that character meme took me a lot longer than I thought it would. and that was for HP, where you would think after like an actual decade, I would have my thoughts in order and these would be easy.
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The first character I first fell in love with: Hermione. How could it ever have been anyone else.
The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: I have a very strong affection for Colin Creevey that I don’t understand myself, so really can’t explain to you. But I saw this whole life for him, and I cried a lot when he died. And Oliver doesn’t need any help with his body, because it’s Colin, he’s just a wee boy. He wasn’t even still at school, probs in hiding, being muggleborn. Snuck back in, to fight. sob.
The character everyone else loves that I don’t: idk. who do you all love? I think we’re usually in agreement. I guess there are a lot of ‘Snape apologists’ that like, yeah, no, giant douche. Like his feelings for Lily never really made any impact on me. We already knew he was the one who told Voldemort ‘bout the prophecy, and then he became a spy. Like the Lily thing seemed to change a lot of people’s minds or idk. I had a kind of reverse scenario where I trusted his allegiance, but after being refreshed on his character was like, yeah, no, you’re a douche. I still trust you’re following Dumbledore’s orders, but you’re a douche. And the Lily thing didn’t change that. idk. I’ve answered these out of order. You should maybe have read “used to love” first.
The character I love that everyone else hates: Ginny does not get the respect she deserves. She is magnificent, and I think because she is shit in the films, and perhaps a little because JK didn’t give HP’s and her relationship the grounding she could have - a grounding I think it had, even if we’re never shown it. They both survived and dealt with some really similar stuff and I think helping each other through that was a solid base of trust for their relationship. But yeah, don’t be dismissing Ginny. She’s tough as nails, clever, funny, desirable, determined. Ginny is cool.
The character I used to love but don’t any longer: Love is maybe too strong, but I used to find Snape interesting, his life of servitude as a spy to atone for pointing Voldemort straight at James and Lily. But rereading some of the earlier books as an adult, which was after a long break of never having reread them (we had a serious case of HP book disappearance - Stone, Prisoner and Goblet were missing for years, I was convinced Steven had sold them, mum has hidden them away bc I think one was maybe a first edition. Stone and Prisoner have still never been discovered. They’re probs in the loft. S’where my mum hides everything. Eventually I gave up looking, Pamela rebought me one, I rebought myself the other.) …rereading them, well, it’s difficult to reconcile that Snape’s a massive dick. So unfit to be a teacher. If he was willing to risk his life for your grand plan, Dumbledore, you couldn’t have made him be an acceptable human being too. Still angry about Hermione’s teeth. Fuck you, Snape.
[It’s possible, probably even, that my relationship with Snape as a character was softened and blurred by ours with Ducky, as detentionees, which is something I’ve never considered ‘til just now, but which would make a lot of sense. That coupled with my lack of original source material for a few years. Seems likely.]
The character I would totally smooch: Were I born what, fifteen years earlier, perhaps Oliver Wood. Or one of the twins. I do have a bit of a thing for gingers. If we’re basing it on movie portrayals my answer would change.
The character I’d want to be like: I wish I had Hermione’s motivation, Luna’s kindness, Ginny’s courage. Tbh, I could do this for a lot of characters. There are things in all of them that I admire. But they’re the stand-outs, I guess.
The character I’d slap: So much choice. There are a lot of points where I could have happily dropped in and gave someone a good slap (usually Snape or Malfoy, ngl, also Percy when he sends Ron that letter, and I like Percy, but that was cold, Umbridge repeatedly) but I’m gonna go with Cormac McLaggen, because if someone hasn’t already, it’s about time. It would probably do him good. And yes, also for having the audacity to almost share my name, sort of. (to be fair, it does mean ‘son of defilement’. woop.)
A pairing that I love: Ron/Hermione <3 Sailing on the Good Ship forever.
A pairing that I despise: Despise is too strong a word for this, but I’m not going to invent something to hate when there is a canon ship that makes sufficiently uncomfortable to shrug and say, “close enough.” Despite the fact that Teddy is one of the most interesting of the next gen kids to me, I still basically pretend Remus/Tonks never happened.
The first character I first fell in love with
The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
The character everyone else loves that I don’t
The character I love that everyone else hates
The character I used to love but don’t any longer
The character I would totally smooch
The character I’d want to be like
The character I’d slap
A pairing that I love
A pairing that I despise