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 #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!

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 #36

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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 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 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!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #34

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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: Favourite book featured within the series? (E.g. Fantastic Beasts)

Okay, so I don’t know that I’d actually want to use this book (it’s not exactly the read-for-fun type) but it is the one that cracked me up the most. Especially the way it came out in the films. It just made me laugh…

Monster book of Monsters

The Monster Book of Monsters… I just… I love it. It was such a fun/funny moment that played out pretty well. Those poor Third-years, they just don’t know what hit em. And Hagrid just couldn’t understand why it was so Monster_Book_Attacking_Neville_Longbottomhard for them to figure it out.

My favorite moment with this book was this one…

LOL, I love Neville. This was a super adorable comedic moment for the actor, and I very much enjoyed it. It also livens things up a bit with all the emo moments going on for Harry.

 

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 piece of HP literature is in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #33

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This Week’s Theme: What would your Animagus form be?

Well, reading this question, I already knew what I thought my Animagus would be, and so I took a little quiz to see if it matched up. It did…

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“The Wolf: Your life is your family. You wrap your mind and heart around them. You are most close to your kids or parents, and you wish that you could be as close as possible to them, even if they’ve already gotten lives of their own. You believe in the family network, and want them to be close to home.

Your home is where your family is, and that’s easy to see, but letting go is one of the toughest things you’ll have to do. You can’t check up on them everyday, or freak out when they’re not around. Just relax and know that everything is okay.”

Now I’m honestly not that paranoid, I don’t freak out when I don’t see my parents or siblings, but I do believe that my life starts and ends with family. My immediate family is fairly large, 3 sisters, two parents, and I honestly adore them. We are fierce in defending each other, even though we can bicker and disagree amongst ourselves. We like to play together, joking and laughing, and we adopt our closest friends into our pack. I’m a nighttime kind of gal, I like being awake when the rest of the world is asleep. I think my affinity for this animal, if it is indeed my “spirit animal” would absolutely make it what I would transform into as an Animagus.

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 Animagus would be in the comments below!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #32

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This Week’s Theme: What would your Boggart be??

BoggartUnfortunately, I’m very aware of what my might come out of the wardrobe if I were faced with a Boggart.

My most knee-jerk fear is a snake (ugh!) I just absolutely cannot handle them. Anything about them. The Chamber of Secrets is like my worst nightmare. *shudders* If I were to have any phobia that the boggart would come out as, it would most likely be that. I can’t look at them, see them on TV. They literally make my skin crawl.

If the boggart were to go after some of my deeper more emotionally-seeded fears, it would probably be someone telling me I’ve just lost my family, or that I’m never going to be successful, or truly loved, ever (sort of like it telling Hermione she failed everything.) Those are the deep, tragic fears that I think we all try not to think about. Those are the fears that have the power to shatter us. Hopefully I never have to face a Boggart, or these real fears either!

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 Boggart would be in the comments below!