You've asked me to write a short paragraph about my love for Harry Potter; but I don't really think that is possible for me because there is really way too much to write about. It's gotten to the point where all I was thinking about for a week before the fifth book came out was, what was the book going to be like. I had all these little ideas about what it was going to be like and who was going to die and how. At this point in time I just thank J.K. Rowling for not having the books come out during the school year, because I would not be able to concentrate at all on anything except the book. So that is about as bad as it is. In my group of friends, I am known as the Harry Potter freak. Yes. Freak is what my friends call me for my obsession. But I really don't care because I'm proud of my freakiness.
Potter Profile - Sarah
November 2, 2003
How and when did you get in to Harry Potter?
I got the first books when I was in the seventh grade (I was 11 at that time). There was a book fair at my school and I saw the first book there which I had heard about from numerous friends. I bought it and read it in about a week or so because I wasn't really thrilled until the end. After I finished the first one, I read it over and over again until I got the second
for Christmas which was about 3-4 months later. I read the second one nonstop in a day and the third took me two days. I then read the first, second, and third until I got kind of tired of them (sadly) and started other books. I read the fourth in 2 days and the fifth in 3. I am re-reading the fifth very slowly so I can catch the really small parts, and just for the joy of reading it again.
Which Harry Potter book is your favorite?
Everyone I know says they like the third one the best but I really like the fourth book. The third is really cool because they tell a whole lot about James and his gang but the fourth really lets you know a lot more of the magical world outside Hogwarts. With the Quidditch Cup you get to find out about all these other groups of people. I seriously had never thought
about there being wizards outside Hogwarts. I was just like "WOW!!! This is way cool! There are wizards in America!!" That thought made me happy. And the differently decorated tents made me really happy. Also, even though its really, really bad that Voldemort came back, it makes it, I don't know, more exciting to see what he will do next. I find myself wondering "What is he doing right now? What evil plot is he planning now?" In the words of Mr. Ollivander, "He did great things. Terrible, yes, but great."
What character can you relate to most?
I can relate to Ron the most because 1) I'm not a know-it-all like Hermione, 2) I'm not all that brave like Harry, 3) I'm there to help along the way and also providing comic relief when needed, and 4) I'm not a leader all the time but I do lead. I'm also not a follower all the time, but I do follow. I'm kind of just a mingler of sorts. I can get along with quite a lot of different groups of people. Actually then I would kind of be like Fred and George also but I'm not as big a trouble maker as they are. Okay, I guess I could just say that I see a bit of myself in every character in the book that is described well enough. But I'll have to say I'm most like Ron. Which is cool with me cause he's a really cool guy.
Are you satisfied with the handling of the "boy/girl stuff" in book 5?
J.K. handled the boy/girl thing very well for having gone through the boy/girl thing herself at some point in her life. But I always cracked up whenever Harry was with Cho especially in the coffee shop. I felt a lot of sympathy for Harry in that situation of extreme weirdness. The only thing was that she brought it on way too late in the books, making it odd for Harry
to be fifteen and not have really noticed girls before. Well that may just be because he's a guy.......oh I'm only joking!
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 part in OotP was the whole part with the D.A. people going to the Department of Mysteries. I read this part at three in the morning and every single time someone got hit with a spell I gasped really loud. I was really worried for all the D.A. members and their safety especially when they split up and you didn't know where some of them were. That was sooo scary!! The disturbing part for me was with Snape's memory and how badly James and Sirius treated him. I really felt sorry for Snape after that and I now understand the motive for Snape to hate James, and then Harry, for how badly James treated him. I think most people will agree with me that the fact that Harry has to either kill Voldemort or be killed by Voldemort left a pretty big impression. From that point on I would have a different perspective on things because I would have to kill someone. I would not be too happy about that one. Even if he is a very evil wizard.
Was the character that died the one you thought it would be? (Be honest now!)
Whoa! This one completely blew me out of the water. I had massive talks with friends on who would die. And I swear no one said Sirius. Ever. The thought that he would be the one to die never crossed my mind. I thought it would be Hagrid or Percy or Mr. Weasley or someone else. But not Sirius!!! And I don't know if he'll be coming back cause Harry tried two ways to talk to Sirius and both didn't work, making me think that J.K.R. is trying to tell us there is no way he's coming back. I don't want to believe it, but that may be what she is hinting at. But I wasn't even close with the Sirius dying thing so I may be completely wrong. Who knows? Except J.K.R. of course.
Which house would you like to be in and why? Do you think the Sorting Hat would place you in that house?
I would so like to be in Gryffindor (like everyone else) but I really don't know if I would be placed there. I do have some bravery and smartness but I'm not sure it's enough to be in Gryffindor. But I sure do hope for it to be enough. I would want to meet Oliver Wood!!!!
Do you have anything else you'd like to add? Maybe a theory you've concocted, a shout-out?
I don't really have any interesting stories except the fact that I used my mosh pit skills to get in front of the lines to get the fifth book. I thought that was pretty cool. And fun. Hope I didn't hurt anyone..... Oh and the fact I am now getting $20 for being chosen to be a Potter Profile. [editor's note: not from us she won a bet! : ) ]
A theory I have is that Harry's scar will disappear if he kills Voldemort. And Rowling already said the last word in the seventh book is "scar", I think it will be something like, "Harry strolls out of Platform 9 3/4, feeling his forehead to see that he no longer carries the scar". That would be cool but the scar is what makes him different from everyone else. I mean, how many other people have we met with a scar on their foreheads?
Shout-out to my TC friends! They have accepted my freakiness and taken it well.