Happy (early) Death Day to Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, James Potter, and Lily Potter née Evans! We should also remember Sirius Black, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Hedwig, Dobby, Fred Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Cedric Diggory, and Remus Lupin. Instead of throwing a Death Day party, I’m doing the Harry Potter Honoring the Dead Book Tag.
- Thank the person who tagged you (and paste these rules)
- Show your house pride!
- Tag 7 other bloggers.
For my House pride, I have been sorted into Ravenclaw more often than any other House, and I was annoyed that there were no Ravenclaw costume pieces at the Halloween store last year. Luckily, I got this button from a Harry Potter Day at my university.
Just so you all know, Ravenclaw is going to win the House Cup this year. Green and red banners took over the Great Hall for too many years in the last fifth of the 20th century.
Just when I thought this was going to be easy, we’re already throwing hard balls at the second question. I’m torn between Snape and Fred. On the one hand, Harry could have truly reconciled with Snape even if they didn’t interact much after that, and Harry did name one of his sons after him. On the other hand, it’s devastating that George is without his twin, and they’re just an awesome duo.
I guess I’ll save Professor Snape because . . . who else is going to advocate for the Slytherins? Then the professor can also take care of Albus so that he becomes less of a resentful, whiny kid. And then Scorpius can have more comforting figures around when his mom dies.
Sirius Black – A book with the best father/mother figure
Maverick Carter is the father of Starr, Seven, and Sekani in The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. He left behind his life of crime once he had kids. I love the relationship he has with his kids, and I like seeing a parent in a YA book have a chance to be a parent. Maverick does what he can to protect his family and to improve his community in Garden Heights. I think he also does a good job watching out for Seven’s other half-siblings.
Severus Snape – A book with a redeemable character
Murtagh Morzansson from The Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini, is a redeemable character. He started off good, then became an antagonist (against his will), and then he helped Eragon defeat Galbatorix at the most crucial moment. He’s hated by most people at the end of Inheritance, and that makes me sad for him. He was compelled by Magic to do Galbatorix’s bidding.
Albus Dumbledore – A book with a great mentor/teacher
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, has a great mentor in Miss Lupescu. After Bod realizes that she is teaching him useful skills for his life, like calling for help in all languages, he likes learning from her. Seriously, learning to call for help in any language is very useful in that book.
Hedwig – A book with a great animal sidekick
Lying Cat is the sidekick of The Will in Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. This cat says, “Lying,” whenever they notice that someone is lying. I love that she makes it clear whenever The Will is lying to someone or himself. Since I have only read the first volume, I know only a little bit about her.
Dobby – A book with a character who created bad scenes on accident
I think the klutz we know as Bella Swan does this throughout the Twilight Saga. The most memorable time was at her own birthday party. She got a paper cut in a room full of vampires. Luckily for her, only one of them totally lost control.
Fred Weasley – A book with your favorite brother/sister duo
I like Pen and Johnny from Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard. Johnny is such a supportive and protective big brother, and I like that they have their own fun together. I especially like how he tries to mediate between Pen and their parents. He’s also there when she freaks out while trying to support her friend at a clinic.
Nymphadora Tonks – A book with the best family feud
The most recent book that comes to mind is American Panda by Gloria Chao. Mei’s and her brother’s feuds with their family is spectacular. The hate that one of their paternal relatives spewed at Mei’s brother’s wedding was quite the spectacle. Then the revelation about the coming grandchild was very satisfying for me to read. I want to see that feud come to an end, but it is a spectacle.
Cedric Diggory – A book where a character died too young/too soon
Rue, the 12-year-old tribute from District 11, died too young in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I don’t care that they were in the middle of The Hunger Games and that 23 tributes were supposed to die. Rue shouldn’t have died so soon and so young.
Remus Lupin – A book with your favorite shapeshifter
I haven’t loved a lot of the books I’ve read that have shapeshifters. I think I will go with Keller from Witchlight by L.J. Smith, the ninth book in the Night World series. She’s a panther shapeshifter. I thought it was an interesting part of her history that she was stuck in a halfway form when she was a baby. That image always stuck in my mind. I also like that she goes from acting hard-hearted to more trusting. (I suppose she would have counted as a tsundere for one of I Heart Characters! prompts.) Of the shapeshifters who come to mind, she is one of my favorites, and I should think about rereading Witchlight.
Because I wasn’t tagged to do this book tag, I won’t tag anyone specific. However, if you would like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged.
Have a happy Halloween on Wednesday!