Potter Profile - Suzanne
February 15, 2009
First off, how did you become a Harry Potter fan?
When I was nine years old, my mom gave me a copy of The Sorcerers
Stone, telling me that she had heard it was a good book and that I
should read it. The rest is history
I became completely hooked. I
finished the first one during Silent Reading time at school, and I was
so excited for more and so impatient that I grabbed the nearest Harry
Potter book I could find
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I
hadnt realized that unlike other childrens series I was into at
the timeyou really needed to read Harry Potter in order. Ooops.
How are you feeling now that the series is over?
Its definitely a mixture of satisfaction and sadness. On the one
hand, its great to finally have closure, to know the answers to all
the questions that have been dogging us for years. On the other hand,
it is very sad when something youve literally grown up with is
suddenly over. No more mystery, no more anticipation, no more 24-hour
read-a-thons. Theres definitely that post-Potter depression there.
But the thing to keep in mind is that there are still plenty of things
to look forward to. We had JK Rowlings US tour with the Dumbledore
revelation, then Beedle the Bard, and we still have three movies and
an Encyclopedia to look forward tonot to mention all the fanfiction
and fanart that comes out every day. Things will never be as special
as they were when the books were coming out, but the fandom is still
very much alive, and thats a comforting thought.
Is there any character you
wish had died or any character you wish hadn't died?
OH yes, considering that four out of my top six favorite characters
died within sixty pages of each otherFred, Snape, Lupin, and Tonks.
The deaths of Remus and Tonks hit me especially hard, I couldnt stop
crying for about twenty minutes. But as much as it pains me, I
understand her rationale behind the deaths of each of these
characters. Sacrifices had to be made, and we knew we were going to
lose people we loved. I have to say, though, when I found out that
Remus and Tonks had been killed in the place of Arthur Weasley, a
small part of me wished he had died instead. I have nothing against
him, in fact I quite like him. But I felt more attached to Remus and
Tonks, and felt that the death of Arthur would have had the same
emotional impact on readers, because of the way it would have affected
the rest of the Weasley family.
Which Potter character do you relate to most?
Aaah, see, youre tricky. You dont ask who my favorite character is,
which for me is a very different question. I think that I relate to
Hermione the most, though. Like Hermione, Im not quite in the
mainstream, love to read, am extremely neurotic about grades and
schoolwork, and am rather insecure/afraid of failure. Im not
outspoken or bossy like she is though, and I also think Ive got a bit
of Luna in me because Im rather spacey at times.
But my favorite characterthe one I admire the most is Professor
McGonagall, hands down. Shes a wonderful teacher, and such a strong
woman with a wicked sense of humor. Plus, she doesnt take anybodys
crap. Gotta love her.
Are you excited
for the movies to come, knowing how it all ends?
Yes, which is a tad surprising, considering how critical I usually am
of the movies. The third and fourth ones in particular were huge
disappointments for me. But I really enjoyed the fifth movie, and the
sixth looks really promising from what Ive seen in the previews. And
I am SO excited to see what they do with Deathly Hallows
the scenes with the Seven Potters and the Battle of Hogwarts.
How do you feel about Half-Blood Prince being
pushed to July?
I was at my friends house when I found out. I looked at her in
disbelief, and we both just went, What the HECK, WB?!? What the HECK?
I still am extremely disappointed. It was obviously a financially
motivated decision, made with an utter lack of consideration for the
fans. The WB was riding off the success of Dark Knight, and thought
they could make more money off HBP if it was pushed to July. As if
they needed more money, and as if Harry Potter couldnt pull its own
weight at the box office. The movies have already made more money than
the entire Star Wars franchise, for crying out loud! Plus, now that
its coming out in the summer I cant see it opening night, because
Ill be working at sleepaway camp.
If you could make the decision on
where Deathly Hallows would be split for movies 1 & 2, where would you
split it and why?
I think that I would have the first movie end at the end of The
Silver Doe, right after Ron destroys the locket Horcrux. Its about
halfway through the book, and Ron destroying the Horcrux would serve
as a wonderful climax. It would give the first half a concrete ending,
making it a more complete movie that could stand on its own. Im sure
they could end it at a moment thats more of a cliffhanger, but from a
cinematic standpoint I think itd be a bad move. And personally, Im
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just three thank-yous: To all the fans who love Harry Potter as much
as I do, to everyone at Mugglenet for all the fantastic work you do,
and most importantly, to J.K. Rowling for enriching all of our lives
with this wonderful, magical world. Also, a special shout-out to
Laura, Tamar, Hannah, and CarolinaI love you all, and the last few
years of Harry Potter wouldnt have been the same without you!