My Favorite Quotes From: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I started this blog series back in December of 2015 during which I made posts that chronicled my favorite quotes from each Harry Potter book. Since I fell off the Blogmas bandwagon pretty early on (and also finals and winter break zapped all my energy and reading time) I only made it through the first two books of the series. So over THREE years later here I am to start up these posts again, obviously starting with book three Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

If you’d like to catch up and read what my favorite quotes were from the first two books here are those links: Book 1 // Book 2

So on a quick side note, does it bug anyone else that the third movie begins with Harry using magic?? Like there’s no way he’s getting away with that, in the book he uses a flashlight. Honestly, how they got away with that is beyond me, it makes no sense. Okay, mini rant over!

Don’t let the Muggles get you down. Page 10

I actually want to get or make a graphic with this and hang it up in my room someday. One of my favorite optimistic quotes.

Harry ate breakfast each morning in the Leaky Cauldron, where he liked watching the other guests: funny little witches from the country, up for a day’s shopping; venerable-looking wizards arguing over the latest article in Transfiguration Today; wild-looking warlocks; raucous dwarfs; and once, what looked suspiciously like a hag, who ordered a plate of raw liver from behind a thick woolen balaclava. Page 49

People watching is so much fun to me, I love seeing how other people interact and act and just how they go about their own lives. It’s intriguing and I think this quote is so interesting. I would LOVE to sit in the Leaky Cauldron for a couple of hours and just watch all the customers come and go. It would be so cool! Also on this page I found one of those really rare times that a British spelling of a word made it past the editors! Honestly, finding typos, or other mistakes, or just weird coincidences like this are so satisfying. Really strange, but true. The word woolen was spelled with two L’s in my copy of the book.

Harry spent the long sunny days exploring the shops and eating under the brightly colored umbrellas outside cafes, where his fellow diners were showing one another their purchases (it’s a lunascope, old boy – no more messing around with moon charts, see?”) or else discussing the case of Sirius Black (“personally, I won’t let any of the children out alone until he’s back in Azkaban”). Harry didn’t have to do his homework under the blankets by flashlight anymore; now he could sit in the bright sunshine outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor, finishing all his essays with occasional helps from Florean Fortescue himself, who, apart from knowing a great deal about medieval witch burnings, gave Harry free sundaes every half an hour. Page 50

I love the sense of community within this quote. Also I wish I could do wizard homework! With the description of the brightly colored umbrellas I can’t help but picture all these cafes in like beautiful pastel colors. No idea why that’s what is coming to mind but I like it!

“Don’t be ridiculous, Ron,” said Mr. Weasley, who on closer inspection looked very strained. “Black’s not going to be caught by a thirteen-year-old wizard. It’s the Azkaban guards who’ll get him back, you mark my words.” Page 61

Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

Did he, now?” said Madam Pomfrey approvingly. “So we’ve finally got a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who knows his remedies?” Page 90

Honestly, Lupin was hands down the best DADA teacher Hogwarts had in the time Harry was there.

Harry leaned forward to see Hagrid, who was ruby-red in the face and staring down at his enormous hands, his wide grin hidden in the tangle of his black beard. “We should’ve known!” Ron roared, pounding the table. “Who else would have assigned us a biting book?” Page 93

This is from right after they found out that Hagrid was the new Care of Magical Creatures teacher. I love the support that the students give him, especially the Gryffindor students. I also included what Ron said because it’s so true. No one but Hagrid would assign a biting book!

“Really, what has got into you all today?” said Professor McGonagall, turning back into herself with a faint pop, and staring around at them all. “Not that it matters, but that’s the first time my transformation’s not got applause from a class.” Everybody’s heads turned toward Harry again, but nobody spoke. Then Hermione raised her hand. “Please, Professor, we’ve just had our first Divination class, and we were reading the tea leaves, and-” “Ah, of course,” said Professor McGonagall, suddenly frowning. “There is no need to say any more, Miss Granger. Tell me, which of you will be dying this year?” Page 109

This is honestly hilarious. I love how McGonagall is just so nonchalant about this. It makes me giggle every time I read this part. McGonagall is just completely done with Trelawney and her death omens.

Hagrid stopped dead, staring at Harry as though he’d only just realized he was there. “WHAT D’YEH THINK YOU’RE DOIN’, EH?” he roared, so suddenly that they jumped a foot in the air. “YEH’RE NOT TO GO WANDERIN’ AROUND AFTER DARK, HARRY! AN’ YOU TWO! LETTIN’ HIM!” Page 122

This whole scene is funny, I know it probably shouldn’t be because Hagrid is so distraught but at the same time it’s funny. How he has to dunk his head in a water barrel to “sober up” before he realizes that the trio actually left the castle at night to see him.

Crookshanks slowly chewed up the spider, his yellow eyes fixed insolently on Ron. Page 145

Crookshanks is such a sassy character and I really wish he was in the books more. Or that he played more of a role in the movies too, that would’ve been fun to see. Also if any of you are as well versed in Harry Potter theories as I am I’m sure you’ve heard of the Crookshanks headcanon, which makes me like him even more throughout the course of this book.

Here’s the headcanon for those who don’t know of it.

“Where is Wood?” said Harry, suddenly realizing he wasn’t there.

“Still in the showers,” said Fred. “We think he’s trying to drown himself. Page 180

Honestly, I really wish that Olive Wood was more of a central character in the movies as he was in the books. Despite the fact that I love the Harry Potter movies, I truly think that they left out some really great stuff.

They had never seen eye to eye with Hagrid about what he called “interesting creatures” and other people called “terrifying monsters”. Page 218

“Crackers!” said Dumbledore enthusiastically, offering the end of a large silver noisemaker to Snape, who took it reluctantly and tugged. With a bang like a gunshot, the cracker flew apart to reveal a large, pointed witch’s hat topped with a stuffed vulture. Page 227

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Professor Trelawney gave Professor McGonagall a very cold look.

“Certainly I knew, Minerva,” she said quietly. “But one does not parade the fact that one is All-Knowing. I frequently act as though I am not possessed of the Inner Eye, so as not to make others nervous.”

“That explains a great deal,” said Professor McGonagall tartly. Page 229

Honestly, I love the beef between Trelawney and McGonagall. Cracks me up.

Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor. Page 287

This whole scene gets me every dang time. I hate Snape with my absolute whole soul and love that the freaking map makes fun of him for trying to crack it open. And then when Snape is like “don’t you think he got it directly from the manufacturers.” Oh boy I wish that line had been in the movie.

[He] held him out for Crookshanks to sniff. “What do’you reckon?” Ron asked the cat. “Definitely an owl?” Crookshanks purred. Page 434

I forgot about how Ron got his owl, oh this scene was funny. It’s been so long since I’ve read these books, it’s weird getting back into the story. Like I know it all so well but it’s vividly different from what I remember. But I will say it’s always like going home, it’s a story I know like the back of my hand and I can’t wait to get back into the rest of the books.

 

 

 

 

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The Books That Shaped Me

At this point in my life, I have read too many books to count. Going to the library as a kid was one of my favorite outings and every year my uncle used to give me $50 to Barnes and Noble for Christmas. Though nowadays I struggle greatly to find my motivation to read I still love devouring books and when I find a good one it makes me so grateful.

I was going through my goodreads account looking at all the books I had there so that I could look some stuff up for another blog post and I couldn’t help but get slightly emotional over all of the books that I had listed on there that I read way back in elementary and middle school. Books played such a pivotal role in my childhood that I decided to round up a bunch of the books that really shaped me as a person and as a reader and share them with you. I feel like this post could get really long so I might end up sharing this in parts!

I’m basically just going to compile this list with just the names of the books/authors with some commentary when I see fit because I feel like if I were to add my commentary to every single one of these this post would be two miles long and no one would read it! However, if you are interested in more of my commentary on certain books or series just comment on this post and I can make singular posts about certain books/series if you want to know more!

Anyways, here are the books that shaped me!

The Harry Potter series

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Books written by Margaret Peterson Haddix

RunningOutofTime

Specifically Running Out of Time which to this day I maintain as being one of my all time favorite books. Which reminds me, I need to buy a new copy of this still as my last one was stolen from me… This story is just crazy and I highly recommend this book to anyone!

The Main Street series by Ann M. Martin

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Though in general Ann M. Martin’s books all were a really big childhood, her Main Street series was probably my favorite (and I’m honestly still trying to read them!) Her Babysitter’s Club series will always be a classic as well.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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When I first read this series the books were still being released and I remember waiting for the last book and I was so excited when it finally showed up at my library and I could read it! It was the weirdest set of books I had ever read and I was genuinely extremely confused by the entire experience of reading this but I loved it!

American Girl books

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I think that these books had a really big influence into my love of history, as did a few others on this list. American Girl books and the dolls were huge in my life. The magazine was my first ever subscription and I have every single one of those saved in a box still! Kit was my favorite and to this day I still watch the movies if I can get my hands on them!

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park

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I have to brag for a second when I mention this book. We actually read this book for a school thing (I can’t remember what it was called but everyone in my grade got this book for free and after we read it we had a big game of jeopardy) and I have to credit myself for winning grade-wide jeopardy for my class. All because I knew the name of the study of bugs! It’s entomology btw if any of you wanted to know. I will also say that I think that this book was one of the first times that I really stopped to think about how creatures that aren’t humans are treated and it made me really sad!

The Beacon Street Girls Series

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Somewhere out there, there is a website that is somehow related to this series that has my first ever attempts at blogging on it. I’m not even going to lie, as I’m writing this post I’m thinking about going to the library to check out books from this series. I loved these books so much growing up! I actually kind of regret getting rid of my collection of them!

Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

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Bethany Hamilton, to this day, is one of my biggest heroes! Her faith, strength, and heart are so inspiring and I’m so glad that I discovered her when I did. In sixth grade I actually did an entire presentation as her after reading this book. She’s an amazing woman and I love following what she does!

Halfway to the Sky by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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This (along with the next book on the list) have been huge in influencing my wanting to explore more. Halfway to the Sky actually inspired my want to hike the Appalachian Trail someday!

Skye’s the Limit by Megan Shull

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

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I read this book in sixth grade as well and actually read it for a small reading group. The reason this made it onto the list has more to do with my experience of reading it though instead of the story itself (though I do love the story and totally want to reread this!). I’ll try to tell the story quickly…

So back in first grade I got really excited about a book that I was reading for a reading group and ended up reading the whole thing in one night. The next day I said this to my teacher and it was like I had done something illegal! She yelled at me in front of my entire reading group telling me that I was horrible for not being able to follow directions and that I shouldn’t have read ahead and should never do it again. So I tried to never read ahead again (and I still think that this might be why I hated reading books for school more often than not).

Then in sixth grade, I ended up reading this entire book in one night because it was so entertaining I had to finish it! I revealed this to my reading group during our discussion and one of the girls actually told the teacher when she came around to talk to us… I was genuinely terrified when my group mate told her but my teacher almost immediately asked me what I thought of the ending and couldn’t help but discuss how much I had liked the book. The way she reacted compared to my first grade teacher actually shocked me and made me realize just how important it is to have good teachers who have fun/encourage their students to do stuff.

Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass

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The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald

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Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles

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This book kickstarted this weird obsession with anthropology that has always stuck in the back of my head. It’s the reason that I loved the show Bones so much and honestly has now inspired me in my newest collegiate pursuit. Weird how random things will end up influencing your entire life!

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

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And finally…

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

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I borrowed this from a friend in elementary school and have been hooked on learning about World War II ever since! This book, of all of these, probably jumpstarted my love of history more than anything and I credit this to my insanely crazy interest in the World Wars (especially the experience of those on the homefront) ever since.

So now that I’ve talked your ear off… I want to know, what books shaped you as a kid? What was your favorite book growing up? I’d love to read them!

 

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

To continue on with HarryXmasToYou, here are my favorite quotes from my reread of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret’s.

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Fred laughed. “Yeah, Dad’s crazy about everything to do with Muggles; our shed’s full of Muggle stuff. He takes it apart, puts spells on it, and puts it back together again. If he raided our house he’d have to put himself under arrest. It drives Mum mad.” Page 31

I just love Mr. Weasley’s passion. It’s so funny.

“Yes, Arthur, cars,” said Mrs. Weasley, her eyes flashing. “Imagine a wizard buying a rusty old car and telling his wife all he wanted to do with it was take it apart to see how it worked, while really he was enchanting it to make it fly.” Page 39

But Harry, grinning widely, said, “This is the best house I’ve ever been in.” Page 41

I love how sincere Harry is in this quote. After years at the Dursley’s anything must be better. But we all know that he genuinely loves Ron’s house and family and it’s so sweet.

“Why,” demanded Ron, seizing her schedule, “have you outlined all Lockhart’s lessons in little hearts?” Page 95

Oh Ron, you’ll understand someday.

“At least no one on the Gryffindor team had to buy their way in,” said Hermione sharply. “They got in on pure talent.” Page 112

Yes Hermione. You tell ’em!

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 He came around, rain falling on his face, still lying on the field, with someone leaning over him. He saw a glitter of teeth. “Oh, no, not you,” he moaned. “Doesn’t know what he’s saying,” said Lockhart loudly to the anxious crowd of Gryffindors pressing around them. Page 172

I love Harry’s reaction to seeing Lockhart and then Lockhart’s reaction is all “oh he’s in so much pain that he’s imagining me as someone else, the poor boy!” it’s just so funny.

“If anyone wanted ter find out some stuff, all they’d have ter do would be ter follow the spiders. That’d lead ’em right! That’s all I’m sayin’.” Page 264

I feel like this line would make Fudge think of Hagrid as even more crazed and I honestly think it’s hilarious.

The bell rang at that moment, which was lucky; at Malfoy’s last words, Ron had leapt off his stool, and in the scramble to collect bags and books, his attempts to reach Malfoy went unnoticed. “Let me at him,” Ron growled as Harry and Dean hung onto his arms. “I don’t care, I don’t need my wand, I’m going to kill him with my bare hands-” Page 267

There’s such a big difference in how Ron thinks of Hermione from the first book to this one and it’s so cute how protective he is over her now.

I would love more than anything to know how Ginny dealt with all this Chamber of Secrets stuff. Like there’s no way you can just bounce back from this! It would be really interesting to read about her struggles and how she overcame this really terrifying experience.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Page 333

This was my senior quote so obviously I have to include it.

“Got a sock,” said Dobby in disbelief. “Master threw it, and Dobby caught it, and Dobby – Dobby is free.” Page 338

Not going to lie but I almost started crying after reading this scene again.

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Two books down, five to go! Loving rereading these books again.

I hope you all had a good day.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Now that I have finished rereading the first Harry Potter book I figured I’d share some of my favorite quotes with you from that book.

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One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken up in a few hours’ time by Mrs. Dursley’s scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley… He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: “To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!” Page 17

Seriously get chills. Such a good ending to the first chapter.

 “I know some things,” he said. “I can, you know, do math and stuff.” Page 49

I just love how Harry got defensive, trying to tell Hagrid he’s not completely ignorant. So cute.

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The narrow path had opened suddenly onto the edge of a great black lake. Perched atop a high mountain on the other side, its windows sparkling in the starry sky, was a vast castle with many turrets and towers. Page 111

The first view of Hogwarts!!!!

But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them. Page 179

The beginning of the Golden Trio.

Hermione is my favorite character. Always has been. I used to dress up like her all the time. Here’s a picture of me as her from a photoshoot my mom did back when I was in elementary school.

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“You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid-we know we’re called Gred and Forge.” Page 202

I swear, the more I read these books the more I love Fred and George. They’re so great.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” Page 214

“Hagrid, you live in a wooden house,” she said. Page 233

This honestly never occurred to me when I was ever reading this before or watching the movie. How funny though. At least Hermione realized how unsafe it was to have a dragon in this regard.

“That’s chess!” snapped Ron. “You’ve got to make some sacrifices! I take one step forward and she’ll take me-that leaves you free to checkmate the king, Harry!” Page 283

Ron was so brave in this scene. I love that he was willing to sacrifice himself in order to let Harry go defeat “Snape” and save the Sorcerer’s Stone.

“Sent owls off ter all yer parents’ old school friends, askin’ fer photos… knew yeh didn’t have any… d’yeh like it?” Harry couldn’t speak, but Hagrid understood. Page 304

Hagrid is such a kind hearted, genuine person and I love how much he cares for Harry and wants him to be Happy. He brings so much joy to the story, I love him.

I hope you all enjoyed reading some of my favorite quotes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone.

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I’ll talk to you all tomorrow with another post.