Okay listen, I’ve had this tag stashed away for the one-year anniversary of my blog, but as I missed the opportunity to publish it on the actual day of my blogoversary (June 5th), I am pulling it out of the bag for the final day of the Harry Potter anniversary event! A bit of a cheat, yes, but as this post was meant to be published a few weeks ago, I feel like this tag is long overdue anyway. So hup, let’s go.
(***By the way, if you’ve seen these exact answers floating about the blogosphere, just know that it’s a re-post from my old blog. Also, I lengthened this tag from 30 to 50 questions because when it comes to my love of Harry Potter, I’m extra like that. 😛 )
1. Favorite book in the series?
Goblet of Fire. People complain about how long and unnecessarily detailed this book is, but I like that how it coughs up so many random details I can geek out over.
2. Least favorite book?
Deathly Hallows. It’s so tonally different from the rest of the series, and it spends too much time away from familiar characters. Oh, and those characters just DIE in the end. Moody!!! Hedgwig!!! Dobby!!! Fred!!! Lupin!!! *continues shouting into the night*
3. Favorite movie?
Philosopher’s Stone. For me, it’s the most visually pleasing movie of the franchise, and there are a lot of quiet and reflective scenes that ground this movie on an emotional level for me: the other movies don’t quite achieve this level of purity I think.
4. Least favorite movie?
Goblet of Fire or Order of the Phoenix, I mean, they’re so watered down and gimmicky. The Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students being portrayed so cheesily, Percy’s entire feud with his family being omitted, the romance drama…ugh, no.
5. Favorite quote?
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry. But why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Albus Dumbledore
“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” – Luna Lovegood
“Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.” – Mad-Eye Moody
6. Favorite Weasley?
I like all of them, but I gravitate towards Percy. He’s one pompous bastard, but his snobbishness makes me laugh. And I love how complex his arc is! Especially with him being the last person that Fred ever spoke to; there’s something poetically tragic about the fact that they reconcile for the first time in YEARS before Fred dies. *sniffs*
7. Favorite female character?
McGonagall! I love that she’s warm, but never allows herself to be cowed by authority. Like when she’s yelling at Fudge for bringing a dementor into Hogwarts, or charging at the Aurors when they’re attacking Hagrid, or calling Umbridge out on her bullshit.
DAYUM she’s fierce! Not to mention hilarious; I mean, remember this?
“Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth, “It unscrews the other way.”
8. Favorite villain?
Barty Crouch Jr., a.k.a. Imposter Moody. I know he only lasted one book, but I think if he’d made it throughout the entire series, he would’ve made a really intimidating and complex villain. I mean, he’s cunning as Snape (he fooled Dumbledore, whoa) and his obsessive loyalty to Voldemort matches that of Bellatrix. SCA-RY.
9. Favorite male character?
I would’ve said Harry because he’s modest, relatively chill, and he’s the kind of friend I’d like to have. But after his whole puberty ordeal in Order of the Phoenix, I’d probably go with Malfoy (he’s always an interesting character) or Lupin (he’s so likable!).
10. Favorite professor?
Lupin. He’s just NICE, and seems to be the kind of teacher who won’t play favorites, the kind to bring out the potential in meek students like Neville.
11. Would you rather a) wash Snape’s hair or b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?
Neither seems that bad to me? But to save time, I’ll go with the shampoo and get it over with. Tergeo! See how easy that was?
12. Would you rather duel a) an elated Bellatrix or b) an angry Molly?
Look, Molly Weasley is a badass, but Bellatrix’s maniacal face while I’m dueling her would make me pee in my pants, and then she’d kill me while I’m distracted.
Therefore, I’d much rather duel an angry Molly. At least she can be reasoned with, doesn’t look scary af, and (probably) wouldn’t kill me.
13. Would you rather travel to Hogwarts using a) the Hogwarts Express or b) a flying car?
Sure, I’ll give the flying car a go! But in the long run, definitely the Hogwarts Express–I love trains.
14. Would you rather give a) Voldemort a kiss or b) Umbridge a bubble bath?
Eww, Voldemort is like 70 years old! If this was a handsome teenage Voldemort, I’d have no qualms about digging in, but even then, it’s so much easier to dump Umbridge in a bath full of bubbles and walk away, am I right?
15. Would you rather fly a) a hippogriff or b) a Firebolt?
Hippogriffs are nice and all, but I slip off horses even in a saddle. Definitely Firebolt because it’s light, accessible, and doesn’t have a mind of its own.
16. Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?
Snape. He’s nowhere near as vile in the movies as he was in the books, and Alan Rickman made Snape’s character downright likable.
17. Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
Maybe Philosopher’s Stone? Simply because I can visualize all the wand-waving, Diagon Alley shopping, and Hogwarts’ warm and fuzzy delights. (Also, it’s the only movie in the franchise that legitimately made me tear up.) Otherwise, books ftw!
18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
Definitely Richard Harris. I like how he seems to embody Dumbledore’s light-hearted and gentle spirit a bit more, whereas Michael Gambon was a bit humorless and rather intimidating at times. (Scratch that, he was intimidating all the time lol.)
19. Your top thing that you wanted in the movies that wasn’t there?
They left Dumbledore’s funeral out, which was a huge no-no for me, and Harry’s reconciliation with the Dursleys was omitted too, which had me hanging like, “WHERE’S MY CATHARSIS YA’LL?!”
20. If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies, which would it be?
All of them. I’m in the minority when I say I kinda hate these movies, but particularly Goblet of Fire; I don’t like Order of the Phoenix either, but at least it was depressing in the way it was supposed to be. Goblet of Fire was downright gimmicky!
21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
My brain told me I was in Ravenclaw–you know, the creative side of me, and I’m pretty smart–but I’m definitely Hufflepuff at heart. And I’d choose Hufflepuff! I think they’d make for better friends.
22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
Ravenclaw, but on subsequent re-takes, I got Hufflepuff too. I still consider myself Ravenclaw since I get that result a lot more.
23. Which class would be your favorite?
Charms would be the most useful, but Divination with Firenze would be amazing since I love star-gazing; you can also take naps on the forest floor if you ever needed to! 😀
24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
Everyone agrees that accio is the most useful, but tergeo anyone? You can clean dishes in the blink of an eye!
25. Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
Luna and Neville for sure, but also Harry and Dean: they all seem pretty chill, which is my kind of people.
26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
Resurrection Stone! I’ll turn away Cloak since having a default option to hide would simply condition me to run away from life, and I don’t see the point of owning a powerful wand if I’m not going to be fighting anyone. Therefore, it’d be nice to just have stimulating conversations with the dead whenever I’m in need of company.
27. Is there an aspect of the books you’d want to change?
The epilogue. It ended on much too predictable a note for me, and I much would’ve preferred the penultimate chapter (with the golden trio in Dumbledore’s office) to be the ending. Much more bittersweet and dashing way to end the series I feel. 😉
28. Favorite marauder?
Once again, Moony! Padfoot is great too, but Lupin has been my favorite character since book 3, and my love for him hasn’t waned since. (Why did he have to die again?)
29. If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?
Hedwig! When she died in the book, I felt like Harry’s childhood had died with her, and I think her return won’t drastically change anything about the story itself except to give Harry the comfort and cheer he needs. SO BRING HER BACK ALREADY.
30. Hallows or Horcruxes?
Hallows, duh. What would I do with immortality besides sitting around eating Chocolate Frogs all day long and contributing absolutely nothing to society?
31. What one moment or event from the books would you choose to experience in person?
Probably the Sorting Hat ceremony or shopping for my wand at Ollivanders. Orrrr, seeing what my Patronus looks like for the first time! 😀 😀 😀
32. Who is your favorite couple from the series?
I dig Bill and Fleur. Their romance making everyone uncomfortable was downright hilarious, and Fleur sticking by Bill after his mishap was such an unexpectedly touching moment. 🙂
33. Who is your favorite Harry Potter actor?
Rupert Grint. I feel like he doesn’t get as much love because he plays one of the least popular characters in the series, but his acting is very natural in my opinion, and he doesn’t make unnatural faces all the time (cough, Emma Watson!)
34. Which character would you choose to be in a relationship with?
Krum! He’s intimidating and socially awkward, but he’s still a sweetheart inside, and that’s all that matters. Not to mention, he liked Hermione BEFORE she was hot. *side eye*
35. Which would you choose to have an endless supply of: Veritaserum or Polyjuice potion?
Veritaserum. It would come in very handy catching serial killers or my sister when she’s smuggling stuff from my room.
36. Which moment from the series made you the saddest?
Sirius’ death, hands down. Not only is his death utterly bleak in that he dies without fulfilling any sort of happiness in his life, but Harry’s reaction to it downright made me bawl. Although I will admit that Fawkes’ departure from Hogwarts after Dumbledore’s death also made me cry pretty hard too…
“As he lay there, he became aware suddenly that the grounds were silent. Fawkes had stopped singing. And he knew, without knowing how he knew it, that the phoenix had left Hogwarts for good, just as Dumbledore had left the school, had left the world…had left Harry.”
37. Which is your favorite favorite Harry Potter book covers?
I really like Philosopher’s Stone, as well as Prisoner of Azkaban (the Mary Grandpre versions). They’re detailed, vibrant, and mysterious, and they give you so many hints and references as to what’s ahead in the story.
38. What form would your Patronus take?
Turtle! I’m slow and contemplative, but it works for me in the long run.
39. What Patronus did you actually get on Pottermore?
A freaking hyena. What the…?
40. If you ever created a Horcrux, where would you hide it?
My copy of The Once and Future King! Books are my soul, and this book is my favorite. As for location, no one’s really looking to destroy me, so I’d just stash it away at the back of my bookshelf; you know, the whole “hiding a tree in the forest” idea. 😛
41. What would be your ideal occupation in the Wizarding world?
Probably a Professor, perhaps a Healer? An author like Lockhart sounds good too though.
42. Favorite creature or pet from the series?
Nifflers! They’re cute as hell, and they’d make me rich beyond belief. Yes, I’m materialistic, WHAT.
43. If you were on the Quidditch team, which position would you play?
Definitely Keeper. I’m quite good at defense, and I don’t think my athletics are up to snuff to play any other position anyway.
44. What was the most shocking or surprising moment in the series for you?
The reveal of Moody as Barty Crouch Jr. in Goblet of Fire, Snape’s betrayal/murder of Dumbledore in Half-Blood Prince, Hedwig and Fred’s death in Deathly Hallows….TOO MANY TO CHOOSE ONLY ONE.
45. What moment in the series made you laugh the most?
Madame Delacour glided forwards and stooped to kiss Mrs Weasley too. “Enchantée,” 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.
46. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
These two! I’ve heard they’re super nice.
47. Which animal would you be as an Animagus?
Ideally something predatory? I don’t want to be eaten alive while running amok in my animal form, so perhaps a hawk for flying, or a whale/shark so I can go deep ocean-diving.
48. Did you ship any couple in the series that didn’t come to fruition?
In a word? Yes.
They looked at each other. Luna was smiling slightly. Harry did not know what to say, or to think. Luna believed so many extraordinary things…yet he had been sure he had heard voices behind the veil too…
“Are you sure you don’t want me to help you look for your stuff?” he said.
“Oh no,” said Luna. “No, I think I’ll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up….it always does in the end. Well, have a nice holiday, Harry.”
“Yeah … yeah, you too.”
She walked away from him and, as he watched her go, he found that the terrible weight in his stomach seemed to have lessened slightly.
49. Which would you choose: Legilimens like Snape, Metamorphmagus like Tonks, or Animagus like Sirius?
I think it’s somewhat foul play to dig around in people’s minds, so I’d eliminate Legilimens as tempting as it is. And while being a Metamorphmagus would be nice, it’s not wholly necessary.
So Animagus it is! Prowling around in another skin would give me the privacy I need, and if I ever needed to dig around for secrets, I’d spy in my animal form. 😛
50. What Harry Potter spinoff would you most want to see?
Marauders, Marauders, Marauders! Any of these characters would make for a brilliantly dark, tragic, and action-packed franchise, and I DEMAND it to make me cry.
Bonus question: Describe your love for Harry Potter in one word.
What she said. 🙂
Now, a word of thanks.
Needless to say, I’ve been badly bitten by the Potterbug, and I should probably get a move on finding a cure for it. I mean, I’m at the age to be over it already, no? But then, who cares. This lovely fandom has given me more hope and pleasure than I possibly could have imagined in my life, and I’m just grateful to be part of it. So thanks J.K. Rowling, and happy anniversary to us Potterheads.
Aaand of course, a huge thank you to the rest of you lovely peeps out there who’ve made this one year of blogging so enjoyable for me! I legit can’t believe people even follow me (like what are you still doing here), but I want to let it be known that you are the reason blogging brings makes me happy, and you bring me joy. So thank you, cheers.