Hype or Like Friday is a meme co-created by Jill @ Rantandraveaboutbooks, Britt @ Geronimo Reads and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. Join their Goodreads group here to participate! Each month they choose a hyped up book to read and discuss on the last Friday of the month. The first three Fridays are dedicated to related discussion questions. This month we are reading…..
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Here is the discussion topic for this week:
10 Things I Like About Harry Potter: Name 10 things you like about any of the books in the series. You’re not limited to a particular book. You can choose whatever you want from any book. It’s completely up to you. This category is wide open, but here’s a few ideas: favorite characters, spells, magical items, plot twists, villains, etc. You can do whatever you want with this.
10 things I like about Harry Potter? Only 10?! While not all-encompassing, these are a few things that come to mind when I think about this beloved series. Here we go..
1. The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione.
This is hands down one of my favorite things about the Harry Potter series. While there is an absolutely amazing, action-packed storyline, some of my favorite moments in the books are when these three just spend time together. Like the first time they all went to Hogsmeade (albeit, Harry was under his cloak), when Ron and Harry are utterly terrible at spells in class but Hermione is perfect as always, when the three visit Hagrid, or even when they are stashed away in the library. The list goes on and on.
2. Hargid and Fang
How can you not love Hagrid and Fang! Hagrid has quite literally been there for Harry for his entire life. He carried him to the Dursley’s front porch when he was a baby and he carried him at the end of the series when everyone thought he was dead. He is such a lovable character throughout the series and a much needed friend for Harry. And Fang is of course just a drooly, lovable dog.
3. The Expelliarmus spell
This simple but useful spell has a huge role in the series. When Harry first uses it against Voldemort in Goblet of Fire, he uses it to counteract the killing curse. Avada Kedavra is a much more powerful spell, but we know that their wands reacted so the curse didn’t affect Harry. I love it that Harry doesn’t have this crazy, complicated spell to use. He is, after all, just a normal boy! He was just trying to survive and this was the first spell that came to mind.
4. Dumbledore’s Army
I loved the sneaking around, the Room of Requirement, the teamwork, Harry showing off his Defense Against the Dark Arts skills, secret coins to communicate- everything! The fifth book was not my favorite out of the seven, but I loved the scenes with Dumbledore’s Army.
5. The Weasley House
This is probably the only place, other than Hogwarts, where Harry feels at home. The Weasley family took Harry in as one of their own and the Burrow is such a wonderful place!
6. Fred and George Weasley
These two are hilarious! I absolutely loved everything about them. I thought I had a hard time when George’s ear was cut off…but when Fred died! Those two were inseparable and I lost a little piece of my heart when Fred died.
7. Sirius Black
Sirius is Harry’s first father figure in the series and I adored their relationship. While I was so sad for Harry when Sirius died, I do believe it was essential for Harry to lose his role model figures in his life in order for him to come to terms with his ultimate sacrifice. Nevertheless, Sirius is one of my favorite characters in the series!
8. The Partonus charm
This was probably the first advanced charm that Harry learns and I loved his training time with Lupin. I was so proud when he produced that stag patronus!
9. The scene when Harry uses the resurrection stone and believes he is walking to his death.
This is such a beautiful scene. Of course, the first time I was reading the book I was literally trembling- I couldn’t see how Harry could get out of that situation unscathed. It was sad to see everyone that Harry had lost, but we also got to see him realized that they are still with him, in a way, and that he is loved.
10. The fact that, in the end, Harry is just a normal boy!
I love that Harry is not this super-wizard. He’s just a boy! We do get to see the repercussions of this when we find out that the prophecy could have been about Neville if Voldemort decided to choose him. Would we have had the same outcome with Neville? Harry absolutely does some amazing things throughout the series, but in the end, he is a normal boy thrown into an impossible situation. It makes it easier to relate to him 🙂