Potter Profile - Zahra
March 15, 2009
First off, how did you become a Harry Potter fan?
11 years old: Without having heard of anything about Harry Potter I saw a book in
the library called Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone that caught my eye, read
the blurb at the back and thought it would be awesome to read this! There are
witches and wizards! After finishing it I thought wow that was nice but we dont
know why that giant wizard was kicked out of school when he was 12 being 11 years
old at the time it was unimaginable that a kid around my age would be kicked out!
How bad would you have to be? So that preoccupied most of my worries. Also we still
dont know about the scar! and then I thought I guess Ill never know... Not
knowing it was a series I didnt realise back then that it was going to be central
for my happiness and excitement in years to come.
I didnt get really into the series until I turned 15 with the release of Order of
the Phoenix. To me it was a challenge, to read the biggest book Ive ever seen! I
also wondered about the hype, I was curious.
I was 15 when I became properly acquainted with Harry Potter who was also 15 at the
time. I felt I found a new friend.
How are you feeling now that the series is over?
Thats hard to say, I feel like the golden years are behind me when it comes to
Potter and I am now cherishing the memories of being a big fan of the biggest thing
to happen to literature since Lord of the Rings, to have LIVED through this moment
in history, I feel sorry for those who are born after Potter and Im aghast in
realising some people didnt get to be a part of it when they could have. I count
down along with Mugglenet for the HBP movie and Im very excited about the upcoming
movies and possible encyclopaedia.
I still talk about Harry Potter everyday with great passion and enthusiasm as
everyone around me can heave a sigh and agree. I find little connections around my
life to Harry Potter, for example, going past Neville Street always plasters a large
grin on my face thats hard to wear off! Ive ventured on and read other fantasy
books and books of other genres since then and I cant help but compare everything
to the Potter series. Nothing comes close. Not for wording, imagination, and most
importantly the feelings it evoked in me and impact on my outlook in life. Everyone
I know is categorised into Hogwarts houses (for I am the sorting hat), and related
to HP characters.
If you could rewrite any part of the series, what would you change?
At first it would have been for Remus Lupin to have survived the series. I have said
it before Deathly Hallows came out that if Lupin dies I will rip that chapter out of
every HP book! But I dont have the heart to harm my own book (besides the
inevitable harm that comes from obsessive rereading) let alone repeat the criminal
act millions of times but since I think he died the most honourable way by being
paralleled to Lily and James death I think I must say I would rewrite what happened
in Voldemorts memory of the night he killed the potters.
I was highly anticipating finding out that missing piece of information including
the whole next day which shouldve been included. I think it was a miscalculation on
Jos part but everything between the night Hagrid takes Harry from Godrics Hollow
and the night he arrives at the Dursleys is missing. Hagrid didnt take Harry
straight to the Dursleys because there was a whole day of excited wizard in their
robes and shooting stars noticed by muggles at the defeat of Voldemort until Harry
arrived at the Dursleys. I fully supported Brendan Fords editorials on The Lost
Day found in The Underground Lake. I think Wormtail shouldve been there (even if
under the disillusionment charm) that night, and he gave Voldemort back his wand
when he got a new body. Because it makes no sense that a piece of wood in the middle
of a burning building survived and retrieved unscathed when its owner was too much
of a vapour to be able to pick it up? I still demand this to be accounted for. Flame
freezing charm perhaps? Anything just to know for sure what happened!
In your opinion, who is the most over-rated character?
Voldemort. Because there was once this award for the biggest, bad villain EVER or
something and he won! Honestly in my opinion, I think he was just an ignorant,
hypocritical show-off who was menacing to those who put a dent in his dragon sized
Who is the most under-rated?
Gosh, this is hard because if they are under-rated then I under-rate them and might
not realise theyre under-rated. After much thought, Arthur Weasley is my choice.
Hes not just a blood-traitor whos there to ask about the function of rubber ducks.
He is kind hearted to everyone and is the glue to the family who depends on him so
much. He is respectful to his wife and fun with his children, giving them as much
attention as there is possible in his day. But theres more, hes very hard working
its not easy to bring up 7 children healthily and with good morals and goals and
with a poor income. He can withstand many years of Mrs. Weasleys nagging and
scowling yet he doesnt charge back at her, he makes her blush like a teenager. He
was hurt more than imaginable when his son declared not wanting to be a Weasley but
was able to accept him back because of the love he has for his family, he did not
become stubborn and decide to hurt Percy the way he was hurt by rejecting his son.
He is also brave and not a door-mat, he stands up for what he believes in against
the powerful opposition and when being put down and trodden on he keeps going,
working hard with a smile on his face and that same kind heart. I am delighted he
Keeping in mind the encyclopedia that Jo plans to write, besides a
main character, whose back story are you most interested in reading about and
Dean Thomas because I have always thought there was something about him. Hes been
shown in a little bad light as the guy not good enough for Ginny or the jealous ex
boyfriend type but thats just from Harrys biased perspective. Hes been my
favourite unknown background character (as in never had a chapter, page or even a
decent paragraph all to himself) since I found out he was an artist in Stone. Jo
mentioned theres more to Deans story that she will specifically include in her
encyclopaedia and I cant wait to know more about him!
Please describe something in your life (besides your life as a
whole) that has been directly affected by Harry Potter, Jo, or both.
Its simple; Ive become a fan of reading. Thank you Harry Potter, and thank you Jo.
Before Order came out, and with the exception of Stone when I was 11 (a
foreshadowing in my own life story Id imagine), my idea of reading consisted of
magazines and novels prescribed for my English class. My reading and spelling level
was poor compared to my class mates. Once I realised the magic of reading I improved
considerably and have since made it my hobby to read novels.
Anything else you would like to add?
This was long but Ive been a huge fan for a long time and Im very thankful to
have this honour. Thank you to the people of Mugglenet, if it wasnt for you Id
never have gotten all the latest Harry Potter news to scream it to anyone who would
listen and I wouldnt have known half as much as I do about the Potter world if it
wasnt for your extensive, easy to navigate information. Thanks to my friends and
family, this is turning into an Oscars speech. I must say THANK YOU JO! Words
cannot express my thanks for this amazing world she has shared with the world. And
now for my usual parting words: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!