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07 December 2010 @ 12:30 pm
30 Days of Harry Potter Meme  
30 Days of Harry Potter

Day 1

You get yesterday and today cos I spent the entire day in the hospital. And/or changing/getting a flat/new tire. Don't ask. I need this escape into Potter!verse where I can express feelings.

02. Your favorite book
It's been years but I'm going with OotP because it has the DA and Professors being BAMFY and it's on the cusp of something greater. The Kids are never going to be the same. The Kids (Hermione) becoming self-aware with the deeper understanding that they have to fight for their world. For something bigger than themselves. They dig in and they dig deep and they are BECOMING. Just... it makes my skin tingle. Plus, you know there's all the ministry stuff (all quotes from harryloveshermione.com):

"Well done, Ha - "

But the Death Eater Hermione had just struck dumb made a sudden slashing movement with his wand; a streak of what looked like purple flame passed right across Hermione's chest. She gave a tiny "Oh!" as though of surprise and crumpled on to the floor, where she lay motionless.


Harry fell to his knees beside her as Neville crawled rapidly towards her from under the desk, his wand held up in front of him.


A whine of panic inside his head was preventing him thinking properly: he had one hand on Hermione's shoulder, which was still warm, yet did not dare look at her properly. Don't let her be dead, don't let her be dead, it's my fault if she's dead...


"Hermione," Harry said at once, shaking her as the baby-headed Death Eater blundered out of sight again. "Hermione, wake up,"


"Dat's a pulse, Harry, I'b sure id is."

Such a powerful wave of relief swept through Harry that for a moment he felt light-headed.


''Well, I'b going do find dem wid you," said Neville firmly.

"But Hermione,"

and stuff like this:

"Well, they're writing about you as though you're this deluded, attention-seeking person who thinks he's a great tragic hero or something," said Hermione, very fast, as though it would be less unpleasant for Harry to hear these facts quickly. "They keep slipping in snide comments about you. If some far-fetched story appears, they say something like, "A tale worthy of Harry Potter", and if anyone has a funny accident or anything it's, "Let's hope he hasn't got a scar on his forehead or we'll be asked to worship him next" -"

"I don't want anyone to worship -" Harry began hotly.

"I know you don't," said Hermione quickly, looking frightened. "I know, Harry."

~ & ~

Harry and Hermione moved together instinctively and peered through the trees.

~ & ~

The door banged open. Hermione came tearing into the room, her cheeks flushed and her hair flying. There was an envelope in her hand.

"Did you - did you get -?" She spotted the badge in Harry's hand and let out a shriek. "I knew it!" she said excitedly, brandishing her letter. "Me too, Harry, me too!"

"No," said Harry quickly, pushing the badge back into Ron's hand. "It's Ron, not me."

"It - what? I-"

"Ron's prefect, not me," Harry said.

"Ron?" said Hermione, her jaw dropping. "But ... are you sure? I mean -" She turned red as Ron looked round at her with a defiant expression on his face.

"It's my name on the letter," he said.

"I ..." said Hermione, looking thoroughly bewildered.


He dashed from the room, leaving Harry and Hermione alone.

For some reason, Harry found he did not want to look at Hermione. He turned to his bed, picked up the pile of clean robes Mrs Weasley had laid on it and crossed the room to his trunk.

"Harry?" said Hermione tentatively.

"Well done, Hermione," said Harry, so heartily it did not sound like his voice at all, and, still not looking at her, "brilliant. Prefect. Great."

"Thanks," said Hermione. "Erm - Harry - could I borrow Hedwig so I can tell Mum and Dad? They'll be really pleased - I mean prefect is something they can understand."

"Yeah, no problem," said Harry, still in the horrible hearty voice that did not belong to him. "Take her!"

~ & ~

"But Hermione says she thinks it would be nice if you stopped taking out your temper on us," said Ron.

"I'm not -"

"I'm just passing on the message," said Ron, talking over him.

...which just makes me think of 'I'M NOT AN OWL!' and I fall over loling.

~ & ~

"I know it is, Harry, so will you please stop biting my head off?" said Hermione wearily.

~ & ~

"D'you mind not offending the only people who believe me?" Harry asked Hermione as they made their way into class.

"Oh, for heaven's sake, Harry, you can do better than her," said Hermione.

~ & ~

He imagined trying to conceal from Hermione that he had received T's in all his OWLs and immediately resolved to work harder from now on.

...because he recognises this and she motivates him to do so without even BEING THERE. Just! KIDS!

~ & ~

"What is it this time, Miss Granger?"

"I've already read Chapter Two," said Hermione.

"Well then, proceed to Chapter Three."

"I've read that, too. I've read the whole book."

Professor Umbridge blinked but recovered her poise almost instantly. "Well, then, you should be able to tell me what Slinkhard says about counterjinxes in Chapter Fifteen."

"He says that counter-jinxes are improperly named," said Hermione promptly.

"He says "counter-jinx" is just a name people give their jinxes when they want to make them sound more acceptable."

Professor Umbridge raised her eyebrows and Harry knew she was impressed, against her will.

"But I disagree," Hermione continued.

Professor Umbridge's eyebrows rose a little higher and her gaze became distinctly colder.

"You disagree?" she repeated.

"Yes, I do," said Hermione, who, unlike Umbridge, was not whispering, but speaking in a clear, carrying voice that had by now attracted the attention of the rest of the class. "Mr Slinkhard doesn't like jinxes, does he? But I think they can be very useful when they're used defensively."

...aaaaaaaaaand PWNAGE! ...cos that was totally me in school.

~ & ~

~ & ~

"Well," said Hermione tentatively. "You know, I was thinking today ..." she shot a slightly nervous look at Harry and then plunged on, "I was thinking that - maybe the time's come when we should just - just do it ourselves."

"Do what ourselves?" said Harry suspiciously, still floating his hand in the essence of Murtlap tentacles.

"Well - learn Defence Against the Dark Arts ourselves," said Hermione.

...this girl. Steals. My. Heart.

~ & ~

He looked helplessly at Hermione, whose face was stricken.

"Harry," she said timidly, "don't you see? This ... this is exactly why we need you ... we need to know what it's r-really like ... facing him ... facing V...Voldemort."

It was the first time she had ever said Voldemort's name and it was this, more than anything else, that calmed Harry.

THIS. ...and it also builds toward the moment in DH where she plays with his hair and HE CLOSES HIS EYES. GUYS! GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYS!!! *SPLODES*

~ & ~

A blank silence greeted Hermione's words. She looked around at all the faces upturned to her, rather disconcerted.

"Well - I thought it was a good idea," she said uncertainly, "I mean, even if Umbridge asked us to turn out our pockets, there's nothing fishy about carrying a Galleon, is there? But ... well, if you don't want to use them -"

"You can do a Protean Charm?" said Terry Boot.

"Yes," said Hermione.

"But that's ... that's NEWT standard, that is," he said weakly.

"Oh," said Hermione, trying to look modest. "Oh ... well ... yes, I suppose it is."

"How come you're not in Ravenclaw?" he demanded, staring at Hermione with something close to wonder. "With brains like yours?"

[...] Harry looked sideways at Hermione.

"You know what these remind me of?"

"No, what's that?"

"The Death Eaters' scars. Voldemort touches one of them, and all their scars burn, and they know they've got to join him."

"Well ... yes," said Hermione quietly, "that is where I got the idea. But you'll notice I decided to engrave the date on bits of metal rather than on our members' skin."

"Yeah ... I prefer your way," said Harry, grinning,

...like I said, BECOMING.

~ & ~

"[...] but, well, they are very interesting, aren't they? The way some people can see them and some can't! I wish I could."

"Do you?" Harry asked her quietly. She looked suddenly horrorstruck.

"Oh, Harry - I'm sorry - no, of course I don't - that was a really stupid thing to say."

"It's OK," he said quickly, "don't worry."

*heartbreak* oh...

~ & ~

It came as a slight shock when somebody hammered hard on the door a few minutes later.

"I know you're in there," said Hermione's voice. "Will you please come out? I want to talk to you."

"What are you doing here?" Harry asked her, pulling open the door as Buckbeak resumed his scratching at the straw-strewn floor for any fragments of rat he may have dropped. "I thought you were skiing with your mum and dad?"

"Well, to tell the truth, skiing's not really my thing," said Hermione. "So, I've come here for Christmas." There was snow in her hair and her face was pink with cold.


~ & ~

"You should have told her differently," said Hermione, still with that maddeningly patient air. "You should have said it was really annoying, but I'd made you promise to come along to the Three Broomsticks, and you really didn't want to go, you'd much rather spend the whole day with her, but unfortunately you thought you really ought to meet me and would she please, please come along with you and hopefully you'd be able to get away more quickly. And it might have been a good idea to mention how ugly you think I am, too," Hermione added as an afterthought.

"But I don't think you're ugly," said Harry, bemused.

Hermione laughed.

...honestly, I don't really see this as shippy so much as Dawww, friendses who lurve each other and are on their way to more.

~ & ~

"Haven't we got a counter-jinx for this?" Fudge asked Umbridge impatiently, gesturing at Marietta's face. "So she can speak freely?"

"I have not yet managed to find one," Umbridge admitted grudgingly, and Harry felt a surge of pride in Hermione's jinxing ability. "But it doesn't matter if she won't speak, I can take up the story from here. [...]"

...see above reason.

~ & ~

"Harry, I'm begging you, please!" said Hermione desperately. "Please let's just check that Sirius isn't at home before we go charging off to London. If we find out he's not there, then I swear I won't try to stop you. I'll come, I'll d - do whatever it takes to try and save him."

...now THAT is how you compromise.

~ & ~

03. What house would you be in?
I got sorted into Hufflepuff once... but then laregan & vivalatiger told me I was more Slytherin and made me a hat with the house colours so... *shrug*

04. Your favorite movie
05. Wizard Rock: discuss
06. Your favorite character(s)
07. Drink that reminds you of HP
08. Your favorite ship(s)
09. Fanfiction: discuss
10. Favorite book moment(s)
11. Character you're crushing on
12. Favorite movie scene(s)
13. Least favorite character(s)
14. Moments in the books/movies that made you cry
15. Whatever tickles your fancy
16. How have you participated in the fandom over the years?
17. Your favorite celebs from the movies or fandom
18. If you could change one thing about canon, what would it be?
19. A favorite fanart
20. A favorite quote
21. How has the HP fandom connected you to other fandoms, interests, or people?
22. Your favorite villain
23. Share some HP icons
24. Rant about Steve Kloves something
25. Song that reminds you of HP
26. What aspect of the books has been best translated to film?
27. What aspect of the books has been most poorly translated to film?
28. Hogwarts subject you would most like to take
29. Favorite location
30. Whatever tickles your fancy
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Sunny: HP tensionsunny_serenity on December 8th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
Wow, I seriously need to read this book again because I don't have a clue about what or why our girl whatevered on whats-her-face... *is clueless* I just liked/chose that quoted because of that Harry's swelling inward pride. And the prefect part cos Harry was all mopey but trying to be happy for his friends... Once again that introspective moment that makes me go: 'Oh, this boy!' *pets* But I SERIOUSLY need a re-read. Siriusly.

Oh hey, I never saw Hermione standing up to Harry in that light before. In relation to Ginny or anyotherpersonthatsafraidofHarry. Then again I kinda keep my head down when it comes to crazy ship wars and defending the 'honour' of your ship to someone else... I don't think you really need to justify your POV through snarky insults and school yard name calling so I had no idea people had that Hermione is 'weak' or 'victim' or whatever. That annoys me almost as much as the Ron-becomes-a-physically-abusive-drunk and Hermione runs into Harry's warm open arms. That trope is just insulting to all three of the characters. *eyeroll*

I think she hesitates saying Voldy's name aloud because this conversation occurs in front of the entire lot of the DA, right? So she's prolly very conscience about setting the example of not allowing just a name to have that much power. A name/title/word is only given power by the way it is viewed/perceived, you know? And by saying his name aloud the first time in a more public convo is one of her steps to becoming more in control of her emotions at that point. IDEK... I'm tired while responding to this... What a hellish day. *facepalm*
A Figure Of Speech: [doctor who]afigureofspeech on December 11th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
I think she hesitates saying Voldy's name aloud because this conversation occurs in front of the entire lot of the DA, right?

I don't think it is. I mean, I think she does say it in front of the DA too, but I think the bit you quoted was when they were trying to convince Harry that he was the right one to teach the DA leasons. I could be totally off base, it's been a while since I read the books, but I think the reason why it calms him is because he's feeling all angry at everyone and isolated and attacked on all sides, but Hermione saying Voldemort's name is her showing him that she has his back, you know? Yeah. X)
Sunny: HP noisesunny_serenity on December 12th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's been a while for me too so I'm probably completely off base so I'm going with your 'I got your back' theory too. LOL. I say a re-read is in order.
borg_princess: emma-thinkingborg_princess on December 12th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
I honestly do not know why R/Hr fans are so aggressively opposed to H/Hr. They won! Their ship is canon! So why is it so wrong for other people to squee at things like hand-holding or hugging or dancing? Just 'coz in the books it didn't end up leading to anything doesn't mean it's wrong for people to flail over it and read/write fanfic and everything! But no, a large section of that ship's fans are party-poopers and just so hateful to anyone that dares have a different viewpoint.

(not all fans are batshit crazy, obv, I have a lovely friend who ships it and she's just wonderful, but in general, that's what I see)

the Ron-becomes-a-physically-abusive-drunk and Hermione runs into Harry's warm open arms. That trope is just insulting to all three of the characters

YES. OMG. WHAT. I get people not liking Ron- for years, I hated him!- but why wreck the foundation ofthe series? What I love most is the friendship between the three of them, so why wreck it by making him the kind of guy that would hurt a girl and Hermione the kind of girl that would fall for an abusive guy and be trapped in an abusive relationship and need to be rescued? If you're gonna warp them so much, don't even call it Harry Potter!

I'll go with your theory, it makes the most sense.
Sunny: HP high fivessunny_serenity on December 13th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
LOL. I lurve you. Seriously.

Generally speaking, ship wars are completely senseless and puzzling. Also, who the hell do those people (a select few I'm sure, I don't really keep track of the wank) think they are pushing their opinions and ideology on to others? You can't make someone change their choice. You can't rob them of that free will (I may be speaking here in the bigger scope of life too). Just... no. *is puzzled* I am very much so a live and let live kinda person and I think that heavily translates into fandom and my choices of show, ship, character faves etc etc...

I LOVE when I have friends like that who are just wonderful wonderful people that accept differences and are made of cool beans. I have tonnes of those folk, like you, on my flist. You guys are made of awesome. *tackle squish*

Ron as a character? Me no likey either. I understand and accept the purpose he serves to the story and main character but that doesn't mean I have to like him. (This is also true of many of my fandoms. IE: Firefly, I loathe Inara but totally accept and understand her function on the show/movie/etc. Without her the story would be incomplete so therefore, I must appreciate her, not necessarily LURVE her.) When you have to twist and contort a character so far to the left in order to serve your purpose that's not really appreciation or love for the character. It's even more disturbing when the creator of said character is the one that carries out this assassination. Just... WHAT?!