Oh book 3. I heart you so much.
Can I just say that even though the beginning bit with all the recap and stuff can be kind of boring, major props to Rowling for making each trip to Hogwarts just a little bit different and interesting? Doing that for these books requires more imagination than I can really grasp, which is why she’s a super famous author and I am not.
Anyways, there’s so much to love here. I’m going to bulletpoint all my happy, fan-girly thoughts, mmmkay? Kay.
- Well, now I remember how Ron gets a new wand! Yay for the Weasleys finally catching a break, amiright?
- Our little Harry finally shows the first signs that he’s becoming more of a teenager, by standing up to the Dursleys and then by freaking out and running away from home.
- LUPIN!!! One of the bestest professors / characters gets introduced. I would like to say that I love how everything Lupin teaches the students (well, that is described in detail, anyways) is all about light and positivity. Normally I’m not such a sap, but come on – chocolate has healing properties after a dementor run-in, the Riddikulus spell is about using laughter to face your fears, and then the Expecto Patronum spell later. THIS is why Lupin is the best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
- SIRIUS!!!! Okay well I won’t say a ton because of those few of you who haven’t read the books yet, but I’m so excited that Sirius is introduced in this book. ❤
- Hagrid is a teacher! And Malfoy immediately tries to ruin it. I know some of you hate on Hagrid for liking dangerous creatures, but I think it’s one of the best things about Hagrid. One, that he likes animals even if they’re not cute and fluffy. And two, he sees the best in these creatures despite what others think, which is why he can actually go gallivanting into the forest without fear. Forest creatures dig Hagrid.
- “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” The Marauder’s Map! Which reminds me of this gif I found ages ago and now have an excuse to use…
- Ummmm so something relevant to the plot… hmmmm… oh right so Harry learns the “official” version of what exactly went down the night his parents died. That’s some tragic stuff right there. And I like that Harry gets a spurt of rage and wants to find Sirius and make him pay. Of course we know he wusses out when it comes to exacting revenge later, but I like this one little glimpse of not-perfect-hero feelings that he has.
- I feel kind of bad for Hermione because now Harry and Ron are all mad at her for telling about the Firebolt, but I’m also just a bit on their side. This is one of those times that whether she’s right or not, it was a jerk move to go behind their backs to tell a teacher.
- Speaking of Hermione, Ron has also been a bit harsher towards her in this book so far. I’m deciding that it’s because his crush on her is developing and being an immature teenage boy, he’s showing it by being mean. This may be because before we actually started dating, the honeyman picked on me and said I had feet as big as Sasquatch’s. Or… maybe I just like mean boys.
Okay that’s all the coherent thoughts I have for today! What are ya’ll thinking about book 3 so far?