From the first moment I laid my eyes on a cover of a Harry Potter book, I knew it had to be fascinating. The first Harry Potter book I ever read was the Chamber of Secrets and since then I have been a Potter fan. I have all five Harry Potter books (naturally!) on my bedside table at home, I have the 2 HP movies that came out so far on DVD, and a lot more merchandise to start with but these doesn't show even half of what I feel for Harry Potter. I'm very known in my school and among my friends (who are HP fans also, of course!) and especially in my family that I'm a huge HP fan and, frankly, I couldn't have it any other way!
Potter Profile - Alice
February 1, 2004
How and when did you get in to Harry Potter?
You can say that it was a mere chance that I found out about Harry Potter and became interested in it. My mother accidentally received the second Harry Potter book. Curiosity made me read it and even though I didnt read the first Harry Potter book at that time, I easily managed to understand what was it about. As soon as I finished reading the book, I was already a Harry Potter fan because I liked the book very much. Then I bought all the four Harry Potter books (I was among the first people in line to buy the fifth Harry Potter book when it came out) andboth Harry Potter movies on DVD.
Which Harry Potter book is your favorite?
Well, actually I love all the Harry Potter books in an equal way. All the books hold a special place in my heart. Owing to the fact that I have all the five books, which I have read and reread countless times, I noticed that each of them has it's own magic. I especially like the fact that JK Rowling manages to give the Potter books hidden psychological tints. In fact, Rowling describes Harry's feelings, emotions and thoughts so carefully and clearly giving lots of details that make the reader see the world through Harry's eyes and live the adventure intensively himself. Thats why I never considered the Harry Potter books to be children's books except a very small part of them. I think it's unfair to consider these books that way simply because it's about the adventure of children that grow into teenagers and so on. I reckon that you have to think deep and mature to discover all those hidden hints that JK Rowing placed so carefully in the books (and a child's mind can't do that).
What character can you relate to most?
I think that I'm more of a combination between two characters: Harry and Hermione. Harry because the both of us are kind of alike in many ways (we think the same, act the same, react the same and I'm sure that in the same circumstances given, I would have done exactly what Harry did) we've got a lot of things in common. And Hermione because we both are bright and smart :)
Are you satisfied with the handling of the "boy/girl stuff" in book 5?
I must say that I'm really satisfied with the handling of the "girl/boy stuff" in the new book. JK hasn't let us down (has she ever?!). I liked how things evolved between Ron and Hermione but I didn't approve of Cho's behavior with Harry. It's very clear that Harry is not in love with her (we can see that in the last chapter) it's more like a crush and Cho had to make up her mind as to who to choose between Cedric and Harry and, unfortunately for her, hadn't manage to. Cho is nice, really but in this book she was so annoyingly depressed!
What did you think was the most exciting thing that happened in book 5? What was the most disturbing? What left the biggest impression on you?
Surely, the most exciting thing that happened in book 5 was the duel between Voldemort and Dumbledore. It was extremely impressive. The most disturbing thing in my opinion was Sirius falling behind the veil. I think that in this book, the strangest things were the Prophecy (that odd, misty glass sphere) and the veil, but the veil was definitely the strangest. And because I don't know much about the veil, I cannot be sure that Sirius is really dead, however, I am free to assume he's not. Except Sirius's death, there were other 3 things that depressed me beyond words. First Harry's banning from the Quidditch team (the only things that calmed me down eventually were Ginny's words to Harry telling him that he was banned from playing Quidditch just as long as Umbridge stays at Hogwarts and I daresay that after what happened this year, Umbridge won't be so keen as to stay at Hogwarts the next year). The second thing that absolutely outraged me was Harry's detention with Umbridge when he was writing in his own blood "I must not tell lies". That was so barbaric, I couldn't stand it! And the third thing that really broke my heart was when Harry was trying to contact Sirius through that two-way mirror. I cried so much while reading about how Harry felt about Sirius after he "fell" beyond the veil... JK is truly amazing at describing feelings with such accuracy. As for the thing that left the biggest impression on me, that's very hard to say because, frankly, the whole book was impressive. I was mostly impressed however, by the way Dumbledore, Harry and the Weasley twins acted throughout the book. Dumbledore, impressive as always in all the books, was even more impressive in this book by what he did and now we truly discover a darker, more mysterious side of his past and personality. And Harry was fantastic keeping those DA meetings and facing that toad-like Umbridge so defiantly the whole year and those Death Eaters together with that horrible Lestrange woman in the Department of Mysteries. And let's not forget the memorable departure of Fred and George from the school. Very impressive indeed. Yes, the entire book was full of impressive things, no doubt about it.
Was the character that died the one you thought it would be? (Be honest now!)
I must confess that even though Sirius along with Hagrid were on my list of the persons that might die in book 5, the fact that I was right came as a shock. Sirius Black was one of my favorite characters. Even now I can't believe that Sirius died but I hope (you know, hope dies last) that JK with her great talent and skill will surprise us eventually by bringing Sirius back to life (maybe he didn't die, there's no body recovered actually, is there?). That would be great! Hopefully, in the sixth or seventh book we'll find out that Sirius didn't actually die (that isn't impossible, you know!)... That will be a tense moment for all of them, especially Harry. That's the way I see it.
Which house would you like to be in and why? Do you think the Sorting Hat would place you in that house?
I would undoubtedly be in Gryffindor. Not because Harry is there and stuff like that but because I've thought it over countless times and the situation stands thus: the Ravenclaws are too intelligent for me, the Hufflepuffs are too soft and friendly I'm not really like that and the Slytherins are too vain and power-hungry for me to bear them (I mean, I am ambitious... but, well). So it remains Gryffindor that really fits me perfectly. And yes, with all these things considered, I daresay that the Sorting Hat would put me in Gryffindor.
Do you have any interesting HP stories to share?
Well, yes, a lot of them. I look back on them and I'm very satisfied about what I've done. I remember convincing all those people to give Harry Potter a chance, including classmates, friends, even teachers (I'm well known at my school for the fact that I'm a huge Potter fan). I remember those skeptical looks they first threw me. I remember how that skeptical look changed into curiosity when they saw me talking tirelessly, all the time about Harry Potter and how they decided to give it a try. Even the teachers who decided to read the books to their children, finished by liking them themselves. It's funny how satisfied and whole I feel at the thought that because of me, those people discovered the magic of Harry Potter.
Do you have anything else you'd like to add? Maybe a theory you've concocted, a shout-out?
JK Rowling is a goddess! She has a great talent and she is a great writer if she managed to write and to put all these together. I hope she won't stop writing Potter books because she basically owes her success to Harry Potter. Harry Potter is my life and I don't intend to make anyone feel jealous or something. This is simply the way I feel. It's the truth and it's every reason I'm a true, real Harry Potter fan. Thank you for giving me a chance to show my feelings towards Harry Potter.