Harry Potter Reread 2014

[HP Reread 2014] Prisoner of Azkaban Check-in #2

hp-bannerI, along with some of my favourite bloggers, am rereading all seven books this year. Here on MVB, I will be livetweeting as I read, as well as writing up a bi-weekly recap of where I’m at in the book. When I was first discovering the series, I read so quickly that I never really let myself savour each word, so I am very much looking forward to taking my time and letting everything I love about Harry’s story sink in.

464164The Chapters: 

  1. The Patronus
  2. Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw
  3. Snape’s Grudge
  4. The Quidditch Final
  5. Professor Trelawney’s Prediction
  6. Cat, Rat, and Dog
  7. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
  8. The Servant of Lord Voldemort
  9. The Dementor’s Kiss
  10. Hermione’s Secret
  11. Owl Post Again

The Highlights: (some spoilers for plot arcs in play in this book and the rest of the series.)

  • Professor Lupin’s decision to tutor Harry is the first real fatherly overture Harry receives from the male figures in his life, and it provides him with a role model closer to the ground than Dumbledore. Lupin’s care and consideration for Harry becomes a real influence on him, the way I imagine it was on James’ more reckless nature. One of the few complaints I have in the series is how little time Harry actually spends with Lupin beyond Prisoner of Azkaban, though the reasons are completely understandable.
  • Ron and Hermione’s fight is one of my favourite things in the series because it’s real. We start to see the strain of keeping a friendship up, and the toll that life takes on these thirteen-year-olds. Because they are thirteen, and I think that sometimes we forget how young they are. I know that when I was thirteen, everything seemed like a huge deal to me, and if I felt like I wasn’t being understood, it really messed me up. The perspective I’ve gained since then allows me to see how defending one’s pet could very easily fracture a friendship between two stubborn people at that age, and even beyond it.
  • The scene where Professor Trelawney prophesies the return of Voldemort was one of the first scenes to really scare me. Even rereading it for this post gave me goosebumps. It’s a reminder that as insular as Hogwarts seems sometimes, there is still evil out there, and it touches people we might never think twice about.
  • “Cat, Rat and Dog” and “Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs” are two of my favourite chapters ever, and not just because of the Marauder stories. The revelation that Sirius Black is an animagus surprised me when I read it for the first time all those years ago, and even now, I still really enjoy the way it plays out in the narrative. I think it was also the first time I realized that there was more to this series than just a young boy’s coming-of-age. The world she’d built had a logic and a horror to its history.
  • Loyalty and betrayal are entwined in a lot of HP’s themes, and never more so than in Prisoner of Azkaban. The differences between Sirius and Peter–both entrusted with the same secret–are laid out in this chapter, and their choices continue to prove the kind of people they are. Sirius’ loyalty to James never wavers, even 12 years after the latter’s death, while Peter persists in saving his own skin instead of learning to trust and protect the people around him.
  • A confession: I STILL don’t quite understand the entirety of the Time-Turner paradox scene, at least not in the detail that fandom has explained it. That said, I love it for a different reason: Hermione’s heroism. In Philosopher’s Stone, both Ron and Hermione help Harry to reach the Mirror; Chamber of Secrets sees him aided by Dumbledore and Fawkes. But Prisoner of Azkaban is remarkable to me because it was the first time I saw a female character’s intelligence and resourcefulness be proved to be the only way to save the day. Without that Time-Turner, and Hermione’s need for one, there would have been no way to save Sirius and Buckbeak. Her caution and cleverness keeps Harry alive.
  • And okay yes, I REALLY love that the screenwriters of the film recognized Hermione as a badass and gave us this fantastic scene:

hermione

Philosopher’s Stone Check-in #1 | Philosopher’s Stone Check-in #2 | Chamber of Secrets Check-in #1Chamber of Secrets Check-in #2 | Prisoner of Azkaban Check-in #1

Thinking of joining in? Sign up over @ Just A Lil’ Lost, and note down the schedule below!

  • January: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone
  • February: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • March: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • April: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • May: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • June: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • July: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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