Title: Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: July 8th 1999
“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…
-Summary from Goodreads
I reread Prisoner of Azkaban after so many years! This time it was more fun, as I read with the lovely Zainab from @abibliophilesobsession.
I first read Harry Potter when I was 13 ( Yes, 13 years too late). I read it during the summer holidays, and I became quite obsessed*. The whole year, I only read Harry Potter. Honestly, I don’t remember the number of times I’ve read the books.
Prisoner of Azkaban was my first read of 2018. I wanted to start the year with a bit of magic and happiness. That plan obviously backfired cos I was crying and wailing the whole time reading this.
I think this reread hit me hard because of how I read the story.
The first time I read it, I saw the story through Harry. I felt sadness at the abuse he suffered at the Dursleys, I shared his happiness when he stayed at Diagon alley during the summer, I learned the ways of Hogwarts and wizards alongside him. I experienced his pain of reliving his parents’ death.
This time around, I saw the story from a larger perspective. I was enraged by Sirius’s imprisonment, my heart broke for Remus, and Peter’s betrayal felt more personal too.
The only thing that didn’t change was my flaming dislike for Snape. I know there’s a lot of discussion on his character…people either HATE him or LOVE him. For me, he is a great character but a horrible human being.
When you think about it; for a series about magic and hope, it has a lot of heartbreak and sadness.
I enjoyed going back to Hogwarts, and honestly? It felt like going home.
*HAHAHA! The BIGGEST understatement!
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
“Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”
Ahh!! Come fangirl with me! Let’s talk EVERYTHING Harry Potter!
What’s your Hogwarts house? Also I’m curious, how do you feel about Snape?