Prisoner of Azkaban chapters 1-4 discussion
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"Owl Post" -- I'm considering going through the books and finding out how many chapters share this name. Two in this book ("Owl Post" and "Owl Post Again") and I'm pretty sure it comes up later, as well.
Upon reflection, I'm pretty sure Aunt Petunia can't really like Aunt Marge. I mean, Marge insults Petunia's family, and she brings along a dirty slobbering dog! Petunia is an interesting character. All of the Dursleys come across as caricatures for the first several books, but by the end of the series, at least Petunia and Dudley get a little more depth.
For some reason, the Dursley sequence in this book didn't bother me as much. In our discussion of the last book, we mentioned that the whole "Dursleys treating Harry like a redheaded stepchild" theme gets old fast. Maybe it's that the Dursley portion of this book was so short.
I would have liked to know more about the Trace (the way that the Ministry of Magic knows how an underage wizard has performed magic) -- even in the seventh book, when it's named, we don't learn much about how it works. It seems like JKR could have made that clearer -- I would think Fred and George, for example, would have made a study of avoiding detection. And, of course, Hermione would have read all about it!
The Knight Bus -- I'd like to ride it at least once! It reminds me of the night train that I took from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
Fudge -- this is where we really find out what a waffling idiot he is.
Do all mirrors in magical households/establishments talk, I wonder? I think I'd be kinda put off by that -- normal mirrors are bad enough on their own!
I finished the whole book over the weekend. I just couldn't put it down. I'll try to be good, tho.
there are so many differences in the movie version, yet I pretty much don't mind, other than leaving out an important exposition near the end. I don't know how movie-only people knew what was going on.
Ron not knowing how to use a phone.
Monster Book of Monsters.
Harry actually reading A History of Magic.
Fred & George greeting Harry like pompous twits.
The Ron & Hermione show starts right away and goes full steam through the whole book. (by this time, I had them figured.)
Crookshanks v. Scabbers.
The mirror at the Leaky Cauldron.
I had Hermione and Ron together from book 2, but by this time I knew for sure
Fred and George crack me up as always, but I love how they just nag percy to no end. Imagine how unbearable he'd be if they didn't!!
I always found it very interesting that Crookshanks hated Scabbers from the beginning. Even in the pet shop the cat had it out for Scabbers. I always thoguht that maybe in book 7 it would turn out Crookshanks was more then he appeared but..
I want a talking mirror, it would crack me up!
I love that part, too. What could be better than spend all that time hanging around Diagon Alley!
I agree that Petunia really must not like Marge all that much.
Sounds right to me.
Here's an example of perhaps not flattering, but kind. :)
"'I'm not going to be murdered,' Harry said out loud.
'That's the spirit, dear,' said his mirror sleepily." (68)
I always love the part when Fred and George greet Harry after Percy does, no matter how many times I've read this book. :)
I've wondered that as well. *reads post #13* Ah! :)
I agree that must have been a wonderful time for Harry. The first time of doing something on one's own like that is always exciting. I envy Harry that he was so young at the time, versus I was, hmm, maybe twenty-one. ;)
She said her birthday is in September. I agree - I've always wondered why her birthday is never brought up again later in the series.
Just because I love when Harry does magic without a wand, I placed a flag in my book where it says "The cupboard door magically burst open," (29). I know there was other magic like this as well, such as the possibility of it being why Marge's glass broke, and the reason Marge blew up, but the cupboard bit oddly seemed more impressive to me. (Maybe because it was locked?)
Did anyone notice we never actually read that Ron paid for the rat tonic though Hermione brings it to him? That always seems to bug me. Now with this reading, I'm wondering if Hermione was actually the one who bought it, and kept the information to herself.
Found some typos.
And about the rat tonic -- I bet she did pay for it when she paid for Crookshanks, and just never mentioned it! Good call on that one, too.