Friday, 15 February 2013
HP Friday: Siriuser and Siriuser
Greetings, internetlings. It's time to talk about Chapters 12-22 in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Thanks to Alice at Reading Rambo for hosting and for bringing the funny.
Finally, finally, we can start talking about Sirius.
I think what made me cling to Sirius so dearly was the moment in the tunnel when we think Harry will be going to live with him instead of the Dursleys. I wanted that to happen as ferociously as Harry did. Damn, universe. You cruel.
But, is it just me, or did the scene in the Shrieking Shack drag a bit? I think it's because I knew what the Deal was, and so all that "But, why?" "But, wait." "But, who?" got me a mite impatient. And Sirius had the opposite problem of most villains (probably because he's not, in this instance, a villain), in that he didn't monologue enough. Use your words, Sirius! It didn't drag in my first read through; this time, I was just anxious to get to Understood Sirius.
I'm writing this Thursday night (Happy Valentine's Day, kids!), and I can hear some of you typing out how laaaame it is that Harry, not Hermione, realized what Dumbledore meant for them to do when they used the Time-Turner. And you know what, I have no answer for you. Sure, Hermione was a bit rocked from encountering the gaggle of Dementors, but she was still Hermione. It's not like she'd come to and forget how to use furniture.
One thing we've been wondering is how big the student population of Hogwarts is. On pages 224-225 of my edition, in chapter 15, Rowling says that 3/4 of the crowd at the Quidditch final were cheering for Gryffindor, while 200 people were rooting for Slytherin. So there are 800 people in attendance. How many of those do we think are staff? Maybe 50? Either the whole "200" thing is a big ol' whoopsy-daisy from JKR, or there are way more than 10 new students per house each year, which would make more sense to me. It could be that there are multiple rooms for boys in Harry's year, and he's just assigned to bunk with the four we know. Did we ever land on a solid estimate in anyone's comment section?
I loved reading PoA, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it won't be my favourite this time 'round. I'm so excited for the next book. Our first four-parter! And the Quidditch world cup! And will we perhaps see the result of Trelawney's second prediction?
Now. Talk to me about Sirius + Crookshanks fanfics. I know they're out there.