Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Week: Don't You Forget about Me- Harry Himself

This is a post that almost didn’t happen. When all the favorite characters were chosen and all the blog posts uploaded, we didn’t have one for Harry! It wasn’t because no one would pick him as their all time fave, instead, everyone figured that everyone else would pick him and the boy who lived suddenly had no one in his corner. We couldn’t let that happen! But it was too daunting a task for one, so you get the first ever, TATAL conversation blog. In which Katie and I go over just why we love Harry Potter and always will. 

Nico Where to start? What do you start out loving about Harry?

Katie He buys a whole cart of candy to share with Ron Weasley, a boy he just met.

Nico Yes! Which is clearly the best way ever to gain a friend-- and it's also incredibly empathetic without being condescending. Which is a lot to be able to pull off as a just turned eleven year old.

Nico Also, he immediately knows Malfoy is bad news

Katie and convinces the Sorting Hat not to put him in Slytherin.

Nico Yes! Which would both have been tempting propositions, though Malfoy's scary hair was probably a tip off.

Katie and he's basically launched into instant celebrity and never loses his humility (or awe of the wizarding world) and instead befriends outcasts: the poor kid, the know-it-all, the giant gamekeeper

Nico "She only likes you because you're the chosen one" "I am the chosen one" is more awesome because he doesn't mean it.

Katie YES (and because Daniel is sort of adorable when he says it).

Nico Totally adorable. Also there's Neville Longbottom, Harry saves his remember-all and it would have been really easy to let Longbottom alone

Katie yes, and he becomes the youngest seeker in Hogwarts history!

Nico Good deeds are rewarded

Katie skipping ahead a bit: I adore Dumbledore's Army and how he leads it and before that his Patronus lessons with Lupin.

Nico Yes! He's like exactly the type of teacher they've all been missing.We see all the horrible D.A.D.A teachers (not Lupin, of course) and then there's Harry, being the best teacher, naturally

Katie Natural teacher, natural leader.

Katie I just love the whole Patronus story line--how it ties him to his father and how he waits for his Dad to save him at the end of book 3, only to realize that he has to be the one;

Nico I also like  that he gets over himself in book 5. It would be very easy to become the mopiest boy in history i mean, look at the Dursleys

Katie He wasn't a natural mope, even though he had about the saddest childhood ever. That we get only one book of mope is remarkable and it took him having to watch his classmate die to achieve it.

Nico Cedric's death was the straw that breaks the camel's back. Which is totally understandable.

Katie And Luna and friends bring him back.

Nico Yes! he becomes friends with Luna too-- another act of being friends with the outcast

Katie From the HP wiki page: "Oh, come on, Harry. It's not Quidditch that's popular, it's you! You've never been more interesting, and frankly, you've never been more fanciable."
  —Hermione on Harry's new attention from the girls.

Nico hahahahaha.Also, I like that he stays friends with Hermione during the whole Ron/Lavender incident

Katie right, he's incredibly loyal to the people who love him. Like Dobby!

Nico ha!

Katie and I like that he wants to bury him without magic--he understands that the important things should require time and effort

Nico I think Harry's loyalty really sends him over the edge as a universally likable hero. Who are these people who don't like him? Death eaters.

Katie He is universally likeable--which is probably why we're having this conversation--the whole universe seems to love him.

Nico But, it is easy to take him for granted

Katie because he's so unwavering

Katie oh gosh, I might cry again: Harry: "Dumbledore left the three of us a job, and we weren't supposed to tell - I mean, he wanted us to do it, just the three of us."
Neville: "We're his army. Dumbledore's Army. We were all in it together, we’ve been keeping it going while you three have been off on your own... Everyone in this room’s been fighting and they’ve been driven in here because the Carrows were hunting them down. Everyone in here’s proven they’re loyal to Dumbledore — loyal to you."

Nico oh Neville!

Nico Also I like the fact that you knew that if Neville had turned out to be the chosen one, Harry would have still fought just as hard. 

Katie Yes, he always saw his friends and home (Hogwarts) as something worth protecting--because of who he was not because of what had happened to him

Nico "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home"

Nico If Harry had been unlikable, there would be no series, no one would have gotten past the first book

Katie Right, the first chapter reads like the creation of a mythical character: The Boy Who Lived. But then you meet him and you realize that he's that, but he's also just a normal kid (who happens to have an extraordinary destiny).

Nico He's not a super hero.That makes him even more awesome

Katie Why is this so emotional?
I didn't know this: “Resistance to the Imperius Curse: Harry was able to partially resist the Imperius Curse when it was first cast upon him by Barty Crouch Jr. (disguised as Alastor Moody) during a Defence Against the Dark Arts class in his fourth year. Crouch cursed Harry with it four times in a row, until he could throw it off entirely. At the end of the school year, Voldemort himself cast the Imperius Curse on Harry, which he was able to resist, much to the astonishment of the Death Eaters who were present. Harry's natural aptitude for resisting the Imperius Curse, and ability to resist it when cast by the most powerful Dark Wizard in history, demonstrates an indescribable strength of will and character.”
indescribable strength of will and character" sounds about right though

Nico Ii didn't know that either, it definitely describes him.

Katie And going back to Book 1--how many people could have gotten the socerer's stone from the mirror? A stone that would only appear to someone who didn't want to use it. It's so selfless (and noble again). Man, when you look at it this way, he had to have an angsty phase just to seem human. Ha!

Nico Ha! I still hate the angsty phase, sorry Harry!
This is the poster from Katie's cube.
We are not kidding about our love here.

Nico He was very noble though. Throughout every book, even at age 11.

Katie Sirius Black: "He's not your son."
Molly Weasley: "He's as good as."
These out of context quotes kill.

Nico OH MAN! Molly Weasley! Straight to the heart

Katie Voldemort: "Why do you live?"
Harry Potter: "Because I have something worth living for."
… which pretty much sums up Harry's life philosophy

Nico i was just going to say that. There you have it. It's so positive. And it's not about fame or legacy or family name.... it's about love. You just can't really argue with that!

We hope you have enjoyed Harry Potter Week! Let us know your thoughts on the movie! It's the end of an era! Thank you JK for all the memories--- and especially for Harry, Ron and Hermione!

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