Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Harry Potter Tag

I know this tag is a little out of date, but hey - so's my blog. Any excuse to blog about Harry Potter would be fine my me, but what better day than 1st September, aka Hogwarts Express Day? I will try not to bang on too much here and be concise, but I once wrote an 11,000 word dissertation about these books; I have a lot to say!

1. What is your favourite book?
I find this genuinely hard, as I hate to play favourites, and each and every book has some truly amazing moments. I really loved Half-Blood Prince, as the chapters exploring Voldemort's childhood were just so fascinating and kind of spooky, and finding out about Horcruxes was really satisfying, linking everything up from Chamber of Secrets. It's nice how it all plays out juxtaposed with the silly side of life at Hogwarts, with all the awkwardness of growing up and teenage relationships. However, my husband tells me that last week I declared Chamber of Secrets my favourite book. And I know I have told people in the past it's Order of The Phoenix. Oh and while I waited for Order of the Phoenix, I read Goblet of Fire until the cover fell off. Tomorrow, I'll probably say Prisoner of Azkaban. Yeah, it's Order of the Phoenix. I'm rubbish at this. 

2.What is your favourite film?
This one definitely is Half-Blood Prince. The acting just seemed to get loads better, and the tone seemed much darker and yet much funnier than ever before. I loved Ron's gross relationship with Lav-Lav, Harry's new-found hilariousness (the whole Felix Felicis scene, and being suddenly okay with being The Chosen One when it's making girls fancy him) and Tom Felton got to show a whole new side to Draco, and really pulled it out of the bag. 

3.What is your least favourite book?
I hate to say it, but this is kind of easy. Deathly Hallows just never made me love it in the same way as the others did. Maybe it was because it was set at Hogwarts, maybe it was the cheesy final chapter, or maybe I just can't forgive her for Fred. It had its amazing moments though, from Dudley's cold cup of tea (sob!), to "Not my daughter, you bitch!"

4. What is your least favourite film?
This is a tricky one. It's more moments in the films that annoy me, and so I'm trying to decide which films had the most annoying moments. The third film annoyed me for Lupin (weird casting) and Hermione's line about what her hair looks like at the back (because all girls think about is hair, right?). The fourth film could deserve this title for shouty Dumbledore ("DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIRE?") and lack of periwinkle blue dresses. However, I think I will give it to the last film, despite truly amazing moments, for the weirdness of Voldemort. Hugging Draco, acting kind of camp, and instead of just dying, becoming suddenly butterflies; I don't know what was going on with him. 

5.Which parts of the books/films made you cry?
I didn't think I cried at the films at all, but the husband just reminded me of Snape crying over Lily's body, and I could cry again just remembering it. Alan Rickman seriously nailed that whole character, from his first scene to his last. I cried a good few times reading the books, but it was the last one that destroyed me. I think I sort of drifted in and out of tears throughout! It started with Dudley and that cold cup of tea - come on, other people cried at that, right? Right? I think Fred got most of my tears though. I am still in denial over Fred. 

6. If you could hook up with any character, which would it be?
Hot though my Sirius is, I think I'd go Weasley. Maybe Bill? 

7. Who is your favourite character?
Another toughie! I think it might be Hagrid though, because when it came down to it, when reading the last book, he was the one I just kept worrying about and thinking "Not Hagrid. Not Hagrid." over again whenever things got murder-y. He is just so loveable, and has nothing but good intentions. He loves Harry, and Ron and Hermione too, like family, and just totally lacks any malice or vanity. His only weaknesses are that he likes a drink and he goes a bit nutty over his pets, and I can relate to that!

8. Who is your least favourite character?
I immediately thought of Umbridge here. She's an amazing character, but so totally detestable. The whole pink-and-kittens exterior makes her seems even more sinister, and Harry's detention was the nastiest thing. It would be easy for such a boo-hiss villain, with no redeeming qualities, to come off just cheesy, but she's well written enough for it to work. 

9.What is your least favourite line?

"“Albus Severus," Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear."

I mean, the whole chapter was bothersome, but this. No.

10. What would your Patronus be?
A penguin. Just waddling away at those Dementors, all cheerful with short legs.

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