neville*

I don’t like what they did with Neville’s character in the last movie. Yeah, they made him look more involved in the action, but I think they made a joke out of his role of killing the snake. In the book he’s tortured and humiliated in front of everyone and then suddenly he kills the snake and I think that really showed how he had grown and how much of a true Gryffindor he is. He drew the sword and killed the snake in one move. So much better than drawing the sword and being blasted off his feet.

Book tag from A to Z

I was tagged by the lovely boneseasonofglass, readingwiththeowls, bats-and-books and bookaholic-bookworm! Thank you! :)

Author you’ve read the most

J.K Rowling, Rick Riordan, Christina Lauren and Sara Shepard! I’ve read around the same for them all.

Best sequel ever

Every book in the PJO series! 

Currently reading

Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren! Love love love. <3

Drink of choice while reading

Diet coke, tea or hot chocolate! Yum yum.

E-reader of physical book?

Both! I love both a hell of a lot. :D 

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school

Young!Remus Lupin, Percy Jackson, Neville Longbottom… So many fictional boyfriends it hurts a little. ;)

Glad you gave this book a chance

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren (I, for a moment, thought it would be predictable, not unique… but I was blown away and now it’s one of my most favourite books ever! *swoons*)

Hidden gem book

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander! I adore it so much (and would 100% recommend)

Important moment in your reading life

When I stopped caring what people thought of my reading choices; I used to be really bothered by what people would think of the books/genres I read, but then I realised that it’s no ones business to judge and ever since that realisation, I’ve read more and enjoyed it even more. :)

Just finished

I recently finished the currently published books of The Boss series! ^_^

Kind of books you won’t read

Horror/crime aren’t really my thing; but I can’t say I’ve read many of them so I can’t judge!

Longest book you’ve read

The Order of the Phoenix! …I think, at least.

Major book hangover because of…

The Beautiful Bastard series, The Boss series, Percy Jackson… So many book hangovers. 

Number of bookcases you own

One large bookcase which goes from floor to ceiling, a wall mounted shelf, and a little unit. I need more though…

One book you’ve read multiple times

I haven’t really re-read books as such, so I’m going to have to go with Harry Potter! Heheh.

Preferred place to read

In/on my bed! I love being cuddled up, cozy and comfortable! :D It’s my favourite place to read. (That or the armchair downstairs)

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

It is the quality of ones convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.

Reading regrets

I regret waiting so long to read series that I now love! (Doesn’t everyone?!)

Series you started and need to finish

Heroes of Olympus and Pretty Little Liars are the main ones… :O

Three of your all-time favourite books

Prisoner of Azkaban, Beautiful Bastard, The Lightning Thief! I have so many all time favourites; it’s quite scary!

Unapologetic fangirl/fanboy for

Remus Lupin! :D

Very excited for this release more than all the others

All of the things written by Christina Lauren… ;3

Worse bookish habit

Accidental spoilers! Grumble, grumble, grumble.

marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern!

Your latest book purchase

Beautiful Secret - Christina Lauren, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson! Small, but amazing book haul!

ZzZ snatcher book: the last book that kept you up way late

Love and Other Unknown Variables (not the last one, but that’s one of the ones that has done it to me the most!)

I tag everyone that wants to do this! Take this as a tag and link me back so I can see your response! :)

but guys, imagine Cecily Neville as Queen of England.

that would have been an interesting thing to see. her head so high, probably complaining that the crown wasn’t heavy enough and showing favoritism to her Neville family. 

That’s what I think.

okay i’ve never done this but

rEBLOG IF YOU POST HARRY POTTER THINGS AND I’M JUST GONNA STALK UR BLOG

  • literally i don’t give a frick about the pairings so don’t worry i just want harry potter material in my dash
  • really you can ship snape/lily or the most bizarre pairings and i won’t care i just want cool blogs
  • BUT IT WOULD BE A PLUS IF YOU POST THINGS LIKE
  • the weasley twins
  • harry/luna friendship. harry/neville friendship. harry/sirius friendship. harry/everyone he’s friends with
  • like i love the way j. k. rowling wrote the friendships in these books i need more of it
  • but mostly the weasley twins

that weird moment when you’re trying to sleep and instead accidentally figure out that Neville Longbottom was Sorted into Gryffindor, after being a borderline hat-stall and pushing so hard to be in Hufflepuff……

because the unique way that he was pushing for Hufflepuff — basically by going, “I’m not strong or brave or good or cool or daring enough to be in Gryffindor; please put me in Hufflepuff where no one will expect anything from me except for being a loser :(” — reveals that, while Neville does have a lot of Hufflepuff traits himself and definitely values Hufflepuff things (community and loyalty and solidarity and hard work, just to name a few)?

his outlook on life and the things that he values in himself and others are ultimately completely Gryffindor, like? there is no other House where that perspective and those values can actually come together like that except Gryffindor

Cecily Neville

Another post I wanted to reblog, because theamazingcat and I just spoke about Cecily Neville, and the Blaybourne rumour. This drives me silly with annoyance, so here are a few facts about Cecily Neville, which are cooler than the stupid rumour anyway.


Cecily Neville was married to Richard of York, father to Edward IV and Richard III, when she was all of nine years old. He was thirteen, and such marriages were not at all unusual among medieval nobility. For Cecily, as the youngest of her father`s over twenty and her mother`s well over ten (fifteen or something?) children, Richard was a good match for Cecily. Sole heir to vast estates, he was extremely rich by the time he was four. Orphaned at a young age, he had become the ward of Cecily`s father, which is why the two married.

However, the marriage does seem to have been a close and successful one. Rather than simply sitting at home, she accompanied him absolutely everywhere. The birthplaces of her children, ranging from England over modern-day France to Ireland amply show this.

Contrary to what certain novels portray, Cecily and the then-queen, Margaret of Anjou, were originally pretty friendly. At least one letter from Cecily to Margaret survives in which Cecily tells her about how annoying she found childbirth and the act of delivering the future Richard III and at the same time warmly congratulates Margaret on becoming pregnant herself. (Presumably, at that point, the two were planning to have a nice chat about who had the worst labour once Margaret`s child was delivered.) There is also plenty of evidence that, when Richard of York was acting against the king, Cecily intervened for him - successfully - with Margaret.

However, when the split occured when Henry VI went insane, Cecily backed her own husband to the hilt. Nor did she ever lose her head during a catastrophe. As a matter of fact, there is a rather funny story that when she and her youngest daughter and two youngest sons were sent to her sister for safekeeping after the sack of Ludlow, Cecily had to receive “many a great rebuke” because she wasn`t having the idea of sitting by agreeing to everything that was told to her at all. And she was not happy with her husband having to be in exile in Ireland. When he returned, he sent for Cecily, and she went to him so that they entered London in triumph together.

When she lost her second-oldest son Edmund, her husband Richard, her brother and her nephew in the same battle - the Battle of Wakefield - she also did not panic. Instead, she arranged for her two youngest sons, George and Richard, to be sent to Burgundy, so that if her eldest son Edward and her nephew, the Earl of Warwick, were defeated, they would be safe.

When Edward ascended the throne, Cecily was styled “Queen by Right”, only to show to the world that though her husband had not technically been king, he had actually been the rightful king and she therefore the rightful queen consort.

Speaking of consorts, Cecily was less than delighted by her son Edward`s bride, Elizabeth Woodville. As a matter of fact, she liked Elizabeth so little she refused to vacate the queen`s quarters at Edward`s palace and Edward had to build new quarters for his wife.

She remained on good terms with her other children, though, - about her relationship with Edward there is some debate - and when George secretly married Isabel, she went to see them off before they crossed to Calais. This is sometimes taken to mean that she went there to give them her support, or conversely that she tried to persuade them not to go through with it. Or that she perhaps simply came to bless them as the bridegroom`s mother. Whichever it was, she does seem to have known about the upcoming wedding, though she does not seem to have told Edward about it. Perhaps he already knew at that point.

There is no way to say what Cecily thought about George and Warwick`s rebellion at first. It was, by the way, at that time that rumours first started to circulate that Edward was illegitimate. Since they were used by George and Warwick, who were trying to get Edward off the throne, they can be dismissed as invention to blacken his name. Mancini reported later that the story came from Cecily herself, who said it when she told Edward off about his marriage. However, even if she did say something like “you are not your father`s son”, it does not have to mean she was being literal about it, rather than just making a point about how his father would be ashamed and would never have entertained such an idea. Anyway, there is no way of knowing it ever happened, and does seem unlikely.

Whatever happened then, if Cecily bore a grudge against George for spreading the story, only she and her family knew it. During the readaption of Henry VI, she and her daughter Margaret of Burgundy wrote letters to George to get him to abandon Warwick and join his brothers, which he did when they returned from exile.

When Edward, nearly ten years later, had George executed, she seems to have pleaded with him for her younger son`s life, though this is not one hundred percent certain. Similarly, it is usually attributed to her influence that he was executed in private and could choose his own way of dying, though this, too, cannot be verified. However, her relationship with Edward seems to have been slightly strained at that point, if not hostile. She was not very often at his court.

When Edward IV died and Richard took over the throne, Cecily seems to have supported him, though she was not present at the coronation. However, Richard stayed in her house when the crisis went down, used it as his headquarters after he had moved out to join his wife Anne, and accepted the crown there. Cecily was in residence all the time, so clearly she fully supported him, and some people even claim she actively helped him gain the throne. If he really did use the story about Edward`s illegitimacy, she clearly did not mind. A few of her entertainers were in Richard`s retinue when he went on his royal progress, and a perfectly cordial letter from Richard to her survives, in which he tells her that that he hopes she will accept Francis Lovell as an estate manager to some of her lands, and that he will do brilliantly and to be a nice employer to him, please.

There is no evidence about how Cecily reacted when Richard was defeated in battle. As a matter of fact, there is very little evidence about the last few years of her life. She survived Richard by almost ten years, but little is known about that time. However, some of her servants were implicated in rebellions against Henry VII, though if Cecily knew about this and if so, if she encouraged it, is impossible to say. She left Henry a golden cup in her will, but the will is perhaps not the best indicator of her feelings. Certain people make a big deal out of the fact that Richard is not mentioned in it, but then neither are others of her children. The most telling omission is that of her still living daughter, Margaret of Burgundy, a prominent enemy of Henry VII`s, so perhaps she was being politic.
Cecily died in 1495 and was buried next to Richard of York. Their graves were destroyed during the Reformation, despite the fact they were the great- grandparents of Henry VIII.