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Harry Potter Reread. Book 4, Post 1.

My thoughts on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, pages 1-157.

  • Goblet of Fire starts off in a completely different way than the other books, with a scene from the past at the Riddles house. I remember reading this chapter for the first time in school and then rereading it multiple times because I loved it and because I was slightly confused since it was first in the past and then in the present. It’s a very eerie chapter and I still love it.
  • And the scar starts hurting. Dun dun dun. It’s the beginning of the end.
  • Okay, it’s super awesome that Harry gets to go to the Quidditch World Cup but…
    • Harry just happens to tell the Dursleys that his godfather is an escaped wizard convict and this is pretty much the only reason he gets to go. Why in the world do the Dursleys just believe Harry when he tells them this?
    • The Weasleys, who are not well-off, manage to get ten tickets to the Cup, a tent the closest they can get, and the best seats in the stadium. Um, how?!
  • Why are there Muggles working at the World Cup in the first place! If they wanted to make sure the Muggles got paid for the location couldn’t they have figured out how much it cost, do a little exchange thing, and convince the Muggle workers to go on vacation and come back later or something? Very odd.
  • Earlier Harry was told that some matches have lasted for weeks. This one lasts for what seems like a couple hours? Well, okay then. I know Ireland’s Chasers were excellent but couldn’t Krum have held off a little longer and hoped that his team could catch up?
  • And after the game, the Dark Mark and all that fun stuff. Missing wands and Malfoy maybe being helpful by warning the trio to keep Hermione out of sight?
  • When they finally get back from the Cup Mrs. Weasley is in a panic. I wonder what all of the wands on the family clock were saying the night before?
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Harry Potter Reread. Book 3, Post 2.

My thoughts on rereading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, pages 211-435.

  • Ah, the Christmas where Harry receives a Firebolt. I’ll be coming back to this later.
  • These scenes with Harry and Lupin and working on Harry’s Patronus. I know that Lupin does end up telling Harry that he was friends with James but he makes it seem like they were mere acquaintances and not as good of friends as they were. He has to know that Harry doesn’t even remember them. Why didn’t he tell him fun stories or show him pictures? Come on Lupin, give the kid something to flush out the screams he hears while he’s trying to conjure a Patronus…
  • ¬†Ah, Harry meets Cho Chang and the awkwardness begins.
  • The whole scene where Snape finds the Marauder’s Map and it insults him and he calls up Lupin is confusing. Does Snape actually know who Moody, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs were or was it just a guess? I’m guessing he knew because of the whole Occulmency thing but then why didn’t he drag Harry and Lupin to Dumbledore?
  • The Quidditch final. I know more about Quidditch than any real sport and think I would want to be a Seeker over an other position but then I’d have to do math. “You must only catch the Snitch if we’re more than x number of points up.” Ugh, flying and looking around and listening and math? Maybe I can’t play Quidditch.
  • Hey, it’s like having a Time Turner to reread this part where all the things happen only to go back through it again. I know both sides of it. Kind of confusing actually.
  • There’s a whole chapter called Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs. You know what’s annoying? That they never actually explained who was who and what in the movies!
  • I do love that they ended up saving Sirius and Buckbeak. It’s just an added bonus that they completely piss off Snape. And speaking of which…he flies into an angry rage in front of Dumbledore and the Minister of Magic and they just make excuses. I’m pretty sure if a teacher in a real life school started calling students names and yelling so much that spit flies that there would be some investigation done about how he behaves around students? I’m guessing Dumbledore just covers for him because he’s a double agent? I don’t know. Dumbledore does some really shady shit.
  • Okay, back to the Firebolt because at the end Sirius admits he bought it for Harry. He says he sent the order in with Harry’s name but his bank account. Wouldn’t it flag something somewhere if money was taken out of the bank account of a convicted murderer who is known to have broken out of Azkaban?

 

Literary Musings · To Read or Not to Read?

Harry Potter Reread. Book 3, Post 1.

I actually finished rereading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban over a week ago but life has gotten in the way of posting my reviews.

Anyways, here it is. My thoughts on rereading Prisoner of Azkaban, pages 1-210.

  • Harry is studying History of Magic and learns that there is a spell for witches and wizards to keep from getting burnt at the stake. The spell makes the flames tickle the caster instead of burn them. So does this mean Muggles weren’t smart enough to see proof of a dead, burnt body or did the spell make them see that too?
  • Mentions of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin! Yay! Oh wait…no…don’t make me like them! You’ll break my heart in the end J.K. Rowling!
  • Wait, when Molly and Arthur are talking about Sirius escaping Azkaban Arthur says that the guards were “talking” to Fudge. Are there guards who aren’t Dementors or were the Dementors talking? According to what I know about Dementors, a talking one sounds terrifying.
  • Book three and Harry has missed every Sorting but his own. Does anyone else think that maybe Rowling just didn’t want to have to write so many Sorting Hat songs?
  • Hey look, it’s Buckbeak!
  • I would love to be at Hogwarts during either Halloween or Christmas. I love holiday decorations and the ones at the castle sound amazing! Plus the scenes in the movies were awesome so that gives me an idea.
  • Also, come on Sirius. I know you want revenge on Peter and you really want to see your godson but stop being so creepy about it.
  • The Marauders Map. So many unanswered questions. Exactly what kind of spells did they have to use to make it work? And how in the world did the Weasley twins find the right combination of words to use it?!
  • Books run completely on random coincidences, don’t they? Like, what was the chance that Harry would have overheard professors gossiping about Black and the Potters when Harry wasn’t even supposed to be in Hogsmeade?
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Just a Bad Year

Once again, I’m going to have to go a bit off topic and make excuses. Again.

And the hits keep on coming over here in my world.

2016 was a good year. I got a new job that paid significantly more than my last and is exactly what I’d been looking for. And I was finally able to move out of my parent’s house and in with my fiance after having spent six years of our relationship long distance. We had some off moments together as we adjusted to being around each other so much after only seeing each other four or so days out of the month for years. But we eventually settled into a routine.

And then 2017 happened. After some bouts with illness for me I had finally recovered and my fiance and I did something I’d been wanting to do ever since I left my family dog at home…we got a dog of our own. We had our ups and downs with that too of course. (Especially since we went against everything we said we’d do and took home a puppy. Housetraining is a bitch.) But things had settled down pretty well. Mycroft the dog had finally learned how to hold his bladder, mostly sleep through the night, and had learned not to get into everything! It was going pretty smoothly.

Then mid-July came rolling around and with it a terrifying morning where Mycroft began having seizures, multiple bad ones one right after another. Of course this led to an emergency vet trip where he was left for a little over 24 hours. We came out of that with a prescription for anti-seizure medication and he basically went backwards on his potty training.

This led to so much researching on my part and I’ve been a nervous wreck ever since. I’ve barely gotten any reading or writing done and I’ve been sick to my stomach multiple times because there are just so many horror stories. I love the little stinker but if the meds don’t keep the seizures under control (some pet parents with seizure prone dogs say they have the dog on four different medications and still have to go to the emergency vet multiple times a year) then I just don’t know what else to do. It’s putting a strain on my relationship with the puppers and with my fiance which is good for no one. No one at all.

So I’m trying to take everything one day at a time and get back into my ordinary routines but if I fall off of the face of the planet again, you’ll all know why.

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Harry Potter Reread. Book 2, Post 3.

My thoughts on rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, pages 271-341.

  • Reading the scenes with the giant spiders still creeps me out and my new illustrated edition is not helping at all. Spiders everywhere. Also, I am very glad that Harry and Ron made a point to get Fang out of Aragog’s clutches. I never would have been able to forgive them if they’d left the dog.
  • I love how Percy covers up that Ginny caught him kissing a girl by making it sound like he was doing something even more indecent. “Well, er, if you must know, Ginny, er, walked in on me the other day when I was – well, never mind- the point is, she spotted me doing something and I, um, I asked her not to mention it to anybody.” Yep, Percy that doesn’t sound shady at all.
  • Okay, I get that Harry and Ron really want to save Ginny but why did they think it was a good idea to take a wandless Lockhart down into the Chamber with them? Especially right after he admits to them that he’s a fraud?
  • Voldemort. So many wizards fear the name and it was created by a teenage boy who apparently really liked anagrams.
  • Dumbledore, aka J.K. Rowling has some of the best quotable quotes. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  • Also, Lucius Malfoy really is an asshat and Dobby is awesome.
  • So ends another year in the life of Harry Potter and what a wonderful journey it was.
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Harry Potter Reread. Book 2, Post 2.

My thoughts on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, pages 130-270.

  • “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.” So eerie and creepy, even now that I know everything about the Chamber. (P.S.- Draco Malfoy really is the biggest asshat in this book though it does give proof that a lot of his attitude his clearly due to his father’s influence. He’s just always trying to please Papa Malfoy.)
  • I love that the trio end up back at the library so often. I just wish the librarian Madame Pince wasn’t such a “shush now” stereotype.
  • Who ever thought that letting kids play Quidditch was a good idea? I wouldn’t be able to. I can’t even throw/catch a ball without losing my balance and that’s with both feet on the ground. I couldn’t imagine doing it while flying.
  • Why exactly did Dumbledore let Lockhart start a Dueling Club? He has to know the man is incompetent. In fact, why did he give Lockhart the job in the first place? Dumbledore is known to “know everything that goes on around the school” and surely he’d use Legilimency to see what’s going on with a potential teacher? Surely there was someone better than Lockhart who had applied…
    • (It also made me wonder how Dumbledore ended up allowing Quirrell to teach in book one if he’s such a good Legilmens. I’m going to say it’s because Voldemort was using his Occulmency powers and shielded Quirrell in just the right way.)
  • So many things are mentioned here and then brought back in later books. Polyjuice Potion, Fawkes and his powers and loyalties. Not just important in this book.
  • The flashback where Tom Riddle shows Harry his capture of Hagrid. Ever since I saw the movie I think of the movie scene when I read this. Which is awkward because the main thing I remember thinking back when I was a young girl and first saw it was “damn, young Tom Riddle is HOT!” And now that I’m nearly thirty it’s even more awkward. Moving on…
  • Did anyone else have trouble not accidentally reading Lucius Malfoy as luscious Malfoy? Just me?
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Harry Potter Reread. Book 2, Post 1.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the first Harry Potter book I ever read and it’s been my favorite ever since. And so I’m super happy that, just as I started rereading it, I got a chance to purchase the illustrated version and it’s gorgeous!

So here’s the recap for Chamber of Secrets, pages 1-130.

  • Honestly, why was no one watching the Dursley house to make sure that Harry wouldn’t be mistreated during the summer? And did none of the neighbors notice or question it when Vernon suddenly had bars installed on windows?
  • Dobby, Dobby, Dobby. Just like Hermione, he started out like a little annoyance and became so beloved.
  • Fred and George Weasley are awesome. And Arthur is one of the best literary fathers ever. That is all.
  • I know Harry and Ron are only twelve but honestly how stupid are they not to think of any solution other than flying a car when they get locked out of Platform 9 3/4? Yet another example of why the Sorting Hat didn’t consider putting Harry into Ravenclaw.
  • Gilderoy Lockhart. Narcissist. Liar. Not very good at teaching. Still one of the better Defense Against the Dark Arts professors Harry had. (And by the way, how did he ever get decent at DADA? I know Remus Lupin was awesome but that was only one years’ worth of actual good learning. I guess this is one of those cases that’s proof that “on the job training” can be more useful than a traditional education.)
  • And speaking of Lockhart, Ron is being super perceptive in regards to his shadiness. Barely one meeting in and Ron’s saying he doesn’t believe Lockhart did everything he says he did.
  • I really wish Peeves would have made it into the movies.