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.
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
“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
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.