Sunday, 11 November 2012

Literary Diner Party

Hello everyone I have decided to create a literary diner party. While there are some more structured forms of literary diner parties I could base mine off of I  have decided to do a more vague one. I will be adding to this a lot so check back for updates on my fictional part. :)

  First of all who am I inviting:

I will be inviting five non-fictional guests and thirteen fictional ones. My dinner party is very welcome to all creatures...

1. Danika
2. Julia
3. Jami
4. Brianna
5. Hedwig (Harry Potter series)
6. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series)
7. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series)
8. Harry Potter  (Harry Potter series)
9. Katniss Everdeen  (Hunger Games trilogy)
10. Miri Laurendaughter (The Princess Academy)
11. Buckbeak (Harry Potter series)
12. Firestar (Warrior series)
13. Dumbledore (Harry Potter series)
14. Tally Youngblood (Uglies series)
15. Aya Fuse (Uglies series)
16. Sable (my dog)
17. Lucky (Survivors series)

Invites:

Activities:

Here is a list of activities that we would do at my literary diner party.

1. Readers theatre (in groups people/characters would work together to create a play from a scene based on a favourite book.)

2.

Food here is the food that I would serve:

Appetizers:

Warm flat bread with various toppings - I love flat bread I love the taste and the fact it is a very versatile food by serving it with many different toppings I might be able to satisfy everyone's taste.

Philo pastries with various toppings- I recently made Philo pastries in my foods elective and they were delicious. Again they are another great option for suiting different tastes.

Thick cut potato wedges- I absolutely love potato wedges as they are just thick fries that taste more like potato and less like grease and salt! Yum!

Various crackers and antipasto- antipasto is delicious and by offering different flavours of crackers to go with it I could please all my guests.

Entrees:

Spaghetti Bolognese- When Tally was traveling to the smoke all she had to eat was dehydrated spaghetti bolognese meaning she had to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week, and I think it would be hilarious to see her reaction when she saw this dish being served at my diner party.

Jacket Potatoes- I love baked potatoes and they are also common fare at Hogwarts sure to please all my guests that go to the magical school.

Lamb soup with dried plums- Katniss's favourite thing about the capitol. :)

Carnivores delight casserole- For all the animals at my party (people probably don't want this as it may contain mice)

French Onion Soup- :D





Desserts:

 Chocolate brownies- My favourite

Chocolate cake with chocolate icing- A general crowd pleaser that may bring Harry sweet memories of his first birthday cake brought to him by Hagrid.

Lemon drops- I love lemon and so does Dumbledore. :)

Homemade chocolate and vanilla ice cream: YUM

Birthday cake fudge- My friend made me some of this and it was delicious!

Pumpkin patsies- A treat from the Hogwarts express!






Harry Potter Plasticine Figures

I decided to make some harry potter figurines from some plasticine that I received. Each figure is a different element from the book (chosen at random) and consist of various colours of plasticine, wire, a wire hook attached to a toothpick and beads to keep the plasticine model from falling off the end of the hook. Please leave comments if you would like to see a more in-depth video of how I made them.







The figures a chose to make are a dragon, a pygmy puff, a wand, the sorting hat, a Hogwarts letter, a broomstick and an owl.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Luna Lovegood's Soundtrack

I have just created a soundtrack for one of my favourite characters. Luna Lovegood for this soundtrack I have tried to pick songs that both reflect her diverse personality and that she would enjoy listening to. (In my mind anyway)


1. The first song I chose for Luna’s sound track is “Untouchable” by Taylor Swift. I chose this song because I think it really reflects Luna’s personality.  She is unique and quirky character who others tease but harsh words do not faze her.  Luna stays true to herself and finds friends that bring out this amazing aspect of her personality.

2. The second song I chose for Luna’s soundtrack is “Lions” by Lights.  I selected this song because it reflects that although Luna is in Ravenclaw house she is as courageous as her friends from the brave house of Gryffindor. This courage is represented in the house symbol of a lion.  The song lyrics are encouraging like Luna who is always reassuring other. I appreciate how it has magical references, reminding me of Hogwarts. A great example of this is how boldly Luna fought at the Ministry of Magic in the fifth book.


3. The third song I chose for Luna’s soundtrack is “Who Says” by Selena Gomez.  I choose this song because Luna embraces her unique personality throughout the book series.  She always encourages Harry to stay true to himself even when he feels that he is different and other students are judging him. An example of this is when everyone thought Harry was mad when he said Voldemort came back but Luna urged him to continue to tell the truth and not shy away from others. 

4. The fourth song I selected for Luna’s soundtrack is “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. I chose this song because it reflects that Luna has a hidden determination behind the strange personality that causes a lot of people to avoid her. This song talks about you can only be you because I think that is how Luna sees things.

5. The fifth song I chose is “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. I chose this song because I think it illustrates how much Luna enjoys nature and how she finds beauty in the smallest and most overlooked places. A good example of this is how Luna suggested flying on Thestrals to get to the Ministry of Magic in the fifth book.   Most people find them creepy and bad omens whereas Luna saw them as useful beings because of their incredible sense of direction. 

6. The sixth song I chose is “Pocketful of sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield. I chose this song because it illustrates the fact that Luna is very optimistic and she spreads this optimism to others through encouragement and empathy. An Example of this is when Luna comforts Harry by reminding him that he will see him again someday. I love this part because she is thoughtful and respectful yet hopeful. 

7. The final song I chose for this sound track I wrote myself. It is called “Fly on wings” I chose it because the message of faith and staying strong within the lyrics reflects how hopeful and reflective Luna is I also choose it because it creates a direct connection between me and my all time favorite character. Here are the lyrics:

Sometimes you feel like your feet are planted firmly to the ground 
Sometimes you feel like there is no one else around 
Sometimes you feel like everything's dark and dim
But there is someone just an arms length away 
To guide you to a brighter day so don't give uuuuup 

Because your hopes fly on wings so don't give uuuup 
Because your hopes and dreams will guide you
Your not alooooone and soon you will be soaringggg
Away from your cares because 
Your hopes and dreams fly on wings

Ohh sometimes you feel like the world out to get you
Sometimes you feel like you want to disappear
Sometimes you feel like everyone forgets you and your all a-lone
But someone is there to lead you home so don't give uuuuup

Because your dreams fly on wings so don't give uuuup 
Because your hopes and dreams will guide you
Your not aloooone and soon you will be soaringggg 
Away from your cares because
Your hopes and dreams fly on wings

So just stand tall and your faith will take care of it all
 Be yourself don't get lost in somebody else
If you feel small make a change and you will be tall
Remember your not a-lone so reach for somebody to guide back home and don't give up

Because your hopes and dreams fly on wings sooo don't give up because
Your hopes and dreams will guide you 
Your not alone and soon you will be soaringggg 
Away from your cares because 
Your hopes and dreams fly on wings 
Fly on wings 
Fly on wiiiiiiiiiings

All credits to the artists  
I am sorry there is no direct way to get to the songs this is because I don't own very many 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Review





In the first book, of the magical world of the Harry Potter you meet Harry, who has always been different from the kids around him. On his eleventh birthday, he discovers just how different he is. Harry Potter is a wizard! The news completely changes his life. He is taken from his cruel Aunt and Uncle and accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts is more than Harry could ever dream of, from the Great Hall being lit by hundreds of candles to a talking hat that sorts you into one of the four school houses: Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor.  Harry is sorted into Gryffindor, where the brave at heart dwell. When Harry and his two newly found friends, Ron and Hermione, discover that evil threatens a secret treasure hidden at Hogwarts; they must summon all their courage to stop disaster from striking.


“There are some things that you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”  This quote is from a very important part of the book when Harry and Ron first became friends with Hermione, creating the trio that travels through the whole series. This quote also illustrates that J.K Rowling writes beautifully with a touch of magic and whimsical humor, making the book much more interesting. One of the best parts of this book is how J.K Rowling writes about the world we know through the eyes of wizards. She uses places such as Kings Cross Station and puts a clever and magical twist on them, such as the invisible platform 9 ¾ that leads to the Hogwarts Express. The characterization in this book is also intriguing because the characters are normal kids with diverse personalities all sharing one abnormality - they have magical blood.  Creating interesting connections between the characters as they travel throughout the enchanting world of Hogwarts.  J.K Rowling weaves richly descriptive and imaginative worlds, incorporating friendship, bravery, love, and hope, along with a fascinating puzzle-piece plot. I think that the main theme of this book is that bravery can be found in surprising places.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and magic and has always thought they have been different.