The Golden Trio of Harry Potter

One of the most-well known series belongs to Harry Potter. It is also a series that has proved itself to be a contemporary classic. A story filled with magic, friendship, amazing beasts and creatures, and a fight against good and evil. So, what is it’s most famous friendship?

The Golden Trio

Harry, Ron, and Hermione create one of the famous friendships in literature. They are seen as best friends in all seven books. They go through various trials in each book even if it means breaking the rule. At first, Harry is only friends with Ron, but soon enough they befriend Hermione.

In many ways, Ron and Hermione remind me of Sam from Lord of the Rings. There is no way Harry would have defeated Voldemort without his best friends. This is especially seen during Deathly Hallows during their hunt for the Horcruxes—-Harry wanted to do it alone, but Ron and Hermione wouldn’t allow it.

Favorite Stephen Schwartz Musical

There are a number of famous composers and lyricists in musical theatre. One of which is Stephen Schwartz, who is most famous for Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked. Those three are musicals I love. Now, which of his musicals is my favorite?

Wicked

This was obvious. I have loved Wicked since August 2006- my first visit being at The Gershwin Theater. That was also my first memory of seeing a musical; my mom and I in NYC seeing Wicked. At the time, “Popular” would become my favorite song from the musical. That is all I can remember. The musical developed a LOT over the years- emotions deepened due to stronger understanding of characters and stories. The other four times I saw Wicked were by the US Tour.

My 5th Time

Wicked was how I started to understand emotional connection. It was how I started to understand the emotional and complex side of musicals. I also started to understand love triangles. I only am emotionally connected to three characters in this musical- Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. True, each time I see Wicked, I only pay attention to the powerful and beautiful friendship and the complex and strong love triangle. By the way, Elphaba is my favorite musical character and the love triangle in Wicked is my favorite of musical theatre. Wicked is a spectacular musical- feels Ozian in every way. One of my top two favorite musicals.

What is your favorite Stephen Schwartz musical?

Only Friendship Love for Musicals

Outside of the ROMANCE in musicals, it seems that the 2nd most common type of love is friendship. Those friendships vary in different ways- the ones that feel like family, the ones that have an intimate and strong bond, and some of them actually are unpopular opinions. POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

The Rent Gang

I only just discovered this group of friends about 9 and 1/2 years ago. They are one of the groups that feel like family. True, they have their arguments at times, but at least they make up. They have their struggles because part of the group has HIV/AIDS- as in four of them. They actually live their lives in love and in the moment—–NO DAY BUT TODAY.

Mark and Roger are best friends, who live together.

The Newsies

This is yet another group of friends that feels like family. They share a brotherly bond that is tight-knit. They have a cause (the strike) they strongly believe in and never give up. Jack Kelly is their leader.

Found within this group of brothers is yet another friendship——the intimate and special bond between Jack Kelly and Crutchie, two best friends and my favorite Newsies. Crutchie is the most vulnerable of the group due to his bum leg and also the most optimistic—-his optimism even shines at The Refuge. Jack would rather protect his brothers than be part of the strike- explaining his inner conflict.

Friends of the ABC

They share a lot in common with the the Newsies- both have a strong brotherly bond that feels like family and both have a cause they strongly believe in. Plus, both groups have a leader. Enjolras is this group’s leader, who is more passionate about the cause (the uprising). I even love it when you see them when they are vulnerable (“Drink With Me”). They never give up—-even when they know they are going to lose and most likely going to die.

Eponine and Marius

This is an unpopular opinion, but I love their friendship (true not in the book, but love how it got it changed for the musical). Marius is someone that Eponine needed in her life. He was her light and the only good thing in her life. He was the only person who showed her kindness and even compassion. Look- Marius was worried about her- I think that was why he sent her away from the barricades and why he asked why she came back.

“A Little Fall of Rain”— true, he was devastated, but he stayed with Eponine because of his compassion. She ended up giving her life for Marius. Marius ended up comforting her in this scene, and it was the happiest moment of her life because he was with her.

Aladdin, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim

This was actually one of the newest friendships to enter my life. I really don’t know what I love about this friendship. In the stage show, it did create some incredible scenes and songs. Hard to explain- they were an incredible replacement for Abu.

Lumiere and Cogsworth

Wait, what is so incredible about a talking candle and talking clock? I honestly don’t know exactly.

Elphaba and Glinda

Well, it wouldn’t be a friendship musical post without these two. These two create a pretty powerful and special bond. They may be enemies at first, but eventually they became best friends. They really made a huge impact into each others’ lives- “because I knew know, I have been changed for good”. I really think the love triangle actually strengthens their friendships—-it really shows their loyalty to each other——they wouldn’t let a boy get in the way of their friendship because they didn’t try to steal Fiyero away from each other (well, they both went both unrequited love). “For Good” really explains how much they meant to each other——–it actually is the most emotional song in the entire musical.

I have loved this friendship for a pretty long time—considering that I loved Wicked since August 2006.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review

I have now finished two of the Harry Potter books—–Chamber of Secrets focuses on Harry’s 2nd year at Hogwarts. New dangers await and new characters exist.

Harry’s second year at Hogwarts is rife with fresh torments and horrors, including an outrageously sutck0up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But these seem minor when the real trouble begins, and someone- or something- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally revealed? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects………Harry Potter himself!

Home to flying cars, new ways of travel- such as Floo Powder, new monsters, new dangers, and new students. Now The Chamber of Secrets is open once again- who knows what lurks down there- how deadly the creature is. In this one, we learn more about Harry Potter and Voldermort- about some of their similarities and Voldemort’s original name. About Fawkes and Godric Gyrffindor’s sword.

The Golden Trio

Turns out, they have another challenge to figure out- who opened the Chamber of Secrets. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are incredible friends, in many ways. From the Polyjuice Potion to Forbidden Forest to actually entering the Chamber of Secrets and fighting the creature. Took a lot to figure this out.

New Characters

Dobby- love this House Elf despite telling Harry not to return to Hogwarts. I don’t know what it is about him that I love

Ginny- the younger sister of Ron

Lockhart- Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher; but once again not a good one

Lucius Malfoy- Darco’s father; one of my least favorite Death Eaters

All my Tale of the Cattail Forest Characters

It is true I have MORE than one WIP, but I have one main one. That one is Tale of the Cattail Forest, a story about an unlikely friendship between Fairy Frogs and Toads. Below is my Summary Blurb.

After moving to Fairy Creek where the Fairy Frogs live, Sparkle explores her new surroundings to pursue her craft. She is always looking for adventure and new places to draw, but when she ventures out beyond Fairy Creek into Graysloup, she encounters some toads, meets new challenges, and makes unlikely friendships. The friendships all begin when she decides to befriend a young toad named Marge.

Things become challenging after encountering Sarge, leader of the toads, who tries to prevent all the friendships. Will the courage and cleverness of the Fairy Frogs stop Sarge from breaking up these new friendships? The frogs and toads learn how to use their talents and explore new ways of developing compassion and friendships.

The Characters- Possible Spoilers

Fairy Frogs (all are clever and compassionate with translucent wings and spring green)

Sparkle (12 Years Old)

She is my protagonist, who has blue eyes that sparkle in the sun, magenta translucent wings with gold trim, and a multi-colored artist beret. She always carries around a silver and gold backpack with a pink “S” in the middle. She is naturally gifted in drawing, a craft she discovered at age 3, which she is deeply invested in. She is rebellious, adventurous, courageous, stubborn and doesn’t listen well to authority. Best friends with Misty

Misty (12 years old)

She is a major character, who has light blue translucent wings with gold trim, hazel with more blue eyes, and a white dress with yellow flowers on it. Naturally gifted in singing, and discovered late (as in age 5). Protective of her best friend, which is why it is hard for her to find time to invest in her craft, as in writing her music and performing it.

Celeste (8 years old)

One of my two minor FF characters. She has pink translucent wings with gold trim, hazel eyes with more green, and an apron with pieces of pottery on it. Naturally gifted in pottery- at an exciting time in her life because starting at age 8, you really can start experimenting with your craft. Her major flaw though is borrowing Felipe’s woodcarving tools and forgetting to return them or accidentally loosing them.

Tweetsie (5 years old)

Another minor FF character. She has lilac wings with gold trim, light blue eyes, and has a pink bow. She is still trying to figure out her natural talent. She is extremely energetic, which can drive Sparkle nuts. Part of that energy comes from her age, and part might have to do with what she is naturally gifted in.

SPOILERS- IF YOU WANT TO KNOW

There is a lot more to Tweetsie than one might think. You even are able to discover her natural talent- performance, a tough talent to find, which usually takes a while to discover. Meaning she will be a triple threat. For a while, you might think she is just energetic, but that isn’t the case. She has some courage inside of her- first standing up to Sarge in Fairy Creek- and second heading to Graysloup. For some reason, she had some intuition at a moment- when Sarge “kidnapped” the toads at night- she knew something was off and alerted Sparkle (due to that, she was allowed to look for them).

Aries (In his 30s)

Another major character in the book. He has orange wings with a gold trim, green eyes, and wears a red construction hat with a white “A” in the middle. He actually serves as three things in the story- uncle to Darcy, head construction leader, and leader of the Fairy Frogs. So, his talent is in construction. He is a confident and good leader despite doubting himself at times- he sometimes asks his nephew for advice at times. He has one very important rule “don’t enter Graysloup or interact with the toads”. He knows to keep a close eye on Sparkle- knowing in the past she has gotten in trouble a lot.

Darcy (15 years old)

He has red wings with a gold trim, green eyes, and wears a woodcarving belt with pieces of abstract sculptures on it. So, his craft is in sculpture. He has to ask his uncle advice at times. Darcy, actually, is next in line to be leader of the Fairy Frogs. He is best friends with Felipe (the two are quite similar, but at the same time different in some ways).

Felipe (14 years old)

He has navy blue wings with light green eyes, and wears a woodcarving belt with a woodcarving effect on it. So, he is gifted in woodcarving. As a matter of fact, sometimes he gives some of his woodworking to Darcy (for part of his sculptures).

Toads (the color of gray green; male- darker, female- lighter)

Sarge (17 years old)

He is actually my antagonist. He is the darkest in color with pitch black eyes and physical scars. He is dealing with emotional scars from his past- most of which came his abusive father, who abused him from 4-13 years old. After his mother left him when he was 4, he was left with his father (unlike his uncle, who was loving). He is conflicted, confused, broken, more lonely than he realized, and has an anger problem. Growing up, he found on place of comfort, which was found in The Bog, the one place his father didn’t know existed. This past led him to have nightmares, which were actually memories, which don’t help things but makes things worse. Oblivious to compassion, love, and kindness—-he ended up bullying others, in particular his younger cousin, Marge (who got the better father). Supposed to be the toad’s leader, but not doing a good job of it.

SPOILERS

Something surprised me—–in the novel, he does get worse and worse. As in trying to break up the friendship more and more. But a moment comes when everything falls apart, and he has this “aha” moment, and soon enough redeems enough. He eventually needs the help of Sparkle- I never once thought my protagonist would help my antagonist.

Marge (12 years old)

She is one of my major characters, who serves as the catalyst character. The reason why the story even kicks off. Deep down she loves her cousin, but doesn’t know how to show it due to being his easiest target. Growing up, she wasn’t allowed to see her uncle to keep her safe—-her father had a struggle (he wanted to help his nephew, but he still had a daughter to protect). Due to the way, Sarge was treating her and the toads, she knew how bleak the situation in Graysloup was, and was able to gain an amazing part of wisdom. She was able to tell Sparkle what was going on—-that was the start. Despite Sarge being her cousin, she still kept on standing up to him.

Norg (19 years old)

Another major character, who does act as a secondary antagonist. I find him to be one of the most interesting characters in the story. He has an incredible character arc (SPOILERS)- going from Sarge’s spy to eventually siding with the Fairy Frogs (a result of Sarge blowing up on Norg). He always remembered Sarge’s father- he didn’t know how. Sarge somehow trusted him—-he somehow forgot about the short friendship they used to have.

Claude (15 years old)

He does show that the toads in Graysloup act up not because they want, but because Sarge demands them to. He soon befriends Darcy and Felipe, two Fairy Frogs around his same age.

Effa/Rudy (10 years ago)

They are identical twins, who I like call peas in a pod. Originally, I wanted them in the novel so that way Marge wouldn’t be the only girl toad, but as I was writing the novel, I finally found their purpose. Effa and Rudy are two other minor characters- soon becoming friends with Celeste.