Since I was recently tagged by Alice @ The Geeky Burrow, in place of a discussion post specific to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, this month is about all things Harry Potter. Do you have a Harry Potter related post? Be sure to join the linky below! Every month I’ll feature at least one.
My favorite book of the series is the one that started it all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Not only does Harry find out he’s a wizard, but he’s got the wonderful opportunity to go to Hogwarts, and that means getting away from the Dursleys for most of the year. I also love when Harry meets Hagrid for the first time, the scene when he learns to fly and then uses his newfound skill to stop Draco, and when he and Ron go to save Hermione from the troll.
Your least favorite book?
That’s an excellent question. I don’t know the answer. While I remember most of the first book, even before I started my re-reading adventure, I have difficulty remembering what happened when and what was changed in the movies. It’s been over a decade since I first read the series, and I’ve only just finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. So, for right now, out of the four I’ve re-read, my least favorite is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. However, that’s only because I question how realistic Harry’s character is in this book, having come from an abusive and neglectful family.
The first movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. I love it for the same reasons that I love the first book, but it’s also my favorite because it was my introduction to Harry Potter. When it came out, I had no idea it was based on a famous book series (I was in my 20s at the time). I didn’t know anything about it at all, but I saw a lot of kids running around wearing robes and carrying wands and I (a lover of all things Fantasy) was curious. I saw the trailer and HAD to see the movie. When I found out about the books, I immediately bought the first one, and I’ve been hooked on all things Harry Potter ever since.
Least favorite movie?
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” Part 1 and 2, but only because it was a LONG time before I got the chance to see them and by then I had forgotten most of what had happened in the book. I’ll be doing a marathon at some point after I finish the books, so this answer will probably change.
“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
I did a post all about my favorite Harry Potter quotes.
Fred and George. Yes, I know, that’s two Weasleys, and I’m sure twins hate it when they’re lumped together like they’re the same person, but there’s no way either of them would have been the people they were without the other.
Favorite female character?
Bellatrix Lestrange. I love her name, her craziness, and her complete lack of morality. I’ve always loved villains that fit the Chaotic Evil alignment, though.
Favorite male character?
Hagrid. Who wouldn’t love to raise a baby dragon?!
Professor McGonagall. She is not a woman to be trifled with, but she is always fair, and she can transfigure into a cat.
A. Wash Snape’s hair or B. Spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself.
B. There’s no way I’m getting anywhere near that hair. With Lockhart, I can let my mind wander and think about other stuff while he’s rambling on about all his “achievements.”
Duel A. An elated Bellatrix, or B. An angry Molly
A. I’d fight crazy over a pissed off redhead any day.
Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. Flying car
A. I’ve never been on a long-distance train, and I’d much rather sit and enjoy some magical treats and a book on my way to school than make that long drive/flight.
A. Kiss Voldemort or B. Give Umbridge a bubble bath
A. I’m going to assume I can just give him a quick peck on the cheek, and there’s no way to unsee a naked Umbridge. *shiver-cringe*
A. Ride a Hippogriff or B. Ride a Firebolt
B. Animals can sometimes be predictable. I’d much rather be in control of a flying broom and be to blame for my own injuries than at the mercy of a Hippogriff while in the air.
Is there a character who you felt differently about in the movies VS books?
No, not from any of the books and movies that I actually remember. Perhaps that will change as I re-read and rewatch the movies.
Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?
No. Though the movies are fantastic and exceptionally well done in comparison to most book to movie adaptations, the books are still better.
Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
Richard Harris. R.I.P.
Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most?
I have no idea because I don’t remember.
If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?
Again, I have no idea. I need to rewatch them.
Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart“
Which house were you sorted into on Pottermore (or another sorting quiz)?
Which class would be your favorite?
Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
“Accio,” so when I’m doing research or looking for a particular book, I can just summon the title I want.
Which character at Hogwarts do you think would be your instant best friend?
Hermione, of course.
If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
The Cloak of Invisibility.
Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, an event, anything.
I want to say no, but I really wish Sirius hadn’t been killed. That’s a scene I’ll never forget. I had to stop reading and cry out the feels.
Remus Lupin, a.k.a. “Moony.”
If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
Sirius. See above question about what I would change.
Hallows or Horcruxes?
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This month’s featured post is from Brenda @ The Daily Mayo. She did a comparison of the book and movie versions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
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