Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

"'Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport 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…

This is possibly my favorite Harry Potter book, and the one I’ve read most often. Though I’m probably only saying that because it’s where my favorite character, Remus Lupin, is introduced.

And yet, there’s so much I’d forgotten. I was a little surprised by how careful Lupin is. It seems hat he’s quieter than I remember. He truly seems run down, and is generous with a smile. The movies have hardened him in my mind, and in thinking about his past, it seems I’ve also toughened his heart as well. But he’s more a man who is unable to get a job than one who is haunted by his past, at least as depicted here. He’s made a crude peace with it.

Also how did I forget that Remus and Sirius were not on such good terms at the end of their run in the Order that they each had suspicions about the other? If they were as close as I’d been expecting them to be, how could they have each suspected each other of being a spy? I think they might have been slightly estranged because of Sirius "pranking" Severus by showing him a werewolf, but that was in year 5. Did their friendship suffer that much? Was it because no one could know who had been compromised? Did they not see much of each other? These books are dark, man.

Foreshadowing is more subtle in this one, with the Dementors playing a significant part in this book, they come back to be important in the fifth as well. This is all the first mention of Cedric. Ooh, that hurts.

And yeah, Severus wants Sirius dead. So just consider how much better things would have gone if Severus had seen reconnecting with Harry as an homage to Lily rather than a betrayal and submission to James?

Man, each book just shows how messed up things are.
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"But then...," Lupin muttered, staring at Black so intently it seemed he was trying to read his mind, "... why hasn't he shown himself before now? Unless" --Lupin's eyes suddenly widened, as though he was seeing something beyond Black, something none of the rest could see, "--unless he was the one... unless you switched... without telling me?"

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"Remus!" Pettigrew squeaked, turning to Lupin instead, writhing imploringly in front of him. "You don't believe this... wouldn't Sirius have told you if they'd changed the plan?"

"Not if he thought I was the spy, Peter," said Lupin. "I assume that's why you didn't tell me, Sirius?" he said casually over Pettigrew's head.

"Forgive me, Remus," said Black.

"Not at all, Padfoot, old friend," said Lupin, who was now rolling up his sleeves. "And will you, in turn, forgive me for believing you were the spy?"

"Of course," said Black, and the ghost of a grin was flitting across his gaunt face. He, too, began rolling up his sleeves. "Shall we kill him together?"

"Yes, I think so," said Lupin grimly.

I mean, the kids were awesome as well. But the Marauder band do pull a little focus.

Pages: 435
Year: 8 Jul 1999
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press

Read: 28 Oct 17 - 31 Oct 17
Stars: 5 (loved it)