Rereading Harry Potter – Week 13

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!

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 11

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!

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 9

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 9

Hello my fellow bookworms! Another week has come and gone and it’s the weekend again, which means that it’s time for another Rereading Harry Potter blog post. Thank you for clicking and reading, it means so much to me that you guys actually read the nonsense that I write!

We finished reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets last week, which means that it is now time for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! The Prisoner of Azkaban may very well be (one of) my favourite Harry Potter books, though I’m pretty sure that I say that about every single one of them except for the Chamber of Secrets (although that one surprised me as well). The Prisoner of Azkaban has some of my favourite characters in it, such as Remus Lupin, Sirius Black (we’ll have to cherish the time we have with him, since it’s not much) and Buckbeak. The Prisoner of Azkaban is also my favourite PC game, though it has little to do with the book.

“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways. For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of year. For another, he really wanted to do his homework, but was forced to do it in secret, in the dead of night. And he also happened to be a wizard.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Prisoner of Azkaban already starts out brilliantly. The quote above is the very first paragraph from the book and it already put a smile on my face. This is going to be great, guys. We’re going to have so much fun the next few weeks. We better cherish every funny thing we can find in this book, because we all know things are going to take a dark turn from the fourth book on.

As always, the story opens at Mr and Mrs Dursley’s house in Little Whinging where Dudley is getting fatter, Mr and Mrs Dursley are getting meaner and Harry is getting lonelier since his friends never seem to write to him during the summer. Ron did make an effort to try and call on the phone this summer, though just like my boyfriend, he doesn’t seem to realise he doesn’t need to shout all the way to Little Whinging for Harry to be able to hear him, that there is actually a phone in between them.

Harry finally receives letters from Ron, Hermione and Hagrid on his birthday, along with his Hogwarts letter. Ron tells him Mr Weasley won 700 galleons, so they’re spending their summer in Egypt. They’re also buying Ron a new wand. That explains why they couldn’t afford the wand last year, when they could buy one this year, I’ve always wondered why that was. Also, since “the wand chooses the wizard” and Ron has been walking around with a second hand wand, I guess he should be becoming a lot more powerful as of this year, right? Since he’s now got a wand that actually chose him. I guess we’ll see.. Ron also tells Harry that Percy was elected Head Boy and he got him a Pocket Sneakoscope for his birthday, a device that lights up when there’s someone untrustworthy around. I suppose that means it should’ve lit up around Scabbers, since (spoiler alert) he is Peter Pettigrew.

“Don’t let the Muggles get you down”

Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hagrid sends Harry a copy of The Monster Book of Monsters for his birthday, the mandatory literature for the class that Hagrid is going to teach (though Harry doesn’t know that yet). When Harry arrives at Diagon Alley to buy his school supplies further on in the book, we learn that the manager of Flourish and Blotts absolutely hates the books, that are being kept in a cage in the bookshop, since they’re ripping each other apart and attacking his hands. Only Hagrid can think of making a dangerous, biting book mandatory literature for a class. I suppose since the class is called “Care for Magical Creatures“, it kind of fits. I hate that they left all of this out of the movie, though. They changed all this to one scene where Harry opens the book in his room at the Leaky Cauldron and then gets attacked and jumps on it. But I’m getting ahead of myself, we left off at the Dursley’s residence.

The Dursleys announce that Aunt Marge is going to stay with them for about a week. Aunt Marge is Uncle Vernon’s awful sister who lives in the country and breeds bulldogs. She spoils Dudley with expensive presents and has a lot of terrible things to say about Harry. Harry puts up with it for a whole week, because he needs Uncle Vernon to sign his permission slip for Hogsmeade, but loses it when Marge decides to voice her opinions on Harry’s parents on her last night in Little Whinging. Harry blows her up. Not in the BOOM kind of way, but she just slowly inflates until she looks like a giant balloon. She doesn’t fly away through the back door and float through the UK with a bulldog holding on to her leg, though. I guess that was added to the movie for dramatic purposes.

After blowing up Aunt Marge, Harry packs his stuff and flees, figuring that he will be arrested by the Ministry of Magic for underage magic very soon. He decides that he will go to Diagon Alley and collect all of the money from his safe at Gringotts, after which he will travel the world as an outcast. He’s so cute, sometimes I forget he is only 13 years old. Instead, he is picked up by the Knight Bus, the purple triple-decker bus we know and love. I never really understood how the Knight Bus works. Is it some kind of taxi? It helps that I now know Harry had to pay for it, since he doesn’t (visibly) have to in the movie. It is supposed to appear when it’s called, but how do you summon it? What did Harry do to summon it? So many unanswered questions.

Harry is greeted by Stan Shunpike, the conductor of the Knight Bus and Ernie Prang, the driver. When I think of Stan, I think of the creepy, skinny, shabby conductor from the movie, not the eighteen-year-old guy with pimples. I also forgot who Ernie Prang was. I remembered the name, but not who it belonged to. Now I know.

“Take ‘er away, Ern.”

Stan Shunpike, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry and Stan chat about Sirius Black. Harry has seen him on the Muggle news (I love that he was on there too, with Uncle Vernon shouting “Wait! You didn’t tell us where he has escaped from!”). I can’t really remember why Sirius escaped and why now? He has been in there for thirteen years, what was the need to escape now? Also, do we ever find out how? It is the big question that is asked a couple of times, but I don’t really remember the answer. Was it because he was an animagus? Plenty of people ar animagi, right? Stan tells Harry that Black killed thirteen people and then just stood there and laughed. We know Peter Pettigrew killed those people and then turned himself into a rat, but why was Sirius laughing? Going to Azkaban is not exactly a laughing matter.

The Knight Bus takes Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where he is greeted by Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic. Fudge (typing his name makes me hungry) has Innkeeper Tom take them up to a room where they can talk. The way they displayed Innkeeper Tom in the movies always really annoyed me. They used a different actor in the first movie than in the rest of the movies. The first one was perfectly fine, but then from the Prisoner of Azkaban on, they display him as some kind of Hunchback of Notre Dame. He hardly talks, he just wheezes like he has about three braincells and a severe case of Bronchitis. I don’t really understand why they would change Tom so much.

While Harry was afraid that Fudge would expel him and send him to Azkaban for what he did, he lets him off the hook right away and gives him a room at the Leaky Cauldron for the next few weeks. They took those few weeks out of the movie, of course, Harry just walks in and all of the Weasleys and Hermione are already there.

I actually had much more for you today, but since this post is already quite long, I’ll save it for next week. As always, thank you so much for reading. Click the subscribe button down below if you want to be kept up to date! I’ll be back next week with Harry’s stay at the Leaky Cauldron and his first encounter with a dementor. All very exciting stuff. See you next week!

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