HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY POTTER!
I’m feeling super potterhead lately, probably because my sister started reading the first book after millions of times I begged her to read them. I even told her I would get her the books if she wanted. Also Freeform was doing a marathon of HP movies and while I was in Orlando I watched them.
My sissy reading Harry Potter got me into thinking a lot about this beautiful story and how much my opinion of some characters has changed since the first time I read about them. So I’m going to tell you a bit about that and get into those and discuss them a little, shall we?
Before: I LOVED the man, he was the best headmaster ever, so majestic and wise and ancient. His death was one of the worst things ever in the books. He was so good and loved Harry and was a good father figure for him.
Now: What an irresponsible fucker. First of all, he knew Harry was being abused by the Dursley’s and did nothing about it. He didn’t help Harry enough and often hid information from him eventually putting him in more danger. He also made kids do dangerous things to save others instead of being an adult and handling it himself or at least going with them. He could have told Harry that he loved him… if he ever did (not counting The Cursed Child), instead he manipulated the kid. He shared a lot of Grindelwald’s opinions and wanted to work with him, even if his sister’s death changed that, the idea was there.
Plus points: He’s really good for memes. I came to peace with this character, though if I think long enough I kind of don’t like him at all for what his way of handling things. J. K. Rowling said he was gay and I think that’s amazing but it also sounds like she didn’t write him to be like that at first and she only said to gain more popularity.
- Regulus Black
Now: The slytherin character every slytherin fan should have been looking up to. Wish we could have learned more about him. What is attributed to Snape, being a death eater and then changing sides and joining the good team, it’s kind of Regulus story. He was also a death eater but the younger Black sibling didn’t change his mind for an obsession he had over someone who clearly wasn’t into him, he did it because he realized that what Voldemort was doing was wrong. He discovered and destroyed one of Voldemort’s horcruxes all by himself! I’m sad that Sirius never got to know what his little brother did, I think he would have changed his mind about him and been proud.
Minus points: He was sort of obsessed with Lord Voldemort at first, yikes…
- Severus Snape
Before: He had funny moments in the books and in the movies! So glad he was actually good all these time because I liked him! He was protecting Harry which might have meant that he cared about him. James and the others were really mean to him so there’s a reason to why he behaved like that with Harry. I’m glad Lily ended up with James but the back story with Severus was cute. All in all I think he was a good slytherin and Harry did right by naming his child after him.
A little later: No. Piece of shit. He bullied children. I hate everyone who actually thinks he’s a good example for a slytherin and everyone who says he’s their favorite character. He was obsessed with Lily and yeah, okay, James bullied him but Snape defended himself, he was even creating spells that were really dangerous. He called Lily a mudblood and expected her to what? fall in love with him? I don’t think so. Bye felicia!
Now: necessary douchebag. He did help defeat Lord Voldemort and protected Harry even if his reasons were horrible. He bullied children and was horrible to them. Neville’s biggest fear was Snape, that should say enough about the level of abusive he was to the kids. But let’s not forget that just because Snape was a little shit, we shouldn’t praise James’ behaviour, he was also kind of douchebag.
Plus points: I don’t really like him but he’s also my favorite character in A Very Potter Musical. Harry’s choices of names for his baby were horrible and I feel sorry for Albus.
- Harry Potter
Before: I know he’s the principal character and the hero but I can’t seem to sympathise with him. He’s kind of rude…
Now: LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY SASSY CHILD HARRY POTTER! He grew up dismissed and abused by his family. He was lied to in regards of his own parents death. Imagine thinking that the best part of your life happens in school?! Okay a magic school, true, but still! Even though he grew unloved he still was kind and nice. Chose to use those similarities he had with Voldemort/Tom Riddle as a strength. He was left alone by Dumbledore for the most difficult tasks and still accomplished them. He would have died to stop Voldemort: HERO MATERIAL! Also, down to earth af! When he discovered the wizarding world and how famous he was he remained humble. Even if he discovered he had the power to hurt the Dursley’s for how much they mistreated him he remained kind and went back to that horrible house every summer. While everyone saw Luna as a crazy person he was one of the few who actually befriended her and was nice to her. Like, I could keep going but I’m going to stop because I’m getting emotional.
Plus points: Harry is savage
- Draco Malfoy
Before: Little shit. Seriously Annoying. Low key handsome.
After: Okay. Still kind of a little shit but I understand that it was expected for him to be like that. He was raised in a house of death eaters. He was taught this just like Ron was taught to be good by his parents who believed that what Voldemort was doing was extremely wrong, I mean, Arthur was obsessed with muggles in the most adorable way possible. Draco was just a kid who grew up in other circumstances. He was sort of socially pressured to follow the steps of his parents. The fact that he couldn’t kill Dumbledore touched me a lot. Of course these thoughts don’t blind me on the fact that he was a bully, he called Hermione a mudblood and yeah, an overall horrible little shit.
Plus points: Draco Malfoy being adorably portrayed by Lauren Lopez in A Very Potter Musical changes a lot your view on this character
- Hermione Granger
Before: She Is Perfect! Did everything right. Ron and Harry would have probably died without her.
Now: My view on Hermione hasn’t changed a lot but I came to the conclusion that she was, in fact, not perfect and I think this is something everybody can notice and that was express in the books. Hermione was controlling and stubborn. She often didn’t believe in what her books couldn’t explain, the fact that she left her divination class because she didn’t believe in professor Trewlaney made it quite clear. I like this little things that make her not perfect, I think she’s a great female character and a great gryffindor to look up to.
Before: BEST PLACE EVER. I want to go, I would literally live there.
Now: BEST PLACE EVER but… I would like very much to explore and learn more about the others schools.
The moral of this post is if you didn’t watch it yet, you should head to youtube and watch A Very Potter Musical. I tell this to every Harry Potter fan who doesn’t know what AVPM is. Siriusly, comedy gold.
What opinions about Harry Potter changed for you? Leave a comment! I’m interested in reading you. Hope we read each other soon!