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Am I A Pureblood, Half-blood, Or Muggle born?
Stacey: I had no idea to answer this question but a quick Google search gave me some inspiration on what to base it on and so, using this image, I can proudly say that I am a Pureblood!
Madison: If I were born into the Potter wizarding world, I think I’d be a half-blood. I like the idea of having my hands in both worlds. Sometimes I’d get to wave my wand and fold my laundry in a second, but other times I could use computers and play video games. You can find the most important kind of magic in both worlds – love!
Which Wand Chose Me?
Stacey: According to Wizarding World, the wand that chose me is made of Alder wood with a dragon heartstring core. It’s 12 ¾ in length and has ‘slightly springy’ flexibility.
Madison: My wand is 10 ¾ inch cedar with phoenix feather and surprisingly swishy.
Did I Take An Owl, Cat, Rat, Or Toad With Me To Hogwarts?
Stacey: I would have loved either a Screech Owl or a Cat but if I’m being honest, I’d have taken a cat – definitely!
Madison: An owl would be practical, but I really love toads. I’d love to have a cute little Trevor of my own hopping around the girls’ dorm!
Where Did The Sorting Hat Put Me?
Stacey: Slytherin! I may have possibly been a hat stall between Slytherin and Ravenclaw but the hat chose to put me into Slytherin – quite amusing considering I fear snakes.
Madison: Gryffindor! I’m not always sure of myself, but being a Gryffindor is one thing I’m absolutely certain of.
What House Did I Want To Be In?
Stacey: Slytherin but I swear on the lives of those Weasley’s who remain, I did try to be put in that house when taking the test. I didn’t even know you could try and get your preferred house when taking the test, I just answered the questions honestly.
Madison: Gryffindor! I love the common room with the squishy armchairs and the cozy fire, I love the Weasleys and would love to hang out with the twins and make mischief between classes, and I really love lions too.
What Lessons Are My Favourite & Least Favorite?
Stacey: My favourite lessons would definitely be History of Magic, I’m not going to lie. I love history and I love magic! My least favourite would definitely be Potions, I like reading and being told knowledge, not practical work.
Madison: My favorite lesson would be astronomy. I love astronomy in the Muggle world and I really wish we had learned more about it in the wizarding context. Least favorite would probably be Herbology – only because I have so many allergies!
What Form Does My Patronus Take?
Stacey: According to the Wizarding World website, my Patronus is . . . a Pheasant! I’m very surprised and was not too sure about it at first but it has grown on me and I’ve come to love the idea.
Madison: My Patronus is an osprey, a bird of prey that dives all the way underwater to catch its prey. I love the idea of diving into the deep, dark, dangerous waters to retrieve the thing that will bring us nourishment.
What Does A Boggart Look Like To Me?
Stacey: Spider. Snake. Spider. Snake. Spider. Snake. It’s going to shift so many times but I bet it will end up being a giant snake! (Can you tell how ‘Chamber of Secrets’ is probably the most frightening film of the series to me, haha!)
Madison: A Boggart would look like a Time Turner to me. I’m not interested in going backward, I’d like to keep things moving forward!
Do I Partake In Any Magical Hobbies Or School Sports?
Stacey: I’d definitely dedicate much of my money to buying Chocolate Frogs so that I could collect the cards of famous Witches and Wizards! I’d love to play Gobstones and would more than likely participate in the Duelling club! Quidditch is a YES, move over Draco I want that Seeker spot for Slytherin.
Madison: I’ve always wanted to be a Beater on the Quidditch team. Maybe the Weasley twins can give me some pointers!
Where Would I Find Myself Hanging During My Free Time?
Stacey: Hogwarts Library, or by the Black Lake just chilling out and looking out for the Giant Squid.
Madison: I’d be in the Great Hall as often as I could, staring up at that gorgeous ceiling.
What Would I Most Likely Get Detention For?
Stacey: I would never! Although if I did, it would be for being out of bed after hours, for sure. Especially in the earlier years at Hogwarts because I’d be too curious about the castle and go exploring.
Madison: Dueling in the hallways, throwing the occasional Fanged Frisbee, and throwing Stink Pellets into Snape’s office.
What Career Do I Want After Leaving Hogwarts?
Stacey: Magizoologist or a Hogwarts Professor. If it was the latter then I would like to teach History of Magic, Care of Magical Creatures or Charms (by order of preference).
Madison: I would have gone into criminal justice advocacy and lobbied for a more rehabilitative incarceration system, instead of one that just tortured people for eternity!
Which Of The Deathly Hallows Would You Choose?
Stacey: I always used to answer this question by saying the Elder Wand but lately, I’d really prefer having the Invisibility Cloak. Oh, all the spying and pranks I could pull!
Madison: I’d really love the Elder Wand about now – mostly so I could make things float and conjure delicious food.
Favourite Book & Why?
Stacey: ‘Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince’, the sixth in the seven book series because it honestly has everything I love about the series jammed into one book: Tensions of war, romance, Voldemort’s history and Harry is just about as obsessed with Draco as I am!
Madison: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!’ This book was a perfect transition between the lighter first three books and the heavier final three, and it came into my life right as I was getting older and more capable of handling heavier material. The way Harry sinks into the adult world of the Ministry through the international tournament made the shift in tone so natural! Plus: dragons and Viktor Krum. What more could you ask for?
Least Favourite Book & Why?
Stacey: ‘Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix’, the fifth in the seven book series. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing book as are all the Harry Potter novels but this one just doesn’t sit well with me like the others do. I know Harry’s attitude is a given after all he’s been through but he doesn’t act the same way in HBP after what happens at the end of this book! His attitude toward Ron and Hermione as well in this book just gets me riled up and protective, not to mention the relationship with Cho Chang. . . Sorry, I’m a Hinny shipper through and through.
Madison: For me, it’s probably ‘Deathly Hallows’, which I still loved, I just didn’t get as much joy as I got from the earlier books. Being in the environment of Hogwarts is so comforting, and ‘Deathly Hallows’ was less of an escape from the real world since Harry, Ron, and Hermione were out in the real world for most of the book.
Favourite Film & Why?
Stacey: It changes quite a lot but I have to say that right now it’s ‘Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban’. It misses out a few moments that I liked from the book but there’s something about this movie that just compels me to love it. Perhaps it’s that it’s the only movie where Voldemort is not the ultimate threat and that makes it different.
Madison: By far my favorite is ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1’. I thought the film captured the feeling of Horcrux hunting so perfectly, and I loved how they adapted the relationship between the golden trio. And Ron finally got the screen time that he deserved!
Least Favourite Film & Why?
Stacey: ‘Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ – There’s just something about the first part of a 2 part movie and I think it’s because they try not to include a lot of action so that they can blow you away with it come part 2 and the big finale. Whether it’s Breaking Dawn part 1 or Mockingjay part 1, part 1’s just don’t entertain me as much. . .
Madison: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ is my least favorite. I really loved the book and seeing Voldemort’s story through memories, but I feel like the movies didn’t adequately capture that. I also really dislike the burning of the Burrow scene – I felt like there were dozens of great scenes that happened in the books that would have been a lot better to watch!
Something From The Books You Wish Had Been In The Movies & Why?
Stacey: The Marauders backstory. So if you watch the movie, you can tell that Sirius was close to the Potters because they made him Harry’s Godfather, Remus states he knew Harry’s Mother and comments a couple of times about James and you know Peter basically stalked Sirius and James but you don’t know the entire story! You have no idea that they were the Squad goals of their era, you don’t know the lengths they went to so Remus wasn’t alone during a full moon, etc, and that’s always bothered me!
Madison: The whole of the Quidditch World Cup. I loved reading Quidditch games in the books, and I’m still really sour over the fact that they got to their seats and then the scene cut!
Something You’d Change In The Books & Why?
Stacey: I know the books are primarily from Harry’s perspective and I’m NOT criticizing that one bit! However, it would have been so cool if following the conversation between Harry and Dumbledore in the DH if she had switched perspectives and Harry being believed to be dead by the reader lasted a while longer.
Madison: I know Snape can be a pretty controversial character, but I’m not a big fan of his. I love the Prince’s Tale and finding out all of the things Harry never knew about them, but I wish that Harry’s reaction would have been a little different. I would have liked to see a more nuanced reaction to the truth than Harry believing Snape was the bravest person he ever knew. I think that viewpoint tends to ignore the horrible things Snape did and only look at the better things, when in reality he was a very morally gray character.
Something You’d Change In The Movies & Why?
Stacey: I would have given Ron more of his bookish moments. He’s a funny guy, there’s no denying that but throughout the books there are so many times where he shows just how great and smart he is and not just there as the sidekick to bring comic relief.
Madison: I would have made them all longer! Give me 8 3-hour movies so we can fit more of the books into them.
Favourite Moment From The Books & Why?
Stacey: ‘A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours’ time by Mrs Dursley’s scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley … He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: ‘To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!’ – ‘Philosopher’s Stone’
This moment right here gets me so emotional. I cry reading it every time! This might not be the beginning of the novel but the end of chapter one is the beginning of one of the greatest adventures in the history of storytelling.
Madison: My favorite moment in the series takes place in ‘Order of the Phoenix’ after Sirius dies. Harry is distraught, throwing things around Dumbledore’s office, and then Dumbledore tells him that the pain he’s feeling is part of being human. Harry replies by saying that he doesn’t want to be human. I feel like I’ve rarely read books where this kind of pain is portrayed so accurately. I read it during a time when I was going through a lot of pain, and it helped me make sense of my feelings.
Favourite Moment From The Movies & Why?
Stacey: I’m actually in love with the dance scene between Harry and Hermione in Deathly Hallows. I do ship Harry with Ginny but I’m open to the possibility that in that moment something very well could have happened between them. Either way, whether you ship them or not, this moment is so heartfelt and adorable you can’t help but love it!
Madison: I love the destruction of the locket Horcrux! When watching for the first time, I didn’t expect it to be so terrifying, and I was so taken aback, as if I were really there seeing the Horcrux in person.
Most Emotional Moment (Specify Book or Movie) & Why?
Stacey: ‘Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone’ Mirror of Erised scene – the movie. I know in the books Harry sees so many other members of his family but it’s his parents we feel the most loss for and so it’s the movie’s version of this moment I love more.
Madison: When Harry returns from the Triwizard Tournament with Cedric’s body in the books and the movies. The horrible disconnection that exists between Harry and everyone else for those first few moments is unbearable. If everyone had known what happened immediately, I feel like that would have been less painful than returning to cheers after you’ve just watched someone be murdered.
Favourite Character (1 Male/1 Female) & Why?
Stacey: Favourite male is Draco Malfoy (aside from him being played by the extremely handsome Tom Felton in the movies) Draco’s storyline intrigues me so much. I would defend his character until my last breath! His story reminds me so much of the young men who went to war for the thrill of it and glory and once there realised just how severe the situation was and the consequences they faced. Favourite female character is Ginny, especially the book version of Ginny! Hermione is the character I’m told I’m most like but Ginny was always my idol. Smart, funny, fiery and not to mention the dedication she shows to her feelings for Harry throughout the entire series.
Madison: Sirius Black is one of my absolute favorite characters. He shows tremendous strength being able to escape from the Dementors and continue on in any capacity after being in Azkaban. He has his flaws, but I think it’s admirable how hard he tried to do right by James, Lily, and Harry once he escaped. On top of that, he had a family with extreme prejudices against Muggle-borns and was able to escape their bigoted rhetoric and form his own opinions. That takes a special kind of person. Luna Lovegood is very near and dear to me. Whether or not others perceive me as odd, I’ve always felt a little out of place, and seeing Luna living life her own way has always given me confidence to be myself.
Least Favourite/Most Hated Character (1 Male/1 Female) & Why?
Stacey: Least favourite male character has to be Cornelius Fudge. What can I say, I hate people in power and especially people in power who are oblivious or deny what is happening right in front of their very eyes! Least favourite female is… Mrs Weasley. KIDDING! Umbridge, definitely Umbridge. What makes her worse than even Voldemort in my opinion is that she tries to mask how evil she is and uses her position at the Ministry as an excuse.
Madison: I despise Lucius Malfoy. He’s selfish, prejudiced, abusive, violent, and will say just about anything to absolve himself of responsibility. When you look at a character like Bellatrix, at least she sticks with her guns, you know? Aunt Petunia is also very low on the list. She agreed to bring Harry into her home and had the choice to heal some of the negativity that played into her relationship with Lily, but she didn’t. Instead, she was cruel and used Harry as a punching bag for her old insecurities.
Favourite Teacher @ Hogwarts & Why?
Stacey: Remus Lupin! Oh my Gosh! He was the best teacher they could ever have had at Hogwarts and I’m so upset that he wasn’t a teacher for a longer period of time. His approach to teaching D.A.D.A and his compassion for the students such as Neville is the kind of teacher that you want to be teaching your students!
Madison: Professor Flitwick would have been my favorite teacher! He’s so positive and helpful, I think being in his classes would have been delightful. It’s so easy to learn from an upbeat teacher like Flitwick and I think Charms would have been one of my favorite classes.
Least Favourite Teacher @ Hogwarts & Why?
Stacey: This is a difficult one. . . If I’d been a student at Hogwarts my least favourite teacher would have been Snape because he is a bully and would have been extremely intimidating but then there’s Lockhart who is a fraud and too self-centred for my liking. If I have to choose, it’d have to be Lockhart because at least I could comfort myself with the knowledge that I’m a Slytherin so Snape might not hate me too much.
Madison: Definitely Snape. I don’t stand bullies. I had a teacher a lot like Snape growing up and I often got in trouble for standing up to them. Calling students names, making fun of their appearances, and being cruel for the sake of cruelty should never happen in any educational institution.
Any Unpopular Opinions About The Series?
Stacey: James Potter is my favourite Marauder. A lot of people dislike James and I do understand why but I love his character / Lavender Brown isn’t that bad! So you have Ginny who not secretly but quietly adores Harry mostly from afar and it even takes her a while to speak to him but then there’s Lavender who fancies Ron and is very vocal about it and very eager to show it. . . People dislike her and I don’t know why. To be honest, she (along with Ginny) is the ultimate fangirl!
Madison: I don’t think that Cedric was this incredible saint of a character. I think he was fair and kind and mostly good, but I don’t think being those things makes someone a symbol for everything that’s good in the world any more than anybody else. Did he stop people from being cruel to Harry? Yes, and that’s good. But by my way of looking at the world, that’s kind of the bare minimum, unless defending that person would put you in some kind of danger. Handsome, popular, smart, athletic Cedric Diggory wasn’t going to lose any social points by defending Harry some more.
You Can Save 1 Character From The Final Battle (DH), Who Is It & Why?
Stacey: Why is this a question? Why torture me like this? I’m so, so, so sorry Teddy Lupin but it’s not going to be either one of your parents… It has to be Fred. From witnessing it happen in real life and seeing it multiple times on screen, I know the trauma that losing a twin can cause people and so I have to save Fred Weasley.
Madison: Definitely Fred. Killing Fred was just too horrible. I want to see the Weasley family intact again.