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To keep myself distracted....

First, captandor is hosting a friending meme of sorts to help get people more motivated to make online friends during this particular time.

Secondly, there was a particular fandom meme going around not too long ago, but instead of doing it regularly I decided to go ahead and answer for two of my fandoms without any prompting. If anyone wants to give me more fandoms for me to answer with this meme, feel free to do so in the comments. This was just something I wanted to do because a.) boredom and b.) it seemed like fun, and I like talking about my fannish thoughts and opinions so I figured this would be a great opportunity to do so.


HARRY POTTER

Favorite character
Draco Malfoy. This is more relevant towards the end of the series, particularly with Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows where we see a completely different side to his character than the one-dimensional little shit he was most of the series. Seeing the nuance and the depth and layers to his character is what made me even more fascinated with him, and it pains me that we never really truly saw the full potential of his growth beyond that. Following closely is Harry Potter himself and Luna Lovegood as favorite characters; Harry underwent so much trauma and despite all of it he still remained kindhearted and good, and Luna is someone who is just herself and even though she gets bullied and mocked for the things she believes in she is very nonchalant and doesn't let it bother her too much, and I appreciate that.

Least favorite character
Ron Weasley. I would say most of the Weasleys, to be honest. I just never understood why we needed to love them, as I'm assuming they were supposed to the the polar opposite of the Malfoys and yet they still suffered from the same kind of issues re: biases and prejudices.

5 ships (canon or non-canon)
Harry/Draco, Harry/Hermione, Lucius/Narcissa, Sirius/Remus, Krum/Hermione

Character I find most attractive
When it comes to the movies, I'd have to say Lucius Malfoy, particularly during Deathly Hallows because going from a character who exuded the air of well put-together aristocracy and pompous superiority to an unshaven disheveled look was literally everything. Take a character who is supposed to have this elegant look and have them look messy with some scruff and you've got me. I would also say, again from the movies, Sirius Black in Order of the Phoenix. I also love how some fanartists have drawn both Sirius and Remus throughout the years.

Character I would marry
Although he belongs to Remus, I have to say Sirius.

Character I would be friends with
Luna Lovegood.

A random thought
I've always wondered if wizards have ever been to space. Muggles clearly have achieved this, but I don't think I've come across anything definitive of anyone in the wizarding world has ever done something like space travel. Is there a special department focusing on something like that, like a magical version of NASA? Are wizards even curious about going out into space? Would magic even work in space? Are there magical properties that would be impossible for the magical laws to work? Or are wizards so set in their ways that they're not that concerned at all about venturing into space and exploring the galaxy and beyond? It's just something that I've always been curious about.

An unpopular opinion
Aside from Lucius/Narcissa (and the brief moments between Hermione and Krum), I don't care much for the canon relationships and I often felt like most of them were underdeveloped, rushed, mismatched, or just didn't make any sense whatsoever. I don't think writing romantic relationships is JKR's forte, to be honest, because even if you like certain canon pairings a lot of them didn't have proper development that they probably should have had.

My canon OTP
Lucius/Narcissa

My non-canon OTP
Harry/Draco

Most badass character
I think a lot of characters were badass in their own ways. Like, many of them were just children having to overcome such terrible hardships and obstacles that no one their age should be dealing with.

Most epic villain
Well, "epic" is kind of a strong word in this sense. Voldemort was the overarching threat throughout the series, but I would say the most effective villain was probably Dolores Umbridge. She was the absolute worst because we all kind of knew someone like this, whether in a school environment or at work. We all hate this kind of person, the way they act, the way they try to control things, unfair punishments, and they get away with it. Which brings me to the other villain: the wizarding government. The Ministry of Magic, as presented in the series, is shown to be largely incompetent and incredibly prejudiced, and perhaps a good representation of how governments are altogether; messy, not entirely evil but certainly doesn't really help things when untrustworthy and corrupt individuals are in control. It's why I wished we saw at least the outcome of how the Ministry of Magic turned out at the end of the series, was it ever changed? Are there people now working there who are trying to turn things around for the better? These were the questions I wanted answered, or at least get a glimpse of, dammit.

Pairing I am not a fan of
As I mentioned, I don't care much for canon pairings in this series and one of them is Ron/Hermione. I never understood the appeal of them and even with people saying how it was always leading in that direction I never got the sense that they would become a romantic couple. I always felt like Hermione deserved better. Other pairings I'm not a fan of are Draco/Hermione, Snape/Hermione, and Harry/Snape. Now, I can understand why some would find them appealing (speaking as someone who ships Harry/Draco), however they just....do nothing for me.

Character I feel the writers screwed up (in one way or another)
There are so many, but the one that immediately came to mind was Cho Chang. She was just basically there to be the potential love interest and an obstacle for Harry to "get over", in a sense, and it still pisses me off that she was basically used in such a way and then discarded. Cho deserved so much better.

Favorite friendship
Harry and Luna, I really liked how their friendship was depicted, especially since it was born from their connection of seeing Thestrals and how Luna never judged him. I also really loved Harry and Hermione's friendship, as well.

Character I most identify with
I probably most identify with Luna, to be perfectly honest. While I definitely wasn't as carefree, I certainly was someone who was weird and had been teased. It's why, if I ever met her, we would've most likely have been friends.

Character I wish I could be
I honestly don't know.



BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

Favorite character
Faith Lehane. Since I started watching the show when the third season was airing, and her character was introduced during that season, I latched onto her instantly. So I definitely have a bias there. However, her character arc is probably one of my favorites throughout the show. She is such a tragic character, who had such a traumatic past and went down the wrong path and hit rock bottom only to rise right back up and get that redemption arc, one of the perfect examples of a redemption arc done right imho. Her development and growth, I just love her so much.

Least favorite character
Willow, particularly in the later seasons. I didn't like creative choices made for her character, specifically in the sixth season, and I ended up just disliking her character entirely. Xander, as well, which while he was never a favorite looking back at the show he is the only character the never truly grew as a person. He remained practically the same, and never suffered and long lasting consequences of his actions and decisions that affected others around him. And his character is kind of skeevy too, when you think about it. And also Spike, again the later seasons really ruined him. I would've preferred it if he had remained a villain character, or the antagonist who begrudgingly went along with our protagonists. But as soon as that attempted rape scene happened, nope.

And to a lesser extent, Riley Finn. He was just a boring character that had zero chemistry with Buffy.

5 ships (canon or non-canon)
Buffy/Angel, Faith/Buffy, Spike/Drusilla

Character I find most attractive
Faith Lehane. ❤

Character I would marry
Faith, like obviously.

A character I would be friends with
Tara, for sure. And also Oz, he seemed like a genuinely chill guy that I would love to hang out with.

A random thought
It would've been so interesting to have seen Buffy having more dreams and visions connected to past Slayers before her. We only got a few instances, but I would've loved to have just seen more of her having Slayer dreams, getting messages or information from the past, and actually seeing the Slayers that came before her. Not just for her to understand what it's like being a Slayer, but also for us, the audience, to see the different kinds of Slayers that existed through the generations. I don't know, it just would've been cool and fascinating.

An unpopular opinion
I don't think Willow or Xander were entirely the greatest of friends to Buffy, to be perfectly honest. They obviously had their moments and they did come through plenty of times for sure, but overall I don't really think that they were as good of friends as she needed at certain points throughout the show. It's kind of why I really wanted Buffy to make friends and connections with other people outside of them, like how I felt with her and Tara's friendship which we only saw briefly of but never got more than just a few scenes with them. Buffy needed more people she could confided in, and sometimes even if you have a good friend or two, they might not be the best people to go to when you're dealing with something in that moment. Yes, my dislike of Willow and Xander do contribute to my feelings on this matter, but I'm not going to discredit or downplay their importance in Buffy's life. I'm just saying that there are times that I wished Buffy had extended her friendship circle outside of just those two.

I also really loved Dawn. The fact that she got such intense hatred, even still to this day, truly baffles me. She was a teenage girl who acted like a teenager, but she also grew and matured over the course of the show and it's really disheartening seeing people dislike or just outright hate her for that alone. Alongside this, I want to add that I don't hate the seventh season, it wasn't perfect and certain elements weren't executed well, but I liked the concept of it and of the Potential Slayers, even if they should've been explored more as individuals rather than a collective group. Going along with that, I didn't mind Kennedy, I think there was potential (no pun intended) with her character and I wanted to learn more about her and see her grow, unfortunately she suffered from being just the bullheaded one and the rebound for Willow, which I felt kind of uncomfortable with the latter, tbh.

My canon OTP
Buffy/Angel

My non-canon OTP
Faith/Buffy

Most badass character
Buffy Summers, and not just because she's the Slayer. She's had to deal with a lot throughout the series, particularly dealing with balancing her duties as a Slayer and having a sense of normalcy (being a teenager in high school, going to college, having a social life in general, etc). She also struggles with depression, something that the show never truly mentions until the sixth season where it's all laid out there, but it's clearly there since the beginning. Despite the world being against her, despite at times feeling so utterly alone and endured a lot of pain and suffering, Buffy prevailed. There are so many other characters that qualify, as well, because the term "badass" has many meanings.

Most epic villain
I think Angelus was a fantastic villain character. I think that was when the turning point of the show happened, in season two when Angel turned to Angelus. That changed the entire game. We had The Master, who was defeated in the first season, and he was kind of that typical kind of villain character, but Angelus was something else entirely. He was threatening in a personal way, he played with his victims, tormented them on an intimate level, and some of the best moments happened when his character was on screen, especially the moments between him and Buffy because, once again, it was personal in more ways than one. I love Angel, but the soulless Angelus was just absolutely fantastic.

I mean, I love Glory and The Mayor and The First Evil, they were wonderful Big Bads for different reasons and I enjoyed what they brought ot the table. But when I think on the level of epic I think Angelus really takes the title.

Pairing I am not a fan of
Spike/Buffy. I'll admit that I used to like the concept, the idea that Spike had a crush on Buffy that baffled him was interesting at first, but then it got into creepy territory (him with the Buffybot, for instance, lurking outside of her house, etc) and then when it actually became canon, just no. It was a darkship that I couldn't get behind, especially after the attempted rape. The intense shippers made it worse, though, with them attempting to justify or woobify his actions or whatever, and that's what really put me off tbh. I also disliked Buffy/Riley, because I felt like they had no chemistry whatsoever. And at this point, any Xander pairing because they all deserved better than him. This includes in the comics, because apparently he and Dawn hook up which, ew.

Character I feel the writers screwed up (in one way or another)
Tara Maclay. It's not just her death that bothered me, but the manner in which her death happened. Season six wasn't my favorite season for a number of reasons, but at least we saw aspects of Tara becoming her own person outside of her relationship with Willow. We were seeing something of her taking control of her life, especially when the person she loves is the one who betrayed her, and seeing her branch out more as her own individual. Tara had so much more going for her as a character as we started seeing that come out, but then the show basically made her regress into suddenly forgiving Willow, having makeup sex, and then dying in the next episode. For no reason. For absolutely no reason. It made me, and still makes me, very angry that it even had to happen, and occur in that way. It's so disrespectful to Tara's character. She deserved better.

Favorite friendship
I really liked the friendship between Buffy and Tara, as brief as it was seen on the show. I wanted more of that shown. And while I don't know if it qualities as a friendship necessarily, but I liked the moments shared between Buffy and Cordelia. I actually thought that they understood each other more than they realized, to the point where I wished they had developed the connection more. I even think that Buffy and Cordelia could've been good friends when they were older, especially with how much growth Cordelia got on Angel, and it saddens me that we never got that. Hell, I even think most of them would've been proud to see how Cordelia has grown since her high school days, seeing her saving people and making a difference.

Character I most identify with
A mixture of Dawn and Faith, as I share some of the experiences both of them have gone through. And as I've gotten older, I'm realizing how I have acquired a sort of "done" aspect that Giles had, as well.

Character I wish I could be
I'm not entirely sure, to be honest. Part of me wants to say Faith, even though I already share some qualities with her. I guess perhaps Cordelia, because she's very outwardly confident and that's something I want to achieve in myself.
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