have you ever loved a fictional character so much that you could literally write a novel about why they’re so perfect and flawless and you just want them to be real so you can be their best friend or marry them but you know they’re not and they never will be so instead you just sob to yourself in your room
Take a second and think about Harry Potter.
REALLY think about it, not just about the books and the movies, but about the fandom, and the lives it has changed and the phenomenon it is. Think about how when Jo Rowling started writing the beginning of Philosopher’s Stone over 17 years ago she had no idea that her words “There won’t be a child in our world who doesn’t know his name!” would actually become reality. Think about all of the character’s lives, even though they’re not, in a literal sense, real, and about how we’ve taken book characters and have made them real, “in the collective consciousness of a generation” as Dan Radcliffe once put it. Think about how one piece of music from a scene in a movie can make you tear up, and about that strange part nostalgic, part saddening and part inexplicably and overwhelmingly joyful feeling that this phenomenon can evoke. Isn’t it amazing? I certainly think it is. And that is why this is a Harry Potter appreciation post, on a Harry Potter appreciation blog, posted by someone who lives a Harry Potter appreciation life, because Jo, you created something bigger than all of us, and even though I can never thank you enough for it, I can try.
So thank you to Jo Rowling, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, Chris Columbus, Bloomsbury, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Yates, Richard Harris, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis,
oh gosh, I’m leaving someone really really important out aren’t I and everyone ever involved in the Harry Potter films ever, who I won’t name because if I did this post would take up about three miles of dashboard.
the golden trio
“Underneath Hermione Granger’s swottiness, there is a lot of insecurity and a great fear of failure.”
- J.K. Rowling.
Happy Birthday, Hermione!
”The train began to move,and Harry walked alongside it, watching his sons thin face already ablaze with excitement. Harry kept smiling and waving, even though it was like a little bereavement, watching his son glide away from him… .
The last trace of steam evaporated in the autumn air. The train round a corner Harry’s hand was still raised in farewell.
”He’ll be all right,” murmered Ginny.
As Harry looked at her, he lowered his hand absentmindedly and touched the lightning scar on his forehead.
”I know he will.”
The scar had not pained him for nineteen years. All was well.
I’ve got chills. <3 Beautiful.
Today in Harry Potter History:
1996 - Gryffindor Quidditch Trials.
FIRST OF ALL: OH MY GOSH, IT’S IN THE UK. I AM SO GOING THERE.
SECOND OF ALL: Oh wait, there is no second of all because all of my dreams have come true.
I know that for the story to flow Hermione would obviously have to be in Gryffindor. It’s not that I don’t think Hermione is a loyal or brave character, but she just seemed more like a Ravenclaw as the story progressed.
In Sorcerer’s Stone on the train she tells Harry and Ron that she read up on the houses and wanted to be in Gryffindor most and that she thought it was by far the best house. I think that contributes a lot.