You know what is amazing? Harry Potter. And because my friends know that I’m obsessed, it’s only natural that they show me some amazing HP-related stuff. The lovely Corinne suggested that I kick off my new blog with this Ultimate Harry Potter Tag. I’m sure the original post dates back handfuls of blogs, but she came across the post here. Thanks to Corinne for sharing, and to Mina/Amelia for posting.
The questions and my answers are below. I never know who to tag in stuff specifically, but I hope some of you decide to participate on your own blog.
1. Favorite book?
I’ll shamefully admit that I haven’t read all of them all the way through in years so my opinion could be different, but for now I’m saying Half Blood Prince. The memory scenes and all the Snape stuff… perfection.
2. Least favorite book?
Chamber of Secrets. I don’t think I’ll ever be a huge fan of it, but I certainly don’t hate it either. Like all of the books, it has its moments.
3. Favorite movie?
This also changes the more I watch the movies, but currently I love the second Death Hallows movie best. I mean, really…
4. Least favorite movie?
Again, Chamber of Secrets is at the bottom for me.
5. Favorite quote?
Here’s one good thing to come from Chamber of Secrets: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore
6. Favorite Weasley?
Ginny, but only in the books. She wasn’t done justice in the movies.
7. Favorite female character?
I’m torn between Hermione and Luna. Okay, and Ginny. They’re all amazing.
8. Favorite villain?
Umbridge. She’s damn vicious.
9. Favorite male character?
Book: Sirius Black
Movie: Severus Snape… because Alan Rickman
10. Favorite professor?
I’m also torn on this one. I loved Lupin as a professor, but overall I’m going with McGonagall. Talk about a regular badass with a side of sass.
WOULD YOU RATHER
11. A. Wash Snape’s hair, or B. Spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?
I would rather deal with Snape’s hair for some small number of minutes than listen to Lockhart all day. It would be gross, but at least it would be over quick.
12. Duel A. an elated Bellatrix, or B. an angry Molly?
Angry Molly is terrifying, so I’d duel an elated Belatrix.
13. Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express, or B. flying car?
Hogwarts Express. That car cannot be trusted.
14. A. Kiss Voldemort, or B. Give Umbridge a bubble bath?
Again, I’d go with the quicker option. I’d rather kiss Voldemort.
15. A. Ride a Hippogriff, or B. Ride a Firebolt?
Hippogriff. If you’re smart about it and not like idiot Draco Malfoy you have nothing to worry about.
BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION
16. Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies vs. the books?
GINNY! What were they thinking with the movies? By that, I mean the writing. Bonnie is lovely.
17. Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?
18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
It still feels like a strange trick of fate that Dumbledore’s portrayal changed when it did. A softer and more grandfather sort of Dumbledore felt comforting to set the scene for the series and get Harry comfortable in his life as a wizard. As the story progresses and becomes darker, we see a more intense and even darker Dumbledore. I remember being upset over the change at first (and obviously upset over the death of Richard Harris), but in the end it’s hard to imagine the movies going any other way. Ramble aside, I’m going with Michael Gambon.
19. The top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movies that annoyed you the most.
I wanted to see more memory scenes in Half Blood Prince, particularly in relation to Voldemort’s ancestry. I think a large part of what Dumbledore worked to accomplish felt less intense due to these missing scenes.
20. If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?
It’s hard to imagine remaking any of the movies now that they are all out there and I’ve watched them all dozens of times. I forced myself to see the movies as something separate from the books in order to keep myself from getting upset about every little change and detail. If I have to pick one… Goblet of Fire.
21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore (or another online sorting quiz)?
23. Which class would be your favorite?
I’d enjoy Charms class the most.
24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
25. Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?
I’d probably be in a little nerd club with Luna and Neville. Socially Awkward Penguins (SAPs) unite!
26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
Invisibility Cloak. I’m not interested in bringing back the deceased, nor do I feel a need to go around being all powerful with people wanting me dead. I guess I’m just boring that way.
27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
I don’t want to think about what could/should have happened in a serious that has such a massive impact on my life. Also, don’t mess with a masterpiece.
28. Favorite marauder?
29. If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?
This goes against what I said about not wanting to change anything, but I’m going to answer this anyway by saying Fred Weasley. I saw the necessity in most of the deaths throughout the series, but Fred was completely unnecessary. Picturing George alone in the world without his twin makes me incredibly sad.
30. Hallows or horcruxes?
Hallows. No one wants Voldemort’s stinky soul objects.