I cannot believe that our beloved Harry Potter series has turned twenty this year! I’ve loved Harry and the Wizarding World for what seems like my whole life (really I suppose it’s 16 of my 24 years now) and on the twentieth anniversary of The Philosopher’s Stone, I am indeed feeling a bit emotional and nostalgic. In honor of this special year, I’ve decided to do the Harry Potter tag. I can’t wait to answer these Potter-related questions, take a trip down memory lane, and talk about all the Potter things I love. Let’s do this! ❤
1. What is your favourite Harry Potter book?
Answer: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I received Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from my parents when I completed the sixth grade as a kind of “graduation” present. The Half-Blood Prince was always the odd man out in my Harry Potter collection because my parents purchased it when they were on a trip to the United States. I live in Canada, so we get the British editions of the Harry Potter books published here, but I owned the American edition of the sixth book. The huge American edition stuck out like a sore thumb next to all of my little Canadian editions, but I loved it! I remember devouring this gem in my middle school days over and over again! I’m a sucker for backstories, flashbacks, and any kind of exposition methods where we can learn a little bit more about the characters and world of a story. Because of this, it would be no surprise that I love The Half-Blood Prince so much because we get to explore Voldemort’s back story and explore memories in the pensive. On top of those glimpses of back story, we got to see the beginning of Harry and Ginny’s relationship, watch Harry become extremely paranoid about the workings of Draco Malfoy, and the mystery of who the Half-Blood Prince is. PLUS THAT ENDING THOUGH. I have to say, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was my favourite when I read it back in 2005, and it’s still my favourite now ❤
2. What is your favourite Harry Potter movie?
Answer: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The second Harry Potter has always been my favourite, and a huge reason why is because of nostalgia. I remember going to see this in the theater with my dad and my little sister as a special treat and loving it so much more than The Philosopher’s Stone (like that was even possible!) I always smile when I think of going to the movies to see Chamber of Secrets because my younger sister was six at the time and during the Nocturn Alley scene, my dad suddenly realized that this movie might be a little scary for a six-year-old. Concerned, he turned to comfort my sister and tell her that they could leave if she wanted, but she was totally wrapped up and loving every second! When the movie was released on VHS (yes, I’m old) I remember seeing it in the grocery store with my grandmother, and because my grandmother spoils me rotten, she bought it for me. I spent that summer at my grandmother’s house and I probably watched that movie hundreds of times during my stay. That summer is full of memories of playing Harry Potter in the garden and being convinced that the Basilisk had taken up residence in my grandmother’s laundry room. I loved the mystery aspect to The Chamber of Secrets, with the messages, the diary, and trying to find out how the students of Hogwarts were being petrified. As I just said in the last question, I love history and backstory, so learning more about the founders of Hogwarts was so much fun for me! Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the movies, however, The Chamber of Secrets will always hold a special place in my heart.
3. What is your least favourite Harry Potter book?
Answer: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Ironically enough, when I really sat down to think about it, I’d have to say that The Chamber of Secrets is my “least favourite” book. I mean, of course, I love it and it is still dear to my heart (five out of five teacups and all that jazz.) However, in the grand scheme of things, I think I enjoy rereading the others a little more? It hurts my soul to even write this because I love The Chamber of Secrets so much! It’s funny because when I first read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I thought that it was my least favourite book. After many years and rereads, Order of the Phoenix has become a particular favourite to revisit because it immerses you so deeply in the world. First of all it’s huge, and secondly we are exposed to so many amazing things (i.e. Dumbledore’s Army) and not so amazing things (i.e. Bitchface Umbridge.) Due to the fact that Order of the Phoenix has risen so high on my list, Chamber of Secrets has to take its place 😦 (But again, AMAZING BOOK ❤ )
4. What is your least favourite Harry Potter movie?
Answer: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I’m sensing a pattern here. Being my favourite book, I think it’s only natural that Half-Blood Prince became my least favourite movie. That being said, there are more elements at play here than the butchering of a fave. Of all the Harry Potter movies, I felt like this one omitted the most information (aka pretty much ALL the flashbacks) and the cinematography was just gloomy and unappealing. It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if I’ve only seen this movie a few times. And let’s not get into the “movie Ginny” fiasco. Half-Blood Prince is a book where Ginny really shines – the readers see even more reasons to love her and are completely on board when Harry develops his feelings for her. We all know that movie Ginny was just a bland ghost of a comparison with the feisty red-headed feline we all know and love. So yeah, definitely not my favourite movie!
4. Which parts of the books or movies made you cry?
Answer: SO MANY
What other answer can I give for this one? Let’s go through this book by book…
- Philosopher’s Stone: Yepp, I cried right off the bat because it turns out I was invested right from the start. It sounds cliche, but I was one of the kids that was affected by the Mirror of Erised. When Harry saw his parents in there and you realized that it was because belonging and love was the thing he wanted most in the world, I mean how could that not make you cry?
- Chamber of Secrets: When Dobby gets his sock, I mean come on now.
- Prisoner of Azkaban: The REAL backstory of the Shrieking Shack. Seeing the friendship between Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs was really touching and all the more heartbreaking when we learn of the betrayal.
- Goblet of Fire: DUMBLEDORE’S SPEECH FOR CEDRIC. That is all.
- Order of the Phoenix: Besides the very obvious Veil incident, the scene where we see Mrs. Weasley battle the boggart really got to me. Molly is simply the most amazingly loving woman I have read about in my life ❤
- Half-Blood Prince: Again, besides the obvious, the scene when Harry had to force feed Dumbledore that horrendous potion despite his heartbreaking protests always is so upsetting to read.
- Deathly Hallows: Let’s be real. I was a mess through this entire book.
5. If you could hook up with anyone from Harry Potter who would it be?
Answer: Fred Weasley
Why Fred and not George? I really couldn’t tell you. But these two are my true Harry Potter crushes. I’ve always associated humor with intelligence and they are so utterly charming. They always brighten a scene and the best way to get me to fall in love with you is to make me laugh. Always ready with a witty comment, but at the same time fiercely loyal and loving, Fred Weasley will always own my heart ❤
6. Who is your favourite character?
Answer: Remus Lupin
For most of my life the answer to this question was always Sirius Black. I absolutely loved Sirius and everything he became for Harry after The Prisoner of Azkaban. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love Sirius and I will always want him back, however as I’ve grown up and reflected more on this series and its characters, I’ve come to a realization. One of the reasons I loved Sirius so much was because Harry FINALLY had a father figure who cared about him and wanted to live with him (YES.) I was so excited at the prospect of moving in with Sirius at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban and was so disappointed when it didn’t pan out. That being said, the realization I made was that Sirius wasn’t really all that great of a father figure. Sure he was the most obvious to me at the time, but he is pretty reckless and we can’t ignore the obvious fact that Sirius blatantly sees Harry as James come back to life. Can Harry still have an amazing relationship with Sirius? Yes. Should Harry look to Sirius for guidance or to keep him safe? Maybe not really. Let’s look at Sirius as the fun uncle, shall we? Who then can he really look to for a genuine fatherly love? REMUS LUPIN MY FRIENDS. I am madly in love with Remus Lupin. He is the gentlest, most caring, wisest and just BEST of the Marauders. He is constantly looking out for Harry and genuinely wants best for him, both to keep him safe, but not to treat him like a little kid (see premature teaching of Patronus charm.) Also the romance between him and Tonks? THE SWEETEST. I can go on and on about all the reasons I love Remus Lupin, but this is really supposed to be a quick-fire round. So yes, when I was a girl I was in love with Sirius Black, but as a woman I have the biggest mom crush on Remus Lupin.
Who is your least favourite character?
Answer: Dolores Umbridge
Do I really need an explanation for this one? I feel like this is the most common answers for this question purely because of her incredible sadism and utter horribleness. Umbridge is a truly horrid woman. There are many reasons why I dislike her so much. but I want to talk about the two significant ones here. Firstly, Dolores Umbridge is a perfect example of the corruption of power. Did power corrupt her? I’m not sure what came first, the power or Dolores’s corruption, but one thing is for sure, she uses her position of power in order to do whatever horrible thing suits her fancy. She uses and abuses her power and that turns my stomach. Secondly, the sadism contrasted with her bubbly, pink, little girl voice and outward appearance is simply unsettling. Two-faced people are among my strongest pet peeves, and Umbridge delivers her terror under the guise of a “sweet cat lady.” NO THANKS. That woman is pure evil and I will always feel creeped out and unsettled whenever I read about her.
What are some of your favourite quotes?
Answer: SO MANY
So here we go:
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Albus Dumbledore
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Sirius Black
“Have a biscuit, Potter.” – Minerva McGonagall
““It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.” – Albus Dumbledore
“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” – Albus Dumbledore
“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.” – Albus Dumbledore
“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black
“Don’t let the Muggles get you down.” – Ron Weasley
JUST TO NAME A FEW.
7. If you could perform the Patronus charm, what would your Patronus be?
Answer: Mountain Hare
I have indeed taken the Pottermore Patronus quiz, and it turns out that mine is a mountain hare. ‘Nuff said.
8. If you could have the invisibility cloak, resurrection stone, or the elder wand, which would you want?
Answer: The Elder Wand
A wand that will allow me to do ALL THE MAGIC? Yes please. Really though, even a normal wand would be great thanks!
9. Which house would you be in?
Again, I have taken the Pottermore Sorting quiz (multiple times) and I am a proud Ravenclaw, which if you know me, really doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I love everything Ravenclaw – creativity, wit, learning, constant questioning and a yearning to know more about the world around me. And really, that describes a typical reader does it not? I love that Harry Potter is so widely loved that we have many different types of readers and people that are enough to fill multiple Hogwarts schools, but I am a cliche Ravenclaw reader for life!
10. If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?
Answer: Maggie Smith
This question is so difficult because there are so many amazing people who worked on the Harry Potter movies. If I really had to narrow it down to one, I think I would want to go with Maggie Smith. She just seems like a force to be reckoned with, a real queen, and she has been in the industry so long that she’s bound to have some amazing stories. And if I get to feel like I’m meeting the real life McGonagall, that wouldn’t be so bad would it? ❤
11. Have you played any of the video games?
Answer: Original Xbox version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?
Unfortunately, I wasn’t a kid that grew up with many video games or game consoles in the house (which is ironic since I now have one of the biggest retro video game collections you may ever see in my apartment due to my man’s crazy hobby.) The only thing I owned as a kid was a Game Boy Color, so if I wanted to play anything other that Donkey Kong Country or Mickey’s Dangerous Chase, I had to do so at a friend’s house. The one friend that I had that I remember playing Harry Potter video games with had an Xbox and I couldn’t tell you which game we played. I think it was a game based on The Philosopher’s Stone. Was that released on the original Xbox? Who knows? I will do the research and leave a picture next to this blurb 😛 (Clearly it was not an extremely memorable experience.)
12. If you were on the Quidditch team, which position would you play?
I am not the most athletically inclined person you will meet. Let’s be real, when I was in school, I was too busy reading in the corner to play any soccer games. Despite this, I have to say that I have pretty decent hand-eye coordination. Great for any position in Quidditch really, however the flying and chasing aspects that come with being a Seeker or a Beater really don’t appeal to me, and I don’t think I would be that good at it, so Keeper it would be! I can just sit there and block the Quaffle when it comes my way! Sounds like a deal to me.
13. Were you happy with the ending?
I really don’t know what else to say about this one. I was completely satisfied and loved every bit of these books. I didn’t mind the epilogue and I eventually came to terms with every death and appreciate this masterpiece of literature that Queen Jo has shared with the world. You will not hear any complaints from this gal!
14. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
Answer: SO MUCH
Again, this one is so difficult to sum up with the adequate words. Simple language cannot describe how much Harry Potter has given me over the years. It has taught me so many important lessons about life and people and I truly believe I would not be the person I am today with the certain values and life views that I possess. Jo Rowling is a woman I greatly admire and I think she is certainly one of the wisest people that walk our planet today. She has taught us all so much and was able to create this story and these characters that transcend the page and screen to become so much more. Harry Potter is on a whole other level from any other book that’s out there. I can constantly revisit it and it doesn’t feel like a chore, I can view certain characters, plot points or themes from a different perspective every time and always learn something new. This series is simply amazing and I can’t wait to share it with future students, children, or really anyone I can get my hands on! I think having a story like Harry Potter that speaks to such a vast number of people and can shape the lives of so many is a magical thing indeed.
And that was it! The Harry Potter Tag ❤ This one was a bit of doozy, and now all I want to do is snuggle up and devour this world all over again! Happy Birthday Harry and long live the Boy Who Lived! He will live in our hearts forever ❤
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