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Ten Bizarre Dumbledore Quotes

We all know Dumbledore was an intellectual and powerful wizard. He became known to us for being Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during Harry Potter’s education and had an Order of Merlin (first class) and the title of Grand Sorcerer.

Dumbledore also served as Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards, and Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot. However, he was also mad as a balloon!

Even the pompous prefect Percy Weasley admits it: “He’s a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes.”

Here are ten of my favourite slightly bizarre Dumbledore quotes which of course were all penned by the brilliant J.K. Rowling:

“Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated with great caution.” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“My brain surprises even me sometimes.” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“Alas! Earwax!” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“Hopefully your heads are all a little fuller than they were; you have a whole summer ahead to get them nice and empty before next years starts.” (Philosopher’s Stone)

“I do love knitting patterns”.  (Half Blood Prince)

“Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.” (Half Blood Prince)

“I may be as woefully wrong as Humphrey Belcher, who believed the time was right for a cheese cauldron.” (Half Blood Prince)

“It is a long time since my last visit. I must say, your agapanthus are flourishing.” (Half Blood Prince)

Inspired by Mind Magicians

Writers are often asked where they get their inspiration for stories from. So here’s my attempt at explaining the inspiration behind The Charm.

I get inspiration and ideas for stories from many places—TV, books, snippets of conversation overheard on a train. I’m often drawn to the unusual or unexplained concepts, or at least things that are unexplained to me! The inspiration behind writing my YA novella The Charm came from watching celebrity mind magicians on TV.

TV shows have highlighted how amazing the power of the mind can be. In Derren Brown’s Fear and Faith special he set up a fake pharmaceutical company. The company claimed to have developed a drug called Rumyodin that could eradicate fear. And guess what? People taking the drug overcame their fears. But of course the drug was a placebo and at the end Derren revealed ‘rumyodin’ was an anagram for ‘your mind’. The participants had believed so strongly in the drug that it actually worked. Without realising it they had used the power of their own minds to overcome their fears.

Then there is Dynamo who amongst many other amazing things, can do things like making it impossible for people to pull their own hands apart, or making himself unliftable, even to heavy weight boxer, David Haye. Had Dynamo made himself unliftable, or had he made David think he was unliftable? Whichever way it showed how remarkable the mind can be if you know how to harness it.

So the mind is a very clever thing and some people seem to have mastered the art of seemingly controlling other peoples.  Hypnotherapy has helped many people reduce their anxiety, overcome their fears, and break their bad habits. This is great but what if someone decided to use mind control for evil?  What if someone used it for their own advantage? What if someone had a beef against the world and wanted revenge? What if those in power used it to control the people?

If you had an extraordinary power what would you do?

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This blog was first seen on Kerry Hearts YA blogspot.

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Favourite Books and Their Movie Adaptations

Insurgent is out in the cinemas and I can’t wait to see it. But will it live up to the fantastic book by Veronica Roth? I’m sure it will be good. I thought the first movie from the series, Divergent, was great.

As I’m getting excited to see it, I decided to re-post my blog on favourite books and their move adaptations. This post was first seen on the wonderful Sapphyria’s Book Reviews blog.

Favourite Books and Their Movie Adaptations

It’s amazing when you hear your favourite books are being made into films but can they always live up to your expectations? Here’s my verdict on some of my favourite books and their movie versions:

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Plot summary: Naughty Max is sent to bed with no supper. He travels, in his wolf onesie, to a place where the wild things are and becomes king. But he misses his mum so travels back to find his supper is still warm.

Movie verdict: This was my favourite childhood book so when the movie came out in 2009 I couldn’t wait to see it. I really wanted to love this film. It was okay but a little bit dark and sad. The book is far better!

The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Plot summary: Harry Potter discovers he is a famous wizard and is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A dark wizard, Voldemort, tried to kill Harry when he was a baby but the curse backfired. Voldemort returns and tries to kill Harry resulting in many adventures and an epic battle of good versus evil.

Movie verdict: The movies really captured the magic and were so fantastically cast, not just with the youngsters who were shot to fame but with a whole array of great British icons, that the films had to be great.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Plot summary: Panem is separated into 12 districts. Each year, as retribution for a past rebellion, two young people from each district are randomly picked to participate in the deadly Hunger Games.

Movie verdict: I loved the books and couldn’t wait for the movies. The first three films have been great and I’m looking forward to the conclusion. However, for me, the books have the edge for the extra details.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Plot summary: Divergent is set in a world where society is divided into factions. As people enter adulthood they must choose and commit to one faction for life based on their own virtues. However, Tris’s aptitude tests reveal she is Divergent, meaning she will never fit into one faction, and she is and is warned to conceal her abilities.

Movie verdict: Another great movie but again I preferred the book for all the added details.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

Plot summary: The Grinch hates the Whos, who love Christmas. He tries to stop Christmas by stealing all their presents.

Movie verdict: One of those rare occasions when I prefer the movie over the book. I know most of the movie’s lines off by heart but Jim Carey’s delivery never fails to crack me up!