“Anything’s Possible If You’ve Got Enough Nerve.”

Ginny – “Ginevra,” an Italian female and woman of the people, her name means “Juniper” as in evergreen tree. There is an old myth about a bride named Ginevra, who playfully hid in a trunk on her wedding day. The lid fell, burying her alive; and eventually her skeleton was discovered. This could relate to Ginny being taken into the Chamber of Secrets where her “skeleton would lie forever.” However, J.K. Rowling has also said that she picked the name because she wanted something different and special for the only Weasley girl!

Weasley – From J.K. Rowling’s site weasels were known to have a bad reputation, especially in Ireland, as an unfortunate animal. And well, the Weasleys are unfortunate because they’re poor. J.K. Rowling said: “Ron was the only one of three major characters whose surname never changed; he has been ‘Weasley’ from start to finish. In Britain and Ireland the weasel has a bad reputation as an unfortunate, even malevolent, animal. However, since childhood I have had a great fondness for the family mustelidae; not so much malignant as maligned, in my opinion.” The Weasleys and the weasel both share red hair. The Weasleys live near Ottery St. Catchpole, and it is interesting that a family with weasel in their surname lives near a town that has otter in its name (an otter is a member of the weasel family). Also, in Goblet of Fire, the group all go to Stoatshead Hill to take the Portkey to the Triwizard Tournament. A stoat is another relative of the weasel family.

Let me just tell you, I love Ginny, at least more so in the books. I can’t tell you why, her character just always appealed to me. It really bothers me that so many people dislike and hate on her character, so for this post I’m going to tell my perspective on people’s views. I think part of me like Ginny because I always wanted a brother, not necessarily 6, but a brother nonetheless, so I was a bit jealous.

Ginny’s name is so weird and different and unique and it’s so perfectly her. I think the story of the bride Ginevra is really cool how it parallels the Chamber of Secrets. But J.K. was definitely right when she thought the name was special for the only Weasley girl.

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This is honestly one of the best scenes in the movies. So much Weasley love. I’m a Hinny shipper, in case you were wondering.

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For those of you who aren’t quite sure what a “Mary Sue” is, go to this website. This upset me. First of all, sure, Ginny isn’t always a central figure, but she’s important, too! Okay, so things sort of happen to Ginny, like the Chamber, but if you think about why that happened, it sort of makes more sense. What I mean is, Lucius gave her the diary, and because she needed a way to let out her feelings, she wrote it down. When she found out her diary was interactive, she went with it. It is the magical world after all. I would do it. How was she, a mere first year, supposed to know that it was possessing her? Ginny definitely has her own personality. She HAD to in order to survive living with all those boys. Sure, she’s stubborn, but again, needed. Ginny is really good at the Bat-Bogey Hex, but that’s what gets her into the Slug Club (so necessary). She’s good at quidditch because she practiced like crazy, without her brothers knowing. Her hair is not unique. She lives in a family of gingers. I’m going to stop now because it just makes me upset. But everything that is important about Ginny has a backing in her childhood really. So, person, your argument is invalid.

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Though the idea of marrying a muggle is interesting, it could never happen. Harry hated the muggle word because of living with his aunt and uncle. He never belonged there. Also, I don’t think Ginny is really as shallow as this makes her seem. I think the idea of her brother knowing someone famous is really awesome and so that’s what sparked her interest, sure, but after meeting him, she was like “Merlin, this boy is attractive!” and then was too nervous to speak in front of him because she didn’t want to make a fool of herself. Plus, having a crush on her brother’s best friend is a problem, wizard or not. But I really love Hinny.

Anyway, I like Ginny, but I get that not everyone does, but I feel that Ginny supporters are few are far between. Also, one thing I like about Ginny is that she does “move on” for a bit

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For next time, which Hogwarts founder do you want to learn more about first? Godric, Rowena, Helga, or Salazar?

And now, here are some Ginny quotes:

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

“I never really gave up on you. Not really. I always hoped … Hermione told me to get on with life, maybe go out with some other people, relax a bit around you, because I never used to be able to talk if you were in the room, remember? And she thought you might take a bit more notice if I was a bit more – myself.”

Harry: “Ginny, listen… I can’t be involved with you any more. We’ve got to stop seeing each other. We can’t be together.” Ginny: “It’s for some stupid noble reason, isn’t it?” Harry: “It’s been like… like something out of someone else’s life, these last few weeks with you. But I can’t… we can’t… I’ve got things to do now.” Ginny: “…I can’t say I’m surprised. I knew this would happen in the end. I knew you wouldn’t be happy unless you were hunting down Voldemort. Maybe that’s why I like you so much.”

“He’s covered in blood again. Why is it he’s always covered in blood?”

“Yeah, the DA’s good. Only let’s make it stand for Dumbledore’s Army, because that’s the Ministry’s worst fear, isn’t it?”

“He saw me hex Zacharias Smith, you remember that idiot from Hufflepuff who was in the DA? He kept on and on asking about what happened at the Ministry and in the end he annoyed me so much I hexed him — when Slughorn came in I thought I was going to get detention, but he just thought it was a really good hex and invited me to lunch! Mad, eh?”

“Think My Name’s Funny, Do You?”

Draco – Draco is a constellation that looks like a dragon but is a snake. In Latin, Draco means “dragon.” There was also a Greek ruler named Draco who developed a system of severe punishments for the smallest of crimes. “Draconian” means “harsh or cruel.” In Romanian, “drac” means “devil.”

Malfoy – In Latin, “malus” means “bad” and “mal” means “pale.” “Mal foi” means “bad faith, an act with bad intentions, or a malicious act” in French. “Mal de foi” means a “loss of faith.” The similar French phrase “Mal fait” can be interpeted as “badly made” or “evil deeds.” In Portuguese, (J.K. Rowling taught English in Portugal for a few years) “Mal foi” means “was bad” or “is bad.” In Arthurian legends, Lancelot (King Arthur’s greatest knight and his betrayor) is sometimes called “Le Chevallier Mal Fait” (the “mal fait” knight). “Foy” means “a farewell feast, drink, or gift, as at a wedding.”

I have some rather mixed feelings about Draco. In some ways, I really like his character. I wouldn’t say love though because his demeanor doesn’t always make sense to me. He’s one of those characters that I may never make up my mind about. I thought that I loved him, but the more I think about him, the more I realize he’s just a bully.

Obviously, it makes sense that there’s the whole snake reference in his name, he’s in Slytherin. Malfoy believes that muggle-borns should be treated harshly because of their parentage, which is not exactly something they had control over. Malfoy definitely has his devilish moments as well. The surname is amazing to me. Mal means pale, they all have pale blonde hair and pale skin. Malus meaning bad – they’re all bullies (but their one redeeming quality is their love for one another). I think the “mal de foi” is more important. Clearly, there has to be a reason that Lucius joined the Death Eaters. Maybe he lost his faith in the Ministry? I love that there are so many different interpretations of every character’s name.

Sometimes, I felt bad for Draco. Maybe he was raised that way and he didn’t know any better. But you always hope that they start to realize when they get away from their parents. But I think Harry really hurt Draco on the day they met. He insulted him. But at the same time, Draco’s a jerk. Why does he find it necessary to beat up on everyone? I never got that. I guess it’s like understanding a bully, and sure his father was a Death Eater and all, but Lucius adored Draco. I guess my point it, I’m not sure always how I feel about Draco. I sometimes think people love Draco because they love Tom Felton. Though I love the Harry Potter Fandom, often I think people mix their love for the actors with their love of the characters (like Bellatrix).

Don’t get me wrong, I know that when Draco is attempting to kill Dumbledore, he does it to save himself and his family, but Dumbledore wanted to help him. Dumbledore offered him safety and protection, but Draco was too stubborn to take it. After that, I really thought that Draco had changed, but then at the Battle of Hogwarts, you realize he’s always going to be the same bully. The kid that does what he’s told.

I honestly wish that Draco would have realized his mistakes and tried to reconcile with Harry. It upsets me that Draco never really changed. He has all these chances to turn it around and make himself better, but he never does.

tumblr_lpoe8cIn7F1r19909o1_500 734576_416979881703721_2128002835_nDraco was always rather pompous. Always boasting about how rich he was and all the connections his father has, but why? I never got that. His father scolded him when he was being a pompous ass and yet he still carried on acting that way. I guess, like all bullies, he puts on this façade of indifference and “I’m-better-than-you” but I never understood him. And I don’t like that I don’t understand him.

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Though there are definitely parts of Draco’s character that I hate, I do love certain parts. I also believe that Tom Felton did an excellent portrayal of him, especially in the 6th movie. Right before Harry casts “sectumsempra” on Draco, you see Draco breaking down. He feels so conflicted because he doesn’t want to do what Voldemort has asked him to do, but at the same time he doesn’t want to sign off his own death. I can’t really blame him for that.

funny-quotes-draco-malfoy-harry-potter-fanpop-170505People claim that Draco is really just “misunderstood,” but I’m not sure that he’s all that misunderstood. He doesn’t have a lot of choice in his life, his father and Voldemort have pretty much taken care of that for him, but what else is there to be misunderstood about him? He’s a bully, probably because his father bullied him. Are they claiming then that every bully is just simply misunderstood? I’m not sure I would agree with that. But at the same time, I do believe that Draco isn’t pure evil. I think it’s a lot to do with nature versus nurture. If he had been raised in a different household, he would have been a completely different person, but I don’t think that excuses him. In a way, Draco is like the victim of his father’s lifestyle and choices.

400102_455793141135153_1670344376_n tumblr_lpq2x3k7Lj1r19909o1_500 tumblr_lpz1vow1221r19909o1_500Something I just remembered. When the trio is caught by Snatchers, Draco is very reluctant to identify Harry. Another thing that I don’t understand. I’m not sure that he wanted to help them, or he just wanted to protect his family in case he was wrong. Plus he’s terrified of Voldemort, why would he purposely call Voldemort there?

I’m really sorry if this post makes no sense. Draco is just an extremely complicated character in my eyes.

I almost don’t want to put quotes because Draco is just so rude sometimes…but I’ll put a few and here’s a link for more quotes and here’s one for more information.

“You’ll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don’t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there.”

“Azkaban – the wizard’s prison, Goyle. Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backwards.” (SEE! He’s even a jerk to his “friends!”)

“Think my name’s funny, do you? No need to ask who you are. My father told me all the Weasleys have red hair, freckles, and more children than they can afford.”

My list of characters to talk about is starting to get short, so who do you want to hear about next week?

“Death Is But the Next Great Adventure”

Albus – In Latin, it means “white” (maybe for white beard). Wisdom. Albinus was Governor of Britain at the death of the Emperor Pertinax. Decimus Clodius Albinus attempted to seize the throne but ended up in alliance with another imperial contender, Septimius Severus. After Severus defeated two other rivals (Voldemort and… maybe Slytherin?), the now expendable Albinus was forced into another attempt at usurpation, an attempt that came to an end at the bloody battle of Lyon.

Dumbledore – Means “Bumblebee” in Old English. J.K. Rowling has said that she chose this name because she imagined Dumbledore walking around the castle, humming to himself.

Too make up for the feels of last week, I’m going to try and keep this post mostly uplifting, no promises though. Also, I’m sorry if this doesn’t make any sense.

tumblr_m5zf4okDaz1qb56kso1_500_largeI just love Dumbledore. I know, I say that about every character, but with Jo’s amazing-ness, can you blame me? But Dumbledore is great. There are just so many cool factors about him. He’s like the epic grandpa that takes you on adventures because he can. Which, in a sense, is true. It’s like his second chance because he feels like he let down Ariana and Aberforth. I wish we could have seen more about Dumbledore’s past. I know there’s Rita’s book, but I don’t think it’s the same. Rita was trying to make Dumbledore seem like a terrible person and it just made me so angry. Sure, Dumbledore screwed up. He was a teenager. Do you honestly expect him to be perfect? UGH. That made me hate Rita even more. (Plus, she practically destroyed Bathilda Bagshot because she just wanted the information. So rude.)

I love Dumbledore’s name. It’s just perfect. Albus, with the white beard, clearly awesome-ness. I think it’s so cool that the Albinus and Severus were buddies. I wonder who the two rivals would be…obviously one is Voldemort because he betrayed him, but the other one…hm…if you have any ideas, let me know! Pretty much how I see the parallel between these characters: Albinus and Severus were partners in crime sort of thing, then Severus defeats the bad guy, Severus “turns” on Albinus, Albinus is killed by Severus. In other words, Albus and Severus worked together to bring down Voldemort, Severus defeats Voldemort because he is the one person who got away with betraying him, and then Snape killed Dumbledore (but it was all part of the plan!) and Severus wins by becoming one of the most loved characters of all time. Also, Dumbledore humming to himself is just perfect.

62051_471808799506457_823079691_nSo, I’m going to get this sad part over with…the only way that I have come to accept Dumbledore’s death is by knowing that without it, we never would have gotten Snape’s story. I also like that it saved Draco’s soul – Dumbledore still cares about his students so much. Plus, I sort of love Draco so that’s part of it. I loved how they did the part after Dumbledore’s death in the movie, but I hate that they didn’t show the funeral and also they totally ruined the grave. It’s much too creepy for Dumbledore and his legacy. tumblr_mhfmj9ugab1r19909o1_500 tumblr_mhhzwlSZvp1r19909o1_500Dumbledore has always been amazing in my eyes. I never really wondered about him never revealing stuff about his past to Harry. I think that’s because it was always so important that we learned about Harry’s life. Also, it wouldn’t have worked. Sure, Harry trusted Dumbledore with his life, and Dumbledore felt the same, but wouldn’t it have been awkward if one time Dumbledore just started telling Harry about his childhood? I would have been like “um…what’s happening?”

601326_601479126532666_1925490658_nSo many things about Dumbledore are just plain fascinating. Honestly, who owns a pet phoenix? Dumbledore, of course. But really. I kinda love the fact that Dumbledore has such a murky past. It makes his character seem so much more real. It also makes sense that he has such a terrible past, it seems to justify why he’s so utterly good now. I love that he kinda dabbled in the dark arts. I think it gave his character perspective and it’s just part of his awesomeness.

tumblr_mf1j9jmDEE1r19909o1_500I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Dumbledore is gay. Though, I’m not going to lie, I totally shipped him with McGonagall for a while. But when I found out, it just made sense. I’m not sure why. I love that Jo added that. It also makes sense for his relationship with Gellert. Clearly, Dumbledore put off facing Grindlewald as long as he possibly could because who would want to face their (possible) old flame and have to put him in prison?? Can you say awkward? Hahaha.

485662_476795402341130_801650765_nI’m not going to lie, sometimes I wanted to smack Dumbledore. Like when he finally reveals stuff that Harry needed to know ages ago, but at the same time I kinda appreciate why he didn’t. But at one point, Harry was throwing a tantrum and destroying his stuff, Dumbledore was way too calm in my opinion. But, looking back, with the knowledge of his past, I get it.

So the actors. I loved them both, but Richard Harris was just the perfect Dumbledore. I had a moment of silence when I heard about his death. I was so sad. I think Michael Gambon did a beautiful job with what he was given, but he was too angry and loud at times, but I’m not entirely sure that was all him.

tumblr_mepkkjbM4s1r19909o1_500 tumblr_mflnymCVqD1r19909o1_500I’m not sure why Dumbledore is such a fascinating character to me, but he just is. Plus he has some of the most epic quotes ever. (Plus, Dumbledore loves music – see below)

3688_481952001825470_2141234339_nI want Jo to publish a biography of Dumbledore’s life, without the jaded/skewed-ness of Rita’s book. PLEASE.

Read more about this wonderfully fabulous character here!

Now here are some wonderful Dumbledore quotes:
“I believe your friends Misters Fred and George Weasley were responsible for trying to send you a toilet seat. No doubt they thought it would amuse you.”

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

“After all to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

“Do not pity the dead Harry.  Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

“It is a curious thing, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.  Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

“It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love.”

“By all means continue destroying my possessions. I daresay I have too many.” (anger at this moment)

“Don’t be silly, Dawlish. I’m sure you are an excellent Auror, I seem to remember you achieved ‘Outstanding’ in all your N.E.W.T.s, but if you attempt to — er — ‘bring me in’ by force, I will have to hurt you.”

“Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself.”

“Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.”

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic far beyond all we do here! And now, bedtime. Off you trot!”

And so many more! Find some here!