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Next Chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban   Leave a comment

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The next eight chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is out. I enjoyed it, even if as I have mentioned in my previous article, I hoped there were more to it.

There are new things, however. It was a nice surprise to hear audio clips in scenes where there was no interaction. I was surprised and pleased about it. I usually listen to the Harry Potter audio books at work and it’s great especially when you don’t have time to sit down and read.

My favorite chapters are here as well. The Marauder’s Map, in particular. I have always wondered what happened to the map after the fake Moody borrowed it from Harry and thanks to JK Rowling’s new content, I found out that Harry got it back when fake Moody’s office was empty. I also found out how they were able to plot the map of Hogwarts being an animagi and with the help of the Invisibility Cloak. I also thought that from the time of James, Sirius, Remus and Peter, the map came into different hands before being confiscated by Filch and finally beinb stolen by the twins. It was in fact confiscated from the four of them and stayed in Filch’s drawer for the next, I dunno, couple of decades probably, before the twins got it. I do wonder, still, how the twins discovered how it works. Maybe a bit more insight? Anyway, I especially loved how they visualized the entrance to the secret passage from the statue of the humpbacked, one-eyed witch. And the witch’s name is Gunhilda of Gorsemoor. She developed a cure for Dragon pox according to the chocolate frog. The visit to the Honeydukes was a treat. How I wish I could grab all those sweets! Makes me want to get myself some chocolates and candies next time I’m out shopping.

I also liked Peeves’s drawing in the Flight of the Fat Lady. He was making laughing sounds and sitting on top of the student’s head. I think he stole that scene from the Fat Lady.

The details on the dementors is amazing. You can see their bony hands and the sounds they are making will give you the creeps. Add the background of thunders and you get a really scary moment there.

I am not content though with the chapter on the Three Broomsticks. I hoped they brought us inside, at least. It was cold outside, to be honest. And that snowball I picked will surely melt in my trunk.

The Patronus charm is also inteoduced of course. There’s a scene in the classroom where Professor Lupin was teaching Harry. I can’t wait till book 5 to finally discover what form my Patronus would look like. Even now, I hope that Pottermore will make sure that we each get to know the shape of our Patronuses.

Harry’s head afloat in front of the shrieking shack was wicked fun as well. You can see Draco and his friends running away from fright. I am also glad that they incorporated what the map said to Professor Snape when he tried to discover its secret. Snape gets to be called for his abnormally large nose, an ugly git, an idiot and a slimeball. Hahaha! That never fails to give me a good laugh everytime I read that part. I can only imagine how Snape hated them. Then fate later on decided that he should save Harry out of his love for Lily. Then he threw some floo powder to summon Lupin and it was a very nice scene.

Last is the Quidditch finals which Gryffindor finally won! It was a very happy moment.

Favorite Scene   Leave a comment

Aside from the Marauder’s Map, this is one of my favorite scenes – at the time that Professor Snape was still considered as the bane in Harry’s life rather than his protector.

Boggart Snape

Neville’s worst fear, Professor Snape, wearing his grandmother’s clothes and hat and clutching a red handbag.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows   1 comment

July 21, 2007.  My best friend and I met at 6:00 in the morning at McDonald’s at the Alabang Town Center.  After a quick breakfast, we trudged our way to the back of the mall.  It was quite a long walk but it was worth every effort.

It was surreal when the staff from Powerbooks handed us our copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  How many times have we done this?  Twice before, when we’ve made early reservations for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  This is the last time we’re going to do this same old routine.

Once we got our books, we sat down at a curb somewhere and read the first two chapters together.  We did that the last time as well.  We parted ways afterwards to continue reading at the comforts of our room.  Every few chapters we called one another and asked what chapter are we already in.

I remember pausing for a while when Hedwig has fallen.  I was asking myself how I can continue if I am already in tears in the first few chapters.  But I carried on.  I had this aching desire to know what happened.  I cried on so many scenes.  When Harry and Ron fought and parted and Hermione tried to run after Ron.  At Godric’s Hollow when he found his parent’s grave and saw the house he was born. I cringed when I heard Hermione’s tortured screams. I was heartbroken when Fred died. I must’ve felt everything that Harry felt when he saw his friends die in front of him.  And I was so proud of Neville.

My tears flowed continuously from Snape’s memory.  A redemption.  But far too late.  He is gone where Harry cannot reach him anymore.  And when he went to the Forbidden Forest, I wanted to stay there and freeze the entire scene in my consciousness.  I was screaming in my head, “Don’t go in there, Harry. Just stay with your parents and your godfather.”  But I knew that it will be useless.  Harry Potter is not a coward.  He will pursue his goal even at the cost of his life to protect his friends and everyone in Hogwarts fighting.

I held the book close to my chest after I finished reading it.  I was still in tears.  And I just sat in my bed unmoving for at least half an hour.  I’ve forgotten to call my best friend to find out if she has also finished reading the book.  I’ve lost count of the sighs that escaped my lips that night.  The final book has taken flight.  Will I ever be the same again?

In the words from the Broadway Musical song For Good in Wicked, “Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”  Yes, Harry Potter changed my life and I know that I am a better person because of the lessons he imparted with me.