Fan Focus: Shani – June 15, 2003

SHANI
Age 14 – Vermont, USA

My love for Harry Potter is like no other…I LOVE HP. I think that many people like HP, then love HP, and then lose interest in HP, but some of us are a different story…(ME). I have loved Harry Potter for sooo long, and will continue to do so until…well, forever. JK Rowling is very talented and I could just read her material over and over and over and over! But then again, that’s no surprise, who doesn’t want to read her books? Every character is has their own specific personality, and each character relates to so many different kinds of people and I think that that is one reason so many readers love the books. I just truly love Harry Potter — the books, movies, games, cards, magazines, calendars, theme music, action figures, interviews, and everything HP.

How and when did you get in to Harry Potter?
I was at a bookstore and I walked past the Fantasy section and saw the first 3 books up on the shelf and I noticed there weren’t many left, so I figured they were great. I also noticed the covers were awesome, and they immediately caught my attention. I got them and was hooked, and couldn’t wait for the 4th book to come out…and now I feel the same, even more, about book 5!

Which Harry Potter book is your favorite?
It was by far the fourth book. I loved the fourth book because I was more mature when I read it, unlike the 3 books which I was younger when I read; I had more of an idea of what was going on, like the crushes, like Harry & Cho, Hagrid & Madame Maxime and so on. I also loved how characters we grew to love in book 3 came back, and just the overall thrill of waiting to know what the tasks were, just like Harry, Fleur, Cedric, and Viktor.

What character can you relate to most?
I think I relate to Ron the most, because a lot of the time, I’m on the back burner, like him…I’m on student council, but I’m not president, I play sports, but I’m not team captain, I run fast, but not the fastest, and a lot of the time Ron gets put in that position, as second best to Harry. And if it’s not Ron, I would have to say Fred & George, because I don’t always like to follow the rules, and I love to have fun, and practical jokes are my FAVORITE…well, right behind Harry.

What do you think of the inevitable boy/girl stuff coming in book 5?
I think it’s different so I can’t say it’s bad because it’s new. I kind of like the idea, because there was some boy/girl stuff in book 4, but now this is a chance to excel in that topic, and that wasn’t a bad topic in book 4 either. I also think everyone is waiting to find out about the romance between Ron/Hermione… Harry/Cho… Hermione/Viktor… Harry/Ginny… and even Hagrid and Madame Maxime.

Who do you think Harry will “hook up” with in book 5? What about Ron?
I think Harry has the best chance with Ginny or Cho. Ginny because she likes him, that’s a given, but Cho because he likes her, and maybe something will change in her point of view now that Cedric is “gone”. And I think Ron might hook up with Hermione because of the well known “hug” handshake in the 2nd movie, and also because they are always arguing over little topics, and typically, that’s what couples do!

What character do you think will die in book 5?
Well, thanks to the internet sites, I now pretty much KNOW it’s Hagrid, with all the clues hinting towards his death, but then again, that could be a cover up for an even worse death. But I think Hagrid makes sense, because of his obviously dangerous upcoming journey into the place where the Giants live.

Which school house would you want to be in? Do you think the Sorting Hat would place you in that house?
I think that like most HP fans I would want to be put in Gryffindor, because we all know what kind of people go into Gryffindor, and what they come out to be, but yes, I think that the sorting hat would place me in Gryffindor because if I yearn for it strongly enough then I don’t think he’d go and stick me in Slytherin…I think if that were to happen, I might have to transfer to Beauxbatons…no, not really. I’m true To Hogwarts.

Do you have anything else you’d like to add? Maybe a theory you’ve concocted, a shout-out?
~ LIZ ~ KERI ~ TOM ~ JACKIE ~ COURTNEY ~ MIRANDA ~ TRICIA ~ EMILY ~ SAM.B ~ ASHLEY ~ DAVID ~ MAGGIE ~ CHRISTINE ~ DREW ~ SHANNON(L) ~ K&J&T

AND EVERYONE ELSE @ LTS ! BUT SPECIALLY MARION

(JK ROWLING FOR CREATING SUCH A MASTERPEICE AND ALL OF THE ACTORS IN THE MOVIES, FOR MAKING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE SERIES COME TO LIFE)