Quidditch Pitch Interview with Oh Honestleigh

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Title: Quidditch Pitch Interview with Oh Honestleigh
Interviewee: Oh Honestleigh
Date(s): April 2006
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Harry Potter
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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In 2006, Oh Honestleigh was interviewed for The Quidditch Pitch.

See Quidditch Pitch Interview Series.

Some Excerpts

Harry Potter is my only fandom, and I didn't get involved until about Thanksgiving 2002, after I'd seen Chamber of Secrets. I discovered this extraordinarily huge online HP community, including FictionAlley.com, where I started reading a lot of fan fiction. Some of it was very well-written, but other stories made me think, "Hmmm, I could probably write something at least as good as this if I tried." I hadn't written anything since high school (long, long ago) but I thought I'd give it a try because I find the Potterverse to be endlessly fascinating. I guess I started writing for real in April 2003, when I landed on LiveJournal. A lot of my earliest writings were just comment drabbles and really quite awful.
This is a tough call, but I'd have to say that Hermione Granger is my favorite character, and she edges out Harry Potter by just a hair. Hermione is like a junior version of myself in some ways. Like her, I was always the first one to raise my hand in class, the kid who thought she could find all the answers in books, the one who didn't want to break any rules and who hated demerits almost as much as getting a B. Plus we've both got bushy brown hair. I also am very drawn to her sense of social justice (at least in books 4 and 5) and her questioning of the status quo. Finally, I adore her devotion to Harry. I believe she loves him in ways that neither she nor Harry understands yet. (insert evil grin)
[my favorite book]: OotP. I was one of those folks who actually liked CAPSLOCK HARRY. He'd been through a lot of crap and was finally starting to ask questions and rock the boat. He'd been entirely too passive up till then. Also, I loved the emotional closeness we saw developing between him and Hermione during the book, the way he instinctively leaped to her defense both physically and verbally so many times. His reaction in the Department of Mysteries when he thought she'd died made me cry - he was terrified that he'd lost her.
Why haven't Harry and Ron ever discussed girls, specifically Hermione? That's one thing that seems completely off about the books, the idea that male best friends have never discussed their mutual female best friend's femininity and how that relates to them. Unless, of course, JKR is saving that for later…(there IS still one book left).