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Hermione Does Have a Good Head on Her Shoulders, Doesn't She?

By Intern Rusty | Books | July 1, 2010 |

By Intern Rusty | Books | July 1, 2010 |

For a boy who’s extremely aware that there are people trying to kill him, Harry Potter really enjoys running away from where he’s supposed to be. And, every so often, running in exactly the direction of the people he’s supposed to be avoiding. The Prisoner of Azkaban is a prime example of this, as Harry runs away from his aunt and uncle’s house, sneaks out of Hogwarts castle multiple times, and follows a mysterious dog down an unfamiliar passageway, the second two after he’s been informed that there may be a lunatic out to kill him. If he were my 13-year-old, I’d probably have a hard time refraining myself from locking his over-confident, danger-seeking ass up in the house all summer, but I appear to have lost some of my sense of whimsy as I’ve grown older.

The Prisoner of Azkaban begins the trend of the books getting steadily darker as they move towards the actual return of Voldemort in Goblet of Fire. Dementors are introduced, the creatures which feed on the sadness of humans, and the conditions at the wizarding prison Azkaban are spelled out. We learn more about the inherent prejudices of wizards and witches through Professor Lupin, a werewolf who takes over the perpetually rotating Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position.

Overall, Prisoner of Azkaban works to set up a lot of the necessary relationships, backstory, and tension that will be needed later in the series. And begins to set up some of the personality flaws that will plague Harry for the rest of the series. Looking back on this whole series, I’m struck by a deep desire to buy Hermione several large fire-whiskeys and letting her vent for about a month. Girl may have had her annoying moments, but she had a good head on her shoulders and was frequently used for her intellect and abilities by boys who never listened to her ENTIRELY LOGICAL suggestions. But again, see above re: loss of whimsy.

This review is part of the Cannonball Read series. For more of Rusty’s reviews, check out her blog. Or check out Pajiba After Dark, daily on Pajiba.

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