thistlerose: (HP: faded memories)
I'm just going to finish this up today, since I'm getting a little bored with it. New meme tomorrow! Maybe!

01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene
13. Least favorite character(s)
14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry
15. Whatever tickles your fancy (taking a break tickled my fancy *g*)
16. How have you participated in the fandom over the years?
17. Your favorite celebs from the movies or fandom
18. If you could change one thing about canon, what would it be?
19. A favorite fanart
20. A favorite quote

21. How has the HP fandom connected you to other fandoms, interests, or people?
22. Your favorite villain
23. Share some HP icons
24. Rant about Steve Kloves something
25. Song that reminds you of HP
26. What aspect of the books has been best translated to film?

27. What aspect of the books has been most poorly translated to film?
28. Hogwarts subject you would most like to take


29. Favorite location

Hogsmeade! Definitely Hogsmeade. As much as I'd like to be a witch, Hogwarts sounds a little exhausting as an environment. I mean, you can't even go into the bathroom without risking running into Moaning Myrtle, and even mostly inanimate objects like paintings talk to you. Whereas Hogsmeade sounds like a lot of fun, but it's less in-your-face. On a winter afternoon, I would very much like to curl up in front of the fireplace in the Three Broomsticks, sipping butterbeer, and talking about random things with my classmates. Also, it's up in the highlands of Scotland, so it's gorgeous.

30. Whatever tickles your fancy

Ah, HP. You consumed my life for like five years. Despite a lot of nuttiness, you were pretty fun. That is all.
thistlerose: (HP: house pride)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene
13. Least favorite character(s)
14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry
15. Whatever tickles your fancy (taking a break tickled my fancy *g*)
16. How have you participated in the fandom over the years?
17. Your favorite celebs from the movies or fandom
18. If you could change one thing about canon, what would it be?
19. A favorite fanart
20. A favorite quote

21. How has the HP fandom connected you to other fandoms, interests, or people?
22. Your favorite villain
23. Share some HP icons
24. Rant about Steve Kloves something
25. Song that reminds you of HP
26. What aspect of the books has been best translated to film?


27. What aspect of the books has been most poorly translated to film?

It's hard to say. I think the first two movies failed (for me) because they were too literal translations of the novels. PoA was a good movie, but not such a great adaptation because of all that was left out (needlessly, IMO - it wasn't that long a film). GoF worked for me. OotP was all right, but flawed - and I can't remember why I thought so, since it's been two years since I last saw it. I should probably watch it again; I remember loving some of the flourishes, like the Daily Snitch clips. HBP put me to sleep. (Though, in fairness to the film, the theater started it about an hour late, and I was sleep-deprived anyway, from writing The Next Time You Say Forever.) But I can't point to one thing and say "THAT IS WHAT YOU DID WRONG."

28. Hogwarts subject you would most like to take

Transfiguration. Because 1) I'd love to be an Animagus; 2) I'd love to be able to turn things into other things; 3) I'd love to have a class with Minerva McGonagall.

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thistlerose: (HP: house pride)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene
13. Least favorite character(s)
14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry
15. Whatever tickles your fancy (taking a break tickled my fancy *g*)
16. How have you participated in the fandom over the years?
17. Your favorite celebs from the movies or fandom
18. If you could change one thing about canon, what would it be?
19. A favorite fanart
20. A favorite quote


21. How has the HP fandom connected you to other fandoms, interests, or people?

I have met many lovely people, some of whom have become good friends. I've fallen out of touch with a number of people as we've moved on to other fandoms, and that makes me a bit wistful and sometimes sad. :( I don't know that HP led directly to any other fandoms for me - though I guess I followed up on some recommendations from fellow fans.

22. Your favorite villain

Dolores Umbridge, no question. Her punishment of Harry was more horrifying than anything the Death Eaters did. (Except torturing Neville's parents, which we didn't see.) The way she insinuated herself was kind of delightful.

23. Share some HP icons

I hardly have any HP icons on my hard drive. I purged most of them when I started gravitating away from fandom. I was always fond of the ones [livejournal.com profile] grrliz_icons made: http://community.livejournal.com/grrliz_icons/tag/film:harry%20potter

24. Rant about Steve Kloves something

Ron and Hermione are equals in the books, damn it. Stop elevating her while denigrating him.

25. Song that reminds you of HP

"Every Little Thing She Does (Is Magic)" by Sting is on my Ron/Hermione soundtrack. "One" by U2 was on my Remus/Sirius soundtrack. "Strange Little Girl" by the Stranglers was my Luna Lovegood theme.

26. What aspect of the books has been best translated to film?

The setting. Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, the Quidditch World Cup site, and other places look gorgeous and organic.

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thistlerose: (HP: house pride)
Skipped a few days because of the move, so here's three for one:

01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene
13. Least favorite character(s)
14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry
15. Whatever tickles your fancy (taking a break tickled my fancy *g*)
16. How have you participated in the fandom over the years?
17. Your favorite celebs from the movies or fandom

18. If you could change one thing about canon, what would it be?

Does excising all the superfluous adverbs count? No? *g* Okay, I'd have done something different with Voldemort. I'd either have killed him off at the end of CoS (via the diary) or had Wormtail's attempt to bring him back in GoF fail - which would still have left us some good villains, like Umbridge, Bellatrix, Lucius and Narcissa, and maybe Wormtail himself. Or else I'd have had Voldemort evolve in character ... somehow. It's hard when one of your character's defining characteristics is his rigidity. But I found him to be a really disappointing villain. (Except when he was Tom Riddle. He was much more interesting then. Hell, we could still have had the cool flashbacks in HBP.)

19. A favorite fanart

I'm glad it's a and not the. Because I don't have a single favorite. These books inspired some incredibly talented artists. Who, in turn, inspired me. Probably the most influential - not necessarily my favorite - was a picture [livejournal.com profile] seviet did in 2003, of the young Marauders, all lined up. I'd post it, but I don't have it on my computer anymore. I'd never really thought about what they looked like as kids. Young Sirius was so damn handsome and intense-looking ... I couldn't not write about him. I had that picture in front of me while I wrote "Three Weeks Outside Time."

20. A favorite quote

Pass (for now). Because nothing is coming to me. Though I always liked Sirius's line about judging a person by how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. (Which may have been a little hypocritical, considering Kreacher, but. I still love you, Sirius Black.)

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thistlerose: (Weasleys are Love)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene
13. Least favorite character(s)
14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry
15. Whatever tickles your fancy (taking a break tickled my fancy *g*)
16. How have you participated in the fandom over the years?

17. Your favorite celebs from the movies or fandom

I like the entire cast. Snape might not look like Alan Rickman when I read the books, but he does a brilliant job - as does everyone else. I especially adore Maggie Smith's Minerva McGonagall. Of the kids, I like Rupert Grint the most. Of the three, he's the closest to my image of Ron, and he's a cutie-pie.

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thistlerose: (puppylove)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene
13. Least favorite character(s)
14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry
15. Whatever tickles your fancy (taking a break tickled my fancy *g*)


16. How have you participated in the fandom over the years?

Oh, goodness! Well, I started writing fan fiction in spring of 2003, and I sort of retired in summer of 2008. In that time I wrote 150+ fics, ficlets, and drabbles. I wrote one two-part story, one six-chapter story (approx. 25k) and one long story arc (that I never really completed, so it's a good thing each addition was a complete story).

I participated in a number of challenges and exchanges, went to a few meet-ups, role-played Sirius and Ginny and a few OCs in one RP, and Remus in another. I modded [livejournal.com profile] sirius_loving, which was essentially a tribute/memorial comm/challenge for Sirius Black. Made a few good friends. Lost a few friends. Locked horns with a few nutcases. Yeah. Good times. But I'm not tempted to go back.

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thistlerose: (puppylove)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene
13. Least favorite character(s)

14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry

I had tears of joy in my eyes when Harry and Hermione saved Buckbeak and Sirius in PoA. I cried unhappy tears when Sirius died in OotP, and just about every time his name was mentioned in HBP. I cried over Fred in DH. (I'd meant to write a story about George and Percy coping, but I never did. My interest in writing HP fanfic fizzled soon after finishing the book. Which I liked. I just felt like all had been said and done.)

That's about it.

I tend to cry more during movies than books, but I confess: I stifled a giggle during OotP. They filmed that scene so weirdly. (Not that I can tell you what was totally off about it now, since I don't really remember. It was just like, "Bzuh? That's it?")


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thistlerose: (HP: house pride)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene

13. Least favorite character(s)

Heh. The thing is, I used to love Hagrid. He was one of my favorite characters in the first four books. He was really the first person since James and Lily's death to stand up for Harry and be a genuine friend and protector to him. He was kind, he was funny, and his penchant for dangerous animals kind of endeared him to me. But something happened in OotP. Grawp was introduced, and I never liked that storyline, despite the fact that sibling relationships tends to ping me hard. (Grawp is another of my least favorite characters.) From then on, it seemed to me that Hagrid never really grew as a character. He became more of a liability than a friend. I remember him being rather ineffectual when Sirius died and Harry was grieving, and that pissed me off. I get that Rowling wanted Harry to feel emotionally isolated at that point, but after all he'd done for Hagrid, especially in that book, Hagrid could have made more of an effort.

I don't even remember what Hagrid did in DH and HBP.

I never liked Voldemort either. His backstory interested me. I guess you could say I liked Tom Riddle well enough, but not the character he became. Maybe that's it. He's the chief antagonist for SEVEN books (even though he's totally absent from PoA) and all his development takes place in flashbacks, through Harry's eyes. Voldemort himself goes through physical changes, and he becomes more powerful as he accrues followers, but his tune never changes, whereas Harry's does - a lot. Then again, Harry is a growing boy. And maybe that inability to really develop once he's reached this stage is Voldemort's fatal weakness, or one of them. But it doesn't make him an interesting character - to me.

I would much rather have seen Voldemort defeated early in the series, and a few new Big Bads emerging to take his place. Umbridge was awesome for a while. Bellatrix is a candidate. Lucius, Wormtail, maybe some of the other Death Eaters. I keep thinking about Buffy. Sure, there were recurring villains, but each of the seven seasons had a different Big Bad. Imagine if the Scoobies had spent each season trying to figure out how they were going to defeat the Master this time. Gah. Gotta keep your villains fresh.


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thistlerose: (HP: faded memories)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on

12. Favorite movie scene

I don't have a favorite. As I've said, I'm not really a fan of the movies. I love some of the design choices, though, the details that make this world feel organic and lived in, both alien and accessible. One scene I keep coming back to is that one in PoA where the third-year boys are gathered in their dorm, and they're eating that candy that gives them animal sounds. They're just being boys, goofing off, but in a distinctly wizarding-world way. It's not in the books, and I think it's a brilliant little scene.

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thistlerose: (Weasleys are Love)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)

11. Character you're crushing on

Lupin, to a certain extent, especially in PoA. The Sirius in my head!canon, a little bit. The twins, when they're older (HBP and DH). I admit I have a weird thing for Mad-Eye Moody. That's as a reader.

Assuming I were a character in the books, I'd be in Harry's year, and I'd probably fancy the pants off George Weasley. Or maybe Dean Thomas.

I like most of the actors in the films, but I don't find any of them especially fanciable. In the "I pounce on you in my fantasies" sense.

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thistlerose: (HP: Ron/Hermione)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fan fiction: discuss

10. Favorite book moment(s)

Like I remember.

Okay, okay. From PS/SS: Harry's first Christmas at Hogwarts. The Weasley sweaters. OMG, my heart.

From CoS: pretty much anything involving Gilderoy Lockhart. Arthur: "Never talk to anything if you can't see where it keeps its brain!" Or whatever he said. It's good advice.

From PoA: Ack, the whole book. It was like one extended high note. Um, but the part that gave me shivers was the rescue of Buckbeak and Sirius. Dumbledore's line about saving two lives may me tear up. (Even though I wanted to punch Dumbledore. Dude, if you really believe he's innocent, why don't you do something??)

GoF: The Quidditch World Cup. Fred asking Angelina to the Yule Ball.

OotP: the twins' final hurrah at Hogwarts. Pretty much anything involving Luna. "Cough drop, Dolores?"

HBP: Huh. I actually liked the book, but nothing's leaping out at me.

DH: Ron. With. A. Sword. !!!! Um. THE KISS. The Return of Percy. NEVILLE FUCKING LONGBOTTOM. Also, I understand some of the objections to Molly's Crowning Moment of Awesome, but I have to admit - I punched the air.

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thistlerose: (HP: Neville is da man)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)

09. Fanfiction: discuss

It's so fun! And it sort of took over my life for five years. I don't write HP fan fiction any more because after five years I've said everything I wanted to say about these characters. (That Rowling didn't say in her books.) And I don't read it anymore because I'm still feeling kind of burnt out. But, yeah. Good times.

Respite was the first HP fic I ever wrote, back in February of 2003. It's gen, but I think you can tell I was starting to ship Sirius/Remus. (And I never did finish "Every Little Thing," which I started writing around that time as well. It would have been epic Ron/Hermione, but I wanted to see what Rowling did with the characters in OotP, and that ended up jossing the whole thing. Though I'm still very fond of the scene where the Weasley siblings bond over a few tubs of ice cream. Oh, Percy.)

Uhm.... I like missing moments, particularly when they relate to character interaction. I generally favor canon-compliant stories. Yeah.

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thistlerose: (puppylove)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP

08. Your favorite ship(s)

I have two favorite HP ships, one that I knew would be canon, and one that I knew would never be (but it was still fun saying "OMG their love is so canon!" - because it would have been very, very nice).

I've been shipping Ron/Hermione since CoS, though PoA was the book that confirmed it for me. They bicker so adorably - and you may have noticed I have a thing for bickering couples* - but the underlying affection was always obvious to me. In PoA in particular, Ron is so attuned to Hermione's moods and actions. He doesn't always say or do the right thing, but he's the one who notices when she's acting a bit "off." I love the way they challenge, complement, ground, and ultimately support each other. It takes them a while to realize it, but - no, that ship was always meant to be.

Yeah, they hurt each other sometimes. (No, Ron is not always in the wrong, sometimes it's Hermione.) But, most of that is the result of misreading each other's signals, and being unwilling to show vulnerability. And also being clueless teenagers. I mean, it's hard when you fall in love with a close friend, and you don't know if he loves you back. If he does, great. If he doesn't, it could ruin the friendship. But their love is stronger than their weaknesses. I'm sure they'll continue to bicker now that they've figured out their feelings for each other, but I think they'll be a solid unit.

*Han/Leia, Henry/Eleanor in The Lion In Winter, Xander/Cordelia, Spock/McCoy in TOS, Tara/Eilonwy, F'lar/Lessa, Francis/Philippa in the Lymond Chronicles, Legolas/Gimli, Benedick/Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, many many musical theater couples, etc., etc..

The ship that really captured my imagination in terms of writing is, of course, Remus/Sirius. They pinged me on my second read of PoA. The way they fell back into their friendship after so many years and so much doubt hit me hard. I'm having trouble articulating what I felt seven years ago, maybe because I've said just about everything I wanted to say about this ship. It had elements I tend to love: careless betrayal, hard-won redemption, forgiveness.

The ending of OotP devastated me. I was already heartbroken about something that had happened IRL, and I channeled a lot of my grief through Remus. Anyway, yeah. This ship just worked for me, and for about four years, it captured and held my imagination. I still think the ship was a good idea, and Remus/Tonks does not preclude the possibility of past Remus/Sirius.


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thistlerose: (HP: house pride)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)

07. Drink that reminds you of HP

Caribou Coffee's caramel apple blast. It makes me feel warm and cozy on cold days, which I guess makes me think of the trio enjoying a round of butterbeers at the Three Broomsticks.

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thistlerose: (Weasleys are Love)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss

06. Your favorite character(s)

There are lots of characters I love, but my favorite is and always has been - since we first met him in PS/SS - Ron Weasley. It's been so long since I read the books, I can't give you a proper essay on why I love him so. He's the heart of the trio. Despite the fact that he grew up in the wizarding world while Harry and Hermione did not, I find him the most relateable. Not that I'm anything like him, but he's the ordinary guy who still gets to do extraordinary things. He keeps Harry and Hermione grounded in reality. And he's funny, even though most of the jokes happen at his expense. He's loyal. (I mean, he has lapses, but he's human. He comes back! Dumbledore knew he'd come back!) He's a good kid.

I really like all the Weasleys, though Bill and Charlie don't have much in the way of personalities - which is fine, since they're minor characters - and there were times - mostly in OotP - when I wanted to punch both Molly and Arthur. But as a unit, the Weasleys rock my socks. (Yes, even Percy. I love Percy!)


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thistlerose: (HP: Ron/Hermione)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?
04. Your favorite movie

05. Wizard Rock: discuss

They're cute, at least the ones I know. I like Harry and the Potters well enough to drive into Minneapolis for a free concert (back when I was living outside St Paul), but not enough to buy any of their albums. I have "Save Ginny Weasley" on iTunes, but that's it, as far as I know.


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thistlerose: (HP: faded memories)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter
02. Your favorite book.
03. What house would you be in?

04. Your favorite movie

I've always been sort of down on the films. They're well cast, and I love the sets and costumes, but the script and the direction tend to make me headdesk. I remember liking PoA, but it's been so long since I've seen it (and I own it!) that I've forgotten why. I mean, it had some little flourishes that I loved, but I forget why it resonated to the degree it did. (Which wasn't a whole lot.) GoF was the best adaptation, I think. It kept to the spirit of the book, without being too literal a translation (like PS and CoS). I don't mind it if the film takes liberties with the book. I often prefer it. They're different media: certain things are just not going to work.

I remember OotP being all right, though there was something off about the pacing. HBP put me to sleep.

Uh, so yeah. Either PoA or GoF. Probably GoF.

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thistlerose: (HP: house pride)
01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter>
02. Your favorite book.

03. What house would you be in?

*points to icon*

A few years ago I might have said Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, but dude. I so enjoy looking stuff up, I'm making a career out of it. I mean...!

Ravenclaw pride!

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thistlerose: (Weasleys are Love)
02. Your favorite book

The Prisoner of Azkaban. It began awesomely, with Harry running away from the Dursleys instead of waiting to be rescued. It introduced some cool new villains (the Dementors, Wormtail - who had potential back then) and some good guys (Lupin, Black, Trelawney, Buckbeak, Crookshanks). This was also the book where the eventual Ron/Hermione ship became really obvious to me. Snape had some great moments. The twins had some great moments.

Also, Voldemort was not in it in any way, shape, or form. Whee!

There's much more; I just don't remember it, since it's been so very long since I read the book. It is, however, the only one I still own. (Actually - no. I think I might have left my copy of DH in my mom's basement.)

But really, of all the books, I think PoA was the best-paced, the most tightly plotted. It was the perfect length for JKR's skills: long enough for her to expand her world and develop her characters, too short to feel bloated like her later books. The mystery at the heart of the book isn't exactly mind-blowing (Remus Lupin a werewolf? Sirius Black is the gigantic black dog that's been following Harry? I'm shocked, shocked! Okay, Scabbers was a bit of a surprise.) But I loved that just about every single scene and detail propelled the plot forward, while still developing the characters. Nothing felt extraneous or forced.

And the ending was great. Everybody lives, while still tugging at my heartstrings. (It sucked that Remus got fired, of course, but you know he's off to some tropical island to bang Sirius, so.)

JFC, I want to read this book again, like NOW.


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thistlerose: (HP: house pride)
I'm feeling a bit nostalgic. :)


01. Discuss how you got into Harry Potter

So, this was autumn of 1999. I'd just started my sophomore year at Smith. On a whim, I ordered Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone from Amazon with a few other books. I'd heard it was good, and I wanted something light and fun to read. I didn't actually open it until December, when I was studying for finals. I was studying Chaucer at the time, and as much as I loved him, it was nice to take a Hogwarts break.

I thought the book was a lot of fun. Not the most spectacularly well-written thing ever, but definitely a lot of fun. I like all the characters from the start. I laughed a lot. I found slithery, bodiless Voldemort scary. (Note: this was the only time I found the Dark Lord scary.)

So, yeah. I read Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban in the spring. (Over winter break, I'd gotten my dad, of all people, hooked on the series, and he got me the hardcovers.) Then Goblet of Fire came out that summer, and it was kind of an event. I didn't go to any midnight releases, but I was apartment sitting in Manhattan at the time, and I remember taking the subway home sometime after midnight and seeing all these witches and wizards. I was also interning at a rival publishing company, but we were all reading GoF on our breaks. *g*

I didn't actually get into fandom until early 2003. I was in Japan, and I happened across the first three books in English, so I picked them up and reread them. That was when I really got hooked. My love for Gundam Wing, my previous fandom, was fizzling, and many of my friends were getting excited about the upcoming fifth book. That was also when I stared shipping characters and finding sex appeal in Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. So falling into this newish fandom was quite easy.


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