2015 Feb. 18 18
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I, Sirius Black, Harry Potter’s godfather, hereby give him permission to visit Hogsmeade at weekends.
Prisoner of Azkaban used to be my favorite in the Harry Potter series and I believe that it’ll keep its place after this rereading. This one is so amazing. There are friendship, family, humor and adventure (of course). Besides, there are also arguments, fight, forgiveness and change. I can see the growth of Harry, Ron and Hermione. And well, character development is the best thing to be seen in a book.
One of my favorite scenes is when Harry enjoyed his first ever freedom after escaping form the Dursleys. Simple things like wandering around the streets and buy stuffs for himself used to be so impossible, but now, he can have sundaes in the sunshine and visit wizardly shops at his wish. It just makes me so happy to see that he can finally live a normal life and do whatever he wants.
It is also really glad to see Hermione’s change in this book. In the Prisoner of Azkaban, she changed from a typical “good student" who studies hard and hardly dare breaks rules to a girl who has the courage to speak up for herself when facing insults and also someone knows the fact that one cannot do anything and everything without help from others. You can’t stop feeling so proud of her when she punched Malfoy into his nose and when she finally decided to drop several courses.
On the other hand, friendship among Harry, Ron and Hermione reached another level in this book. In every relationship, arguments and fights are inevitable. After the disturbances of firebolt and Scrabber, all three of them learned to listen and forgive. It’s good to see them grow and learn.
Another 3 characters I fall in love with in this book are Hargrid, Sirius and Crookshands! Hargird is an appealing character from the first book, but in this one, he’s not only a friend of Harry, Ron and Hermione, he’s also a mentor. It is him who brings them back together when they are in fight. Then… how can you don’t love Sirius, he has the perfect image of a loving father. He’s blunt and impulsive sometimes, but he’s kind and upright, that’s what really matters. Finally, the surprising Crookshands, Ron may be hating me for loving this little creature, but I just can’t stop loving him after his first appearance in the book. He is so full of wisdom and spirit! I also like his attitude of “Well, I don’t care if you hate me." He’s so cool. In fact, I also really love Fred and George for giving up their Marauder’s Map for Harry. They are just so nice and hilarious all the time. They are not even that intimate with Harry but they still give the treasure to him, awwwwwwwww. But I was already madly in love with them from the very first book, so… lol.
Can’t wait to dive in the next book!
p. 53 Harry didn’t have to do his homework under the blankets by torchlight any more; now he could sit in the bright sunshine outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, finishing all his essays with occasional help from Florean Fortescue himself, who, apart from knowing a great deal about medieval witch-burnings, gave Harry free sundaes every half hour.
p. 79 ‘I don’t go looking for trouble,’ said Harry, nettled. ‘Trouble usually finds me.’
p. 159 ‘They make a fuss about Hogsmeade, but I assure you, Harry, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be,’ he said seriously. ‘All right, the sweetshop’s rather good, but Zonko’s Joke Shop’s frankly dangerous, and yes, the Shrieking Shack’s always worth a visit, but really, Harry, apart from that, you’re not missing anything.’
p. 177 They’ve got a new captain and Seeker, Cedric Diggory-‘ Angelina, Alicia and Katie suddenly giggled. ‘What?’ said Wood, frowning at this light-hearted behavior. ‘He’s that tall, good-looking one, isn’t he?’ said Angeline. ‘Strong and silent,’ said Katie, and they started to giggle again.
p. 197 ‘The Dementors affect you worse than the others because there are horrors in your past that the others don’t have.’
p. 203 I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
p. 205 Never trust anything that can think for itself, if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.
p. 258 Every night, without fail, Hermione was to be seen in a corner of the common room, several tables spread with books, Arithmancy charts, Rune dictionaries, diagrams of Muggles lifting heavy objects, and file upon file of extensive notes; she barely spoke to anybody, and snapped when she was interrupted.
p. 291 (…) I thought you two’d value yer friend more’n broomsticks or rats.
p. 321 Harry and Ron both made furious moves towards Malfoy, but Hermione got there first- SMACK! She had slapped Malfoy around the face with all the strength she could muster. Malfoy staggered. Harry, Ron, Crabbe and Goyle stood flabbergasted as Hermione raised her hand again. ‘Don’t you dare call Hagrid pathetic, you fool- you evil-‘
p. 331 Professor McGonagall didn’t even bother to tell him off. She was actually shaking her fist in Malfoy’s direction, her hat had fallen off, and she, too, was shouting furiously.
p. 377 We were young, thoughtless- carried away with our own cleverness.
p. 399 ‘I’m not doing this for you. I’m doing it because I don’t reckon my dad would’ve wanted his best friends to become killers- just for you.’
p. 441 ‘We’ll see each other again,’ he said. ‘You are- truely your father’s son, Harry…’
p. 462 ‘He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though… keep up with my news… check I’m happy…’