Good news! I picked up my computer from our fix-it guy in Salt Lake this weekend. He upgraded me to a 500 GB hard drive (only 150 before) and a faster CPU for only $114!!! I'm so happy to have my computer back. I kissed it the moment it leapt into my arms. *Now that I have my computer back, I'll work on commenting back to all of you who've left comments in the past week or so.*
It's October and that means it is time for my fifth annual Harry Potter re-read. I'm currently reading the fifth book. I think I will finish the entire series in my fastest time yet - only two weeks! Which is good because I have tons of other things to read.
As always when I read the Harry Potter series, the rest of the world disappears and all I can think about is Hogwarts, hippogriffs, and horcruxes.
I know most of you are also huge Harry Potter fans, so I thought I'd put up a few questions about reading the series:
1. When did you first read Harry Potter?
I worked at Barnes & Noble the summer of 2000. I'd never heard of Harry Potter, but as soon as I started working there, everyone who came into the store was talking about it. I had to see what the fuss was about. B&N has a great program where employees can borrow hard cover books. That's how I read the first three books. The fourth book was published in July of 2000. I worked at the very first B&N midnight release party. It was a madhouse, but loads of fun.
2. Which is your favorite book? Least favorite? How do they rank?
My ranking of Harry Potter from most favorite to least favorite:
1. Prisoner of Azkaban (as a whole, the third book is still the one that captures me the most)
2. Deathly Hallows (especially from the start of Snape's memories until the end)
3. Order of the Phoenix (this has changed over time. I didn't like it at first because Harry is so moody, but now I understand his moodiness. Plus I love Fred & George in this book. I think it's a crucial turning point to the series)
4. Goblet of Fire (the graveyard scene is always terrifying)
5. Half-Blood Prince (a good book, but somewhat of a place holder for the last one - although obviously big things happen in it)
6. Sorcerer's Stone/Philosopher's Stone (still think it's stupid that they changed the title for the US. This is a cute book, but the most juvenile of the series and the least well written)
7. Chamber of Secrets (for whatever reason, this book has always irritated me)
3. How many times have you read the series? Or if you haven't re-read the whole series, which book have you read the most and how many times was that?
After this re-read, I will have read the entire series 6 times. I've read Prisoner of Azkaban the most - probably 8-10 times.
4. How did you pronounce Hermione before the phonetic description in Goblet of Fire or the movies?
I pronounced it Her-mee-on, with the stress on the first syllable.
5. Did you think Snape was good or bad before reading Deathly Hallows?
I always thought he was ultimately a good guy. I'm not sure why. Maybe because he was such a jerk on the outside that he couldn't possibly be any meaner on the inside - although that doesn't make any sense.
6. Apart from the trio, who is/are your favorite character(s)?
Snape and Lupin. Snape is by far the most complex character in the series. Now that we know more about him from Deathly Hallows, I love looking back at the prior books and trying to guess his real thoughts. I love Lupin because he's a really good guy. As a werewolf, he's had a very difficult life. But he's kind, thoughtful, and mature. I love Sirius, but he can be very rash at times - not setting the best example for Harry. Lupin feels more like a father than Sirius.
7. In the movies, which actor do you think is the best looking?
Well, in Deathly Hallows, Neville (Matthew Lewis) totally blew everyone else away. Otherwise, I've always thought Draco (Tom Felton) was very good looking. He was an adorable little boy and grew into a handsome guy (ironically, I don't think Tom is really handsome on his own - but when he styles like Draco he's super cute). Oh, and Oliver Wood. I drooled over him in the first movie.