Happy Harry Potter Day, y'all.
Speaking of Snape, can we talk about how, despite acting like a total dick in the Shrieking Shack and later on, he's much less of a dick and much more interested in protecting Harry et al. than Sirius Black? Sirius is downright disturbing, which I get since he was in Azkaban for 12 years and spent the last year in the form of a dog with nobody but a cat to talk to. But still. Sirius does not come off well here. He, for example, chooses to tie up Snape and let his head bang on the ceiling while leaving the shack. Snape, on the other hand, puts Sirius on a stretcher to transport his inert body up to the castle. Despite fully believing Sirius to be a mass murderer, he shows him this modicum of respect. Interesting. And also, he puts himself between the children and the werewolf.
For the first time in the series, the novel ends on a bittersweet note. It's not all feasts and permission slips and promises of the Quidditch World Cup. There's also the sad knowledge of the home Harry could have had and the one he has to go back to in its place. There's that realization as you grow up that the split between good and evil isn't so clear (though that will be explored more in-depth later in the series) and that the truth we believe in may not be right. This is the book where Harry grows up and while it makes for better reading, it's also a sad time.
Up next is Goblet of Fire! Which means that I can start reading again because we're all on the same page now (literally). See you next week, readalongers!
|We'll be seeing more of him next week.|