The Harry Potter Book Tag

So, I saw this tag over on one of my bestest buddies’ blog, Ardent Attachments, and simply couldn’t resist doing it myself, seeing as Harry Potter is basically my all time favourite thing.

Though this is kind of more bookish, there is a film related aspect to it, so I thought I could get away with putting it on my blog!

One – Favourite book?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry does the most growing up in this book, and finally has a father figure to fall back on in the form of Sirius with whom he bonds with throughout the book.

Two – Least Favourite book?

If I really had to choose, which I really don’t want to, I would probably have to go with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, simply because I thought too much was going on and the story escalated too quickly.

Three – Least Favourite Movie?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Seriously, what were they thinking? They made Ron part of the Quidditch team in this film, when we all know that was supposed to have happened in the Order of the Phoenix. AND they invented non-existent story-lines, such as a death eater attack on the burrow that results in it’s very flamey demise. Ugh. I have so many feelings about how badly adapted this film was; I could rant for days, but I’ll spare us both the trauma.

Four – Favourite Movie?

The Order of the Phoenix. Gary Oldman as Sirius Black; enough said.

Five – Favourite Quote?

‘We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.’

– Sirius Black –

Six – Favourite Weasley?

Fred and George Weasley (they count as one, right?). They may not be academically minded, but they always provide comic relief at the right time, and despite their cockiness, their hearts are full of love.

Seven – Favourite Female Character?

Hermione Granger. Regardless of other people’s opinion of her, she is an independent thinker, and just shrugs criticism and insults off, even if they come from Harry and Ron. She’s the ideal heroine; making an impression because of her intelligence, not her beauty.

Eight – Favourite Villain?

Lucius Malfoy. Simply because he’s such a hilarious failure of a villain, but thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Nine – Favourite Male Character?

Sirius Black, obviously. He’s the perfect combination of father-figure and big brother to Harry, and his wit knows no bounds.

Ten – Favourite Professor?

Professor Mcgonagall, she’s such a badass and yet cares so much for her students.

Eleven – Would you rather  – a) wash Snape’s hair OR b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Wash Snape’s hair, mainly just so he’d stop getting bullied.

Twelve – Would you rather duel – a) an elated Bellatrix OR b) an angry Molly?

An elated Bellatrix. SHE KILLED SIRIUS DAMMIT.

Thirteen – Would you rather travel to Hogwarts by – a) Hogwarts Express OR b) Flying car?

Hogwarts Express without a doubt. I would raid that lunch trolley so hard.

Fourteen – Would you rather – a) kiss Voldemort OR b) give Umbridge a bubble bath?

Give Umbridge a bubble bath…so I could drown her.

Fifteen – Would you rather ride a) a Hippogriff OR b) a Firebolt?

Firebolt, every time. I want to play quidditch so badly.

Sixteen – Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?

Remus Lupin. They left so much of his story out of the movies, which is super disappointing because he was one of my favourites in the books. He is also way closer to Harry than the movies let on.

Seventeen – Is there a movie you prefer to the book?

Absolutely not. Books for life.

Eighteen – Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Michael Gambon. I just don’t think Richard Harris had the veracity or passion needed to pull of the character. If I’m honest, I kind of wish Gambon had been Dumbledore from the beginning.

Nineteen – Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie, that you wanted there the most?

The argument between Dumbledore and Harry after Sirius is killed in the Order of the Phoenix. This is one of my all time favourite parts of the book. I feel like it really changed the characters’ relationship and helped Dumbledore to realise that Harry was no longer a child.

Twenty – If you could remake the movies, which would it be?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, because EVERYTHING was just SO wrong.

Twenty One – Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be apart of?

Slytherin, obviously. Have you met me?

Twenty Two – Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?

Slytherin; computers don’t lie.

Twenty Three – Which class would be your favourite?

Probably transfiguration. I’d love to be able to transfigure myself and objects, mainly just to annoy or avoid people. Plus,  McGonagall would be teaching, which is just an added bonus.

Twenty Four – Which spell do you think would be the most useful to learn?

Expelliarmus. If it’s good enough to kill Voldemort, it’s good enough for me.

Twenty Five – Which character do you think you’d instantly get on with?

Ron Weasley. I just identify with him so much. We would be besties for sure.

Twenty Six – If you could own one of the Deathly Hallows, which would it be?

The Invisibility cloak, it would be super useful and probably the least dangerous of the three.

Twenty Seven – Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

No, J.K. Rowling nailed it.

Twenty Eight – Favourite marauder?

Sirius Black, obviously.

Twenty Nine – If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?

Sirius Black. I don’t need to explain myself, if you’ve read this far, you’ll just know.

Thirty – Hallows or Horcruxes?

Hallows. Horcruxes probably have bits of Voldemort still stuck on them, and no one wants that.

I’m not going to specifically tag anyone, but if you love Harry Potter I implore you to do this tag.

Nocturnal Animals

If ‘A Single Man’ is anything to go by, I think we can all begin to accept that Tom Ford films are weird, but even with that being said, his latest directorial engagement seems to excel beyond  even his normal stance of unusual.

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As plots go, this one certainly takes some getting used to, mainly due to the fact that it is essentially a story within a story; an inception that is never easily followed by cinematic goers.

What begins as a classic love story is quickly disrupted by a sinister force of reality, as a perfect life becomes a societal trap that leads to heartache and misery.

Nocturnal Animals uses a writers (Jake Gyllenhaal) perspective to create an alternative reality, with devastating consequences, all whilst taking the audience through conflicting emotions of love and loss as they struggle to decipher between what is real and what is not.

The deeper into the warped sense of reality the writer travels, the darker the plot becomes, eventually leading to the demise of the writer himself.

Despite the seemingly unconventional method of storytelling, Tom Ford does an extraordinary job in ensuring each scene sinks seamlessly into the next, regardless of any time difference that may occur between them.

Amy Adams also does a stunning job in pulling off what is probably one her most complicated characters yet; an art curator who has more money than sense, and is herself, a nocturnal animal.