If you are new to my blog I would like to welcome you to something that I love doing, and if you've read my blog before then let me just say, I couldn't help myself and I am back at it again. Today, fans, readers, and film lovers alike will rejoice in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter Novels. I thought a fun way to celebrate the novels would be to talk about my favorite characters and perhaps a little back story into how I became part of this fandom.
When I discovered Harry Potter, it changed the way I read. I was already a huge reader as a child, we visited the library every tuesday. Whenever I go to my neighborhood library, there are librarians that recognize me from a child, and a little elderly one that asks me where my basket is. I devoured Harry Potter. 1-3 in about 6 days, it took me two days to read each novel, because my parents were determined that I actually slept.
The first time I stood in line for the releases of a Harry Potter novel was The Goblet of Fire, it began the tradition of getting dressed up and waiting in line for the latest potter story with my parents, who seemed to take turns every year. When My dad ran across the street to the Walmart to pick up Deathly Hallows for my birthday, I finished it that night, and I had cried so much that I had smeared the ink in the hardcover copy he had bought. A week later, I went and picked up a fresh copy.
This anniversary is a bittersweet celebration. I am so excited to write about how Harry Potter has affected my life, don't get me wrong. But during the move into the new house, I realized that there had been a flood in the basement at the old place. Boxes, that kept my book collection, on top of a low table, to keep the books off the floor, were destroyed. The house had a "gangster lean" and the low tables were no match for the flood. I wasn't able to save any novels, and I have two bookshelves in the new house with only 8 novels on them.
I think I have gone on too much, so let's get on to my favorite characters!
Hermione Granger: Part of the golden trio, she is the smartest witch of her age. One of my favorite things about Hermione is her ability to sacrifice herself for others. She is the embodiment of knowledge and courage, and I was very happy to be able to meet and grow with her throughout the series.
Angelina Johnson: One of the few black characters at Hogwarts. The issue and lack of inclusivity and diversity in Harry Potter is a topic that I chat about frequently on Twitter. Angelina was Gryffindor's Quidditch Captian and I loved her spunk. Although she was a "minor" character, I highly looked forward to anytime she was featured or mentioned.
Sirius Black: My Favorite Marauder. Turning into a big black dog, I was quite pleased when he was introduced in the Prisoner of Azkaban. I do wish they had been able to clear him, so he could have had a real life with Harry, as he was the closest thing he had to be with his actual father.
Luna Lovegood: My favorite Ravenclaw. I love how Luna was different and owned it. She didn't seem to be concerned about what others thought of her, and the knowledge and ability she possessed with the magical creatures she came in contact with were something I much enjoyed about her. I feel like Luna was the personification of what witches and wizards considered to be hippies.
You may have noticed that although I belong to Slytherin that there isn't a Slytherin or a Hufflepuff on my list. One of the things that I didn't enjoy about the books is that it seems like she purposely made people who belonged to Slytherin the worst of the worst. None of the characters that I can recall had any redeeming qualities other than Snape, and even then he's kind of mean too.