The Iconic Bookscene: American Gods by The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

Thanks to my awesome Bestie Zoë for sending this one through! See her discussion and quote below 🙂

So this is a scene that struck me when I was reading American Gods a few months back. I cannot precisely explain why it resonated so much with me, but a part of it is because it speaks of how people can make anything happen, provided they believe in something strongly enough. I just thought I would share it, it is a genuinely beautiful piece

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The Iconic Book Scene – Not my daughter, you bitch

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Mrs Weasley threw off her cloak as she ran, freeing her arms. Bellatrix spun on the spot, roaring with laughter at the sight of her new challenger.

‘OUT OF MY WAY!’shouted Mrs Weasley to the three girls, and with a swipe of her wand she began to duel. Harry watched with terror and elation as Molly Weasley’s wand slashed and twirled, and Bellatrix Lestrange’s smile faltered, and became a snarl. Jets of light flew from both wands, and the floor around the witches’ feet became hot and cracked, both women were fighting to kill.

‘No!’Mrs Weasley cried, as a few students ran forwards, trying to come to her aid. “Get back! Get back! She is mine!’

Hundreds of people now lined the walls, watching the two fights, Voldemort’s and his three opponents, Bellatrix and Molly, and Harry stood, invisible, torn between both, wanting to attack and yet to protect, unable to be sure that he would not hit the innocent.

“What will happen to your children when I’ve killed you?” taunted Bellatrix, as mad as her master, capering as Molly’s curses danced around her. “When Mummy’s gone the same way as Freddie?’

“You-will-never-touch-our –children-again!” screamed Mrs. Weasley.

Bellatrix laughed, the same exhilirated laugh her cousin Sirius had given as he toppled backwards through the veil, and suddenly Harry knew what was going to happen before it did.

Molly’s curse soared beneath Bellatrix’s outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart.

Bellatrix gloating smile froze, her eyes seemed to bulge: for the tiniest space of time she knew what had happened, and then she toppled, and the watching crowd roared, and Voldemort screamed.


Just typing this out gave me such goosebumps. I LOVE this part. It is definitely one of the best events across seven excellent books. Firstly, it builds so well. The entire book is so edgy and emotional and by the time you reach the last fight at Hogwarts you are way too involved. I love how Bellatrix dying at Molly’s hand shows Molly Weasley’s true essence. From the Philospher’s Stone, Molly is portrayed as a kindly mother, content staying at home and raising her kids. She is never fully engaged in the battle against Voldemort and seems to be a little on the sidelines. Molly constantly worries about the people she loves – all her children, Harry, Hermoine and her husband. She is everything Bellatrix never could be – kind and loving and a good person. Bellatrix is so abdominable. There is nothing in her except devotion to her cruel master. She is an powerful witch but has no love to balance out that immense power and she is unable to understand everything Molly believes in. She is Voldemort’s most loyal follower, she gleefully tortured Neville’s parents into insanity, killed Sirius and countless others. There is nothing remotely good in her. They are so different and this fight proves that Molly’s version of magic and life is much stronger than Bellatrix, and that choosing love and family over power is stronger than anything in the world. The last few chapters of The Deathly Hallows is so action packed and emotional and this scene just fits perfectly. The first time I read it I was rocking backwards and forwards, horrified but unable to put the book down. Who knew Molly had such power in her?

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The Iconic Book Scene – The Fault in Our Stars

Today’s book scene was sent to me by Zoe, who blogs over at the Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger. She has an amazing blog full of reviews on books, movies, and series. Go head over to her page and follow her if you haven’t already 🙂

The Fault in Our Stars is such an amazing book to read. You can read my review here and Zoe’s here. I can’t wiat to see the movie

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The Iconic Book Scene – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (The Quidditch Final)

The Gryffindor Quidditch team’s luck since Harry joined them in his first year has been rotten. In the Prisoner of Azkaban, their Captain, Oliver Wood, is determined to win because it is his last year at school. Determined, they train very hard, but they are waylaid by the Slytherins and the Dementors. To win the cup, they have to beat their final game against Slytherin by more than 200 points. They finally win, and the euphoria that follows gets me every time. I LOVE this scene, and it is definitely my favorite scene in this book and one of the best in the series. Enjoy!

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Weekend Fun and Happiness

I was so frustrated Friday Night. My BlackBerry was quite clearly on its last breath and my upgrade was only due at the end of March. My brother in law suggested I check the dates out because our service provider had pushed up some of the upgrade dates. I checked, and I could! So I went  in to Vodacom, with my patience fully in place (Good service is a bit of a myth in SA) but was so surprised with the efficient service I received – I was in and out in 40 minutes at the most! So I tweeted them my thanks – I fully believe in letting companies know when they are doing something right – and now my deed is done by putting it up on the blogosphere as well. I upgraded to a Samsung S4 Galaxy Mini. I am SO happy with it. Happiness forward!

Saturday night I went to a braai at a friend’s house. We had lost contact for a few years so the last few months had been the awkward getting to know each other thing again. It was much better than previously this weekend and I had loads of fun. She also has a dachshund puppy.  It is so incredibly cute and fluffy and wiggly! I WANT ONE AND I WANT IT NOW.

Fast and the Furious 6

It took me two days to finish it, but it was so worth the watch. I am always so entertained by the franchise and its latest instalment didn’t disappoint. I think the reason the sequels work so particularly well is because the cast is so much a family now. Their insults and interactions flow effortlessly.


Still not over the complete freedom!

Karin Slaughter

The woman is probably the ballsiest writer out there. She leaves you horrified at the world she creates and unable to put the books down. I finished Kisscut, and although the ending irritated me (it was a realistic end but not the one that would have satisfied me). I took a while finishing the book – I think that last bit of the reading challenge exhausted me so much and I am taking time to recuperate.

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Started on the sequel to Eat Pray Love. It is just as well written as EPL, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. Books by Gilbert are always so full of knowledge and having just read about fifty pages I already have some extra facts floating around in my head.

Black hair

Dyed my hair black. Now it is the color of my soul. Kidding.

Sort of.

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