New York, NYUSA
Hometown: Portland, OR
October 2, 2012
No introduction yet
Luna Lovegood- intellectual but eclectic. I'm passionate about knowledge for the sake of knowledge and interested in alternative theories and philosophies.
I can't actually remember a time when I wasn't a Harry Potter fan. I remember going to a release party for Order of the Phoenix when I was nine (my McGonagall costume won the costume contest) but I can't actually isolate when I first picked up the series.
In terms of enjoyment value, definitely The Prisoner of Azkaban. I like the Marauders and the way they can exist without the emotional baggage and melodrama of the main cast. In terms of overall quality- probably The Deathly Hallows. Although I can remember the miserable struggle to stay interested through some of the long-winded explanatory passages, the universe-building was unparalleled and the wizarding world really got a chance to live and breath in a way it didn't in the more whimsical first novels. There was also a seriousness of intention and purpose in the piece that really added depth to the series.
Severus Snape, definitely. Not so much at the beginning, but definitely by The Goblet of Fire. A big part of it is Alan Rickman's portrayal, of course; even Rowling admits she began seeing (and writing) Snape differently after the movies. I love his dry British wit, his biting sarcasm, his overall air of being alone in a world of idiots. I like how he seems to be the only character who has a personal autonomy (even when he doesn't), and the way he seems to be actively fighting fate rather than playing out his expected role as most characters seem to. As conflicted as Harry & co. ever are, in the end they just do what you'd expect them to; Snape is a constant surprise.
Hmmm. I like how Slytherins are jaded and snarky and clever, but I hate people who define themselves by the fact that they're 'old money'; I'd like to think I'd be Ravenclaw for intellectual curiosity, but I'm not that competitive or academically driven; and of course everyone wants to be Gryffindor, but I hate sports. Then again, look at matching house by personality in the books- Neville is defined by loyalty and honesty (Hufflepuff), Hermione by book smarts (Ravenclaw), Luna by friendliness (Hufflepuff as well), and yet look where they ended up. So I guess my answer is 'I don't have a clue.'