Well, two months after starting my Harry Potter binge, I made it to book 4 🙂 and boy did I know it… this book is mighty big so my bag was very weighed down, ha!
So many things I had forgotten about this book. And all of them so relevant to the story which the movies miss out. Firstly Winky, the house elf. Bertha Jorkins, the ministry worker who mysteriously goes missing. And the real story behind Barty Crouch’s son’s escape from Azkaban… to name a few.
The only negative thing for me about this book was Hermione and her constant “Am I the only person who has read ‘Hogwarts A History’” jibes. Yes, Hermione, you are. You know this. You said it last week and the week before so please stop being so surprised that no one has read it!!! (It did start to get on my tits).
The story itself is where things start to get really dark, and of course this book is the centre of Voldemort’s return to power. New readers can anticipate what is to come, especially when Dumbledore gives his orders at the end which leads up to ‘The Order of the Phoenix’.
I don’t remember feeling emotional when I first read this book, but I would have been 13ish at the time. But if this was my first time reading it, I would have been crying. The end is so beautifully written and you can really feel Harry’s anger, frustration and emotion. Especially when, for the first time in his life, he gets a much needed motherly hug from Mrs Weasley.
Splendid. Superb. Another example of J. K. Rowling’s prowess.