Potter Profile - Manda
April 4, 2010
First off, how did you become a Harry Potter fan?
I actually started reading the books by pure chance - when I was 11 years old a teacher assigned us all a reading list for "Battle of the Books" or something similar, just in case we participated. Another girl was assigned to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but her parents didn't want her to read it, so we swapped. Being Harry's age and wishing that I could get a magical letter in the mail to whisk me off to some place fantastic... yeah, I was pretty much hooked. If that didn't seal the deal, having my first reason to go to a bookstore on the first day a book was released (Goblet of Fire) and finding a community of people who role played out the stories online did. I loved the community that came with the series and being able to relate to the characters.
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?
Wow, it's seriously been two years?! You know, at the time, I read the book kind of quick to just get to the end and see what happened, and I think I was a little confused the first time around. Now, though, after rereading it...I think I genuinely enjoy it more, especially the "dreaded" epilogue. At the time I was mostly just going "It's over! That's it! No more! Sigh!" but now I'm just glad that the series ended on such a good note. When I finished the book I do remember kind of not liking some of the things that happened... but you know, why let a few pages ruin such a remarkable series? Knowing that J.K. Rowling finished things off exactly ho
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.?
Oh my gosh... all three? I've got good reasons for all of them, but I suppose if I had to pick just one it would probably be Dumbledore's Army so I could sneak around and be a vigilante. While Dueling Club would be fun for the spells, I think Dumbledore's Army would provide a more "real" reason to be learning the things that the Dueling Club uses and put them into action. That and I've always wanted one of those cool little coins that remind you when you're supposed to be somewhere.
If you could attend Hogwarts, Which class do you think would be your favorite?
Ancient Runes, for sure. I've studied runes on my own just out of curiosity and they are just so cool, so I would be endlessly interested in how they actually work with magic. History of Magic would be a close second. I know, I'm boring. I love history and being able to study the same things that muggles do - just from an alternate perspective - would be really neat!
Which class would be your best, whether you liked it or not?
Probably Potions, because it's pretty practical. You just mix stuff together and follow the directions and you really can't go too terribly wrong. Snape would probably be the hardest thing to put up with in that class - but really, who hasn't had a teacher they didn't like? Divination might be a close second just because of my ability to make up ridiculous predictions on the fly. Jupiter is in the seventh sun and we will all sprout extra limbs! See? I'd be fabulous!
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...
Underwhelming? I would probably read it anyway. There were parts of the Harry Potter series I just didn't enjoy, but I loved the series as a whole. Even if we found out that Sirius and James were from the moon, sure, I would probably write it off as a part of "canon"...but I'd read it anyway. It's her world, she can (unfortunately) do what she wants with the characters... which we can only hope doesn't involve any of them spouting out anything too "out of character."
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Praise for you? Of course! I would also like to give huge thanks to all of my members and staff over at Vault 713 - though folks have come and gone, many people have been hanging around since 2001 and given me a solid network of "Potter Friends" to chat with, bounce ideas off of, and obsess over the upcoming books and movies with throughout the years. Thanks to the Harry Potter books - and these guys - I've made some great friends and had some really great times. I can't wait to see some of you guys at Infinitus in July - I can say for sure it is going to be Totally Awesome.