This may just be my favorite tag yet, so thank you Rachel at pace, amore, libri for tagging me! Harry Potter is my favorite book series in the universe and it’s had a huge part in making me the person I am today. It’s brought me so much joy. Happy 20th anniversary, Harry ❤
1. Favourite book?
Prisoner of Azkaban or Deathly Hallows. Azkaban probably wins by a hair, but for more sentimental reasons. That book is just the definition of a comfort read for me. I mean, all of them are, but. Azkaban.
2. Least favourite book?
Ahhh probably Sorcerer’s Stone. I still love it, I just like the rest more. I’ve probably read Sorcerer’s Stone the most out of all of them, though (in many aborted rereads of the series).
3. Favourite movie?
Prisoner of Azkaban. I was distraught with disappointment the first time I saw it, but somehow it grew on me and I love the darkness, even though it’s so not the vibe I get from the book. I think it’s just a tone I enjoy in generaI. And for sentimental reasons again. When it was released, I would come home from school in 6th grade and watch the trailer over and over again on the offical Harry Potter movie website (I don’t think YouTube was around then???).
4 Least favourite movie?
Half-Blood Prince. I despise that movie. I’ve seen it only like twice and I want it erased from my brain.
5 Favourite quote?
It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew – and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.
6. Favourite Weasley?
Arthur. He cracks me up. And is just such a wholesome person and father.
Bonus favorite Arthur quote:
Madame Delacour glided forward and stooped to kiss Mrs. Weasley too. “Enchant´ee,” she said. ”Your ’usband ’as been telling us such amusing stories!”
Mr. Weasley gave a maniacal laugh; Mrs. Weasley threw him a look, upon which he became immediately silent and assumed an expression appropriate to the sickbed of a close friend.
7. Favourite female character?
Hermione! She’s got such a fierce heart and I love what an incredibly quick thinker she is. That part at Bathilda’s house?? The entirety of Order of the Phoenix?? Dang.
8. Favourite villain?
Voldemort, but the younger Tom Riddle version of him. The flashbacks in Half-Blood Prince are some of my favorite parts of the books. But I guess that amounts to Voldemort as a whole, so, Voldemort. I’m just fascinated by how he became Voldemort.
9. Favourite male character?
It’s always a toss up between Harry and Neville for me. Harry because he’s just so good and he’s SASSY and his bravery is so full of heart, and just- the whole end of Deathly Hallows. Neville I love because he’s softer and I adore his character development, and he always strikes a chord with me because I identify with him on a certain level.
10. Favourite professor?
WOULD YOU RATHER
11. A, Wash Snape’s hair, or B, spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself.
Definitely B, spend a day listening to Lockhart. Lockhart is hilarious. I remember laughing out loud when I read Chamber of Secrets the first time when I was 9 years old. “Do you live here?” Literally I was in hysterics .
12. A, duel an elated Bellatrix, or B, an angry Molly
Molly. I don’t think I’d have a great chance of survival against either of them, but I’d succumb much faster under Bellatrix. She’d terrify me.
13. Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. flying car.
Hogwarts Express. I’d much rather spend a day eating sweets from the trolly and hanging out with my friends on a magical train, and it only comes once a year! I’ll fly a car another time.
14. A, Kiss Voldemort. Or B, give Umbridge a bubble bath.
Kiss Voldemort. Over and done. Unless maybe he kills me or something. But still.
15. A, ride a hippogriff, B, ride a firebolt
Firebolt, I’d love to ride flying broomstick. And I’d be much more in control. I really have no interest in riding a hippogriff.
BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION
16. Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?
Oh man, very many, and I really want to steal Rachel’s answer about Ginny, but I’ll go with an an opinion that may be unpopular- I really dislike movie Neville from movie 5 on. My main issue is they made him all preachy about braveness, whereas in the books he just…does it. No speeches, no fanfare. He just does what needs to be done. Kill the snake? Kill the snake.
17. Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?
18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
Richard Harris. I don’t like Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore at all.
19. Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most.
Again, I could go on for hours about this question. My biggest annoyance of all the movies was that they had Harry say goodbye to Ron and Hermione before he went into the forest in Deathly Hallows Part II instead of going alone. In the book, Harry very purposefully doesn’t seek them out because he knows they’d try to stop him, and it would weaken his resolve. “He felt he would have given all the time remaining to him for just one last look at them; but then, would he ever have the strength to stop looking? It was better like this.” It makes the whole thing SO MUCH more emotional.
I refuse to believe Ron and Hermione would let him go without a fight, or let him go at all, and I HATE how they let him go so easily in the movie. And THEN to make it worse they have Harry hug only Hermione while Ron stands 5 feet away watching them?? First of all, what the heck, second of all, Harry and Ron are best friends. They’d hug. If such a scenario were to occur.
It disappoints me because the moment Harry realizes what he needs to and that he needs to do it alone is incredibly poignant to me, and it’s such an important moment for Harry’s character. And the part where he stops to talk to Neville…I was so hoping they’d get that in there. OKAY. Rant over. Let me know your thoughts on this, I’m curious.
20. If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?
Half-Blood Prince. They tried too hard with the humor and Ginny was terrible and Slughorn was blah and Michael Gambon as Dumbledore was just no. Everything was wrong and it all felt so anticlimactic.
BUT Order of the Phoenix is a close second because it severely pains me that they didn’t include Harry screaming and hurling things around Dumbledore’s office. Get me that scene ASAP.
21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottemore (or another online sorting quiz)?
23. Which class would be your favourite?
Hmmm maybe charms? Or Transfiguration, but I feel like I’d have a harder time with that. And shhhhh I’d totally love History of Magic. Just maybe not taught by Professor Binns. But especially if I was a muggle born I’d find magical history fascinating (I love the history JK Rowling put on Pottermore).
24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
Oh man. Most useful? Accio probably. Or maybe those cooking spells where they just like, twirl their wands and food comes together in the air.
25. Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?
Dean Thomas seems pretty chill and easy going, I think we’d get along well, though I’d probably think he was too cool for me at first.
26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
Invisibility cloak. I’d love to be invisible. So much free travel.
27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, an event, anything.
Albus Severus’s name. And all Harry’s kids’ names. Come on now, Harry. And the epilogue was pretty corny in general.
28. Favourite marauder?
Remus for sure. I feel like I don’t know James in enough depth to choose him, and Sirius got on my nerves a lot.
29. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
Okay, so even though the deaths were painful it made the books so good? But my heart goes with Fred. If I want to be more generous, though, Lupin or Tonks so Teddy has a parent.
30. Hallows or horcruxes?
Hallows. My soul is staying in one piece, thank you very much.
I’m tagging anyone who loves Harry Potter and thinks this would be fun!! Please make sure to tag me, I love Harry Potter opinions 🙂