Swish and flick! I wish I could say writing this post was as easy as that spell, (I’m sure Ron Weasley would beg to differ), but these questions really made me sit down and think! Like many of my generation, I grew up with Harry Potter.
I was six years old and had managed to somehow read all of the books in my school (I was well on track to be Hermione Granger before I even knew who she was). One night, after bitterly complaining for days, my father handed me a book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. From then on, it became a tradition that we would sit down and read it together every night. He let me mispronounce ‘Hermione’ until the film was released…
Earlier this year, I finally went to the Studio Tour with him. With Autumn here, I am well and truly in the Harry Potter spirit. So, when Emily tagged me, I was over the moon that I get to relive the magic all over again!
What house are you in?
I am a proud Gryffindor! I promise, I didn’t cheat the Sorting Hat… Although, having been told I can be quite reckless and just go head first into things, I suppose I can see why this is the case!
What is your Patronus?
A Scops Owl. Unfortunately, I know very little about these animals. I was rather hoping for a cat or an otter…
What is your wand?
My wand is made of maple wood, is ten and a half inches in length, and contains the hair of a unicorn. Not to sound boastful, but I think the maple certainly does represent my ambition to be a high-achiever; I love a good challenge! Unicorn hair simply sounds magical and as someone who has never seen the allure of the Dark Side, I feel my wand rather does reflect me! If it only it were real…
What would your boggart be?
I am Ron Weasley in this respect because I am so morbidly terrified of spiders it’s embarrassing! Last year, I was living with my grandparents whilst on my internship and I had to wake my grandad up in the middle of the night because there was an enormous spider in my room. My boggart would be a spider and I would probably run in the opposite direction.
Failing that, a destroyed CHANEL Timeless bag would do it, too.
What position would you play in Quidditch?
Chaser, without a shadow of a doubt! Chasers see all the action and I’ve always loved those positions in muggle sports (no, that is most definitely not an innuendo). There’s something thrilling about scoring a goal, so being a Chaser would be the next best thing!
Would you be a pure blood, half-blood, or muggle born?
I can confidently say half-blood, seeing as my father introduced me to the magical world of Harry Potter, whereas my mother is neither here nor there.
What job would you want to have after graduating from Hogwarts?
I would love to run the wizard equivalent of a hipster coffee shop! Maybe it would have things like Organic Butterbeer or Hand-Crafted Fire Whiskey. I’m not sure, but it sounds like it would be a lot of fun to create! I’d do a better job of running it than Aberforth, for sure; no stray goats here!
Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?
Would I be a cliché if I chose the Invisibility Cloak? Yes, but, I would choose it time and time again. I think playing with death is nasty business, and the Elder Wand is far too much power for little 5”1 me. But, with the Cloak of Invisibility, there’s much more potential! I could sneak into Fashion Week and slip out of awkward situations… oh, and spying on the staff to make sure they are indeed doing their job would always be useful, wouldn’t it?
Ooh, now that is asking like a mother to choose between her children! Two stand out the most, and that is book three and book seven. I’m going to say The Prisoner of Azkaban, as it’s the most dog-eared out of my collection. I have reread that particular book so often and whilst I know it’s not many people’s favourite, I love it because that’s when the danger really starts to build. The story takes a darker turn and J.K. Rowling has captured both love and betrayal so well in it.
Least favourite book?
This one is shamefully easy! The Chamber of Secrets just never really tickled my fancy. I suppose it has something to do with those pesky spiders…
The Goblet of Fire is a vastly underrated film in my opinion! Yes, of course I am annoyed that Dumbledore is not calm in this film (you all know which scene I am referring to), but visually, this is a beautiful film! The locations, the effects, the way the story is told is stunning! I particularly love the scene where Voldemort is reborn- the way they brought this to the screen is amazing and the casting is perfect.
Hermione Granger was a role model to me growing up; I most definitely identified with her love of books and her frizzy hair. I still consider her as a role model. She is so strong and resilient, unabashedly herself and if we are being honest here, Harry and Ron would not have made it half as far as they did without her!
I think I fell in love with Hermione because Harry Potter was the first ‘grown-up’ book I read. And to see a smart, strong girl at the centre of it made me believe I could be that, too.
Least favourite/ most-hated character?
Alright, now, I know Umbridge is awful, but Bellatrix Lestrange is the character I hate the most. Reading about how she tortured the Longbottoms was what did it for me, but then she killed Sirius Black and well, that was the nail in the coffin. Umbridge is awful, but Bellatrix is disgusting. She goes above and beyond the realm of evil. I despise the way she simpers after Voldemort, and how gleeful she is about her actions.
Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?
There will never be anyone better than Professor Minerva McGonagall. Her no-nonsense approach and the way she is so protective over the students is simply wonderful. My McGonagall highlights include her duelling Severus Snape and giving the Dudleys a stern look in her cat form.
Least favourite teacher at Hogwarts?
I refuse to count Umbridge as a teacher because apart from serious self-control, she did not teach the students a thing. So, I suppose it will be Slughorn, because apart from the information he gave Tom Riddle about Horcruxes he doesn’t really serve any purpose. He’s a bumbling buffoon who thinks far too highly of himself and his penchant for parties with ‘important people’ makes him ridiculous. That’s not too harsh, is it?
Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?
With regards to the films, of course, like any fan, I have my grievances about the things they changed from the books. Equally, I think The Prisoner of Azkaban does not get enough credit- it is massively underrated in my opinion.
If you could save one character from the finale battle who would you save?
This is possibly one of the most terrible questions I have ever had to answer because it’s difficult to pick just one! But, I would choose between Tonks and Lupin. Having been a part of Harry’s journey, there’s some tragedy in Teddy Lupin growing up an orphan, and having Harry as his godfather; J.K. Rowling, did you do this on purpose?
Now, over to you! I would like to tag:
Of course, I would love to tag more people- I’m just not sure who is a Potterhead and who isn’t! If you would like to be tagged, do let me know!
My questions to you are as follows:
- Do you prefer the books or the films?
- Is there a scene from the books that you think they executed well on the big screen?
- What is your favourite quote from the series?
- Which character is underrated?
- How did you fall in love with Harry Potter?
- What food or drink from the wizarding world would you like to try?
- If you could be cast as a character, who would you play?
- What object would you choose to turn into a Horcrux?
- Who would you slip a Love Potion to?
- Which one of the Marauders are you most like?