Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

Harry Potter Spells I was tagged by Keystroke Blog to do the Harry Potter Spells Book Tag and I couldn’t have been more excited to do this one!

I am a Harry Potter nerd and I my love for the series has only increased as of late. I am eagerly awaiting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child later this month and I am hoping to revamp and recreate a cosplay I had going back in college.

We will see how that goes, but in the meantime, let’s revisit some spells!

1. Expecto Patronum
{A childhood book connected to good memories}


When I was in third grade I remember my teacher reading The B.F.G by Roald Dahl. to us. I loved this book so much that I wanted to be Sophie growing up.

We had a reading day where we got to dress up as our favorite character and I went to school wearing my nightgown so I could dress up like Sophie.

2. Expelliarmus
{A book that took you by surprise}


I can genuinely say I was surprised by Gone Girl. My mom recommended the book to me and I couldn’t get through it the first time.

I can deal with insufferable characters but when the first fifty pages consists of the characters whining about how their spouse doesn’t get them I have to put the book down.

Honestly, I didn’t think I would like it. When I picked it up again a couple years later I found myself really engrossed in it, mostly because it was like a train wreck that I couldn’t look away from.

3. Prior Incantato
{The last book you read}


The last book I read was Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. It’s a great book that is funny and witty and all around a really awesome. I highly recommend it.

It’s her debut so I am really excited to see what she does next.

4. Alohamora
{A book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before}


I have to say The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey for this one. It made me consider zombie fiction.

I was just starting Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and I was trying to find an Audie award-winning audiobook to listen to. I can be a little picky when it comes to narrators when it comes to audiobooks and I wasn’t sure I would find one that I would like.

I know that zombie stories are popular but I have never really gotten invested in zombie narratives until this book.

The odd thing this book is that they don’t really make the genre known. All I knew was that it was a young adult, sci-fi, dystopian story and through some stalking of reviews I found out it had something to do with zombies.

That is all I will say about the book because you really should read it, or in my case listen to it to get the full effect of the story.

5. Riddikulus
{A funny book you’ve read}


Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro is a good example of a funny ghost story.

Lucy Fisher comes home from a vacation in Hawaii with her best girlfriends to find everything she owns tossed out on her front lawn, the locks changed, and her fiancé’s phone disconnected. Then she loses her job and moves to upstate New York to live with her sister and nephew.

Then things take a turn when a fatal encounter with public transportation lands Lucy in the nearly hereafter. She finds herself in ghost school learning how to become a successful spirit so she can complete her ghostly assignment.

If she succeeds she will be awarded passage to the next level of the afterlife.

6. Sonorus
{A book you think everybody should know about}


A book that I really liked a lot this year was Relativity by Antonia Hayes. It’s about a very special boy named Ethan who loves science and one-day discovers that he can see physics.

This newly required ability is set against the backdrop of his parents who have been estranged since he was three.

Hayes handles the subject matter very  well, both the family drama and the physics. Although it would be easy for Hayes to drop background knowledge into the writing she lets wave and particle behavior speak for itself through artistic phrasing.

7. Obliviate
{A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read}


I think that I would like to forget having read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Not because it was a bad book but because I want to judge this movie on its own merits instead of comparing it to the book.

I have a strong feeling this might be one case where I prefer the movie much more.

8. Imperio
{A book you had to read for school}


I read a lot of books for school but one of the most unusual books that stands out is a book called Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, it’s a beautiful book that I had to read for a physics lecture.

It’s a series of vignettes that present a very artistic portrayal of physics. The most recent book I’ve seen since that reminded me of it was Relativity by Antonia Hayes.

9. Crucio
{A book that was painful to read}


I took a class in college called Permeable Spaces where we were supposed to explore space and place through digital media.

One of our assignments involved reading the novella Flatland  by Edwin A Abbott, which I hated with a passion. I have the most basic geometry skills and this was a little too complex and involved for me and the writing was very dry in my opinion.

What was worse was that I had to stay with the material with another three weeks to make some short videos. The only way I got through it was to make my videos as ridiculous as possible and include elements of pop culture in them.

I think I set one to the Firefly theme because that’s the only way I read one section of this novella.

10. Avada Kedavra
{A book that could kill (interpret as you will)}


I feel like Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll is silent but deadly. You read the back of this book and it’s marketed as a thriller but the inside is so dark and Ani’s life is such a train wreck and you don’t want to, but you can’t help but watch.

There you go! The Harry Potter Spells Book Tag is complete! Here are a few other people I am tagging!

Amy @ InkySpells
Charlotte @ Wonderfully Bookish
Miriam @ The Reading Belle
Calliope @ Calliope The Book Goddess
Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

And if any other Potterheads want to take this tag and run with it, go for it! Let me know you’re going to do it and I will check out your answers when you post! 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

33 thoughts on “Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

    1. You’re welcome! Gone Girl really did surprise me. If only because I didn’t expect it to be as twisted as it was. I tried to read it twice and the first time I thought: “Am I really gonna read 300 pages about a couple that clearly hates each other?”

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      1. Same here, when I started reading it I really didn’t see what all the fuss was about. I thought it was going to be super predictable so I ended up putting it off for a really long time, but then I ended up so absorbed in it.


  1. This is an awesome tag! I totally agree with you on The Girl On The Train.

    As soon as I heard there was going to be a movie “damnit” came to mind! lol, I 100% think the movie might be a bit better than the book, and I wish I was going in blind not knowing anything.


    1. I am hoping that if I don’t think about it I will forget all the details at the very least. There was just a lot of going OVER and OVER the same ideas in the book. Ever heard of trusting your audience?


  2. Gone Girl is one of my favorite books. I love Amazing Amy. She’s so crazy I couldn’t get enough. Train wreck is a perfect way to describe your inability to stop reading. I think I read it within a few hours. I like the book more than the movie. Have you seen it?


    1. I love books where things are just a total train wreck. When you think about it…who wants to read a novel where everything goes right? I haven’t seen the movie. I was debating getting it from Netflix but a part of me just wishes that they would put it on streaming.

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      1. I agree. I like novels that start off with something big that pulls me in. I couldn’t put this book down. And I love Flynn’s prose. It’s so Stephen Kingesque. It was on HBO a while ago but I don’t think they have it anymore. I’m not a fan of Ben Affleck but Rosamund Pike was sooo good as Amy. She really was amazing.


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