Wednesday, July 31, 2013

33 great things about Harry Potter (my version)

Because it's Harry Potter's 33rd birthday, my Facebook news feed was full of Harry Potter posts this morning. This article showed up a couple of times, and while I enjoyed it, I couldn't read it without rewriting it in my head based on my own experiences with my favorite Harry Potter character. (Actually, McGonagall is my new favorite character, but Harry held that spot for a lot of years.)

But what is this blog for, if not to project my view of the world to a minuscule pool of readers? Here are 33 reasons why I think Harry Potter is so great.

  1. He's remarkably normal for someone who had an abusive childhood.
  2. Despite his Muggle upbringing, he still remembers that you can make fire without wood: "Lucky you pay attention in Herbology, Hermione," said Harry as he joined her by the wall, wiping sweat from his face. "Yeah," said Ron, "and lucky Harry doesn't lose his head in a crisis--'there's no wood,' honestly." (SS, 278)
  3. His snark. "There's no need to call me sir, Professor."
  4. He's a very curious fellow.
  5. He was never tempted by power or riches. He did throw the Elder Wand away, after all.
  6. He's quick to forgive (for the most part). He doesn't hold Sirius responsible for his parents' deaths, he welcomes Ron back with open arms after he abandoned him in book 7, he names one of his kids after Snape, and parts ways with Dudley amicably, among other things.
  7. Half the Weasleys are alive because of him.
  8. He may have a bit of a hero complex, but he's still very humble.
  9. He lost his Firebolt and Hedwig within minutes of each other. He didn't spare a thought for his Firebolt, but he mourned for Hedwig.
  10. He buried Dobby without magic.
  11. He was good to Kreacher (after a bit of coaching from Dumbledore and Hermione).
  12. He helped Neville find his inner Gryffindor.
  13. He defeats Voldemort without using a killing curse. And he escaped from him more times than anyone else managed to do.
  14. It's because of him that we get Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.
  15. He takes care of the Norbert problem. I'm pretty sure I would have let someone else--like Dumbledore--deal with it. I guess that's why I'm a Ravenclaw.
  16. He's fiercely loyal to Hagrid, despite his many faults.
  17. He has a big heart.
  18. He doesn't let Umbridge or Voldemort defeat him. 
  19. He's a natural leader.
  20. He's not the type of guy to sit and think about things without ever doing anything. 
  21. He's always saving people.
  22. He's Dumbledore's man, through and through.
  23. He's not afraid to break the rules, or to make his opinion heard.
  24. He has a cool scar.
  25. The only person he ever tries to be is himself.
  26. He marries Ginny and has three kids. Precious.
  27. He becomes head of the Auror office. The perfect man for the job. I hope he included Dumbledore's Army in his resume.
  28. He finds humor in Trelawney's bleak predictions.
  29. Friendship and bravery are more important than books and cleverness.
  30. He's actually a pretty good student, too.
  31. He takes Luna to Slughorn's party.
  32. He's a great Quidditch player.
  33. He's very generous. He always shares his candy, he buys Ron and Hermione Omnioculors, he gives Dobby socks, he dumps a bag of Wizard money into the Fountain of Magical Brethren. It's really amazing how little the Dursleys rubbed off on him.

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