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May 032015
 

May reviews 2015 :Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

May reviews 2015:Movies for Adults and Teens 

Teens:Jurassic WorldMay Reviews 2015

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires.” Little has been unveiled about Jurassic World, but expect a hybrid dinosaur – created by splicing the genes of different dinosaur species – who lunches on whatever it can find.

May Reviews 2015Adults:Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios epic follow-up to The Avengers, sees a superhero cast – including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye – to combat the threat of a genocidal artificial intelligence which Tony Stark has accidentally brought to life. Stark created Ultron to help the Avengers protect the world, but it concluded that since humans cause all the world’s problems, all humans must die. (Released: 22 April)

May Reviews 2015: Music for Adults and Teens

Teens:Drew Lustman – Crystal Cowboydrew lustman

Best known for his work as FaltyDL, Drew Lustman explores hardcore and drum & bass, as well as soul and funk on his latest release. A step away from his electro moniker, Falty DL, Lustman found himself experimenting and making the kind of tracks he would DJ with or play to friends “without the pressure of the conceptual weighing him down”. Tracks like ‘Angel Flesh’ are reminiscent of early hardcore and breakbeat, while ‘Watch A Man Die’ is a smooth, drum and bass journey. This is a must have for lovers of the pioneering breakbeat scene of the 1990s and will be a familiar soundscape to anyone fortunate enough to have raved at some of London’s best drum and bass nights during that era. Whether he’s in electro or drum and bass mode, Lustman is a musical warrior to be reckoned with.

nnekaAdults: Nneka – My Fairytales

Nigerian-German soul songstress Nneka’s forthcoming 9-track album, explores the politics of her birthplace and her own personal voyage of discovery. “My Fairy Tales is a concept album, exploring the lives of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face,” Nneka explains. “How we cope hustling in ‘another man’s land,’ but also the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude.”

 

May Reviews 2015: Books  for Adults and Teens

Teens: Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwoodjinxs magic

Jinx is a daring young wizard’s apprentice, who travels from his home in the Urwald to an unfamiliar desert land in search of ancient magic. He desperately needs that magic as there are forces threatening the Urwald from all sides. Jinx’s Magic tells the tale of Jinx’s journey who soon learns he has to call upon the support of many magical beings of the Urwald – including witches, werewolves, wizards, and trees – to help in his endeavors

holistic energy magicAdults: Holistic Energy Magic: Charms & Techniques for Creating a Magical Life by Tess Whitehurst

Manifest success in every aspect of your life with Holistic Energy Magic, which provides ancient and modern spiritual techniques for tapping into your personal power. Holistic Energy Magic provides instructions for tool-free magic and important insights including intention, visualization, symbolic action, grateful expectation, and alignment. Complete with a spell book of charms and invocations for protection, serenity, love, and prosperity, this book shares the secrets of bringing abundance into your life.

 

May Reviews 2015: Games  for Adults and Teens

Teens: Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions App for Androidstar wars

Become an intergalactic hero in Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, the new action-platformer mobile game. Take on four free levels of battle against the Empire as Ezra Bridger, dodge TIE fighters, blast stormtroopers, and drive an Imperial AT-MP. With in-app purchases, wield a Lightsaber, fight Star Wars bosses, drive an AT-DP, and unlock 30 more levels and 50+ unique challenges. Customize and expand a secret Rebel Haven where heroes can hide out and rescue citizens.

Star Walk 2 - Night Sky Guide freeAdults:  Star Walk 2 for iOS

Star Walk 2 is a stargazing app that identifies constellations, planets and satellites as you point your smartphone or tablet at them. So if you’re one who enjoys taking a walk at night and gazing at the stars, this app is a perfect partner.

 

About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior, intuitive counselor and life coach. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at www.lifeandsoulcreatives.com or www.lifesoulfreedom.com 

 

Mar 312015
 

March 2015 Review of Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

March 2015 Review of Children’s Movies

March Review 2015Home 

DreamWorks Animation’s Home is a 3D generated buddy comedy movie based on Adam Rex‘s 2007 children’s book ‘The True Meaning of Smekday’.When Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word “home”. Released: 27 March

March 2015 Review of Children’s Games

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (Nintendo 3DS)March 2015 Review

In LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin, players will take on the role of their favorite Ninja warriors and use an array of exciting new vehicles, mechs and dragons to battle their way through the Ninjago universe. A new enemy named Ronin enters the game and has the ability to steal the memories of Ninja warriors by using the Obsidian Glaive weapon. Players must locate these weapons and retrieve their powers before Ronin succeeds in completing his evil plans. Recommended for age 7 and above. Released: 27 March

March 2015 Review of Children’s Books

dragons love tacosDragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin 

Dragons Love Tacos is a fun extravaganza into the preferred cuisine of dragons, according to author Adam Rubin.  Dragons love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. But hey, go easy on the spicy salsa because if a dragon eats jalapeno-swimming salsas, be warned, it brings a whole new meaning to “housewarming”. This pencil cartoon illustrated book is a fun and entertaining tale for teeny tiny dragon lovers aged 3-5.

March 2015 Review of Children’s Music

Putumayo Kids presents Animal Playgroundputumayo kids animal playground

Whether your kids love animal cuddly toys or trips to the zoo, take their animal-loving nature a step further with a sing song. Putumayo Kids presents Animal Playground is a multilingual collection of animal-themed songs from around the world. The 13 tracks on the album will guide listeners on a journey that begins in North America and ends in Africa. Music fans and animal lovers of all ages will want to sing along and jive to the playful, upbeat melodies.

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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counselor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at www.lifeandsoulcreatives.com or www.lifesoulfreedom.com

Dec 242014
 

December Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

December Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

December Review 2014Teens:Strange Magic

Lucasfilm’s brand new animated film Strange Magic tells the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. The story by George Lucas was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The characters find themselves involved in a battle as the big baddie of the film tries to get his hands on a greedy potion. Also, it’s a musical. Pop songs from the last six decades are part of the movie’s soundtrack. Released: 23 January

Adults:The Woman in Black: Angel of DeathDecember Review 2014

In a sequel to The Woman in Black, comes Angel of Death. This time round sees two teachers evacuate a group of school children to the abandoned Eel Marsh House, while London is in the midst of the blitz. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black. Released: 2 January

December Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

lapsleyTeens:Lapsley – Understudy EP (XL Recordings)

2014 has been a year for 18-year-old British singer Låpsley. Her matured, sultry vocals and crafty songwriting have captured the attention of the industry and fans worldwide, is set to release her debut Understudy EP on XL Recordings. The four-track EP includes the subtle yet unassuming electro tune ‘Falling Short’.

 

Adults:Nostalgia 77 – Measures (Tru Thoughts).

London based musical multi-tasker Benedic Lamdin’s Nostalgia 77 project has been a 13 year journey, from collector and sampler of jazz records to fully fledged producer and specialist in not only jazz but a host of styles. ‘Measures’ is the second album under the …Monster guise, which brings a flavoursome take on instrumental jazz and has been supported by the likes of Gilles Peterson.

 

December Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

neomadTeens:Neomad Book 2: The Last Crystal by Suto

In the year 2076, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of 14 young warriors known as The Love Punks. The gods are watching and some of them are angry. While The Love Punks are in big trouble on Earth, the only people who could save us are seven gravity-defying girls from space known as the Satellite Sisters.

Adults:Juice: The Ultimate Guide to Juicing for Health, Beauty and Wellbeing by Liz Earlejuice

Yule may be a time of indugence, so kick start your 2015 with a do-able juice cleanse that provides your body with the right nutrients without starving your body on a traditional diet. Juicing is a fast and effective way to get amazing health benefits from weight loss, improving your skin and vitality to boosting your immune system. Beauty product founder, Liz Earle, offers delicious recipes as well as giving the lowdown on her favourite ingredients, why homemade juices are so much better than shop-bought ones and tips on inner-cleansing diets and detox programmes.

December Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

dragonTeens:Dragon Age: Inquisition

A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over a once-peaceful kingdom. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition, hunting down the agents of chaos. BioWare’s latest action-adventure delivers an unparalleled story set in a vast, changeable landscape. Explore hidden caves, defeat truly monumental creatures, and shape the world around you based on your unique play style.

 

Adults:Fairy Tale Mysteries – The Beanstalk – Collector’s Edition (PC DVD)fairy tale mysteries

These are no ordinary beans! As a recently graduated investigator from the Grimm Brothers Institute, you must use all your wits – and your magic – to survive. Ascend the beanstalk to battle the mighty rampaging giant and protect the world from destruction. Find your way through the flower world, moon world, and more with the help from the elemental guardians, protectors of their realms. Revel in both full-scene hidden object quests as well as gorgeous conventional hidden object scenes. Defeat the giant in his castle to claim your reward and save the planet!

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of.

 

 

Nov 142014
 

November Review 2014:Books, Movies, Games, and Music For Teens and Adults

November Review 2014: Movies for Adults and Teens 

into the woodsTeens:Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Release: 25 December

 

Adults:Antarctica: A Year on IceNovember Review 2014

Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Release: 28 November

November Review 2014: Music for Adults and Teens

November Review 2014 Teens:Diplo – Florida

Seminal producer Diplo was living between a small apartment in Philadelphia and his mother’s house in Florida when he released his debut album, Florida. Now 10 years later, Florida is being reissued bundled with the Epistemology Suite EP and five unreleased tracks. The reissue is due to drop on Black Friday on Big Dada, the original label it was released on. Florida is a far cry from the starry production-work that Diplo has become so notorious for, touching on the lo-fi beats synonymous with DJ Shadow instead. Release: 24 November

 

Adults:DJ Dolores ­- Banda SonoraNovember Review 2014

DJ Dolores has been at the forefront of Brazilian electronic music for almost two decades. Having been a DJ in the 90s, Helder Aragão made the shift to producing his own music towards the end of the century. He first made a name for himself when he was invited by filmmaker Kleber Medonça to produce the score for his 1997 film ‘Enjuaulado’. Always fascinated by the overlaying nature of the visual and the sonic, DJ Dolores’ ‘Banda Sonora Música para Filmes’ (Soundtrack Music for Movies) is a collection of songs galvanized by various visual sources, from documentaries to fantastic flicks. Each song has its own reflective significance for Dolores, but untied, they act as a journal of his memories connected to his time creating compositions for Brazilian cinema. The album strikes an expert blend of north-eastern roots and contemporary electronica. With traditional violin’s, flutes and accordions perched atop stomping traditional rhythms and huge dub bass.

November Review 2014: Books  for Adults and Teens 

November Review 2014Teens: Call Me Ixchel: Mayan Goddess of the Moon (A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses) by Janie Havemeyer

Ixchel, Mayan Goddess of the Moon, is a spunky young goddess throwing lightning bolts with her friends until she meets and falls in love with the God of the Sun. Their tempestuous relationship leads to many colorful adventures, including an elopement across the Milky Way, a visit to the underworld, and a sojourn with the Vulture King. Told by Ixchel in the first person, this lively book gives young readers a unique entry into the world of Mayan mythology in this toned down version of the tale, appropriate for children and young teens. The novel format provides for an engaging and compelling read, and provides interesting cultural and historical context in a nonfiction section illustrated with maps and photographs.

 

Adults:: The Healing Power of Tea by Caroline Dow (Llewellyn)November Review 2014

Calling all tea drinkers, find out how you can heal your body with just the right cuppa. The Healing Power of Tea is a comprehensive guide to the healing world of teas and tisanes – from black to green to oolong, there’s detailed information on different tea types, their advantages, and an extensive list of ailments and what blends will alleviate them. Whether you’re an expert tea drinker or a new convert, author Caroline Dow teaches you the many delicious benefits of tea and herbal infusions. Learn about blending, preparation and consumption, and how to grow your own herb garden.

November Review 2014: Games  for Adults and Teens

November Review 2014Teens: The Wolf Among Us for Android

The Wolf Among Us is a five-part free app series on Android. Fairytale characters are being murdered in this hard-boiled, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham. As Bigby Wolf –you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.

 

 

Adults:The Goddess Tarot App for iPhone and iPadNovember Review 2014

Witches on the go need not park up and pull out their tarot deck thanks to The Goddess Tarot App. Featuring beautiful, inspirational art from Kris Waldherr’s celebrated tarot decks, The Goddess Tarot, this iPhone App is a must-have for any tarot enthusiast. The Goddess Tarot App features four tarot readings including one-card oracle, four-card Past-Present-Future reading, a Celtic spread and 8-card Goddess Circle. There’s an easy to use tarot reference section, as well as a Journal for you to save any readings. This is a great tool for any beginner or experienced tarot user.

 

About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com. Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of. 

Jul 172013
 

Lughnasadh Review Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

Lughnasadh Review Children’s Movies

Lughnasadh Review Disney’s Planes

Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true. Released 9 August.

Lughnasadh Review Children’s Music

Magical Music Box for iOS, Android and Kindle FireLughnasadh Review for Children's Music

Magical Music Box is a musical app for kids, toddlers and babies. It plays beautiful traditional melodies from around the world. Songs include Old Macdonald Had a Farm from the US, A La Claire Fontaine from France and the Elephant Song from Thailand.To play the songs, children turn their finger on the screen, and the app becomes alive magically, playing the music while displaying beautiful animations. The Magical Music Box can also be used as the perfect lullaby player for babies to help them sleep.

Lughnasadh Review Children’s Book

Lughnasadh Review Children's BooksDanielle & the Strawberry Fairies (Book & CD) by Rini

Danielle is amazed by the brilliant red colour of strawberries. She wonders how that colour comes into being, so her mother arranges a trip to a farm to go strawberry picking and maybe find an answer. After driving through luxuriant fields of wildflowers, they arrive at the farm, and Danielle and her little dog, Oscar, set off with a wicker basket perfect for holding juicy berries. As the sun casts a golden glow over the fields and the sweet, tart fragrance of ripe strawberries fills the air, she begins her search. What she discovers is an enchanting world of tiny fairies eager to share their secret and the surprising answer to her question. This book, beautifully illustrated in watercolours, stirs the senses and imaginations of young readers, while an additional CD of original music encourages children to sing along with the fairies as they work their magic.

Lughnasadh Review Children’s Games

Gro Recycling for iPhone, iPad and iPod TouchLughnasadh Review for Children's Games

Gro Recycling is a fun and playful way to teach kids about recycling and sustainability. It’s based on a set of musical recycling bins, who each have different tastes, and kids have to “feed” them rubbish by selecting the right “trash food”. Any leftovers and garbage will be sent to the recycling machines in order to create new products which are going be used to serve the Gro animals in having a picnic. The cute graphics and animations in this app are text and language free, and make for an engaging and hopefully, encouraging way for kids to get started with recycling

Reviews compiled by Huria Choudhari   aka Stylescribez is a journalist and fashion stylist drawn to dynamic beatmakers, designers, trailblazers and warriors. She writes about music, fashion, arts and living life with soul at Life & Soul Magazine: http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com.

Sep 202012
 
Review: Books Music Games & Movies for Young Adults and Children
Children
Game: Fairy Magic
Do fairies really exist? Yes they do and you can find them not only in the back of your garden, but in your child’s bedroom, under the pillow and even taking a sneak peak in your kitchen fridge 😉 In fact fairies appear wherever you are, in just the tap and slide of a finger with Fairy Magic, an augmented reality game for children, available on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Fairy Magic enables the player to use their Apple device as a lens through which fairies hidden in the world can be found.Using the magic of Enchanted Reality, players can catch beautifully-crafted animated fairies around them, photograph them in the real world, chat with fairy princesses and queens, and play games with them. There are over 50 different fairies, spanning seven different fairy clans, to collect and play with. To interact, you simply hold your device in front of you, and you can catch fairies by tapping next to one of them and circling it with your finger. There are hours of interactive fun for kids with this app as fairies will teach you their names, make fun of your voice and pose for photos with you and your friends – all set within a magical soundtrack. And the enchanted world of fairies isn’t just for children either, so when the kids are in bed, you can take back your Apple device and unlock the inner fairy in you, if you so wish!
Movie: Disney’s Aladdin
A flying carpet, a shape-shifting genie and a powerful lamp takes magic to dizzying heights in Disney’s animated version of this Arabian folk tale. The movie tells the story of street kid, Aladdin, and his pet monkey Abu who roam the streets of the mystical city of Agrabah scraping a living. A by-chance encounter with Princess Jasmine sets Aladdin on an epic life-changing journey. But the course of love at first sight doesn’t run smooth as Aladdin finds himself thrown in prison by the evil Jafar, advisor to the Princess Jasmine’s father, the Sultan. In prison, Aladdin becomes muddled up in Jafar’s plot to recover a mysterious old lamp with magical powers that will allow him to rule the kingdom. As with all Disney classics, you can expect colourful animation, catchy tunes and characters that include a loveable rogue, a villain and a pair of lovebirds. But the fun truly begins when Aladdin and his sidekick take to the Cave of Wonders to retrieve the lamp, where they discover the comical genius that is the Genie, voiced by comedian Robin Williams.
Music: Puff the Magic Dragon
Puff the Magic Dragon – the Peter, Paul and Mary song – may date back to the 1960s but this kids classic has been transformed into all kinds of versions throughout its decades of existence. The lyrics tell the story of the ageless Puff the Magic Dragon, who lives by the sea in the land of Honalee, and befriends the little boy Jackie Paper. The pair become great friends as they frolic together travelling in a boat with billowed sails, crossing paths with noble kings and princes, and watching pirate ships lower their flags for the roaring dragon. But as little boys grow up, Jack loses interest in the imaginary adventures of childhood and leaves Puff sad and alone. In spite of its sad ending, Puff the Magic Dragon is a catchy and memorable tune for kids which also helps to capture their imagination through music and verse.
Book: Jack and the Beanstalk
This traditional English folk tale tells the story of Jack who lives with his mother: they have no money and little more than a cow to their name. One day, Jack is told to sell the cow but he sells it for some beans. Although his mother is angry, the beans are actually magic beans. Jack awakes the next day to find that the beans that his mother threw out of the window have turned into a giant beanstalk, and so Jack’s adventures in the land of the giant’s kingdom begin bringing him ‘riches’ to take home. But that’s not without a villain getting in the way – enter the giant ferociously chanting: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead. I’ll grind his bones to make my bread’. It is an infamous line that kids will grow up to remember and the tale itself is a great introduction to rhythm and rhyme for pre-school children.
Young adults
Game: The Legend of Zelda
Nintendo’s best selling role-playing and action franchise, The Legend of Zelda video game series adapts the Tolkien-inspired sword and sorcery to bring high fantasy action, adventure and puzzle solving for teens and adults alike. And in its 26 year history, it’s an adventure that has been passed down to generations of game players. The series, set in the fantasy land of Hyrule, revolves around the character of Link who is tasked with rescuing Princess Zelda. Whichever game in the series you are intending to get your hands on, expect dungeons, a Sword of Destiny and a variety of other items needed to rescue the abduction-prone Princess Zelda, and with a brilliant soundtrack to boot. The latest in the franchise, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Wii, launched to critical acclaim last year not only for its introduction of full motion controls offering the most intuitive play control of any game, but also for its more puzzling dungeons and freshness throughout the game play.
Movie: Harry Potter series
After ten years, eight films, four directors and over $6 billion at the box office, the Harry Potter movie series has gone a long way to bring alive the magic captured by J.K. Rowling’s novels with its tales of magic, friendship and action-adventure. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three main characters, the movies chart Harry’s humble beginnings as a wizard in training at Hogwarts School go Witchcraft in the first installment, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, to a full-on battle between Harry and his allies at Hogwarts and his arch-enemy Voldemort and his army in the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As with the books, the movies do get darker and more intense as the series progresses. Whether you are an ardent Harry Potter fan or not, it is hard not to be succumbed by the magic and adventure captured by the movies.
Music: B.o.B. – Magic featuring Rivers Cuomo (Atlantic Records)
Nowhere in the field of entertainment takes magic out of that fantasy world and mysticism and brings it to modern day life as much as music does. You’d be hard pushed to find popular music of today dropping lyrics about wizards, sorcery, witches brew and all that, unless it’s songs for children. Besides, who says you need to be waving a sword or wand and dressed in cloaks to have that magic in you? Which brings me to rapper and singer B.o.B., who rhymes about the powers of magic to woo the laydeez – ” I got the magic in me, Everytime I touch that track it turns into gold, Everybody knows I’ve got the magic in me, When I hit the floor the girls come snappin’ at me, Now everybody wants some presto” to having magical lyricism – “These tricks that I’ll attempt will blow your mind, Pick a verse, any verse, I’ll hypnotise you with every line, I’ll need a volunteer, how about you, with the eyes? Come on down to the front, and stand right here and don’t be shy, I’ll have you time-travellin’, have your mind babblin'”. Featuring Rivers Cuomo of rock band Weezer, B.o.B. successfully combines pop with hip hop on this chart-topping single that is fun both lyrically and musically.
Book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
One of the most revered children’s books of all times, C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the Narnia Chronicles. It centres on four children – Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund – who are sent from London to live with an old relative, Professor Kirke, in his country estate to escape the Blitz. As they all explore their new home, Lucy discovers a wardrobe full of musty old coats and mothballs which she soon finds out is is more than it seems – it is a gateway to the mythical land of Narnia – a snowy forest of land inhabited by unicorns, centaurs, fauns and the wicked white witch, who terrorises all. Lucy soon realises that Narnia, and in particular Aslan, the great Lion, need her help if the country’s creatures are ever going to be free again and to restore joy and light to the land. As the most popular of the Narnia Chronicles, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a great fantasy read for the young reader and a tale of bravery in the battle between good and evil.
Game: Fairy Magic, Copyright: Inlifesize
Movie: Disney’s Aladdin, Copyright: Disney
Book: Jack and the Beanstalk, Copyright: Little Classics
Music: Puff the Magic Dragon, Copyright: Macmillan
Game: The Legend of Zelda, Copyright: Nintendo
Movie: Harry Potter series, Copyright:
Book: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Music: B.o.B. Magic, Copyright: Atlantic Records
Reviews by Huria Choudhari
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