Rereading Harry Potter – Week 11
Hi my fellow bookworms! Thank you so much for clicking and reading again for week 11 of Rereading Harry Potter as an adult. I had so much fun this week with all of Harry’s new classes, Hermione’s crazy full timetable and meeting professor Trelawney. Perhaps not the most eventful time for Harry, Ron and Hermione, but definitely a lot of fun for me.
The last thing we talked about last week was the Gryffindors walking back from the feast to their common room and being told their new password. The next morning, it’s time for everyone’s first classes of the year. Draco Malfoy has made it his new hobby to pretend to faint in front of Harry and pretend there’s a dementor behind them. Also some Slytherin girl named Pansy Parkinson whom I’d never heard off before, is suddenly EVERYWHERE Malfoy is. Fred tells Harry that Draco won’t be smiling anymore after the first Quidditch match of the season, which just so happens to be Gryffindor versus Slytherin. It just occurred to me that every team literally only plays 3 games per year. They practice all year for literally three games. The average football team plays 30 to 40 matches a year. Either Rowling does not really know her sports or she doesn’t care, but it doesn’t really make sense to practice all year to play 3 games.
After breakfast, it’s time for the first class of the year, Divination with Sybill Trelawney. The trio has a bit of trouble finding the classroom, which is located in one of the highest towers, so they ask one of the portraits. I’ve always loved the Hogwarts portraits. The way that the inhabitants can move through each others portraits and talk to each other and the way that the they each have their own personalities. Some are probably made-up (technically they’re all made-up of course, but you know what I mean) and some are old Hogwarts headmasters and other important people.
It’s no secret that professor Trelawney and Hermione will never become best friends. Trelawney is such an interesting character, though. Even more so in the book than in the movie (but I guess that goes without saying). I love the predictions she makes during their first class about how there will be a nasty flu going around in February that will interrupt classes and around Easter someone will leave them forever (my guess right now is that she means Hermione, who is going to quit Divination after working with the crystal ball and being told that she has no gift whatsoever). The movie really portrays professor Trelawney as some lunatic who has no idea what she’s talking about, but she obviously has some idea. Fun fact: Trelawneys first name, Sybil, comes from ancient Greek mythology. A Sybil was a priestess of Apollo who told prophecies.
As we know, Harry sees the Grim in the tea leaves from his cup and professor Trelawney predicts that Harry is going to die. Maybe Rowling wasn’t feeling it anymore and was looking for an out. Anyway, McGonagall tries to ease his mind a little bit by telling him that professor Trelawney predicts the death of a student at least once a year and nobody has died so far. Of course considering a murdering lunatic is supposedly looking for Harry, she might actually have been right this year.
After Divination and Transfiguration, it is time for the trio’s first lesson in Care of Magical Creatures, taught by Hagrid himself. I think we all remember the beautiful little Hippogriff called Buckbeak. I don’t really remember all the other Hippogriffs, though. I guess they left them out of the movie for practical reasons. After all, I’m sure that making one fictional creature move around and interact with Harry is already difficult enough.
Malfoy gets injured in Hagrid’s first class, because he disrespects Buckbeak and she decides that he needs to be put in his place. I think we can all agree on that, although of course Malfoy told his daddy and gets Hagrid and Buckbeak in trouble (spoiler alert). Malfoy drags out his “injury” as long as humanly possible, making Ron cut up all his ingredients during potions class. Every time there is an interaction with Snape and Malfoy against the golden trio, I kind of want to punch both of them in the face. What is happening in those next few books that will make me love those characters so much? What is it??
During their first DADA class of the year, the third years get to defeat a Boggart. I guess pretty much everyone knows what a Boggart is by now, but just in case: a Boggart is a shape-shifter that will turn into whatever frightens you the most. In Rons case, it turns into a giant spider, in Harry’s case, a dementor (though he doesn’t get to defeat one yet) and in Lupins case, it turns into a crystal ball, or as we later figure out: a full moon. Everyone gets to face the Boggart except for Harry and Hermione, which means that we don’t know Hermiones biggest fear (yet). I’m not sure if we will ever know what the Boggart shape-shifts into for her, but I’m pretty sure it’s a bad grade or something.
A few weeks after Harry’s first DADA class with Lupin, Harry runs into him while everyone is in Hogsmeade (Harry didn’t turn in his permission slip plus Sirius Black is still on the loose, so he’s not allowed to go). Harry asks Lupin why he wasn’t allowed to face the Boggart and Lupin lets him know that he was afraid that Voldemort would be appearing in front of them. Harry tells him that he wasn’t thinking of Voldemort, he was thinking of the Dementors. According to Lupin, “That suggests that what you fear most of all is – fear”. Apparently that is very wise. I wouldn’t exactly call it wise, though. Being afraid of fearing something? I would call that anxiety. Especially with the knowledge that Rowling created the Dementors to portray the feeling of depression. While Lupin and Harry are having their conversation, Snape walks in with a potion for Lupin. Lupins excuse for the potion is that he’s been feeling “a bit under the weather” but we all know what’s really going on, don’t we?
When Ron and Hermione return from Hogsmeade, it’s time for the Halloween feast. After the feast, the Gryffindors walk to their common room together. Except, to get into the common room, they need to tell the Fat Lady the password and the Fat Lady.. is gone.
Cliffhanger! We’ll find out next week where the Fat Lady has gone and what has happened. I’m going to be in Nottingham for the weekend, so I’ll try to make sure the next post is done before then. Have a great week and I’ll see you next week for part 12!