Real Neat Blog Award

Hello dear readers, welcome to my take on the Real Neat Blog Award. I was tagged by the wonderful Lauren over at Lala’s Book Reviews. If you don’t follow her already please do. She is a terrific YA Blogger and reads some amazing books you’re going to want to add to your TBR.

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate some bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

Lauren’s Questions:

What was the thing that made you feel like an actual blogger?

Honestly, I am not sure if I have had this feeling yet. I always feel a little bit out of the blogging world because I don’t read 10+ books a month. I’m lucky if I have time to finish one or two, while others read these amazing series I know I never will. Plus, I don’t like Booktube at all and I feel like that leaves me out of a lot of conversations.

Do you have any particular reading habits?

I really like reading on the elevator. It’s a bit odd, but I take an elevator 6-12 times a day. If you account for stopping on one or two extra floors, plus the fact that I live on the 23rd floor of my building, you can imagine how much reading I get done on the elevator each day.


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Do you write about anything other than books on your blog? If so, what?

I review manga almost every month, but that’s pretty much a book. Other than that I review some anime, movies, and TV shows.

What is the sweetest book you’ve read this year?

I don’t really have an answer to this other than maybe Priory of the Orange tree. It had some nice romantic moments if that’s what “sweet” means.


Which author would you love to hang out with for a day?

Dr Seuss. I know nothing about him, but I think he would be a lot of fun to spend a day with. See how he reacts to the world and how he sees it.

What fictional world would you love to visit but not live in?

The world of Fullmetal Alchemist. I think it would be amazing to see alchemy happen around around me, and maybe even do a bit of it myself.

Who are some of your favorite blogger/booktubers?

Like I mentioned before, I don’t like booktube too much. I don’t know why, but I have a big thing about voices, and if someones voice annoys me I can’t watch their videos, plus I don’t care too much about what they read because I know I’ll never read them.

I do enjoy a lot of book bloggers though, which you can find a list of here: 5 Bloggers You’ll Want to Follow

My Questions:

  1. If you could only read one colored book for the rest of time what would it be?
  2. What is one book you wish you had never read?
  3. Dogs or cats?
  4. Which celebrity would you want to narrate your future (or make believe) book?
  5. What country’s authors do you want to read/read more of?
  6. What Shadowhunter family do you think you’d belong to?
  7. What is your favourite recipe that you use?

Tagging:

Book of Air Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!


How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in one of the four following tags: Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you
  • Callback to the creator of the tag: Andrew @ On My Bookshelf 
  • Answer the 7 questions below
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 3 other bloggers.
  • Spread the love and read other’s posts

This is the fourth of four tags in the Avatar Blogger Award. It has been a lot of fun writing and posting these tags, and I wish you best of luck if you pursue the Award for yourself.

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Air Readers live in remote settlements, often in the side of a mountain.
Where is your favourite place to read, feel free to share pictures!

I don’t really have a special reading nook or a comfy chair. I try to sneak in reading here and there. I’m often reading a page or two while I am cooking dinner, brushing my teeth, or even as I am doing dishes.

I probably read the most in bed while I get ready in the morning, or for the twenty minutes I set aside before bed.


After the 100 Year War, Avatar Aang and the Air Acolytes had to rebuild the Air Readers order, almost from nothing. 
If you could start a book or series over again, re-experiencing all the awesome moments, which book or series would it be?

I would definitely pick the Stormlight Archive series. There are so many moments that literally had me cheering out loud. I want to experience that joy and excitement again.


The orange clothing is one of the many things that make Air Readers easily recognizable. 
What are some of your orange covered books.

I only have one book with an orange cover. I think orange is a beautiful color, but underused in a lot of things.


Air Readers, male and female, shave off some or all of their hair to reveal their tattoos underneath. 
Do you have any hardcover books with a beautiful cover that is hidden by the dust jacket?

Unfortunately upon further examination, I don’t own that many books with beautiful hardcovers. They’re all a little bland, but I kind of like the Steelheart, Firefight, and Calamity books by Brandon Sanderson. They’re simple but I like the single letter on the black book cover.


An Air Reader’s best friend is their sky bison.
What bookish animal/companion would you want to be your best friend?

Old Dan and Little Ann from Where the Red Fern Grows. Two loyal raccoon hunting dogs. Who could ask for a better companion to have by my side?


Avatar Aang was the inventor of the Air scooter, and all Air Benders worth their salt must master it if they want to have some fun racing it.
What is one book you recently had a lot of fun reading?

I actually just finished this book last night. I received it as part of a Book Tour and it is probably my favourite YA series, or definitely top three. It is called Knightmare Arcanist. It has magic, pirates, and mystery. It is a lot of fun exploring the world and piecing together the magical powers each character has, and how it ties into the world around them.


One of the forms of air bending is projecting your spirit.
If you could live in any book world, what world would you choose?

Again, I think this might have to be the Knightmare Arcanist. I really love the concept behind the magic system; bonding with a certain magical creature/entity (phoenix, kraken, unicorn, etc.) and gaining magical powers based off of their abilities.

Assuming I would be lucky enough to become a magic user, I think I would pick this world.


I Tag:
The Tattooed Book Geek
JenJen Reviews
Sophia Ismaa
Tessa Talks Books
Yna the Mood Reader

If you have made it this far, you have mastered the element of Water, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

Book of Fire Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in one of the four following tags: Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you
  • Answer the 7 questions below
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 3 other bloggers.
  • Spread the love and read other’s posts

For more great bookish content, make sure to follow me on social media!
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For the two previous tags, click here.

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Stepping into the Fire Nation might overwhelm you with all the red everywhere; clothes, buildings, banners.
Let’s see those pretty red book covers!


The Fire Kingdom is warm, with plenty of places for a tropical vacation., possibly even close to a volcano.
You won a prize for a trip to a tropical location. Where are you going and what books are you bringing with you?

Well I don’t really have a choice on this one, because my girlfriend would make me pick Hawaii, but I would be okay with a view like this:

Bamboo temple - Picture of Maui Eco Retreat, Haiku - Tripadvisor

I would probably bring a Wheel of Time book and my iPad since I have four books I need to read on there for different tours/personal interests.


The Agni-Kai. A high-stakes duel between two Fire Writers to defend their honour. 
What book would you defend till the end, even though others may hate it?

I don’t think a lot of people will ever hate this series, but I would defend the Redwall series till my dying breath. It got me into reading fantasy and it has always been dear to my heart.


Fire is a dangerous element and even the most skilled writers are at risk for getting burned. The Fire Writer Lord Zuko is a perfect example.
What is one book that has touched who you are, and will stay with you forever?

I think the Starlight Archive will stick with me forever. There are so many meanings that come from events and quotes in that book, that I know I will remember it forever. My future tattoo will actually be something that came from the books.


The origin of fire writing was to use the fire as an extension of the body, like it was a part of you. 
What is one bookish accessory or piece of memorabilia you can’t live without?

I don’t really have one specific one, but I’m really liking my Straw Hat Crew Funko Pops. I plan on getting the entire crew one day, but I like having their big heads popping up on my shelves.


A skilled fire writer can use fire to propel themselves through the air, almost as if they were flying.
Are there any books you are looking forward to reading?

Oh I could probably list a few dozen in this case, but that wouldn’t be interesting. I am really looking forward to reading the Witcher series as well as the Legacy of Ash series.


Fire bending is the only form of bending where you create the element out of nothing.
If you could make the perfect book, what would be included; 10 words or less?

Magic, trilogy, world building, monsters, romance, death, betrayal, books.


I am tagging:
I’m All Booked Up
Erin – Lavish Literature
Ash – For the Love of Books
Debbie – Debbie’s Library

If you have made it this far, you have mastered the element of Water, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

Book of Earth Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

Hello dear readers, this is the second part of the four part tag series to become the Avatar Blogger! If you are interested in being tagged, let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in one of the four following tags: Book of Water, Book of Earth, Book of Fire, Book of Air.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you
  • Answer the 7 questions below
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 5 bloggers.

Book of Water Tag

Of all the nations in the Avatar world, the Earth Kingdom is the largest in size.
What are your three largest books?

Unsurprisingly, the three Stormlight Archives books are my longest three books. They’re all over 1,000 pages, and I expect the fourth one to be up there when it finally comes out too! Check out my list of my 10 Longest Books.


Ba Sing Se, the capital of the Earth Kingdom, has absolutely beautiful walls that have stood the test of time.
What book would you leave buried in a time capsule, to be opened by someone you don’t know 30 years from now?

OOH good question Andrew, this is actually really tough. I think I would have to go with a tried and true series that I will forever hold in my heart; the Redwall Series. I think they are under appreciated, in my bookish world at least, and they were a major part of turning me into the reader that I am today. I think people even 30 years from now can appreciate their values.


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Citizens of the Earth Reviewers are recognized by their green attire.
Share some of your books that have a green cover.

I actually own very few mostly green book covers, but here are some with at least a splash of green!


Though many people of the Earth Reviewers live in large cities, a lot of its citizens are migratory people.
What book did you DNF the quickest, and why did you give up on it?

I’ve never actually DNF’d a book before. I have a self rule that if I start a book, movie, or TV season, I have to finish it. I can always find something that I like about it. If theres a second book, season or movie, I might not continue with them, but I will always finish the ones I started watching or reading.


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Any Avatar or Earth Reviewer would be honored to be taught by Toph, the creator of metal bending, and close friend to Avatar Aang.
Which author, dead or alive, would you love to sit down with for a meal?

I think I would pick Robert Jordan. He is the author of one of my top two book series; The Wheel of Time, and seeing as he has passed away, I would love to just fanboy over how amazing his world is and how much it has inspired me as a hopeful future writer.


Earth Reviewing relies on standing strong and outlasting your opponent, looking for the perfect moment to strike. 
What is one book you had on your TBR on too long, and you wish you had read sooner?

Hands down, Priory of the Orange Tree. I bought it on a whim because I saw people gushing over it on Twitter, but always put it to the back of my TBR pile. I’m mad at myself for doing that because I would definitely consider it one of my top 10 favourite books right now, and Samantha Shannon is one of my favourite authors.


Iroh, a friend to the Avatar and one of the wisest men you’ll meet referred to the Earth as the element of substance. 
If you were skilled at making one thing, whether its artsy, music related, or more home improvement focused, what would it be?

I would really like to be good at making things out of wood. You know, desks, chairs, tables, etc. I just think there is a hidden beauty there that is so simple, and practical, but heavily under appreciated.


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If you have made it this far, then you have mastered the element of Earth, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

I tag the following:
Ellie @ Elanor Sophie Writes
Stephen @ Stephen Writes
Alice @ Love for Words
Lauren @ Lala’s Book Reviews
Joanna @ The Geekish Brunette


Book of Water Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

Hello dear readers, I hope you are as excited about this as I am. I came up with this idea for a blogging award. I want it to get readers excited about doing tags and get them looking for the other three.

I will be posting a tag week by week in order, so if you’re looking for the other three, they may not be out yet!

If you want to stay updated with the future tags, make sure to follow me on social media!
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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in the four following tags: Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you.
  • Callback to the creator of the tag: Andrew @ On My Bookshelf.
  • Answer the 7 questions below.
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 3 other bloggers.
  • Spread the love and read other posts!

The young men of the water tribe often give a betrothal necklace to the women they intend to marry. 
What is your favorite book couple, or what two characters do you wish could be together?

I think my favourite book couple is Clare and Jaime Fraser. Nothing like love transcending time itself right? We can all hope to love and be loved like that I think.


Water tribe members are often recognizable by their blue clothing.
What are some of your beautiful blue book covers?


The first water benders learned to bend from watching the moon move the oceans.
Share a book you have with the moon on the cover or in the title.


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Master water benders can use it fluidly to go from attacking to defending, giving it great diversity.
What genres do you like to read the most, and what is appealing about each of them?

Looking at my recent reads, all I’ve read for the past while is Fantasy. There are so many reasons why I love fantasy, and if you want to see them, read this post. Otherwise I’ve been reading some non-fiction lately and it has been really eye opening. I like reading different perspectives than my own.


Both the Northern and Southern Water Tribes live close to the spirit portals, meaning they live in harmony with nature.
Share pictures of one location in your country you’d like to inspire the setting of a book. 

Western Canada National Parks

This is Jasper National Park in Canada. I’m thinking its either the location of a spy base or the setting of a stranded type survival story.


Healing, ice, water, blood, cloud and plant bending are all forms of water bending, with a range of skills in each.
What is your favourite aspect of being a blogger?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I think my favourite thing about blogging is the reading. That sounds lame I’m sure, but being a book blogger has made me read books I normally wouldn’t have picked on my own, and it’s had ups and downs, but overall it has been very fun.


Blood bending is considered an evil form of water bending, allowing you to manipulate the blood in a person’s body.
Who is your favourite book villain?

Iago, from the Shakespeare play Othello is my favourite I think. He is described as “the worst villain is the one who knows you best—the one you might even love.” He is a fantastic villain and a dangerous trickster.

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If you have made it this far, you have mastered the element of Water, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

I am tagging:
Kat @ Kbookreviews
Amy @ Read.Dream.Live
Ren @ A Bookish Balance

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I really hope people continue with this and pursue the Avatar Blogger Award.

The Battle of the Wizards: Dumbledore vs. Gandalf

Hello dear readers, I have come back with another literary showdown between two old-ass characters. These two gentlemen are some of the best known characters in all of literature in my opinion.

They’re very similar in terms of appearance: wear grayish robes, long beards and long hair. Both of them are also much older than a normal human should be.

Obviously they are both strong in their own worlds, and it is probably impossible to determine just how strong they are, so their “power levels” against each other won’t be considered.

What I will consider are 5 different things:

  • Their importance to their respective stories
  • Their role as a teacher/guide
  • Their legacy after the story
  • Their power within their own stories
  • Their “badassery”

If you have any other ideas for a VS. battle between two authors, two books, two series, two characters, or two anything, let me know!

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Round 1: How important are they to the story?

It’s obvious that both Dumbledore and Gandalf are important to their respective stories. They both serve as a mentor to the main characters, and really help drive the story along. The question is, who is the more important character? Whose story would be so vastly different without them?

Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts, and arch enemy to Voldemort. He is believed to be the most powerful wizard when he was alive, and was the oldest character we knew of. BUT, if you strip away the layers, Dumbledore isn’t the only one driving the story forward. Sure, he is the main reason Harry is able to defeat Voldemort, but without the rest of the Order of the Phoenix, a lot of the story wouldn’t be possible. The events of the books could have gone on if Dumbledore wasn’t in the picture.

Gandalf is basically a god in Middle Earth. He is of some level of power where he is more powerful than pretty much anything we see in the Lord of the Rings world. He sets Bilbo off on his quest, and then guides Frodo and the rest of the fellowship on their journey to destroy the ring. Though there are plenty of events outside of his control, Gandalf is a key factor in the ring being destroyed.

The winner of this round: Gandalf

Though Dumbledore is crucial to defeating Voldemort, the rest of the Order of the Phoenix could have done some significant damage on their own. Even if they were unable to “kill” Voldemort, they could have at least detained him theoretically.

Gandalf on the other hand is the sole reason that the Lord of the Rings trilogy is able to happen. He puts Bilbo’s quest into action, which puts the Ring and Frodo into their paths. If the Ring hadn’t been found and destroyed, the entire world would have been overtaken by orcs.


Round 2: Who is the better “mentor”?

Obviously Dumbledore and Gandalf are the respective “mentors” in their stories. They influence the main characters and help shape them to be the people they are at the end of their stories.

Dumbledore is literally a teacher, and shows Harry the ways to defeat Voldemort. He teaches him literal magic, and helps not only Harry, but everyone around him as well. Though he is absent at times, and neglectful at others, he ultimately knows how most scenarios will turn out. Whether this could be seen as abuse, or teachable moments, Dumbledore shapes the lives of the trio a lot more than they may realize.

Gandalf, though not technically a “teacher” is similar to Dumbledore in that he shapes those around him. He especially guides Frodo and the other Hobbits, but his teachings don’t stop with them. He influences the other members of the Fellowship as well. He doesn’t have any formal lessons that he teaches, but he does impart his vast knowledge onto those around him.

The winner of this round: Dumbledore

I think Dumbledore takes this round quite easily. He is a literal teacher and his “lessons” are much more obvious than Gandalf’s. Dumbledore literally teaches Harry about the Horcruxes and other magic as well. Not only that, because he knows what is going to happen in most of the books, he helps guide those around him and let them learn from what needs to be done. I think the lessons that Dumbledore teaches are more impactful than Gandalf’s.

Gandalf doesn’t so much as teach as he does provide a sense of security. He is seen as a guiding beacon to the Hobbits, which is what they need on their quest.

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Round 3: Their legacy

The actions that both Dumbledore and Gandalf take have long-lasting effects on the story. Even in death, their legacies can be seen after the stories are done.

Dumbledore dies before the story is over, but because of what he did, the Order of the Phoenix was able to defeat Voldemort and his army. Though he doesn’t do much after his death, Dumbledore inspired hundreds of students and was known to be one of the most powerful wizards. We don’t hear much of his legacy once the story is over, but we can only imagine the long-lasting effects of his actions. Who knows, maybe he will continue to help those at Hogwarts through his picture that is put up on the walls.

Gandalf does make it to the end of the story, after coming back from the dead once. He eventually leaves the realms of men, and takes a ship with Frodo to the west, with the elves and other ring-bearers. We also don’t get much of his legacy after the story, but even through the books we don’t see the long lasting effects of what he does. He has a pivotal role in destroying the ring, so I guess you could say he is much more important than Dumbledore is.

The winner of this round: Gandalf

Gandalf is just on a bigger scale, which gives him an advantage. He literally helps save the entire world, and for that he is definitely more important. His actions leave much longer-lasting results for his story than Dumbledore’s do. Whether he knew it or not, him choosing Bilbo meant that the Ring of Power would be found, and eventually destroyed.


Round 4: Who is the bigger badass?

When you’re an all-powerful wizard, chances are you’re also a bad ass. You’ve got spells to use that would knock the average person’s socks off. You’ve got a cool pet, or you make some pretty sweet fireworks. There are plenty of things that can make you a certified bad ass.

We see Dumbledore show this several times. Going toe to toe with Voldemort in the Ministry of Magic, stopping Grindewald, sacrificing his life to destroy a Horcrux, escaping with the flames of his pet phoenix, living till an ungodly age for a human, and just being Dumbledore. He often knew how things would play out before they came to be, and he did it all with plenty of flair.

Gandalf on the other hand, has some wicked fireworks at his disposal. I mean he made one that turned into a dragon. If that were possible I would definitely go to see that. He is friends with the lord of all horses, and is older than some of the other gods in the world. He goes toe to toe with a Balrog, is best friends with the Lord of all Horses, and saved the Mountain Eagle King a time or two.

The winner of this round: Dumbledore

This was a tough choice, but taking into account the two wizards in their respective worlds, I have to give it to Dumbledore, and only by a hair. It’s his attitude that is putting him over the edge. I’d say they are basically on the same level, but Dumbledore offers just a hint of style that Gandalf doesn’t really show. Plus, Gandalf is most often dealing with mortals, and it doesn’t give him a true chance to shine.


Round 5: How strong are they?

Head to head, Gandalf would win this round no issue. Nothing short of Avada Kadavra could stop him, and we aren’t even sure that would work. So, instead we will compare how strong they are in respect to their own worlds.

Dumbledore is immensely powerful, stopping two dark wizards; Grindewald and Voldemort, and surviving to be around 150 years old. There’s no power scale or anything that we can base him off of, but we don’t get to see any wizards that could stop him in his prime. Plus, he was the wielder of the elder wand, the most powerful wand in all of existence.

Gandalf on the other hand is an immortal spirit, older than almost anything we see in Middle Earth. He could destroy the ring and have defeated Smaug singlehandedly most likely, but knows it is not his job to do it. Instead, he knows he needs to be a guide along the path instead of the one paving the way. He defeats a Balrog and stops Sauruman, and wields one of the rings of power.

The winner of this round: Gandalf

Gandalf is just an anomaly in his story. There are so few that are near him in power that he could kill thousands in an instant.

Dumbledore is a great wizard in his own right, but he does not stand that far above the rest. One or two other wizards could probably take him down, while it would take something of equal power to stop Gandalf.

THE WINNER IS: GANDALF


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I think this was a close matchup overall. It’s tough to compare them considering their different stories, but I think Gandalf is the better wizard comparatively, because he is just so much above the rest of his world.

What do you think? Do you think Dumbledore or Gandalf is the better wizard? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived: A Character Analysis

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Hello dear readers, I hope you are doing well. Today I am going to give you a new post idea that I am excited for.

I wanted to do a character analysis on some of the more famous characters in literature. This won’t be anything that goes into the nitty gritty details, but it will have some depth to it, so I hope you enjoy!

The first will be about someone I would argue is in the top 10 most well-known book characters of all time.

These are opinions are my own, and I understand some may disagree with them. If you do, let’s talk about it!

From the beginning, Harry is a loyal lapdog to Dumbledore. He sees that Dumbledore is often right, and knows more about what is going on, so Harry decides to put his absolute trust in Dumbledore. Even when being loyal to Dumbledore gets him into trouble, Harry follows him without question.

Harry creates an order of underage wizards, calling them Dumbledore’s Army, to fight against the rising threat of Voldemort. Of all the magical items, beings, and creatures in his world, he names his army after the man he looks up to the most.

When Dumbledore ultimately dies, Harry is determined to follow in his footsteps, and fulfilling his destiny of defeating Voldemort.

This loyalty to Dumbledore is supplemented with his loyalty to his friends, Ron and Hermione. He befriends them in his first year of Hogwarts, and only grows closer to them as the years go on. Though he is loyal to them, and trusts them completely, he sees them more of an equal than a mentor.

It is because of these three relationships that Harry grows into a curious, determined, brave wizard, one fitting the Gryffindor name…

But what does being a Gryffindor ultimately mean? It’s one simple word. Brave.

The only real requirement to be considered a Gryffindor is bravery, but that’s a vague ideal. Bravery can mean many things. Cedric Diggory was brave, but ultimately he wasn’t Gryffindor. All those who joined the DA? Yeah, some were Gryffindor, but some weren’t. They were all brave because they knew they could get into trouble.

We know that Harry should have been a Slytherin, but he told the hat he wanted to be anything but. The next natural choice? The house he almost perfectly fits into.

Harry isn’t particularly smart, he’s not overly skilled at anything but flying a broom, and I would argue he is slightly better than average in a fight.

Then what makes him a good main character? Despite all his flaws, he is brave. He is always the first out of the gate, whether it’s chasing down the Dark Lord, going to his death in the Forbidden Forest, or running through Platform 9 3/4 after just discovering magic.

His bravery is the one thing that holds him above the rest, and his loyalty to his friends, to Dumbledore, and to his destiny are accounts to that.


If you tear away all of the Boy Who Lived prophecy talk about Harry, and look at who he is as a wizard, he is extremely ordinary. He pales in comparison to the famous witches and wizards we hear of. Dumbledore, Voldemort, Snape, McGonnagal. They’re all amazing at what they do, but Harry isn’t. Harry wouldn’t be special in any sense of the word if it wasn’t for his destiny.

I would even argue it is because his destiny, that he is who he is. He grew up not knowing anything about his true self, but when he finally discovers it, he lets it shape him. He lets it fill his every fiber and turn him into the true Gryffindor.

We lose sight of how unremarkable Harry really is when he arrives at Hogwarts.

When he is with the Dursleys, he is treated like trash, but he is definitely far from special. There’s nothing about him that stands out other than he is abused and mistreated. When he gets to Hogwarts, the tides change and suddenly he is like a hero out of legend.

The Boy Who Lived is whispered around the halls, and suddenly he’s the hero of a world he never knew existed. It takes some time, but not much until Harry experiences confidence in himself.

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With his newfound fame and confidence, Harry could become the next Lockhart, boasting about his accomplishment.

Instead he doesn’t. He doesn’t particularly like his fame. He treats those that could be seen as less than him, as equals. He detests Malfoy’s use of the word Mudblood, he treats a house elf with kindness and respect, he doesn’t detest Filch as a squib.


But with this internal sense of respect, Harry also has an internal sense of what is right and wrong, often to the point of putting himself and loved ones in danger.

He doesn’t let others tell him what to do, he decides for himself. If it means breaking the rules for the greater good? Then so be it.

Harry decides what is right and what is wrong, and often answers the evil with violence. We rarely see him think before acting. Whenever Harry needs to think to solve a problem, he has Ron, Hermione, or any one of his Hogwarts friends and allies to help him.

Instead of coming up with a plan to defeat his enemies, Harry is often lucky, or gets help from someone. It is rare that he thinks a problem through before acting.


But that is part of what makes Harry the hero that he is. He isn’t special in a lot of ways, but he is loyal and he is trusting. He has allies that he can rely on and that rely on him. Friends, classmates, mentors, family. He has people beside him almost every step of the way to lift him up when he needs the help.

Sirius, the Weasleys, Hermione, Ron, Lupin. These and many more help Harry, whether it is through connections in the past, or a connection to Harry.

Harry’s true power isn’t being the most powerful wizard. His true power is uniting people, and relying on each other to vanquish the darkness. He never had a true family, but the love of his parents, and the family he makes through his time at Hogwarts is what helps him defeat Voldemort.


With his reliance on others, comes weakness. Harry isn’t perfect, he is human. He gets angry. He gets stressed. He falls in love. He feels the wait of Umbridge’s reign of Hogwarts.

It is the weakness that makes him relatable. It makes him someone who can be understood, someone that readers can see themselves as.

Harry loses many friends and family members along the way. Family he never knew, family he came to love over time, and family he only realized he had when it was too late.

These losses make Harry a stronger person. They hurt him, but at the same time they mold him, shape him into who he is. The losses show him that life is painful, that it isn’t all magical as he sometimes forgets.

Harry could give up at any point in his many years at Hogwarts. Each year he struggles with friends, school, and is constantly fighting for his life. He rarely has a moment of rest, but that was Voldemort’s mistake. Each struggle, each battle, each hardship gives Harry the strength he needs to endure, and an ally that will support him till the end.


A lot can be taken away from studying Harry’s character, whether good or bad. Some say he is too headstrong, acting without thinking, and other potentially harmful behaviour.

Others see Harry as a good example, one who follows through with his actions, is a loyal friend and will do what he believes is good.

Everyone will have their own opinions, and they are welcome to.

Personally I am not a fan of the Harry Potter series as a whole, but I do realize that it is something that a lot of people love.

It has lessons that can be learned, it has characters that can be aspired to, it has ideals that can be upheld.

What do you think of Harry. Was he someone you looked up to, or was he a brash fool. I don’t think there is one correct answer to this, so let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media.
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