The Magic That Is Harry Potter 

It’s been 20 years since Harry Potter first walked into our lives, but it still continues to work it’s magic on me, every single time, always! 😊

I am currently in the middle of my nth Harry Potter Marathon and I’m still as awed as I was when I first read it.

They say that Harry Potter walked into Joanne Kathleen Rowling’s mind when she was struck on a train in 1990. She spent the next five years constructing the plot for the seven books.

Interestingly, nobody wanted to publish the first book as they didn’t believe “magic” to be a substantial topic. Finally, Bloomsbury agreed to publish the series and on June 26, 1997 the first book was published.

And after that, we were all surrounded by magic 😍

I decided  to do a quick Harry Potter tag, the questions for which I nicked over from the net😜

Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 🔥

This is my copy of the book which was a present from Dad on my 16th birthday 😊

Favourite movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 😁

Bcoz that’s the only HP movie I saw in a multiplex!!

Favorite quote
: Always!! 😊 The simplicity and the deep feelings behind this beautiful quote always makes me smile

Favourite professor
: Lupin!!

He was undoubtedly the best Defense against the dark arts professor they had!

Which house would u like to be sorted into?

Gryffindor!…. Though I would also like to be in Ravenclaw😜

Which class would be ur favorite?

Charms😊 Professor Flitwick’s classes always sounded like light hearted fun and oh, I would love to try the charm, ‘Win-gar-dium-levi-o-sa’ 😁😊

Which spell would be the most useful to learn? 
Accio 😀 Everything would literally come to you

What would your patronus be? 
I would love for it to be a wolf!

If u were an Animagus, which animal would u transform into?
A cat!! Quick, light and speedy 😸

If u could own one of the Deathly Hallows, which could it be?
The Invisibility Cloak – I could sneak around anywhere with it😁

If u could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
Dobby!! I loved that character and I was really touched by the way he died by saving Harry’s life.

If u could have one thing from the wizarding world, which would it be and why? 
Butterbeer 🍻

Always wanted to taste this drink😋

The Girl Who Stupefied Me

When I heard about Steig Larsson’s novels, it was that they were already a craze. Believe me, I made two attempts to read. Both times I downloaded a pdf and tried to absorb myself in it but my tired eyes protested. 

Flygirl finally managed to convince me to give the series one last try and I borrowed the books from my colleague and started to read. 

I was addicted!! 

I couldn’t seem to take my eyes off it. I spent the weekend in a daze – subconsciously doing all my jobs with one hand while the other held the novels. 

From Book I – hooked

To Book II – amazed

To Book III – officially impressed!!

Lisbeth Salander is a paradox!! This is a character that has intrigued me and annoyed me in equal measure. I have read many characters in many novels but Salander is a character which is complex as well as really easy to understand at the same time. 

I am amazed with the strength of her character and the courage that she has displayed. This is one character that is hard to match up with – from her eccentric attries to her extraordinary skills as a computer hacker. 

It is said that Larsson drew  many inspirations to base this character on. 

One story is that he described the character as what Pippi Longstocking  – a red haired, freckled girl in a children’s story book – would be like if she was an adult. 

Another inspiration was his own neice, Therese. She was a rebellious teenager who sported lots of makeup and wore only black. She also told Larsson several times that she wanted to get a tattoo of a dragon done. 

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander

That is how Lisbeth looks in the books and movies. She is also described as anorexic looking and expert at boxing, something which his neice was also known to be.

Some say the character was named Lisbeth after a friend of Larsson’s by the same name was gangraped by three of Larsson’s friends. The teenage Larsson wasn’t able to help her. He begged for her forgiveness later but she refused to forgive him. 

This incident is said to haunt Larsson and Lisbeth in the books too is a rape survivor. 

Lisbeth and Mikeal Bloomkvist make a superb team!! 

Daniel Craig as Mikeal Bloomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

Larsson had planned a 10 book series for this dynamic team. 

Unfortunately, Larsson died before his novels hit the printer. David Lagercrantz took on his novels after his death and is said to be adding two more novels in the series. 

The fourth book called as The Girl in the Spider’s Web was released in 2015.

I will surely like to read this one just for Lisbeth Salander. To trace along the journey of The Girl who Stupefied Me!! 

Day 23 Topic 23: Booked – Part II

Continuing from Part I 😜

I love reading books on weddings and marriages 😁 The hustle, the bustle, the designs, the colors, the feelings  😍 Love every bit of it. 

I became a fan of Peshwa Bajirao after watching Bajirao Mastani and I wanted this book. I literally searched high and low for this book every where and when I finally found it I was like, eh, does nothing for me 🙁

A confession, I stopped reading it somewhere in between. 

Confessions about unread books ho hi rahe hai toh, these two books I never got around to reading. 

Sherlock Holmes, I’m sorry but I don’t like u🙈 I know many people will think I’m crazy but it’s just that. Plus look at the sheer volume of it. And the font is really tiny too *sheepish grin*

The Year I Met U, I never got around to reading somehow. It just arrived from Amazon, changed some hands and then went straight inside the cupboard. Been there since then. 

These books I have received as gifts. Flygirl and my sister are the only two people who gift me books regularly. 
Where She Went and P. S. I Love U are my favorite. Those of you who have seen the movies may agree with me. 

Great Expectations just bounced above my head and frankly I don’t know what the hype around Mrs Funnybones is 😕 Or maybe her sarcastic humor is just lost on me. 

Books from my Pune collection. Miss u FC Road!!

And some books u borrow from ur sister and conviently forget to return 😜 I mean c’mon, she doesn’t read them! 

My go to books when I’m in the mood for some chic lit romances or light frothy reads. Seriously, when I have a reader’s block, I just pick one of these books to gain my momentum back!

To more such stories and alternate universes 😀 Happy reading guys!! 😊