Harry Potter! So much to discuss, and so many books to discuss, so I will separate this into more organized sections. If you haven't read Harry Potter, watch out! There may be spoilers.
The Main Trio:
Now: Wish that none of the original trio got together. Harry, Ron, and Hermione should all have separate partners. It seems sad that being great friends ended in some romance among them (though I am also glad that Harry and Hermione did not end together, because then that might imply guys/girls can't be best/good friends. Also because best friends becoming more than friends is sometimes awkward.). Plus, I was never a huge fan of Ron/Hermione and Ron in general. He was good comedic relief, and I understood a lot of his middle child syndrome-ness, but I still don't think he's as well developed. Yeah, he's a sidekick, but his motivations always seemed less clear to me than those of Hermione and the others.
I don't think my feelings have changed about the other couples. Harry/Ginny? Meh. Tonks/Remus? Adorable. Lily/James? James, I'm glad you grew up because of Lily. Lily/Snape? Aw, you poor boy, etc.
Favorite Book of the Series:
Now: Not sure. In my children's literature class, we discussed how the deathly hallows could represent the holy trinity, and that's not something I'd thought of before when reading the series. I actually think that the book has become more layered, with that reading and with me conscious of the Christian themes in the series. I may be more prejudiced toward the seventh book! So much to dissect about death and friendship and love and life. But!!! The sixth book. Dumbledore. *sigh*
Favorite Secondary Character:
Then: Hermione or Sirius. Hermione, because I'm somewhat like her. I wish I was as dedicated as her, but I'm not. I'm not really doing her justice, so you could visit the YA Sisterhood Heroine Tournament in which Hermione was championed. I agree with most of what was said. And Sirius! He was always such a fascinating character to me, probably all the more because he's so flawed. Oh! Wait, I should also include Dumbledore. Does that need any explanation ;)?
Favorite Moment of the Series:
Still the scene where Harry faces Voldemort in the seventh book. I have that scene almost entirely memorized. AND ARGH, THE MOVIE KILLED THE SCENE. I cannot watch Part 2 without getting upset that my favorite, favorite scene was RUINED. So, so RUINED.
Anyway, there's just something about that moment. In terms of writing, yeah, it's almost all exposition, and we learn what Harry learned from his chat with Dumbledore, and yeah, we know how the battle will end... but even so, I love it. And I really can't tell you why. The defiance, the courage, the bated breaths of the audience? The intelligence? The symbolism? The joy? *Sigh.*
What about you? Have your feelings toward Harry Potter changed? In what way? Who is your favorite secondary character? What's your favorite moment, your favorite book? How about your favorite couple?