Harry Potter and the Anniversary

In the spirit of the of the day, I thought I’d share some thoughts. Harry Potter has always had a special place in my life. It was the first book I read that had made me want to write.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – JK Rowling

It’s a painful cliché you will have seen all day today, but the years I have spent with Harry Potter in my life have had a real impact on me. I am glad of it.

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An Inspiration

Adrian Tchaikovsky is one of the few authors I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. It’s not too common having authors not from Ireland doing signings here. It’s something I feel we need to improve on (we actually are working on that *cough* Dublin2019 *cough*).

I met Adrian three years ago, now. I was in charge of the Literature Society of my university at the time. I absolutely abused the system to invite a personal hero of mine over, and I don’t regret it for a second. He helped me in ways I never thought I needed to be helped. While I wanted to simply meet one of my favourite authors, it turned out to be so much more for me. Adrian is a giant of a man. He’s tall and broad, and when I met him, I was intimidated at first. However, within seconds of talking to him, you’ll find he is a gentleman. Continue reading

Some Beginner Fantasy books

Fantasy fiction is important. It is now one of the most culturally significant forms of entertainment since the cultural phenomenon that is HBO’s Game of Thrones took the world by storm. The adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s seminal A Song of Ice and Fire has put magic and dragons on the forefront of cultural consciousness. There hasn’t been anything so purely epic fantasy this popular since Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the Lord of the Rings.

However epic fantasy is just a small part of the whole genre. J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is without a doubt one of the most popular series of books and movie series of all time. It has become part of society. References to the series are everywhere, and most people understand those references. Wands, wizards, quidditch, Voldemort, ‘expelliarmus’, and the lightning scar are all well known aspects of the series, that without reading most people will know they’re from Harry Potter, or at least associate them with Harry Potter.

Fantasy is more than A Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. The purpose of this article is to share, what I believe (based on the books I have read, personally, along with some recommendations from r/Fantasy on Reddit).

Below you will find eight books I think are a great way for people who have maybe watched Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Rings to step a little further into the genre of fantasy.

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