Book review: a brilliant crime thriller in ‘The Silkworm’

As you may know, J.K. Rowling has branched out somewhat since the Harry Potter series. Aside from The Casual Vacancy (which received lukewarm reviews), she has developed the highly popular Cormoran Strike series under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith. The series has been well received, and is soon to be dramatised by the BBC. Having read the first and third books in the series (The Cuckoo’s Calling and Career of Evil respectively), I was eagerly awaiting reading the second book, The Silkworm – and I was not disappointed.

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Philosophy in Harry Potter

Dobby
Dobby the free elf. Copyright Warner Bros Studios

At first glance, the Harry Potter series seems like a bit of fun, an interesting and diverting read, but with no serious meaning. Upon closer inspection however, it carries several weighty philosophical truisms and beliefs.

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Top 5 supporting Harry Potter characters

Everyone who has read Harry Potter loved it. In particular people love Harry/Ron/Hermione (delete as appropriate), or all three. It’s a shoo-in that they are people’s favourites, they are the ones the book is about and have the most time in the story dedicated to them. But those who are often overlooked are the supporting characters, the Professor Flitwicks and the Oliver Woods. They are the everyday heroes who make up the magical world who are too often overlooked. No more I say! For today, I shall recognise the top five supporting Harry Potter characters, no more shall they be ignored in the shadows, they shall come forth and receive the acclaim!

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A Quote a Day challenge

"Begone foul wizard"
Albus Dumbledore, head of Hogwarts. Image credit to Warner Bros, sourced from harrypotter.wikia.com

Before I start the challenge, I would like to link to a piece of Sherlock fan fiction which I wrote today, which I would really appreciate people reading. Thank you!

I’ve been nominated for this challenge twice, and whilst I do not tend to do blog awards and the like, I think doing a challenge which sounds enjoyable is a rather different kettle of fish. So without further ado, I present the Quote a day challenge (condensed into one day due to time constraints).  Thank you very much to Ritu from But I Smile Anyway… and Gaurav Chaplot for nominating me for this challenge.

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New Harry Potter novel-exclusive leak

The cover of J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter book
The cover of J.K. Rowling’s new Harry Potter book

J.K. Rowling has a new book. A new book in her multimillion selling series to be precise. To celebrate the 25 years ago that Rowling came up with the idea for a character who goes by the name of ‘Harry Potter’, she will release this limited edition novel, and here at The Book Blogger we have had access to an exclusive leak, we managed to gain a a sneak peak at both the proposed cover and the blurb. Even more exclusively, we will reveal here for the first time the proposed title…

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