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Monday, July 02, 2007

RACE TO THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: The Prisoner of Azkaban has flown the coop!

Just over 48 hours since finishing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a few minutes ago I wrapped up re-reading Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Which is always a pleasure to read because Sirius Black figures so much in its story.

So since I started re-reading all of the Harry Potter books, in preparation for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows nineteen days from now, I've now read the first three books in exactly one week! And since Darth Larry was the one who called me out, I can brag that at this clip I should soon easily overtake him, as deep as he already is in Book 4, muhahahahahahaha!!

Something I spotted this time that I never noticed before: when Snape takes over the Defense Against the Dark Arts class he has the students read up on werewolves. When Lupin returns, he has the kids study vampires. Seems a bit removed from his usual curriculum of boggarts and grindylows, doesn't it? So I'm wondering: was Lupin playing some quid pro quo with Snape that we aren't supposed to know about yet?

Maybe some more stuff as this round of reading "sinks in". This is my usual rate of reading but all the same: the Harry Potter books are thick with intricate detail that is easily overlooked the first few times around. Going to let this bout with the Prisoner of Azkaban play in my subconscious, and maybe more stuff to comment on will surface.

Up next: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Which incidentally was the very first Harry Potter book that I ever bought: right after it was published in the summer of 2000, even though I didn't actually read it until I'd finished the first three almost a year and a half later. With everything going on in the next few days, I'm going to chart that it'll be sometime Thursday when I finish this one. Expect a report then!


Jenna St.Hilaire said...

Wow, that's fast! 'Bout like the rate at which I read book three the first time--couldn't put that thing down to save my life. Anyways, you're catching up on me! It's a good thing for me that I started at the end of May, or it probably wouldn't have happened.

Lou's reading the books for the first time; I think he read the first three because he likes me, but book 4 hooked him :-P We were both in book 5 for a couple of days, but he also reads very quickly and has finished it and picked up 6. I've got dibs on reading 7 first, but that shouldn't take me much beyond Saturday the 21st :-D