trinsy: (bovvered)
Day 18: If you could change one thing about canon, what would it be?

FRED WOULD NOT BE DEAD!

And honestly, that’s all. I mean, yes, Sirius’s death was totally traumatic, but I understand why it had to happen narratively, and I actually really like that all the Marauders died, and I like that Snape died. I think for those four characters – Sirius, Remus, Peter, and Snape – there was no going back, there was no being happy (yes, even Remus with his wife and kid). Too much had happened, and there was too much bitterness and too many regrets. I think they had to die to find peace. So I’m glad they did. (Okay, I guess I would also have Harry mourn Sirius better, but that’s kind of more a stylistic choice than anything, so I can let it slide. It still pisses me off, but fine.)

But Fred’s death was just so unnecessary! I don’t feel like it really added anything to the story, it was just like, “I guess there are a lot of Weasleys and one of them should probably die.” Then kill Charlie or Percy or something! Don’t kill a twin! You either have to kill both twins or no twin, but killing only one is just plain cruel. George being alone is so awful! So yeah, I would definitely change that, but that’s pretty much my only canon complaint.
trinsy: (grin)
Day 17: Your favorite celebs from the movies or fandom

Honestly, they all seem like cool kids who would be fun to hang out with, but I don’t have any I’m particularly attached to. Ask this question on a 30 Days of Twilight meme, though, and I will gush about those kids forever. I think Tom Felton is the best young actor out of all of them, and he also seems like a perfectly lovely, normal guy, and he interviews really well. I’m impressed with Emma Watson’s commitment to her education, if not overly wowed by her acting, and of all the kids, I think she’s the one I would probably most enjoy spending a day with. I like how much of an unashamed HP nerd Evanna Lynch is. Matthew Lewis, like Tom Felton, seems like a nice, normal guy that I wouldn’t mind hanging out with, and I’ve always had a soft spot for him.

For the adults, I have a huge thing for Alan Rickman, in no small part because he is so perfect as Snape. I want Emma Thompson to be my mom for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with HP and everything to do with how awesome she is. (I hasten to add that this desire also has nothing to do with my admittedly complicated relationship with my own mother, because I love my mom and I’m glad she’s my mom. It’s just that Emma Thompson is so awesome that I would like her to also be my mom. Emma Thompson, please adopt me! I promise I won’t ask you for money! I won’t even ask you to introduce me to Alan Rickman! Probably.) Oh, and did I mention Dame Maggie Smith? Because if I can be a cool old woman like her, I actually don’t mind getting old. And of course David Heyman seems like a perfectly lovely man, and I really respect how committed he is to keeping the kids sane and happy and emotionally stable.

As for fandom, who doesn’t love Melissa Anelli? I mean, pretty much everyone at Leaky is awesome, so yeah, probably them.
trinsy: (doctor/jack)
Fandom: Supernatural
Subject: Dean Winchester
Title: (No One Knows the Good I've Done)
Warning: One of the tracks has explicit language. Spoilers for the entire series.
Notes: Although this is a Dean mix, you might notice that a lot of the songs revolve around Dean's relationship with Sam. This is because for much of the series, Dean bases his identity on his relationship with Sam.

I guess I could be a quiet hero )
trinsy: (don't be so daft)
Day 16: How have you participated in the fandom over the years?

I haven’t, really. I’ve never been actively involved in any fandom, I’m much more of a lurker. I have written some fanfiction, but that’s about it. I’m boring, I know.
trinsy: (grin)
Day 15: Whatever tickles your fancy

Since there isn’t a fanfic recommendation day on here, I am going to recommend my favorite HP fanfic.

End of the Line by shewhoguards is a brilliant collection of one-shots dealing with many of the deaths throughout the series. It really helped me cope with and find closure for a lot of the deaths in DH (especially Fred’s). It’s funny, poignant, and has great characterization, and the interpretation of the HP afterlife is both creative and believable. If you haven’t read it, do so immediately! If you have, go reread it, because it deserves to be read multiple times.
trinsy: (I'm always all right)
Day 14: Moments in the books/movies that made you cry

Books: Sirius’s death. Ron destroying the locket. Dobby’s death. The Resurrection Stone scene.

Films: In GoF, I always start crying somewhere between Harry’s parents coming out of his wand and fake!Moody pulling Harry out of the arena. If I’m on my period, I cry at the end of OotP when Harry is possessed and then all his friends show up and he remembers himself.

I should note that I’m defining “crying” here as “get a bit teary-eyed/maybe actually have a tear or two roll down my cheeks”. If by “crying” you actually mean “full on genuine crying”, then the only one of these that counts is Sirius’s death. (I was also fourteen, my hormones were severely whacked out, and I had a lot of emotional problems, so I’m not even sure how much of the full on crying actually had to do with Sirius dying (though I still got sad rereading PoA a few months ago just because I kept thinking about how Sirius dies, so it probably had a bit to do with Sirius dying).)
trinsy: (bovvered)
Day 13: Least favorite character(s)

Probably because I haven’t read the books in so long, I can’t really think of any. I mean, I absolutely hate Umbridge, obviously, but as a person. As a character, she’s fantastic. And I find Lavender Brown irritating in HBP, but I like her in all the other books, and look, it’s not her fault romance and HP don’t mix well. And I didn’t like Kreacher, but DH obviously changed that.

The only one I can think of where I felt like I wish this character didn’t exist is Cho Chang, and I can still understand her necessity narratively. But yeah, I guess probably her, because it’s not like Harry couldn’t have dated a less annoying girl. And I’m sure there are others, but I can’t think of them at the moment.
trinsy: (physics)
Day 12: Favorite movie scene

Probably Voldemort’s resurrection. Ralph Fiennes really takes the film to a whole other level. His performance is just … I mean, he’s so Voldemort that if you didn’t know Ralph Fiennes was in that movie, you would never guess Ralph Fiennes was in that movie. And it’s not just because of the CGI nose and stuff. It’s everything. It’s what he’s doing with the character. It could have been so cheesy and awful and over the top, and he made it so believable. I could gush about this forever.

And then there’s Dan, who, as I noted in the Day 4 question, is really at the top of his game in this scene. Dan has had some pretty cringe-worthy moments throughout the series, but man does he bring it when it counts. If there was ever a scene where he really needed to sell it, it was this one, and he totally delivered.

This scene is why I absolutely adore Mike Newell. This is the pivotal scene in the series, and it so easily could have been botched, but he really made it into something special. And, like I said before, I really think he’s the main reason Dan is so good here, because he was able to pull performances out of the young actors that no other HP director has.

I do have one tiny complaint about this scene, though. I don’t understand why there are so few Death Eaters. I don’t even know why that bugs me so much, but it does. There is this one wide shot in particular where you can see that there are only four or five Death Eaters (I’m not sure exactly, I haven’t the film in a while), and it’s always so distracting to me. I don’t know why, I just feel like there should be more of them. But aside from that, this scene is spectacular.

Also, this isn’t a scene, but Sirius telling Harry, “Nice one, James!” in the OotP movie kills me every single time. Every. Single. Time.
trinsy: (doctor/rose)
Day 11: Character you’re crushing on

I’m not sure why this is in present tense, because I’m not really crushing on any HP characters anymore. But Ron was the second literary character I ever had a crush on (the first was Tom Sawyer), and I was pretty much in love with him from the first time I read SS up until … I’m not sure when. I do still have a huge soft spot for him, though, and I think Hermione is very lucky.

And of course everyone is in love with Sirius, but my thing for Sirius is so different than my thing for Ron. Sirius brings out that horrible and unhealthy “I-want-to-go-rescue-you” thing in me. You know, the thing that makes you want to go hug him and cuddle him and make everything okay.

(I’m not sure what it means that the two characters I had crushes on are also the two characters I most strongly identify with. I mean, no one wants to date themselves, so I don’t really know what’s going on there.)

That said, if these characters actually existed in real life, I would probably be most likely to date one of the Weasley twins or Lee Jordan. I mean, they’re hilarious and slightly depraved and sort of arrogant assholes but deep down total softies, which seems to be what I’m attracted to. (The media (all media) ruins you: it tells you that assholes are actually the biggest, most compassionate softies of us all. In reality, assholes are just assholes. They get pissed off over stupid stuff, don’t care about anyone but themselves, and are very much the guys you don’t want to date. This is how you know the people in HP are definitely fictional characters.)
trinsy: (doctor/jack)
Day 10: Favorite book moment(s)

I was going to pick one from every book and break it down that way, but then I couldn’t think of any for a few of the books, so I’m not doing that. Instead, I’m going to go with moments that stuck out to me when I first read them and have always stayed with me since. (Part of my rationale here is that I haven’t read an HP book since DH came out three years ago, except PoA for school last semester, so if something still sticks out to me after three years, it’s probably a favorite moment (and since PoA ties with GoF as my favorite book, anything from there I already knew was a favorite moment anyway).) I will try to limit myself though. So, in chronological order:

1. The Shrieking Shack scene. I pretty much already said everything I loved about it in Day 2, but yeah, basically it’s one of the most brilliant climaxes/reveals I’ve read in a mystery story (and I’ve read a lot of mysteries). It’s so tense and emotional without going over the top. It’s just so subtle. And just all the stuff with Sirius and Remus and Peter and Snape… I think it’s the moment in the series where you realize that there’s more going on than just Harry and the Trio and Hogwarts and the Dursleys. It’s when you realize that Voldemort’s first defeat came at a price, that it wasn’t all just kittens and rainbows for the whole wizarding world after that. Maybe for a lot of it, but not all of it. And it really humanizes Lily and James because like, of course they would have had friends, of course their deaths would have affected people other than Harry, and the way Sirius, especially, talks about them, you finally feel like they were real and not just these vague dead parents Harry can imagine but never actually knew. Also, Remus is so cold and badass in this scene. So often people paint him as this nice, sensitive guy, but actually Sirius is the emotional one and Remus is just so detached and cold. Like there’s this moment before they finally force Peter to reveal himself, where Sirius has been explaining why he feels responsible for James and Lily’s deaths, and he has this complete breakdown at the end of it, and Remus is just like, “This has gone on too long, strap on a pair, and let’s show them some proof. Hand over the rat, Ron.” Not even like, “Wow, that must have been hard for you, sorry you feel bad.” Just, “Okay, we’ve spent enough time listening to your side, time to move on to the other guy. Have your emotional breakdown later, plzkthx.” And then when they go to kill Peter, Sirius is super emotional and shouty and stuff, and Remus is just all business and like, “Well, you should have seen this coming, bye now.” Like, you get the feeling that Sirius is doing this for some sort of catharsis but Remus is just like, “People who betray their friends deserve to die, therefore we will kill him.” There’s just so much good characterization in this scene, is what I’m saying. (And apparently I didn’t say all I had to say in Day 2…)

2. Harry throwing the Potter Really Stinks button at Ron and telling him he might have a scar now, if he’s lucky. I also talked about this in Day 2. I just feel like that is a defining moment in their friendship. Which actually leads me to…

3. “They’ve got … they’ve got Ron?” Another defining moment in their friendship. Or rather, a defining moment for the reader. Also, to sort of go out of order now, I always love the moment in PoA when it looks like dog!Sirius is running for Harry, and Ron pushes Harry out of the way. And “If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us to!” of course, but for some reason the pushing Harry out of the way thing really gets me. (Surprise, surprise, all my favorite book moments involve Ron or Sirius. They are my favorite characters for a reason.)

4. Okay, there isn’t a specific moment, but Sirius in pretty much all of OotP. I think Jo does a good job of putting enough focus on Sirius that his death really hits you hard (unless you’re my family, apparently), without putting so much focus on him that it’s obvious he’s going to die. And there are so many little moments between him and Harry that are just tragic and heartbreaking when you reread OotP knowing what’s coming. Like, he’s not around for a whole lot of it, but when he is, you just feel his frustration and bitterness and heartbreak. Like I said, I don’t know how Jo was able to create a character with so much depth without giving him much screen time, but she did. Also, his death scene is fantastic. It’s totally impacting, but there’s still so much going on, and then Sirius is just gone. It’s so realistic and horrible and horrifying.

5. Ron coming back in DH and destroying the locket. Um, yeah, huge moment for Ron here. When Harry and Hermione come out of the locket, suddenly everything Ron’s been doing for the last two books makes perfect sense. I always hesitate to say people need each other because I don’t like the implications of that, but Harry and Ron do need each other, and if you didn’t get that over the past six-and-a-half books, you get hit over the head with it here. And the fact that Ron actually has the strength to overcome his issues and stab the locket is beautiful. And I love Harry finally getting enough sense to be like, “Look, it’s always been you and Hermione.” For one moment they aren’t stupid boys, they actually have enough sense to talk about the issue, which is what they should have done in the first place. It’s just … they’re not just scared kids playing at being grown-ups anymore. They are grown-ups.

6. The Resurrection Stone scene. If you didn’t cry during this scene, you are NOT HUMAN! *cough*Mother!*cough* I love Lily, James, Sirius, and Remus back together again. I love that Harry is so vulnerable here. I just love the whole thing. It’s a beautiful scene, and you really do feel like this is it, Harry’s dead, but it’s okay, it feels right. If there was a moment where the series had to deliver, it was this moment, and it did.
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Day 9: Fanfiction: Discuss

I don’t know if this is going to sound totally pathetic, but HP fanfic saved me. It did. I was in a really, really bad place my junior year of high school, and I discovered fanfiction, and I started writing it, and having that outlet saved me. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be emotionally if I hadn’t had fanfiction as an outlet these past five-and-a-half years. It actually scares me to try to imagine where I’d be, because I know it wouldn’t be any place good (which is saying something, because it’s not like I’m in a particularly great place as it is). I haven’t read a lot of HP fanfic since DH came out, because it was something I read to get my HP fix while I waited for the series to finish, and I don’t feel that compulsion now that it’s over. But I have written a few pieces, and it’s really helped me process a lot of stuff that’s happened to me over the past few years. And as awful as the stuff I wrote in high school is, it accomplished what I needed it to accomplish at that point in my life, so I don’t regret it at all. Fanfiction has been such an important part of my life since I discovered it, and I’m really glad it exists, and I really love Jo for giving it her blessing.
trinsy: (doctor/rose)
Day 8: Your favorite ship(s)

Ron/Hermione. I knew it was going to be them from CoS. Harry/Hermione had literally never even occurred to me until I discovered fandom. So I was obviously really excited by their development in HBP and DH. That said, shipping isn’t something that’s particularly important to me in HP. Like, I was excited about R/Hr, but other than that, I didn’t really care who anybody ended up with. I’m cool with the way everything worked out, but I also would have been cool if it had worked out differently, you know? I mean, I would have been pissed if Ron and Hermione hadn’t gotten together, but more than that I just would have been really shocked, because it was so obviously going there.

Other than that, whatever. Oh, except that I do like the idea of Neville/Luna, and in my head they’re together, even though I know that’s not what Jo said. But I’m not particularly angry that they didn’t end up together, you know? I just think it would have been cute if they had.
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Day 7: Song that reminds you of HP

Um, there isn’t one? Is that weird? Should there be?

I guess that isn’t totally true, I put Before It’s Too Late by Goo Goo Dolls on a Snape fanmix I made after DH came out, so that sort of makes me think of HP. Also Here Without You by 3 Doors Down for the same reason (and I swear that was written about Snape/Lily, even if it was written several years before DH). And Life Is Beautiful by Vega4 because I put it on a fanmix I never posted. But I mean, there isn’t really a song that I hear and instantly think, “Harry Potter!” I just sort of vaguely associate these songs with it if I happen to think about it.
trinsy: (doctor/jack)
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.
trinsy: (don't be so daft)
Day 5: Wizard Rock: Discuss

It’s something I still find kind of hilarious, though I know it’s gotten a lot more serious and credible over the years. My first few encounters with it were sort of terrifying, but I definitely have some in my iTunes. The Ministry of Magic is actually really good and I do listen to them occasionally. Mostly I think it’s awesome that Harry Potter has inspired creativity in pretty much every form of artistic expression, even if it’s not something I’m personally very involved with or invested in.
trinsy: (are you my mummy?)
[Okay, I’m doing three because I’m afraid if I don’t do several at a time, I won’t get through it. I’m so bad at finishing things. So yeah, three in one day. Deal.]

Day 4: Your favourite movie

Goblet of Fire. No contest. Yes, there was a ton of stuff they cut out, and yes, Gambledore is way too harsh and shouty, and yes, I think it’s really weird that there are only like five Death Eaters in the graveyard scene, and yes, Priori Incantatem makes absolutely no sense if you haven’t read the book, but overall, I think it really captures the spirit of the book. When I’m watching it, I feel the same way I feel when I’m reading the book, and that’s really rare.

Also, I don’t know how, but Mike Newell pulled performances out of the kids that no one’s been able to do before or since. I don’t think Dan has ever been better than he is in the graveyard scene and the scenes that follow. “He’s back. He’s back, Voldemort’s back. Cedric, he asked me to bring his body back,” is just on a totally different level than anything else in any of the other films. It’s so real. GoF is the only HP film where I don’t feel like I’m watching a bunch of people in costumes walking around saying scripted lines. So yeah, definitely my favorite.
trinsy: (don't be so daft)
[I’m doing two in one day because I have internet really sporadically, so I figure I should post while I can.]

Day 3: What house would you be in?

I have a really hard time with this. Obviously not Gryffindor, because I’m not super brave. I’m just not. I mean, I don’t have a problem standing up to my friends or people who are mistreating me, but I think Gryffindors are also about standing up for what’s right and stuff, and honestly, I’m not like that. I’d like to be, but I’m not. And I wouldn’t be in Hufflepuff because I’m not hardworking (although I like to think that I am loyal). I think I could probably talk my way into Ravenclaw, because I am smart (not to sound totally arrogant), and I do value intelligence and knowledge in people. But school isn’t the end all, be all for me, so I’m not sure I would really fit in with the Ravenclaws.

Basically, I can’t fight this nagging suspicion that I would be in Slytherin. Because I can be cunning, and I’m definitely shrewd, and when it comes to fighting and stuff, well … I have this saying that stupidity is often mistaken for bravery. Going to get reinforcements is practical, you know? I’m not power-hungry or evil, but I do think I have a lot of Slytherin qualities (I actually think the whole “I-don’t-put-up-with-crap-from-people” thing is a huge Slytherin quality), and I kind of think I’d end up there.
trinsy: (I can see that)
Day 2: Your favourite book

So I kind of have two. I pretty much always tell people it’s Prisoner of Azkaban, which it is, really, and come on, pretty much everyone’s favorite book is PoA. I think it’s one of the best written ones, for one thing. I mean, all the HP books are funny and engaging, but PoA is always funny and engaging, even when things are happening you don’t particularly care about, like the whole Buckbeak subplot. And the climax is completely brilliant. I mean, it’s five chapters long, and it’s completely intense, but afterward you realize that two-and-a-half of those chapters are just people standing around having a conversation. No one is in any real danger, no one is shouting or screaming (I would get into the whole “this is why the third movie sucks” thing now, but I’m saving that for Day 27), it’s just people standing around going, “Okay, here’s what happened,” and yet you’re on the edge of your seat the whole time. Even more brilliantly, you don’t realize until your fifth (or fifteenth) reread that this is an incredibly dark, intense, and suspenseful book that has no villain. This is the only book where no one is trying to kill Harry – everyone just thinks someone is. It’s is a stand-alone suspense thriller with no villain. That’s pretty masterful storytelling. (You could argue that no one is trying to kill Harry in HBP either, which is pretty much true, but I don’t think that works in the brilliant way it does in PoA because I think you sort of realize that the first time you read it; in many ways HBP is a lot less a stand-alone story, and a lot more a very long prologue to DH.)

Also, PoA introduces the Marauders and gives a lot of the backstory of Harry’s parents, and I really love that. “Where is he, Sirius?” kills me every single time I read it. There are so many subtleties and nuances in Remus and Sirius’s interactions that you don’t pick up the first time through, as well as both their interactions with Snape. In fact, I would argue that PoA isn’t even about Harry at all: it’s about Sirius, Remus, Peter, and Snape – everything they’ve been through and everything they’ve lost. That’s what’s really going on in the Shrieking Shack conversation. Sirius is like, “Here’s what really happened,” and Remus is like, “Wow, that makes so much sense, and I kind of feel better now,” and Snape is like, “I refuse to listen to your explanation because maybe if I blame you for Lily’s death, I’ll feel less guilty for making Voldemort aware of her existence in the first place,” (and you don’t even get that that’s what’s going on with Snape until after you read DH) and Peter’s like, “This totally sucks, there is no possible positive outcome of this situation for me,” and Sirius is like, “This would be so much easier if these kids weren’t here,” and Remus is like, “Yeah, but since they are, I guess we should maybe tell them what’s going on,” and Sirius is like, “Fine, but I’m still going to kill Peter,” and Remus is like, “Well of course, me too, no wait, I guess we should honor Harry’s wishes, he is James’s son and all,” and Sirius is like, “Yeah, okay.” And meanwhile Harry, whose point of view we’re seeing all this from, is about twenty steps behind and mostly stuck on, “So wait, Scabbers betrayed my parents?” and Ron is all, “I am totally traumatized that the pet rat I slept in the same bed with is actually a person,” and Hermione is all, “Since no one is actually trying to kill Harry, I really hope we don’t get expelled.” And you, the reader, have no idea that this is what’s actually going on until you’ve read the entire series and reread PoA at least three times.

Which is all to say that PoA is just a really well written book, and I think that’s why people love it so much.

Having said all that, I think if I were really honest, Goblet of Fire is probably my favorite book. I think if GoF had been written over two years instead of one, there wouldn’t even be a question, because I think it probably suffered a lot for having to be written so quickly. There is just so much to love about GoF. Everyone always talks about how this is the book where you realize it’s not just a kid series anymore, which is true, but I don’t think it’s just because Voldemort comes back and someone dies. I think it’s easy to forget ten years later, but before GoF, the HP universe was actually pretty narrow. So much world-building and world-expanding happens in this book. We’re introduced to international wizard sports, international wizard politics, and international wizard education. It’s this huge wake-up call that there’s a wizard world beyond Hogwarts, and that there’s more at stake here than just Hogwarts. Harry is truly fighting for the world.

I’m always fascinated by relationships and character dynamics, and GoF really explores that, especially among the Trio. A lot of stuff that happens in DH really wouldn’t make sense without everything that happens in GoF. I think I’ve talked here before about how Harry and Ron’s relationship has always been the most important aspect of the books for me, and in GoF you really see how much Harry needs Ron. The chapters where they’re fighting are just awful, but they also explain so much about the tensions in their relationship. “You might even have a scar now, if you’re lucky. That’s what you want, isn’t it?” basically sums up the problems in their relationship, and why there’s this underlying resentment between them: they both feel like the other has everything they’re missing. I think without that fight, Ron walking out in DH wouldn’t make as much sense. But then Ron is also “what Harry would miss most”, and Harry’s utter panic when he finds out they’ve got Ron, especially when you remember how much he fell apart when they were fighting, shows you how much Harry can’t do this without Ron. Hermione too, of course, I don’t want to downplay that, but especially Ron.

There’s so much else to love about this book. Fake!Moody, who is without doubt the most awesome DADA professor in the whole series. All the stupid high school “does she like me?” drama that is so realistic, and another way Jo shows she’s such a master storyteller. The Triwizard Tournament and everything that goes with it. Jo’s brilliant little “Take that!” at gossip journalists with Rita Skeeter. And of course, the resurrection of Voldemort. I honestly think that if Jo had had more time to write it, GoF would be the best book of the series, no contest, and that is why it is my favorite.
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Uh, so I don't really post enough here, and there's a 30 Days of Harry Potter thing going around, and I like Harry Potter, so I figured I'd do it. So yeah.

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Day 1: Discuss how you got into Harry Potter

I first heard about it just before I turned eleven, the summer of 2000, when GoF was coming out. It was a big deal, and there were all these newspaper articles about the release parties and stuff, and I didn't really understand it. My sister, who was fourteen at the time, decided she wanted to read it, and she did, and she told me I should do the same, but I wasn't a big reader so I didn't. And then my other sister and my mom read them, and they were like, "Yeah, you'll like it," so I read the first couple chapters of SS, but I couldn't really get into it and I just got really frustrated because I couldn't pronounce a lot of the words (such as 'Privet' and 'Diagon'), and finally I got to the part about Percy being a prefect and I read it as 'perfect', and that made me so confused and frustrated that I threw down the book in disgust.

So then my mom got me the audiobooks (because back then my mom and I walked together for about 75 minutes a day, and listened to audiobooks while we did), and I got completely hooked and flew through them. But then there was this three-year gap before OotP came out, and I sort of forgot about it. I wasn't even in that big a rush to get OotP when it came out, but about a month after it was released, my grandma was in a bookstore and an employee suggested she get it for her grandkids, I guess? I don't know, but she brought it home for me, and I pretty much did nothing but read for three days (I'm a slow reader, okay? And it's a long book!). I actually sobbed uncontrollably when Sirius died, and then it was horrible because no one I knew had read it, so I kept bugging my family to read it, and then they did and were like, "Wait, why did you cry? It wasn't that big a deal!" because apparently everyone in my family has a heart of stone. But I digress.

So even after that, I wasn't really that into it, but my sister went to college that year, and one of her friends was really into it, and they pointed me to Mugglenet, and that's how I discovered fanfiction, and then I started writing fanfiction, and it all sort of snowballed from there. So yes.
trinsy: (are you my mummy?)
Dear Pixar,

First of all, well done with Toy Story 3. It was fantastic, especially for a threequel, so well done. It was totally unnecessary to have it in 3D (seriously, what is up with the obsession with 3D? It's such a turn-off! You have to wear those stupid glasses that are made to fit everyone and as a result fit absolutely no one, which is super distracting, and your eyes hurt afterward. What about this is cool?), but still.

That said, remember when you used to make kids' movies that dealt with subject matter that was actually appropriate for and relatable to, you know, kids? Good times.

June 2013

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