Taking All the Hogwarts Sorting Quizzes!

One of my favorite vloggers on Youtube is Tessa Netting as she is the ultimate Harry Potter fangirl. She posted a video where she decided to take the Buzzfeed Harry Potter sorting quizzes to see what her responses would be. I wanted to turn this concept into this blog post. In Tessa’s video, her results didn’t align with her house, so I’m curious if this happens to me

Before reading my post, I highly recommend viewing the original video and following Tessa on Youtube. She is truly a breath of fresh air.

**Quizzes were all made by Buzzfeed**

Sorting Quiz To Tell You Which Hogwarts House You Will Be In.

Quiz Link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/accurate-af-sorting-quiz

Phoenix Feather all the way!
Few close friends for sure.

My Results are…

I’m still a True Hufflepuff at 29%. I’m shocked to see my second rated house is Gryffindor. If I had to pick, I think Ravenclaw would be the second choice.

Pick My Favorite Disney Characters and We Shall Sort Your Hogwarts House!

Quiz Link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hattiemad/pick-some-disney-character-and-well-tell-you-whic-c6q6dyxgey

Belle has always been my favorite Disney Princess

My Results are…

Slytherin!?!!? I didn’t even choose villains. I picked Ariel, Simba, Woody and other nice characters. Fascinating.. not sure about this one.

Choose a Food in Every Color and We Will Reveal Your Hogwarts House

Quiz Link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/cchen6389/well-tell-you-which-hogwarts-house-you-truly-belo-b3dggbk2gp

Not picking Pumpkin Pie for Orange? How Dare You.
Rainbow Cookies with Sprinkles of some sort? Yes please!

Hufflepuff, yay! This is the second quiz where I have resulted in my true house.

Rate The Romantic Pairings & We Will Choose Your House

Quiz Link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/actually-voldemort/rate-these-ships-and-well-tell-you-your-true-hogw-8twprsu9pb

Never!!!
100% one of the best OTP’s on TV.

My Results are…

Gryffindor! Most of the ships I liked are really popular choices i.e. Leslie + Ben, Steve Rogers + Peggy Carter. I wonder if this is why I was grouped into Gryffindor.

If you want to do this prompt, I did link the quizzes I took throughout this post. Tessa took way more Harry Potter sorting quizzes than I did, so watch her video to find more.

Ghosts, Wars & Horror – Graphic Novels Review

I’m a bit behind in my Goodreads reading goal. My goal is to read 50 books this year. I’m at 37 books right now. I always count reading graphic novels towards my reading goal. I still have a solid stack of graphic novels to read, but I was able to finish a couple of them recently. I wanted to share my most recent graphic novels I read.

Ghosted in LA by Sina Grace, Siobhan Keenan and Cathy Le.

Ghosted In LA by Sina Grace, Siobhan Keenan, and Cathy Le. Published by Boom Box!

Daphne Walters moves to LA for college and her innocent high school boyfriend. After her boyfriend dumps her, Daphne stumbles upon Rycroft Manor, a magnificent mansion near her college campus. As she explores the mansion, she finds ghosts inhabiting the property. Having ghosts as roommates will certainly add to the college experience.

I adored this novel! The artwork was bright and upbeat. The ghosts had personalities of their own. I felt the story accurately depicted what the college experience is like. Reading Ghosted in LA allowed me to reminisce about my college memories. Additionally, there’s LGBTQIA+ representation which is always a bonus.

I cannot wait to read vol. #2. I rated Ghosted in LA Vol. #1 4 stars.

She Said Destroy by Corallo, Kangas, Nalty, and Ujimori

She Said Destroy by Corallo, Kangas, Nalty, and Ujimori. Published by Vault

Over Millennia only two gods exist Brigid and Morrigan. Brigid brings the light while Morrigan is the goddess of death. Winona is the savior who is sent to gain wisdom from Morrigan after Brigid drops her troops for a full invasion. When Morrigan tells Winona she needs to “destroy”, Winona knows what she needs to do.

She Said Destroy wasn’t great. The story was incredibly difficult to follow. This all-out invasion happens in the beginning when I barely know the back story of why Brigid and Morrigan hate each other. Winona is the savior in this story, but I hardly knew a thing about her. A major character is also killed off towards the end, but their death was glossed over.

I rated She Said Destroy Vol. #1 2 stars on Goodreads.

Glitterbomb by Zub, Morisette, Russell, and Dillon.

Glitterbomb by Zub, Morissette, Russell, and Dillon. Published by Image.

Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress struggling to find acting work in LA. She’s a single parent and rent isn’t cheap. She’s had a rough go and finds herself contemplating her life while sitting at the beach. As she wades into the water, she’s pulled under by a black creature who invades her body. The entertainment industry tore Farrah apart, will this creature put her back together?

The art in this is horrific! The sequence where this creature inhabits Farrah and forces her to kill people is gruesome. This is a horror graphic novel by nature. The words could have been removed and I still would have paged through this novel because the art is so intriguing to look at. The alternative covers have so much detail that I found myself staring at them for a while. Glitterbomb is easily a contender for the graphic novel I read with the best art.

Glitterbomb is a horror graphic novel at its finest and is a fitting read for the upcoming Halloween season. I rated Glitterbomb Vol. #1 3 stars.

Let me know what you’re reading in the comments below. I always like having recommendations on what comics I should be reading.

Harry Potter WYR Ride a Motorcycle or Drive a Bus?

I’m a fairly decent driver, although my parking skills need some work. I drive a Subaru Forester which I adore, but I used to drive a minivan and I found parallel parking a minivan to be quite challenging. In today’s Harry Potter WYR question, it’s all dependent on vehicle preference.

Harry Potter WYR: Take a Ride on Hagrid’s Flying Motorcycle or Drive the Knight Bus?

Harry Potter WYR: Take a Ride on Hagrid’s Flying Motorcycle or Drive the Knight Bus?

Being a passenger on Hagrid’s motorcycle would be an experience. Hagrid doesn’t seem to be the best driver in the world. Granted, Hagrid was trying to escape Death Eaters. I’m afraid of both heights and rollercoasters, however it would be refreshing feeling the breeze high above the world.

As I mentioned above, I’m a terrible parker. I would be the worst driver for the Knight Bus. I’m someone who gets motion sickness in a car now and then. I don’t know how I would get through driving the Knight Bus without vomiting.

I’m going to pick. . . Being a Passenger on Hagrid’s motorcycle. It’s probably much more dangerous than driving the Knight Bus, but it would be a cool way to traverse the Wizarding World.

Which option would you pick?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a movie I have never watched until last weekend. There is a Rocky Horror Picture Show themed party room at Convergence every year, but I never knew what the references were. My friend was shocked I had never seen this movie and ultimately, she pulled the DVD from her collection and made me watch it. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the ultimate horror-themed musical.

Throughout the movie, the unnamed narrator tells the story of the newly engaged couple Brad Majors (played by Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (played by Susan Sarandon). They hit a flat tire and stumble upon a massive mansion. Brad and Janet are invited inside and are immediately introduced to Dr. Frank-N-Furter (played spectacularly by Tim Curry) a transvestite from Transylvania. Brad and Janet see Furter create a human named Rocky (played by Peter Hinwood) who becomes Furter’s lover. There’s sex, music, murders, and generic chaos as the story unfolds.

I’m typically not a fan of musicals, but The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an exception. I like the references to various horror films. An example of this would be when Rocky is created as a mad scientist experiment by Furter. The music is catchy and I didn’t know the rockstar Meat Loaf was in this movie.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an important musical for its time. Released in 1975, this movie has men dressing up in drag along with sexual liberation seen by Janet when she hooks up with both Rocky and Furter. Androgyny is also highlighted amongst several characters. It doesn’t surprise me that The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a cult following or how this attracted the LGBTQIA+ community to the film.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is so fun. I can’t believe I waited so long before watching this. It’s the perfect blend of sexuality, horror movies, and musicals. It’s fitting I watched this right before the Halloween season. I’m going to have the soundtrack on repeat for weeks.

BlacKkKlansman A Memoir

After viewing the BlacKkKlansman movie directed by Spike Lee, I discovered the movie was based on a book. Ron Stallworth is a real person who’s undercover investigation fooled the Klan. My expectation upon reading this book was to read about the KKK investigation with added history interwoven in the story. This book delivered exactly what I was looking for.

After viewing the BlacKkKlansman movie directed by Spike Lee, I discovered the movie was based on a book. Ron Stallworth is a real person who’s undercover investigation fooled the Klan. My expectation upon reading this book was to read about the KKK investigation with added history interwoven in the story. This book delivered exactly what I was looking for.

Ron Stallworth joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in the early 1970s. Assigned to guard police records, Stallworth wanted more from his career. In a few years, Stallworth is transferred to the undercover division of the police department. After seeing the KKK recruitment in a newspaper, he decided to infiltrate the Klan. With help from his white police officers, Stallworth convinced David Duke over the phone that he is invested in preserving the white race.

Besides reading the undercover story, Ron adds historical information to keep the reader invested. Ron discusses the history of the KKK along with the specific timeline of the KKK in Colorado. Back in the 1920s, the KKK was everywhere in Colorado. The senate, the governor, and the police were either Klan members or paid off by the Klan. For a while, the Denver airport was named after a politician who was an active Klan member. This was all new information to me. It saddens me that an airport was named after such a racist person.

One of the major criticisms I have of this book is Ron’s writing. The first page had one of the longest run-on sentences I have ever read. At times, Ron repeats statements to the point where I ask myself if I already read this section of the book. This book could have been edited better, but on the flip side, the book feels more authentic because Ron’s original writing is featured.

It’s crucial to mention the differences between the book and the movie. Some of the negative book reviews I read said this book was boring. In the BlacKkKlansman movie, Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) is trying to stop a bomb plot planned by the KKK. This is added into the movie for flair, but it’s complete fiction. The book tells the story accurately, while the movie adds fictional events.

I rated BlacKkKlansman five stars because Ron’s writing didn’t keep me from enjoying the book. He does a great job detailing the chronological story of the investigation. This has to be one of my favorite non-fiction books I read in 2020

Suicide Squad + Gotham Knights

One of my beloved games of all time is Batman Arkham Asylum. This game was released in 2009 when I was a nerdy and awkward freshman in high school. This game helped me get through my toughest moments in high school. Rocksteady is a company where as soon as I find out they’re making another game, I pre-order it instantaneously. Rocksteady is making a Suicide Squad Game while Warner Brothers is making a Gotham Knights game My heart is exploding with excitement. I’m going to briefly discuss each game along with linking the trailers.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Suicide Squad trailer

From the trailer, it looks like Superman has turned evil and it’s up to the ragtag team to save Metropolis. Harley Quinn’s look in this game is flawless. She is stylish, not overtly sexual and the game captures her personality in the short four-minute glimpse of the trailer. Besides Harley Quinn, I like Deadshot’s new suit. This game also features both Killer Shark and Captain Boomerang. The music playing through the trailer is hip and fits the overall theme of the Suicide Squad.

I’m curious how the mission set up will be. Will certain missions be played by certain characters, or will I get to pick who I want to be? Both options would work as long as I have equal gameplay between all four characters.

From the trailer, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will be released in 2022.

Gotham Knights

Bruce Wayne is dead along with Detective Gordon. Gotham is in flames and someone has to step up to avenge Bruce and save Gotham. It’s about time the Bat-Family is introduced into this series of games. In Batman: Arkham Knight, there is limited gameplay of Nightwing and Tim Drake, but this game takes this to a whole new level.

Batgirl is seen throughout the trailer dive-bombing into alleyways. Batgirl is the best female heroine in DC Comics. This game has adopted her best look which is the yellow combat boots and the zipped up purple jumpsuit. Red Hood even makes an appearance. He’s a nice addition considering most of the characters are sneaky and Red Hood can go into a fight scene with his guns raised.

Gotham Knights will be released in 2021.

Before ending this post, I do want to discuss how Rocksteady is under fire for sexual harassment. The gaming industry is notoriously toxic to women, women of color, and non-binary or gender non-conforming folks. It’s a reminder of how the gaming industry still needs to be upfront with these issues and resolve to do better.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Gotham Knights are incredible. Rocksteady knows how to make decent DC games. I’m anxiously awaiting the day I can play as Batgirl.

Ghostbusters (2016)

Last weekend, I went to visit my friend for the weekend. Besides playing multiple board games, we like to watch movies together. In college, we would go see a movie once a month, at least? Her DVD collection is massive, and I decided to pick the Ghostbusters re-make for us to watch.

This particular Ghostbusters outing is a remake directed by Paul Feig who also directed Bridesmaids. The film is centered around physicists Abby Yates (played by Melissa McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (played by Kristin Wiig). Erin is fired from her teaching position at Columbia University after Abby re-publishes the ghost book they wrote. Since Erin’s fired from her job, she teams up with Abby and Dr. Jillian Holtzmann (played wonderfully by Kate McKinnon) to hunt ghosts. Eventually, they meet Patty Tolan (played by Leslie Jones) as her expertise navigating around NYC helps the group locate the ghosts. Ghosts end up being unleashed and all hell breaks loose.

The show stopper in this film is Kate McKinnon. Her facial expressions and lines in this movie were the best. I wish Leslie Jones was more of the main character. She felt sidelined for a lot of the movie which is a shame. I can’t forget to discuss Chris Hemsworth playing the “dumb” secretary. Chris Hemsworth isn’t known for comedy, but his one-liners were great.

Although I liked Ghostbusters, this movie ended up being a box office bomb. There was so much controversy over having a female cast. I remember when the trailer for this movie hit Youtube, there was a remarkable amount of thumbs down responses. I’m biased in my response because I was a 90’s baby, so I wasn’t alive when the original Ghostbusters was released. It saddens me that fans had such a negative reaction to a movie before it was being released.

Ghostbusters wasn’t a perfect film by any means, but it was a campy sci-fi film starring incredibly funny women. I want all the Dr. Jillian Holtzmann merch. I saw her Funko pop and it’s so quirky. Let me know what you think of this movie in my comments section below.

Midtown Comics Birthday Haul

Shortly before my birthday, I was going through my email when I saw a birthday coupon come through from Midtown Comics. Midtown Comics is a gigantic comic book store located in Times Square in NYC. During my first trip to NYC, we stopped by the store. I didn’t purchase anything because I didn’t want to carry it around with me. I used my birthday coupon and now I have even more comics added to my pile to read.

The Joker 80th Anniversary

Where’s Harley Quinn? She’s busy because she dumped the Joker and is doing her own thing. This edition introduces the Joker’s new girlfriend, Punchline. Punchline has got to be one of the worst names. It’s too on the nose for me. I do like Punchline’s aesthetic though. That’s about all I know of this 80th Anniversary collection, but as a DC fan, I figured this would be a necessary addition to my collection.

Finger Guns Issue #1 by Richards, Halvorson, Nalty, and Esposito

I discovered Finger Guns on Twitter. Both Richards and Halvorson were supposed to promote Finger Guns at Emerald City Comic Con this year. We all know that didn’t happen, however, I finally scored issue #1.

Finger Guns tells the story of two teenagers who can manipulate emotions through the use of displaying finger guns. This is all I know about the story. I’m interested to see what this series is all about.

Doctor Aphra Issue #2 by Wong, Cresta, and Rosenberg

I bought Doctor Aphra issue #1 and I was enthralled by the story, the setting, and Aphra herself. First issues can be a hit or a miss as they mostly set up the story for future issues. Since issue #1 was a huge hit for me, I knew I needed issue #2.

This series follows Doctor Aphra, former archaeologist for Darth Vader, as she searches for the Rings of Vaale.

I have been stocking up on comics to keep me busy while staying at home. Let me know what comics you have been reading in the comment section.

Harry Potter WYR: Basilisk or Arachnid??

The two most common human fears have to be Ophidiophobia and Arachnophobia. Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. I grew up with pet geckos in my house, so snakes or reptiles in general, don’t bother me. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. If there’s a spider in a bathtub, I have no issues capturing it or touching it. In the Harry Potter series, Harry has had to fight life-size snakes and spiders, which one is the scariest to fight?

Harry Potter WYR: Battle a Basilisk or a Giant Arachnid (Aragog?)

Harry Potter WYR: Battle a Basilisk or a Giant Arachnid like Aragog?

Starting with the Basilisk, I think this battle would be tougher than Aragog. Instant death is a result of staring the Basilisk in its eyes. Where else am I supposed to look while fighting a Basilisk especially when its head is lunging straight at me? If the eyes weren’t enough, the Basilisk has venomous fangs. The Basilisk itself wouldn’t be the scariest fight, but it would be the most challenging.

Having to deal with Aragog would be a hell of a lot scarier than a Basilisk. Aragog with his gigantic limbs and bulging eyes staring at me would freak me out. Another disadvantage of having to fight Aragog is the webbing. Webbing is sticky enough to prevent escape, it’s how spiders capture most of their insects is through their webs. For me to win this fight, I would have to ensure that doesn’t happen.

I’m going to pick. . .

Fight Aragog. I don’t want to choose either option, but I think Aragog would give me a better chance of survival. The eyesight and the fangs on a Basilisk would kill me.

Which one would you rather pick? Let me know in the comments below.

Hidden Through Time Review

Hidden Through Time

Hidden Through Time was a game I purchased in my latest Steam haul. Every review I read for this game was positive. I wanted a chill game to play during the week after I got off of work. Hidden Through Time didn’t dissatisfy as it was a well-made and challenging hidden objects game.

There isn’t an actual story to Hidden Through Time. There are a series of maps under one theme in history. In these maps, there is a select group of objects to find. I was a perfectionist meaning I wouldn’t move on to the next map until I found every single object. However, the next map unlocks after a certain quota of objects was met. If I was truly stuck, I could move onto the next map without finding all the objects. As mentioned above, I didn’t do that because I was focused in completing each level before moving on.

Ancient Egypt Map. Screenshot taken by me during gameplay.

This game interested my fiance too. I would be playing this on our couch while he watched the nightly news. He would look at my screen and help me find the objects. Hidden Through Time isn’t a two-player game, but now and then my fiance became intrigued and would sit and help me locate the objects.

Hidden Through Time is a challenging game. Some of the levels went quicker, where some levels took at least fourty five minutes to complete. I never felt Hidden Through Time was “too hard” or the objects were placed in a way where I would have never found them on my own. If I hover my mouse over the objects themselves, there are cleverly written hints pointing to where the object might be. The hints don’t give away the object’s location, but it gave me an idea as to where the object is.

As far as replayability, the levels can be replayed. There is an online version to Hidden Through Time where players have made their own maps. I played a couple of them. The online play is mostly positive. There was one castle map which took me and my fiance forever to complete. Other maps were clearly made to be extremely easy. It added another hour or so of extra game play to play through the online maps.

Hidden Through Time is a game that helped me unwind after work. It served the purpose of being a game where I didn’t have to put all of my energy into playing. It was rewarding finding an object I was stuck on and couldn’t find. There is a Vikings DLC expansion to the game probably including more maps. I would purchase this DLC in a heartbeat. Hidden Through Time is available for purchase on Steam.