Thursday, August 28, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #57

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

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  Scariest Place in the Books


Four places immediately came to mind when I started thinking about the scariest places we encounter throughout the Harry Potter series.  The Gaunts old house for one, because of  it's history and the people who lived there.  That place had a truly horrible feel to it when Harry and Dumbledore visit there through the Pensieve which has always stayed with me.  And let's be honest:  it was a big turning point for the creation of Tom Riddle Jr. himself and what he becomes - when he goes back as a young adult.

Then I thought about The Cave.  Riddle had his own brand of sick fun there in his youth and then considering what he actually stored there for awhile...o_O  And how he protected it with *shudders* the Inferi!  It was just as scary when Harry and Dumbledore got there...even though the Horcrux was already long gone. Sigh.

And of course there's The Chamber of Secrets. One word: Basilisk. Not convinced? Add Slytherin himself and his heir being able to summon/control said Basilisk into the equation.  Yup. Terrifying! O.O

But when all is said and done, I think the scariest place in the books has to be:

Azkaban

"They don't need walls and water to keep the prisoners in, not when they're trapped inside their own heads, incapable of a single cheerful thought. Most go mad within weeks." - Remus Lupin on Azkaban

Dementors.  All the time. All day. Every day.  Need I say more?  This place gives me chills just thinking about it!  Hagrid was terrified of the place, Sirius barely survived his stint there and if he hadn't been an animagus, he probably would not have been so 'lucky'.  Bellatrix was driven (even more) mad during her stay and while she may have deserved it, poor Hagrid and Sirius certainly did not. I don't think there's anywhere I can think off that gives me the creeps as much as Azkaban Prison!

More on Azkaban:
Azkaban, also known as Azkaban Prison, is a prison on an island in the middle of the North Sea. It serves the magical community of Great Britain. Using certain Charms, the prison is hidden from the muggle world, and is unplottable. It is thought to have undetectable extension charms placed on it (or similar types of magic) to make it bigger on the inside, as the prison seems to serve the whole of wizarding Britain. Although other wizarding prisons exist, such as Nurmengard (which was used exclusively to hold its creator Gellert Grindelwald), Azkaban is the only known fortress to be the "official" holding ground for wizarding criminals.
Azkaban gained a reputation as a horrible place, mostly due to the prison's guards: Dementors, foul creatures that suck the happiness out of the victim and cause great suffering to those near them. Because of this, most of the prisoners eventually went insane and slowly died under the Dementors' influence. Since 1717, using any of the three Unforgivable Curses on another human being has carried a punishment of a life sentence in Azkaban (unless there is sufficient evidence that the caster did so under the influence of the Imperius Curse, or legal exceptions made by the Ministry of Magic as in the case of Aurors in the First Wizarding War). Source: Harry Potter Wikia

6 comments:

  1. The chamber of secrets was indeed scary with the Basilisk, but it's a pretty cool place after his death. Azkaban would be the most terrifying place, because your emotions aren't your own anymore. Dementors *shivers*

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  2. Bloody hell, I totally forgot about Azkaban. I wish I used this one, forest is a piece of cake compared to this hellhole. :X Great pick though.
    The chamber is pretty scary as well but after the basilisk died, it seemed okay.

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  3. Wow, yeah, I totally forgot all those details about Azkaban prison. My brain just immediately went to that Cave with the Inferi... ugh. But neither would I want to be at Azkaban or in the Chamber of Secrets. Excellent reasoning. Here's my HP MOTW.

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  4. All 4 of the places you mentioned gave me a serious case of the creeps when I read about them! I can't imagine what it would be like to be imprisoned in Azkaban and to literally have all of the happiness sucked out of you. Just thinking about it gives me chills.

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  5. You are so right about Azkaban being the creepiest!

    I don't know if I'd have thought of the Gaunt's old house or the cave but they definitely are creepy. The cave especially - the Inferi and the dark lake and the history, you just know that would have the kind of atmosphere that set all your nerves on edge instantly.

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  6. Yes, agreed! Those are the four places I immediately think of as well, but I would also choose Azkaban of the lot, even though we never even saw it in the books. You just know it would be the worst!

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