Even though I have countless amounts of merchandise and a pretty extensive knowledge of all things Harry Potter, it's not just the merchandise or movies that attract me so much to Harry Potter; it's the fact that so much can be learned from the adventures of this awkward boy. Lessons that include friendship, courage and loyalty, just to name a few. Harry Potter has honestly brought back my enjoyment of reading books, which I feel may be the case for countless amounts of people all over the world. Open the book and be surrounded by the world of Harry Potter and then you're no longer stressed out about your own life and everything is right in the world for those moments when your nose is in between the pages of Harry's eventful school years. His character is so realistic, he's not perfect, he's not popular, and he's not a genius, but despite those facts, he just pulls out something from inside and does "extraordinary things". That makes you think about yourself, what's important to you and what you are totally capable of doing or becoming. In other words...Harry Potter is wicked!
Potter Profile - Duy
August 3, 2003
How and when did you get in to Harry Potter?
I have to shamefully admit that I was quite anti-Harry Potter. I never got into the whole Harry Potter mania when most people did. I actually even made fun of Harry Potter and other Harry Potter fans. Last November (2002), I had forgotten to bring a book for my reading period at school. I deperately needed one or else I would have been forced to stay inside for my break. My friend, who was quite the Harry Potter fan, lent me Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I was determined that I would despise the book...However, when I had only read just 2 pages of the book...I was hooked. I was totally engrossed in the book. In only a short period of time, I had become a total Harry Potter fanatic.
Which Harry Potter book is your favorite?
Oi...This is such a difficult question...I'm having a hard time deciding on whether the third, fourth, or fifth book is my favorite. The Prisoner of Azkaban's storyline was complicated and wickedly brilliant. It was such a well-thought-out book. The Goblet of Fire was such an enjoyable read. I loved how there were all these events that occured, like the Quidditch World Cup, the Yule Ball and the Triwizard Tournament. The Order of the Phoenix is also wonderful. There were a lot of questions that I've had from the previous books that were answered in OoP. The storyline was also brilliant and unpredictable.
What character can you relate to most?
After reading The Order of the Phoenix, I definitely have to say that I can relate to Harry the most. It's not entirely easy to provoke Harry, but when he gets angry, he gets explosive. We both seem to have quite a bit of a temper. I can also relate to Harry because of his actions and his emotions. I find that in most situations, Harry reacted and felt the same way I would if I was put in the same situation as he.
Are you satisfied with the handling of the "boy/girl stuff" in book 5?
I'm pretty happy with the way that J.K. Rowling has handled the inevitable boy/girl stuff. I'm glad the it didn't overtake the rest of the story. Sometimes I wish that I could've slapped Cho though. Even though I'm a girl and I can understand why Cho burst into tears a lot...she was just too 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?
The most exciting thing that happened was hands down, the battle at the end. The most disturbing and also the thing that left the biggest impression on me was when Harry used an Unforgivable Curse. It just left me so shocked.
Was the character that died the one you thought it would be? (Be honest now!)
I didn't even try to guess before reading the book because of J.K. Rowling's writing style; I knew that the person who died would be unpredictable. As I was reading the book, I kept guessing and was proven wrong about 3 or 4 times. I'm really sad that Sirius dies though, he was one of my favorite characters.
Out of all the spells used in the books, which one is your favorite, and why?
My favorite spell would have to be Rictusempra. Not so much because of the effect that it has, but I just liked the way that it sounded when Daniel Radcliffe said it in The Chamber of Secrets. I also like it because if I had a wand, it'd probably be the spell that I'd use the most ;)
Do you have any interesting HP stories to share?
Not very interesting but...I didn't sleep all night when I was on the last couple of chapters of The Order of the Phoenix. It was the first night that I didn't sleep. It was weird watching the sun go down and then coming back up again and not feeling the least bit tired (I fell asleep later in the day, though, at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon).
Do you have anything else you'd like to add? Maybe a theory you've concocted, a shout-out?
I'd just like to thank J.K. Rowling for sharing her wonderful imagination with the rest of the world. I'd also like to thank my friend Hong, who actually is the one that got me into Harry Potter in the first place. Last but not least, I'd also like to thank Mugglenet for doing the whole Potter Profiles and for managing such a wicked site. You guys are "bloody brilliant"!