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 as an Adult – Week 2

Rereading Harry Potter as an Adult – Week 2

Why hello there, fellow bookworms! Welcome to week 2 of my journey of rereading the Harry Potter series as an adult. Last week, we read about Harry growing up with the Dursleys, having no idea that he was a wizard, until Hagrid showed up with his Hogwarts acceptance letter. Hagrid took Harry to Diagon Alley to buy his school supplies and put him on a train back home, which is where we left off. This week, Harry finally goes to Hogwarts and befriends Ron Weasley. He has his first few weeks of classes, breaks his first few rules and (thanks to breaking those rules) becomes the youngest seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team in the last 100 years. Also, I got my brand new Harry Potter Hardcover Box set in the mail a few days ago, so I’m really excited about that. I’ll include a picture of my new babies in the post. Ready? Let’s get started.

Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters

Okay, let’s start with an obvious one. What I remember from this chapter is: Hagrid hands Harry his letter on his birthday, takes him to Diagon Alley and then drops him on King’s Cross with his Hogwarts ticket and vanishes. I have always assumed that he goes looking for the Hogwarts Express right away (and to be fair, it is made to look that way in the movie). I now realise that Harry’s birthday is on the 31st of July and the Hogwarts Express doesn’t leave until September 1st. I completely forgot about all of August.

Anyway, now that we’ve established how dumb I am, we can move on to September 1st, when Harry arrives at King’s Cross and realises he has no idea where Platform 9 3/4 is. Then he hears a mother ask her children what the platform number is and one of the children answers that it’s 9 3/4. I didn’t notice this before, because I hadn’t read the rest of the series yet, but it is the same platform every school year. It is also Molly’s 6th child going to Hogwarts, so how does she not know what platform it is?

I love the scene when Molly can’t tell Fred and George apart and they say “Honestly woman, you call yourself our mother?”. I always say that to my mother when she mixes up me and my sister (we have very similar voices).

Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat

It’s time. We’re finally at Hogwarts. The sorting ceremony is about to start. It surprised me that none of the first years have any idea how they’re getting sorted into their houses. I always assumed it was just Harry who didn’t know, since he was raised by muggles. Peeves is introduced here for the first time. It’s so sad that people who’ve only watched the movies do not know Peeves! He deserves more love. The same goes for plenty of other characters, but we’ll get to that.

Then the sorting ceremony starts and Hermione gets sorted into Gryffindor. Now that I think about it, it’s kind of surprising that she didn’t get sorted in to Ravenclaw, which values wisdom. Hermiones whole personality at this point consists of being smart and wanting to be the smartest one in the room. Since the sorting hat takes your own preference into account, Ravenclaw might have made more sense for her, right?

” Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you!”

Albus Dumbledore

After everyone has been sorted into their houses and they have feasted until they can feast no more, it’s time for the school song. Now, I did not know there was a school song. This was new information to me. I think Dumbledore has officially gone insane. The best part is: there is not a fixed tune. You can pick any tune you want and sing the lyrics to it. This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Chapter 8: The Potions Master

Harry has his first classes in this chapter. We meet Professor Sprout, Professor Flitwick (swish and flick), Professor Binns, Professor McGonagall and Professor Quirell. Then the first potions class with Professor Snape arrives. Snape starts asking Harry a number of difficult questions about potions. Call me Hermione, but I got so excited when I knew the answers to the questions (We have a Harry Potter Trivia game at home. To this day, I remain undefeated).

I’ve always hated Snape in the first few books/movies, but I only just realised how unfair he is to Harry in the beginning. Also, how can Snape be allowed to allot house points? I mean, Dumbledore must be aware that he’s a total douche, right? Maybe that’s why he just makes up some reasons to reward a bunch of points to Gryffindor at the end of the school year, to make up for all the points that Snape took from them unfairly. It’s finally starting to make sense.

Chapter 9: The Midnight Duel

Dean Thomas tries to explain football to Ron, who doesn’t understand what’s exciting about a game with only one ball where nobody’s allowed to fly. Frankly, I’m with Ron on this one.

Another one of my favourite HP quotes is from this chapter: “I hope you’re pleased with yourself. We could all have been killed – or worse – expelled!” But first, it’s time for flying lessons. I don’t think anybody was surprised that Neville fell off his broom within the first 5 minutes of his first flying lesson. I think we all know a Neville. If you don’t, it’s probably you. Madam Hooch takes Neville to the hospital wing, Malfoy steals Neville’s Remembrall (I’ve never understood what the point of that thing is, by the way. Like Neville puts it: “I can’t remember what I’ve forgotten.” He only says that in the movie, though) and Harry gets a spot on the Quidditch team as the youngest seeker in over a century. There’s a lovely piece of dialogue here where McGonagall asks to borrow Wood for a minute and Harry thinks he is going to get hit with a magic stick of some sort. Thank God he’s only 11 at this point and he doesn’t confuse it with some other kind of wood.. (I’m sorry I went there)

When Malfoy finds out Harry didn’t get get expelled, he challenges him to a wizard duel. Of course the coward doesn’t show up. Instead he tips off Filch, who drives them into the arms of Peeves, who drives them directly towards the forbidden corridor on the third floor with the.. Drumroll.. Three-headed dog in it! Honestly, I have no recollection of Neville being in this scene whatsoever. I’m so sorry, Neville.

Chapter 10: Hallowe’en

Ah, another chapter full of important events. I forgot how much happens in this book. Though none of it feels rushed, unlike the movies where everything feels rushed.

Harry receives his Nimbus 2000 from McGonagall in the beginning of this chapter. Apparently the broomstick is accompanied by a note that tells Harry not to open the package, because McGonagall doesn’t want everyone to know she’s given Harry a broomstick. For someone who’s named after the Roman Goddess of wisdom, she’s not very bright, is she? (Oh, I wonder what that package shaped like a broomstick contains!)

When Harry’s been at Hogwarts for two months, it’s time for the Halloween festivities. I thought that Harry had Nearly Headless Nick’s death day party this year, but I suppose that is in year 2. I kind of forgot about the whole troll thing (Trooooolll in the duungeooonn!). I suppose it was kind of the turning point for Harry’s and Ron’s friendship with Hermione, though. Plus, Hermione tells a lie, so I guess it was a big moment for everyone.

Chapter 11: Quidditch

It’s time for Harry’s first Quidditch match, Gryffindor against Slytherin. I love how there are no separate women’s and men’s teams in Quidditch. They just put them all in one team. Kudos to J.K. Rowling for that!

They play the Quidditch match, Harry almost swallows the snitch and Gryffindor wins, despite Snape’s (though we all know who was the real culprit) efforts to jinx his broom. Of course Hagrid tells them that it couldn’t be Snape, and how did they know about Fluffy? (I had a bunny called Fluffy, can you guess what he was named after?) Besides, they’re meddling in things that don’t concern them. That’s between Dumbledore and Nicholas Flamel…

We’ll pick up next week with The Mirror of Erised (spoiler alert: Erised is Desire backwards). See you then!


Rereading Harry Potter as an adult – Introduction

Rereading Harry Potter as an adult – Introduction

Hello fellow bookworms!

Did you read the Harry Potter books as a kid or were you already grown up when the books came out? How much do you remember from it?

I’m not sure how old I was when I started reading the Harry Potter books, but I remember being around 10 or 11 when the final book came out. At the time, my school was holding a competition to come up with a name for their new reading corner and the winner could name three books and they would receive one of them. Obviously, it wouldn’t be a very good story if I didn’t win the competition, so surprise, surprise: I won! (I would tell you the name, but it doesn’t really translate into English, sorry). The three books I put on my list, were:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows;
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and;
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Yes, I was a very annoying kid. But, I knew what I wanted and I made sure they gave it to me. So I was no older than 11 or 12 when I finished reading the series. I’m pretty sure I reread the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets a couple of times, but after the movies started coming out, I’ve been more focused on those than on the books. I recently noticed that I’ve started to forget a lot of details from the books, especially those things that aren’t featured in the movies (such as Peeves) and all the things that they changed in the movies (“HARRYDIDYOUPUTYOURNAMEINTHEGOBLETOFFIRE”, Dumbledore asked calmly.).

A little while ago, I decided that I wanted to reread the whole Harry Potter series. I’ve tried doing this before, but I usually stopped reading halfway through the first book to start a book I hadn’t read yet. So, I thought it would be a good idea to take you guys along with me! This way I’ll have a very good reason to keep going (cause I don’t want to let you guys down) and you’ll hopefully enjoy reading about what it’s like to reread Harry Potter as an “Adult”. Harry Potter has truly been a lifelong obsession for me, so feel free to leave comments or e-mail me, because I will take any excuse to talk about Harry Potter in a heartbeat.

I’ll be starting the Harry Potter reread in the first week of January and do a weekly short update about it on my blog, so my first post will be out around the 9th of January. I’m looking forward to it!

Thank you for reading and I’ll check in soon with the first part of my rereading Harry Potter journey!