This post answers the question for Day 19. I haven’t yet answered the question for Day 17 (and Day 18 is here) because it requires me to embed videos in the blog post, which requires me to switch on my laptop and I might not be able to do that for a while. It didn’t occur to me (until now) that I could just skip a post and come back to it later, which is why I spent all these days not writing a post and trying to find a solution to the no-laptop problem.
Day 19: Do you prefer the books or the films?
Usually? The answer is always books.
In case of Harry Potter though, I see the entire Harry Potter fandom and all of its source material as a gigantic mish-mash of happiness and feels and all good things you can think of.
Which is why it is really difficult for me to choose.
Also, if this question was asked to me a couple of years ago, I’d say books.
Because I was this super-crazy girl who thought movies are just, like, okay and that they don’t tend to impact your lives in the same way that books do. (I mean movies in general, not Harry Potter).
While the latter half of that sentence still holds true to a certain extent, I have realised that movies can be just as awesome as books and can teach you just as much and evoke just as many feelings.
Yes, at moments like these, I realise I’ve grown up quite a lot. But I digress.
If you absolutely held a gun to my head, I’d end up answering this question with “books” but really, that’s just unfair.
Because yes, books were written first and they had the original J K Rowling magic and they contain a part of my soul and nothing could ever come close to this perfect set of book series that started it all for me.
But now, after it’s been years since I first read the books, I happen to be watching the movies more often than reading the books.
The movies help me satisfy my Harry Potter cravings because I’m not much of a re-reader (Harry Potter is still an exception), and a single scene can make me miss the entire series with a new vigour.
I have fallen in love with the actors who play my favourite characters, I’ve grown up with them (although they’ve grown up faster, I think?) and now I feel so proud to see Emma Watson being the ambassador of HeForShe and Rupert Grint owning an ice cream truck and distributing ice cream to children.
I love it when I spot Harry Potter actors in other movies and I will forever associate them with their Harry Potter characters.
I hope this answers the question.
Until the next post! 🙂