Potter Profile - Stephan
December 28, 2006
How did you become a fan of Harry Potter?
I must admit, after the first book was released and I first heard about it at school, the story itself didn't sound very exciting to me and as I was NOT a reader at all, I didn't even bother giving it a try when the opportunity arrived. I ended up watching the first movie in theater with my girlfriend and I was very, very surprised by it's quality. After buying the first four books right away (reading the first pages of the first book in the bookstore gave me the confidence I needed to buy all four at once) in the translated Dutch version which is pretty good, but uses some ridiculous names, I bought the fifth and sixth books in English and that led to my huge collection of English books that are now standing in my bookcase, so I can safely say I am one of those that got all the reading inspiration from these magical books.
Which of the four Hogwarts houses would you like to belong to?
I would like to be sorted into Ravenclaw, they have known its fair share of great wizards but most of all magic will be a lot easier to learn with so many clever people around. Gryffindor I would not mind either, but if I would be sorted into Slytherin I would take off the hat and walk out of the castle.
If you had the chance to act as one of the characters in the movie version of the books, who would you pick?
Rufus Scrimgeour, because I would have a lot of fun of playing such a charismatic man.
Not only can I be Minister of Magic but I also I love the idea of acting as 'the clever man who fought many battles'. I don't think I would like to play a famous, very-well known character becuse I wouldn't dare touch a performance like David Thewlis of my favourite character of the books, Lupin, or just any other character who gets a solid performance by one of the many good actors in the films.
What are your thoughts about the upcoming fifth movie?
The Order of the Phoenix is my third-favourite book, behind Prisoner and Goblet, so I am rather looking forward to it. I will be careful not to hype it up as much as Prisoner and Goblet, which were both great movies (mostly thanks to the acting) but I couldn't help feeling a little bit let down with the directors for messing up the story quite a bit. That is also why I am really curious about how they are going to solve the fact that it's the biggest book written in the series. I am very excited about Evanna Lynch, the actress who is going to play Luna Lovegood. I saw her interview and I fell in love with her immediately. Another thing I am really looking forward to is the whole happening in the Department of Mysteries. I am really looking forward to the chaos of the huge battle, so many people fighting onscreen at the same time, the Dumbledore - Voldemort encounter and I especially wondering about how they are going to show Harry using the horrible act of an unforgiveable curse on Bellatrix. I am not really a fan of Micheal Gambon as the new Dumbledore, I think he is a bit too pushy and a little too emotional as Dumbledore, so I hope his role improves a bit in the next film, especially with the big fight coming up and the important role he is going to play in the sixth book.
When do you think Book 7 should be released?
Although I wouldn't mind at all if the book is to be released tomorrow, I think it's better for J.K. to take all the time in the world to perfect her final book, even if it would mean it will take her until 2009. I certainly hope she doesn't feel rushed by all the fans.
Do you like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the title for Book 7? What do you think it means?
Yes! The whole Harry Potter feeling came back just by reading the mysterious title and I re-read Half Blood Prince once again to celebrate. It seems J.K really wanted to give the book a dark feeling right from the start by using the word death on the front cover. The title certainly isn't much of a give away, so I started making up my own theories and discussed it with friends the second it was announced. I am supporting the theory of Hallows being a place or places, either a graveyard at Hogwarts or following a recent Dutch translation - maybe a shrine? There are just so many possibilities! But in the end it will probably show us all to be wrong and it will be something no one ever even considered it to be and that is what I really like about J.K.
Who is one character you think will die in Book 7?
Well not just one character, but although I really hope against it I'm afraid the Weasley twins will not survive the end of book 7. They supply a lot of defence goods to aid the Ministry of Magic in the war, how long can they keep this up? I also think they have made public fun of Voldemort just a bit too long for his liking.
If you had the opportunity to meet JK Rowling, what is one question you would ask her?
At the beginning I would probably be way too nervous to speak, but once calmed down I would thank her for writing such wonderful books that certainly broadened my horizon. Then I would ask what her opinion is about fan-fiction (one of my favourite hobbies) and hopefully discuss it with her for a very long time.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you Mandie for choosing me to be fan of the week. Thanks also to everyone else who keeps Mugglenet up. I found so much information on this site, its been very helpful to me and I hope the site continues to stay up until years after the final book's release.
I would also like to send all the luck and inspiration to J.K. she needs to finish her story, reading it is going to be a weird experience knowing it's going to be the end of the world of Harry Potter, so a small tip for all those theorists out there, keep discussing while you still have the chance. ;-)