Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer at Hogwarts - Prisoner of Azkaban

We're halfway through June and that means that, according to the slightly daunting reading schedule we've come to the end of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Per usual I'll give you all my impression and new discoveries from this read, as well as any questions I've come upon. This will be a little different from past sum ups but as the books get longer I'm trying to sort out the best way to approach summing them up without making everyone scroll a million times. 

I've never been a big fan of Prisoner, not because of the story or anything - If anything it has one of the better plots of the whole series - but so little happens. I mean, the first 300 or so pages really centers on the most typical year Harry has at Hogwarts, it isn't until the very end that anything drastically important happens. 

This pet peeve aside, I really did enjoy this read of Prisoner of Azkaban. I don't think I really ever realized just how much you learn about Rowlings Wizarding World in this book. We see more classes, the Night Bus, Anamagi, Dementors, and of course the Marauders. All of these things are really what makes Azkaban worth rereading for me.  I have a special place in my heart for the Marauders. Sirius and Lupin are the first adults in Harry's life that are, for lack of a better word - cool. They're obviously both flawed, but I think part of what makes them so interesting are their flaws. They have a history, and for a change we actually get to see some of it. 

Other high points this time around:
The Marauders Map and Hogsmead

Hermione's reactions to everything

Biggest Question that has arisen from this specific read through:
How was Peter Pettegrew sorted into Gryffendor?!

Let me know what you thought of your reread? Did you find anything you had skimmed over in the past? Or if you weren't reading along with me any general thoughts?


Becky (Page Turners) said...

This was one of my favourites until the later books were released. I had never thought about Peter being in Gryffindor before.... it is a bit weird!

Anonymous said...

This is my favorite book in the series, that being said I haven't read it since '03. So, I've noticed alot. For instance the lack of Lupin in the book, I didn't realized how much he really not in the book, even those he play a big role at the end of the book.

This book starts Hermione and Ron not speaking to -each -other -thon, I believe, that after this book. Ron and Hermione have some fight that leads them to not speaking to each other in everybook after. It's kinda funny if you take noticed or are a Hermione/Ron fan like me.

Jasmyn said...

Ok, so we discussed the Pettigrew thing, but I've just had a new thought on it:

You know how I said he's wasn't smart enough for Ravenclaw, loyal enough for Hufflepuff, or cunning enough for Slytherin so he ended up in Gryffindor?

What if he's somewhat like Neville? That friend who everyone just thinks of as a loser until he makes this huge decision? Neville chose the light side, Pettigrew chose the dark. Perhaps it could be a prime example of the whole series's motif about choices.