Day 6: Your favorite character(s)
I will limit myself to two. First and foremost, Ron. I’ve always felt such a deep connection with him from the moment he showed up. “Everyone expects me to do as well as the others, but if I do, it’s no big deal, because they did it first,” really resonated with me the first time I read it, and even though things in my family are a lot different than they were ten years ago, it’s never really stopped resonating with me. I mean, I pretty much am Ron in my group of friends. Like, I’ve always been surrounded by people who are better than I am, and that’s okay for the most part, I’d rather be an Indian than a chief, etc., but sometimes it gets frustrating. And I think they sort of look to me to be the comic relief and their rock (not really in a “I-rely-on-you-to-support-me” way, more in a “I-expect-you-to-be-a-certain-way-you-are-the-constant” way), and sometimes that gets exhausting. So yeah, I’ve always felt really protective of Ron’s character because I identify with him a lot (and I’d get into how much they’ve destroyed his character in the films now, but I’m saving that for Day 24).
Second, Sirius, more so as I’ve got older. As with Ron, I’ve always felt a connection with him, from “Where is he, Sirius?” onward, though when I first read the books I didn’t really understand it. But as I’ve grown up, and things have happened to me, I’ve sort of come to realize…. Basically, Sirius is the Tenth Doctor (oddly, I always picture David Tennant as my Remus). I don’t think I can explain it any better than that. He wants to happy, he wants to be okay, but more than that, he wants his old, good life back – he wants James back – and he knows that’s never going to happen for him, he knows, but voids don’t go away just because you know they can’t be filled. (As much as I love the “He didn’t want to go at all!” line, I actually think Harry’s wrong there. Yes, Sirius wanted freedom and vindication, but I think Sirius not being able to separate Harry from James in his mind shows that what Sirius ultimately wanted was James back, and that was obviously never going to happen. He was never going to be at peace.) I just … I don’t know how Jo was able to create a character that is so deep and human and real despite the fact that we actually don’t see him that much, but she did. I know everyone loves Sirius for a whole variety of reasons, but that’s my reason. Outwardly devil-may-care, inwardly falling apart. I love that. I love how tragic he is.