dreamer duology

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme managed by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s theme is ‘Reasons why I love [insert your favourite book title, genre, author, etc. here]’. I immediatelly thought about Laini Taylor. She is my favourite writer since I read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy six years ago. I loved the Strange the Dreamer duology even more when I read them a few years later. I regularly write about her books on my blog. But I never dedicated a whole post to them. Since these are fantasy books, Wyrd & Wonder seems the perfect moment for this post. So here I am talking about my all-time favourites and why I love them!

Indigo - Strange the Dreamer Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor

1. The beautiful writing style

Laini Taylor’s writing style is wonderfully poetic and dreamy, but it never slows down the story.  She manages to perfectly capture feelings of despair, loss and happiness. And there is also some humour. I really admire the way she writes.

2. Lazlo

The main character of this duology is a soft-hearted, dreamy, but determined librarian. I loved him from the first page! Lazlo is obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep. He read every book that mentioned it. His biggest dream is to go there himself. I really enjoyed reading how his character develops throughout the story.

3. Muse of Nightmares is just as good as the first part

When a book is really good, I often have high expectations for the sequel. Often the second book doesn’t meet my expectations or simply disappoints me. Yet, Muse of Nightmares was possibly even better than Strange the Dreamer! The story continues where the first book ended and many things are clarified. The second book is crucial for the story. Only after reading it, I truly realized how brilliant the story is.

4. The amazing side characters

Every character in this duology feels real, because they all have their own story. Most of them also go through some character development. I especially loved how Laini Taylor wrote the “villains.” No evil for the sake of evil in this story. I actually don’t want to use the word villain for Thyon or Minya. Their motivation is so well-explained, that I felt truly sorry for them in the end.

5. The pretty covers

You really shouldn’t judge books by their covers… but these are so pretty! The covers fit the book perfectly and are just as beautiful as the story itself.

These are the reasons I love the Strange the Dreamer duology. And I haven’t even talked about the plot and the world-building yet…!

Three myths and legends I love

Today’s theme in the Wyrd & Wonder challenge is myths and legends. There are a lot to choose from! Although some of them are very weird…  But it’s also wonderful that some stories are so memorable that they survived thousands of years! Here are some myths and legends I find interesting. Because I know many of them from adaptations, I also tried to find a modern book based on the myth or legend.

1. Mulan

As child Mulan was always my favourite Disney movie. When the Huns invade China, Mulan’s father is called to war. Because he is old and suffers from old war injuries, Mulan is afraid he won’t survive. So Mulan secretly disguises herself as man, takes her father’s weapons and goes in his place. I love how courageous and selfless Mulan is! It was very interesting to hear on the Myths and Legends podcast that the Disney version is based on an actual legend. It turns out that Disney stayed quite close to the original. One of the most important differences is that Mulan originally went to war with approval of her family. Her father actually trained her!

Reflection by Elizabeth LimOn my TBR: Reflection by Elizabeth Lim
If you have seen the movie, you probably remember the scene where captain Shang and his army fight Shan Yu in the mountain pass. What if Captain Shang was mortally wounded in this battle, and Mulan had to travel to the Underworld to save him? This sounds like a story I would love to read!

2. Atlantis

The legend of Atlantis was originally told by Plato. The island had a wealthy population that lived in a technologically advances civilization. But the people became greedy and corrupt. This made the gods angry. As a punishment they sent earthquakes that caused Atlantis to sink in the ocean. Most fascinating to me about this legend is that it may be based on real events. It also really sparks my imagination. I could totally image people living on the bottom of the ocean.

The Last Sun by K.D. EdwardsOn my TBR: The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards
This book is set on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home. It’s an urban fantasy, because the world resembles ours. The biggest difference is the existence of magical beings. I’m not sure which role the setting plays, but this does sound like a good book.

3. The story of Isis and Osiris

Ancient Egypt has always interested me. I especially like this story about the goddess Isis and her husband Osiris. Here is a short version. Osiris successfully ruled over Egypt. His brother Seth was jealous of his success and wanted to kill him. On a party Seth tricked Osiris into lying in a box. He sealed the box and threw it in the Nile. At that moment, Isis was away. She immediately knew about her husband’s death and started to search for his body. After a long journey she finally recovered Osiris’ body. Yet, Seth discovered them. He cut the body into pieces and spread them all over Egypt. Isis again decided to find her husband. She collected all the pieces and reassembled them. With her magical powers she breathed life in Osiris and resurrected him. He lived long enough to make Isis pregnant. Then Osiris became ruler of the Underworld.

The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanReading recommendation: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
You probably know this writer from the Percy Jackson series (which I haven’t read). He also wrote a trilogy featuring the gods of Ancient Egypt. I only read the first part, but I like this take on Egyptian mythology.  The main characters are Carter and Sadie. Carter travelled the world with his father, a brilliant Egyptologist. His sister lived with their grandparents in London. Everything goes wrong when their father tries to bring back Osiris to our world.

5 fantasy books in 5 words

This post is inspired by Sarah from Dragons & Zombies and Maddalena from Space and Sorcery. They both chose some fantasy books and described them in 5 words. It really is a nice Wyrd & Wonder prompt. Here are some of my favourites and the words that describe them:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Dreamy librarian visits lost city

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

A Thound Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Romantic chase through alternate universes

A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Everyone wants the ancient book

A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

Northern Lights / The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Girl and deamon go North

Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1)

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless spinster accidentally kills vampire

Soulless - Gail Carriger

I challenge all other Wyrd & Wonder adventurers to also describe their favourite books in 5 words! It’s simple and fun to do.

Fantasy Bucket List Book Tag

Wyrd & Wonder has begun! I already finished my first fantasy book of the month: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. This book tag seems a good way to kick off Wyrd & Wonder on my blog. I got the Fantasy Bucket List Book Tag from Imryl on One More. It seems to be originally created by Toast Dragon Fantasy on Youtube.

A fictional world that you would like to tour

I would love to visit the Realm of the Elderlings from Robin Hobbs books. Especially Trehaug in the Rain Wilds would be wonderful to visit. All buildings in this city are constructed in the trees connected by hanging bridges. This tour would also give me the opportunity to travel with a Liveship, a living ship that is able to speak through its figure head. And I may also spot a dragon!

Realm of the Elderlings map

Fantastica, the magical world from The Neverending Story is also high on my list.

A specific place that you would like to visit

I could think of many fictional places, but the one I (literally) dream about visiting is Hogwarts. I would love to roam around, look through the books in the school library, see the Hufflepuff common room, look for magical plants in the school gardens and maybe find a hidden room.

Hogwarts

A character that you would like to meet

That would be Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer. He is very friendly and soft-hearted and seems easy to talk with. I would love to listen to the many amazing stories he has to tell.

An event you would like to witness

Just one event? There are two I would like to participate in.

The first one is the Warlord’s Birthday in Loramendi from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This is a huge masked ball while the whole city is illuminated by thousands of lanterns. I could hide myself behind a mask and attend this wonderful feast.

The second event is Caraval, the once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, from the book with the same name.

Warcross - Marie LuA sport/activity you would like to try

Initially, the only fantasy sport I could think of was Quidditch. Although I like to read about it, I wouldn’t necessarily want to do Quidditch myself. I’m a bit afraid of heights and actually not a fan of sports involving a ball (and Quidditch has five of them…). But then I realized that gaming is also a sport and certainly an activity. And I would love to play Warcross! This is a video game made up by Marie Lu where the players have to hunt down artefacts in the most amazing worlds. The book is actually science fiction rather than fantasy, but I think it totally counts.

A weapon you would like to wield

I’m actually not interested in weapons. Yet, there is one thing I like that strictly isn’t a weapon, but could be used as such. I’m talking about a wand. I would love to be able to use one!

An item you would like to use

Many bloggers who did this tag answered this question with Hermione’s timeturner. But I really wouldn’t want to mess with time. I would rather have an alethiometer from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. This looks like a compass with a lot of symbols on in. You can ask an alethiometer questions and it will give you a truthful answer. It would be very useful when I have a difficult decision to make.

Alethiometer

O.W.L.s Readathon 2020: Results

I’m quite happy with the books I read this month. I found my first 5-star read of the year and I reread a book I loved! I didn’t get to all the six books from my O.W.L.s TBR-list, but I did read four of them. To become a Trader of Magical Tomes I needed to get O.W.L.s for Ancient Runes, Charms, History of Magic and Transfiguration. Here are my thoughts about the books I read for those subjects.

Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: books/series that include shapeshifting

Soulless - Gail CarrigerSoulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger5 stars
This book was just as amazing as I hoped! It’s a nice mix of fantasy, steampunk and romance. The story is set in an alternative version of Victorian London where werewolves and vampires are normal citizens. It’s an interesting setting that was well executed. The book starts when the soulless Alexia Tarabotti was attacked by a vampire. By doing this he totally broke all standards of social etiquette. Alexia accidentally kills him with her parasol. While unexpected vampires are appearing, and expected vampires are disappearing, she is determined to figure out what is happening. Alexia really is a great main character. She is intelligent, practical and independent. She reminded me of Miss Fisher from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, a tv series you may have seen on Netflix. I also loved the writing style of the book. It’s witty and fits the story perfectly.

Ancient Runes – Heart rune: heart on the cover or in the title

Tash Hearts Tolstoy - Kathryn OrmsbeeTash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee4 stars
I wish I would be able to really watch Unhappy Families! It’s the fictional web series made by Tash and her friends, but it totally feels like something I can actually look up on YouTube. Unhappy Families is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina, one of Tash’ favourite books. I liked the references, but you can certainly enjoy this book without knowing anything about Tolstoy. What I loved most about the book was Tash herself. Kathryn Ormsbee really shows Tash’ personality instead of just telling about it. For example, I loved to read that Tash is vegetarian. This isn’t just mentioned once, it is used a few times in the story. I think small details like this make a character feel more real. The writer also did a great job in describing how Tash found out that she is ace and how she deals with this. I knew about asexuality and read about it on Tumblr, but I didn’t really realize how hard it can be. Of course this is just one perspective, but the book helped me to better understand the struggles of aces.

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

De geniale vriendin - Elena FerranteMy Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, #1) by Elena Ferrante3 stars
For this prompt I actually wanted to borrow a book from my library. Since the library is closed at the moment, I looked for a book with a white cover at home. My Brilliant Friend was a book I wanted to love, but I ended up liking only parts of it. I liked the Italian setting. The descriptions of Naples and the people living there in the 1950s are very vivid. It was also interesting to see how their home town influences the personality of the characters. The characters themselves were a drawback for me. I do think they are well-written. Yet not very likable and hard to emphasize with. Central in the book is the friendship and rivalry between Elena and Lila. This first book in the series describes their childhood and teenager years. Elena is the narrator of the story. She idolizes Lila, who may be smart, but also is mean and quite egoistic. I’m not sure how to describe Elena, because her personality seems to be based on Lila. I really don’t understand why Elena wants to befriend Lila, and even wants to resemble her. Because I wasn’t able to connect with the main characters, I lost my interest in the story.

History of Magic – Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards

A Discovery of Witches - Deborah HarknessA Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harknessreread
I read this book four years ago and it became one of my favourite reads of 2016. I wasn’t sure if I would love the story as much as I did then. It turns out that I do! From the start I admire the vibes of studying ancient manuscripts in an old library in Oxford. If becomes even better when we are slowly introduced to a magical side of our world with witches, vampires and deamons. Diana is the descendant of a powerful witch, but refuses to use her power. Everything changes when she finds an ancient, magical manuscript. Every creature seems to want it. One of them is Matthew Clairmont, a vampire who is not only interested in the manuscript, but also in Diana herself. While reading the book, it’s clear that the writer is a historian. She does a wonderful job in describing the historical events Matthew lived through. And I totally forgot how much of an amazing rollercoaster the second half of the book is! Since the first time I read this book, I wanted to continue the trilogy. Wyrd & Wonder in May seems the perfect opportunity to do so.

So I’m on my way to become Trader of Magical Tomes! In August I will continue this Magical readathon with the N.E.W.T.s. Keep an eye on G from Book Roast for updates.

Wyrd & Wonder 2020: TBR

Just like last year I will participate in Wyrd & Wonder in May! It’s the celebration of everything fantsy. This challenge is hosted by Imryl from One More, Lisa of Dear Geek Place and Jorie from Jorie Loves A Story. I’m planning to make some top tens or fave fives and I definitively want to do a book tag. Of course I’m also going to read fantasy books! Here are the five books on my TBR-list. As always, I may change plans and find other books along the way.

Wyrd & Wonder 2020 TBR

Shadow of Night & The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness
I would love to continue the All Souls trilogy. I just reread the first book, A Discovery of Witches. It’s amazing how this exciting story combines fantasy with history and romance. I really don’t know why I never read the other parts. Wyrd & Wonder seems the perfect moment for this.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
This book is about a couple of Irish girls who discover an ancient spellbook. I heard the story is beautifully written and has a diverse cast of characters. I’m very curious about this one.

Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
With so much books I haven’t read, I often forget how much I love rereading my favourite books!

Did you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!

Earth Day & five fun environmental movies

Today is Earth Day, the international celebration of our planet! It’s a yearly event to make people aware of ecological problems and take action. This is a special Earth Day, because it’s the 50th one! The theme of this year is climate action. Everyone can do something to take better care of the Earth. Small things like eating less meat and recycling already help. Click here to find more things you can do from home. I also want to inspire you with a couple of fun movies about the environment. Even if you already watched them, this is a great moment for a rewatch!

Avatar (2009)

Avatar gif

This is a beautiful made animated movie set in the far future. The Earth’s natural resources have become scarce. A valuable mineral can be found on Pandora. This planet is inhabited by the Na’vi, blue-skinned human-like creatures that live in harmony with nature. With the help of avatars humans try colonize the planet to mine the mineral. The movie does a great job in exploring ecology and imperialism. At the same time it’s an adventurous story that I really enjoyed watching.

Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E gif

A Disney classic! Wall-E is an old robot who presses together junk on an abandoned Earth. His only companion is a cockroach. Humans fled, because our planet became uninhabitable due to all the garbage. One day another robot arrives on Earth, looking for a sign of life. The movie is quite slow-paced, but it’s so much fun to watch. It’s amazing how the movie makers were able to make us sympathise with a small robot that barely talks.

Bee movie (2007)

Bee movie gif

I think this movie brilliantly shows the importance of bees for the environment. The main character is Barry B. (Bee) Benson. He just graduated and is now looking for a job in the hive. He accidentally gets into the house of two humans: Vanessa and Ken. While Ken tries to squash him, Vanessa saves his life. Barry and Vanessa become friends. When he is with her in the supermarket, Barry is shocked to learn that humans eat and steal honey from the bees.

Happy Feet (2006)

Happy Feet gif

This movie is all about penguins! Emperor penguins find their soul mates through song, but Mumble can’t sing. He does have a talent for tap dancing. Most of the other penguins ridicule him, but this doesn’t stop Mumble from dancing. The main message of the movie is that it’s okay to be different, but environmental issues like overfishing and plastic in the ocean play a role too.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

The Day After Tomorrow gif

This movie isn’t “fun”like the others, but I had to include a disaster movie! It shows the catastrophic effects of global warning. In the movie the North Atlantic Ocean circulation is disrupted. The consequence is extreme weather like storms and a global cooling down. It’s an exciting movie that could definitively serve as a kind of warning.

First Year Hogwarts Tag

The O.W.L.s started last week! For Transfiguration I’ve already read Soulless, my first five-star read of this year. I’m currently reading Tash Hearts Tolstoy for Ancient Runes. The Magical Readathon seems a great moment for a Harry Potter related tag. I found the First Year Hogwarts Tag a few months ago at The Owlery Reader. It was created by ViktoriaReads on Youtube (I wasn’t able to find the original video.) Here are the questions and my answers!

After receiving your Hogwarts letter, you and your family hastily head down to Diagon Alley. Which shop is the first to grab your attention?
Flourish & Blotts of course! I love to visit book shops, especially if they sell magical books.

Flourish and Blotts

After rereading your letter you see that you may bring a cat, owl or toad with you to school. Which, if any, do you bring and what do you name them?
Cats are my favourite animals, so that’s an easy choice to make. I would like to name my cat after a book character, Luna or Issa (from Daughter of Smoke and Bone) for example.

You arrive at Kings Cross station knowing absolutely no one! Once you board the Hogwarts Express, you’re faced with three options of where to sit. Where do you sit?
a) in a compartment by yourself (and double check you have everything)
b) in a compartment that contains four or five other young wizards who appear to be trading cards
c) in a compartment right down the end where another lone wizard/witch sits?
Just like Portia from The Owlery Reader I wouldn’t choose a compartment full of people. I’d also rather sit with someone that looks friendly.

You arrive at Hogwarts and are sorted into your house! Which one are you in?
I’m a proud Hufflepuff! But the sorting hat may also consider Ravenclaw.

You are given your timetable which contains the following classes: Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, History of Magic, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Herbology, and Flying. Which one are you most looking forward to?
Charms, because I’m looking forward to finally learn how to use my wand.

Charms class gif

Your first weekend at Hogwarts is here! How are you spending the weekend?
a) studying ahead in the library, because you can never study enough
b) exploring the castle and grounds with your new friends
c) chilling in the common room playing chess with your new friends
d) finding a cosy spot somewhere in the castle, reading a book and eating snacks
There is so much to discover at Hogwarts. So I first want to explore the castle and get to know my new friends. Later I definitively make time to read a book and go to the library.

A few weeks of class has now passed. Which class has become your best and worst?
I probably would be good at History of Magic and Astronomy. Both are quite theoretical and I’m usually good at learning facts. I also like history, although Professor Binns doesn’t really attempt to make his lessons interesting… I’m not very sporty and a bit afraid of heights, so I don’t think I’m good at Flying.

The first Quidditch game is this Saturday between your house and their number one rival, but you also have a Potions test on Monday! What do you do?
a) go to the game, obviously, who cares about Potions?!
b) go to the game but then make up the time studying later in the day
c) don’t go, studying is way more important
I don’t really care about sports, but Quidditch seems more interesting to watch than most muggle sports. I wouldn’t want to miss my first Quidditch match. So I would go to the game and study on Sunday.

Hufflepuff Quidditch game gif

Christmas is here! Do you go home to your family or stay at Hogwarts to be with your friends who are also staying?
I love to celebrate Christmas with my family, so I would go home.

Christmas is over but now it’s time for exams! What becomes your go to study spot?
a) on your bed in your dorm, best to be cosy
b) in your house common room
c) in the library, obviously!
d) in an empty classroom, as you prefer to be alone?
The house common room would be too noisy for me to study. In my dorm it’s relatively quiet, but there isn’t really a desk. I would probably alternate between the library and my bed.

What would you do in your first year of Hogwarts? I tag everyone participating in the Magical Readathon!