I loved Harry Potter when I was growing up, and I owe these books to my love of reading. The Harry Potter books got me into reading; I hated reading before. It was only when a teacher aide read Harry Potter to us during mat time (MAT TIME!), where I clung to every single spoken word, that I started to see the beauty in the written word.
(Also, I’m pretty happy with how the banner turned out! I drew Hogwarts castle a long time ago, so I reused it, changed the colouring, and added some new stuff into it. I hope you guys like it!)
Thank you again to Summer and Thuong for tagging me, and giving me an opportunity to re-explore my childhood! It has been a long time since I have thought about Harry Potter, so I am going to enjoy doing this immensely!
1. Favorite book?
My favourite Harry Potter book would, easily, be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It is the book I’ve re-read the most – I think I have read it at least five times – and I don’t often re-read books. In fact, I never do – so that’s saying something! I just loved the Triwizard Tournament, the trials, the new and interesting characters from different wizarding schools, and the fantastical creatures. My favourite part was the sphinx, and I was devastated that they didn’t include it in the movie! Also, Cedric (yeah, I was a Cedric fangirl! Were you?)
2. Favorite movie?
Gosh, this is hard. I liked most of the movies, but it has been a very long time since I watched them (my memory is awful). But if I had to go with a movie, I’m going with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. After Chamber of Secrets, the third movie installment adopted a new ‘look’ that I fell in love with instantly. It was like the movies and the book’s identities finally aligned, and Hogwarts appeared more magical. (Though, I liked Richard Harris as Dumbledore more than Michael Gambon. I felt like Harris understood Dumbledore better.)
3. Least favorite book?
I’m torn between The Order of the Phoenix and Philosopher’s Stone. Whilst Order of the Phoenix was very long (and I remember younger-me getting bored in some parts), my least favourite is Philosopher’s Stone. I really enjoyed the books once the plot started to thicken, and with Philosopher’s Stone being more of an introductory novel, it just wasn’t as exciting as the rest. Still, I do like the Philosopher’s Stone — just not as much.
4. Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?
Dobby, Snape (even though I’m not a fan of Snape for reasons, but THAT SCENE), seeing Harry’s parents with the Resurrection Stone, Lupin, Tonks… blarghghghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
5. Favorite character?
Either Lupin or Tonks. I loved both of them. Lupin, for being that father-like figure who taught me so much as a adolescent, and Tonks for her quirkiness, sweetness, and bubbliness (imagine living in perpetual fear of Death Eaters and Voldemort, but there she was, bright as the sun). On second thought, I also like Hermoine – smart, intelligent, not cold and calculating, but someone with feelings and flaws. But then there’s also Neville. And Hagrid. And Luna. And Sirius. And —
6. What would your Patronus be?
This was the hardest question. So I asked a few people.
My mum thinks my patronus would be a chipmunk or a dog. My sister thinks I am a cow (“HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT?” “Because you are motherly but when someone messes with you, you’d WRECK THEM!”). My friend says I’m either a snow leopard or a wolf. Shingie says that I would have something with a vengeance, like a ferret.
Fifty-three minutes and much discussion later, I am going with Shingie – I think I am a ferret.
7. If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which one would you choose?
8. What House would you be in?
I know the flak Hufflepuff gets, but I wish I could be in Hufflepuff! “Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses; valuing hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members.” Heck yeah. But as much as I’d love to be in Hufflepuff, I think Hufflepuff’s values are more of something that I aspire to, rather than something that is really inherent.
According to the Pottermore quiz, I am Ravenclaw. “Members of this house are characterised by their wit, learning, and wisdom.” And I think that sounds about right.
9. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
Emma Watson! A no-brainer there, for me.
10. If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?
Looking back on how I played team sports, I think I would be a Chaser.
11. Were you happy with the ending?
I was! It was sweet, heartwarming and deserved, especially after seven books. The only thing I didn’t like were the names of Harry’s children. I understand why he would name them as such, but it felt ridiculous on the tongue. Otherwise, a great ending, especially Draco and Harry’s silent acknowledgement of each other. I think there’s something powerful in that, like a shared, mutual feeling shared between the two characters.
12. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
My feelings for the Harry Potter books are a bit different to other readers that I know. Whilst Harry Potter was a very big part of my life – beginning in the year 2000 and then ending with the last book in 2007 – after I finished the books my love of them began to diminish and dim into a soft glow of nostalgic appreciation rather than involved passion for the Harry Potter series. I appreciated what the books did for me, what the books taught me and the incredible world that J.K. Rowling gave to us. But it has been a long time and, compared to when I read the books, I am a very different person now. So, I suppose you can call me a retired Potterhead, though I am seriously considering rereading the books.
Phew, that was super fun to write!
I tag these lovely bloggers (and I’m sorry if you’ve done this tag before/don’t do tags!):
- Brooke at Brooke’s Books
- Glaiza at Paper Wanderer
- Josie at Josies Book Corner
- Macy at Macy Loves Stories
- Nicola at Book Bunny
- Sydney at Books and Stuff
For everyone else: Are you guys looking forward to the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie? Have you read the book?
Have a lovely day everyone! ♥