July is Harry Potter month over at The Book Chewers! One of their first posts is a link-up, so I thought I’d join in. At least a few of my readers seem to really enjoy my short and sweet and often silly posts – at least, that’s what they’ve told me on Facebook – so this one is for you.
The link-up’s prompt is:
Over seven Harry Potter books, we’ve laughed, cried, and cheered along with Harry and his friends. So I’ve come up with seven “number” questions for you to answer.
How many times have you read the Harry Potter series?
Three or four times, I think. I may have read some of my favorites – Prisoner of Azkaban, anyone? – more than that, but honestly I haven’t reread the entire series very many times. I plan to reread the books this summer if I have any time in between finishing my 4-H projects, working at my new job (!!!), applying to colleges, and writing.
How many times have you cried while reading certain parts?
IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED THE SERIES YET (I’m looking at you, Cait @ Notebook Sisters), DON’T READ THIS BIT. SPOILERS, SWEETIE!
Anyway. I don’t think I cried when Sirius died, but I did when Dumbledore talked to Harry later on in his office, about how being human meant feeling pain. I cried a little when Dumbledore died.
I cried a LOT when Hedwig died because… I don’t know. Because it felt like the end of an era. She’d been with Harry since the first book!
I also cried when Mad-Eye, Fred, Lupin, and Tonks died. I cried when Harry used the Resurrection Stone to see his parents and their friends. And I cried during the chapter called “King’s Cross.”
How old were you when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out?
Nearly eleven, I believe. But my Hogwarts acceptance letter never came that fall…
How many times have you seen the movies?
I have seen the first six once each, I think. I didn’t like most of the movies so there was just no reason to rewatch them. The last two were better, however, and I believe I’ve seen Deathly Hallows Part One three or four times and Deathly Hallows Part Two twice.
How old were you when you started reading the series?
Eight. I think? I might have been seven. My mom read the series aloud to my brother and I, but I was anxious to find out what happened next so I began reading them on my own.
How many stars have you or would you rate each book on Goodreads?
I don’t know off the top of my head, so let me check. Hmm.
Sorcerer’s Stone: Three stars
Chamber of Secrets: Two stars
Prisoner of Azkaban: Four stars
Goblet of Fire: Three stars
Order of the Phoenix: Three stars
Half-Blood Prince: Four stars
Deathly Hallows: Four stars
And when I add all the ratings together and divide by seven to obtain the average, the result is three-point-two-something.
How many Harry Potter-related costumes have you worn for Halloween or any other occasion?
Three! When I was nine or ten, I dressed as Harry for Halloween – I still have the shiny silver-purple robes and pointed hat somewhere in my room, I’m sure.
When I was twelve or thirteen or so, I dressed as my favorite book (Prisoner of Azkaban) for Halloween. My dad and I made a large box out of cardboard and cut holes for my arms, legs, and head. I didn’t paint all the cover art, but I am rather proud of my excellent title-painting job. Like so.
When I was fourteen or fifteen, I was Dobby for Halloween. I made ears and attached them to a headband, sewed a pillowcase-thingy, and carried a sock.
It was not a good idea. People kept asking if I was Piglet from Winnie-the-Pooh. I wanted to hit them with my sock.
Bonus question: How many times have you wished you could Stupefy someone for saying, “I don’t like Harry Potter“?
Well, when I was a little kid I probably wished that a couple of times.
Now I’m much more likely – in fact, 100% likely – to nod thoughtfully and say, “You know, Harry Potter DOES have some serious storytelling issues.” Now I’ll critique it, dissecting each and every little bit to find both the good and bad.
Take part in the link-up on your own blog, if you want!
P.S. Yes. I’m going to talk about my Pride wrap-up post again. If you’ve already commented with suggestions, just ignore this postscript. If you haven’t, please post your thoughts about future LGBTQ+ posts in the comments section of this post.
I have a lot of readers and subscribers and I’d like to know what they think – so I’ll probably continue to direct people to that post for the next week or so, just in case anyone still hasn’t seen it.
Thank you in advance for your help!