Hello, my dear blogger chums!
Once upon a time I did this truly inspired post (if I do say so myself) demonstrating how much my favorite books influence the way I listen to music.
This post was great fun to write- not to mention a splendid way to put my overly obsessive mind to good use and to craftily throw book and song recommendations at your faces (I mean, that’s basically what this whole blog is about, but anyway).
I just finished rereading the Harry Potter series, so naturally those characters are at the forefront of my mind. And naturally, all the music I am listening to right now make me think of these characters. So.
In my previous Literary Music Buddies post, I talked about songs that I associated with some of my favorite books. In this post, I will be associating songs with some of the Harry Potter characters.
Let’s get right to the tunes, shall we?
(Note: This post contains minor spoilers for the Harry Potter series.)
“Break My Face” by AJR for The Marauders/the Weasley twins
As the resident troublemakers of Hogwarts, the Marauders and (later on) the Weasley twins cause much mischief and mayhem for their school. Somehow the whole AJR vibe just makes me think of these guys. They are super fun but with a cynical edge/morbidity that seems fitting.
“Break My Face” is kind of about rolling with life even when things don’t go according to plan. Or something. Mostly it’s just a jammin’ tune for some jammin’ dudes…um, yeah.
What doesn’t kill you makes you ugly.
Life gives you lemons, at least it gave you something.
“Can’t Take Me” by Bryan Adams for Sirius Black
Sirius is fun-loving and cavalier, but he is also a bit of a hothead. Under strained circumstances, he can be pretty moody and aggressive.
“Can’t Take Me” makes me think of Sirius right after being convicted of mass murder and sent to Azkaban, as well as later on when he has to stay cooped up in Grimmauld Place, feeling useless to the Order and surrounded by all his worst childhood memories.
Why did it all go wrong? I wanna know what’s goin’ on.
What’s this holding me? I’m not where I’m s’posed to be.
“Who I am Hates Who I’ve Been” by Relient K for Severus Snape
Snape makes countless bad decisions in his life. “Who I am Hates Who I’ve Been” is for the moment after he’s decided to join Dumbledore, one of the only good decisions he ever makes. He is starting to seriously question some of the things he’s done, particularly his treatment of Lily and where it has led.
Stop right there, that’s exactly where I lost it,
See that line, where I never should have crossed it,
Stop right there, where I never should have said that,
It’s the very moment that I wish that I could take back.
“Two” by Sleeping at Last for Molly Weasley
Molly puts her whole self into taking care of her family, and anyone else who needs it. She can be fierce and formidable, a force to be reckoned with, and no one will go hungry when she’s there to feed them.
“Two” reminds me a lot of Molly’s drive to care for others, even sometimes to the point of unhealth.
Sweetheart, you look a little tired,
When did you last eat?
“Daydreamer” by Aurora for Luna Lovegood
I don’t actually think that any song can capture the essence of Luna, but “Daydreamer” resembles her somewhat. Luna is thoughtful, keenly observant, and willing to embrace the unexplained and the bizarre. This song reminds me of her free-spirited way of viewing the world.
I hear the quiet, sweet music that no one sings.
“Top of the World” by Greek Fire for Percy Weasley
Percy lets his ambitions for greatness create a rift between him and his family. He throws himself into pursuing his career, heedless of the damage he is causing, and by the time he realizes that he might be wrong, he’s not sure how to get out.
“Top of the World” is very fitting for Percy thematically, though the style is probably a bit raucous for him.
I remember the nights,
caught up in dreaming my goodbyes,
Watching the door for anything more than an ordinary life.
“More than Useless” by Relient K for Ronald Weasley
Ron has SO MANY confidence issues. He is painfully insecure through his teenage years, which causes him to be a bit nasty at times. He is constantly grappling with being overshadowed by his brothers, his sister, and his best friends, but ultimately he overcomes his insecurities enough to allow his positive qualities to show themselves.
“More Than Useless” is about the constant struggle to maintain some semblance of health in the self-worth department, and the importance of having people around you to encourage you.
What’s the purpose? it feels worthless,
So unwanted like I’ve lost all my value,
I can’t find it, not in the least bit,
And I’m just scared, so scared that I’ll fail you.
“Monster” by Imagine Dragons for Harry Potter
Harry has been dealing with unwanted attention since his return to the wizarding world when he was eleven years old. Not only is he the survivor of an extremely powerful curse, but as time goes on, the more similarities he notices between himself and the dark wizard that cast it. The twin wand cores, the questionable nature of Harry’s sorting, his ability to speak parseltongue and the strange dreams cause doubts in Harry’s own mind about himself. Many of these things also taint the way his classmates view him.
“Monster” particularly makes he think of Harry in The Order of the Phoenix, when his connection to Voldemort is the strongest and his popularity in the wizarding world is at an all-time low.
I never said that I want this,
This burden came to me
And it’s made its home inside.
“One” by Sleeping at Last for Hermione Granger
Hermione is extremely passionate about doing the right thing…and she’s a bit of a perfectionist. She studies hard in all of her subjects, eagerly pursues knowledge, helps others to the best of her ability- whether its aiding Neville with potions or researching Hippogriff trials for Hagrid- and she is a fierce champion for the oppressed, if S.P.E.W. is any indication of this.
But she has a tendency to overwork herself. She tries too hard and forgets to rest. “One” is about tempering the need for perfection with grace.
I want to sing a song worth singing,
I’ll write an anthem worth repeating,
I want to feel the transformation,
A melody of reformation.
“Choker” by Twenty-One Pilots for Neville Longbottom
Like Ron, Neville has abysmal self-esteem. Instead of getting mean however, Neville does his best to just not exist, which has its own unhealth attached to it. He is easily intimidated and feels crushed under the expectations of his grandmother and the rest of his family. It takes Neville some time to really learn how to stand up for himself.
“Choker” is such a perfect Neville song. It just is.
I don’t bother anyone,
nervous when I stand,
Choking on the circumstance,
Only smoking second-hand.
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons for Remus Lupin
Remus is a very sweet, thoughtful man. He also suffers from an unfortunate and rather violent Condition. Because of his sweetness and thoughtfulness he doesn’t want to hurt the people around him, and this causes him to be somewhat hesitant and withdrawn when it comes to relationships, particularly when romance is involved. Hence, “Demons”.
I want to hide the truth, I want to shelter you,
But with the beast inside, there’s nowhere we can hide.
So, yes, this is what my brain does when I listen to music.
I think about characters excessively. And Harry Potter has an excessive amount of characters to think about excessively. Anyway…
Here’s a special bonus song for little Harry when he’s stuck at the Dursleys. Just replace “outside” with “in a cupboard under the stairs” and you’ll be good as gold. You’re welcome.
Do you like to connect characters to the music you listen to? Do you think my choices fit for these characters? Do you have any Tonks songs, because if so tell me please??? I would love to hear about any character-related music you’re listening to!