I’ve been a Potterhead since I was 10 years old. I’ve always been a bookworm, and discovered Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while out on one of my many trips to the library. I can still remember being bewitched from the moment I read the description on the back. I got home and devoured the story, immediately becoming a student at Hogwarts, and living their adventures with them.
I saw a post by Lemony Matters – recommended to me by Kate, and decided I’d like to give this challenge a whirl, too. Basically, there are 16 questions/categories, all centred around the wonderful world of Harry and Hogwarts.
So, here is all there is to know about my longest obsession, the Harry Potter series.
- Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
There are so many reasons why this is my favourite. Firstly, Harry meets Sirius! And Lupin! We learn all about the Patronus Charm. Harry gets a Firebolt. Time travel. A werewolf. I could go on. There were just so many twists and turns.
- Favourite movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
This movie was our introduction to the wizarding world. Fans everywhere got to see the characters they had imagined come to life. The casting was wonderful, and the only thing I had a problem with was the colour of Daniel Radcliffe’s eyes. Harry’s green eyes, and their similarity to his mum’s, are mentioned throughout the books. Neither Harry nor Lily had green eyes in the movies, and nor were they even remotely alike. I did, however, nurse a rather massive crush on Daniel Radcliffe. One of my best friends, Roxanne, and I would argue over who he would date if he met us. We were cool.
- Least favourite book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
My main issue with this book was Harry. I know his personality in the book was affected by teenage-craziness and Voldemort-evilness, but I really disliked him. I did not like how he treated his friends, and I just got irritated by him a lot of the time. And then there was Umbridge. More on her later.
- Least favourite film: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Most of my dislike for this movie stems from one scene. Harry’s name has just been announced, and he goes into the room with the other champions. Dumbledore storms in, grabs Harry and yells, “Harry! Did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?” Ugh. Dumbledore just doesn’t storm in anywhere, and he certainly doesn’t manhandle students.
Erm. There were many of these. The only death I managed to get through without crying was Sirius’, and that’s only because it took me completely by surprise. I had to read that bit a good few times before I really understood what had happened. The absolute worst death, for me, was Dobby’s. I cried buckets.
- If you could hook up with any character, who would it be?
After watching the first movie, 11 year-old Divania was quite in love with both Harry Potter and Oliver Wood. So one of them, I guess? Twenty-five year-old Divania…umm…Sirius (Gary Oldman – yum).
- Favourite character: Hermione
She was always true to herself. Once she committed to something, she gave it her heart and soul, like S.P.E.W., for example. Hermione was obsessed with books, too, and I think I can relate to the sort of character who tries to find all answers in a book.
- Least favourite character: Dolores Umbridge
Oooooh this woman made me angry. I don’t think I have had such hatred for a fictional character before. She was just pure evil! And her bloody torture quills. She was written brilliantly, and portrayed perfectly in the movies. All her scenes made me seethe. What an absolute bitch.
- Least favourite line:
This is one of Hermione’s lines from the movie, The Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
“Actually, I’m highly logical, which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook.” I mean…why?! I snorted with laughter when she said this, because it was just absurd. We all know Hermione is incredibly intelligent, and we love her for that. But in the books, she never needs to use big words and convoluted sentences to show us how smart she is.
- What would your Patronus be?
My favourite animal is the orca, so I think that’s the form my Patronus would take. Although, with my luck, it would probably end up being a gecko, the creature I am most afraid of.
11. If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which one would you choose?
The Cloak for sure! The concept of the Stone really freaks me out, and I think the limitless potential of the Elder Wand would probably turn me into a power-hungry terror.
12. What house would you be in?
I’d guess Ravenclaw, based on academics. As much as I’d love to be in Gryffindor and be involved in all their crazy adventures, I don’t think I have what it takes!
- If you could meet any cast member, who would it be?
- If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?
Probably a Beater, just because hitting violent balls at people would be really great for stress.
- Were you happy with the ending?
This is hard to answer. I think the ending was perfect, because we got to see our favourite characters happy. Harry, after all he had been through, seems to live a pretty normal life. I think he deserved that after all the drama, heartache and tragedy of his youth.
But I wasn’t happy it ended, of course. I grew up with the books. I cried when they cried, rolled my eyes at Snape, and laughed when Malfoy was turned into a ferret. These books gave a lonely 10 year-old with a wild imagination hours of enjoyment. And even when I found friends who were not mean preteens, I still went back to read Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adventures.
- How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
That’s another hard one. Like I said, Harry’s story got me through some lonely, sad times. It taught me about the importance of loyalty (Ron), that one should never stop learning (Hermione), that bravery comes from the most unlikely individuals (Neville), that laughter will brighten anyone’s day (Fred and George) and that being weird is actually kind of wonderful (Luna).
I read the series at least once a year, and sometimes more than that if I just don’t feel like I can adult anymore (click here to read Kate’s post about this whole “being an adult” business). I really enjoyed writing this post, and I hope all you Potter fans out there will let us know in the comments below what your favourite/least favourite moments, characters and books are! Also, check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates on Div and Bean’s often weird, mostly wonderful lives!
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