Potter Profile - Elizabeth
June 27, 2010
First off, how did you become a Harry Potter fan?
I was given the first book by my cousin when I was 11 which was around the time that Prisoner of Azkaban had come out. I was aware of the hype around the books, but at the time I was reluctant to read them and I'm not really sure why. Although I do remember watching a TV program about JK Rowling and felt compelled to watch several months before, but it didn't lead me to read the books at the time, but I was a big fan of Famous Five by Enid Blyton and the castles and secret passages facinated me, so that might explain why I instantly fell in love with the Harry Potter series. I decided to give the book a try as it had been a gift and by the chapter Diagon Alley, I was hooked. I spent less than a week finishing it, and getting in trouble for reading past bedtime! In the following weeks I had to beg my mum for extra money so I could get Chamber of Secrets and the recently published Prisoner of Azkaban. I finished these very quickly was deverstated to find that there were no more at this point. I remember being in direct competition with the girl next door to read them and she got brought Prisoner of Azkaban before me! My parents had just got a modem, so I turned to the Internet for my Harry Potter fix, spening hours reading fan based facts, role playing on websites and finding out the important facts such as the next book release and that a film (movie) was coming out! I even had my own very modest fansite, which I made friends around the world, which I still talk to today (even though the website wasn't successful, it has led me to a career in web development, so Harry Potter helped me choose my career path).
I became obssessed before the people around me did and I had to accept being the "Harry Potter Freak" when I started my new school, but I think that was a worthy title. My friends soon became fans, but they are not still obsessed like I am. Some people have evenbanned me from talking about the books or films but I still do because I just find a way to relate Harry Potter to everything. I have spend a fortune of Potter collectables and keep them in a glass cabinet. I have applied my other hobby (Dollshouses and miniatures) to Harry Potter, making a Honeydukes Sweetshop and Gryffindor Tower. I check Mugglenet everyday, sometimes more than once. I was at the front of the queue with my friend at my local bookshop for the 7th book dressed in full Hogwarts uniform and waited from 4pm until midnight, even though no-one else joined the queue until 6.30pm. I have a Harry Potter tattoo as it has been such a part of my life (HALF!) and didn't listen when people said I shouldn't! When I got an i-pod I discovered mugglecast I listen to it whenever I can; I dearly wish I had started to listen sooner. My computer's name is Dumbledore because he is all knowing and wise.
It has been over two years since Deathly Hallows came out and we found out
how the series ended. Do you have the same reaction to the ending now, as
you did then?
I think I enjoy it more as I have had the time to comprehend the ending and understand each thread of information included. On first reading it was so fast paced, it was hard to keep up with it, but now I can read it at a more relaxed pace and take in all the emotion. It is definitely more upsetting than on a first read and I would imagine that many would disagree, but it was harder to be upset on a first read because I was too shocked about things to do so. I was very happy with the ending and Deathly Hallows is now my favourite book, The Prince's Tale being my favourite chapter. I had never been a fan of Snape, but he became my favourite character after reading this book. I had heard speculation and I knew in my heart he was good, but I was still shocked at his story.
There are quite a few organizations/clubs at Hogwarts. Which you would rather join and why: Dueling Club, Dumbledore's Army, or S.P.E.W.?
I should say S.P.E.W as I am a vegetarian and I care about animal rights, but I don't think the house elves respond well to it, so Dumbledore's Army would be the better choice as I think learning new spells would be fun, although I would be a little afraid to break rules by attending the sessions!
If you could attend Hogwarts, Which class do you think would be your favorite?
I think charms would be my favourite as I would find it interesting to learn all sorts of different spells and Professor Flitwick is so nice. I always like a class with a friendly teacher.
Which class would be your best, whether you liked it or not?
I have a suspicion it would be Potions, although Snape is the kind of teacher that would make me hate the subject. I have had teachers like him and it is more difficult to perform well under such pressure!
Okay, be honest. We got you this year with our April Fool's story about JKR writing a Potter prequel featuring Elvendork. However, if she really wrote it, it would be so...
Great! it would be great because JK Rowling wrote it! I wasn't fooled as I always expect Mugglenet's April fool jokes, but I did kind of hope this one was true, even it it was a little silly!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I think there is so much more to come from Harry Potter, not as an 8th book but I think the Encyclopaedia will have plenty of new information and I think other small books will be released in years to come (like Quidditch through the ages and Fantastic Beasts and where to find them).
Also thanks to Mugglenet for all my Potter news requirements!