The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge #20

Welcome back for the 20th day of The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge! And we’re 2/3 down!!! As you know by now, Leannaatc @Short Story Long had this idea of a month full of Harry Potter and you can find the prompt for each day here here.

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– Day 20: If you got to meet one member of the cast, who would it be? –

I gave this subject a lot of thought. Initially I thought I would go for Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Matthew Lewis or Evanna Lynch. But as amazing as these kids are, I think I would like to meet a lady that I truly admire,  for her long career, and that is Dame Maggie Smith.

I love her work, I have for several years, and her acting is flawless. And she seems like such a cool human being. So if I could only meet ONE member of the Harry Potter cast, it would be her, because she’s freaking amazing!


– Day 1: Favorite Book? – 

– Day 2: Favorite Movie? –

– Day 3: Is there anything in the film adaptations that annoyed you? – 

– Day 4: Who’s your least favourite female character and why? – 

– Day 5: Who is your favourite male character and why? –

– Day 6: Which house would you want to be in? –

– Day 7: Who’s your favourite female character and why? – 

– Day 8: What’s your favourite lesson from the series? – 

– Day 9: Who’s your least favourite male character and why? – 

– Day 10: Horcruxes or Hallows? – 

– Day 11: Which character would you say you are most like? – 

– Day 12: Favourite ship? –

– Day 13: Least favourite movie? – 

– Day 14: Team Voldemort or Team Harry? –

– Day 15: Pick three characters to be your best friends at Hogwarts? –

– Day 16: Expecto Patronum! What form does your Patronus take and why? –

– Day 17: Favourite Harry Potter Fan adaptation?

– Day 18: Least favourite book? –

– Day 19: Do you prefer the books or films? –

The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge #7

Welcome back for the 7th day of The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge. As you know by now, Leannaatc @Short Story Long had this idea of a month full of Harry Potter and you can find the prompt for each day here here.

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– Day 7: Who’s your favourite female character and why? – 

I’m going to cheat… again! Sorry people, but choosing one is not an option here.

Hermione:

Hermione is obviously one of my favorite female characters on Harry Potter. I say obviously because she’s smart, she kicks-ass and she also has more “screen-time” than any other female on this book, so it’s pretty easy to love her, even if she’s an “insufferable know-it-all” (don’t worry honey, I am too at times).

Tonks:

I feel in love with Tonks as soon as she made her first appearance on Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. She’s just so cool, and if you thought she looked cool in the movies, it has nothing on her coolness on the books. First off, she’s super young, and she’s already an Auror. She changes her hair colour very often, she gives advice to the girls and becomes more than a friend, she has horrible relatives, but she’s still so awesome. And she falls in love with Lupin and doesn’t care if he’s older, poor or a werewolf!

Luna:

I don’t think is possible not to absolutely love Luna Lovegood. She sees the world much more clearly than any other person, she doesn’t care what people say about her, she’s always herself! Enough said, Luna rocks!

Minerva McGonagall:

Full disclosure, I already loved McGonagall before reading the books, it might have something to do with the Amazing Dame Maggie Smith portraying her on screen! With that said, McGonagall is OUT OF THIS WORLD! She is always funny and respect worthy, but her confrontations with Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix will forever be within my favorite bits of these books. And her sass… 😀

Molly Weasley:

I talked about the Weasley men the other day, but in truth that family wouldn’t be who they are if they weren’t led by the amazing Molly Weasley. She’s a fierce mother and a force of nature. Her worst nightmare was loosing all her family, including Harry… and she killed Bellatrix!!! Points for Mrs Weasley!


– Day 1: Favorite Book? – 

– Day 2: Favorite Movie? –

– Day 3: Is there anything in the film adaptations that annoyed you? – 

– Day 4: Who’s your least favourite female character and why? – 

– Day 5: Who is your favourite Male Character and Why? –

– Day 6: Which house would you want to be in? –

Downton Abbey season 2

Yesterday, and after 2 days of just watching Downton Abbey, I finally finished season 2. I had loved season 1, but I thought that the second season was way better. Warning, there will undoubtedly be spoilers ahead.

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The second season brings us war and changes at Downton. I realized while watching it that I couldn’t hate any of the characters. Even Thomas, who I still find is the easiest to hate, went through some bad times during the season and came out rather likable. O’Brien, filled with guilt from her behaviour during the last episode of season 1, at least tries to be good do Cora. Ethel, so know it all, crumbles and you just can’t help but feel for the girl.

I had to admit that I spent most of the episodes crying. Weather it was because of the war, the injuries, the pull away between Matthew and Mary, or the happy moments, it was all tears inducing.

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Memorable moments of the season to me:

  • William’s death… OMG, poor Daisy and poor William (for different reasons, of course). I’m still not sure how I feel about this, for one hand, Daisy did William a kindness in his last moments of life, but on the other hand, I do understand the poor girl…

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  •  Edith rising up to the challenge. This season changed my view on Edith, Sybil is right when she tells her that the war made her nicer.
  • Bates and Anna finally get married!!! OH MY GOD! I love this moment so much, I loved it when she plainly told him that she would face whatever was coming as his next of kin. I wished that they could have had someone at the wedding, but it was perfect as it was.

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  • Anna and Mary. Throughout the season Mary shows that not only is a lady’s maid duty to keep secrets, but the lady herself also keeps her maid’s secrets. Mary shows that she’s a true friend to Anna, despite their different classes. She goes as far as to give her a room for her to spend her wedding night with Bates… that’s pretty cool.
  • Lavinia, poor girl, I wanted so much to hate her, but that was quite difficult because she was so adorable. I was happy when she dies though, it gave a nice closure for the matter and finally a chance for Matthew and Mary to get together.

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  • Sybil and Branson. It took a while for Sybil to realize that Tom was right and she did love him. But all credit to both of them. She makes it through the war tougher than ever, and a nurse, and tells her father that whatever he tells her, it’s not important, she doesn’t need money or status, she needs Branson. And off to Ireland they both go.

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  • Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, is without a doubt the best written part in this show. She’s dedicated to her status and class, but she manages always to surprise us. And she says the most hilarious things.

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  • But without a doubt, the most WTF moment during season 2 was the fact that Lord Grantham and Jane the housemaid were sneaking around and kissing throughout the house… I was so shocked!!!!

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  • Oh, and Carson and Mrs. Hughes are pretty much my favorite people 😉

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Downton Abbey… just 4 years late!

Downton Abbey… would you believe me if I told you that I had never seen an episode, not even a single minute of the show, until 2 days ago? Yep, true! I have wanted to get around to it for a while now, but stuff got in the way, other shows came up, and Downton Abbey was left for a rainy moment. Well, the other day, I was doing some zapping at 1 a.m. and stumbled into a channel that was showing an episode of the 4th season (I’m saying 4th based on the fact that Mary’s husband was already dead – and although I never saw the show, I do know what it’s about, given that even if I don’t actively read the recaps and spoilers of the show, somethings you can’t escape knowing…). So, there it was, an episode of season 4 and suddenly it hit me: I have to watch this show… NOW!

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Yesterday, with an hour to lunch and many shows to watch – though none with a single episode – I decided it was a good time… so I played Downton Abbey season 1 episode 1 on my pc, while eating lunch at my desk at work (yes… yesterday was sunday and I was working…). Now I’m hooked! Before I went to bed yesterday I had seen through episode 6, leaving only the season 1 finale to watch… and then seasons 2, 3, 4 and 5!

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Obviously just after a couple of episodes I already had my favourites, such as Anna and Bates, Sybil or Matthew. And those I will love to hate (or sometimes just hate hate), such as Thomas or O’Brian. Then there’s the case of Dowager Countess of Grantham (Dame Maggie Smith) who I still don’t know if I like, but definitely love =).

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Basically I love most of the staff, while most of the nobility I still don’t know how I fell for them… each time I think they do something great, they go ahead and spoil it on the next scene. Edith Crawley, though, I don’t like… I know the girl as not had it easy, with all the focus being on either her older or younger sister, still, she takes things too far at times. Can’t wait to finish it =D !!!