Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Conversation Between a Harry Potter Fan and a Non Harry Potter Fan

I recently asked my partner some Harry Potter (HP) questions. He loves that series, has read all the books and seen all the movies. So I wanted to see his answers to my questions. He was kind enough to indulge me. 

Me: What does HP mean to you?

Him: I don't know. I'm not one of those overly sappy people whose emotions are tied to books and movies. It was a good time in my life. It was something I enjoyed. HP was the series that got me into reading. I wasn't really a reader before that.

Me: You're not really a reader now. 

Him: True. 

Me: I love that some books just have that kind of power. Like Twilight, I can't tell you how many bloggers I've met that tell me Twilight was how they got into reading. I like that's nifty. It's nice that these books come along and turn people into readers. Well, did you read much after HP?

Him: A little bit. You have to remember, the HP books finished in 2007. That was two years before I turned 18, so life stuff happened. 

Me: What made you fall in love with HP so much?

Him: I guess the same thing that makes everyone fall in love with a series they like. The characters are well written, the world building is great. I think her, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien are some of the best fantasy world builders. Their worlds feel...

Me: Fleshed out

Him: Yes. You really feel like they know every inch of that world and I find that very satisfying as a reader. 

Me: Going off that, since you feel she knows every little detail. How do you feel about the info she keeps dropping on Twitter? 

Him: I'm not going to lie, I find some of the more recent details she's put out are silly. I'm not the biggest fan of things like The Cursed Child or even Fantastic Beasts in some parts. I'm not one of those people that even though I don't care about the stuff going on now, it doesn't destroy my love for the original works. Nothing will ever take away from them. 

Me: I thought you liked the Fantastic Beasts stuff? 

Him: I want to see the movies. I do still find it cool that she's expanding the world and not milking Harry Potter (the character) for all he's worth. Still, no matter what she does with this new stuff, she'll never beat the original series. Even if she came out with a true squeal with HP, I don't think it would ever beat the stuff before. I really think it helps if you were around that age when you got into it. When you're a kid or younger you can connect with magic before you grow into an adult and it's all squished out. I think that's a reason why you weren't able to get into the series. When you go into it as an adult, I can see why it would be harder to get into. 

Me: So what is your very first HP memory? 

Him: I honestly don't remember. I'm this way about most stuff. People have this tendency to build stuff up but like nine out of ten times it wasn't some big moment where the heavens opened up. My sister and brother told me about them. I saw the second movie and it got me into the series. Then I got the audiobook from the library. I got the available books from Kroger. From then on out, I got the books around the time they actually came out. 

Me: What is your actual Hogwarts House? 

Him: I don't remember, I think it was Hufflepuff. 

Me: Are you happy with your house?

Him: No, not going to lie. While I'm a big HP fan, I'm not a 'Potterhead' in the sense of all that house stuff. I'd honestly like to be in Gryffindor because it's the one that all the main characters are in and it seems like the fun house. You don't really get to know much about the others. Not much is said about Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw and Slytherin is full of a bunch douches. 

Me: Ugh no! Slytherin is the best!

Him: Anyone in Slytherin is just a douche.

Me: Well then. 

Side Note: That's pretty much it. He was joking about Slytherin because he knows it's my house.