Harry Potter Month
Harry Potter Month is a yearly event taking place throughout the month of July, to coincide with Harry Potter's birthday. Hosted by Faith @ GeekyZooGirl and myself here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews, the aim is to fill the month with all things Potter. There will be themed posts, discussions, art and fans rereading the books and rewatching the movies, all of which will earn the participants House-Points towards the House Cup at the end of the month. For more information or to sign up, click here.
Hi all! I decided to spotlight my favorite books out of the series this year and share why they're get that honor. Granted, the series as a whole is my all-time favorite, but some of the books in the series are more special to me than others. Today, I'll start with:
Why I Love Prisoner of Azkaban
Out of the first books, Prisoner of Azkaban has always been a standout for me. Every single time I make my way to it, I'm grinning like an idiot as I pull it off my bookshelf. For starters, I love that out of the earlier books, this is where the main character trio start to seem much more mature to me. They feel like young adults, instead of the kids that they were in the first two books.
Beyond their new maturity, the characters also begin to have a wider emotional range. (They pass the teaspoon mark for sure - except maybe Ron. <- bonus points if you get that reference.) They all become more complex individuals with deeper motivations and it makes me connect with them on a whole other level. Harry, my perennial favorite, discovers a weakness in his attracting the Dementors and it irks him. He's been through a lot already, and he's foiled Voldemort twice at this point (I'm not counting when he foils old Voldy as a baby because it wasn't intentional) and we know he's brave but his weakness here makes him seem more human. Harry can't conquer it all so easily. Hermione for her part has grown enough to request taking additional classes and is shown to be mature and trustworthy enough to be awarded a Time-Turner!
Despite being the only book without Voldemort himself making an appearance in one way or another, PoA has a darker tone and more adult themes. It's true that once you've gotten to rereading the books that the initial fear you feel from Sirius' escape from Azkaban is diminished, but the excitement and suspense of the big reveal never dulls for me. Plus, if the Dementors don't scare the hell out of you then there's something siriusly wrong with you ;)
And there are more things that I love about Prisoner of Azkaban: like the fact that we learn more about Harry's mum and dad, through Lupin and through Dumbledore. Those memories give greater depth to Harry's loss and his struggles in the present time.
We're introduced to some of THE COOLEST magical items of all time: The Marauder's Map AND The Time Turner! Learning about those two items was a treat I will never, ever cease to fangirl about ♥
And then of course, there's the addition of my beloved Lupin and Sirius, two of my all-time favorite characters. I wish they both could have stuck around and gotten more page time in subsequent books, but as it stands, they make Prisoner of Azkaban all the more special!
What are some of your favorite Prisoner of Azkaban moments?