#AtoZChallenge @AprilAtoZ #HarryPotter – C is for Cedric and Cho

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There are some characters that stay in our minds long after the read is done. That’s true for every book almost, not just the fantasy, magical world of Harry Potter. I have read and re-read each book maybe twenty times, so some of them are quite firmly set in my mind. And coincidentally, just like the words I wrote on for B, the first time these two characters I write on today for C were also first seen in the third book, The Prisoner of Azkaban. There’s also an additional third character I like, which begins with a C and also first found in this third book. Crazy, I know. Quidditch, the magical sport similar to basketball, but played on broomsticks and such, is the common ground that links the two characters.

Cedric Diggory. Image Source: Harry Potter Wikia

Cedric Diggory was a Hogwarts senior from the Hufflepuff House. We first meet him in the world of Harry Potter when he captains the Hufflepuff Quidditch team against Harry Potter and the Gryffindor Quidditch team in the opening match. Neither the match nor the book Prisoner of Azkaban has Cedric featured prominently, but I get an inkling of his character when it’s told that after the match, which Hufflepuff won after Harry collapsed from his broom, he tried to call the match off. It showed that he was a fair player. In Goblet of Fire, that is shown further when he helps Harry by giving him a clue how to work out his Golden Egg clue (Harry had earlier helped Cedric out). He also argues with Harry in the finals maze, before agreeing to call it a draw and take the Triwizard Trophy together. Unfortunately, that is the last we see of him, when he is killed at the Little Hangleton graveyard once Voldemort rises back. It is one of the things I hated about the book, that Cedric was killed too early into the series. As a character, I wanted to read more about him. It broke me to see Amos Diggory’s emotions in the movie too. Nothing is more perfect to describe the character than the quote, “We’ll celebrate a boy who was, kind and honest, and brave, and true right to the very end.”

Cho Chang. Image Source: Harry Potter Wikia

Cho Chang is also a senior at Hogwarts, junior to Cedric and in the Ravenclaw House. When Ravenclaw meet Gryffindor in the match that we first see the Firebolt broom, she’s the seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. She’s portrayed as a pretty girl who Harry has a crush on when he sees her. He goes to the extent of playing like a gentleman in that match, which leads to the Gryffindor captain Oliver Wood chastising him. Her character is another I like, but dislike how it has been changed in the movie. The book doesn’t portray Cho as a villain, though she supports her friend Marietta Edgecombe, but the movie version portrayed her in the role Marietta had had. Cho also dates both Cedric and Harry. The relationship with Cedric is more of a background story, known because of Cho being Cedric’s date to the Yule Ball. But the one with Harry is more prominent in the 5th book, especially after the DA is formed. It makes me wonder if the only reason Cho dated Harry was to know more about Cedric. There is also a glitch to the character in the movies, I feel, though it may be brushed off.

In a world where there are lots of magical creatures, characters, spells and such, these two characters stood out for me under C. Other than the most obvious C, the Chamber of Secrets, what C first comes to mind when you think of the world of Harry Potter?


How fast time seems to fly by. I remember taking part in the first ever April A to Z Challenge, where for the month of April (except for Sundays) we write on themes around the 26 alphabets. This year marks the 7th Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my 7th as well. I’ve successfully completed 4 of the 6 years before, so hoping for a fabulous 5th year of blogging success. You can go here if you want to know more about what the challenge is. My theme this year is ‘The World of Harry Potter’.


(© 4th April 2016)

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Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

40 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge @AprilAtoZ #HarryPotter – C is for Cedric and Cho

  1. Cedric was an interesting character for me and his death was something of a shock as well. He was loyal right till the very end. But Cho, was someone I never took a liking to, neither the book and definitely not the movie version. I don’t know why, maybe it was just my crush on Harry preventing me from liking her 😛
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    • Maybe. But you’re not wrong either, Aathira. Even in general, the character may have been a bit subdued. Cho made an impact only when Marietta’s character spilled into her, and that felt wrong. 🙂

  2. It’s so long ago that I’ve read the books, so I can’t recall all the “little” events. So I am glad I can refresh some memories and persons during this A to Z Challenge.

    • Roshan, I agree that his fate was necessary, but I do wish that impact was brought out a book later. 🙂 It was done to show Voldemort didn’t care who he killed, I guess.

  3. I still think Cedric’s death was uncalled for… Well – that’s just me and Cho never made a lasting impression! shrugs
    C – Chocolate frogs? 😛
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    • Yes. I agree, Pixie. But like Roshan said, it was essential for the impact it made. I still wish it was a book later. 🙂

      Cho made an impact after the movie changed her character that much. Else she wasn’t a big character. Yeah, couldn’t write a lot on Chocolate Frogs. 😛

  4. I liked how you are trying to introduce specific Harry Potter nuggets through your posts. Let me confess, I haven’t read the series. Yes, don’t swear now, because the series is definitely on my TBR. Someday I too shall conquer the world:)

    • That’s what I feel. 🙂 Or she was still hung over on Cedric, she dated Harry just to find out more about Cedric’s last moments.

      I considered Colin Creevey for my C, actually. And Crookshanks too. 😀 But settled on this duo instead. Thank you, Mithila.

  5. One C that comes to mind..Crookshanks!
    I guess because I began reading from the first book..at that time 3 books had already come out..and I remember the eagerness of waiting for the next one… So, I feel I grew up with the books so to speak. Thats why they are my favorite books and will remain till the end 🙂 (Enid Blytons now come a very very very close second now after HP)
    And you know..I feel we both read the books in a similar manner..I felt bad too when Cedric was killed in the book. The only other time I felt this bad was when Sirius and then Hedwig gets killed.
    Btw, can I ask u a favor: I want to start re-blogging and I like your idea of getting a book’s essence out..maybe this will get me to start reading again and also writing! Can I borrow this idea when I begin blogging again?
    Mithe

    • Sure. 🙂 That would be lovely, Mithe. Just don’t take the essence of Harry Potter first. 😉 😛

      Crookshanks is a prominent C, of course, in the series. Famous Five are still a notch ahead of HP for me though. 😀

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