Rereading Harry Potter – Week 15

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 15

Week 15! A little late because of Easter, but still, I guess this is kind of a milestone. That’s about 10 times as long as my longest diet and 5 times as long as my longest relationship (just kidding, going on 2 years next June). We read the finale to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban this week, which I’ve been waiting for, for wat feels like forever!

We left off last week with Sirius revealing that it was in fact Peter Pettigrew who was James’s Secret Keeper and who betrayed them. I guess Rowling liked the fact that he was literally and figuratively a rat. Sirius and Lupin decide to go up to the castle with Pettigrew to clear Sirius’s name. Personally I would’ve tied Pettigrew up or something, make sure that he can’t escape or turn himself into a rat again, but no. They just point a wand at them and tell him to behave. For one beautiful, short moment, Harry and Sirius make plans for Harry to move in with him, but then of course they let Pettigrew escape and they can’t prove Sirius’s innocence, which kind of ruins their plans. Lupin forgets it’s a full moon and he didn’t take his potion, which kind of feels like a woman who’s been on birth control for 15 years “forgetting” to take it for a few days and “oh my, look at that. I got knocked up.” It’s just not very likely.

Sirius turns into a dog to save the rest from werewolf Lupin, which is how he eventually ends up at the lake with Harry and Hermione (they changed a lot about these last few scenes in the movie. Hermione doesn’t lure Lupin away by howling, instead she just third-wheels Harry and Sirius everywhere). At the lake, they get attacked by Dementors and “Harry’s father” saves their asses by casting a patronus (Harry’s really not very bright, is he?).

For the next few pages, Snape does his best to get Harry expelled, Lupin fired and Sirius killed. I am really starting to hate this man. He is such a pathetic little man and such a sore loser. It is really so hard to imagine him “doing everything to protect Harry, because he’s Lily’s son!”. Anyway, Dumbledore encourages Harry and Hermione to go back in time using the Time-Turner and save Sirius and Buckbeak, so they do. Harry doesn’t really get the concept of there being two Harry’s and I can’t blame him, it is rather confusing. Apparently they’re breaking one of the most important wizarding laws too, by changing time. I’m guessing the Aurors at the Ministry are not very good at their jobs, if they can’t figure out that Harry’s godfather and his favourite teacher’s pet mysteriously disappear and his best friend just happens to have a Time-Turner.

Harry and Hermione figure out that they should go to Hagrid’s hut first to save Buckbeak, so they watch themselves enter Hagrid’s hut and then leave again. Then they watch Dumbledore, Fudge and the executioner, Macnair, enter. I’m pretty sure I remember the name Macnair from somewhere and it’s not this scene. Is he a Deatheater or something? I guess we’ll find out as we go.

After rescuing Buckbeak from his execution, they hide out in the woods and wait for themselves to come out of the Whomping Willow. They see Lupin change into a werewolf and Sirius turn into a dog. They wait a while, until they realise that someone has to save Harry, Hermione and Sirius from the Dementors! Oh my, turns out Harry didn’t see his father after all (gee, really?), he saw himself cast a patronus in the form of a stag. I was wondering what determines the form of your patronus. I mean, James Potter could turn himself into a stag and Lily’s patronus was a stag, which is why Snape’s patronus was ALSO a stag, but do you (sub)consciously choose it yourself or does the spell choose it for you somehow?

After they saved themselves and Sirius, Harry and Hermione jump on Buckbeak to rescue Sirius from the castle. Remember in the movie when Hermione casts Bombarda at the gate and it explodes and they have an epic escape? Yeah, in the book she just casts Alohomora at the window of an office and pulls Sirius onto Buckbeaks back. I am kind of impressed by Buckbeak being able to carry three people, though. They fly up to the highest tower and say their goodbyes to Sirius, after which Sirius and Buckbeak fly towards the horizon together.

Hermione and Harry hurry back to the hospital wing so they’ll be inside before Dumbledore locks it. They make it in time and Dumbledore is all excited (I always hated how in the movies Dumbledore pretends like he has no idea what they’re talking about when they complete a task he has set for them). A while later, it is discovered that Sirius has escaped and of course, Snape blames it on Harry (although he has a point).

The next day, Hagrid tells the trio that Snape has “accidentally” told the entire Slytherin house that Lupin is a werewolf, so Lupin is in his study packing his stuff. It is the end of the school year, though, so I guess he should be packing anyway? Harry pays him a visit and begs him not to leave, but he won’t budge. Lupin gives Harry back his Invisibility Cloak and the Marauders’ Map. Harry tells him that he regrets saving Pettigrew’s life in stead of just letting them kill him, but Lupin tells Harry that the time will come when he will be very happy that he saved Pettigrew’s life. I’m not really sure what he’s getting at, though. This time next year, Pettigrew will have killed Cedric Diggory and have made Voldemort come back.

Since Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup and the golden trio didn’t lose hundreds of points doing dumb stuff, Gryffindor also won the House Cup. I think this might be the first time they didn’t win it because Dumbledore awarded them a trazillion points at the very last minute. I’m so proud.

Sirius writes to Harry as they are leaving Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express. He leaves this very adorable note that he gives Harry permission to go to Hogsmeade on weekends and lets Ron keep the owl that delivered the letter, since it’s Sirius’s fault that he doesn’t have a pet anymore. As they get closer to King’s Cross station, Ron invites Harry to stay with them during the summer and go to the Quidditch World Cup with the Weasleys.

That was the last part of the Prisoner of Azkaban! Next week, we’ll be starting on Harry Potter the Goblet of Fire. I’m so excited about the Quidditch World Cup and Cedric Diggory and Hermione and Krum dating! I already grabbed the book, so that I can start reading as soon as I press “publish” on this post. If you’re looking forward to it as much as I am, subscribe below to be kept up to date! See you next week (or technically the end of this week) with week 16.

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 14

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 14

Hi fellow bookworms! Thank you for clicking on the second to last Prisoner of Azkaban post. We are so close to the exciting finale that I pretty much know by heart (the movie version anyway). I decided to cut the final 130 pages into two posts, since it would otherwise become way too long. Let’s get started!

We left off at Gryffindor finally winning the Quidditch Cup. Wood and McGonagall are over the moon and so is pretty much everyone except Slytherin house. By now it’s June and everyone is getting ready to take their exams. The Astronomy exam is being held at midnight and how cool is that? I wish I had a class like Astronomy when I was in school, but no, it was all maths and geography for me. During History of Magic, Harry writes down pretty much everything that Florean Fortescue had ever told him about medieval witch hunts. That seems about right, I remember learning more French in one week of Duolingo than I did in 6 years at school. It seems like Hogwarts, sadly, has the same problem. Is this a dig at the school system? I don’t know about the school system in the UK, but the Dutch one could definitely use an upgrade.

The Divination exam with Professor Trelawney is next. She tests every student individually. When Harry is finished with his exam, Trelawney suddenly starts predicting the rise of the Dark Lord with the help of his servant’s aid, who will be freed TONIGHT. Boy, are we in for an eventful evening. The events from here on out have always been one of my favourites from the entire series. I’m so excited!

‘My boy, you may well be seeing the outcome of poor Hagrid’s trouble with the Ministry of Magic! Look closer… does the Hippogriff appear to… have its head?’

Professor Trelawney, Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

Meanwhile, Buckbeak’s appeal has taken place and sadly, Hagrid has lost, which means that Buckbeak will be executed at sunset. Despite the fact that Hagrid told them not to come, they decide to retrieve the Invisibility Cloak from the secret passage (or rather, send Hermione, because Snape will be ready to give them detention the minute they come near that statue) and go see Hagrid anyway. They find Scabbers in one of the pots at Hagrid’s house and Ron apologises to Hermione. Fudge, Dumbledore and the executioner arrive at Hagrid’s hut, so the golden trio slip on their Invisibility Cloak and start making their way back to the castle. When they’re halfway to the castle, they hear the swish and thud of an axe from the direction of Hagrid’s hut, which means that Buckbeak must have been executed.. Even though I know that it was just a pumpkin that lost its head, because naturally they are going to rescue Buckbeak (or going to have rescued or whatever), this moment still gets me every time!

Then Scabbers makes a run for it in the direction of the Whomping Willow. Enter Crookshanks and the Grim, two seemingly unlikely bff’s and also a very cool name for a pet store. The big black dog drags Ron into a tunnel at the base of the Whomping Willow. Crookshanks touches a knot at the base of the trunk, which makes the Whomping Willow relax all of its branches, so that Harry and Hermione can cross safely. They enter the tunnel and follow it all the way to a dark landing with an open door. They enter the room and find Ron, with Scabbers in his lap. But where is the dog? Plot twist! There is no dog! The dog is in fact Sirius Black!

Harry wants to kill Sirius asap, but Sirius makes him listen to the whole story of the betrayal of his parents first. Lupin barges in and interrupts Sirius, though (rude). He was looking at the Marauder’s Map and suddenly saw Peter Pettigrew appear, which was naturally a little odd, since he’s supposed to be dead and everything. I can’t help but wonder, is Hagrid’s hut on the map? Do you think Pettigrew was hiding in there because it isn’t on the map? Could be.. Lupin reveals that Scabbers is indeed not a rat, but a wizard by the name of Peter Pettigrew. How scarred do you think Ron is after finding out he has been sharing a bed with a middle-aged wizard for 12 years?

Meanwhile, Hermione proves yet again that she’s the brightest witch of her age by deducing that they must be in the Shrieking Shack and also, Lupin is a Werewolf. Frankly, I’m a little disappointed that she is the only one who figured out that Lupin is a werewolf, with Lupin getting sick every full moon and his boggart changing into full moon and everything. Lupin’s friends became Animagi to be there for him during a full moon, when he went up to the Shrieking Shack to sit out his transformation. If they went with him as humans, they would’ve probably died, but as animals, Lupin would not harm them. The Whomping Willow and the tunnels that lead to the Shrieking Shack were all put there for Lupin’s use, so that he could safely go to Hogwarts and not, you know, kill anyone.

Snape joins the party too, hidden under the Invisibility Cloak that the golden trio had left lying around. Earlier in the book, Snape told Harry that his father did indeed save Snape’s life, but only because he had put his life at risk in the first place. Lupin tells them the whole story: Snape had always been curious about what the four of them were up to and one day Sirius tricked him into going up to the Whomping Willow during a full moon. James stopped him from meeting his maker by the hands (claws) of a fully grown werewolf.

Snape tries to hand Sirius over to the Dementors, but Harry takes him out in stead so that Sirius and Lupin can finally finish their explanation. It is revealed that Sirius was in fact not the Secret Keeper, but had made Peter the Secret Keeper, because they would never go after him. With a flash of blue light, they make Scabbers transform back into Peter Pettigrew.

That’s it for this week! Next week will be the grand finale to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m looking forward to it so much, the ending to this book is one of my favourites from the entire series. Subscribe if you want to be kept up to date on the rest of the series! I’ll see you all next week!

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