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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…

 

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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!

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #28

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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: Best Neville Moment?

nevilleThere are really so many wonderful moments with the character of Neville Longbottom, and I think his development over the course of the series was one of the best stories of character growth and revelation of all J.K. Rowling’s creations. I think he, more than any other character, grows into his own, from shy, bullied, and scared to someone confident and comfortable with himself. It would be utterly impossible for me to pick just one moment that is the “best” because I do think part of makes him such a wonderful character is the course of his life. So I will highlight two times (1 in the beginning, and 1 in the end) when Neville showed how much he had grown.

The first is from Sorcerer’s Stone, and is probably familiar to most of us…

neville i'll fight you “I won’t let you do it,” he said, hurrying to stand in front of the portrait hole. “I’ll — I’ll fight you!”

Neville,” Ron exploded, “get away from that hole and don’t be an idiot –”

“Don’t you call me an idiot!” said Neville. “I don’t think you should be breaking any more rules! And you were the one who told me to stand up to people!” (pg. 272)

neville 10 pointsDoes it work? No, of course not. Neville is decidedly outmatched by Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but I like that he’s taking it upon himself to change his own behavior and stand up for what he thinks is right. He’s spent a lot of time cowering and here he makes his voice heard. He’s not just taking the advice he was given, he’s making his friends own up to the fact that they are trying to take advantage of his good (and timid) nature. I love how Dumbledore takes the opportunity to reward Neville and ultimately present this as an act of heroism. His validation of Neville’s behavior is what really sets the path for Neville to become the confident young man that we see in the final book and films.

Which brings me to my second moment, which takes place in Deathly Hallows (part 2 if we are discussing the films instead of the books).

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This speech, in the films is one of my absolute favorite moments. Everything Neville has learned about standing up for himself and others comes full circle and we see him as the most assertive leader of all the students at Hogwarts. He would be my choice for Head Boy. In the books, his confrontation with Voldemort is a bit more brief and violent as Voldemort uses him as an example to the others and tries to kill him almost immediately.

“But you are a pureblood, aren’t you, my brave boy?” Voldemort asked Neville, who stood facing him, his empty hands curled into fists.

“So what if I am?” said Neville loudly.

“You show spirit and bravery, and you come of noble stock. You will make a very valuable Death Eater. We need your kind, Neville Longbottom.”

“I’ll join you when hell freezes over,” said Neville. “Dumbledore’s Army!” he shouted, and there was an answering cheer from the crowd, whom Voldemort’s Silencing Charms seemed unable to hold. (pg 731)

On the next pages (732-733) Voldemort puts Neville in a body bind (reminiscent of what the Trio do to him in book 1) then puts the Sorting Hat on Neville’s head, and sets it on fire. (YIKES!) And yet, Neville breaks free and pulls Gryffindor’s sword from the hat, and uses it to take out Nagini. (SO AWESOME!) It’s such an epic moment in the books, proving that not only has Neville overcome his timidity, but he’s also become an incredible wizard. I think they did a great job of bringing it to life in the films as well. It’s different, but does an equally great job of showing how and why Neville is a badass.

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 you think the best Neville Longbottom moment was in the comments below!

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #12

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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: Could you ever double as a spy like Snape?

This is a really interesting question for the week. I’m not sure I could ever be quite that good of a spy. I don’t know how I could handle being around Voldemort and the Death Eaters without feeling or giving in to nerves at one point or another. That is part of what made Snape such an incredible spy/character. He never lost his cool (except for one or two times around Harry, towards the end of it all). He remained calm under a level of pressure that must have been astronomical, and he did it without any support. I’ve never really spent much time thinking about Snape as a character/person (I’m definitely prejudiced from my early Harry Potter years) but thinking about it now, I can’t believe what an incredibly strong person he must have been.

Now, in spite of my thinking I could not really have pulled off his double-life, I do think I possess some of the qualities that made Snape such an excellent spy. Mostly this comes from an ability to keep my most personal thoughts and feelings to myself. I’m not that big on sharing my opinions about the important stuff in life unless directly asked, and even then, I’ve been known to be evasive. His love for Lily Evans/Potter was an incredibly closely guarded secret, as was his real relationship with Dumbledore. To be able to bear those things alone is a heavy thing. But keeping your feelings to yourself. That is one of the few ways that I can empathize with him .

 

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 whether you could make as good a spy as Snape in the comments below!