Thoughts on Revisiting Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

December 2, 2015 Fantasy, Readalong, Young Adult Fiction 7

Hallo, Bookworms!

Imagine that in a Hagrid accent, would you? I’m still working my way through the Harry Potter series along with my favorite people at The Estella Society. POTTER BINGE! I’ve just finished up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and as you know, I have some thoughts, reactions, and the like. Get your time turners ready… HERE WE GOOOOOOO!

  • Seriously, Errol. Sometimes I wonder if he’s not so much decrepit as the Drunk Uncle of the owl world…
  • I know assume that Molly home schooled her brood before they went to Hogwarts, but I have to wonder why, once Ginny left, she didn’t decide to get a job outside the home to help with the finances. I don’t suppose she had a whole lot of time to do so between Ginny going off to school and the second rise of Voledemort… And I really have no idea what the wizarding job market was like at the time, but the state of their Gringott’s vault makes me want to cry… Then again, I think they had chickens and stuff. She was probably like the original witch homesteader. I bet she grew organic mandrakes and kept livestock and whatnot. STOP JUDGING MOLLY WEASLEY, KATIE. SHE IS THE BEST.
  • Speaking of drunk uncle, how’s about drunken Aunt Marge? The worst.
  • The Knight Bus sounds like a dreadful way to travel, all things considered.
  • Chocolate! Cures what ails you… Especially if dementors are what ails you.
  • Hermione could give any internet skeptic a run for their money. Girl throws serious shade at Divination.
  • Snape as Granny Longbottom. It never gets old!
  • The Great Hall has 12 Christmas trees. #LifeGoals
  • Nose biting teacups are truly a gift for all occasions.
  • Malfoy’s glee at having Buckbeak executed is troubling. Isn’t cruelty to animals a sign of a sociopath?
  • I GET that Snape hated James, but what kind of person bad mouths an orphan’s parents to their face? Seriously douchey move, Snape. Probably why I can barely muster any sympathy for the man. Ever. Besides. Everyone knows that the best revenge is making the child of your enemy think you’re cool. Duh.
  • Lupin’s guilt trip game is ON POINT.
  • Lee Jordan’s Quidditch commentary kills me.
  • The rules of the time turner hurt my brain. For one, I keep getting Cher stuck in my head. Plus, how far back in time can it go? What happens if you DO change things? Why couldn’t they have used a time turner to stop Voldemort and/or reverse any number of unfortunate deaths? I’m just going to have to put my trust in Rowling that there are REASONS but they’re very dense like tax law and I just shouldn’t think too hard about it.
  • Oh Prongs. Remember that I time I told y’all about my patronus at great length?
  • A note to all four of my godchildren: I repeat! I WILL NEVER GET MYSELF LOCKED UP IN AZKABAN AND LEAVE YOU ALONE IN THE BIG BAD WORLD! (Jack, Nathan, Natalie, and Emma I love you all to tiny bits.)
  • “You think the dead we love every truly leave us?” I’m not crying. YOU’RE CRYING.

The further along we go in this project, the less sense I’m making. No matter, I’m having all the fun. How about you, Bookworms? Anybody else think that the Weasley’s old decrepit owl Errol is a fraud and a drunk?

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7 Responses to “Thoughts on Revisiting Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban”

  1. Jayne

    I loved this one in the series. It is definitely one of my favorites. But the movie was such a disappointing version of the story. The other movies do a decent job but in this one there was so much left out or changed that I thought made the book so fun. Like Crookshanks – I love how helped Padfoot and the kids!

  2. Words For Worms

    The thing that bothered me most about the movie was the ridiculous CGI werewolf. Seriously, Lupin turned into an actual wolf, not a weird cartoon thing. I was not a fan at all.

  3. Erin

    Just came across your website, and I LOVE that you are doing a Harry Potter binge! (I did one earlier this year). Looking forward to exploring your blog!

  4. Kathleen

    I am also re-reading the Harry Potter books and just made it through Order of the Phoenix. Quite clearly I am annoyed that she killed off Sirius. Seriously?! I never get past it, it seemed un-necessarily cruel. And where can I get a time-turner. That would come in SOOO handy now that I have two children.

  5. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Yeah, Snape is legitimately just the worst. Even if you think all the crap he says to Harry is justifiable because of his hurt feelings re: Lily & James etc., he’s so, so ugly to Neville. And there’s no reason for that. He bullies little Neville for nothing, like poor little Neville’s life isn’t hard enough already.

    • Words For Worms

      THIS. Even if you discount all the Harry stuff, there is absolutely no excuse for being nasty to Neville. Snape is basically a sociopath with like maybe one redeeming characteristic. Too little too late, buddy.

  6. Sarah @WordHits

    Oh I had so much fun reading this! Hahaha. I just started Sorcerers Stone. It’s so fun rereading and catching things I’ve missed before. Azkaban is my favorite and most reread HP and I don’t remember Snape as Granny Longbottom?! #Fail

    Good thing I’m doing the #PotterBinge

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