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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban discussion, chapters 1-8

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1foggidawn
Jul 2, 2010, 8:45am Top

July's Harry Potter series reread is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.This thread is for discussion of the following chapters:

1. Owl Post
2. Aunt Marge's Big Mistake
3. The Knight bus
4. The Leaky Cauldron
5. The Dementor
6. Talons and Tea Leaves
7. The Boggart in the Wardrobe
8. Flight of the Fat Lady

2pollysmith
Jul 10, 2010, 5:54pm Top

I've always felt that this was the book where the Dursleys began to realise that Harry was someone to be reckoned with. I say began because I don't think Uncle Vernon would ever be able to admit it.

And Aunt Marge! Who did she think she was?!

I love the knight bus. I wonder if they will have the Knight bus at Orlando

3Whinniethepooh
Jul 11, 2010, 1:03pm Top

You Are right. I thought the same thing. I thought it was funny when he blew Aunt Marge up like a balloon. I love when Harry finally meets sirius

4lefty33
Jul 12, 2010, 8:16am Top

Polly, well said about the Dursleys!

There were two things about this group of chapters and at the moment I can only think of one. Hopefully the other will return to me!

The one is, Trelawney warns Parvati to beware a redheaded man. Parvati looks around at Ron suspiciously. I haven't looked it up, but is Parvati who Ron ends up going to the Yule Ball with? And Ron isn't very nice to her there, poor girl.

5biblioholic29
Jul 12, 2010, 9:29am Top

No, Ron goes with Padma, Pavarti is Harry's date.

6jjwilson61
Jul 12, 2010, 10:22am Top

I think the only times Trelawney is genuinely psychic is when she goes into a trance.

7foggidawn
Jul 12, 2010, 10:41am Top

#6 -- I agree that she's only genuinely psychic when she goes into a trance, but every now and then one of her "normal" predictions hits the nail on the head -- like the one about Neville breaking his teacup. I'm sure she could see that he was nervous and a little clumsy and capitalized on that, making it sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Kind of a "it doesn't take a psychic to see that this is going to happen" sort of thing, but she plays it up. As for the red-haired man comment, perhaps she should have directed it at Lav-Lav? ;-)

8lefty33
Jul 12, 2010, 5:35pm Top

Thanks, Bib!

And definitely right, jj & Foggi.

lol, Lav-Lav! Too bad Rowling didn't plan that one out just for a laugh. I would have found it amusing for "beware a redheaded man" to be one of those quirky predictions that turned out true.

9pollysmith
Jul 12, 2010, 5:41pm Top

I like the way trelawny always manages to turn her insults around, so that when hermione gets mad, she acts hurt

10lefty33
Jul 12, 2010, 9:13pm Top

I remembered the other thing!

Madam Marsh is on the Knight Bus with Harry and is not feeling well. This happens again in book 5. In book 5, it says something along the lines of vomiting again but there wasn't a first vomit. Reading this, I wondered if this could count as the first. But it doesn't actually mention Marsh vomiting, just being generally sick. This was the first time I noticed Marsh was in this book as well as the fifth though.

11pollysmith
Jul 13, 2010, 4:07pm Top

Obviously Madam Marsh should not ride the Knight Bus!

12biblioholic29
Aug 4, 2010, 5:22pm Top

I'm about 4 chapters in over at A Bit of Light Reading and I love comments. :)

13tom26
Oct 22, 2010, 11:00pm Top

i wonder what hermoine would see the boggart as?

14pollysmith
Oct 23, 2010, 2:23pm Top


it says in the book,tom!

15foggidawn
Oct 23, 2010, 6:29pm Top

I wonder what her boggart would be after she finished school? Possibly Bellatrix, after the incident in Book 7.

16MrAndrew
Oct 23, 2010, 6:47pm Top

what would a boggart see when it met another boggart?

17lefty33
Oct 23, 2010, 9:01pm Top

Now that is a good question, MrA.

18MrAndrew
Oct 24, 2010, 2:14am Top

and the answer is... me!

19foggidawn
Oct 24, 2010, 8:09am Top

Is this one of those "There's nothing to fear but fear itself" conundrums? ;-)

20Renald128
Oct 24, 2010, 4:10pm Top

#19: Is MrA fear itself? :P....

#2: No, polly, there isn't a knight bus at the Wizarding world in Orlando...:(

21MrAndrew
Oct 25, 2010, 4:34am Top

I'm afraid I am.

22lefty33
Oct 25, 2010, 8:07am Top

Can fear be afraid of itself, then?

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