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Harry Potter and the Master of Quarantine

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When I found out my boyfriend had not watched the Harry Potter movies, I was honestly appalled and disgusted. It became obvious that the only way to save our now dying relationship was to sit down and watch all of them. This is what our date nights and weekends have become, and I’m not that upset by it. Anyways, here is the story of a fan watching the Harry Potter series from start to finish for the first time in a long time. Caution: spoilers ahead. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Okay, I have to admit that the first film, in comparison to the rest, is not that good. The squad definitely didn’t have the acting chops that they do in the later movies, but I will always be happy to see young Harry, Ron and Hermione just running around finding three-headed dogs and absolutely hating Alan Rickman.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I love students falling left and right, and there is a debate on whether school should be canceled that would never fly in the real world…oh wait. Also, Harry talking to snakes is so cool, and I wish he did it more often. Like when he’s lonely he could just find snakes to chit chat with or have them bite Malfoy. I don’t know.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This is everyone’s favorite book for some reason, and I will never understand. The Time-Turner is quite possibly the biggest plot hole to exist in the Harry Potter franchise, and I can never logically explain why a 13-year-old child is allowed to use it, even if it is Hermione Granger. Snape getting blasted was also hilarious to me, and I understand a little bit why it was easy for Snape to act like he hated Harry.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Ron and Harry’s fight is the stupidest thing in the books and the movies. I appreciate that in Prisoner of Azkaban the fight between Hermione and Ron about Scabbers was cut out. I just can’t understand why is Ron mad, and the resolution makes no sense. “I know you wouldn’t put your name in the Goblet Harry; no one would willingly go through all this.” Well, Harry didn’t know how bad it was going to be either Ron, so your argument makes no sense.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

So much blue in this movie, my memories of it are all in blue and it makes me worried. Luna Lovegood gets a lot of flak as the "Tumblr Pinterest quirky girl," but you can’t deny she is useful and compassionate. She tells Harry about the Thestrals and relates to him about seeing someone die in front of you, in particular a mother. The most iconic parts for me though are when Harry yells at Dumbledore “Look at me!” and when Snape had to teach him Occlumency. I think he gets out a lot of that anger for the Prisoner of Azkaban incident.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Now, this is the best book AND movie. Radcliffe's acting is amazing in this movie, and the Slughorn side story is so interesting. We are finally getting to the Horcruxes and delving deep into the characters. The supposed betrayal of Snape and the reveal that he is the half-blood prince evokes chills. Malfoy’s privileged self now being thrust into a world of evil and him not sure if it’s right for him - stunning.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

So much camping, although it kinda got me in my feels that everywhere Hermione sends them is somewhere she went with her parents. Most of the action comes near the end at the Malfoy Manor, or Malfoy Mansion — both alliterations are fun and I enjoy them. Dobby’s death is the most heartbreaking; I have cried so much for this character, and I’m not apologizing for it. I love him. I’m still not over it.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

Most awesome start to a Harry Potter movie: the Gringotts break-in with Goblin betrayal and dragon-riding. Snape giving Harry his memories is beautiful and touching, but why can’t I shake him also being like 'I told you so.' “I told you Potter your father was a swine, and I always thought of your mother while I looked at you.” Also, Voldemort’s death was way too dramatic with him turning into paint chips. He should’ve just died. I know that's anti-climactic, but he was a person; he should’ve died that way.

After many hours and a lot of popcorn, I still love the wizarding world, and I always will. My boyfriend is also out of the dog house and back in my good graces.

Eleanor Davis

Chapel Hill '21

I am a UNC-CH senior and a writer for HerCampus
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