Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Harry Potter Blogfest!

My fellow Italian Taurus, Michael Di Gesu, is hosting a blogfest I couldn't resist, even though I must seem like a blogfest-aholic by now.  Maybe I am.  Whatev.

Anyhow, if you haven't already, run over to Michael's blog and sign up for the Harry Potter Blogfest!

The object is simple- name the two people from Hogwarts you would most like to be your friends, and explain why.

View ImageBefore I do that, let me explain which Hogwartsian I would like to be, and why. 

 The "who" is Cho Chang. 

The why is purely hormonal.  See, our girl Cho had the good fortune to lip-lock with Harry, who, though a bit scrawny for my taste, apparently ain't so shabby beneath those wizard robes:
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But before Harry, Cho's main squeeze was Cedric Diggory.  And we all know who played Cedric Diggory in the movie, don't we....
So he wasn't nearly as pastey or brooding in Harry Potter world, but Rob pulls off hot whether he's rocking a wand or some deathly pale makeup.

And no, the life-sized Edward does not belong to me, it belongs to my cousin.  My much younger cousin.  So please retain any respect you might have for me.

Anyhow, once I'd inhabited Cho Chang's body, I would waste no time befriending these two young ladies:  Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
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Why?  Let's start with Hermione.  Sure, she's a bit of a know-it-all, but it's not without merit.  The girl is SMART.  If you're going to travel in the same circle as Harry Potter, you're going to be in constant danger.  So who better to have on your side than a girl so focused on honing her spells, she turned back time just to fit more classes into her schedule?  Now that's dedication.

And speaking of dedication, Hermione is no slouch in the friend department, either.  She's been turned into a cat via polyjuice-potion-gone-wrong, petrified by a basilisk, and thrown in harm's way more than once, but she never waivers in her determination to help Harry defeat Voldemort and his Death Eaters.  That's the kind of girl I want on my team.  Without her, Harry would have been toast on more than one occasion.

I also love the fact that she's Muggle-born, and can still show up the best of the wizarding "purebloods."  I have a special place in my heart for girls (people in general, but especially girls) who start off at a disadvantage, but don't let it stop them from kicking some ass.  Hermione does it with pinache, right down to the constant trading of barbs with Ron. 

As for Luna, I just find her highly entertaining.  Yes, she's a space cadet, but there's more going on beneath that roaring lion hat than anyone gives her credit for.  She may seem to be off in another world, but it's all part of Luna's charm.

And who else would think to answer the question, "What came first, the phoenix or the flame" with, "I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning."  The best part is, the gargoyle to whom she gave the answer responded with, "Well reasoned," and let her pass.

My theory?  The gargoyle gave her points for the simple WTF factor of her answer.

Luna may be different, even by wizarding standards, but she and Hermione share the trait of being a loyal friend.  Even after being kidnapped for her father's controversial Quibbler articles, Luna remained a steadfast member of Team Harry.  'Atta girl.

Besides, it couldn't hurt to have protection from all those Nargles and Crumple-Horned Snorkack's - especially since no one else can see them.

We'd make one awesome trio, Luna, Hermione, and me :)


  1. I think Luna is probably my favorite HP character ever. She is so entertaining, but also has a very brave and smart side too. GP!

  2. I can't say I like Cho much...but Hemoine and Luna would make awesome friends!

    Anyway, you've gotten an award on my blog! :)

  3. *nods knowingly* Sure... cousin's poster... teehee I have seen a fair few Hermione/Luna pairs today, but I ADORE your rationale for Hermione--those really are great reasons. And well reasoned for being Cho, too... I hear Roget Davies is no slouch either--that girl got some action!

  4. Wow. Well reasoned is right!
    Well done.

  5. I love Luna and Hermione too. Good reasons for wanting their friendships. You never know what dark wizard will come around the corner.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

  6. I love the life size Edward :-) Everyone should have one. I loved your entry, and your two friends are well chosen.

  7. Fun idea to inhabit Cho Chang's body! You can't go wrong with Hermione and Luna. Great trio!

  8. Hey, Gina,

    I can feel that Italian passion in every word you wrote. I cracked when I read you wanted to inhabit Cho's body for selfish, pleasurable reasons.

    Luna and Hermione definitely seem to be the popular choice today. But you did put a refreshing spin on you reasons and I enjoyed reading your entry very much.

    Glad you had fun ... I can tell. Thanks for joining in the blogfest.


  9. Sounds like great fun! Reading all these is *really* making me wish HP were real :)

  10. Gina-Marie! Hi!!! Hahaha! Love knowing another writer with the same name as me. (Whatever, it's close enough, right? ;)

    "The gargoyle gave her points for the simple WTF factor of her answer." ROFLMAO. Too true! That's why I love Luna!

  11. I LOVE Hermione. Total girl crush. And Luna is such a cutie!

  12. Well said! Now I'm still a little skeptical about Luna, but I wholeheartedly agree with your choice of Hermione.

  13. Yay, another Luna fan! Lovely reasoning, although you can keep Cedric, he's not my type!

  14. I would probably hang with Hermione. Her nerdy qualities speak to me. lol

  15. hahahaha! He is way less pasty!! Good choices!

  16. It's so nice to see someone else praising Hermione. Yeah, I know, everyone does, but you hit the nail on the head. Harry would be toast without her, and don't get me started on Ron. :)

    Luna may win the popularity contest in Michael's blogfest.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Marie at the Cheetah

  17. Love the way you wrote this. You guys sound like a great trio!

  18. How fun! Love this post! (And who knew what was under Harry's robes???!)