Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
This book, in case you forgot to read the title of this blog post, is my favourite Harry Potter book. This blog post will discuss why that is and maybe some other stuff if I can think of anything else as important as how fantastic this one is.
There are many reasons why this is my favourite. One of the most important is that it is the only Harry Potter that has all my favourite characters and doesn’t feature one of them dying. For anyone who doesn’t want to draw up a quick diagram to work out which three I am referring to they are Dumbledore, Remus and Sirius. I know, I know, I seem to have a problem with loving characters who die. Whatever.
Another reason that this book is quite different from Chamber of Secrets and Philosopher’s Stone is the ending. In the first two books Harry, Ron and Hermione more or less know what they’re doing when it comes to the last few chapters – they knew they had to find the Stone, they knew they had to go into the Chamber of Secrets. Sure there were twists (Quirrel/Lord Voldemort?! Ginny/Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort!?) but in Prisoner of Azkaban they have no such plan. It’s all kind of a horrible accident. Sure Hermione uses her cleverness and skill to work things out, Harry uses his courage and compassion to protect the people he loves and Ron’s loyalty and stubbornness get things done but really not one of them had a clue what they were doing. They didn’t get themselves as far as they could and then waited for help from the adults (read Dumbledore). Everyone, including the adults (excluding Dumbledore) just kind of blundered around, doing the best they could. Which I kind of liked.
At the same time, the story had the same subtle, sneaky hints about what was going to happen all the way through just waiting to be noticed by a super observant reader or a reasonably observant re-reader.
Again this time through I noticed things like the introduction of Cho Chang and Cedric Diggory and the number of real prophecies that Professor Trelawny has given.
One problem that has occurred to me is this: I understand why Lupin didn’t tell anyone about Sirius being an Animagus or the Map but when he saw Sirius Black’s dot on the map meeting Harry, Ron and Hermione, as well as Peter Pettigrew why didn’t he let Dumbledore know that a crazy murderer was being left unattended with three students. I mean, I know he was in a hurry, but he’s also a wizard. There’s no spell to send an S.O.S. message to your Headmaster if your school has had two break ins in the last year?
Of course, my last favourite thing (because I want to end this blog on a high point) is the Sirius, Remus, James awesomeness. ‘Cause if there’s one thing that I love, it’s awesome homosocial relationships. Which is exactly what that is!
In conclusion: This is the best Harry Potter ever.
The last movie I watched: Terminator Salvation. I don’t think I paid much attention to it somehow but it seemed to me to be a bad Battlestar Galactica knock off. I might watch it again to confirm that.
The last TV show I watched: Crash Course World History!! (The French Revolution). But I also watched some cartoons too – something called Jimmy Twoshoes. I’m not sure it’s my most favourite cartoon ever but it was pretty neat. The boy I was watching it with seemed to enjoy it.