Literary Musings · To Read or Not to Read?

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?



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