Top 5 Wednesday: Books for your Hogwarts House – Gryffindor


This is a new project I am starting called Top 5 Wednesday. Quite a few of the other bloggers I follow on WordPress do this so I thought I’d give it a try plus its kinda like a tag which I never do cause I don’t know but I’m thinking this is my way in. You basically do a top 5 every week on a Wednesday. I know i’m late but I do have an excuse I went to see Adam Silvera last night and totally forgot to finish when I came home. Next I will be better I promise! Anyway this week is books from your Hogwarts House which for me is Gryffindor!!!

The Top 5 Wednesday Group was created by gingerreadslainey but it is now run by Thoughts on Tomes and is open to everyone on goodreads.




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1 The Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

I chose this book not only because I adore this series and have since I was a kid. Also because the kids in this book especially Jared are so courageous throughout the book and the rest of the series which is quality that is looked for in a Gryffindor.



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2  The Moving Finger (Miss Marple) by Agatha Christie

I chose this book because in this mystery Miss Marple has so much determination to solve this mystery in her cunning little ways. Determination is quality that is looked for in a Gryffindor.



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3  Railhead by Philip Reeve

I chose this book because there is a character called Nova who is a droid and is so loyal to Zen in the story I just love it and I think loyalty is one of the Gryffindor qualities.



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4 See How They Lie by Sue Wallman

I chose this book because not only the character Mae but all the other children in Hummingbird Creek have this immense bravery throughout the book. This is also a quality of a Gryffindor I think.



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5 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I chose this book because it is one of my favourite read of all time but also because there is a character Kaz who is the leader of the gang and is so daring in his plans which is a quality of a Gryffindor.

Let me know what you think of this list in the comments below!


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Harry Potter – The Second Instalment

This is by far the most adventurous and thrilling tale of Harry’s life.


It starts with Harry finding a house elf called Doby in his bedroom on the same day that Mr Dursely was having a man and his wife come around who would change his career for the better. Doby warns Harry not to go back to Hogwarts but Harry doesn’t listen, so Doby decides to drop a cake over one of the guests. Harry still doesn’t listen and returns to Hogwarts but strange and threatening things start to happen before and after they get to Hogwarts.

This film introduces the legend of the Chamber of Secrets and the monster that lies within. A chamber is known as a place of secrecy and security which is why it is such a great concept to use for the story. The chamber represents the house Slytherin; it has snake heads all the way up to the centre of the chamber. The production designer, Stuart Craig, created the chamber fantastically because it looked both mysterious and scary. 

The monster that lies within the chamber is called a Basilisk, it is a huge snake that kills with its eyes or if you see its reflection, it only petrifies you. The only time you see the Basilisk is at the end which keeps the audience wondering what it looks like and comes as a great surprise at the end of the film when you see the most terrifying snake you could ever imagine!

In this film you are introduced to Doby who to me is the sweetest but most troublesome character I have ever seen. He is continuously trying to save Harry’s life but nearly every time he is near to killing Harry instead. I would love to have a Doby in my life because their is something so loveable and interesting about him with his big endearing eyes.  

The flying and invisible car is introduced in this film; it gets them seriously in trouble with Professor Snape but it does rescue them from the spiders. The concept of the car still amazes me because it is magical and in a way is considered to have a mind of its own. We usually say this when the our cars decide to break down but this car actually does have a mind of its own because it ejects people if it wants to!

We are introduced to Moaning Myrtle who plays a major role in the story of the chamber of secrets. She helps Harry along his journey to kill Voldemort but awkwardly she has a crush on Harry. She is a very funny character because, as you can imagine from her name, she moans a lot. The reason the crush is awkward is because she is a GHOST!

This film keeps you strapped to your seat wondering what is going to happen next and whether or not they can solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets!

© 2011 Emily Claire Cannings

Harry Potter – Fourth Instalment – Quidditch World Cup

Evil strikes when the Quidditch World Cup begins!


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the most exhilarating adventure film. The story starts with the finals of the Quidditch World Cup, with the Irish playing against the Bulgarians.

At the end of the game there is a Death Eater attack which is the first time Harry sees them and it marks the start of something dark and dangerous which lies ahead.

Then comes another year at Hogwarts where they are holding the Triwizard Tournament – a competition between three schools: Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, who compete against each other in executing three extremely dangerous tasks. There is an age limit of 17 but somehow Harry is entered into the competition and has to compete against three other advanced wizard and witches. Will Harry survive the competition?

The Triwizard Tournament is an amazing test of strength and ability in magic and of staying focused on the prize which is eternal glory and fame. 

For me the highlight of this film is the Quidditch World Cup and I am not alone it seems: all the kids around the world LOVE the idea of Quidditch as a sport and it rightly earned its place on the 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments; it was placed at 40. That might seem low but there are so many fantastic moments in the films, that in fact, limiting it 50 was quite difficult!

The Quidditch stadium looks like an actual stadium where Arsenal would be playing Chelsea, who are two of the most amazing football teams, as are Ireland and Bulgaria in Quidditch. They do a fantastic job of relating it to our daily sport experiences, for example, the stadium itself, the fan merchandise and the enormity of the crowd. 

A crucial moment not only in the film but also in the whole series is the rebirth of Voldemort which had so much expectation from the fans who had read the book because of the shear horror of his return. The director Mike Newell did a fantastic job of living up to the fans’ expectations.

It was not only director but also the special effects technicians who did an amazing job of creating the intense fear when the naked body of a monster is transformed into a man-like monster. The use of blood and fire really enhanced that fear because they are a part of nature that we have neither been able to control nor cope with.

Cedric Diggory’s death is terrifying and reminds us of how death affects us all. His part is played by Robert Pattinson who does a wonderful job of acting dead for most of that scene, which is sad because you rarely see Robert playing an innocent character; usually he plays the heroic character in films. 

The scene where Cedric dies shows us that this is not a children’s fairy tale any more; it’s a serious adult story which builds up into a war of good against  evil. Daniel Radcliffe’s acting in the part when he thinks he is going to die is amazing, because his face conveys fear, courage and realisation all at the same time, without him even saying a word. 

This film is probably one of my favourites out of the Harry Potter films because it shows the actors at their full potential and the impressiveness of the World of Harry Potter. 

© 2011 Emily Claire Cannings

Harry Potter – The Sixth Instalment

In the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dumbledore discover how to destroy Lord Voldemort!


The story starts with a flashback to the last scene of the previous film, after the Death Eaters not only attacked the magical world of Diagon Alley but also the muggle world of London.

Harry is visited by Dumbledore who takes him to see an old friend of his. Dumbledore asks if the friend, Professor Slughorn, will come back and teach potions at Hogwarts. Slughorn agrees to come back to Hogwarts but makes some demands, which Dumbledore accepts. 

Harry goes to Ron’s to spend Christmas there with the Borrows family. Hermione is there too. When they go back to school, we see that Slughorn’s return is not only so that he can teach but also to reveal a memory that would change how they would destroy Voldemort. What is this memory?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince you see the characters growing into mature adults; they start to date each other and we see some jealousy between some characters which is funny but sad.

The death of Dumbledore, which I shouldn’t have just told you about…  is one of the sadness scenes because of his loyalty and kindness to his friends, students and enemies.

There is a scene where many of the students are competing for a potion called Felix Felicis (Liquid Luck). It is comical because you see ladles melting and Seamus, as usual, has the cauldron explode in his face. On the extras of the DVD, you can see how the special effects team make these things happen.

The special features explained on the DVD are fantastic because they give you an insight into the way things are done and made, such as the creation of all the different products in Weasley shop which show the vast possibilities of art. 

There is a fabulous documentary on the DVD called ‘A Year In The Life Of J.K. Rowling’. It is interesting to see how she lives and what the story of her life has been so far. It mentions that they are building a theme park of the Harry Potter World and we get a sneak peak advert of what it would be like. 

In another ‘Extra’ the actors are asked to do one-minute drills of their characters’ lives in the last six years. The actor Tom Felton creates a little quiz for the actors about what they like and dislike, for example rugby or quidditch. There are also the usual additional scenes that were cut from the film, which I always enjoy. 

This film I believe has more humour in it than all the others but there are also some dark and dangerous secrets revealed. 

© 2011 Emily Claire Cannings