A Harry Potter Meme!
@ Uncorked Thoughts
I had known about the Harry Potter Moment of the Week meme for a while, but I never seemed to remember it on the days leading up to the themes I could easily write about. Well, I guess someone slipped a bit of Felix Felicis in my water today, because I'm just in time to join, at long last, with a theme based on another fun potion that our favourite young wizards get to cook up in class.
What would your Amortentia smell like?
This is the point at which I'd share an appropriate passage from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince . . . but for reasons explained in another post, my books are still all boxed up. =(
But I'm sure everyone who likes Harry Potter remembers that Amortentia is a powerful "love potion" that is really an obsession potion. You will become totally fixated upon whomever administers a dose to you.
Personally, I think that Amortentia is far more sinister than even the Imperius curse, and that J.K. Rowling under-utilises it. While I can appreciate it as a cute excuse to highlight the budding romances in the story, I remain unimpressed that this gun doesn't get to go off. And the virtual army of HP FF writers (Is there a collective noun for them?) who have made this potion the cornerstone of as many non-canonical pairings as you can count are clearly with me on this. =P
You probably wouldn't want to take this potion, but you'd enjoy smelling it: Amortentia is different to each person, because it smells like the things that you are most drawn to or fond of . . . even if you are not consciously aware that you like those things. Sniffing a phial of this potion could be quite the revelatory experience!
In the books, Harry's Amortentia smell is a blend of treacle tart, a broomstick handle, and "something flowery he thought he might have smelled at the [Weasley family's home]." (LOL!) Hermione Granger only shares the first two "notes" that she identifies--freshly mown grass and new parchment--before blushing and falling silent. But we know from one of Rowling's interviews that the third "note" is the smell of Ron Weasley's hair (ROFL!), which means that we now have a pattern. Amortentia would smell to you like three things: a) something that you find very pleasant; b) something that makes you feel alive, creative, focused, and capable; and c) someone whom you have romantic feelings for.
Having figured out the "formula," I can finally answer the question. If I had a steaming cauldron of Amortentia in front of me right now, I would pick out . . . a newly-opened balikbayan box . . . cinnamon-sugar cookies . . . and a certain book that I received as a present years ago. (Ooooooh!)
But ask me again in a few years. Maybe the third note will change! ;-)