Pages & Potions | A Harry Potter Book Tag [Original]

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve been in a very Harry Potter-ish mood lately! I’ve given Hogwarts house booktube recommendations for Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff (with Gryffindor coming soon, y’all 😉), but, nevertheless, my Very Harry Potter Mood™ has persisted! So, inspired by the lovely Trang and Lashaan of Bookidote and their wonderful original Harry Potter book tag, I took action and created The Pages & Potions Book Tag: A Harry Potter Book Tag! I know, it’s a long title, but I’m hoping that, in this case, long title equals lots of fun!


  • NO using Harry Potter books as your answer
  • Link back to the creator (me, Lila @ Hardcover Haven)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you
  • Have fun!

T H E   P A G E S   &   P O T I O N S

B O O K   T A G

Amortentia // Causes the drinker to fall head over heels in love with the person serving the potion // A book that’s your problematic fave

Ooooooh, y’all, I’m bouta spill some tea—about myself, that is! One of my favorite books is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones—but I recognize that it’s super problematic! I wrote huge half rave, half rant review of the book discussing how incredibly misogynistic, unhealthy, and toxic many of the thoughts, words, actions, and situations depicted in Wintersong are….but, like, I also kinda loved the book too? If you want to see more of my tortured, conflicted thoughts on the book, definitely check that review out.

Polyjuice Potion // Transforms the drinker’s appearance into someone else’s // A diverse book that let you stand in someone else’s shoes

I really loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, which is an East Asian inspired retelling of the origin story of the evil queen from Snow White. It’s an underrated but super incredible book overall and one of the things I loved was how steeped in East Asian culture it was! I feel like I really got a feel for the cultures it drew inspiration from and it made me want to learn more.

Draught of Living Death // A sleeping potion so strong that some who have consumed it appear dead // A book that bored you to death sleep

Okay sooooooo….don’t kill me but….I was MASSIVELY bored by Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I know, I know! Everybody loves that book/series, but I just couldn’t stand it. I’m surprised I made it all the way through cause I nearly DNFed it so. many. times! I just felt like nothing really happens in the book except for bland romance, which is even more disappointing when you consider the book was marketed as a fight to the death for the crown fought by three sisters. Idk, to each their own I guess?

Draught of Peace // Calms, comforts, and eases anxiety // A book or genre that always brings you comfort

My go-to genre is always fantasy. Nothing brings me more comfort than escaping into a new world and learning everything about it while going on an immersive adventure!

The thing about fantasy is that it indulges my curiosity, my sense of adventure, and my desire to explore everything I can! As nerdy as it sounds, nothing is as relaxing to me as letting my imagination roam around a new world. What can I say? I’m a Ravenclaw to my core, I guess!

Veritaserum // Forces those who have consumed it to tell the truth // An unpopular bookish opinion you hold

Truth be told, I have plenty of “unpopular” bookish opinions, but the bookish community is so nice that I rarely feel bad about them! Like, I dogear pages of my own books and MASSIVELY prefer audiobooks to any other format. I also was not a fan of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo? Lord knows, I never thought that the most “controversial” opinions I’d have would pertain to books, of all things!

Confusing Concoction // Confuses those who have consumed it // A book that was confusing

Ummm…Okay, confession time here but was anyone else super confused at the ending of Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan??? It’s a recent release and the ARC got stellar pre-release reviews but when I read it I just…could not for the life of me figure out what was going on during the last, like, 25%???? I don’t want to go into it for fear of, ya know, accidental spoilers (dun, dUN, DUN!) but, um, yeah, if anyone actually understood what was happening, please feel free to DM me on Twitter and fill me in…

Felix Felicis // Brings luck to those who have consumed it // An author who’s lucky enough to be on your “auto-buy authors” list 

I have a lot of trouble believing that I won’t buy any and all of S.A. Chakraborty’s future books. Like, if you told me that I won’t, I would probably laugh. A lot. Cause that would be a ridiculous and outlandish statement! Chakraborty shot to the top of my auto-buy authors list in 2017 with her debut novel, The City of Brass and this year she solidified her place as number one with her release of the sequel, The Kingdom of Copper. Her books were so intricately plotted and feature such compelling and complex characters that I’ve become a big fan of hers!

Skele-Gro // Regrows bones // A book that made your love of reading grow

I gotta give credit where it’s due and answer this one with Divergent by Veronica Roth. See, in my first year of college, Divergent not only helped me get back into my reading groove (after my junior and senior year of high school sucked away all my spare time and thus my ability to read a lot other than required reading), but it also helped me rediscover my love of audiobooks, which I hadn’t listened listened to since eighth grade! Five years later today and I almost exclusively listen to audiobooks and am still consuming books like a maniac!

So, friends, that’s all for today! I had so much fun making this tag and I hope you had just as much fun reading my answers! I hope you’ll participate too and I can’t wait to see all of your answers.

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Lila @ Hardcover Haven

Lila is a twenty-something college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

13 thoughts on “Pages & Potions | A Harry Potter Book Tag [Original]”

  1. Wasn’t tagged, but this tag looks so fun! Yeah that Six of Crows opinion is very unpopular *sharpens knives*. Only joking (slightly). Yeah fantasy is more comfort genre too, the whole transporting to another world element is why I love reading in the first place.

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    1. oh no! *hides behind stack of books* lol! you should totally do the tag if you want—i’d love to see your answers! i totally read for escapism/wild imagination purposes too! i mean, i do enjoy learning from the books i read too, but who says i can’t do that in a fantasy or sci fi setting?


  2. Ooooh I love when someone creates an original tag!! Congrats on an excellent one with some stellar prompts Lila!! And thanks for tagging me. ❤️ I could really relate to your unpopular opinion… hahaha I guess its not as rare as one would think! I totally avoided Three Dark Crowns and have tried to pick it up several times but my gut kept saying to paaassssss. I guess it was right?! It odd but I can kind of tell a lot better whether I will enjoy something or not just by reading the premise… I enjoyed Forest of a Thousand Lanterns too. I really liked how we saw her descent into evil. I can totally see it.

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    1. thank you so much, dani ❤ ❤ ❤ i'm glad someone's with me on the unpopular opinion! i'm the same way with reading a synopsis and immediately knowing whether or not i'll like a book—then again, i suppose that's what a synopsis is for haha! i loved seeing xe feng become a villain too! i felt like her villainous transformation was done so well!

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  3. Ah thank you so much for the tag! I really liked Six of Crows the second time I read it, but when I first tried it I was confused about all the hype. I didn’t make it past the first few pages and dropped it, haha!

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    1. sure thing! thanks for stopping by. ah six of crows *sigh* i tried to read it three different times before i was like “you know what? this just wasn’t mwant to be…” it’s super sad cause it sounds like something i’d love but i guess not…


  4. Oh this is such a cool tag!! Okay, I haven’t read Wicked Saints but I’ve seen a /lot/ of people talk about how confusing the ending was and then I also saw the author kind of… being really rude about reviews mentioning this?? She was like “that’s the POINT of the ending” which makes me frown because… that’s kind of overstepping as an author. Lol. Also, I tried to get into Three Dark Crowns, but like you, I was just bored from the first couple of chapters!! Also, the deckled pages of the book did not help me like the book more.

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    1. thank you so much, julianna ❤
      that's too bad about the author of wicked saints! i saw something she said about her readers that didn't sit right with me either, and ever since i've been a little dubious when it comes to her. anyhoo, i'm glad i'm not alone on three dark crowns! although, i must admit i am a fan of deckled pages lol!


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