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Hi, I'm sera, and I'm a Potter-holic.
So, here's my first contribution to this community. I'm answering a few questions I read here:
I'm curious about your opinions about Luna Lovegood.
What was your first impression of Luna?
Well, when first reading OotP, I didn't really think of her that much, I mean, I certainly noticed her and some of her weirder moments (hey, aren't they all weird? – whatever) but I didn't really think about her. Then I re-read it and spent more time thinking about the new characters and I have to admit that I liked Luna instantly. I really sympathise with her for what she has to go through every day. Being taunted and teased (sometimes even very rudely) is nothing one should take lightly, and I don't approve of it in any way – no matter how "crazy" the person is. So she's odd – big deal. Many people are odd, in their own ways. Personally, I find it really odd to chase after a stupid ball with 20 (!) players, only to get the remaining two to stop the ball after they finally got their hands (er, I mean feet) on it. I fail to see the point in the sport, just like people might fail to see Luna behind the crazy façade. I also find Luna funny – I laughed very hard sometimes.
What do you see for her in the next book?
I don't think that she'll be a main character. In my opinion, JKR uses Luna as someone Harry can relate to (she lost a parent – Sirius was the only thing resembling a father for Harry; she's an outcast – Harry is, in his way, too; and that's all I can think of right now…). She probably says or does something that help Harry in any way, and that's it (unfortunately).
What was your initial reaction after reading it?
I spent the whole weekend reading, and I remember my father, Sunday noon, calling for me to come down for lunch. I think I yelled back, "Not now, I've only got 30 pages left!" He was unimpressed, and forced me to eat lunch. I didn't eat much, and my eyes kept swaying over to the book, which lay a few feet away… So, to stop with all the OT-ness:
The first thing I said was: "Wow." It was neither positive or negative, the feeling, rather "Wow, I just read almost eight hundred pages basically non-stop on one weekend." Then I thought: "Wow, I actually liked Harry at times." You know, I never liked Harry – he was always too perfect, too nice, too good. No one is like that in RL. No one I know at least. So I was glad he finally showed some real emotions and feelings (I know, I know, he felt things before, he's a deep character, blah blah blah – BUT: He was never really angry. If I were in his shoes, I'd have freaked way sooner. No one ever told him anything important when he needed it, only later, when it was over anyway. You can have all the emotions you want, but without irrational anger you're not a whole person to me. NOTE: This is my personal opinion. Nothing that you say can make me change that. I understand that most people don't agree with me, and I accept that. So please accept this as my opinion and refrain from flaming me for it.).
So, my initial opinion would have been: close book, lay back, breathe out, "Wow."
What was your favourite chapter/part?
Just like most people's, my favourite chapter is Snape's Worst Memory. I love Snape (hence the seraphina_snape), and I was pining for some background info on him. I've been waiting for it since book one, really, and PoA helped a bit (it's still my favourite). And the final part of GoF left me drooling *my hero*. And the chapter confirmed my opinion that even the good guys can be prats.
Which new character(s) did you like? Dislike?
Obviously, I liked Luna (she's as crazy as I am, sometimes). But I also liked Mrs Black (well, her protrait). Bella is fascinating, too. And Zach had some snarky moments.
On the other hand, I didn't like Michael Corner, I can't really say why. And Umbridge (hmm…wonder why that is? J). And the snitch, Marietta – got what she deserved.
Which old characters do you now hate? Like?
I still can't stand Cho. Sirius – I don't exactly hate him, but I wasn't sorry that he died. I'm pretty much indifferent towards Ginny, although a lot of people here seem to hate her.
I really like Harry this time (for the first time in the series), and Gred and Forge were, as usual, hilarious. That I like Hermione needn't be said, she's one of my favourite characters – always was, and always will be.
So, that's it for now,