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Literary Character Halloween Costumes

So, Halloween is fast approaching and I have never been that big on celebrating it, or dressing up. In fact, I don’t think I’ve really tried to create a costume in a very long time, and mostly I’ve half-assed it. (Forgive my cussing, but it’s the truth.) Last year, a delightful blog called The Broke and the Bookish put out an idea which caught my attention, asking what the Top 10 characters are that I would want to be for Halloween… a very good question. Who ARE the fictional book characters that I might want to be for the day? Of course, narrowing it down to just 10 might be tough,  so here’s round 1…

Round 1: Children’s Book Characters:

AnnabethChase

Annabeth Chase
From: The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Why Annabeth?

In spite of the Yankees cap (I’m a Red Sox supporter), this would be an easy costume to pull together (I already own a camp half-blood T shirt). Add some jeans, and perhaps a fake sword and I’d be good to go. Also, she is one of the smartest, toughest, and most awesome characters in children’s/young adult lit. How could I NOT want to go as her?

Hermione with bookHermione Granger
From: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why Hermione?

This one is another big fat DUH! She is perhaps one of the greatest literary characters of all time (regardless of age or genre) and she would be fairly easy to piece together a costume for as well. Perhaps the reason she’s not first on my list is because I’ve done another Harry Potter character for Halloween before (Ginny, because my hair already is straight and a bit red). But that also means I’ve already got the gear if I want to give the HP world another go…

Lucy PevensieLucy Pevensie
From: The Chronicles of Narnia

Why Lucy?

Lucy has always been my favorite of the Pevensie children. She’s the one who believed first, and who believed longest, who never wavered in her desire to be a part of Narnia. I love the innocence and faith that she represents in these stories. I also think she got more enjoyment out of this world than the others. She would also be fairly easy to dress as, because I would simply need an old fashioned dress and sweater, and perhaps a bow or clip for my hair. And of course a small jewel-like flash for the potion that Aslan gave her.

Ms. FrizzleMs. Frizzle
From: The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole

Why Ms. Frizzle?

Outside of her sheer awesomeness, Ms. Frizzle is a character I feel like I could totally pull off! Shaping the wacky hairdos and finding myself a stuffed lizard companion might be a bit tricky, but I’m sure I could find a wacky-patterned dress and some crazy earrings and talk about the wonders of science. I think this would be a big hit as a costume, and would be so much fun to wear!

MadelineMadeline
From: The Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans

Why Madeline?

Once again, I feel like this would be a fun, and fairly simple costume to put together… A navy dress with short white gloves, white knee-socks and black shoes. The yellow hat would probably be the trickiest part to get my hands on. Then just a little hair dye and I’m in business. I think people would get a real kick out of seeing a Madeline costume, she’s such a staple of so many people’s childhoods. I would have a blast as her.

Lowly WormLowly Worm
From: The Busy World of Richard Scarry

Why Lowly?

This one I would do for fun, especially if I were going to a party with a bunch of friends or people in my age group (or people who have kids). Because I think Lowly would get a lot of attention. As a costume, this would be a lot harder to pull together. Getting green pants and red high tops would be difficult. So would that crazy little hat. Also, if I wanted to be really authentic, I would probably have to find a way to tie my feet together and hop around (because Lowly only has the one leg, of course).

nancy drewNancy Drew
From: The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Why Nancy?

She’s such a classic children’s literature character, and her look is pretty iconic. While it might be a pain to try and curl my hair a la the 50’s styling, finding a poofy, collared, old-fashioned dress wouldn’t present much of a challenge. I might also see if I could find a toy car like hers just to be cute. Add a magnifying glass just for those who don’t “get it” right away and I think I’d be all set. I’d probably have to practice my “surprised” face so that I look like all the

Fancy NancyFancy Nancy
From: The Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor

Why Nancy?

THIS Nancy would be a riot to dress up as because I could go all-out. Nancy loves to dress up, so I would definitely want to find some grown-up, dress-up clothes (maybe even a tutu) and find lots of sparkly hair pieces and jewelry. Nancy has so many delightful outfits to choose from. Anyone with girly-girls would probably recognize me. And in general I just think this one would be a blast.

Sister BearSister Bear
From: The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Why Sister Bear?

The Berenstain Bears are some of the most iconic literary characters of my childhood, and I can’t even describe how many videos and books I consumed that were about these lovely bears. Sister Bear was my favorite of the family, so I would want to dress like her. She also probably had the most recognizable look of the family, which would probably be difficult for me to replicate. Pink overalls are not very easy to come by, especially not with a matching pink polka-dot shirt. That would take some doing. But I be the reaction I got from friends and family would be worth it!

Sara Crewe a Little PrincessSara Crewe
From: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Why Sara?

Sara Crewe has been one of my longtime favorite characters, and her story has been wonderfully recreated on film. I think wearing an outfit from the time period of this story (takes place during WWI) would be really interesting and fun. I would want to try for an outfit from before she becomes an orphan (or perhaps do the outfit from when Ram Dass decorates her and Becky’s attic room, and he leaves them beautiful robes and slippers). In any case, it would be fun to live out this fantasy and pair whatever outfit with her signature locket and her doll Emily.

 

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #35

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: What Character do you wished you’d invented?

Um, I assume this question means, aside from ALL of them? Hah, cause then I’d be J.K. Rowling, celebrated author who never has to worry about money again, ever. Which would be nice…

But back on topic, this is a ridiculously hard question to answer. For one thing, the main reason that everyone loves these books so much is BECAUSE OF THE CHARACTERS. They’re so wonderfully rich and full of life, and they all have flaws, and great backstories, and everyone has ones that they love, or love to hate. They are what drive the books and the fame. So when it comes to picking one… it’s mostly just another excuse to play favorites. Which I will totally do now.

Hermione with bookOnce again, I’ve got to go with my girl, Hermione. No offense to all the other characters, as I’ve mentioned, they’re all pretty beloved (to me as well as many others.) But Hermione has a special place in my heart, for her strengths and her weaknesses.

I like her best because of how imperfect she is as a person. She’s someone I related to since I first picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone. She’s constantly rushing ahead to find the answers first, to get things right and be the best academically, not realizing all the social consequences for her actions. It doesn’t win her many friends to start off, but she’s not often bothered by that. She understands the value of intelligence, and she knows it’s drawbacks too. I was always driven and determined like her. She learns quickly from her mistakes and doesn’t give up easily. She doesn’t suffer fools or bad behavior well, and she can be cranky, especially when people (friends) do things to jeopardize her good standing. She cares about rules and proper authority. She’s pushy, and bossy. She doesn’t really care (at least, not as much as other people) about her looks, but when she gets picked on because of it, you can still see that it has an effect on her. For all her innate witch-y prowess and skills, she is so utterly human.

hermione thinkingThe reason why I chose her as someone I wish I’d created is because, well, none of the people in this series would have survived without her. She’s such an essential character, emotionally, magically, and plot-wise. Ron and Harry would absolutely have failed school without her, they would have died tragic deaths without her, and they would have suffered emotionally without her. I would absolutely love to be able to write a character who is such a linchpin to the story, who is so captivating, and who also does such a wonderful job of explaining this world to Harry and to us. I think that’s why she resonates so well with people, in spite of her flaws. We might be seeing this world through Harry’s eyes, but he mostly learns about this magical world from his friends, notably Hermione. Her explanations help us as readers to understand how wonderful and amazing things are because she understands the Muggle world as well as the magical one. She straddles the line better than anyone.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what character you wish you could take credit for in the comments below!

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #21

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Scariest moment in the series

So it took me a couple of minutes to process this before my scariest moment/scene popped out at me with all the creepiness that I first experienced when reading about it (and when seeing it on screen). That moment is, hands down:when Nagini pops out of the Bathilda Bagshot in Deathly Hallows. (*SHUDDERS* Ugh, it awful, I still can’t watch it.)

He broke off. A heavily muffled figure was hobbling up the lane toward them, silhouetted by the bright lights in the distant square. … (pg 333).

Nevertheless, Harry had the strangest feeling that she knew that they were there, and also who they were. Just as he had reached this uneasy conclusion, she raised a gloved hand and beckoned. … (pg 334).

It was pitch-black and smelled horrible: Harry had just made out a chamber pot protruding from under the bed before Bathilda closed the door and even that was swallowed by the darkness.
“Lumos,” said Harry, and his wand ignited. He gave a start: Bathilda had moved close to him in those few seconds of darkness, and he had not heard her approach.
“You are Potter?” she whispered.  …(pg 339).

And in the instant that he looked away, his eyes raking the tangled mess for a sword hilt, a ruby, she moved weirdly. He saw it out of the corner of his eye; panic made him turn and horror paralyzed him as he saw the old body collapsing and the great snake pouring from the place where her neck had been. (pg 340).

(*SHUDDERS* again.) I don’t really remember the first time reading this scene (I may have blocked it out of my memory) except a general sense of horror and disbelief. I hate snakes. I always have. They are creepy and dangerous (for the most part) and I can’t abide them. It’s a gut instinct, and I can’t control it. I would really just like to pretend the whole species doesn’t exist. So already, I’m not a fan of any of the scenes that include Nagini. But then this scene happened. And it’s pretty much one of the worst things I can imagine witnessing happening that involves a snake. Thinking about it kind of makes me want to throw up. Harrybathilda

harry and hermione godric's hollowI have to give it to the people who made the HP films though. Because they absolutely got this part right. I was so disturbed watching it (ahem, through my fingers) the first time and then every time after I just couldn’t make myself see it, so I hide behind my hands, or a blanket or something and just listen until it’s over. I just can’t believe they make me go from such a poignant moment with Harry and Hermione seeing his home for the first time to this horror show.

Bathilda and NaginiWho wants to see that? It’s horrible. The only thing that’s good about it is that Hermione basically saves the day. I know there’s the whole bit that she screwed up with his wand, but I love that once again, she’s the one saving his life. (Girl power and all that jazz!) That aside, this scene wins Scariest/Most Disturbing Scene of the Whole Series. It wins by a landslide.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what you think the scariest moment/scene was in the comments below!

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Fictional Bucket List #11

 

 

Associated Book/Series: Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Little Women, Matilda, Veronica Mars, Pride and Prejudice, Beauty and the Beast

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #2

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: If You Could be a Character for a Day, Who Would You Be?

This is such a tricky question!! There’s the obvious answer (for me) which is Hermione Granger.

hermione thinking

She’s just so amazing, and super smart and a bad a** to boot.

hermione making polyjuice potion

hermione-punching-draco-gif

hermione granger wizards duel

hermione-rasing-her-hand

She never seems too afraid of anything. I also love that she’s a little bit of a ‘know it all’. Its LeviOsa

She knows what she wants and she goes after it in a way that I can only admire. She’s determined, and has conviction.

Hermione determinedhermione protecting camp

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

What an amazing woman! And while Ron might not be my first choice, it’s clear he adores her and she’s HP’s best gal pal. It’s kind of hard find fault here!

harry ron and hermione laughing

But the less obvious choices, which are equally as compelling are: Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Albus Dumbledore…

ginny reductoGinny Weasley

Can we all just take a moment to remember how awesome this scene was, and how uncomfortable it made all of her brothers? lol! Ginny is a force to be reckoned with, and that’s why being her would be incredibly appealing. She’s athletic, magically strong, and lets face it ladies, in the end, she gets Harry. Who wouldn’t want to spend as a day as the person who won Harry Potter’s heart? I certainly wouldn’t mind!

Luna LovegoodLuna_Lovegood

Why Luna? I’ve thought about this for a while (probably too long) and I think it would be really, really interesting to spend a day looking at the world through Luna’s eyes. Not to mention, she’s a Ravenclaw for a reason, folks! That means intelligence and that’s something I really like. I’m also curious as to what she winds up doing after they all grow up. Does anyone know? Does she wind up working for/running the Quibbler perhaps? Travel on expeditions in search of Nargles? I’d love to find out what a day in the life of Luna is like!

 

 

albus dumbledoreAlbus Dumbledore

Can you imagine for a second, how much magical knowledge Dumbledore has at his fingertips?? Spells no one else could ever conceive, power to his tippy-toes… I would LOVE to spend a day as Dumbledore. He’s so respected by his peers, is completely content with a job he loves, and while he may not have the perfect life, I think spending a day as the Headmaster of Hogwarts would be most welcome.

 

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own favorite romantic moment in the comments below!