Sunday, August 2, 2015

Harry Potter Month Special Awards

Harry Potter Month

Hi everyone! So here's the deal: Faith had the brilliant idea of giving out additional Special Awards and Achievement Badges for participation, in addition to the Annual House Cup, as a way to give special recognition to those who made the event the incredible success that it was this year by going above and beyond in terms of participation. Faith's already posted for Special Achievements part of it, so be sure to head over and check that out! I'll be doing Special Awards (for services to the School hehe) We wanted to share these before the House Cup Winners which will be made public later tonight!

So, let's get to these Special Awards! These awards are limited with the first one having one winner per house and all the rest going out to one or two Students, depending on the award. Here we go:

PREFECT BADGES
 This is awarded to the student in each house who earned the most points throughout the month. This comes with a bonus of 50 additional House Points.

 Hufflepuff: Alex, Gryffindor: Micheline, Ravenclaw: Lee, Slytherin: Faith

SUGAR QUILL AWARD
 This award is given to the student who has made Harry Potter Month a little sweeter by leaving the most comments throughout the month. This comes with a bonus of 30 additional House Points.

 Alex (Hufflepuff)

LONE WOLF AWARD
This award is given to the student who stood out within their House by earning an exceptional number of House Points throughout the month. This comes with a bonus of 30 additional House Points

 Lee (Ravenclaw)

GOLDEN QUILL AWARD
 This award is given to the student who has posted the most times throughout Harry Potter Month. This comes with a bonus of 30 additional House Points.

 Joint award, Alex (Hufflepuff) and Micheline (Gryffindor)

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Congrats to our Prefects and Special Award Recipients!! You guys made Harry Potter Month the incredible success that it was ♥♥♥♥  Oh, and stay tuned for the House Cup Winner later tonight!

Fandom Mashup #13

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is a new original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews and it's basically my way of creating dream teams of all my fandoms and having some fun with them.  The idea is that every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then build my personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join in on the fandom fun and whip up a post - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)


Hi all and happy Sunday :) Summer has finally found us again over here! The only drawback? This was my weekend to work so I haven't been able to soak up any rays yet. Gross. But, I'm taking comfort in the fact that tomorrow is a holiday over here so EVERYONE is off and it's supposed to be hot + sunny! Yay :D  In the meantime, let's get down to business:

You've just found a GIANT hidden library but you can only explore it for a day *the horror*  Who do you take with you to make the most of this trip?

Hermione Granger

Automatic choice, right? Hermione has a lot of practice with libraries so she'd have this thing down. She'd be ready with a plan, the proper spells and accessories *ahem* so we could make the most of our day!

Sokka

Last week, I mentioned how Sokka reminded me of Hermione, for wanting to vacation in a library. Well, case in point^^ He kind of went a little crazy surrounded by all that knowledge but he was a pro at getting the right books to save the day.

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo is a fellow book lover after my own heart and as the experienced and sneaky thief that he is, he could surely help us get a lot of loot :D

Celaena Sardothien

There may come a day when Celaena is not on my fandom mashup team, but it is NOT this day! Seriously though, books + a time limit = a quest. And Celaena would own this quest.

Sheldon Cooper

LOL^^ Ok so Sheldon might be annoying but he'd be helpful in this sort of scenario too. Plus he has an eidetic memory so anything we couldn't bring, he could read and remember off by heart. He's like a walking, talking book!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! ♥

Harry Potter Month
Harry Potter Month is a yearly event taking place throughout the month of July, to coincide with Harry Potter's birthday. Hosted by Faith @ GeekyZooGirl and myself here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews, the aim is to fill the month with all things Potter.  There will be themed posts, discussions, art and fans rereading the books and rewatching the movies, all of which will earn the participants House-Points towards the House Cup at the end of the month. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Hi everyone and Happy Harry Potter Day!! Today marks Harry Potter's 35th birthday, and at the risk of making myself feel old, I take comfort in the fact that I'm the same age as The Boy Who Lived!


This means that today is the last day of Harry Potter Month, and if it wasn't already obvious, I had a blast chatting with all of you throughout July, gushing about our favorite characters, favorite books, favorite quotes and favorite moments! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and who went above and beyond what both Faith and I expected. This was such a HUGE success, on all fronts and we couldn't have managed it without you all ♥ Ok, I'll stop myself here before I turn into an emotional mess XD

 I'm really digging this new find^^ can't you tell? ;)

Because of how important today is - it's basically THE reason we have HP Month in July - I wanted to give a shoutout to The Boy Who Lived (again). Last year, I posted a long, gushy post sharing why I love Harry so much, so I won't bore you with more of the same this year. Instead, I'll keep it simple:

Happy Birthday Harry Potter


You are, and will forever be my hero of all heroes.



You are, and will forever be my favorite character of all time.



You are incredibly strong, brave, caring, clever and full of love.



You are an inspiration that never fails to give me hope.


Since I read the series, I've often thought: WWHD - What Would Harry Do?



I know I've said it before, but if I said it every day for the rest of my life, it still wouldn't be enough:


♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Harry Potter Moment #101

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme hosted by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and Me @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.


Which Book(s) Would You Recommend to Draco?


Haha! This type of question was one of my favorite suggestions from you all^^ It was a tough one, but I had a blast thinking about it and weighing my options. In the end, I could only come up with one book that I'd really want to recommend to Draco, and it originated as an Anime Series:

Avatar: The Last Airbender

In my defence, there are books but they're a continuation of the Anime Series, so I'd recommend for Draco to watch the series, and then move on the the books. Yes, all of them. My reasoning is this: Seeing Zuko as a villain who turns things around might inspire Draco to grow a pair and do the right thing. I don't even care when he gets around to doing this. They could be after the events of Deathly Hallows. So long as he familiarizes himself with the lot. I like to imagine Draco totally digging Zuko in Book 1 when he's all spoiled and hell-bent on taking down Aang. But then, as Zuko mellows out and comes to his senses, it might just be wake up call dear old Draco needs to come to his senses!


I'm super curious: what did you guys pick?!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dear Miss Rowling

Harry Potter Month
Harry Potter Month is a yearly event taking place throughout the month of July, to coincide with Harry Potter's birthday. Hosted by Faith @ GeekyZooGirl and myself here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews, the aim is to fill the month with all things Potter.  There will be themed posts, discussions, art and fans rereading the books and rewatching the movies, all of which will earn the participants House-Points towards the House Cup at the end of the month. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Hi everyone! Today I've got something a little different for you all. I've always wanted to write a letter to Queen J.K. Rowling and tell her how her books changed my life but like, HOW do you find the words to tell someone something like that?! Without coming off like a crazed fangirl. Not that I'm saying that I'm not a crazed fangirl because, hello, I totally am. It's just that I would want my letter to be perfect and of course, it never could be. So this year, I decided to do the next best thing and write an open letter to JKR and share it with the people I know will not only forgive my rabid fangirling, but will understand it too!

Dear Miss Rowling,


I've always loved reading for as long as I can remember. As early as 5 years old, I could be found with a book in my hand, be it a comic book, a contemporary, a magazine, a biography or a historical. Throughout my school years, I continued to devour books and my Summers off from school would be spent sitting out in the sun with one book or another to keep me company. Unfortunately, my University years were filled with books of the not-so-fun variety and with being a full-time student and keeping a part-time job throughout, reading for fun was out of the question. I came out of my studies thoroughly sick of books and reading. How sad! It wasn't until I was well into my first year as an official adult on the job market that I realized something was missing in my life. I wasn't reading for fun anymore and since I was no longer being forced to read not-for-fun, I truly missed it. But try as I might to fix this, I couldn't for the life of me find any books to get me excited about reading again. I was lost and it felt like a piece of my soul was missing. *cough* horcrux reference *cough*

As you might have guessed, it was indeed The Harry Potter Series that brought it all crashing back. I'd never read straight up fantasy before but I knew that I could enjoy the genre because I was a fan of many fantasy-movies. Despite that, I was in no way prepared for how profoundly the story of an 11-year old orphan would impact my life. I'm sure that you must hear this all the time, but your series changed my life and that is in no way an exaggeration. I can't even remember what it was like to live in a world without Harry Potter. It feels like the series and it's characters are as much a part of me as my family, my DNA or my own heart.  Following Harry's adventures as he learned to navigate the magical world, struggled to find out who he is, learned of his destiny and went out and saves the world taught me more about love, friendship, bravery, sacrifice, loss, family and hope than any other teachings or religious texts have ever come close to doing. Never have I been more moved, more inspired and more changed by something that all happened inside of my head.

Harry himself, as a character is without of doubt my hero of all heroes and my biggest role-model. If faced with an especially challenging situation, I often ask myself 'What Would Harry Do?'. Sometimes it helps, but other times it just makes me smile and eases some of the tension, which we all know can make a world of difference on it's own. I know that Harry isn't perfect, but it's his flaws, along with his formidable qualities that make him so incredibly amazing to me. Despite the fact that I'm currently the same age as Harry is in the present day, I feel no shame in saying that I want to be like Harry when I grow up.

Seeing as this letter is address to you Miss Rowling, I wanted to end it by saying THANK YOU. Thank you for EVERYTHING. Thank you for coming up with an idea and not giving up no matter what life threw your way. Thank you for giving the world a hero that would transcend age, race, gender and status. One that would bring the entire world together and would forever change who we are as readers. Thank you for gifting us with a story that would define a generation and become a classic in the same breath, one that will continue to touch lives for generations to come. Thank you for bringing back my love of reading, for introducing me to my favorite genre: fantasy and for helping me discover hundreds and hundreds of other books, if only to nurse my never-ending Harry Potter withdrawal. In short, thank you for being unapologetically you. You have been and continue to be an inspiration, not just with your work as an author, but as a humanitarian, a feminist and a source of aspiration in all of our lives.

So again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Yours truly,
Micheline

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #28

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.) 

Jasnah (The Stormlight Archive) - Jasnah is a educated and well-read woman who lives for reading and research.   Her topics of interest are usually controversial, but she doesn't let that deter her from her quest for knowledge. A woman after my own heart!

Hermione (Harry Potter) - Could this list even exist without Hermione?! She's the ultimate book nerd and she reads books like regular people breathe air. She's a kindred spirit of mine as I know she is for most of you guys too.

Celaena (Throne of Glass) - An assassin who loves to read (and loves fashion), Celaena is a girl after my own heart. I knew I would love her to pieces the moment that she professed her love of books and I'm such a fan of how she treasures her favorite reads. 

Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender) - Granted, this wasn't a book series at first, but there are tons of books moving ahead with the story now. One of the best things about Sokka is how he reminded me of Hermione at times...i.e: he wanted to have a vacation at a library :D

Gandalf (Lord of the Rings) - I love picturing Gandalf when he heads out to research the one ring, going over book after book. The old wizard doesn't shy away from giant old tomes and that makes me happy.

Barrons (The Fever Series) - This dreamy bad boy OWNS his own BOOKSTORE. Yeah. Hello? This is easily my dream come true. Can I come and work for you sir? Pleeeease!!

Dumbledore (Harry Potter) - We all know that Dumbledore was a HUGE nerd at Hogwarts and that as a wise old man, he kept tons of books in his office. What I wouldn't give to be able to check out his collection

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) - Speaking of kindred spirits. Anne loved stories, reading, was a hopeless romantic and had an imagination to rival almost anyone's. Growing up, I felt like this was a girl who understood me.

John Watson (Sherlock Holmes) - This guy is always writing about Sherlock's adventures. How can you not love a guy like that? I especially like that in the BBC Series, they made him into a blogger XD

Cath (Fangirl) - Soooo Cath obsesses over a book series, and then proceeds to write rocking fanfiction about said series. Yeah, this girl is a soulmate to all of us

Did I forget anyone important? Let me know!

Monday, July 27, 2015

An Ode to Sirius Black

Harry Potter Month
Harry Potter Month is a yearly event taking place throughout the month of July, to coincide with Harry Potter's birthday. Hosted by Faith @ GeekyZooGirl and myself here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews, the aim is to fill the month with all things Potter.  There will be themed posts, discussions, art and fans rereading the books and rewatching the movies, all of which will earn the participants House-Points towards the House Cup at the end of the month. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Helllloooo fellow Potterheads! Today I'm going to be gushing about my (our) beloved Sirius Black, because in two Harry Potter Months and weekly Harry Potter Moments, I clearly feel that I haven't done enough of that already ;D  In case it wasn't already painfully obvious, I freaking love the guy, but then again, I do have a thing for tortured rebels. Here are some of the reasons why Sirius Black has made a hopeless fangirl out of me:

An Ode to Sirius Black

  • For starters, Sirius was the Black sheep (hihi) of his family and that's always been oddly appealing to me. Where they were all vile and filled with pure-blood mania, Sirius was willing to befriend Muggle-Borns and Blood-Traitors alike...not to mention the occasional Werewolf ;)
  • Despite his family's wild and mostly offensive beliefs, Sirius still grew up with a (mostly) strong moral compass. Sure he's reckless and has a wicked sense of humor, but in his defence, Snape was trying to nose around (with that big nose of his) and get poor Lupin into trouble for something that wasn't Lupin's fault to begin with. Nevertheless, it's not my favorite Sirius memory, but he, he was young and impulsive.
  • Sirius sounds like he was very much legendary when he was at Hogwarts. He was cool, dreamy, brooding and he and his friends got up to all kinds of mischief. Hell, the formed The Marauders and basically owned the school. Not to mention the fact that they created THE MOST AWESOME MAP OF LIFE, but they were all ANIMAGUS!! That's insane! Like, as much as Harry, Ron and Hermione accomplished, and as brilliant as Hermione is, none of them ever became Animagus!
  • More to the point, the friendship between that foursome is seriously epic. Yes stupid Wormtail went and messed it all up, but before that those boys were doing anything and everything for one another. They were solid as a rock and after the fact, the three remaining good Marauders remain just as devoted.
  • But back to the man of the hour: Sirius is the perfect mixture of brooding, dark rebel with a heart. He's loyal to a fault, he's reckless but he's got a heart as big as Hogwarts.  I love how he became of part of James' family growing up, how he loved Lily just as much when she and James became a unit and how devoted, protective and loving he was to Harry. ♥ 
  • Sirius lost so much but he never let it extinguish his light. After losing his two best friends, suspecting his other best friend of treason and finally discovering that another friend was the traitor, the poor soul gets sent to AZKABAN and has to suffer 13 years there, as an innocent, knowing full well that his best friends' son is out there on his own. I can't even imagine how heartbreaking and awful that all must have been for him but despite that, he comes out a little more crazy but no less loving and devoted.
  • Sirius is the classic tortured hero with a touch of anti-hero that I tend to obsess about quite easily. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he was brought to life by the glorious Gary Oldman
  • Sirius is unbelievably brave and he lived his life unapologetically his way. This started at a very young age and I find that terribly inspiring.  He showed bravery by being himself, believing in what he chose to and not letting his family dictate any of it. He was brave to explore Hogwarts as he did, and to turn himself into an Animagus. He was brave when he joined The Order of the Phoenix, and when he fought against You-Know-Who. He was brave when his best friends died and he went looking for them, when he faced Azkaban and of course, when he escaped. O.O
  • Sirius is a BAMF. And I'm not even going to explain myself here, I'm just going to show you all this:
  • And finally, Sirius was a father-figure that Harry so desperately needed. I mean, I know Harry had Dumbledore and Hagrid, but he also needed someone who knew his parents, someone who tied him to them and made him feel like there was a connection there. His parents had chosen Sirius as Harry's godfather and I know that meant the world to the poor kid. After everything Sirius had suffered, after everything he lost, I also know that Sirius needed Harry just as much as Harry needed him. Thinking about that makes my heart swell and it also makes me thankful that they found each other, even if their time together was much too short.

And that my friends is my Ode to Sirius Black. For all of these reasons^^ and more, I love him to pieces! What about you guys?