What Would Your Animagus Be? [Harry Potter Movie Challenge]
When we read the HARRY POTTER series, we found ourselves wishing time and time again that we could be transported into that world. And when these things appeared in front of us on screen, we wanted it even more. We wanted to travel with Harry into Hogsmeade, we wanted to ride the Hogwarts Express, and we wanted to play Quidditch against our peers.
[Please note that the rest of the article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie]
In HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, the third movie in J.K. Rowling’s saga, we are introduced to what is known as an Animagus – a witch or wizard who can turn themselves into a specific animal at will. Our first encounter with an Animagus is Sirius Black (even though we’re not aware until some time later) as a large dog. Later on, we are introduced to Peter Pettigrew, who has unknowingly posed for years as Ron’s pet rat. We come to find out that James Potter, Harry’s father, took the form of a stag and while Remus Lupin is not a true Animagus due to his werewolf curse, this still cements three out of the four Marauders as Animangi.
It’s no secret among my friends and family that Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book of the series, and I’ve often caught myself thinking about what Animagus I would be. To decide on one distinct animal is harder than it seems, because of the importance of the spell. A Patronus is an animal that is merely a reflection of your thoughts and emotions, and one that can change if you go through a major upheaval or emotional period. But an Animagus is a transformation of your minds and abilities into a different creature that shares those same traits, and will never change its form. Watching these transformations take place on screen, especially in the case of Sirius and Peter Pettigrew, I had to really think hard to figure out what I would want to end up as.
So what’s my ultimate answer? If I was lucky enough to be an Animagus, I would be a cat. A calico cat, to be exact. I consider myself to be a very independent person, and cats are rather independent creatures. Calico cats in particular are stubborn beings, and while I certainly don’t have the stubborn streak some of my friends do, I definitely have that personality trait within me. I’m also able to sleep anywhere at any time (a small aspect of personality, but important to note none-the-less) and while I may take awhile to get adjusted in one place, once I’m settled I become happy and comfortable to be around. Like most cats, I’m extremely close to my friends and family and would prefer having them around me as much as possible.
While I thought everything that Rowling created in her world was brilliant, this was always one of my favorites and seeing it come to life on screen only magnified my desire to have this ability. Have you ever thought about what Animagus you would be? Do you think your personality aligns with one particular animal? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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