Rereading Harry Potter – Week 13
Hello again my fellow bookworms! The week has flown by again and it is time for another edition of Rereading Harry Potter. There is so much going on in this week’s pages and I’m so excited to get started.
As you may remember, we left off last week with Hermione running to McGonagall to tell her that Harry had received a Firebolt for Christmas from an unknown sender that could possibly be Sirius Black. The broomstick was temporarily confiscated to be checked for jinxes and Harry and Ron were naturally very cross with Hermione. So cross, in fact, that they will hardly be speaking to each other for the rest of this week’s pages. In part 2 of Ron and Harry not speaking to Hermione and the other way around, a little further up the road, Crookshanks supposedly ate Scabbers. Call me silly, but I would probably be a little cross with you as well if your pet ate my pet.
After the rest of the school has returned from their Christmas break, classes start up again and so do Lupin’s dementor lessons. As you probably know, you have to think of a happy memory, wave your wand and yell “Expecto patronum!” and it will produce a Patronus. Sounds easy, but I’ve been trying and thinking of a happy memory that would be good enough to produce a Patronus is actually quite hard! Let alone when you’ve been orphaned as a baby and have been forced to live with your abusive aunt and uncle for 13 years. I guess that’s why it’s “very advanced magic”.
Harry finally manages to produce a weak excuse for a Patronus (everyone’s a critic these days) and they decide to call it a night. Harry asks Lupin that since he went to school with his father, he must have known Sirius Black as well, which causes Lupin to get all defensive and tell Harry to go on up to bed. Curious, very curious..
During their next Anti-Dementor class, Harry asks Lupin what a Dementor has under his hood and he answers that question a little too.. vividly, to my taste. The way he describes it makes me imagine a combination of the Kraken, a leech and the purple pentapus from the Avatar series. Enjoy that mental image. Lupin describes the Dementor’s Kiss and tells Harry that that’s the fate that awaits Black if they ever catch him.
To win the Quidditch Cup, Gryffindor would have to win from both Ravenclaw and Slytherin. They’re playing Ravenclaw first, who have Cho Chang as a Seeker. I’m guessing Rowling has a think for jocks, because apart from Hermione, pretty much everyone of importance plays Quidditch.. Harry, Cho, Cedric and Malfoy are all Seekers and so was Harry’s father. Fred and George play Quidditch and so will Ginny and Ron in a few years. Viktor Krum plays Quidditch and most of the other Weasleys as well. Did I miss anyone?
The Gryffindor’s next Quidditch match is played against Ravenclaw. Lee Jordan is providing the commentary during the match. I think this is the first time Lee Jordan is actually introduced in the books, even though he has already made several appearances in the movies at this point in the story. I guess they liked the character. During the match, Harry’s crush on Cho is foreshadowed by him “noticing that the Seeker is actually very pretty”. I’m looking forward to their relationship and seeing how different it is from what I remember from it. Just when Harry spots the Snitch, a couple of Dementors come onto the Quidditch field. Harry casts a Patronus their way and goes after the Snitch. When he dismounts his broomstick with the Snitch in his hand, he finds out that they hadn’t been Dementors at all. It had been Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle pretending they were a Dementor. McGonagall gives them all detention and takes 50 points from Slytherin (uhm, Minerva? When some of your own students stayed up past their bedtime, you deducted 50 points EACH, what’s up with that?)
After the game, there’s a party in the Gryffindor common room until well past midnight. That night, Ron wakes up to Sirius Black standing over his bed with a knife. Turns out, he got the password to Gryffindor Tower from the list of passwords that Neville had lost. I told you the whole password system was a bad idea security-wise!
The next day, Hagrid sends Harry an owl that he wants to have tea with him and Ron that evening. When they meet up with him, he tells them that he wants to discuss Hermione. Hermione has been to see him a lot lately and has helped him with Buckbeak’s defense (almost forgot about that). Apparently she’s been struggling with her enormous workload and not being able to talk to her friends. The movie never showed that she was struggling with her workload and I’ve always wondered how she could possibly keep that schedule up. It sets impossible standards, so I’m glad to see that it is actually portrayed as impossible.
It’s time for another Hogsmeade day that weekend and Hermione, the royal party pooper, threatens to tell McGonagall if Harry decides to go to Hogsmeade again. I actually agree with her this time, since there is like a billion security measures to keep Harry safe and Harry decides that there’s no way in hell that he’s going to give up on going to Hogsmeade. It’s kind of like when the whole country would be in quarantine to protect those who are in poor health while those in poor health are partying away. Don’t be like this, Harry! And on top of all that, this dumbass got himself caught by Malfoy! Malfoy of course runs to Snape, who points out how arrogant it was of Harry to run off to Hogsmeade while the whole Ministry of Magic is trying to protect him. I didn’t think I’d ever agree with Snape, yet here we are. He makes a whole point of insulting Harry’s father until he loses it and then Snape does this really cool thing where he calls Lupin through the fireplace. I’m guessing he uses Floo Powder or something, let’s hope they’ll explain it to him some day. Lupin, of course, saves Harry’s ass and then confiscates the Marauder’s Map. In the movie, that is the point where he points out that Peter Pettigrew is on that map, but I guess Rowling is saving that for a later time.
On their way back from Snape’s office, Ron and Harry run into Hermione, who informs them that Hagrid has lost Buckbeak’s case. Malfoy takes the fact that Hagrid is inconsolable as an opportunity to make fun of him even more, which earns him a good smack across the face from Hermione.
The night before the final match against Slytherin, Harry has trouble sleeping. When he looks out his window, he sees the Grim moving around the edge of the forest, next to Crookshanks. A while back, I read a fan theory of how Crookshanks was actually the Potter’s old cat, who ended up being forgotten and then finally sold to Hermione. I always thought it was a little farfetched and it had little truth to it, but now that I’ve read this, I can kind of see where they’re coming from. What if Crookshanks was indeed the Potter’s cat and Sirius and Crookshanks were working together to get rid of Peter Pettigrew. That would also explain why Crookshanks has been targeting Scabbers. Just let that sink in!
The next day, it is time for the final Quidditch match against Slytherin. Gryffindor needs to win by at least 200 points to win the Quidditch Cup. Of course Slytherin is determined NOT to let Gryffindor win, so they try all sorts of tricks to sabotage the Gryffindors. Rowling really tried her best to make us hate the Slytherins in this scene. Naturally, Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup and Hagrid, McGonagall and Wood are sobbing and the rest of the school is partying their asses off. And that’s it for this week!
So we’ve only got about 130 pages left in this book, so depending on how much there is to comment on in those pages, I’m either going to make on large post about it or divide it into two posts. I haven’t read the chapters yet, so I guess I’ll decide when I do. Stay tuned!