[yeah, I'm guessing on the declension there -- I'm assuming it's accusative and the nominative form would be either Armitage or Armitagius. My Latin has always been a little weak, mostly for lack of self-discipline. Then again, it's Harry Potter-speak. Feel free to correct me, classicists.]
OK, so I’m at work on chasing off the Dementor. I put him on notice by writing down my anger about him, but I don’t expect he’s gone for good. The best way to fend him off should he reappear would be to master the patronus charm. Sorry if you’re not a Harry Potter fan. But this is a metaphor I like, after thinking about it for awhile since it was suggested by LostInAGoodBook this spring. (Do you see how I carry you with me through your comments, faithful readers?)
In the Harry Potter books, Harry and eventually his friends learn to cast a charm in which they think of their most positive memory ever, and say “expecto patronum!” When the charm is cast successfully, a spirit shield appears that holds off Dementors, which are dangerous because they suck every positive feeling out of you and thus kill you by deadening your soul.
There are two pieces to this. I need first “the happiest moment,” and that’s going to take some thought / work, but I also need the guise in which the patronus appears, and I think that guise is Richard Armitage. But then Armitage appears in so many guises.
Is the sword-carrying Thorin my patronus?
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, cap taken from the The Hobbit app. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Or the concentrating Armitage on the set of The Hobbit?
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, from preproduction vlog #6 for The Hobbit. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Is it Ricky Deeming, a rebel with a vision of a different world?
Ricky Deeming (Richard Armitage) tells George Gently that he won’t recognize England in a few years in George Gently: Gently Go Man. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Is it Porter, who despite setbacks that undermine his self-confidence, learns to believe in himself again enough to take big risks!
John Porter (Richard Armitage) pauses briefly before pursuing a lead to the safehouse in Basra, in Strike Back 1.1. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
What about Lucas, whom Armitage called a super-hero, and who wrote on his body in indelible ink the reminder me to know himself?
Lucas North (Richard Armitage) explains his tattoos to Harry in Spooks 7.1. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Though I have problems with this, could it be Mr. Thornton, who knows, insists, he’s right?
Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) tells Mr. Latimer (Will Tacey) that he won’t speculate in episode 4 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Or Mulligan, who’s okay with what he’s done despite its criminal nature?
John Mulligan (Richard Armitage) ponders a second before stating to Ellie (Christine Tremarco) that he knows what he’s done and he’s okay with it, in Moving On: Drowning Not Waving. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
How about John Standring, who’ll always be there once he’s committed?
John Standring (Richard Armitage) helps Carol (Sarah Smart) out of the ruin on the moors, with Lisa’s help (Holliday Grainger), in episode 3 of Sparkhouse. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Might it be Guy of Gisborne, who after running away from the revelation that Marian is the Night Watchman, comes back to face the knowledge he’d been avoiding for so long?
Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage) produces the evidence that will confirm that Marian is the Nightwatchman, in Robin Hood 2.11. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Or Monet, who keeps on painting in the face of terrible events, seeing the beauty in them, and thus revealing terrible knowledge about himself?
Monet paints his wife on her deathbed in episode 2 of The Impressionists. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com