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Easter Combo: The Magical Duo!

So here it is; another sorry. (Yikes!) I guess you guys get a bit tired of these, but I gotta apologize for skipping the reviews over during Easter. Well, let’s not plain talk. Make way for the Easter Combo: The Magical Duo! In reality it’s actually two books from series that you guys have met: Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Potterheads, start cheering! Percy Forevers, whoop! So why don’t we get a head start from the boring details. Books, books, more books!

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

Harry is more than glad to start his second year at Hogwarts; Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia fear him and has reverted to pretending he was invisible, and Dudley is as obnoxious as ever, if not a safe distance away. However, a surprise visit from Dobby the house elf puts him in the doghouse. Escaping to the sanctuary of the Weasley’s Burrow, he thinks that things are back to normal, but another surprise awaits him. At Platform 9 and 3/4, he and Ron are stuck. When they finally arrive at Hogwarts via Mr. Weasley’s flying car, they are on the line. Harry tries his best not to get into any trouble, but a mysterious journal in the abandoned girls’ toilet. Harry is fascinated with the journal and he soon discovers its magic: It has a life of it’s own. Harry exchanges questions Tom Riddle, the owner of the journal, through it’s magic. When strange things start happening at Hogwarts, the diary is mysteriously stolen from his dormitory. Ominous warnings about the banishment of Mudbloods appear, and spiders are to be seen everywhere, escaping into the Forbidden Forest. Harry keeps hearing voices enaminating from the walls, using his gift of Parseltongue. Hermione is Petrified, and the only clue that she has left Harry and Ron is a crumpled page about the basilisk. There is only one word to lead them on: PIPES. Rumours are flying everywhere, but is the Chamber of Secrets truly open?

PERCY JACKSON AND THE TITAN’S CURSE

Percy didn’t ask for anything, but without meaning it his crazy world had just turned crazier. Two powerful demigods, a manticore, Annabeth missing, and an unexpected encounter with the Hunters of Artemis was definitely¬†not asked for. Especially not staying with them back at Camp Half-Blood. Once back at camp, Percy keeps having nightmares about Annabeth being imprisoned in a dark cavern and the General. Percy has gone to the Oracle for answers, but only during a “friendly” game of capture the flag does the Oracle finally appear. Out of the attic for the first time in hundreds of years, the mummy speaks a worrying prophecy of a group of five, combined of Hunters and campers, off to save Artemis. One is to die in the land without water, and another is to perish at a parents hand. Percy can’t go on the quest, not with Thalia also being a daughter of Zeus, children of one of the Big Three. But he yearns to go after Annabeth, and after a monster rescue under Long Island Sound, he has set his heart. He sets off to join the quest of four invisibly while one of the chosen Hunters remains at camp. But can they succeed on their quest, and will the two lost demigods be only two of many that are going to die?

 


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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: All star!

Read years ago, this magical book by J.K. Rowling keeps drifting back. Harry is a special boy. But he doesn’t think so. He is his cousin Dudley’s “punching bag” at a normal occurrence, and is barely recognised by his “Muggle” aunt and uncle. A couple of days before his eleventh birthday, strange things start happening. Owls are out in the daytime, and he keeps receiving the same letter, despite his Uncle Vernon’s best efforts. Driven beyond the point of madness, Uncle Vernon tries an escapade to a shack on a small rock outcrop a little ways out to sea. Woken in the middle of the night, Harry counts down to his birthday on Dudley’s watch. As it reached midnight, the shack’s door is kicked open with a deafening BANG! There stands a giant of a man, who introduced himself as Hagrid. He delivers and extraordinary message… “Harry, you are a wizard.” And so begins Harry’s new life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, accompanied by his friends Ron and Hermione. But Voldemort, the darkest wizard of the century, is on the move. Can Harry save the Stone before it’s too late?