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Fictional Bucket List #49

 

 

Associated Book/Series: Percy Jackson

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #43

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: What was your Favorite Lupin Moment?

There are a lot of great moments for the character of Remus Lupin. He’s such a wonderful person, and I appreciated that all of his struggles just served to make him a more giving person. From the moment he enters Harry’s life, Lupin is a calming influence, and he genuinely cares about his well-being.

lupin and harry 1So the “moment” I picked as my favorite is actually a series of small moments between Lupin and Harry. They are quieter moments when Lupin finds Harry in some kind of mental or emotional turmoil, and he gives him some kind of piece of mind.

“Wait a moment, Harry,” Lupin called. “I’d like a word.”

Harry doubled back and watched Professor Lupin covering the hinkypunk’s box with a cloth.

“I heard about the match,” said Lupin, turning back to his desk and starting to pile books into his briefcase, “and I’m sorry about your broomstick. Is there any chance of fixing it?”

lupin and Harry 3“No,” said Harry. “The tree smashed it to bits.”

Lupin sighed. (Prisoner of Azkaban, 186)   . . .

“Did you hear about the dementors too?” said Harry with difficulty.

Lupin looked at him quickly.

“Yes, I did. I don’t think any of us have seen Professor Dumbledore that angry. They ave been growing restless for some time… furious at his refusal to let them inside the grounds. … I suppose they were the reason you fell?”

“Yes,” said Harry. He hesitated, and then the question he had to ask burst from him before he could stop himself. “Why? Why do they affect me like that? Am I just –?”

“It has nothing to do with weakness,” said Professor Lupin sharply, as though he had read Harry’s mind. “The dementors affect you worse than the others because there are horrors in your past that the others don’t have.” (186-187)

Lupin and Harry 2“You made the dementor on the train back off,” said Harry suddenly.

“There are — certain defenses one can use,” said Lupin. “But there was only one dementor on the train. The more there are, the more difficult it becomes to resist.”

“What defenses?” said Harry at once. “Can you teach me?”

“I don’t pretend to be an expert on fighting dementors, Harry… quite the contrary. …”

“But if the dementors come to another Quidditch match, I need to be able to fight them –”

“Lupin looked at Harry’s determined face, hesitated, then said, “Well … all right. I’ll try and help. But it’ll have to wait until next term, I’m afraid. I have a lot to do before the holidays. I chose a very inconvenient time to fall ill.” (188-189)

Lupin is, with so few words, able to give Harry more piece of mind than he is able to find on his own. Harry’s dealing with events so beyond what a 13-year-old should have to deal with and Lupin not only gives him comfort with words but also the physical tools to build back his confidence and adjust to these overwhelming situations. He also gives Harry his first real, tangible connection to his parents, something he’s wanted desperately. So those moments between the two of them, where he finds that connection, are my favorite. I also think that in some way these scenes gives Lupin that same feeling of connection and belonging, which he’s seldom experienced since he lost all of his old friends.

Runner Up for Favorite Moment:

Lupin riddikulus

I think the third year class taking on a boggart might have been one of everybody’s favorite scenes because it was so much fun. Lupin was the first professor that showed us as an audience and his students that Defense Against the Dark Arts could be fun as well as a learning experience. Not that he was ever really unsafe with them. I always enjoyed how well he did as a teacher. He walked the right line between understanding the seriousness behind the course with also making the students feel good about the learning process.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what your favorite Lupin moment in the comments below!

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #42

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: If you had to use one, which Unforgivable Curse would you use?

unforgivable curses

Frankly, I wouldn’t want to use any of these curses. Much as I might act a bit bloodthirsty on occasion, and I fully believe I’m capable of hurting or even killing someone in defense of myself or my family, I would never want to be put in a position where I would have to use something like these means of hurting others. There’s a reason they’re Unforgivable.

the killing curseI suppose that if I had no choice and had to pick one, I’d probably just use the Avada Kedavra, The Killing Curse. While this might seem like a weird choice, choosing the most final and awful of all the curses, I do have my reasons. First, I think I would only use an Unforgivable Curse in the most dire of circumstances when I felt like my back was against a wall and/or my life (or the lives of my friends and family) was in danger. I believe taking a life is acceptable in that kind of situation. If it’s your life on the line, I believe in doing what you have to in order to protect yourself.

Second, I think the suffering from the other two curses, are often more prolonged causing greater harm over a longer period of time. Either one is torture, and while I might believe in taking someone’s life in an extreme situation, I don’t believe in torture. The Cruciatus Curse is the embodiment of physical torture. There’s no way around it, it is pain for the sake of pain, and it’s disgusting. Neville’s parents were literally tortured into insanity using this curse. I don’t think I could bring myself to use it.

And the Imperius Curse may seem like the least of all the evils, but when you think about it, you’re forcing someone to act against their own will, sometimes for extended periods of time. If they ever regain their own free will, how much guilt and pain will they spend the rest of their life carrying around? It’s mental torture. Not to mention, taking over someone’s mind against their will seems like a kind of rape and I just don’t think I’m capable of that either. At least with the Killing Curse, it’s clean and quick. Sudden death. So that’s my choice I guess. There may be no coming back from it, but I think it’s the one I could actual live with myself for committing.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what Unforgivable Curse you would choose to use in the comments below!

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #41

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Which Death Eater would you be?

 

So, a while back we were asked the question of who your favorite Death Eater was, and in truly nerdy fashion, I took a quiz to determine which Death Eater resonated the most with me, and I got this guy…

Barty Crouch Jr quiz result

Of course, I just took it again minutes ago, and I got the same answer. If I were a Death Eater, I’d be one of the only loyal, non-screw-ups there were on this team of baddies. Sure he got his soul sucked out of him for his troubles by the Dementor’s Kiss, but at least you could say he was actually getting sh*t done. Also, he’s a damn good wizard for all that he’s a bad guy. He was strong enough to fight off the Imperius curse, he impersonated one of the strongest good guys around right under Dumbledore’s nose for months with no one the wiser, and he rigged the Triwizard Tournament to bring about old Voldy’s return. (Finally.) I could definitely do worse.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what Death Eater you think you’d be in the comments below!

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #40

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Who would you take to the Yule Ball?

Okay, this was a pretty easy question for me to answer. And as much as I love my guy Harry, he was totally at that age where he wasn’t ready for a formal dance. You only have to look at this to see…

Harry and Ron Yule BallNo offense to anyone who loves these boys (I do too) but they were total Debbie-Downers just because they couldn’t go with their ideal date. Um, welcome to teenage-dom boys. They could have made an effort to have a good time, but they didn’t. So, much as I adore them, nope. At this stage of the game, they’re not for me.

weasley twins ball weasley twins ball 2So, who would I pick? One of these two boys of course.

A. They’re hilarious.

B. They’re older so there’s bound to be less emo-drama, due to more maturity… sort of.

And C. Look at them! They’re adorable and clearly intend to have themselves some FUN! That’s exactly what I would want in my date to a dance like this. Someone who is bound and determined to have fun.

I really don’t see how I could make any other choice. Unless, perhaps I decided to go with their friend Jordan, who I’m also guessing would want to have a good time. Perhaps we would all hang out together, and maybe get kicked out when one of them attempts a practical joke, or spikes the punch.

Any way you look at it, I bet I’d have a good night.

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Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on who you’d want to go to the Yule Ball with in the comments below!

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #39

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Free Week – Favorite Hogwarts House

ravenclaw wit beyond measureUm, yeah, this is going to be a short one for ya’ll. I’m Ravenclaw, all the way! Pretty much every Sorting test I’ve ever taken has put me in this house, and I’ve always been a fan of being a smarty-pants. Add the (mostly) straight A’s from my years of schooling, the fact that I actually LIKE school and learning, and
voluntarily went back to get not one but 2 master’s degrees… Yep. This is my house, these are my people.

Ravenclaw_Crest_1I think we get a bit of a bad rap, because, yes, we like to be right. But what’s more is that this is a group of people that is driven to learn and grow, constantly. We are the kind of people who know that there is never an end to learning something new, about yourself or about your world. So we always have the opportunity to change and become better.

I also like that this is a house that’s not just about intelligence, and book learning, but about creative thinking and finding clever solutions to your problems.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what your favorite Hogwarts House is in the comments below!

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Fictional Bucket List #44

 

 

Associated Book/Series: Princess series by Jim Hines