If you're curious about it, follow the cut. (While I try to finish this owl_fest story thingy which is torturing me)
( Under the cut 'cause spoiler, also BIG DEFENSE OF HARRY JAMES POTTER. FIGHT ME EVERYONE )
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Thanks for your support yesterday! I hope you're all doing fine. Personally I'm trying to "do stuff" which is good, even if I get tired easily. Anyway I'm still living an Harry Potter situation that turned my little cousin, mini-Hermione, into a fan. Today she came at my home with her dog to watch the third movie. It was hilarious and I didn't remember that but PoA is really a beautiful movie, there are so many wonderful scenes, and Ron and Harry's hair is majestic. (As recognized by mini-Hermione)
I should continue my book review but I also think that mini-Hermione's opinions are gold.
I had to explain her the whole deal with Sirius because she didn't understand it as explained, so she was like: "OMG, that's Sirius!" or "Where is Sirius?" every five seconds. She thought that sleeping!Remus in the train was Sirius and that Harry should have checked, in case he was hiding there (Smart girl) Then she asked if Sirius could have changed his appereance and I said yes and she checked for every animal, especially Hermione's cat, until she went for the big dog. Obviously.
I'd like to inform everyone that Draco isn't the cutest anymore, because of his awful haircut. Instead Harry and Ron are really pretty with those messy hair. Romione has a legit reason to exist now.
Hermione punched Draco!!1!11BEST *high-five* That mouse is a guy but he still looks like a mouse! So who is the bad guy? I didn't imagine Sirius like that, he should have a full beard. OH GOD EVEN THE DEMENTORS! TOO MANY EMOTIONS, MY HEAD IS SPINNING. (---> literally her reactions)
Also everyone is stupid with different degrees of stupidity:
Ron being afraid = he's stupid! XD / Draco sending Harry the note = He's stupid! / Fred and George with the map = They are so stupid, but also smart!
Guys, guys, GUYS! I finally read my first Harry Potter book, yay! *throws confetti at self*
I know, I know! I'm definitely late to the party and I'm an adult now and the saga starts with a book that's really for kids, but I FUCKING LOVED IT and it was so amusing and the worldbuilding is so interesting! I can't wait to read the second one! I'm really curious to see the differences between the books and the movies and I loved the first one so I'm motivated to continue. Yeah, I'm giggly because funny books make me happy.
I'd like to share few superficial impressions about the first book, because I don't know if I can say something original and I'm sure you're much more familiar with the saga and have more insights on the characters and the plot, but anyway.
I loved ALL THE CHARACTERS! I love everyone in this bar! X3 From Harry to Hermione, Ron, Minerva ... even Severus, who seems terrible from Harry's POV and Draco who is a little shit. They are reliable characters, rounded and well-written and they are interesting. Severus Snape, for example, gives off this vibe of ambiguity about him and you want to know more about him and about his past with Harry's dad and why he's so hostile to Harry. He's interesting after you discover that he's not the Big Bad of the first book.
Harry's aunt and uncle are disgusting and gross, but they are such cartoonish villains in a way. They reminded me of Matilda's parents and Harry's kinda like Matilda herself: the strangest little kit who finds friends and true family at school. You go, Harry! He's such a sassy little guy and I like the fact that he's basically clueless about everything but he doesn't take that bad. He's cool beans, really. His only true pain is related to the loss of his parents, poor baby. (How can his own aunt be so cruel to her sister's son? Ugh)
Ron is SO SMART! I remember that in the movies he was kinda like the dumb sidekick and we laughed because of his funny faces. But really, he doesn't seem that scared of everything and he even punches Draco in the face (You go, Ronald!) Neville is much more the terrified bullied little guy, while Ron seems to be more confident. He just feels inferior because of his older brothers and I'm so happy that, in the end, he sees his value recognized by Dumbledore. That was amazing.
Can you explain me why Dumbledore is a Gryff? So far he seems very clever, manipulative and calculating. I'm impressed by his way to test Harry and prepare his future army. It was very smart. Why he's not a Slytherin or a Ravenclaw, since those seem the houses for the cunning/wise guys? Anyway I liked him and I can see why Harry is so attracted to him (Although a part of me is sad because Harry doesn't know what it feels to be loved and appreciated without being used and he was the guy who left him in an abusive home but he's so eager for an older parental figure. Poor baby!)
McGonagall is an absolute QUEEN and I'm so happy that she's played by Maggie Smith in the movies, because I love Maggie Smith. Hagrid is such a total sweetheart! He's so loving and he would have been a much more fit guardian to Harry and I'm sure he would have showered him with all his love and care and Harry would have known what it feels to be loved. Aaaww. Hermione is adorable.
Draco is such a little shit! OMG XD He's even pathetic at times, because he's such a spoiled, immature child, but the first meeting with Harry was cute and they hate each others so much: THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF EVERY SUCCESSFUL OTP. I'm into it! *w*
Really, I couldn't ship Draco with Neville because it would seem so unfair to poor Neville who really suffers a lot for Draco's cruelty, but Harry is so into the game. He's like: yeah, bitch, let me show you why I'm better than U! And of course Draco is livid because of that. Amusing and it builds the tension for when they are grown up.
Loved the shopping for the wand, Snape's first lesson and the Quidditch first match! The scene with Harry in front of the mirror made me sad and also when Dumbledore went to see wounded Harry. Baby!
On a side note, do you know that in the original Italian translation they translated Ravenclaw with "Pecoranera" (Blacksheep)? What the hell?! XD I'm happy they changed it later.
(Btw I'm also watching S2 of True Detective and eventually I'll make a post about it)
(Also my beta is out of town, so I wrote another ficlet but it won't be published until 16 of July. I didn't forget the challenge! Hope you'll wait)