Potter Profile - Ryan
March 10, 2006
Give us your review of Half-Blood Prince.
Half-Blood Prince is the best of the books in the series aside from Prisoner of Azkaban. So, I suppose that means I would give it 5 out of 6 points on my judging scale of, “THE DEGREE OF SPECTACULAR IN COMPARISON BETWEEN HARRY POTTER NOVELS.” Harry's 6th year self has probably the most interesting Harry yet. It is nice to see more of his rebellious and edgy side (jinxing Filch, Pomfrey, and Sprout; and cursing Malfoy) that was not so much shown in the first four books, but not to such a degree that he starts to piss the reader off (OotP). He is much more of an admirable character in this book than he is in any of the prior novels. Half-Blood Prince benefits greatly from the most complex and likable protagonist of the series. It is also refreshing not to have Harry run into Voldemort in June. As of 3/4/06, I have only read this novel three times, but I am sure that I will have read it as many times as I've read PoA within the next few years. Book Six embodies everything that gets us excited about the Harry Potter world again, and progresses the plot in directions so beautifully imaginative that it is impossible not to love.
Did you like the fourth movie or not and why?
Yes, I enjoyed GoF very much. The movie was not perfect, or even good, but the five hours leading up to the midnight showing that I spent with a group of staff and students from my high school had me in such a good mood that the sub-par acting, occasionally unconvincing special effects, and excessively rapid pace did not phase me in the least. Every time I've seen GoF since, I have associated it with the night of November 17th, 2005 and cannot help but love it.
If you could spend the day as one EVIL character from the
books, who would it be?
Ah... it really sucks to be a Death Eater these days. Voldemort's always beating on all of them so I really would not want to be an EVIL character at all really. BUT! I suppose that if I was held at wandpoint and forced to give a response, I would say, “Ahhhh! Ahhhh! ****... Wormtail, perhaps? His hand is pretty damn savage...”
Which GOOD character would you want to be for a day?
I would be Neville Longbottom because MuggleNet Rachel has a crush on him. *Mischievous wink*
If you could have any magical power what would it be?
For the most part I am really quite satisfied with my lack of magical abilities; but I do dislike traveling, so I would love to be able to Apparate.
What is your favourite moment of the series so far?
I'm a huge fan of when Harry completely screws up his date with Cho. It makes me feel a bit more secure about the few crappy dates I've been on.
Is Snape REALLY good or evil and is Dumbledore REALLY
I do not want to spend time theorizing about Snape's allegiance. JKR will throw us some sort of curveball that will catch us all off guard, and in doing so, make all the days we've spent contemplating wasted days. However, I am quite convinced that Dumbledore is dead. Nobody survives the killing curse (except for Harry, but he has special circumstances). Fawkes' disappearance is really all the evidence I need to believe this. The bond between them was so strong, that his leaving could not mean anything else. There is, of course, other evidence pointing both directions, but Fawkes is, in my opinion, the most significant.
Will Harry survive the 7th book?
Aye, Harry will survive, even though I think he should die. I developed the opinion (like many other readers) that he is a Horcrux (or contains one), and must therefore be destroyed. However, I do not think that Harry will die because JKR knows that if he does, she would probably be attacked by an angry mob.
Do you have anything else you'd like to add? Maybe a
theory you've concocted, a shout-out?
I theorize that Book Seven will own, that Harry will kick Voldemort's behind, the Sectumsempra scene in the Half-Blood Prince movie won't be nearly as “Tarantino” as it should be, and that the LEGO sets will continue to get lamer, but I will still foolishly purchase every one.
Shout-outs: To my Lit teachers, Ehresman and Rivera, and all the other Homestead kids.