Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

May 17th, 2017 by

Submitted by Ian, Age 10 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome book if you like adventure,fantasy,and awesome story plots.You will never want to put this amazing book down.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

April 6th, 2014 by

Submitted by Olivia, Age 11 from Florida

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is the last book in the Harry Potter series. It is an epic conclusion to the last 6 books, with more magic and evil than ever before. I recommend this book only if you have read the first 6 books, or if you are familiar with the Harry Potter story. This book is one of my most favorite books I have ever read!

Kidsmomo Podcast #60: Lemonade and a Leopard

January 10th, 2012 by

Here it is… our very first podcast of 2012! Yaaaaaaaaaaay! Throw the confetti! Blow on your noisemaker! Welcome a new year of awesome-sauce Kidsmomo podcasts!

Btw, our new year’s resolution is to be more humble. How do you think we’re doing so far? 😉

Anyway, let’s not delay the podcast any further. In this edition: Karen sings, we discuss sibling rivalry, and we share a VERY enthusiastic kid-submitted book review.

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  • Karen sings; are you listening?
  • Karen’s book review: The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  • Nancy’s book review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  • A review from YOU: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Exclamation marks!!!!!!!

And don’t forget: write in with a book review below. We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

— Karen and Nancy

LeakyCon Night 2: Deathly Hallows Movie

July 15th, 2011 by

What happens when you take thousands of the most passionate Harry Potter devotees in the country and put them all together in one theater to watch The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (aka the final HP movie)? TOTAL FANDEMONIUM!

But the real question is: Did the movie live up to the super duper high standards of this crowd? Watch our video to find out:

Have you seen the new Harry Potter movie? Leave a comment with YOUR review! How do you think it compared to the books?

And, of course, stay tuned for more LeakyCon coverage on Kidsmomo!

— Nancy (Ravenclaw) and Karen (Hufflepuff)

 
Btw: Karen works at Scholastic and Nancy used to work there, but our jobs are not connected to LeakyCon, sadly. We’re attending for our own enjoyment — and yours — as the ridiculous fans that we are.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

December 23rd, 2010 by

Submitted by Shana, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Magic, suspense, and romance. This is what everyone can expect in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This thrillful book is jam packed with lots of suspensful moments. You won’t want to put the book down! I know I couldn’t! So, if you are a lover of suspense, you should pick this book up at your local library TODAY!!!!!!! PICK IT UP!!!!!!

Harry Potter Mania Continues!

November 27th, 2010 by

Well, it’s been a week since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 blessed the big screen, and surely there’s been plenty of Thanksgiving family time, food comas, and football to keep everyone busy since then. And yet… Harry Potter mania continues!

The Internet is still abuzz with news and commentary related to the movie and the books. Check out some recent reports since the movie’s release:

Photo from NYDailyNews

Looks like there’s a new train line that goes straight from Manhattan to Hogwarts! At least, that seems to be the wish of some HP fans in New York, who added a “9 3/4” sticker to a subway sign, as reported by New York Daily News. (Funnily enough, I actually got out at this subway stop when I went to see the movie!)

Photo from Cake Wrecks blog

Some wizards in the kitchen have combined two of my very favorite things in the world: Harry Potter and baked goods! Check out this round-up of amazing HP-themed cakes over at the Cake Wrecks blog. (Nancy, now you know where to order my next birthday cake.)
 
 

Photo from Moviefone's blog

Merlin’s pants! I can’t believe the pain some super dedicated fans go through to wear their HP devotion on their sleeves. Get it? They wear it on their sleeves because these are Harry Potter tattoos! Ha ha ha ha! I’m hilarious. Anyway… check out this photo gallery at Moviefone’s blog.
 
 
And some Harry Potter fans are hoping to make a permanent mark not on their skin, but on the world. Founded in 2005, the Harry Potter Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that supports human rights related and other causes that Dumbledore and the Order would be proud of. As they say on their website, the HPA “fights the Dark Arts in the real world.” (Don’t you just love that? It makes me shiver a little.)

With the release of the new Harry Potter movie, the HPA is now taking on their biggest fight yet: the Deathly Hallows Campaign. In the nine months between now and the release of the final HP film, the HPA is asking Harryheads around the world to join them in their fight against seven real-life horcruxes (to be revealed in monthly announcements). The first one is the “Starvation Wages Horcrux,” which the HPA is fighting by sending around a petition and asking Harry fans to sign — and get their friends to sign too.

Check out this video about the HPA’s Deathly Hallows Campaign (including a reenactment of the Battle of Hogwarts!):

And there you have it: a round-up of continued Pottermania even as the movie release date becomes history. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m almost done listening to the audiobook of Deathly Hallows for the third time.

— Karen

Karen is sad she missed the wizarding duel in New York the night of the movie release. Luckily, she has nine months to get ready for the final film in July. Homemade Hufflepuff costume, anyone?

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Deathly Hallows Part 1 Movie Review

November 24th, 2010 by

Raise a glass of Butterbeer, because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 has finally hit theaters! And it made a whopping $125 million over opening weekend (we assume the money was quickly converted to Galleons and is now being stored safely at Gringotts).

Did the film deserve to make that much? Did it live up to the hype? And most importantly, did it live up to the book? Watch our video review to find out!

(PS – If you’re on the go — say, scouring the countryside for little pieces of Voldemort’s soul — don’t worry, you can still listen to our review. Just download the audio.)

Have you seen the movie? Leave a comment with YOUR review! We’d love to hear your responses to the seven questions we answered in our review:

  1. So… what did you think of the movie overall?
  2. What was your favorite part of the movie?
  3. Was there anything you didn’t like about the movie?
  4. Which scene were you most excited to see? (And did it live up to your expectations?)
  5. Is there anything in the movie that’s not in the book that you really enjoyed — or disliked?
  6. Will people who haven’t read the book enjoy this movie?
  7. How are you going to stay sane until Part 2 comes out?

Harry Potter Mania: The Next 7 Days

November 11th, 2010 by

As you might have noticed from our theme announcement earlier this week, Karen and I are gaga over all things Harry Potter — so much so that we’re devoting an entire month to it! And so has the rest of the world.

AS THEY SHOULD!

So here are some suggestions on how YOU can celebrate the awesome, magical, magnificent wonder of Harry Potter(ness):

Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14:
The ABC Family channel will be playing the previous Harry Potter movies and airing two exclusive clips from Harry Potter 7 Part 1. The first clip will debut during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on November 11 (that’s tonight!). The second clip will debut on November 12 during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The two scenes will then air throughout the rest of the weekend. (But if you can’t be glued to your TV, you can always wait for the clips to show up online. 😉 I sense some upcoming book-to-movie comparisons and dissection of the clips….)

Saturday, November 13 to Sunday, November 14:
The Quidditch World Cup in New York City! Now an equal-opportunity sport available to Muggles like ourselves.

Monday, November 15 (4 days left):
Prepare for the upcoming premiere by heading to the store Hot Topic, where they’ll carry HP-themed items. Or, make your own costume (here are my tips for Luna Lovegood).

Tuesday, November 16 (3 days left):
Construct a fort of your Harry Potter books and other Harry-Potter-like series. Hide inside fort and literally surround yourself with Harry Potter.

Wednesday, November 17 (2 days left):
Quick, take down that fort! What were you thinking, making a fort?! You need to re-read the series! It’s only about 4,224 pages, no big deal.

Thursday, November 18 (1 days left):
Start the day with 10 jumping jacks, a balanced breakfast, and a big smile. Try to subtly incorporate as much Harry Potter into your day-to-day life as possible. For instance:

Teacher: [Your Name], what is the answer to math question 6?
You: Psh, that’s easy. As my personal hero, Hermione Granger would say, 310.

Mom: Honey, could you set the table, please?
You: Sure, Mom! Ha ha, can you imagine if we were the Weasleys? There’d be an awful lot more dishes!

Your Friend: Hey, what are your plans for tonight?
You: I’M STANDING IN LINE FOR HARRY POTTER 7 PART 1. DUH! AND OBVIOUSLY YOU SHOULD STAND IN LINE WITH ME BECAUSE WE SHOULD SHARE THE THE AWESOME, MAGICAL, MAGNIFICENT WONDER OF HARRY POTTER TOGETHER.
[crickets chirp, awkward silence…]
Your Friend: YEAH, TOTALLY! I WAS JUST TESTING YOU. LIKE IN POTIONS CLASS (Snape-era, not Slughorn).

(Maybe this last one wasn’t so subtle.)

12 AM Midnight, Friday, November 19:
Make sure your eyes don’t blink for the next 150 minutes.

— Nancy

Nancy is pretty bummed that she and Karen won’t be watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 together. Despite putting it on their calendars literally one year ago, it just wasn’t meant to be. Like Neville and Luna. Give it up, Neville + Luna shippers.

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Breaking Book News: New Deathly Hallows Trailer

September 23rd, 2010 by

Gulping gargoyles! It’s here! It’s here it’s here it’s here it’s here it’s here! A new trailer for The Deathly Hallows: Part I, based of course on the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling!

But seriously, if you didn’t already know that, then you’re wasting your time reading this post. On the other hand, if you’re as big of a Harry head as I am, well, then you’re REALLY wasting your time by reading this instead of watching the video! So, here it is:

Video courtesy of Warner Bros., via The Leaky Cauldron

Sweeter than a Chocolate Frog, no?

I definitely clapped my hands and squealed out loud while watching the new trailer (yes, all by myself in my apartment). And then, of course, I watched it all over again. And again. And now I’ve watched it four times — which is how many times I’ve experience the book, btw: twice reading it and twice listening to the audiobook. (What? Me? Obsessed? I don’t know what you’re talking about.)

Obviously I’m head over heels for the whole trailer, but I think it really gets going around 1:06 when Kingsley’s patronus arrives at the wedding to announce, “They’re coming.” Just like in the book, that’s when all heck breaks loose, and I love it!

I’m also impressed by the segment at 1:27, when Harry and Ron are fighting. Comparing their acting to the early movies, it looks like they’ve really improved — which will be incredibly important for capturing all the intense stuff that goes down in Book 7. For example, this image of Harry and Hermione visiting Harry’s parents’ graves is very touching.

Speaking of which, for a better look at all your favorite scenes, check out the image gallery at The Leaky Cauldron. It’s definitely worth its weight in galleons!

ZOMG, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE! Unfortunately, I guess I’ll have to, since I can’t travel into the future. So now my big question is: should I re-read the book right before I see the film? That’s what I’ve done for all the others, but it does kind of ruin the magic (pun intended) because then I end up comparing the movie to the book while I’m watching. What do you guys think?

And, of course, leave a comment telling me YOUR opinions on this new trailer. Love it? Hate it? Favorite parts? Surprises? A knut for your thoughts! (Hee hee.)

— Karen

Karen saw the first Harry Potter movie when she was in college. So that makes her how old? Let’s just put it this way: she’s waaaaaaaaaaay older than you, but she ain’t got nothin’ on Dumbledore!

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Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

February 9th, 2010 by

harry_potter_deathly_hallowsReviewed by: Nathan, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is a great book I think it is awsome there is so much detail and I love it.