Those of you who know me have already bared witness to my love, bordering on crazy obsession, of all things Harry Potter. I remember getting the first book when it first came out when I was 10/11 and waiting every morning for my Hogwarts exceptance letter to come through the post. Clearly that didn't happen. So when I read this tag on my beautiful friend Charli's blog (http://rosecharli.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1) I knew I had to share it.
1. What is your favourite book?
Definitely, without a doubt, The Prisoner of Azkaban. It's when it all went a bit dark, it started to delve into the nitty gritty bits of living in the wizarding world. Not to mention meeting wizards from Harry's past including two of my absolute favourites, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Not to mention the introduction of the knight bus, which is just awesome!
2. What is your favourite film?
Again, The Prisoner of Azkaban. Seeing my favourite book come to life is, excuse the pun, magical. They couldn't have gotten better actors for the characters! Gary Oldman is incredible, it was like he was born for the part. The Philosophers Stone is also one of my favourite films just because every time I watch it I'm transported back to when I was younger and finding this world for the first time. It still gives me goosebumps when Harry sees Diagon Alley and Hogwarts for the first time!
3. What is your least favourite book?
As much as I'd like to say that I love them all, which I do they're are all necessary on Harry's journey, I'm really not a huge fan of The Chamber of Secrets. It just feels like an inbetween book to me, especially since when I re-read them I'm too busy getting excited about reading the third one!
4. What is your least favourite film?
Again, it's The Chamber of Secrets. This is mostly because in the film Tom Riddle comes off as a massive brat and I really don't like Gilderoy Lockhart. However, I think the Harry and Fawkes scenes are done beautifully.
5. What part of the books/ films made you cry?
Too much! Haha I love all the sweet Harry/ Hagrid scenes, the Harry/Dumbledore relationship, I poured my eyes out when Dumbledore died (the film captured this perfectly) and I cry every single time Cedric Diggory dies just because of his dads reaction in the film. It's absolutely heartbreaking! The end battle has me bawling too, especially the Weasley's when Fred dies and of course, my favourite house elf Dobby.
6. If you could hook up with any character, who would it be?
Oh my god! I used to have the BIGGEST crush on Oliver Wood, the Gryfindor Quidditch captain, in the first three books! I still think he is beautiful! And of course Sirius Black. I don't think I need to explain that one.
7. Who is your favourite character?
I have far too many! Hagrid is a wonderful person who I wish I knew in real life so I could hug him all the time. I also really like Neville, who you see become braver and braver through the years. Severus Snape also has to be mentioned here, I hated him through every book and film but after finally understanding the whole story you realise what a courageous man he was underneath it all. This is also true of Kreacher, he doesn't get much of a mention in the films but Kreacher really makes me happy in the books.
8. Who is your least favourite character?
I'm going to be completely honest. As much as I hate Voldemort, and I do A LOT, there are two characters I HATE with a burning passion. Lucious Malfoy, snivelling little snake, and Dolores Umbridge, ridiculous uppity pink cat spinster who likes nothing more than to suck the happiness out of people like a dementor. I'm not even joking, I wanted to shove a wand in her eye every time I read/ watch her. What a truly awful character! No one should own that much pink!!
9. What is your favourite line?
Again, this is difficult because there's so many to choose from. One that sticks with me when I think of Harry Potter is Snape and Dumbledore's conversation that Harry takes from Snape's memory in the last book.
Dumbledore- 'Lily...after all this time?'
One that always gets me laughing is in book/ film five The Order of the Phoenix when Harry, Ron and Hermione are talking about Cho.
Ron- 'one person couldn't feel all that, they'd explode!'
Hermione- 'just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon'I love every single one of Dumbledore's speeches, he always says the right thing at the perfect time.
Another favourite is Professor McGonagall from the last book/ film.
'Hogwarts is threatened, man the boundaries, protect us!...I've always wanted to use that spell'
She's such a badass!
10. What would your patronus be?
Definitely a fish I think, I'm pretty sure I'm part water baby.
11. If you could have the invisibility cloak, resurrection stone or elder wand, which would you choose?
The invisibility cloak! It's awesome, I'd definitely get up to some mischief with it!
12. What house would you be in?
I'd obviously want to be Gryffindor but who knows? I'd love for there to be a way to find out for real! One of my favourite bits about Hogwarts is the Sorting ceremony. Especially all the cool rhymes the Sorting Hat comes up with in the books!
13. If you could meet any of the cast who would it be?
Emma Watson would be amazing to meet, she's seriously cool and I think she would be so interesting. Alan Rickman would be awesome to meet too! She may not be part of the 'cast' but I'd also love to meet J K Rowling, I'd love to hear more about how she came up with the Harry Potter world and the wonderful characters and creatures that she created and are adored around the world.
14. If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?
Totally a Beater!!! I've already thought about this! I get really competitive so I can work out my aggression by hitting the bludgers and taking out the other team!
15. Were you happy with the ending?
I was actually. Both the death of Voldemort and the older, grown up versions of the main cast are bittersweet. It was incredible watching and reading all the pieces of the puzzle (or horcrux) come together. It was a beautiful ending to an epic series. 'I open at the close'
16. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
I have tried to put into words how much it means to me in my answers but even that doesn't do it justice. Harry Potter has been a part of my life for the past 17 years, I've grown up with the characters and felt like I was a part of their story. I waited at book shops at midnight for the release of the books and I queued up at midnight for the release of the films. The excitement before each new installment was ridiculous and I would stay up all night just to finish reading the books so no one could spoil it for me. Even now, years after it's all ended, I love snuggling up with the books or films and being transported back to how I felt when it all started. I am in love with them. Every single word. 'Always'
Hope you enjoyed reading about my craziness! Do you guys prefer the books or films? What are your faves?
Love Kerry xoxo