Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Loveable Villains in Harry Potter?


Loveable Villains in the Wizarding World

The other night I was thinking about those Villains we love to hate. I'm talking about the villains that just light up the page or screen.  You love them despite yourself... even though you might still be terrified of them. You may be secretly rooting for them when they face off against the hero OR you may just LIVE for the times when your favorite hero faces off with them - like I do. I'm talking about those character gems like The Joker, The Master, Moriarty, Lucifer and Crowley, The Riddler, Ra's Al Ghul, Bane - and most of the other Batman Villains - The White Witch of Narnia (maybe that's just me?), Maleficent (excluding the movie where I just plain LOVE her), Loki and Darth Vader.

Now some of you might debate me here - and feel free to - but to me, these characters^^ aren't anti-heroes (with the exception of maybe Loki), they're straight up villains BUT you can't help but feel for them despite that.In any case, sorting out villains from anti-heroes isn't the point of this post  >.< The point is: this got me thinking about Harry Potter and how there are no love-to-hate villains in the series.  I mean, I straight up hate Voldemort, Umbridge, Bellatrix, and the rest. Sure I love Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter's performances, but there is NO love the actual characters. Like, at all. We could debate over Snape of course but I no longer see him as a villain (I'm not excusing his hateful behaviour though, we just all know what side he was on in the end) so he doesn't really fit the bill here either. Nor does Draco Malfoy. No, the Wizarding World just doesn't seem to have any villains that fit the "love to hate" bill for me.

I hate you, you and you...and yeah, even the ones in the back^^

I know that the Harry Potter series isn't the only series like this -  I don't love any of the villains in Lord of the Rings, The Old Kingdom, Throne of Glass or The Hunger Games. They're all formidable villains, they're the perfect antagonist for their respective  heroes, but they basically scare the shit out of me. And that's it. And now I'm wondering how J. K. Rowling would actually handle a love-to-hate villain. I wonder if Salazar Slytherin would fit the bill? I mean sure Slytherins are typecast as obsessed over blood-purity, even though that isn't always the case but we know that Slytherin himself was indeed obsessed with blood-purity... I  can't help but wonder if he would have had a love-to-hate aura about him. There must have been something to draw Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff to him.

He doesn't LOOK nice... but neither did Sirius when we first met him.

Another reason I need Rowling to write a Founder's book/series. Add that to a Marauder's book/series and Hogwarts: A History and you've got my entire wishlist. I hope she gets on that ASAP LOL!


Do you have any love-to-hate villains in the Wizarding World?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fandom Mashup #118

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)


Hey! Look who's back with another late Fandom post. Womp womp!  I totally forgot that yesterday I had a staff outing which completely distracted me from my fandom tasks. I solemnly swear that I will do better next week ;)


Your new Magical Senate from last week has gained powerful, if ignorant opposition *eye roll* Who do you think would be leading this opposition? 

Lucius Malfoy

Oh isn't Lucius the perfect fit here?  I literally thought about him the second I started working on his post. Lucius is all about being powerful but ignorant....a combination that didn't work out all that great for him if memory serves...

Chancellor Palpatine

Now the Chancellor isn't ignorant, but he could be labelled misguided and he'd certainly be all about stopping peace before it starts so I picture him being all up in this scheme - while pretending to be all for it of course.


Saruman 

As cunning as Saruman is, I think he fits the bill of powerful yet ignorant -though he certainly wouldn't think so. I can totally see him pulling a Palpatine: pretending to be a friend of the Senate while secretly working to undermine it.


Crowley

Now I adore Crowley but you can't deny the guy is looking out for his best interests. Always.  I can't see Crowley liking this Senate much because it's contrary to his own agenda.  He'd be a crafty yet entertaining adversary. 


Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft certainly is powerful but he sure as hell isn't ignorant.  I don't see him being a fan of peace though since he's so political (did I say that out loud?) but he could easily help the Senate sometimes and plot against it when it serves his purpose.

Who do you think would oppose our Senate for Peace?



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Harry Potter Moment #201

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

Hello all!  I hope everyone is having a nice week? It's been wicked warm here so while I started catching up on my blog-hopping and Harry Potter Month catch-up, it was too hot to be productive for too long. I'll continue catching up next week :)

Favorite Dean Moment

Dean is one of those characters I wish we'd had a chance to get to know more! He seems like a genuinely nice and interesting guy.  I think my favorite Dean moment isn't so much a moment, it's just how he's so intensely into sports.  I'm not a sports freak personally but something about his unbridled enthusiasm makes me smile.


What's your favorite Dean moment?



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Hogwarts Tag



Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser did this tag a while back and I had started it up as a draft but never got around to put in my answers, much less publish it.  Since it's Harry Potter Month though, it seems like a perfect time to post this now :)  Here goes:


Am I pure-blood, half-blood or muggle born?

I've previously said that I thought I'd be a half-blood but through various readings/HP personality quizzes, I'd changed my mind: I think I'd be a Muggle-Born.




Which wand chose me?

My wand is a Hawthorn with Phoenix feather core, 10 and 3/4 inches, surprisingly swishy and flexible! If we're going by how JKR did things according to birth months for a specific wood, then I'd have a Ash wand (which I sort of prefer) but I'm keeping my Phoenix core ;)




Did I take an owl, a cat, a rat or a toad?

Are you kidding me? I'd bring a cat obviously. Specifically, my black cat called Nox ♥  I'd still want my own owl though so I'm hoping to bend the rules because I'm such a good student (heh) I fancy a black owl like Sirius' one that bit Harry in the GoF film LOL!




*Yes I commissioned a Harry Potter custom painting of my cats.
See the full version on my IG. Thank you Kayla!


Where did the sorting hat put me?

To make a long story short, I was initially sorted into Hufflepuff in 2012 but since then I've been consistently sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore and all the personality/sorting quizzes I've done since.  Proud Gryffindor right here but if we're being specific, I'd say I'm an even more proud GryffinPuff.



What house did I want to be in?

When I got sorted I wanted to be in Ravenclaw and I was really upset that that wasn't where I ended up.  I've come to realize that I might be a bookish geek but I obviously value bravery and loyalty more than anything else (GryffinPuff)...and I'm 100% ok with that!



What lessons are my favourite and least favourite?

I think my favorite lessons would be Charms, followed by Transfiguration and Defence Against the Dark Arts. My least favorite would be Potions ONLY if Snape was teaching it O.O otherwise I'd love that too and my least favorite class would be History of Magic cause Professor Binns sounds BO-RING




The form my patronus takes:

A cat of course! Pottermore says specifically a Nebelung Cat but I'm fine with any kind of cat, especially a Panther ♥




What does a Boggart look like for me?

Probably being thrown out of Hogwarts or something akin to Hermione's version of failing all her classes >.<




Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

Is there a Hogwarts book club? I'd be all over that!  I wasn't especially sporty at school (read: not at all) but I've always fancied trying my hand at Quidditch - especially since we could repair injuries with magic.



Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?

The library!  The Gryffindor Common Room of course. Oh and probably quite a bit of time spent on the school grounds, whatever the season!


What would I most likely get detention for?

Sneaking about under my Invisibility Cloak after dark of course. What? I was only going to the Library!



What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?


Wandmaker remains the Career I'm most drawn to within the Wizarding World. Something about it just seems endlessly fascinating.



If you want to have a go at this, then consider yourselves tagged!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fandom Mashup #117

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hi everyone! Here I am with another belated FM post! Sorry!  In the midst of moving, unpacking, subsequently needing to buy a new car (YIKES! Stop the world, I want to get off!) and organizing the new place, blogging has been slipping in my priorities but my goal is to change that starting now! I'll be backdating this post for continuity and hopefully this will be the last of my lateness.

Thanks Gandalf! 

You've been tasked with appointing a new Magical Senate to regulate ALL magical worlds and bring peace across all realms.  Who would you put on this Senate?

Gandalf

Speaking of which^^ Hell yes I want Gandalf on this Senate!  I nearly put Galadriel till I remembered that Gandalf foresaw the rise of Evil even before she did! Gandalf is brilliant, powerful and peaceful unless there's no other path.


Yoda

Yoda's vision might be prone to being clouded by the dark side, but he's wise and tempered which would most certainly be an asset on this Senate. And we all know he has experience with Senate's to begin with...

Dumbledore

Sure Dumbledore made a few mistakes in his youth, but he's learned from them the hard way and that makes him all the wiser! He's a genius, he's brave and he's one of the good guys. There is no Senate without him.


The Doctor

Since this Senate is seriously lacking in females, let's go with the 13th Doctor today (EEP!) The Doctor is as wise as wise comes and he...I mean she has travelled far and wide so his her knowledge and experience would be a huge advantage here!

Mogget

Mogget has made some poor judgement calls in his life, but he has since made up for them in my books! I think his experiences have moulded him into a better ''all-powerful being'' so I'd love to have his input in this Senate.

Who would you have on this Magical Peace-Senate?


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Harry Potter Moment #200

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

Happy Potter Thursday friends!  I've finally gotten my internet hooked up at the new house but obviously now I'm terribly behind on my blog hopping...not to mention Harry Potter Month.  I'm working long hours today, tomorrow and a half day on Saturday so I'll start catching up Sunday and into next week!  I hope everyone is making the most of July and making Harry Potter Month extra magical? Side note: this is my 200th Harry Potter Moment of the Week!  Wow! Here goes this week's topic:

Which character would be your study partner?


This will likely be the most popular answer today but I'm going to have to go with Hermione. Sure sometimes her know-it-all tendencies can be annoying but the bottom line is she'd be SUPER helpful as a study partner. One year she made exam study time-tables for Harry and Ron!  She's also bound to be able to help me if I get stuck or if there's something I don't understand so you really can't go wrong with having Hermione as your study partner!

I'm sure there would be lots of other great choices: Dumbledore, McGonagall and Lupin instantly come to mind...

Who would you chose as your study partner?





Fandom Mashup #116

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Happy belated Sunday All! I only got my internet connected at the new house on Tuesday so I missed my own deadline for my Fandom Mashup Post...better late than never right?  How is everyone? It's been a very warm July so far on our end - yes it does indeed get warm in Canada - LOL! I hope everyone's July is off to a good start? Here's our fandom topic of the week:


You've been exploring ancient ruins that are thoroughly haunted and brimming with secrets. Your looking to uncover some secrets and your best bet is to ask someone that's been there a long time - a.k.a. a ghost. Eeep!  Your aim is to summon one to talk, NOT to bring it back to life. Which characters do you think could best help you with this?

Sabriel

My favorite light Necromancer ♥ Sabriel would know just the way to summon a ghost temporarily and release it properly so it doesn't start wrecking havoc! She's also used to talking with the dead so she'd be a major asset here.

Sam Winchester

Sammy or Dean would work here but Sam would be more understanding about talking to ghosts instead of just getting rid of them. Dean is pretty black and white so I don't think he'd be as helpful as Sam in this case

Avatar Aang

Avatar Aang is connected to the Spirit World so he'd be a natural here. He could cross over to the Spirit World, find a helpful spirit and ask questions without really bringing the Spirit back to the world of the living!


Merlin

A super powerful wizard is always helpful when you're dealing with ghosts. Merlin is just that and he has access to a lot of spells so he should be able to summon a ghost, get information and dismiss it no problem.


Gandalf

Apparently, I'm pulling out the big guns to summon a ghost but hey: wizards are dead useful.  Gandalf faced on of THE baddest Necromancers around so I have a feeling he'll know how to summon a ghost without the pitfalls.