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Nitwit. Blubber. Oddment. Tweak: A tribute to JK Rowling

Nitwit. Blubber. Oddment. Tweak: A tribute to JK Rowling

1998. My mother, back from her trip to Flora Fountain handed me a bag of books. It had two Five Find-outers, one Hardy Boys and one book called Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone.

The synopsis read “Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrolls at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, learns to play quidditch and even does battle in a deadly duel. The reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!”

I rolled my eyes at my mother. I was 9, I wasn’t going to read a book about magic and wizards. Geez.

My grandmum, who, when she visits us reads everything she can get her hands on, read it and used it as a bedtime story for my sister one night. I woke up early the next morning, because I had to know what happens to the boy who lived under the stairs.

Harry Potter is funny, intriguing, exciting, smart, dramatic, sweet, detailed and did, I mention funny? Rowling has a narrative that holds you and won’t let go.

Nothing in recent years has compared to the brilliance of the Potter series. This is an actual conversation .

Me: Oh, you should read The hunger games.

Sheena: Is it as good as Harry Potter?

Me: No.

Me: Read that book..

Sheena:Is it as good as..

Me: No.

Me: Read…

Sheena: Is it…

Me:  No.

Here are 50 things, concepts and people I love about Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling.

  1. Ronald Weasley
  2. Draco Malfoy
  3. Severus Snape
  4. Butterbeer (Butter + Beer. For real)
  5. Moving chess pieces
  6. Rowling is the first person in the world to become a billionaire by writing books.
  7. The clock in the Weasley’s kitchen
  8. The marauder’s map
  9. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore and his words of wisdom (After all to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.  Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live)
  10. Rowling’s amazing commencement speech
  11. Luna Lovegood
  12. A Snitch
  13. Fang
  14. The fans (I love Harry Potter fans. There is always conversation. I may not know your full name but we could have long conversations on why I was always on Snape’s side or why no one could be a better Bellatrix Lestrange than Helena Bonham Carter)
  15. Hagrid
  16. Felix Felicis
  17. “I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed – or worse, expelled.”  – Hermione Granger
  18. Cedric Diggory
  19. Professor McGonagall
  20. Books by Gilderoy Lockhart (Break With A Banshee, Gadding With Ghouls, Holidays With Hags, Magical Me, Travel With Trolls, Voyages With Vampires, Wandering With Werewolves, Year With The Yeti)
  21. Peeves (We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter’s the one and Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!)
  22. The Firebolt
  23. Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour
  24. Flourish & Blotts
  25. Fred and George Weasley (I think I wept when they leave Hogwarts to a shower of fireworks)
  26. St. Mungo’s
  27. The deathly hallows
  28. The Knight Bus
  29. The Floo network
  30. Gryffindor common room passwords (abstinence, 
balderdash, banana fritters, caput draconis, dilligrout, fairy lights, flibbertigibbet, fortuna major, Mimbulus mimbletonia, oddsbodikins, quid agis, scurvy cur)
  31. Dobby
  32. Crookshanks
  33. Animagus
  34. Sirius Black (And the tiny detail, that “Sirius Black” is a pun on his Animagus form of a black dog, as the star Sirius is known as the Dog Star, and is the brightest star in Canis Major.)
  35. Daily Prophet
  36. Horcruxes
  37.  Gellert Grindelwald
  38. Dumbledore’s Army
  39. The Sorting hat and the House system (I’d definitely be a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. That’s kind of sad)
  40. Marvolo Gaunt
  41. Ginny’s song (His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad, His hair is as dark as a blackboard. I wish he was mine, he’s really divine, the hero who conquered the Dark Lord.)
  42. Arabella  Doreen Figg (Oh, god she was squib! Whaaat! The cat lady with the house that smelled of cabbage)
  43. Hogsmeade
  44. Honeydukes Sweetshop
  45. Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes (“Why are you worrying about you-know-who? you should be worrying about u-no-poo. the constipation sensation that’s gripping the nation!”)
  46. Mad-eye Moody
  47. Kingsley Shacklebolt
  48. Polyjuice potion
  49. Patronus
  50. The Goblet of Fire (Best tournament in the history of everything)

– Sharanya

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4 responses »

  1. I sometimes wonder what the other common room passwords were…

    Reply
  2. 😀 LOVE this list.
    but also,the room of requirement and Dumbledore’s quote “Of course it’s happening in your head harry, but why on earth should that mean it’s not real?”

    Reply
  3. Ahem, not a pensieve?
    That’s a big one to leave out.

    Reply
  4. Can I add some more please, please?

    1. Hedwig
    2. Andromeda Tonks’ hair
    3. Quidditch
    4. The moving people in pictures
    5. Padfoot, Prongs and Moony
    6. Care of Magical Creatures
    7. The Shrieking Shack
    8. Thestrals
    9. Buckbeak
    10. Bill Weasley
    11. Neville Longbottom
    12. Aberforth Dumbledore
    13. The Room Of Requirements
    14. Boggarts
    15. Nagini
    16. The Pensive
    17. The Half Blood Prince’s Potions textbook
    18. Occlumency
    19. All of the Sorcerer’s Stone defences
    20. Dress robes
    21. Professor Trelawney
    22. Bertie Botts Every Flavour Jelly Beans
    23. Dragons
    24. Azkaban
    25. Hogwarts’ Feasts
    26. Fawkes
    27. The Forbidden Forest
    28. The Great Hall’s enchanted ceiling

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