Jul. 26th, 2010

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02. Your favorite book

Oh lord, who reading this wee blog doesn't know this?  

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' is, was, and always will be my favorite.  It captivated me; where I had just idly listened to the others, this one pulled me in quickly and made me hungry for more.  I don't really know why, and I'm not going to launch into some sort of sad, pseudo intellectual critique of the book.  I just loved it.  

I think the first tip of the hat was that the tone was certainly changing.  Also, you started to see the mythos really start to gel.  And then we met R.J. Lupin, and I was in love.  Lupin was the first sympathetic adult who appeared who had more than one dimension, and he became more interesting with each pass through the story.  And what an entrance, really.  I thought he was interesting and certainly couldn't wait to see what fate would fall to this particular Dark Arts teacher.  Love bloomed when he sent gum up Peeves' nose, and settled in firmly by the end of that wonderful chapter.

Then we get to that astonishing climax, that went across multiple chapters and threw everything at us at once - secrets, shapeshifters, falsely accused convicts,  time travel, a show down with pure evil, werewolves... good lord.  I remember actually shouting at the CD deck in my car (I listened to these before I read them) "NO!  LUPIN CAN'T BE EVIL! NO! NO! NO!".  Probably not the most eloquent reaction from an English major, but I was actually gobsmacked.  And this book also taught me to start reading these novels more closely, as I hadn't sussed the werewolf issue, but on a re-read actually smacked myself for being so blind.  And maybe that's why I love the book so much - I was just too caught up in enjoying it to waste time pondering things, but on rereads it just gets better each time.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to retire to the library.


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