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New Harry Potter Covers!

On the 1st September (when else would you be going back to Hogwarts?) a new set of the HP books will be released with brand new cover illustrations by Jonny Duddle. As well as that there will be an updated version of J.K Rowling’s biography as well as snippets from Pottermore.

So far only Philosopher’s Stone has been revealed and I really like it. I think that it captures the essence of the book really well and I’m glad that they chose the boat scene where Harry sees Hogwarts for the first time as it is very powerful. It will also re-create the excitement that we felt when we first delved into that awe-inspiring world and do the same for the next generation of fans.

What do you think?

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Hermione Granger and the time J.K Rowling decided I’d married the wrong man.

Yesterday I found out about the interview Emma Watson did with J.K Rowling for Wonderland magazine which Emma guest edited this week. I’m always excited for new Harry Potter news but I, and many other fans, have been deeply disappointed by the revelation that came out of it.

J.K Rowling has revealed that she thinks that Hermione should have ended up with Harry and not Ron. I vigorously disagree. Throughout the books you can see how the Trio’s relationships develop with each other and they are very different as they rely on each other for different things. ( Harry needs Hermione for perspective, Hermione needs Harry to treat her as an equal, Harry needs Ron to feel normal and part of a family, Ron needs Harry to feel special and an individual, Ron needs Hermione to grow, and Hermione needs Ron for perspective and to let go sometimes.)

Within the books there is never an inkling of romance between Harry and Hermione because Rowling wrote it like that. One of my favourite things about this series is that it didn’t follow the trope of the hero ending up with his best friend. It was nice to see that they could have such a strong friendship that never led to them wanting to make out with each other. Harry even told Ron that he saw Hermione as a sister which just intensifies their relationship. Harry didn’t need Hermione to be in love with him, he just wanted to be loved by her and Ron. To be part of a family.

Most people think that Ron isn’t deserving of Hermione and maybe they’re right but she still chose him. Just because Harry is “the hero” doesn’t mean that he deserves her either, he can be just as grumpy, selfish, and idiotic as Ron. I think the point I’m trying to make is that Hermione is not a prize and I’m disappointed that Rowling felt that she should have been rewarded by ending up with Harry.

P.S: This isn’t the best written post but I just wanted to share my opinion. I don’t want to put down people who ship Harry with Hermione, this is just my view.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

My Mumma recently visited an Oxfam bookshop and brought back two different editions of The Chamber of Secrets for me. I’m a massive Potterhead and I’ve decided to start collecting different editions, particularly from other countries. This French edition is the first one that I’ve gotten my hands on.

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I’d never seen the one on the right before but I really like the sort of ’60’s vibe it gives off. It seems to have been published in 1999 so I believe it may have been part of an early Adult version of the series. Do any of you know?

The French editions have truly terrible covers but it’s funny that the illustrator decided to go for the traditional wizard look with the tall, black and pointy almost puritan looking hats. Here’s a close up:

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Poor Hermione has been completely shafted out of the picture!

I have actually attempted to read the first chapter but it is definitely going to be a long and probably slightly frustrating process. For example I knew that Uncle Vernon was having eggs for breakfast but I had to use the other book to find out which kind. (For the record it was fried.) Perhaps this will be a good incentive to prevent my GCSE French skills from getting dusty!

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– Kayla x