Harry Potter Moment of the Week #43

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: What was your Favorite Lupin Moment?

There are a lot of great moments for the character of Remus Lupin. He’s such a wonderful person, and I appreciated that all of his struggles just served to make him a more giving person. From the moment he enters Harry’s life, Lupin is a calming influence, and he genuinely cares about his well-being.

lupin and harry 1So the “moment” I picked as my favorite is actually a series of small moments between Lupin and Harry. They are quieter moments when Lupin finds Harry in some kind of mental or emotional turmoil, and he gives him some kind of piece of mind.

“Wait a moment, Harry,” Lupin called. “I’d like a word.”

Harry doubled back and watched Professor Lupin covering the hinkypunk’s box with a cloth.

“I heard about the match,” said Lupin, turning back to his desk and starting to pile books into his briefcase, “and I’m sorry about your broomstick. Is there any chance of fixing it?”

lupin and Harry 3“No,” said Harry. “The tree smashed it to bits.”

Lupin sighed. (Prisoner of Azkaban, 186)   . . .

“Did you hear about the dementors too?” said Harry with difficulty.

Lupin looked at him quickly.

“Yes, I did. I don’t think any of us have seen Professor Dumbledore that angry. They ave been growing restless for some time… furious at his refusal to let them inside the grounds. … I suppose they were the reason you fell?”

“Yes,” said Harry. He hesitated, and then the question he had to ask burst from him before he could stop himself. “Why? Why do they affect me like that? Am I just –?”

“It has nothing to do with weakness,” said Professor Lupin sharply, as though he had read Harry’s mind. “The dementors affect you worse than the others because there are horrors in your past that the others don’t have.” (186-187)

Lupin and Harry 2“You made the dementor on the train back off,” said Harry suddenly.

“There are — certain defenses one can use,” said Lupin. “But there was only one dementor on the train. The more there are, the more difficult it becomes to resist.”

“What defenses?” said Harry at once. “Can you teach me?”

“I don’t pretend to be an expert on fighting dementors, Harry… quite the contrary. …”

“But if the dementors come to another Quidditch match, I need to be able to fight them –”

“Lupin looked at Harry’s determined face, hesitated, then said, “Well … all right. I’ll try and help. But it’ll have to wait until next term, I’m afraid. I have a lot to do before the holidays. I chose a very inconvenient time to fall ill.” (188-189)

Lupin is, with so few words, able to give Harry more piece of mind than he is able to find on his own. Harry’s dealing with events so beyond what a 13-year-old should have to deal with and Lupin not only gives him comfort with words but also the physical tools to build back his confidence and adjust to these overwhelming situations. He also gives Harry his first real, tangible connection to his parents, something he’s wanted desperately. So those moments between the two of them, where he finds that connection, are my favorite. I also think that in some way these scenes gives Lupin that same feeling of connection and belonging, which he’s seldom experienced since he lost all of his old friends.

Runner Up for Favorite Moment:

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I think the third year class taking on a boggart might have been one of everybody’s favorite scenes because it was so much fun. Lupin was the first professor that showed us as an audience and his students that Defense Against the Dark Arts could be fun as well as a learning experience. Not that he was ever really unsafe with them. I always enjoyed how well he did as a teacher. He walked the right line between understanding the seriousness behind the course with also making the students feel good about the learning process.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what your favorite Lupin moment in the comments below!

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #42

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: If you had to use one, which Unforgivable Curse would you use?

unforgivable curses

Frankly, I wouldn’t want to use any of these curses. Much as I might act a bit bloodthirsty on occasion, and I fully believe I’m capable of hurting or even killing someone in defense of myself or my family, I would never want to be put in a position where I would have to use something like these means of hurting others. There’s a reason they’re Unforgivable.

the killing curseI suppose that if I had no choice and had to pick one, I’d probably just use the Avada Kedavra, The Killing Curse. While this might seem like a weird choice, choosing the most final and awful of all the curses, I do have my reasons. First, I think I would only use an Unforgivable Curse in the most dire of circumstances when I felt like my back was against a wall and/or my life (or the lives of my friends and family) was in danger. I believe taking a life is acceptable in that kind of situation. If it’s your life on the line, I believe in doing what you have to in order to protect yourself.

Second, I think the suffering from the other two curses, are often more prolonged causing greater harm over a longer period of time. Either one is torture, and while I might believe in taking someone’s life in an extreme situation, I don’t believe in torture. The Cruciatus Curse is the embodiment of physical torture. There’s no way around it, it is pain for the sake of pain, and it’s disgusting. Neville’s parents were literally tortured into insanity using this curse. I don’t think I could bring myself to use it.

And the Imperius Curse may seem like the least of all the evils, but when you think about it, you’re forcing someone to act against their own will, sometimes for extended periods of time. If they ever regain their own free will, how much guilt and pain will they spend the rest of their life carrying around? It’s mental torture. Not to mention, taking over someone’s mind against their will seems like a kind of rape and I just don’t think I’m capable of that either. At least with the Killing Curse, it’s clean and quick. Sudden death. So that’s my choice I guess. There may be no coming back from it, but I think it’s the one I could actual live with myself for committing.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what Unforgivable Curse you would choose to use in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #41

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Which Death Eater would you be?

 

So, a while back we were asked the question of who your favorite Death Eater was, and in truly nerdy fashion, I took a quiz to determine which Death Eater resonated the most with me, and I got this guy…

Barty Crouch Jr quiz result

Of course, I just took it again minutes ago, and I got the same answer. If I were a Death Eater, I’d be one of the only loyal, non-screw-ups there were on this team of baddies. Sure he got his soul sucked out of him for his troubles by the Dementor’s Kiss, but at least you could say he was actually getting sh*t done. Also, he’s a damn good wizard for all that he’s a bad guy. He was strong enough to fight off the Imperius curse, he impersonated one of the strongest good guys around right under Dumbledore’s nose for months with no one the wiser, and he rigged the Triwizard Tournament to bring about old Voldy’s return. (Finally.) I could definitely do worse.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what Death Eater you think you’d be in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #40

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This Week’s Theme: Who would you take to the Yule Ball?

Okay, this was a pretty easy question for me to answer. And as much as I love my guy Harry, he was totally at that age where he wasn’t ready for a formal dance. You only have to look at this to see…

Harry and Ron Yule BallNo offense to anyone who loves these boys (I do too) but they were total Debbie-Downers just because they couldn’t go with their ideal date. Um, welcome to teenage-dom boys. They could have made an effort to have a good time, but they didn’t. So, much as I adore them, nope. At this stage of the game, they’re not for me.

weasley twins ball weasley twins ball 2So, who would I pick? One of these two boys of course.

A. They’re hilarious.

B. They’re older so there’s bound to be less emo-drama, due to more maturity… sort of.

And C. Look at them! They’re adorable and clearly intend to have themselves some FUN! That’s exactly what I would want in my date to a dance like this. Someone who is bound and determined to have fun.

I really don’t see how I could make any other choice. Unless, perhaps I decided to go with their friend Jordan, who I’m also guessing would want to have a good time. Perhaps we would all hang out together, and maybe get kicked out when one of them attempts a practical joke, or spikes the punch.

Any way you look at it, I bet I’d have a good night.

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Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on who you’d want to go to the Yule Ball with in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #39

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Free Week – Favorite Hogwarts House

ravenclaw wit beyond measureUm, yeah, this is going to be a short one for ya’ll. I’m Ravenclaw, all the way! Pretty much every Sorting test I’ve ever taken has put me in this house, and I’ve always been a fan of being a smarty-pants. Add the (mostly) straight A’s from my years of schooling, the fact that I actually LIKE school and learning, and
voluntarily went back to get not one but 2 master’s degrees… Yep. This is my house, these are my people.

Ravenclaw_Crest_1I think we get a bit of a bad rap, because, yes, we like to be right. But what’s more is that this is a group of people that is driven to learn and grow, constantly. We are the kind of people who know that there is never an end to learning something new, about yourself or about your world. So we always have the opportunity to change and become better.

I also like that this is a house that’s not just about intelligence, and book learning, but about creative thinking and finding clever solutions to your problems.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what your favorite Hogwarts House is in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #38

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This Week’s Theme: What was the best Sirius moment?

For me, the best moment with Sirius came early on in the series. After Harry first finds out that Black wasn’t the one who betrayed his family and he is able to envision a happy future with his godfather.

Harry and Sirius“You know what this means?” Sirius said abruptly to Harry as they made their slow progress along the tunnel. “Turning Pettigrew in?”

“You’re free,” said Harry.

“Yes …,” said Sirius. “But I’m also — I don’t know if anyone ever told you — I’m your godfather.”

“Yeah, I knew that,” said Harry.

“Well … your parents appointed me your guardian,” said Sirius stiffly. “If anything happened to them …”

Harry waited. Did Sirius mean what he thought he meant?

“I’ll understand, of course, if you want to stay with your aunt and uncle,” said Sirius. “But … well … think about it. Once my name’s cleared … if you wanted a … a different home …”

Some sort of explosion took place in the pit of Harry’s stomach.

“What — live with you?” he said, accidentally cracking his head on a bit of rock protruding from the ceiling. “Leave the Dursleys?”

“Of course, I thought you wouldn’t want to,” said Sirius quickly. “I understand, I just thought I’d –”

“Are you insane?” said Harry, his voice easily as croaky as Sirius’s. “Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, pg. 378-379)

Of course things go to crap pretty quickly after this, but I always loved the hope that this moment represented not only for Harry, but also for Sirius. It’s the hope that the weight he’s been carrying for all these years will be lifted, and he is truly able to smile and envision a happy future for the two of them. It’s a moment of possibility and freedom. This moment is part of what made this book so special when I read it.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what your favorite ‘Sirius Moment’ was in the comments below!

Fictional Bucket List #43

 

 

Associated Book/Series: Harry Potter, X-Men, Dead Poets Society, Magic School Bus, and Boy Meets World

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #37

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Most anticipated moment?

It took me a minute to figure out what was meant by ‘most anticipated’ moment. I don’t really do much anticipating with books, I like being surprised by the things that happen, and I don’t often “count on” something occurring because that ruins the fun a bit for me. But with certain genres you can anticipate certain tropes or plot moments so and the one thing that I knew was eventually going to happen with this series was this…

 

voldemort and harry duel 1voldemort and harry duel

 

The final battle between Voldemort and Harry Potter was pretty much the only thing that was a guarantee throughout the entire series, so I’m going to choose this as my most anticipated moment. I wasn’t sure of the how, the when, the where, or what it would be, but some kind of showdown was inevitable, especially once old Voldy got his corporeal form back. He would never stop coming after Harry, and Harry would never let him try to take over the world without doing something to stop him. It was inevitable due to their natures. It’s who they are. And I must say, reading this part of the books, I was transfixed. I couldn’t stop reading, and soaking it all in. I thought the Battle of Hogwarts was one of the best battle scenes I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a LOT of battle scenes with all my fantasy books). The movie version was definitely cool, too, but it wasn’t exactly like I’d pictured it in my head. I really would have enjoyed it better if they’d had everyone watching like in the books. The visual effects during the wand duel above were pretty awesome though.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what your most anticipated moment was in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #36

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This Week’s Theme: What Character would you erase if you could?

So, as the previous week might have suggested, I don’t think I’d really want to erase any of the characters from this series, as I love them all, even when they are flawed. Even when I don’t like them, I think they served a really great purpose in the story. So the idea of getting rid of any of them seems a bit absurd. That being said, there is one character that I really soured towards over the course of several re-reads… Cho Chang.

cho chang

Now, here’s my reasoning. I would get rid of Cho Chang because honestly, she serves little to no purpose in the overall scheme of the series. She’s Harry’s first crush, and when we first meet Cho, I can see why. She’s smart, pretty, she’s an athelete on the Quidditch field and that’s someone Harry can admire. I liked that. But as things happen, and you get to see more of her, there’s nothing in her personality to appreciate. After Cedric’s death she becomes one of those obnoxious females who’s rather weak-willed, easily jealous, and hung up on the past. I mean, I get it. She lost someone she loved and she’s young. But I disliked the character choices for her, she stops being able to play, does poorly in school, and caves under pressure. Maybe some see her as being “loyal” to her friend, but I just don’t care. She doesn’t grow through her struggles, she crumbles. I can’t get into her as a character. I don’t find anything redeeming about her in the long run, she just kind of fades. I feel like, of everyone in the series, Harry’s world would not miss this incarnation of her.

That being said, I don’t necessarily think I’d want to get rid of her or erase her entirely. Just this version of her. I’d like her better if she hadn’t been such a blubbery mess that was hung up on comparing Harry to her dead boyfriend. It would have been cool if she’d been just a little bit stronger, and then perhaps the new version of her character could have joined Harry and the DA at the Ministry. He could have experienced his first girlfriend and maybe not been so emo throughout book 5, and then maybe when they went home for the summer they could have broken things off because long distance relationships suck, and maybe Cho would have found someone new in the summer. Or she could have understood that dating someone while you’re still grieving over a lost love is a bad idea, and just turned him down entirely. Then later on in the series, maybe she could have been a little more involved in the final Battle of Hogwarts, because as she is written, I really don’t care about what happened to her.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what character you would get rid of in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #35

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: What Character do you wished you’d invented?

Um, I assume this question means, aside from ALL of them? Hah, cause then I’d be J.K. Rowling, celebrated author who never has to worry about money again, ever. Which would be nice…

But back on topic, this is a ridiculously hard question to answer. For one thing, the main reason that everyone loves these books so much is BECAUSE OF THE CHARACTERS. They’re so wonderfully rich and full of life, and they all have flaws, and great backstories, and everyone has ones that they love, or love to hate. They are what drive the books and the fame. So when it comes to picking one… it’s mostly just another excuse to play favorites. Which I will totally do now.

Hermione with bookOnce again, I’ve got to go with my girl, Hermione. No offense to all the other characters, as I’ve mentioned, they’re all pretty beloved (to me as well as many others.) But Hermione has a special place in my heart, for her strengths and her weaknesses.

I like her best because of how imperfect she is as a person. She’s someone I related to since I first picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone. She’s constantly rushing ahead to find the answers first, to get things right and be the best academically, not realizing all the social consequences for her actions. It doesn’t win her many friends to start off, but she’s not often bothered by that. She understands the value of intelligence, and she knows it’s drawbacks too. I was always driven and determined like her. She learns quickly from her mistakes and doesn’t give up easily. She doesn’t suffer fools or bad behavior well, and she can be cranky, especially when people (friends) do things to jeopardize her good standing. She cares about rules and proper authority. She’s pushy, and bossy. She doesn’t really care (at least, not as much as other people) about her looks, but when she gets picked on because of it, you can still see that it has an effect on her. For all her innate witch-y prowess and skills, she is so utterly human.

hermione thinkingThe reason why I chose her as someone I wish I’d created is because, well, none of the people in this series would have survived without her. She’s such an essential character, emotionally, magically, and plot-wise. Ron and Harry would absolutely have failed school without her, they would have died tragic deaths without her, and they would have suffered emotionally without her. I would absolutely love to be able to write a character who is such a linchpin to the story, who is so captivating, and who also does such a wonderful job of explaining this world to Harry and to us. I think that’s why she resonates so well with people, in spite of her flaws. We might be seeing this world through Harry’s eyes, but he mostly learns about this magical world from his friends, notably Hermione. Her explanations help us as readers to understand how wonderful and amazing things are because she understands the Muggle world as well as the magical one. She straddles the line better than anyone.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what character you wish you could take credit for in the comments below!