Book Chat #12: Happy Birthday, Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling!

Hello friends!

I am so hyped today! It’s Harry Potter’s 36th birthday and J.K. Rowling’s 51st birthday!

Happy birthday, you two! ❤

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It also happens to be the day of the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I have not acquired it as of yet, but I will be buying it as soon as possible. Can’t wait to read it… I was actually at a bookstore yesterday for the midnight release; it was fantastic spending time with other fans, competing in trivia contests and chatting up a storm.

Here’s a little thing that I thought was fitting for today. By no means is it a complete list of how much the Harry Potter books and world impacted me, but it’s just a little thank you to the characters I spent my childhood (and many more years to come!) with. 🙂

Thank you…

to Hermione, for teaching me that friendship and bravery are just as powerful as books and cleverness;

to Ron, for showing that loyalty is best type of courage (and also to never mess with him in chess!);

to Dumbledore, for teaching me that it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live;

to Neville, for proving that even the gentlest of people can be the most powerful;

to Luna, for being a comforting, albeit eccentric, beam of light in the midst of darkness;

to Ginny, for showing me anything’s possible if you’ve enough nerve;

to Molly and Arthur, for taking in Harry as their own and giving us hope in good people;

to Lupin, for being just about the greatest Defense Against the Dark Arts professor ever and watching over Harry when no one else could;

to Sirius, for teaching me that the ones we love never truly leave us;

to Snape, for proving that even the most sullen people are not always as they seem (okay come on, that was a really good pun, you guys!);

to Lily and James, for showing me the true power of love;

to Dobby, for always being there when people needed help;

and finally, to Harry James Potter, for teaching me that in the end, all will be well.

Now, I’ll be returning to my Harry Potter movie marathon. Have a lovely rest of the weekend, everyone!

❤ Yasimone

Book Chat #8: Happy Birthday, J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter!

Hi everyone! Today is J. K. Rowling’s fiftieth—and Harry Potter’s thirty-fifth—birthday! Here’s a Book Chat that’s rather different than the ones I usually post; one that I’ve poured all my thoughts and feelings about the world of Harry Potter into…

Dear J. K. Rowling,

I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was quite young—all the way back in primary school. As I opened the book and read the first line,

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much,”

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o The battered old book that started it all.

I had no idea what lay ahead. But I read and eventually drifted off into the magical world where anything is possible (which I’m happy to say I still visit quite often). I devoured one book after the other, and when I had finished all the books, back to back, in under two weeks, I read them again and again. They never lost their excitement, no matter how many times I flipped through their pages.

This sounds cliché, I know, but I truly felt as though I was alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione through it all— marveling at the sheer enormity of Hogwarts, raising my hand in Charms class, whizzing through the air in a Quidditch match, sneaking over to Hagrid’s in the middle of the night, fighting all sorts of magical beasts, dueling with Lord Voldemort, banding together with everyone in the epic Battle of Hogwarts. You see, the characters were not simply characters. They were people, just as real as my family and friends.

But, looking back, underneath these thrilling, brilliantly worded accounts of three clever, mischievous students at Hogwarts learning magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and book chat picWizardry, meeting all sorts of magic folk, and bringing together everyone to help defeat You-Know-Who Voldemort, there lie quite a few important lessons—namely about love and determination and human nature—that have stayed with me since that very first book, and for that, J. K. Rowling, I must thank you.

As Professor Dumbledore once said,

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most

inexhaustible source of magic,

capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

You have certainly proved him right, J. K. Rowling. ❤

Happy Birthday to you and Harry! (And Neville Longbottom too.)

Yours truly,


P.S.: I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter… 🙂

Book Chat #6: A New Harry Potter Movie?!

Hello hello! Happy June everybody! Now, I have some extremely interesting news to share!

There’s going to be a new Harry Potter movie!

According to CNN News, J. K. Rowling herself is going to be writing the script for the new film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Director David Yates will also be returning to the set. The movie, which is scheduled to be released November 18th, 2016— why so far away?— is the first of a trilogy of movies that will take place about seventy years before Harry and company save the wizarding world from the evils of Lord Voldemort. The films will be about a wizard named Newt Scamander, who discovers enchanted monsters and creatures and documents them in a book: “Fantastic Beasts.” book chat picAll Harry Potter fans should know that this is an important textbook that the Hogwarts students use in their class, Care of Magical Creatures (which is taught by Hagrid). No, the original cast of the Harry Potter movies— Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint— will most likely not be in the trilogy at all. However, Oscar-winning British actor Eddie Redmayne will be playing the part of Newt Scamander! 🙂 Set in New York, the movie is not exactly a sequel or a prequel, but an “extension of Harry Potter’s wizarding world,” according to Rowling. It will be based off of a spin-off book that Rowling wrote in 2001, in the format of a Hogwarts textbook.

I’m… speechless! Who would have thought that Harry Potter’s world would come to the big-screen once again? I certainly didn’t, but I’m overjoyed at this strange turn of events. 😀 Here’s hoping that they don’t mess up this trilogy and leave us Potter fans crestfallen. I only wish the movie came out sooner! 😉

Are you anticipating the new trilogy?

❤ Yasimone

New Series | The Bookish Guide to Being Happy #1

Hello there!

I hope you all had a lovely Book Night. I know I certainly did. 🙂 I’ll be putting up a post about it as soon as I stop procrastinating. (And I will definitely be writing some more reviews— they’ve been severely lacking these past couple of weeks.) But…

I have decided that I will be creating a new series here on Yasimone!

The Bookish Guide to Being Happy!

I’m excited and I really hope you like it! The other day, I was just thinking, What makes me happy?  And of course the answer is reading! But why? I wanted to explore that idea a little bit more and also share ways to help others to be happy as well, so without further ado, here’s the first installment!

#1: Read Comfort Books When You’re Feeling Down

Reading makes me happy. It makes many others happy as well.

Why? Well, you can learn so much and gain so much from books— things like ideas, knowledge, and even happiness. 🙂 You can travel to places unknown and places familiar through the most magic of portals, and see what stories have been spun inside people’s heads.

Books can mean what you want them to mean, and they can be your closest friends, your confidantes, and your accomplices all in one. Books are everything in this world, and infinitely more. So I believe that it’s quite safe to say that books make a lot of us happy. 🙂

Some books are the comfort food of the literary world. Here are some that are bound to cheer you up.

  1. Harry Potter- Can you believe that I’ve never mentioned these books on my blog before?! I love those books, always have, always will. 🙂 I started them when I was in first grade, if I remember correctly, and I have read them many, many times since. It’s impossible not to feel good after reading about magic and the fantastic adventures of Harry and the Hogwarts students. Reviews will be coming soon.
  2.  Wendy Mass- Wendy Mass writes feel-good-about-yourself-and-the-world kind of books. You can’t help but be inspired and proud of the human population once you’re through. Friendship, grief, love, family, magic.
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia- Travel to faraway lands with Lucy, Susan, Peter, and Edmund. Engage in exciting adventures. Enjoy. (Again, this series has magic in it, and magic seems to be a reoccurring theme on this list. Seems that magic just makes me happy.)
  4. Geronimo Stilton- Ah, the books of my childhood. Colourful and entertaining, the antics of Geronimo Stilton, the publisher and editor of a newspaper,
    Look how bright and fun they are!
    Look how bright and fun they are!

    The Daily Gazette, and his family are sure to please anybody, from children to the elderly. Oh, and did I mention that Geronimo Stilton— and everybody else in New Mouse City, his hometown— is a mouse? They’re so much fun to read, and the illustrations and special fonts just make it better.

There are so many books that you can read to feel better after a hard day: books that are more than just pieces of paper bound together. So here’s to happiness, and here’s to reading!

Hope you liked that! What do you think is the one of the best ways to be and stay happy?

 ❤ Yasimone

Update~ 11th October 2015: Hey everyone, I’ve decided not to continue this series since a) it’s October right now and I haven’t done a second post for this, and b) it’s a little too similar to my Book Chats. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I’ve just thought it out and feel that it would be more practical to not add any more posts to this series. This one will still be up in case you want to read it again, however. 🙂 Thanks for understanding!