Before progressing too far into my Harry Potter reread (which I’m planning to continue during Banned Books week!), I figure I should do the Harry Potter tag. Want to know my favorite book, my favorite character, and my Hogwarts house? Keep reading!
I feel like it’s really popular lately for everyone to say that the Prisoner of Azkaban is their favorite book, which is super lame because it was my favorite book before it was ever popular like this! In all seriousness, though, I think the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Prisoner of Azkaban have always been my two favorites, but I prefer the Prisoner of Azkaban a little bit more because you get to meet Lupin and Sirius Black and Harry gets the Maurader’s Map and learns more about his parents. And you get to go to Hogsmead! And Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup! There are just so many great parts of the wizarding world that are introduced, plus you get a lot more backstory in preparation for the second half of the series. It’s great.
Ugh. I watched all of the movies and I’m sure I’ve rewatched all of them as well, but I’m actually kind of ho hum on the movies. Don’t get me wrong, I totally saw all of them in theaters and camped out for the midnight premier of the last one, but they’re not what I gravitate towards when I want to watch something. I did like that the Sorcerer’s Stone was really true to the experience of the first book, and they did an excellent job of casting a number of characters throughout the series, but I really don’t have a favorite. Though I did really like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, especially since it was set in New York!
Least Favorite Book
So I started reading Harry Potter right after the fourth book came out, which means that I reread the first four books over and over again in anticipation of the fifth book. And what gradually started to happen is that the first and third books became my favorite, and the second and fourth became my least favorite. And I haven’t reread books five, six, and seven enough times for them to change that ranking, at least as far as my least favorites. Of the two, I think Chamber of Secrets is probably my least favorite. There’s just so much fear at the school and it takes away from the magic of Hogwarts that you really get to experience in the first book. Also, I hate spiders. And snakes.
Parts of the Books/Movies That Made You Cry
Wow, so many parts. I had a really hard time accepting Sirius’ death. Harry just found him! Obviously Hedwig and Dobby and Dumbledore’s deaths were really hard, too, but I’m pretty sure I flat out bawled when Harry went into the woods in the seventh book. That’s probably the scene that made me cry the hardest. Though not going to lie, I started tearing up a little bit at the end of the first book this last time. So many feels!
If You Could Hook Up With Any Harry Potter Character, Who Would it Be?
You know, I’m going to pass on this one. I really enjoy the characters in Harry Potter, but I never really had a crush on any of them, and that still hasn’t changed over the years.
I’m not sure I have a favorite. Maybe Hermione? Or Dumbledore? Actually, you know what, I think it’s Fred and George. They always provided great comic relief and had some of my favorite lines in the series, and I loved how they did their own thing. Plus Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes was genius. I was so devastated when Fred died.
What Would Your Patronus Be?
So Pottermore tells me it would be a dolphin. That seems kind of weird to me, though, just because they’re sea animals and I have a hard time wrapping my head around them running around like Harry’s Patronus did. So I wonder if I wouldn’t have something more like a wolf or a fox, maybe? Idk. Though a dragon or unicorn would be pretty awesome…
Which of the Deathly Hallows Would You Choose?
Is there any other choice, really, than the invisibility cloak?
What House Would You Be In?
So I’ve always waffled on this one a bit. I think Ravenclaw seems like a natural choice for me given my love of reading and learning, but I read somewhere that Ravenclaw’s are super competitive about their grades and I’ve always hated being competitive about grades, which makes Ravenclaw seem like less of a fit. And I’m not sure I value intelligence as a character trait as much as Ravenclaws do. Plus Pottermore sorted me into Hufflepuff, which has always seemed like the lame house and I dislike the house colors, but it kind of makes sense given their dedication to justice and fairness. Various quizzes tend to sort me into either house with a slight preference towards Ravenclaw, and since I figure I can pick whichever one I prefer, I decided to go with Hufflepuff. Their common room sounds way cooler. Plus JK Rowling said we should want to be Hufflepuffs, so I’m going with it.
Bonus Question: What Ilvermorny House Are You In?
This question wasn’t in the original tag I saw floating around the internet, but I thought it’d still be fun to include. Pottermore sorted me into the Horned Serpent house. I don’t have much comment since I don’t know anything about Ilvermorny, but I would love to see some stories set there!
Bonus Question: What’s Your Wand?
Another question I thought would be fun to add! Pottermore gave me an elder wood wand with a dragon heartstring core. It’s 13 inches and has unyielding flexibility. I think it’s a great wand, actually, based on what Pottermore told me about it. It sounds very much like it’d be my type of wand if the wizarding world were real.
If You Could Meet Any Member of the Cast, Who Would It Be?
Um, I can’t say I’m super interested in meeting any of the cast members? I’d love to meet JK Rowling though! If we’re sticking with cast, I feel like you can’t go wrong with Alan Rickman (if he were still alive) or Emma Thompson or Michael Gambon or Maggie Smith. They had so many amazing actors appear in the Harry Potter series that I really didn’t appreciate when I was younger. Although actually, maybe I’d pick Emma Watson. We could totally talk books.
Have You Played Any of the Video Games?
I think I did as a kid, but I really don’t remember them anymore.
If You Were on the Quiddich Team, Which Position Would You Play?
Probably chaser? I absolutely would not be a beater, and playing goalie never appealed to me, so I’d probably skip keeper. But I think I’d want something more active than being the seeker.
Were You Happy with the Ending?
Yeah, I think so. I was really happy that Harry lived, and while I was not happy about a lot of the deaths, there definitely had to be some or it wouldn’t have felt real. I didn’t care as much for the epilogue, just because I’m not sure I ever liked Ron and Hermione together much or Harry and Ginny. And their kids’ names were a little too gratuitous for me. But overall I was satisfied with the ending. I’ll be curious to see what I think of it this time around.
How Much Does Harry Potter Mean to You?
I mean, I don’t think words can properly explain what Harry Potter means to me. I was part of the generation that grew up with Harry, and the conclusion of the books (I was 15) and the movies (19) felt like the end of my childhood. My sisters and cousins and I were obsessed with the series and would build Hogwarts out of cardboard boxes in my grandma’s basement and rubberband pens and feathers together to make quills. Plus it just paved the way for so many other books down the road. I could really go on and on, but I think the simplest way to put it is that Harry Potter was an intrinsic part of my childhood, and I can’t imagine growing up without it.
That’s it for this tag! Let me know in the comments what your Hogwarts house is and which book is your favorite! Or just answer all of the questions…