Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Top Moments in Harry Potter series

I’ve done it! Yesterday, I finished the final Harry Potter book. About this time last year, I joined a book club and met several awesome girls. Three are mentioned here  – Kate @ Midnight Book Girl, Kim @ On theWings of Books and Steph @ The Fake Steph Dot Com – and one of the first things they asked me was “You have read Harry Potter, right?” No was the wrong answer. I had obviously heard that these were amazing books but I thought “Eh, just kid stuff. I majored in English for goodness sake!” 

Then I read the first book. “Very cute!” I told Kim. She was glad I thought it was cute but I also got the feeling she wanted me to feel something else. Okay, second book – I got hooked. The third book was exceptional and on and on I went. It took me about a year to finish the series and I really want to thank my book club girls for making me telling me to read them. I found a glorious world with dear friends and frightening adventures, a lot of love and food (pumpkin juice!!!!) and the best series I have ever read…

Shoot, meant to mention that Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish...So without further ado, my favorite moments in the Harry Potter series…

10.) Professor Umbridge – this kitty-loving bitch was one of my worst nightmares. The weird thing is that I had a French teacher in high school who was almost as bad. It was a great moment with George and Fred set off the fireworks that sped up her departure from Hogwart’s. The film version of Professor Umbridge was just as I imagined in the book. Great casting.

9.) Ron receives a Howler. I laughed a lot while reading this and even more so while watching the film. The look on Ron’s face and the humiliation after being yelled at by his mother were priceless. I imagine my mother wishes she could send me Howlers.

8.) The first day – from meeting Hagrid to the awkward stares from classmates to the overall magic, this is what makes Harry Potter a good comfort read for anyone – children and adults.

7.) Romance (Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, Lupin/Tonks) – it’s subtle but strong – my favorite couple, even though we didn’t get to know much about how they fell in love, was Lupin and Tonks. The fact that they left behind a son and died together was a truly sad moment though.

6.) Dobby – I want a house elf!

5.) Neville Longbottom’s parents’ history. I had nightmares about dementors for several nights after that.

4.) Aunt Marge gets blown away – Never say anything negative about Harry’s parents. Rich bitch got what she deserved.

3.) Mrs. Weasley versus Bellatrix. Damn, don’t mess with Mama Bear. Who else shouted Hooray! when Molly Weasley struck down Bellatrix. “You will never touch our children again!”

2.) Harry's final talk with Dumbledore - Although I'm still confused as to what bloody infant Voldemort meant, the final conversation with Dumbledore was a great moment. "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it."

1.) Understanding Snape: After collecting Snape's tears and pouring them into the Pensieve, Harry comes to understand Snape and his unrequited love for his mother, Lily. That sold me on everything about the series.

Thank you Harry Potter. Thank you, J.K. Rowling. Thank you, book club girls! What a wonderful adventure it was…


Alise (Readers In Wonderland) said...

Awh, all of these moments are great ones. I love Harry Potter, now I feel all nostalgic!

Alise @ Readers In Wonderland
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Anonymous said...

I love Harry Potter! These are really great! The howler scene was great!

Susan said...

AWESOME topic! Love, love, love. There are so many great scenes in H.P. - I don't know how you picked only 10!

Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

Lol I TOTALLY wanted you to feel something else!! Lots of great moments here. There were a lot of times where I felt that Professor Umbridge was scarier than Voldemort, She was just so... *shudder*

fakesteph said...

I am so glad that you loved this series! And I love your moments! Yep, understanding Snape was emotional and well-written.