The Harry Potter Tag!
A little bit of a different post for you all today. I found this tag on a lovely little blog called Jenny in Neverland and knew, as the giant Potterhead that I am, that I had to do it myself. Although I wasn't tagged to do this post, neither was Jenny, so I'm opening it up to say any blogger who reads this, consider yourself officially tagged!
1. What house are you in?
Ravenclaw! When I was younger, all my friends thought I'd be a Hufflepuff and to be fair, throughout my childhood my house always fluctuated between Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. But, by the time I reached about 13 and Pottermore became available, I took the test and was a Ravenclaw through-and-through!
2. What is your patronus?
According to Pottermore, my patronus is a Buffalo!
3. What is your wand?
Larch wood with a unicorn hair core, 10 and ¾ inches, surprisingly swishy flexibility!
4. What would your boggart be?
I think my boggart would be Death. But, also, if I lived in the magical world, I doubt I'd fear Death because I know ghosts exist and it is possible to recall loved ones from beyond the grave. It's the unknown about the afterlife in this world that freaks me out! So, other than that, I don't know, can a boggart turn into all my teeth falling out?!
5. Which position would you play in Quidditch?
I was always quite good with a bat in school, so I think I'd play a beater!
6. Would you be a Pure-blood, Half-blood, or Muggle-born?
I have quite a Harry Potter obsessed family, so I feel like I'd be a Pure-blood. In fact, the four of us are all different houses; I'm a Ravenclaw, my sister is a Gryffindor, my mum is a Hufflepuff and my dad is a Slytherin (to be honest he's a Hufflepuff too but his favourite character is Snape, so we're going with "the Sorting Hat takes your choice into account" to justify that one!)
7. What job would you want to have after leaving Hogwarts?
I'd be a teacher, for sure. I'd probably teach something like Charms, Divination or Arithmancy, as those are my favourite subjects!
8. Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?
I think... the Invisibility Cloak. That seems like the most fun. I'd definitely be creeping around the castle at night and sneaking off to the kitchens to grab some food. Plus, that's really the only sensible answer, since in the original 'Tale of the Three Brothers' the owners of the Elder Wand and the Resurrection Stone met pretty sticky ends...
9. Favourite HP book?
The first one, The Philosopher's Stone – it is just magical! It makes me sad that so much of it was cut from the film because there are some really amazing bits in it. I love the challenge guarding the stone in which Hermione must use logic to figure out which of the potions to drink. I also really love the descriptions of food in the book – sure the Great Hall looks amazing in the film, but what's better than page-long descriptions of platters piled high with mouthwatering, magical munchables?!
10. Least favourite?
Difficult, but I think the third book. Even though I liked the film version of this, the book felt a little slow-paced. The film really brought it to life for me.
11. Favourite HP film?
It literally varies daily. I think The Order of the Phoenix is most often my favourite, due to the role Luna plays in it (if you skip to question 13, you'll see why that's important to me). But the first and third films are good too, when I want some light-hearted HP viewing.
12. Least favourite?
Okay, what I'm about to say is basically blasphemy in the HP fandom, but... The Chamber of Secrets. SORRY. I know, I should go and Crucio myself. But, I don't find it as engaging. Don't get me wrong, there are some truly iconic moments (I cite Mrs Weasley fangirling over Lockhart in Flourish and Blotts as a prime example), but it feels too long a film for a small amount of content. Little fact for you: The Chamber of Secrets is the longest film but is based on the 2nd shortest book!
13. Favourite character?
Luna Lovegood! I love Luna's complete acceptance of who she is – she isn't afraid to be her quirky, authentic self and she's smart too! I absolutely love her to pieces and I do my best to be a little bit Luna every day.
14. Least favourite/most hated character?
Marge Dursley. She just makes me cringe with how unfairly horrible she is.
15. Favourite Hogwarts teacher?
Minerva McGonagall SLAYS. I adore her intelligence, her wit (likely due to the fact that she was almost sorted into Ravenclaw!) but also the fact that she's not afraid to own who she is. She knows she's a boss and she's proud of it!
16. Least favourite teacher?
Umbridge has to be the answer for this, for obvious reasons. She is a terrible teacher all-round. I think I disliked her in the books more than in the films actually. The actress who played her, Imelda Staunton, never fails to make me laugh, so I couldn't despise her as much as I did reading the books!
17. Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?
I think the fact that The Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite film is unpopular enough! Other than that, I have a few theories/canon stories that I like, but that's a whole new post. Let me know in the comments below if you'd like to see that!
And let me know if you enjoyed this style of post – personally, I love doing tags like this! Especially anything to do with the Wizarding World (I am unashamedly OBSESSED with all things Potter). Don't forget to tag me if you decide to do this post for yourself – I'd love to read your take on these questions!
That's all for today!