I was having a bad week when I started reading the third Harry Potter book on the train ride home. My spirits instantly lifted. As I have said before in my previous reviews, Book 1, Book 2, there’s a bit of nostalgia that comes along with reading these books. But beyond that, for this book in particular, it took me away from my troubles and allowed me to escape what had been bothering me. It was such a relief. So much happiness! Every time I picked it up, I knew that I wouldn’t want to put it down. I’m going to declare now that this is my favorite book in the series.
The book sets up a lot of information that we know we’re going to need later on, but without all the heavy things that come with it–Voldemort returning, the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s Army, the book acts as a stepping stone for the more serious subject matter that we get into later. And we already start seeing serious subject matter, the execution of Buckbeak, the dementors sucking your soul, betrayal from a family friend. It’s heavy stuff for it’s intended audience of 13-year-olds.
My favorite part was remembering Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs. It was extremely heartwarming and uplifting that Harry was able to have this connection with his father. In case you forgot, like I did, James Potter was an animangus, who turned into into a Stag when he transformed. Harry’s patronus is a Stag. It’s a touching tribute. I’m sorry I’m getting emotional…
After all this gushing of emotion and happiness, I did find myself with a few parts I could have done without. Any story line with Draco seemed pointless and the Quidditch matches were very long. I could never get into them, but I understand they are important for world building (Quidditch), and character development (Draco). They just seemed long. I was always anxious to get to the next chapter, BUT I was just as thrilled when Harry caught the Snitch and won the Finals.
I can’t really criticize too harshly. The book has been a good companion this week.
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