It’s July 31, and for me, that means three things. Firstly, it’s J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthday. Second, it’s around this time of year that I always get the urge to reread the books. Lastly, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes out in book form today, and I can’t get my hands on it fast enough, although I am a bit nervous about it.
In writing this post, I wanted to talk about my journey with Harry Potter. I realized I’ve never done so, and felt it was long overdue. However, I quickly discovered that that’s really hard to discuss. Not because it’s complicated, but because I just love the books SO MUCH! I couldn’t condense my feelings down to a sizable amount of text. Therefore, I’ve decided to just do the Harry Potter tag. I’ve seen it on YouTube many times, as well as on blogs. I took the questions from:
I wasn’t tagged by anyone, and I’ve seen variations in these questions, so I just decided to go with this version of it. I’ve tried to remain as spoiler-free as possible.
1. What is your favourite book?
The hardest question for me to answer, because I have two!!! I’ll go with book five, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, though. It’s very, very dark, Harry is extremely angsty, an…there’s just something about it that hooks me, every time! It was really hard to pick this over Prisoner of Azkaban though. What can I say? Sirius Black fangirl, here!
2. What is your favourite film?
I admit that I watched the movies way less than I’ve read the books. However, I’ve always liked the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone best. This is because it’s very faithful to the novel. (Yes, I’m one of those people who go “but it didn’t happen like that!)
3. What is your least favourite book?
This is very easy. My least favorite is book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I just wasn’t as drawn to the plot. There’s nothing I overly dislike, but it’s the book that gripped me the least in the series. However, it’s still an amazing story.
4. What is your least favourite film?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They made the longest book into one of the shortest movies, and I just…don’t get it. So much happens in that book, and I wish more had been included.
5. Parts of the books/films that made you cry?
The death in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!!!!!! I’m still not over it! Plus, all the deaths in Deathly Hallows. At least, those of the good guys. And the part in book one with the Mirror of Erised.
6. If you could hook up with any character, who would it be?
This is a bit of a weird one, as I never read Harry Potter looking for swoon-worthy heroes. However…I’m picking Sirius Black. I’ve always liked him. He’s a good person, with such a tortured past. Sirius is reckless and moody, but…I love him anyway. Besides, I’d feel weird picking one of the teens.
7. Who is your favourite character?
Wait…is this a legitimate question? There are so many!!!! Okay….if I have to choose just one that’s not Harry himself, it’s Hermione. Bookish, super-smart, and an awesome friend, how could I not choose her?
8. Who is your least favourite character?
Umbridge. She’s evil in a way Voldemort is not. I can’t stand her.
9. What is your least favourite line?
I’m not a quote person. But every time Umbridge makes Harry write “I must not tell lies”, I get angrier and angrier.
10. What would your Patronus be?
I’m cheating, and saying a bird. Mostly because I have one as a pet.
11. If you could have the resurrection stone, invisibility cloak or elder wand, which would it be?
Well, the “right” answer is the Cloak. However, if the Elder wand would make me a witch, I’d probably take it.
12. Which house would you be in?
Ravenclaw, because BOOKS!
13. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
Honestly, I don’t know. I mean, the movies were good, but I majorly prefer the books. Am I allowed to cheat and say J.K. Rowling?
14. If you were on the Quidditch team, which position would you play?
I’d be awful at Quidditch, but I’d probably be a Keeper. I don’t have to go through the whole field, weaving between all those players. I’ll stick to my part of the Quidditch pitch, thanks.
15. Were you happy with the ending?
Yes, I do like the ending. The deaths make me really sad, but…I am happy with it. Except those names Harry gave his children. Those could change.
16. How much does Harry Potter mean to me?
I…can’t even say. I love it. It’s the only series I can reread over and over, and not get sick of it. The world, characters, plot…it’s all so fantastic. It’s the one thing I’ll never outgrow. I know everyone says this, but…Harry Potter was my childhood. It made my summer. I can’t go longer than a few months without wanting to reread these stories, and I’m pretty sure they’ll always be my favorite.
I hope we have some Harry Potter fans following us, as I know this was a bit different from our usual content, but I couldn’t let another July 31st go by without acknowledging my favorite books. If you’ve read Harry Potter, what’s your favorite book? If you haven’t, I highly encourage you to give it a try. In the meantime, I’m off to go reread, as writing this has made me eager to do so.