Sorting Woes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Embracing Your Ilvermorny House

(Image Credit: Pottermore)

(Image Credit: Pottermore)

Like the rest of the Harry Potter generation, I spent my 11th birthday hoping for a Hogwarts letter that never came. I contented myself with the fact that Hogwarts is in the United Kingdom and I’m not, so maybe I was just too far away for them. But now, J.K. Rowling has ruined my life by releasing Pottermore information on a North American school.

Regardless of how upset I am (hint: very) that I didn’t get to go to a wizarding school for middle and high school, I am determined to embrace Ilvermorny just like eight-year-old me first embraced Hogwarts. But so far, it’s been hard to do that.

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3 Amazing Book Series with Unsatisfying Endings

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(Image Credit: Scholastic)

As an English major, books are my everything. Becoming completely enthralled in a world and reading until the sun comes up is one of my biggest hobbies. But every now and then, a world and characters I have grown to love disappoint me in the end. As a writer I can sympathize. Endings are so hard. No ending will satisfy every single reader. But here are a few books that have massive dissatisfaction. Spoilers ahead, obviously.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As a book lover, I can guarantee to if you go poll a bunch of readers and ask what novel ending disappointed them the most at least half will say the final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows. I love Harry Potter, I really do. It shaped my entire childhood. I even have a Deathly Hallows tattoo! But I will always admit how much the epilogue sucked. Pairing every single living character up and having kids seems like such an easy way out. And don’t even get me started on the children’s awful names. I suppose with 7 books worth of death and destruction J.K. Rowling just wanted some happiness, but who really wants that? Happy endings  just seem cheesy and disatisfying.

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Allegiant

Allegiant is the final book of the Divergent trilogy. Throughout the whole series, we follow Tris and see her world of factions. It was a very interesting dynamic for a series and definitely caught my attention. I read the first two books in a matter of days, then I had to wait a year for the final book. And then Allegiant came out and Tris got away from the factions all together by leaving her city. The idea of pure and damaged genes are introduced when they go to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, and it is all mostly uninteresting. Then at the end of the book, Tris dies, sacrificing herself to save her awful brother. Allegiant fast forwards two years and shows Chicago at peace and factionless. All in all, I was devastated that this strong female character ended up needlessly sacrificing herself. The movie comes out this month and is being split into two parts. Maybe the movie will do it better?

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Mockingjay

I read The Hunger Games in high school and I was obsessed. I was absolutely enthralled in this post-apocalyptic chaotic society. After I read the first two novels, I had to wait a couple months for the final book to come out. During that time, I spent a lot of time on Tumblr and was introduced to the idea that Katniss was asexual and that’s why she was kind of indifferent to both Peeta and Gale when it came to anything more than friendship. Her kissing them was just a way to make them happy and stay in her life when she didn’t know what else to do. I absolutely loved this theory because it put a spin on the classic love triangle and also put the spotlight on a sexuality that doesn’t get talked about much. However, in the end, Katniss ends up having children with Peeta and I was very, very disappointed.

 

As I said before, endings are hard. I understand I’m not always going to enjoy the endings the author chooses to write. The fact I was disappointed with these three novels doesn’t mean I renounce them all together. I still reread the Harry Potter series every summer! Disappointment happens but it makes us realize that these very talented people wanted to share their creation and we should appreciate them for creating these worlds for us to get lost in.

AshleeeyBash: Niall Horan + Selena Gomez?! #VSFashionShow. Saint West! Oh, my!

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

It’s December 9 (AKA CHRISTMAS IS REALLY SOON) and THIS is what’s been happening allover my feed lately. We got the whole Niall + Selena rumors, Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Remakes, Saint West AND MORE. Thanks for letting me do this guys. THIS IS AWESOME.

5 Harry Potter Characters Whose Backstories We Want to Read

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(Image Credit: Warner Bros)

The last Harry Potter book came out in 2007 and the last movie in 2011, however, HP fans are still finding out new information about their favorite characters. Through both Twitter and Pottermore, J.K. Rowling has released a lot of background information about characters that we didn’t get to learn about from the books. For example, Professor McGonagall’s background story and heartbreak left readers wanting more from the author. Here are just a few HP characters we would love to know more about.

 

Bellatrix Lestrange

We know a lot about Bellatrix in that she belongs to the Black family, but wouldn’t readers like to know even more about her? We know she gets married to her husband Rodolphus, but we hardly see any interaction between the two like we do with her sister Narcissa and her husband. Did they get married strictly because of family duty rather than love for each other? We could also see how her obsession and devotion for Voldemort developed. So much more to learn about such a complicated character!

 

Peter Pettigrew

While we know quite a bit about Peter Pettigrew, his story is so interesting we could stand to learn a lot more about him. According to Professor McGonagall, Pettigrew stuck with people that had power and talent, like Harry’s dad and Voldemort. But what led him to be the way he is? Was he bullied before Hogwarts and relies on others to get him through life? How was he able to cope with being a family pet rat for 12 years?

 

George Weasley

In May of this year Rowling tweeted, “I’m really sorry about Fred.” After 6 books’ worth of amazing jokes and adventures with the twins, readers were inconsolable at the loss of Fred Weasley during the Battle of Hogwarts. We know that his brother George went on to continue their joke shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, get married to fellow Gryffindor Angelina Johnson, and have a son and a daughter. He named their son, their first born, after his late brother. While readers may not have a ton of questions about George, a short snippet about George dealing with the loss of his brother would be sure to spark a new wave of despair for HP fans to love and endure.

 

Pansy Parkinson

I know, I know, why would anyone want to know more about such a nasty girl? However, aren’t avid HP readers curious to know about anyone in the books? For example, we could learn more about her childhood and upbringing and maybe learn how she became the nasty mean girl we meet during her time at Hogwarts. Perhaps Rowling could spin a tale of heartbreak involving Pansy and Draco, as we know that the two don’t end up together. It would give the readers (and Hermione) a lot of satisfaction to know if Pansy had a difficult life after she left Hogwarts.

 

Teddy Lupin

It has been said that Lupin and Tonks’ son, Teddy, was a parallel of Harry himself. Both Harry’s and Teddy’s parents die because of Voldemort’s actions and both have godfathers with adventurous pasts. We find out through the article Rowling published about the Quidditch World Cup that Teddy and Victoire Weasley are involved in a relationship. How cute and exciting would it be to see their relationship develop as they experience Hogwarts and grow together?

 

All in all, Harry Potter has tons and tons of characters that may or may not pique the interest of a reader. This list is just a few of the characters we would like to know more about, whether they are heroes or villains. Harry Potter fans are always excited to receive even the tiniest bit of new information about the magical and exciting world Rowling created.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART I (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

Think Your Favorite Book Adaptation Deserves Two Movies? Think Again.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART I (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART I (Image Credit: Summit Entertainment)

It started with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Filmmakers decided that to do book adaptations justice, they needed to start splitting their movies into two parts. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I was hopeful about this change. Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why We’re Pumped About the New ‘Harry Potter’ Short Story

JK Rowling (Image Credit: Pottermore)

JK Rowling (Image Credit: Pottermore)

If you haven’t heard by now, J.K. Rowling has posted a short story on pottermore.com and front and center are the beloved and deeply missed characters of the Harry Potter Series. The story comes following a series of stories written about the Quidditch World Cup Finals, a fun echo of the real life World Cup. We at the Daily Quirk are totally flipping out. Check out the 5 reasons why we’re so pumped! Continue reading

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The Best (and the worst) of Young Adult Book-to-Movie Adaptations

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (Image Credit: 2013 Constantin Film International GmbH and Unique Features (TMI) Inc.)

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (Image Credit: 2013 Constantin Film International GmbH and Unique Features (TMI) Inc.)

One of the best parts about first reading a book is being able to create the world inside of your head. The author guides you, but it’s up to your mind to fill in the blanks. You get to imagine everything for the first time, from what the characters look like to the ambiguous items and places they encounter. These days, however, our imagination isn’t the only one bringing a story to life. Young adult book-to-movie adaptations are growing in popularity, causing production companies to turn our favorite fictional characters and their stories into something we can actually see. There are so many mixed emotions that come from these adaptations; from the moment the book is optioned, to when the credits roll at the end of the film. Some adaptations leave us walking away beyond satisfied, happy to have seen something we hold so dear being brought to life exactly as we’d hoped. But that’s not always the case. Here are some of the best, and some of the worst book-to-movie adaptations: Continue reading

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‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Could Open World of Magical Possibilites

J.K. Rowling (Image Credit: Daniel Ogren) / FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (Image Credit: J.K. Rowling)

J.K. Rowling (Image Credit: Daniel Ogren) / FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (Image Credit: J.K. Rowling)

If you’ve spent the past three years watching re-runs of Harry Potter scenes, crying and trying to relive the journey since the moment when Hagrid kicked down the door of the Dursley’s shack—I definitely feel you. But cry no more because J.K. Rowling is back with a Harry Potter spin-off Warner Bros. production on her aside publication, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And the best part? It’s going to be a trilogy, screen-written by the ‘mother of wizards,’ Rowling herself. Continue reading

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (Image Credit: Kimberley French/Summit Entertainment)

4 Actors Who Will Never Be Able to Break Away From That One, Iconic Role

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (Image Credit: Kimberley French/Summit Entertainment)

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (Image Credit: Kimberley French/Summit Entertainment)

When I say the name Samuel L. Jackson, I’m sure Pulp Fiction comes to mind. Or, when I mention Johnny Depp, I bet that most of you start picturing the rustic English pirate with dreadlocks, Captain Jack Sparrow. What about Sarah Jessica Parker or, should I just say Carrie Bradshaw?

These are just a few actors of many that have played an iconic role, one for which they will always be remembered. But, due to the success of these actors, they’ve gone on to play other roles…just, maybe, ones that aren’t quite as iconic.

I’d like to name a few actors who’ve played iconic roles but have yet to break away from them. Continue reading

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Ron + Hermione: Why this Muggle is still glad they wound up together

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Earlier this month, the internet was abuzz with news that J.K. Rowling wishes she hadn’t had Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger end up together in the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. In an interview with Emma Watson for Wonderland Magazine, Rowling admitted that she thinks Hermione may have been better off ending up with Harry rather than his goofy, red-headed best friend. Continue reading

Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films/BBC)

Don’t Sink My Ship! The in-fighting among fandoms.

Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films/BBC)

Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films/BBC)

It’s whispered across space, time, ComicCon, and the web – “I didn’t choose the fandom life, the fandom life chose me.” Be you a SuperWhoLockian, a Potterhead, a Trekkie or something entirely different, you know how it goes: You fall in love with [insert obsession here] one day, and the next day, you begin to seek out others with whom you can obsess. You may find others to bond with on Tumblr, LiveJournal, a fan site or among already existing friends. Regardless of where you find people who are equally as in love with that special show, movie, band, etc., it’s all over. Once you’ve made contact, you’re in the fandom. Continue reading

DIY Golden Snitch Ornament by Tiny Apartment Crafts

DIY Golden Snitch Ornaments by Tiny Apartment Crafts

DIY Golden Snitch Ornament by Tiny Apartment Crafts

DIY Golden Snitch Ornament (Image Credit: Tiny Apartment Crafts)

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, behold: the perfect excuse to throw a Harry Potter holiday party. Round up your closest friends, kick back with a frothy mug of butter beer and get crafting on these adorable DIY Golden Snitch Ornaments, brought to you by Tiny Apartment Crafts. Perfect for distributing as gifts to friends and family. The best part is that anybody can appreciate these golden snitches, not only Harry Potter fans. They’re festive and gorgeous and go well with any Christmas ornaments and decorations. Continue reading

Tom Marks in MUDBLOODS (Image Credit: Farzad Nikbakht Sangari / Mudbloods)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Mudbloods’ star Tom Marks

Tom Marks in MUDBLOODS (Image Credit: Farzad Nikbakht Sangari / Mudbloods)

Tom Marks in MUDBLOODS (Image Credit: Farzad Nikbakht Sangari / Mudbloods)

Harry Potter fans the world over still awaiting their acceptance letters to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, have settled for the next best thing: Quidditch, the popular wizarding sport from the JKRowling series.  Quidditch has been readily adopted by the muggle world, keeping the rules and athletics in tact, minus the magic of course. Colleges around the nation, and in fact around the world, have been hopping on the bandwagon starting their own Quidditch teams and even participating in a ‘World Cup’ event.

Mudbloods the movie, directed by Farzad Sangari, documents how Quidditch is played and how the phenomenon has grown thanks to some dedicated fans and athletes. Sound like something you would want to see? Well, you can help to bring it to the big screen. Sangari has taken the documentary to Kickstarter in an attempt to gain funding for post-production and completion of the project.

Recently, we were lucky enough to catch up with one of the film’s stars Tom Marks, captain and founder of the UCLA Quidditch Team, to talk the Mudbloods Kickstarter Campaign, what “real quidditch” is all about, and what fans can expect from the film. Watch the exclusive interview below! Continue reading

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Image Credit: JK Rowling) / Author JK Rowling (Debra Hurford Brown)

JK Rowling is bringing the ‘Harry Potter’ world back to the big screen!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Image Credit: JK Rowling) / Author JK Rowling (Debra Hurford Brown)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Image Credit: JK Rowling) / Author JK Rowling (Debra Hurford Brown)

Last week I did something foolish. I clicked a link posted by a “friend” on Facebook and after excitedly reading the title and skimming the article, bounced up and down with the best news I’d heard in several years. There was going to be a new book in the Harry Potter world. JK Rowling was excited to return to that world and was actually most of the way through the book. Ecstatic was not extreme enough a word for the high that I was riding. The mistake though was in trusting that friend of mine. Continue reading