“I’m not going to be murdered,” Harry said out loud.
“That’s the spirit, dear,” said his mirror sleepily.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Page 68
And so the magic continues.
The mood shifted with this book. Not because I’ve seen the movie, and I know what’s going to happen. I could feel the mood shift with this book.
The first chapter felt normal as ever, just as the last two, but it felt like the transition we needed to start seeing the dark side of Harry Potter’s story.
I think part of it has to do with the fact that Harry’s older. He’s physically grown taller. He’s much smarter and braver, and now he has no desire to take anyone’s bullshit. Who better to come test it than a Dursley, Aunt Marge? I have nothing to say about her other than I feel so terribly bad for the dogs under her care.
Then we have Sirius Black on the loose and the panic that has set in the wizarding world. Everyone’s on edge and Harry can feel that. He’s becoming less patient and more angry and intolerable. I feel bad for him. Harry really just can’t catch a break.
It’s starting to read less like a children’s book and starting to become more serious, which in a way makes the story feel even more real.
First, with real issues, we can see this place as something more than just Harry’s magical home where he has unbelievable adventures. Things are starting to get out of his control which raises the bar for Harry and the story.
Second, because the bar is raised, I’m far more eager to keep reading. I want to know what happens. I want to learn more and see how the story will end, and considering the pattern Rowling’s set and her cleverness, I know Voldemort must be connected in a much more concrete way than just “Sirius was a follower and now wants to get to Harry.”
Though I have seen the film, this book is over 400 pages, which means there is far more material than the film can cover, and I’m very excited to explore what that material may be.
For example, I want to fully understand the meaning behind Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs which is something I was always confused about when watching the movies.
I want to know more about Hogsmeade and its history. I know there are details missing that I can get from the book.
So, instead of babbling about my excitement, I’ll just keep reading.