#fridayreads take me away: Harry Potter

15th July 2011

#fridayreads take me away is a weekly meme to celebrate the start of the weekend and the glorious day of reading whatever the heck you want. I’d love for you to join! For further explanation, click here.


The boy who lived, come to die…

Unlike almost any other character for me, Harry Potter certainly lived. Rowling made his world and his friends and his trials come to life in a magnificent way that has spoken to so many people – readers and non-readers.

Today, I will be consumed with all things Harry Potter as I plan to watch the first half of HP7 this afternoon before a 4:10 viewing of the last. Potter. film. ever. I’m much older than the characters in the series, but I am so grateful my mom (a 6th grade reading teacher at the time) made me pick up the first three books. And I’ll never forget how devastated I was to realize there were only three out at the time. Each time a new one was scheduled to come out, I waited in the lines – sometimes with friends; sometimes with Mom and Dad. We grabbed our copies, said goodbye, and tucked in at 1 or 2 a.m. to continue the story of the boy who lived and those who made sure he did.

Though I love each of the books for different reasons, the last stunned me. From the very first scenes, it reminded me of a Holocaust narrative – people hiding and running from an evil power determined to destroy them. Neighbors there one day and gone the next. The Dark Mark, though opposite, is still as oppressive as the signs many were made to wear, among them the Star of David and paper clips. So, for me, this book/film is an epic not only because it contains a battle but also because it tells a story of good and evil and of those caught somewhere in the middle. In the first half of the film it was painful to watch Draco caught up in a man’s game – so much more deadly than any he had encountered before. I ached for him, and I certainly didn’t want to.

I will miss the fun and mischief. I will miss Hogwarts. But more than anything, I will miss the Weasleys, Lupin, Snape, Hermione, Neville, Harry, Ron, Luna. Tomorrow will feel like a loss of sorts – and as I know you are fellow readers, I can say that without feeling batty.

So in honor of Harry Potter, Hermione Grange, and Ron Weasley and all the other beloved characters of the series as well as their creator, J.K. Rowling, today I will simply ask you to share your favorite Harry Potter moments from the films, the books, or the community built around HP – either in comments or in a separate blog post. (Don’t forget to link up below!)

And, of course, you can watch the trailer for the millionth time….

ร‚ย jenn aka the picky girl, house of gryffindor


  • I didn’t start reading the books until a few months before the last one came out. I loved them so much. I always thought that Snape, as mean and biased as he was, was an interesting character and one of the funniest to me. I wanted the Weasley’s to me real. It’s sad that it’s ending, but I know I’ll reread the books time and time again.

    • pickygirl

      Snape really is such a fascinating character. So maligned, but ultimately trying to do right. I think that’s why so many love him so much.

      And, of course, you’re right about the books, but still. … *tear*

      • I always hoped there was more to Snape than met the eye, and I was so happy to discover I was right!

  • Sherrie

    I’m at the theater now – yes, I’m just that cool, and there’s a guy dressed like Voldemort. I’m talking entire head painted white, a cap to make him look bald, and a creepy cape. Awesome.

    • pickygirl

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing. So so jealous of you. Lots of people dressed up?

      • Sherrie

        More than normal. Some harry’s, lots of capes and wands, one hedwig, one bellatrix lol.

        • pickygirl

          Awesome! I’m assuming you are in full wizarding regalia?

          • Sherrie

            Sadly you assume wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰ but my 3d glasses are in the shape of Harry potter’s!

          • pickygirl

            That was a joke. ๐Ÿ™‚ but I love the idea of the glasses!

  • Brian Brady

    Such a very nice blog about you and Harry. I started out reading the books because my daughter started reading the books in 2000 or 2001 when she turned 10. It gave us something to talk about when those awkward father-daughter silences occurred. Just amazingly long and somehow intimate stories.

    • pickygirl

      I think you’re so right about them being intimate stories. I think that’s partially why they’ve made so many people fall in love with them.

  • There is a definite WWII feeling to the books that’s reflected in the movies where they show scenes from Voldemort’s childhood. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I wonder if it’s just because WWII is such a huge event in British history or if Rowling wanted to refer to it deliberately?

    • pickygirl

      I’m so glad it’s not just me. Some people look at me like I’m crazy when I mention it. You pose an interesting question, though. That’s one I’d love to know the answer to.

      • I always think about the Holocaust when they show where Bellatrix has cut “Mudblood” into the inside of Hermione’s arm in HP and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. I don’t know if Rowling intended it, but I think it is a good comparison to help us comprehend the horror and evil of Voldemort and his reigns.

        • pickygirl

          Yes! That is another scene that adds to it. It just screamed to me the whole time I was reading, and I actually want to do some more digging because now that other people are mentioning it, I want to pay attention this time around in the earlier books.

  • Can we really share just ONE HP memory? I’ve never been much of a crier, but I cry every time I read the scene where Harry walks into the forest, knowing he will die, and sees his parents. I tear up every time he asks if it will hurt to die; the fact that J.K. Rowling had me completely convinced that Harry would die speaks volumes to her talent as an author.

    I know the epilogue was a deeply dividing thing when the book first came out, and I have always been firmly in the camp of LOVING the end of Deathly Hallows. So much is said with so little, and it is said so well.

    Lupin and Tonks are probably my favorite side characters, and I was devestated by what happened to them in Deathly Hallows.

    Given all these things, it should come as no surprise that I cried (in a rather ugly, embarassing fashion) through the second half of the movie. From Snapes meeting with Voldemort all the way through the final battle, I cried, and cried, and cried. It is a rare thing to experience a movie adaptation in almost the same way that you do a book, and that happened for me with this last movie.

    Perhpas the only thing to say is, “thank you, J.K. Rowling. You made the world better with your stories.”

    • pickygirl

      You can share as many as you like! And yes, that scene in the book tore me up.

      I’ve got Deathly Hallows by my bed to re-read, and I can’t wait to get back into it. Actually, I’m re-reading the whole series and am so excited about it.

  • Dammit, Picky Girl, you made me cry!! I was so sad when I read the last HP book, and I am half-dreading seeing the movie because I know I will be heartbroken when it’s over. I started crying in #6 when Dobby came on screen, so I know I will be a blubbering mess by the end of this one.

    Maybe I’ll be ready to see it in a few weeks. Don’t want the theater to be too crowded…

    • Anonymous

      I totally get that feeling. Sorry I made you cry. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It really is the end of something, but I started re-reading the series Friday and can’t tell you how much better it made me feel. Starting over…

      And let me tell you, there are some crazy people in the theater. Don’t get me started on the lady who answered her phone AND TALKED TO SOMEONE during the film. I almost went ballistic.