Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Harry Potter Link-up!

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Harry Potter.

Those two words together mean more to me, more to my generation, than any other two words combined, in my humble opinion. When I had the idea for this link up, I was so excited to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences with Harry Potter (and I still am) but over the past few days, each time I sat down to write this post, I found myself at a loss for words. Unable to put into black and white all of my feelings on the subject. It's like the first time your boyfriend asks you "Why do you love me?" and you just stare blankly with this dumbstruck look on your face knowing that there are SO MANY reasons, but you just can't find the right words and you end up saying something a little dumb.

My favorite moments/quotes from the series:
(Be warned, if you have never read/watched the series, there are a few spoilers ahead)


"Yer a wizard, Harry"


One of my favorite parts to read was when Harry found out he was a wizard, and re-reading that part still makes me excited. To me, it is where the story really begins. Once you reach this point, you're hooked, you can't put the book down because you just have to know. Who is this big guy and where did he come from? Is he a wizard to? What will happen to Harry now?



When Harry finds out Sirius is his Godfather


Throughtout the whole book, everyone hates Sirius, we are all worried about him killing Harry in the middle of the night and we just want him to be dead. Then during the climax of the book, we find out that Peter is the real bad guy and that Sirius is Harry's long lost Godfather. I felt so much joy when I finally found out that Harry would finally have his own family. If I ever wanted to change anything about the books, it would be that Harry would have gotten to live with Sirius at the end of Prizoner of Azkaban.



"What exactly is the function of a rubber duck?
(Harry meets the Weasleys for the first time)


This is one of my favorite parts because it shows us what living is a wizarding home is like, and even though we've met most of the Weasly children, this is the first time we meet Mr. and Mrs. Weasly, who are two of my favorite characters. I particularly love the clock in the Weasly home (the one that tells all of the family members' locations), which unfortunatly isn't highlighted in the movies much.



"Expecto Patronum!"
(Harry produces his first corporeal patronus)


This is when Harry has gone back in time to save Sirius (and himself) from the dementors. Up to this point, Harry hasn't produced his stag patronus yet, and he believes it was his father that he saw across the lake. When Harry realizes that it was him all along, he was able to produce the stag, because he knew he had already done it before. How's that for a time warp headache?



"I'd try putting it in the water, if I were you"
(Myrtle helps Harry solve the Golden Egg mystery)


Even though this part wasn't big in the actual book, it was hilarious in the movie. I think it is the first time we ever see Harry shirtless and I remember it being particularly funny that Myrtle was swimming around in the bath with him. It also really made me want a bathtub like that.



The Quidditch World Cup
Why is Harry wearing red? He didn't go for Bulgaria...
This was in Goblet of Fire, which was my favorite book out of the whole series, which is why I think I was most disappointed in the Goblet of Fire movie rendition. I feel like they left a lot out and that hurt the (movie) story line, especially the Quidditch World Cup, because this is where we learn about Winky (who isn't even a character in the movie) Bartie Crouch, Ludo Bagman (also not in the moive) and several other character references that would have been needed later in the story. Oh well.



"You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death from the pain of it"
Dumbledore to Harry after Sirius's death


I was so shocked by Sirius's death in Order of the Phoenix, I never thought he would leave before the end of the series, especially since he had been with us for such a short time. Dumbledore says this to Harry while Harry is destroying the Headmaster's office, and it is the conversation in which we learn how much Dumbledore cares about Harry, since he had been essentially ignoring him prior to Harry's attempted rescue of Sirius.



"I'm going to keep going until I succeed - or die. Don't think I don't know how this might end. I've known it for years."
Harry finds out that he must die because he is a horcrux

I was never one of those people to read theories or spoilers before books, and I didn't spend a lot of time analyzing things, so I didn't exactly see this one coming. But it is one of the best parts of the story because it truly shows how brave Harry is. That he would die to save the whole wizarding world, giving them the same protection that his mother gave him when she died.

Of course there are so many more moments I love, moments I feel like I'm leaving out, moments and words that will be a part of me forever. For now though, these will do.


Mischief Managed.

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34 comments:

Melissa Suggitt said...

Goblet of Fire was my favorite too and I feel like the movie left out so much. But I didn't hate it. Six however.... worst movie. It almost shat on the whole series. That was an epic book and it wasn't done justice!

Margaret said...

I love the books so incredibly much. And while I'm sad the movies did definitely leave some things out- for the most part, they really were true to the story and that makes me happy.

I just watched Sorcerer's Stone on Sunday- and when Hagrid shows up at the hut to tell Harry he's a wizard? I LOVE IT- couldn't stop smiling. haha

Sara Elizabeth said...

The scene with Harry & Dumbledore are Sirius' death absolutely tore me apart. I was so devastated when he died in the book and once the movie came out, it was even worse!! On a lighter note, the rubber duck comment made me love Arthur Weasley!

Amanda @ MyLifeIGuess.com said...

I love this!! I marathoned all 8 Harry Potter movies earlier this summer as part of my "101 in 1001" goals, and I loved it! I have never read or seen the movies before, and was surprised that I wasn't completely spoiled by all the media coverage and fans I've known over the years.

Ashten @ alwaysashten said...

We share so many of the same favorite moments. I love that, and I love you for making this link up come to life! Such a great idea!!

Kelli @She Crab Soup said...

Harry has so many great things to teach us, I love all these quotes.

I was expecting to see "Always" by Snape too but you surprised me. :)

Sara said...

Mm, a lot of these are my favorite moments, too! I agree, I was HOOKED when Harry found out he was a wizard from Hagrid - I couldn't be bothered to put my book down after that!

Great link-up! I am loving reading what everyone is saying about the whole series! :)

Morgan said...

Ok now I really need to reread the books! Those are all some of my most favorite parts too!

brooke lyn said...

confession. i have not read all the books or seen all the movies. whoopsies.

Jenni@FlyingOnARainbow said...

I would also struggle to put into words just how much I love Harry Potter. The Weasley's clock is brilliant, I'll have to dig out my photos of The Burrow as I'm positive I made sure to catch it on camera!

Elizabeth Lynn said...

Oh this makes me want to read the books even more!! I also found myself wishing that Sirius had stayed alive during the whole series and I absolutely love Mr and Mrs Weasley!

Jay T said...

I am SO glad you came up with this link up!!! I would like to pick a date when me and you and Ashten all watch the same movie and then we can group text and tweet about it. Also I really love the way you wrote this post...and Myrtle has always creeped me out fyi.

Beth Bocock said...

Such a wonderful link-up and way to connect with other HP fans! Thank you so much for this!

-Beth
www.littleworldcalledwonderland.blogspot.com

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