Fan Focus: Maddy – March 20, 2011

21-year-old Maddy from the United States/Argentina


First off, how did you become a Harry Potter fan?

My mom started reading the books to me when they first came out – I could read at that point, but it was always fun to just listen. Unfortunately, my sister got to the books beforehand and insisted on her pronunciations of certain words; because of that I thought for the longest time that it was “Voldremont” and “Slythereen”. Despite the mispronunciations, I immediately fell in love with the characters and the story – I was always pushing for another chapter each night!

It’s your third year at Hogwarts and you’re finally allowed trips to Hogsmead. Where are you most excited to visit?

As an enthusiastic 3rd year, I would have headed straight for the Three Broomsticks to try butterbeer! Ever since this frothy drink was introduced in the books I have been dying to try it, but I still haven’t made it to the Wizarding World Theme Park 🙁

This year, you learn a new spell, Riddikulus, which deals with Boggarts. What form does your Boggart take?

My boggart would look very similar to Ron’s – I’m terrified of spiders! I once came back from camp saying that I had the best time ever, but wouldn’t be returning due to the gigantic, hairy, wolf spiders. Hopefully, I could be as creative as Ron in my way to make the spider look funny, but I’m not so sure!

If you had a map like the Marauder’s Map, what would you do with it? Where would it be a map of?

My Marauder’s map would be of Hogwarts, of course. How am I supposed to avoid Snape while sneaking around the castle if I don’t have the right map? I may have passed age 11 a while ago, but I’m still waiting for that letter to arrive – muggle mail is rather slow and faulty, after all.

In DADA you learn what an Animagus is. If you were to become one, what animal form would you take?

I would definitely be a black panther. Not only am I a huge cat person (future cat lady, I know), but my college mascot is a panther and I’ve always had a lot of school spirit. Plus, panthers are graceful, yet ferocious – not an animal you would mess with. I’m pretty tough, so I definitely would not be turning into any kind of wimpy animal.

Dementors sure do give you the creeps, so you ask to learn the Patronus Charm to help repel them. If you master the spell and could form a Corporeal Patronus, what form would it take?

My patronus would be a snowy owl, like Hedwig. I, for some reason, have a fascination with owls and they’re known for being wise. I always think of owls in a positive way and patronuses are all about positive energy.

If you were given a Time-Turner and could go back to anytime you want, past or future, where would you go? Would you change anything?

I would not go back to any specific time, but I would want it to be able to do more things. I’m currently studying abroad and I always feel like I never have enough time to do everything I would like to. There are also so many classes, but you can only take so many each semester – I’m obviously a bookworm like Hermione!

Do you have anything else you’d like to add? Maybe a theory you still believe to be true, a shout-out, praise for yours truly?

Lastly, a shout-out to the Mugglenet staff, who have done a fantastic job of feeding my Harry Potter obsession!!!