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05 August 2009 @ 06:16 pm
Accio meme! Or something.  
There's this HP meme going about (taken from nevermindirah) and honestly, I had to think for a bit about some of the questions because it's been so freaking long since I even participated in that fandom, but from the HBP film it's rekindled the reasons why I enjoyed the series while I did.


List the books in order from your favorite to your least favorite.

1. Prisoner of Azkaban
2. Order of the Phoenix
3. Goblet of Fire
4. Half Blood Prince
5. Deathly Hallows
6. Sorcerer's Stone
7. Chamber of Secrets

List the movies in order from your favorite to your least favorite.

1. Prisoner of Azkaban: I absolutely adored Alfonso Cuaron and his creative direction, it was a breath of fresh air from Chris Columbus's repetitive directive style and we needed something different, and Alfonso provided that and more! Kept me entertained and the more times I watched it the more and more I noticed things in the background. I kinda wanted him to return to direct Deathly Hallows, just because I think he would do an amazing job like he did with this one.

2. Order of the Phoenix: This was yet another installment I found enjoyable, I liked the characters and the direction, I liked the telling of the story without it being too dull. I thought it was lovely and perfect.

3. Half Blood Prince: While it just came out I really do like what they did with this one, even though there were things missing and I could have done without the majority of the romancing between characters, it had that nice mixture of comic relief in the dark atmosphere and depressing moments of certain characters and what was happening in their world. Overall, while it could have been a bit better in some places it definitely wasn't bad in that regard.

4. Goblet of Fire: You know, this movie had its moments but the editing style done to it was what drew me out from the film, personally. It entertained me, and it was depressing and dark especially towards the end for sure, and I liked the casting for the characters from the other wizarding schools (Krum and Fleur respectively), but I do think they could have done a better job with editing or making the scenes flow together. It seemed rather choppy in the final product.

5. Sorcerer's Stone: Not exactly a least favorite, but certainly not on the top. I think because it being the first film from the first book, it goes into the category of a kids kind of movie, because that's what it was. It was family-friendly and lighthearted compared to the others, nice for reminiscing on.

6. Chamber of Secrets: Least favorite film. The story was good and all but, in directive styles, Chris Columbus went for the long-winded direction and did precisely the same exact thing he did with SS. Just watching it again you can tell that he didn't do anything different, he kept it relatively the same and while yeah, you can argue it's because the first two books don't exactly change in tone (keeping with the family-friendliness of it all until the later books), he really should have tried something different so it wouldn't be boring and dull as it was. I also have to say that the kid actors were slightly stiff, but that's only because they were getting used to their positions and roles. You gotta love them anyway, especially with how they progress later on.

Favorite chapter from your favorite book?
This is where I have to look back and honestly, there is no real answer to this question because for me there isn't one chapter I favor than others. Going through all the books it would be hard to pinpoint that at all, so yeah.

Top 5 favorite characters?

1. Draco Malfoy
2. Harry Potter
3. Hermione Granger
4. Sirius Black
5. Remus Lupin

Five least favorite characters?

1. The Dursleys
2. Ron Weasley
3. Ginny Weasley

Favorite member of the Golden Trio?
Hermione Granger. I loved how she was intelligent and smart and was not afraid to show it.

Favorite family?
I'm not entirely sure. Everyone says the Weasleys but, entertaining as they were, I'm not that huge of a fan of theirs although I did appreciate them being a second family to Harry. Otherwise I have no clue.

Favorite antagonist?
Draco Malfoy. I'll get to him in one of the later questions, of course, but throughout all of the books he's been this bully antagonist to Harry without really being evil, being somewhat snarky and stuck-up, and then the sixth book came along where we see an entirely different side to him up until the end of the series. He didn't do a completely 180 but we saw he's not all that horrible at all, just a bully that needed some growing up to do. But more on that later. ;)

Favorite Death Eater?
Gonna have to go with Bellatrix Lestrange. She's just so sadistically cruel and completely insane and loves it. She's unapologetic and actually enjoys and relishes in being a Death Eater. I would never want to be in the same room with her. She's just that terrifyingly insane.

Three favorite spells?

1. Expecto Patronum (because it's cool to have a Patronus, wonder what mine would be...)
2. Petrificus Totalus (convenient when you really don't want to deal with someone, or just wanna make them listen without giving you shit - which of course could also be done with Silencio or Stupefy as alternatives, but you get the picture)
3. Alohomora (just fun to say, and may be very useful too)

Favorite non-Hogwarts magical building?
13 Grimmauld Place.

Favorite mode of wizard transportation?
I've always been intrigued by the Knight Bus for some reason, not just within the books but in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie it looked totally cool, if a bit dangerous but hey, what's life without a little adventure. I think it would be rad just to get to ride on something like that.

Favorite Weasley?
Eh, again, the Weasley's are not really a favorite of mine. I did enjoy the comic relief of Fred and George and I found Arthur interesting enough, especially with his fascination with Muggles and their contraptions and whatnot. But really, no favorites.

Favorite Order Member?
Remus. Like, duh.

Favorite DA Member?
I'd have to say Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood.

Favorite pet?
Would it be cliche to mention Hedwig? I thought Hedwig's appearance throughout the entire series was sweet because, aside from Ron and Hermione, she was the closest thing to a friend while away from Hogwarts and at the Dursley's. I loved how she and Harry communicated and how much he cared for her, and how amazing it would be to have an owl for not only a pet but as a companion of sorts? It was very sad when Hedwig died, though. :(

Favorite Hogwarts room?
From the films, I've always loved the Great Hall purely for the aesthetics. Overall the most we've seen from both the books and the movies is the Gryffindor common room, it's usually a place where Harry, Ron and Hermione are usually conversing and lounging about, which there's friendship associated with that.

Favorite Hogwarts professor?
Remus Lupin, without a doubt. ♥ He really should have stayed as Defense Against the Dark Arts professor despite everything. He made it all worthwhile and fun.

Favorite non-human Hogwarts resident?
I honestly am not quite sure...

Favorite Tri-Wizard Champion?
Between Fleur and Cedric.

Favorite house elf?
Dobby.

Favorite couple?
I wasn't much of a fan of the couples seen in the books, but uh, James/Lily?

Biggest surprise of the series?
Sirius dying in Order of the Phoenix. I'm sorry, but that really shocked me and I was thoroughly upset over it for a long time. I actually went through a bit of denial thinking that he wasn't really dead, he could come back because it's a magical world and all things are possible. Unfortunately he stayed dead, though in hindsight having a surprise!Sirius would have been unrealistic given the dark atmosphere we were headed towards near the end. Nevertheless JKR, much like Joss Whedon, has a way of pulling those heartstrings, then ripping them out and stomping on them.

Biggest letdown of the series?
This has been debated and discussed many times, but the lacking of inter-house communication and acceptance particularly towards the end of the series when it was essential everyone must join together to defeat Voldemort and the other dark wizards. While there are many ways to look at this, as something the reader should conduct themselves and whatnot, I do think JKR should have at least made it not as stereotypical for the sorting of the Houses at Hogwarts, let alone the ostracizing one House from all others (i.e. being in Slytherin meant you were bad/evil whereas the rest were good or tolerate, etc.) I mean, I understand the concept of teaching that we should accept everyone for who they are, the sorting system at Hogwarts and the bigotry presented in the whole idea is deeply flawed, and I do wish we could have explored more into fixing that (something the epilogue should have focused on, imo).

One character you wish lived?
Sirius Black, no contest on that question.

Moment that will always make you cry?
Again, Sirius Black in OOTP. It really did affect me deeply and I am not ashamed to admit it, either.

Ron/Hermione or Harry/Hermione?
Harry/Hermione. I never quite understood the appeal Hermione saw in Ron, they really aren't that compatible and she should at least try to find someone that respected her in ways. She could have done much better. Although I will admit that while I didn't like them hooking up in the books, I do appreciate how they kind of set things up gradually in the movies. Not like the mess that is Harry/Ginny, which is so random and strange and ultimately stupid overall. There is no compatibility there either, there is nothing indicating he ever liked her prior to the sixth book and even so, why? I felt it was just a justification to have Harry be James while Ginny be Lily (which I am calling the Oedipus complex on this one, gee thanks Rowling for that). I would have preferred Harry to be with Hermione, or even Luna for that matter.

And this question is reminding me why I disappeared from the HP fandom altogether. If you didn't like either Harry/Ginny or Ron/Hermione you were automatically shunned from fandom and bashed for liking something that wasn't canon. Or worse, if you liked Harry/Hermione for whatever reason you were called "delusional". :/ Stay classy, HP fandom.

James/Lily or Snape/Lily?
James/Lily. ♥ Though I do admit the idea of Snape/Lily, particularly in their Hogwarts days, would have been kinda sweet. Just saying.

Do you think Harry Potter is better than Twilight?
How is this even a question? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! I mean, I know people like what they'll like regardless and they have that right to, however in terms of creative writing and making a fantastical world and characters that people can relate to on some level, Harry Potter is far more superior than Twilight will ever will be. Without a doubt. Also, J.K. Rowling is also a far superior writer than Stephanie Meyer, by a freaking longshot.

Are you going to go / did you see the Half Blood Prince in theaters?
Yep, saw it and loved it. Will be seeing it again on IMAX soon! :D

Do you own the books/movies?
Oh honey, you don't even know. I have all seven books (hardcover and paperback), all the currently available movies on DVD, the last two I have in both regular and special edition, also the audio-CDs to play in the car, and I also have some merchandise and collectible items from the franchise as well. You would never have believed I was a Harry Potter fanatic back in the day, those of you who didn't know me from before.

Have you ever played any of the video games?
Strangely, no. I'm not that attracted to video games in general so that wouldn't have caught my attention.

Do you think it would be cool to have a pet owl?
Yes. I think they're pretty, perhaps a bit spooky if they stare at you intensely with those huge eyes of theirs. But very beautiful animals nonetheless.

How about a rat?
Eh, maybe. We had a pet rat in my science class back in high school, few students was assigned certain tasks to take care of him each week. But that's just about it. The only rats I've seen are ones that run along the pipes in our neighborhood, which are probably carrying diseases of sort kind, so no.

Have you ever listened to the soundtrack?
Of course, from all the films (though I do have to saw the HBP score is less than impressive).

Which house would you want to be in?
As of this moment probably between Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

Do you like Draco?
Absolutely. I think looking back at the series, I've found Draco the most interesting character because of the outcome later. It's actually quite a shame that, other than what occurred in HBP, JKR never expanded or explored his character more. In fact I think she's very perplexed at why many fans do like or even love Draco the way we do, but to me I've been more intrigued with the ones we're supposed to dislike by default because there's always layers underneath (i.e. the Cylons in BSG, for example, clear antagonists and enemies to humanity except the lines are very much blurred the more we got into their side of things). Those kinds of explorations are much more intriguing, personally. I found Draco and the Malfoy family incredibly complex despite the implications given in the books, that while Draco was a spoiled brat and a bully most of the time there was more to his character than that simplistic cardboard facade we saw him in.

Really, I could go on about why I really like Draco in the HP series, but I'll just leave it at this for now. Unless someone wants me to elaborate, of course. ;)

Would you ever enter the Triwizard tournament?
Unless I had a death wish. I mean if it were something without all the dangerous fatal obstacles, I would for the adventure. But given the risky operations and tasks the students had to undergo? Fuck that.

Would you keep your money in Gringotts?
If properly ensured, of course. It would be a nice backup in case something happens in the Muggle world and its banking systems. *is totes not worried about what might happen to her money, nope*

Do you think you would enjoy being a witch/wizard?
I think I would be like Harry when he first discovered being a wizard, incredibly fascinated by everything. I'm not sure how well I'd fit into the whole wizarding folks, but it would be quite an experience. Remember kids, use your powers for good, not evil!


Holy crap, I still can't believe how much I remember. How strange is it that, after all this time, this is still an amazing series? I mean I have my issues with certain things that happened and with fandom sure, I'm no longer a huge fanatic and have moved on to other things, but overall Harry Potter still remains in a special place in my heart. ♥

Uh, yeah. This is me, reminiscing my HP days. Heh.
 
 
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kitchensexslave: what do you want mr spock?kitchensexslave on August 6th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
*sniff* This has brought back so many memories, I may have to snag it and fill it out myself!

I totally agree with you on Harry/Ginny - it's always bothered me that Ginny never seems to get over this crush she's had since before she's even met Harry, and I can't see how that would ever let her develop into being her own person. Plus - chemisty=zero. I'm not really aware of that part of fandom though, so I didn't know the non-canonical shippers were sneered at - I actually assumed that no one shipped the canonical ships. Oops. Just must be my reading habits!
Renée: DH. Alpha. People day.rogueslayer452 on August 6th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
I've felt it was kind of a copout just to have the trio tied together afterwards or something, very cliche and boring. I just don't get it. And don't even get me started on the epilogue. I would've preferred if Harry had either met some random girl or hadn't been romantically involved with anyone at all. :/

Yeah, that was the majority of the shipper wars, and they accepted non-canonical pairings because the people who liked canonical pairings knew it would never happen, unlike theirs (some calling it before the series ended, thinking they were right and others were wrong - and shit hit the fan once the series did end, name-calling and told-ya-so's and "your ship is so wrong" and all that nonsense). It gets rather catty and bitchy from both sides, hence me distancing myself from fandom altogether.
kitchensexslavekitchensexslave on August 7th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, while some people do end up with people they met when they were very young it's a bit of a stretch.

Heh, so unlike SPN fandom where canon shippers are looked at funny and the main pairings are either incest, blasphemous or RPS.
Renée: Castiel. Nngh.rogueslayer452 on August 7th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, but in SPN there really isn't a canon ship that has lasted longer than, like, an episode. Hence all the incest/blasphemous and total crack!pairings. Of course the majority of the canonical hookups are a hit-or-miss even for that brief moment so, heh.

I find that kinda funny.

XD