Rereading Harry Potter – Week 17

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 17

Hi again my fellow bookworms/Potterheads! I’m ashamed to once again have to apologize for this post being late. Things have been crazy here lately with job changes and our search for a house, which has taken up a lot of my time. That being said, it’s time for another week of rereading Harry Potter! I had so much fun with this week’s reading again. Rereading these books has really been an amazing experience for me so far, so thank you for tagging along and reading these posts.

Last week, we read about the days that led up to the Quidditch World Cup. We’re starting today with Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys walking up to the Quidditch Stadium. The Stadium seats a hundred thousand wizards (where are all these wizards coming from? There are only 5 boys and 5 girls per year, per house at Hogwarts, where is the rest of them?) and the Weasleys are seated in the Top Box with the Minister of Magic, the Malfoys and Barty Crouch (not very likely, the movie version where they’re somewhere in the crowds is much more logical). In the Top Box they run into Winky the house-elf, who tells Harry that Dobby is demanding pay for his work now (how dare he), so he has some trouble finding a new position. Winky is Mr. Crouch’s house-elf and is being forced to save his seat, despite the fact that he is afraid of heights. Can you feel Hermione’s outrage yet?

The game starts and Ireland absolutely crushes Bulgaria. When Ireland is ahead by 170 points to 10, Krum catches the snitch to end the game. Seems like an illogical move to me, since they only need to score 2 goals (are they called goals?) to be able to win, but okay. Fred and George betted Ludo Bagman that Ireland would win, but Krum would catch the snitch, so they won quite some money from him. They tell Mr Weasley that they’ve got big plans for this money, so their mother will never hear about it. We all know that Fred and George start a joke shop after they graduate in the Order of the Phoenix, so I guess the money is going to that joke shop. Did Rowling already have their journeys planned out?

Harry is woken up by Mr Weasley shouting at him to get outside immediately. A bunch of wizards are setting fire to tents and floating the Muggle family who runs the campsite. They later discover that these wizards are Death Eaters, Voldemort’s followers. The trio run into Malfoy in the woods and he warns them that they probably wouldn’t want her getting spotted, since the Death Eaters are after Muggles and Hermione is a Mudblood. I’m not sure if Malfoy is trying to protect Hermione in his own weird way, or if he’s just insulting her. Maybe I’ve just read a few too many Dramione fan posts. They also run into some French speaking girl looking for Madame Maxime, who I’m guessing is Fleur Delacour’s younger sister. Hermione tells us that she is probably from Beauxbaton, this school of magic in France that we’ve never heard of before (same goes for Durmstrang).

The trio runs into Winky next, who can’t run properly because Mr Crouch hadn’t told her to hide (I kind of liked Barty Crouch, but not so much anymore) and one of the Veelas (the magical creatures that the Bulgarians brought with them for the opening show that resemble mermaids and have the power to lure men towards them), which did not leave Harry and Ron unaffected. They are hiding a bit farther into the woods when they suddenly hear someone Apparate near them and summon the Dark Mark. The Ministry appears soon after and of course assume that Harry, Ron and Hermione were responsible. Then they find Winky on the ground with Harry’s wand in her hand and they assume she is guilty. Harry’s wand was indeed the one used to conjure the Dark Mark, so it’s not looking good for Winky. Also, it’s not allowed for house-elves (or any non-human creatures) to carry a wand.

The Weasleys, Harry and Hermione go back to sleep for a few hours before returning home by Portkey. They spend the rest of their summer holidays playing Quidditch, waiting for Sirius’ letter and packing their trunks. Ron comes across his maroon velvet dress robes that make him smell like his great aunt Tessie. The dress robes are apparently on his school list for this year, though for unknown reasons (so far).

When they’re about to leave for the Hogwarts express, an urgent message comes in from the Ministry. Amos Diggery’s head is sitting in the middle of the fireplace and is talking to Mr Weasley. Apparently some guy named Mad-Eye did something he wasn’t supposed to and he is supposed to start his new job today (I wonder what that job might be). Since Mr Weasley has to go into work unexpectedly, Mrs Weasley and all of the kids have to take a Muggle taxi to King’s Cross. The train whistle blows and Harry, Ron and Hermione are off to another year at Hogwarts.

Well, that was it for this week! Next week (or this week, since I’m late again), we are finally going to find out about the Triwizard Tournament (spoiler alert). I’m looking forward to meeting Krum and Fleur and getting to know Cedric better! Have a great week and see you next post!

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 16

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 16

Hello again my fellow Potterheads! First of all, I apologize for the tardiness of the post. It was my birthday this weekend and we got the news that we are officially moving this summer, so it’s been a bit hectic. It’s week 16 of Rereading Harry Potter and we’re starting on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this week. My favourite posts in this series are always the ones where we start a new book. Especially now that the books are getting longer and longer (GoF is over 600 pages in a teeny tiny font) and there is just going to be so much stuff to discover that was not included in the movies or that I’ve just forgotten about.

Speaking of thing that weren’t in the movies, chapter one of the Goblet of Fire is called “The Riddle House”. Now, we all remember the first scene of the movie where Wormtail and Voldemort are holding up in an old house and are being eavesdropped on by old Frank, the caretaker of the house. Now the house they’re holding up in is the Riddle House, inhabited by Mr and Mrs Riddle and their son, Tom. About 50 years ago, all three of them were killed. I think I’m missing a bit of information here, because last I checked, Tom was an orphan and was living in a muggle orphanage, so who is this other Tom?

So Voldemort and Wormtail (I only just noticed that Voldemort calls Pettigrew Wormtail, which just seems wrong, since Lupin, Sirius and James gave him that nickname) are hiding out here and there until the time has come to do some kind of ritual with Harry’s blood. Meanwhile, Voldemort is drinking Nagini’s milk to gain strength (yuck). Wormtail tries to get Voldemort to do the ritual without Harry, I guess because Harry saved Wormtail’s life last year (which answers the question I asked in my last post). They also kidnapped some woman called Bertha Jorkins (no idea who that is or what they needed her for, I have no memory of this woman whatsoever), tortured her for information and then killed her.Harry is getting all this information from a dream and doesn’t actually remember most of it, so he’s pretty useless again.

Harry is with his uncle and aunt for the first part of the summer, as usual. The Dursleys are on a diet (the school nurse finally interfered with Dudley’s weight, for he is the size and weight of a young killer whale now, according to Rowling), so Harry is being starved to death as well. Thankfully, he has been corresponding with Ron, Hermione and Sirius, so he has plenty of birthday cake to snack on (magical birthday cake, it seems, to last that long). Molly Weasley finally sends the Dursleys a letter to ask them if Harry can come to the World Cup with them and puts about a million stamps on the envelope. At the same time, he receives a letter from Ron to tell him they’ll pick him up on Sunday.

Sunday comes and the Dursleys are getting cranky that the Weasleys are late picking up Harry. Of course to go from bad to worse, the Weasleys decide to travel by Floo Powder and come barging out of the Dursleys’ fireplace. I’m guessing that won’t help the Dursleys’ hate against wizards and anything magic. Then Fred and George decide to leave some magic candy that expands your tongue lying around for Dudley to eat.

They arrive at the Burrow and Harry meets Bill and Charlie for the first time. Every time a character is introduced for the first time, I’m so confused and surprised that it is only the first time, since they feel so familiar to me. Anyone else? After the introduction, they go and visit Pig, which is Ron’s owl that he got from Sirius and is actually called Pigwidgeon. I’m not sure why, but I remember Pigwidgeon being Ginny’s pet, for some reason. I think it’s because of the Lego Harry Potter games, I think she has a pet in those games.

The time arrives to leave for the World Cup. Everyone is going by Portkey, except for Bill, Charlie and Percy, since they’re able and allowed to Apparate (I wasn’t aware that there was an exam to be taken before you’re allowed to Apparate). They meet Amos and Cedric Diggory at the Portkey. Amos tells them that the Lovegoods are already at the site. I love the foreshadowing! Luna appears for the first time in the 5th book, right? I don’t think she’s in this book yet. I do wonder whether Rowling already knew she was going to make a character called Luna Lovegood by this point, or that she’s just introducing names and families here and there so that she can pick one if she needs to create a new character.

My favourite part of fantasy books is always the world-building and Harry Potter is absolutely no exception. I love how J.K. Rowling gives us an entire new part of the Wizarding world every book that is described so vividly and thoroughly. In this book it is the Quidditch World Cup, which contains so many new kinds of magic and magical objects and all of the struggles that come with trying to keep the muggles from realising there are 100.000 wizards camping in tents that are bigger on the inside than the outside, in the middle of the UK. The entire World Cup story is just so exciting to read about. I also love how many seemingly unimportant side characters Rowling incorporates in her books, it really gives you the idea that this is a huge world that was really planned out down to the last detail. Her attention to detail never ceases to amaze me.

Just an afterthought, it only just dawned on me that when Voldemort tried to kill Harry, he of course used “Avada Kadavra” on him, so when that curse bounced, Voldemort should have died. The only reason he did not die, was because of the Horcruxes he had made! But then if Harry is the final Horcrux, did he become one because of the death of Voldemort, or one of his parents?

That was it for this week! I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! The further we dive into the world of Harry Potter, the more excited I get, so with 4 more books to go, I might actually burst from excitement at some point. Anyway, thank you for reading! If you want to be kept up to date, click the subscribe button below. You guys reading the stuff I write is really what makes keeping this blog fun and I am so thankful. See you guys next week for a new Rereading Harry Potter post (or earlier with a different post).

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 12

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 12

Good afternoon (for me at least) my fellow bookworms! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week, I know I have. The sun has been shining all week here in the Netherlands and the sun can always brighten up a day, so I hope you’ve all been having a lot of sunshine wherever you are. Now on to Harry Potter related business. The last thing that happened last week, was the disappearance of the Fat Lady (where did that name come from by the way, it’s not very woke to be honest..). I have a lot tabbed in my book this week, so let’s get started.

After the Gryffindors found the portrait of the Fat Lady empty and ripped to pieces by Sirius Black, Dumbledore appears and leads them all to the Great Hall, where they are later joined by the other three houses. They’re supposed to spend the night there while the teachers search the school for any sign of Sirius Black. The students are left with the Prefects as guards and the Head Boy and Head Girl (Percy and is girlfriend) in charge. Personally, I might have added a teacher or two to that equation, considering that there is a murdering maniac on the loose who is known for killing a bunch of people with a single explosion, but who am I. Obviously Sirius Black wasn’t found, because nobody would be dumb enough to linger after a failed attack. Snape of course thinks that Black had inside help, which is not exactly a strange assumption when you consider that Black and Lupin were good friends in school. Although, since Snape serves Voldemort, he should probably be aware that it was Peter Pettigrew who blew up those people and not Black, right? Or was Pettigrew the only one who knew about that? Well, Snape should at least be aware that Black wasn’t a Death Eater.

After their night in the Great Hall, everyone gets to go back to their own common rooms and Sir Cardogan (remember him from showing the trio the way to the Divination classroom?) temporarily takes the Fat Lady’s place in the portrait. Gryffindor is supposed to be playing against Slytherin that weekend, but Slytherin backed out of the game due to their seeker’s arm still being injured, even though we all know there’s nothing wrong with Malfoy’s arm and he is obviously faking it. This means they’re going to be playing Hufflepuff instead, though and they just got a new seeker and captain.. Cedric Diggory! Did you know he made an appearance in the third book already? I had no idea! I was so excited. I can’t get the image of Robert Pattinson on a broomstick out of my mind.

As you may remember, the Quidditch match didn’t go too well. Harry got attacked by a Dementor and fell off his broomstick, which was smashed to pieces by the Whomping Willow. So Harry ended up in the hospital wing for the weekend and his Nimbus 2000 was damaged beyond repair. Every time they say that something is damaged beyond repair, I’m like.. but what about Reparo? Dumbledore was able to repair an entire house in the Half-Blood Prince, but a piece of wood is too complicated? Could it be because of the enchantments on the broom?

After Harry’s next DADA class, Lupin holds him back to check if he is okay. He tells Harry about the Dementors and about Azkaban. He says that Sirius Black must have found a way to fight the Dementors. My guess is that he had some kind of new found hope of finding Harry and protecting him or something. Let’s hope we’ll find out soon. Lupin agrees to give Harry Dementor lessons, though he will have to wait until next term since Lupin still has to catch up on some work from when he was “ill”.

Just before Christmas, another Hogsmeade weekend comes up. Of course Harry’s not allowed to go, but the Weasley twins have got just the thing to avoid those annoying little things called rules. They give Harry the Marauder’s Map, which shows where everyone at Hogwarts is at any given time, but it also shows the secret passages to Hogsmeade. The only available passage is the one that ends up in the cellar of Honeydukes. So movie-Harry was relatively sensible about breaking the rules and decided to take his invisibility cloak. Book-Harry, though, didn’t much care that he wasn’t allowed to go to Hogsmeade, apparently, and didn’t much care if he was seen. Up until professor McGonagall, Hagrid, Cornelius Fudge and professor Flitwick appeared at the Three Broomsticks, that is. It is here that these three highly intelligent individuals and Hagrid and Madam Rosmerta (she runs the Three Broomsticks) decide that it’s a good idea to talk about Sirius Black loud enough for the three students we know and love a few tables over to be able to hear them. This is the moment Harry finds out that Sirius Black was not only his father’s best friend, but also his godfather AND his parents Secret Keeper. The whole Secret Keeper-thing doesn’t appear in the movie, though, so for those of you who (like me) have no idea what a Secret Keeper is: it’s a complicated spell where a secret is concealed inside a person. Only that person would be able to reveal the secret, in this case that would be the location of the Potters.

I’m still so confused about this whole thing. How did Pettigrew end up being the hero of this story and Black the villain? Pettigrew receives the Order of Merlin and Black ends up in Azkaban. How does the Secret Keeper thing fit into the story if Black wasn’t actually the one who betrayed them? So many questions!

During the Christmas holiday, only Harry, Ron, Hermione and two or three other students remained at Hogwarts. Harry wakes up on Christmas morning to a bunch of presents lying at the foot of his bed, including a brand new broomstick. Someone has sent him a Firebolt, though there is no note with the broomstick. Since they can’t figure out who sent it, Hermione thinks that Harry shouldn’t use is until they have found out who sent it to him. She goes to professor McGonagall, who agrees with her and confiscates the broomstick so that it can be checked for enchantments and jinxes. Both of them think that the broomstick might’ve been sent by Sirius Black.

There’s a feast on the evening of Christmas with just the six remaining students and six teachers. Halfway through, professor Trelawney joins them as well, but she does not dare sit down, for there would be thirteen at a table then (the first one to get up is the first to die). It kind of confused me that McGonagall was bashing and making fun of Trelawney throughout the entire meal, since she is the only one sticking up for Trelawney when Umbridge kicked her out in the Order of the Phoenix. Earlier in the book, she told Harry that Trelawney had predicted a student’s death many times before and no one had died yet, but that seemed like a harmless piece of commentary. This whole scene is just plain mean.

That’s it for this week! I know, I know, but don’t worry. There’ll be more next week when we’re going to resume school in the new year and get some dementor lessons from Lupin (among other things, I haven’t read it yet). Have a great remainder of your weekend and I’ll see you next week!

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