Day Six & Seven: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Day Six and Seven.

I am still on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Well, it’s not unexpected, I have been busy, but unlike Book 1 and Book 2, this one is slightly bigger and it feels like there’s more to it.

One of my favourite parts is :

  Sir Cadogan the knight in the painting!!! I forgot about him!!!! (on page 77 of 317)

That was my status update on Goodreads when I was reintroduced to Sir Cadogan.  It’s not an incredibly big rediscovery, but, I feel like it is.  I’m finding old friends all over again, if that makes sense haha!

And I noticed also, while the Book 1 introduced momentarily,  scenes that were narrated from Hermione and Ron (combined) perspective, particularly in the scene when Quirrell (at that point Hermione thought it was Snape) was cursing Harry on his broom during the Quidditch Match, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so far, does not.  At all.  In fact, it almost always completely told from Harry’s perspective.

Anyway! Thought that was interesting haha.

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Day Five: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

So, I began Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban today.  And I remember thinking that the movies always got the beginning wrong.  Sure, the third Harry Potter movie is one of my favourite adaptations because all the important bits are there and it flows really well, whereas some of the ones later one don’t.  Anyway, well the opening scene in the movie is Harry using his wand to call light.  But the basic rule is that underage wizards can’ t magic outside Hogwarts.  In the book, Harry uses a torch  to work under covers.  And it seems, though I knew that, I actually had forgotten.  Funny how these little things slip the mind.

So I’m currently on page 50, and so far, one of my favourite scenes has just passed.  I absolutely love the moment when Harry boards the Knight Bus and calls himself Neville.  Loved it.

Day Four: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Fact: Although I know that authors plan to some extent the major plot for a series of novels, I just never really believed it when it came to the Harry Potter series.  Don’t ask me why, I just didn’t think about it.  And yet.

“Harry couldn’t explain, to even himself, why he didn’t just throw Riddle’s diary away. The fact was that even though he knew the diary was blank, he kept absentmindedly picking it up and turning the pages as though it was a story he wanted to finish.  And while Harry was sure he had never heard the name T. M. Riddle before, it still seemed to mean something to him, almost as though Riddle was a friend he’d had when he was very small, and half forgotten.  But this was absurd.  He’d neverhad friends before Hogwarts, Dudley had made sure of that.” p.175

It’s there.  It’s the indicator that Harry has a piece of Voldemort.   It’s so subtle.  So very subtle that it doesn’t really make any difference if you’re reading the series for the first time.  But then, when you’ve finished the series and reread it, you realise, omg…it was there right in front of me the whole time.

At least, that’s what I think :D.

And with the conclusion of the second book, tonight, I shall be contiuing the journey with the third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!  Don’t forget to check out Sam’s Journey as you follow Mine ^^

Day Three: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

I have finished the first Harry Potter book, and I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed it very much.  It was a surprise too.  I realised just how innocent it really is in comparison to the last four novels.  I’ve probably reread the last four novel more often than the first three even though I really love the first three novels.  It’s just when you’re at the age of 16 or something, reading the later books means you’re closer to their ages and it’s funner.  But yet.  I stil enjoyed the first book at my lovely age of 21.  There’s such an innocence to it, and when I wasn’t reading it, I felt lonely, and desired to go and pick up the book again.  Only I couldn’t because I’d promised myself to write 500 words more on my thesis.  Killer.  Only because there’s so much to say, that sometimes one just doesn’t know where to start.

But when I finally finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I loved it all over again.

My favourite bits, as always were the Weasley Twins.  But also, at the very end when Harry and Hermione reach the last stage of the challenges and tests before Harry’s meeting with Professor Quirrell, that was my favourite.  I love the scene where Hermione figures out the potions.  And I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the movie.  Just like when Harry meetsFluffy for the first time, Neville was also there too in the book!

So many suprises *sigh* and onto the next book!

About 100 pages into Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it’s cute seeing Ginny have a crush on Harry.   But like the first book, there is still this childish innocence in the books and in the characters which later on…becomes maturity with age.

Alright! Don’t forget to keep reading if you’re in on this challenge with Sam and Me!

Day Two: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

It is the second day of July for me, and I am about 150 pages in that is in between working on my thesis and reading two books.  And I have also rediscovered several things.   Most of these things are things I noticed that are differences between the book and movie that I had completely forgotten, and others are just fascinating little moments.  It’s funny, I’m a reader and have read the Harry Potter books several times over and still, it seems I have forgotten some things and remembered things that weren’t in the original books !

- Uncle Vernon worked at Grunnings

- Dudley’s best friend was PiersPolkiss

- Oh! Dudley never go trapped behind the glass in the reptile section at the zoo….

- Dudley’s second room

- There IS actually a letters-in-the-eggs scene,  thought that was only in the movie, but no!

- Discovery: Hagrid told Harry about Voldemort before getting to Diagon Alley…man…it has been too long since I’ve read this book lols

- Hagrid stayed the night in that place on the island off the coast

- Harry met Draco in Madame Malkin’s.

- Discovery: Harry bought his school stuff a month before going to Hogwarts which I remembered

- Discovery: Omg that’s right Harry had a nice long convo -okay not that long- with Fred and George right before he got on the train

- Discovery: Actually maybe it should say ‘the little moments I forgot’ since right now there’s a great scene between the Weasley family right before the train leaves

- Discovery: The spell that Ron and Hermione use on the train in the movie is not actually in the book. and the train ride is so much longer lols

- Yup Harry bumps into Malfoy on the train again

- The ghosts turn up before they’re sorted……

- omgosh the Hogwarts song scene, the best <3 Gotta love Fred and George and their slow funeral March tune :p

- and lastly where the movies completely leave it out – PEEVES

Yep, for those who have me on Goodreads, I kind of spammed everyone with every single one of these points.  I couldn’t help it, I forgot some of these things and thought of others in the wrong order, just goes to show how long it’s seemingly been.

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Day One: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 

 

 

It’s started!!!  Today is the first day of the Harry Potter re-read Challenge for July that Sam and I are hosting!

I’m officially overly excited and what’s more, I really like can’t hold it in even though I’ve been slaving away for days over my thesis (it’s killing me by the way, I’ve never ever felt so inadequate as I do now that I’m working on it).  But when I held the first Harry Potter book in my hands, I was surprised, it’s so light, it’s also barely over 200 pages.  And it’s old.  Yes, the version I have is age worn.   It is sadly, a little discoloured from the fact that for several years it had sat on my windowsill exposed to the sun.  It also has my name and my brother’s name scrawled over the inner cover to alert others that it belonged to us.  And yet, it’s not gross in anyway (Samantha you’ll totally get the reference – even though it’s not referring to a library book :P) rather, it’s nostalgic.  Even the first words are nostalgic.  But there you go.  It’s the first day of the challenge, it’s also the first book, and the magic is already there.

I am excited,

To once again,

For the hundredth time,

To take this journey once more.

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Mine

Samantha’s

Harry Potter Re-read Challenge!

Hey all!!!

 

So firstly, deep apologies everyone, I have been away and will continually be so on and off for the rest of the year due to the fact that I am currently slaving away writing myhonours thesis.  Which my overly optimistic brain is being exhausted and stressed out about on a constant daily basis.

However, for something fun, me and Sam over at  Poison For The Senses have decided to do a Harry Potter Re-read Challenge, mostly because we were chatting and suddenly feel into a nostalgia about how we grew up reading Harry Potter and that in many ways, it’s a very special series for the both of us.  And then bam! There it was, why not have a re-read challenge, not just for us to revisit a series that we adore and love, but a series that many others do too.  I know for me it has always surprised me if someone I know hasn’t read the series since it was so popular but of course, understandably, not everyone shares my love for it.  But for those who do you’re entirely welcome to join Sam and I as we take the Challenge in July to re-read all seven of the Harry Potter novels!

July 2014 Challenge Page Link: Click  Here

Beginning of July, you will have this:

See the gorgeous seven books?

Well, by the end, you should be like this:

 

Or at the very least, I shall!  My reprieve for the year, a journey I’m happy to retake again, and totally, absolutely, can’t wait!

 

Love from,

Nina!

Your fellow blogger, friend, writer, procrastinator XD

 

P.s. I’m totally adding this: