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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Published May 5, 2019

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Oh god, it was just so boring! I knew going into it that I had forgotten a good portion of the first film. But I thought I had enough of a hazy memory to get by. The guy who had his memory wiped, Newt and his nifflers, and Grindelwald at the end, with the kid that turned into a black scribble mess in the sky. That should do it right?

A Hogwarts Mystery - how this game ever got made

Published May 19, 2018

A Hogwarts Mystery - how this game ever got made

There was quite a lot of excitement surrounding the recent release of a new Harry Potter game on iOS. It was your chance to attend Hogwarts, learn lessons, immerse yourself in the magical world that we’ve grown to love. It was even touted as Harry Potter meets The Sims, which, as you can imagine, immediately got my attention. Early reviews of the game weren’t so positive though, suggesting that whilst the story is interesting enough, it’s really just one of those ‘gouge-as-much-money-from-the-user-as-possible’ games which is free to play but perhaps not so free to fully indulge in.

Harry Potter treads the boards

Published April 17, 2017

Harry Potter treads the boards

I recently got a chance to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two part HP play that is currently featured in London’s West End. Around the same time, the play broke records for Olivier Award nominations and actual award success, so I was going in with some pretty high expectations. Naturally, I have to #keepthesecrets but it’s fair to say that I can fully endorse the awards for production, lighting and sound.

Harry Potter and the Uncertain Future

Published August 27, 2016

Harry Potter and the Uncertain Future

I think Harry Potter & the Cursed Child was the first book that I pre-ordered, waited for midnight for the download to begin, and started reading that very same night. I didn’t finish it in one go, but was done by lunchtime the next day, and my feelings on it veer from one direction to the next depending what mood I’m in. I did love the story, because seeing how the next generation interact with each other is fascinating, and throw in elements of time travel, and I’m on board.

Harry Potter, from page to screen

Published January 31, 2015

Harry Potter, from page to screen

The history My experiences with Harry Potter have been something of a rollercoaster. I enjoyed the books during their first run, but wasn’t hugely passionate about them - happy to wait for the paperback version, rather than stand in line at midnight for the final book’s release. I somehow ended up owning just six of the seven physical books, so was super keen to own them as ebooks so I could a) complete my collection and b) ditch the last standing physical books I owned.

A vacancy... in the wallet

Published October 10, 2012

A vacancy... in the wallet

Over the weekend, the fabulous Stuart directed a tweet towards me. @mrschristine are you reading/planning to read The Casual Vacancy? — Stuart (@chainbear) October 7, 2012 The answer is quite simply that yes, I do think I’ll read it but no, I haven’t yet. I’m a big Harry Potter fan, but somehow this new book from JK Rowling doesn’t worry me in the way other “next projects” for beloved people do.

Harry Potter joins the ebook revolution!

Published March 28, 2012

Harry Potter joins the ebook revolution!

I have been waiting for Harry Potter to be available on the Kindle since I first heard about the concept of an eBook and this crazy device from Amazon. I understood that JK Rowling wanted to do it properly, in her way, but the waiting wasn’t good for me. The Harry Potter books that I already own are some of the very few that I have kept hold of. I didn’t think I would want to read the physical copies again - reading a real book is such an odd experience these days!

Sony Reader asks Harry Potter for a little bit of magic

Published August 16, 2011

Sony Reader asks Harry Potter for a little bit of magic

When JK Rowling announced Pottermore, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. The Harry Potter books are some of the few physical novels that I still own, and I haven’t wanted to dispose of them until I had an ebook copy to replace it with. It’s been driving me crazy, as I only own six of the seven books, and that gap on the shelf is hard to live with. However, I don’t want to buy the missing item, only to dispose of it later.

Number place

Published July 16, 2005

Number place

According to the introduction of the book that came free with The Times, Number Place is the rough translation of Sudoku. In case you live under a bridge and don’t know what this is, it’s a square number puzzle involving placing the numbers from 1 to 9 in the correct places. You know that I’m not one for faddy trends that come and go, and I try and stay away from things if the the rest of the country is going mad for it (Harry Potter?

Things that wind me up #2

Published December 23, 2004

Things that wind me up #2

The judges on Strictly Come Dancing Champion of Champions saying that they wanted Denise & Ian to win when we could all see that Jill & Darren were the best by miles. Harry Potter VI topping the best-sellers chart when it’s not even out for another seven months. I’m looking forward to it too, but I’m not that crazy. That having got bored of the Christmas songs we were allowed to play this week, people have brought in their own CDs such as Dido, Dire Straits, Meatloaf, Buddy Holly, Dido (again), Shania Twain, and Jon Bon Jovi.