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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


alchemistTitle: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Publisher: HarperOne

Publish Date: April 25, 2014 (first published 1988)

Pages: 182 pages

This book was given to me by a very good friend from work and she raved about The Alchemist. She said she has read this book a million times and she always felt the same awe after she reads it. I became curious about the book and decided to read it.

If you feel like you have no control over your life,

If you feel like everything is not going your way,

If you feel like you have lost sight of the true meaning of life,

If you have hit rock bottom and you feel like there is no hope,

If you’re held back from your ultimate dream,

If you are uncertain or worried about your future,

If you just need a reminder of the beauty of life,

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is the book for you.

Some may say that the meaning behind the book is very obvious and wish that the translation was a little better and I totally agree. However, what I liked about the book is that it is a great reminder to always follow your dreams. It reminds us that the journey, not the destination, is important. It urges us to never give up when trials come your way because anything worth having won’t come easy.

I mean, the book is a very big cliché, but what really intrigued me is when it started mentioning The Philosopher’s Stone that can transform large quantities of metal into gold and The Elixir of Life that kept the Alchemist from growing old.


*coughs* J.K. Rowling *coughs*

I am obviously not certain, but this really made me happy for I am a HUGE Harry Potter Fanatic!

Overall, The Alchemist was a good read. I wish I finished it sooner though. Nevertheless, I am thankful to have read this for I needed a reminder myself.

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dreams.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Hogwarts Library Review


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“Is my Harry Potter showing?”

This question may sound odd to a Muggle, but to the Harry Potter fandom? This is as normal as Hagrid’s desire to keep or befriend a “misunderstood” creature.

Sadly, I cannot fully say that I am an ultimate Harry Potter fan because I have never dressed up as a witch during Harry Potter premiers. I do not even have a replica of Dumbledore’s or Lord Voldemort’s wand. However, I do have an over priced Harry Potter shirt (the one he uses during Quidditch match) from Universal Studio in Florida. That counts for something, right? I do have a complete 8-film blu ray collection of Harry Potter movies which I have watched a million times. But nothing compares to the complete set of the Harry Potter books, and this AMAZING Hogwarts Library Set which includes the following books: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages (Marauder’s Map and Hogwarts Acceptance letter not included).

Let me tell you about these books.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

I don’t know about you, but I grew up reading, and sleeping, with my Aesop’s Fables and Disney story books. This, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, is the witch and wizards counterpart. The book includes five stories:

  1. The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
  2. The Fountan of Fair Fortune
  3. The Warlock’s Hairy Heart
  4. Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump
  5. The Tale of the Three Brothers

What I love about this compilation of stories is that even if the protagonists have magic, they still have to use their wits, strengths, and abilities to conquer their problems. Bonus, they did it without any help from a Prince.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This book made me feel like a real Hogwarts student. Let me tell you why:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an actual textbook used by Hogwarts students.
  2. This book was created to educate wizards, and now, muggles about magical species.
  3. It is filled with a variety of species classified from X – Boring to XXXXX- Known wizard killer, or as Ron said, “Anything Hagrid Likes.”

Did I mention it is filled with notes by Harry, Ron, and Hermione?

Quidditch Through the Ages

This is one of the most popular titles in Hogwarts school library. It tells you the reason behind the use of broomstick, the beginning of Quidditch, the invention of the Golden Snitch, who invented it, and why it was invented. It also so has technical things like Quidditch rules and standardized measurements. The book includes the history of how Quidditch became a well known sport throughout the world (besides Asia since most prefer the use of magic carpet).

Overall, these three books,  The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and  Quidditch Through the Ages were an excellent read.

Rating: 4/5 stars