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My Top 10 Favorite Movies (2017 update)

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie review

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I have a Harry Potter tattoo. I just thought that should be noted before I write this review. I have a Harry Potter tattoo and a large obsession with the series… Needless to say my hopes were quite high for this movie and I’m happy to say they were not let down! Fantastic Beasts takes place seventy years before the events of Harry Potter and follows Newt Scamander on his trip to the states… You see, Newt has a case (that’s bigger on the inside) of magical creatures that he cares for and releases back into the wild. At this point in the world magical creatures are killed off because of the assumption that they are dangerous… Along the way he stumbles into a no-maj (a lazy U.S. way of saying muggle, which is SO much cooler), played by Dan Fogler, who basically plays the embodiment of every HP fan out there… Much like Harry Potter, this movie starts out fun and light-hearted but turns dark and grim near the end. Collin Farrell plays Graves, a man who is clearly bad from the start but has an amazing twist at the end… This was a fantastic movie, and a standalone great, despite being a spin off of one of the best series ever. I look forward to the massive series this will undoubtedly be.

 

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The Magicians series premier TV show review

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The Magicians is a not-so original premise revitalized and revamped. Taking place at a school that teaches students magic in secret would have been a big deal back in 1996. Now, its all considered “Harry Potter spoofs”. I’m a HUGE HP fan, I won’t lie, that is why this attracted me. But, I’m here to tell you this stands alone, no matter the existence of other movies/shows/books like it! The Magicians series premier introduces you to Quentin Coldwater, our main character. A brilliant move by the creators is making him depressed, and lonely. This is brilliant because it is revealed he is feeling these things because he is magic, and surrounded by those that can’t relate. Given that a lot of people feel that way, it is a great way to speak to your viewers, make them feel part of the show… This show introduces us to many other side characters too. From the ass hole roommate, to the weird best friends, and the geeky-cute girl. All serve a great purpose, but you can tell some will be more important than others. Another reason this show is relateable and brings you in the story is the ages. The Magicians is set in a college instead of a boarding school for kids. If you think about it, it just makes more ACTUAL sense, but it also brings you in the story more… The use of magic is great as well. Giving an aura of sophistication and power based on who uses it. When a character started talking about being sorted into houses, or something, I rolled my eyes, but that was done well! Each person holds a different magical ability such as flying, telekinesis, nature, intelligence, etc… An underlying sub-story that hints to Quentin being a “chosen one” peaks up every now and then as well, which I am  not a fan of… And, finally, our main villain is a giant guy who is covered in moths. Throughout the episode the characters talk about moths, secret shit happening, and the talk of a rising… So you see it coming, but the power behind this antagonist is wonderful… Almost as if he is only toying with everyone. In the end it CLEARLY borrowed so much more than just the base premise from Harry Potter, but that is okay. It is a very welcome re-imagining of a beloved series. Relateable in many more ways, and original in just as many… I will happily watch every episode of this for as long as it airs JUST based on this pilot.

(PS. Since they are in college now, we still all have a chance to get our letter from our magical school!)

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book review

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I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. If I described in full detail how big a fan, I’d seem nuts. I own a wand from Olivanders, have a Harry Potter tattoo sketched out I plan to get soon, have actually WROTE fan fiction, and can recite the whole first movie. Needless to say, I have read this book multiple times. Half Blood Prince is not only my favorite Harry Potter movie, but also my favorite book of the series. The book follows Harry Potter and his merry group of friends in their 6th year at Hogwarts. Lots of shit goes down in this book, to put it lightly. This is where He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named prepares for war, and Harry prepares to defeat him alongside Dumbledore. Why this book stands out as my favorite though is it is the last book where they are students. As many other fans and I would tell you, some of the best parts in the series are when the trio is just doing everyday wizard shit, and just being everyday students! This is the last book to have those amazing parts that put us in the shoes of everyday life at the best (allegedly) fictional school ever created! Harry Potter is easily the most famous series out there, so you don’t need me to tell you its great. I just wanted to tell you why I think this book is the greatest.