Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros Studios: Magical Creatures

Hi everyone. During my trip last year I went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. And since this is everyone’s favourite book to move adaptation, I thought I would give you a tour of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ while also bringing some of the books quotes to the behind the scenes of making of the movie.

We took a lot of photos during this tour, so I will these will be divided into a few different posts. This week are meeting some of our favourite magical creatures from the Harry Potter series.

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Stacking the Shelves #97

 

Hi everyone! Another week has passed so it time  once again for Stacking the Shelves and to tell you those I have added to my shelves recently.

Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

 

What are you currently reading?

Kristy - Nothing at the moment. Even though I am not at work today, I can’t see myself reading until the weekend. Although I have next week off, so I should get some reading done then :)

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Kristy -  Twisted Fate by Norah Olson. My review for this will come soon.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Kristy - Probably Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes.

 

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!

Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros Studios: Magical Objects

Hi everyone. During my trip last year I went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. And since this is everyone’s favourite book to move adaptation, I thought I would give you a tour of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ while also bringing some of the books quotes to the behind the scenes of making of the movie.

We took a lot of photos during this tour, so I will these will be divided into a few different posts. This week are taking a look at all forms of magical objects in the Harry Potter series.

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Stacking the Shelves #96

 

Hi everyone! I haven’t done a Stacking the Shelves for awhile, as I haven’t received or purchased many books, but it now time to tell you those I have added to my shelves recently.

Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

 

What are you currently reading?

Kristy - Being a school night, I am not reading anything. Especially since my life has been so crazy lately – but hopefully it will get back to normal soon, and I will be able to get back to reading more! I am watching Veronica Mars at the moment, does that count?

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Kristy -  A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas. Wow, Sarah never fails to impress. You are all going to want to read this book!

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Kristy - I am not 100%. At this stage, I still think it will be Twisted Fate by Norah Olson.

 

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!

Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros Studios: Places

Hi everyone. During my trip last year I went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. And since this is everyone’s favourite book to move adaptation, I thought I would give you a tour of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ while also bringing some of the books quotes to the behind the scenes of making of the movie.

We took a lot of photos during this tour, so I will these will be divided into a few different posts. This week are are strolling through different places throughout the Harry Potter series.

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Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros Studios: Hogwarts

Hi everyone. During my trip last year I went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. And since this is everyone’s favourite book to move adaptation, and to celebrate the Harry Potter Book Night, I thought I would give you a tour of ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ while also bringing some of the books quotes to the behind the scenes of making of the movie.

We took a lot of photos during this tour, so I will these will be divided into a few different posts. And where better to start than the place that every child (and adult) wants to receive an acceptance letter to … Hogwarts!

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

 

What are you currently reading?

Kristy - Being a school night, I am not reading anything. But I am looking forward to Harry Potter Book Night tomorrow night! Come join us!

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Kristy -  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard :) What a wonderful YA fantasy debut!

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Kristy - I am not 100%. At this stage, I think it will be Twisted Fate by Norah Olson. I received this e-arc on Edelweiss some time ago, it hasn’t received such great reviews, so it could be my first real negative review? (I hope not, I do like enjoying books).

 

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!

Review: Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) – Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 10th 2015
Published By: Orion (UK/Aus), Harper Teen (US)
Pages: 320
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Review: Red Queen is a brilliantly written YA fantasy of an oppressive society and the girl who challenges it all. It is filled with wonderful world-building, interesting characters and political intrigue. This is a world filled with suffering and hopelessness, betrayal and misplaced trust. With manipulation at every turn, Red Queen is full of action and twists that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.

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Book Reveal: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Illustrated Edition

To help get us all in the mood for the upcoming Harry Potter Book Night on Feburary 5th, I wanted to share some exciting Harry Potter news: a new and exciting edition of Harry Potter is coming your way! Yes, yes I know, everyone has at least one set of our favourite wizarding series, and we all have at least 2 other editions on our wishlist, but this one is extra special… it is illustrated!!

All seven of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be published in stunning full-colour editions, illustrated by the award-winning artist Jim Kay. The first in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will be published globally on 6th October 2015! This will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel, which I am super excited about, as I love illustrated books! There is no cover as yet, but it has beed said that the hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and artwork on every spread.

Here is what Jim Kay had to say about illustrating Harry Potter:

“To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it,” said Kay.   “The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.”

Who’s excited?? I am!!!

And just to get you all revved up for this amazing release, Bloomsbury have released 4 images from this new edition. The images show four major characters from the Harry Potter books – Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley, and you can see them below:

 

  

  

You can pre-order this book now from The Book Depository

 

Also to get you excited for this upcoming edition, thanks to Bloomsbury, we also have a quick Q&A with Jim Kay

Q&A with Jim Kay

How did you feel when you found out you would be illustrating the Harry Potter novels?

Scientists say the Big Bang is to be followed by the Big Crunch, I feel I have firsthand experience of this theory, for hearing the news that I’d got the commission was an explosion of delight, followed instantly by an implosion of brain-freezing terror. From my point of view it is, without doubt, the best commission you can be given – I’m a bit of a control freak, so to be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well lets just say I’m extremely excited about it. However, I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents, I just want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can.

 

Is there a particular character or scene that you are looking forward to illustrating?

It’s like trying to choose the shiniest object in Aladdin’s Cave; you pick up one treasure, and another gem
catches your eye. I couldn’t even pick a favourite creature at the moment (maybe a Thestral, or a Bowtruckle, but then the goblins are wonderful characters, mind you there are trolls too – you see my problem!). It’s been lovely thinking about creating the characters, but at the moment my favourite task is creating Hogwarts – it’s the first time I’ve thought about building something supported by magic – it’s harder than you’d think.

 

How do you as an artist approach such a large job? Where do you begin with such a wide range of possibilities?

It sounds obvious but you start with the text. The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best. Then it’s a case of research, and lots of it. The books have made me look at people differently, I’m always scanning crowds for interesting faces. For an illustrator there’s no such thing as an ugly or odd looking person – they are all interesting. Luckily for me, Kettering is home to some very interesting people indeed. Museums and libraries are my favourite places for inspiration. You might see something, it could be a medieval shoe, an old clock, or a stuffed monkey and immediately it gives you ideas about the characters in the story, the things they would do, the way they walk. The tricky thing I’ve found is my annoying habit of reigning in the more fantastical elements of my sketches when working them up, it’s taken a while for it to sink in that for this commission I can go a little bit crazy. Above my desk, the words ‘It’s Fantasy, Stupid” are now a daily reminder to have a bit of fun.

 

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, what are your first memories of reading the books?

I AM a Harry Potter fan, although true to form, I arrived a little late to the party. I actually heard Stephen Fry’s wonderful audio book of Philosopher’s Stone before reading it, initially because I’d sat on a tube train full of school children who were chatting about Potter with great excitement. It was actually the recollections of starting a new school that really connected with me (we moved house when I was young, and I had to start at a big school where I didn’t know anybody). As an adult I’d forgotten how hard school actually was, and it all came flooding back – particularly when reading The Order of the Phoenix – the dread of exams! It’s amazing to think, all of Potter’s world, the streets, the shops, the creatures, the characters, all of these wonderful things come from the brain of one person. To me, that’s magic, some grey matter in someone’s head inspires others to read, play, and create ideas of their own. It’s like a spell that jumps from person to person, recasting itself as it goes. I want to keep that spell going, perhaps adding my own little twist, if possible. I hope over the years we will see lots of different illustrators having a go, in the way that Alice in Wonderland has inspired artists for over a century.

 

Who is your favourite character from the Harry Potter universe?

This is like trying to choose your favourite record, it changes all the time. I have a soft spot for Neville, particularly because of his awkwardness, but you have to admire Hermione, because she puts the hours in at the library, she’s the cement really that holds it all together, well it would be a different story. I want to know more about Severus, there’s so much depth there. Visually, though, it has to be Hagrid; he’s got a wonderful heart, clothed in an enormous, shabby body. Hagrid’s hut is, for me, like an extension of his physique: it makes him a part of Hogwarts, but keeps him at a distance too.

 

What were your favourite books as a child?

I remember sitting up in bed, with a copy of one of Willard Price’s Adventure series in my hands, and on my lap a colossal book of facts such as The Encyclopaedia of Natural History. You see, Willard’s books were ripping yarns about two brothers who got into all sorts of scrapes searching for rare and exotic animals in far-flung places. So I’d read about their adventures, then swot up on the animals they found. Those fact books were so heavy, I couldn’t feel my feet after a few chapters, but I was in nerd-heaven, nonetheless.

 

Who are your favourite illustrators (either classic or modern)?

Crumbs, so many, Eric Ravilious for his paintings, Edmund Dulac for his exquisite colour, I think Alexis
Deacon is an astonishing draughtsman, possibly the most gifted illustrator around, and I love the work of Ian Miller too, who produces wonderful illustrations of castles, knights, goblins and orcs. I’d love to see his version of Harry Potter; it would take a brave child to enter Miller’s Hogwarts I reckon.

 

How would you describe your own art style?

I tend to change my style to fit the story, which makes life very difficult, but it’s good to keep pushing yourself. If something’s not a little bit frightening, then it’s probably not worth doing. I’m still learning about illustration, and I still feel pretty new to this (this will be my third book), and I hope I never stop learning, because there are so many things I want to try – I feel I haven’t scratched the surface yet.

 

What tips would you offer to young people who are keen to become artists/illustrators?

I’ve met a lot of children who say they can’t draw or paint very well, and believe that a life as an artist or a
designer is therefore closed to them. It’s tragic because the ideas they have are often incredible, and I think ideas are the most valuable possession of anyone in a creative industry. Drawing and painting is a bit like playing the guitar; if you practise enough you will get better with time, so don’t worry about that side of it, just concentrate on getting your ideas down, because that’s what makes you different from everybody else. And don’t forget, if you have a great idea, it will shine through the crudest of drawings, in the same way a great song might only need three chords on a guitar to bring it to life.

 

Do you have a daily routine when it comes to illustrating?

Well, it’s remarkably unremarkable: Get up, walk the dog, draw all day and all night, throw all of the days work in the bin, and go to bed hoping tomorrow is one of those days where something stays out of the bin. At the moment the bin is winning 3-0, I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll score a couple of away goals.

 

 

Also, just a quick reminder not for forget Harry Potter Book Night on February 5th! Events are happening all over the world, so be sure to check with your local school, bookshop or library for Harry Potter Book Night events. For those who cannot get out to attend an event, the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers group will be taking part in a Potterthon. We’ll be tweeting, and sharing our Potter themed posts, GIFS and your reviews of any book in the Harry Potter series and spin offs (I even have a very different Harry Potter themed post planned). But don’t forget to use the hashtag #HarryPotterBookNight when Tweeting your quotes and readalong progress!

 

 

 

W..W..W.. Wednesdays

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what we have been up to for the past few weeks.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

 

What are you currently reading?

Kristy - I will be starting Red Queen very soon… I just need to find the time to actually read.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Kristy - Sadly I have nothing to report here. It is even sadder considering we had a long weekend. I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower, does that count? (watching the movie is much more enjoyable than the book for me).

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Kristy - I really don’t know, my TBR pile is so big, I have no idea how to tackle it.

 

 

What is everyone out there reading at the moment, and more importantly is it a good read? Share your links below!

Celebrate Australian Authors

Happy Australia Day everyone!!!! Not only is it a day to celebrate the our pretty amazing country, but also to celebrate what it contains – which includes fabulous authors. And why should we just celebrate all things Aussie on one day only? We shouldn’t – especially our authors! So here is a (incomplete) list of Aussie books being released in 2015.

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Stacking the Shelves #95

 

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the Australia Day long weekend (if you aren’t in Australia, can you still enjoy it with us!)

Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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Review: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) – Samantha Shannon

Release Date: January 27th 2015
Published By: Bloomsbury
Pages: 528
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

Review: From the get-go I knew this book would take a different direction to the first one – in fact this seems to be Shannon’s favourite thing to do: change the direction of the whole story at the very end. But it worked, and I really liked it.

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