As some of you may know, or release by now, this month (October) is Harry Potter month on my blog. Partly because of the run up to Halloween, you know where people dress up as witches and wizards and all other forms of things/people, and also, because in June I whizzed through and read books 2 – 7 (I’d read the first book in my final year of uni).
If you haven’t read my review for the first book, check it out here and if you haven’t checked out my review for the second review, posted Tuesday, you can check it out here. Please note, this review may contain spoilers.
Now if you haven’t guessed by now, each of the Harry Potter books focuses on a particular year of Harry’s school, so book three is his third year at Hogwarts. I thin this book is the first ‘scary book’ of the series, as we are introduced to the soul-sucking dementors, every children and wizards worst nightmare. This book has a serious underlay of darkness as we have the wizard prison, the ‘killing’ of magical animals and the dementors all in one book. Weh!
We are introduced to a number of new characters, including; professor Remus Lupin and Sirius Black, who, if you read my short but sweet blog post about Harry Potter characters here, you’d remember are 2 of Harry’s fathers friends and 2 pieces of the Marauders puzzle pieces. The creators of the Marauders Map, which gets used frequently by Harry this year. Remus is this years Dark Arts teacher, a post you will have noticed, gets a new teacher each year! And Sirius is Harry’s unknown godfather (to Harry ) and supposed killer.
This year Harry learns the true meaning of family, being introduced to who he thought was trying to kill him (told you there were spoilers in this post!) and of course, Voldemort makes his appearance. We also find out the Peter Pettigrew is alive, the final piece of the Marauders puzzle, and, as I’m sure it did most readers, it was a shock to us all as to where he’d been hiding all these years.
Hagrid begins this year as the new magical creatures teacher, a post, which I’m sure you can agree, is the perfect fit for him. But with the help from Draco Malfoy, remember him?, his minor blunders come to the attention of the Ministry of Magic.
ALSO, can we just take a moment to appreciate that Hermione is a total badass which in this book? I mean she hit Draco for one, AND she was lucky enough to receive a device to go back in time, due to all the lessons she chooses to do. This device comes in handy towards the end of the book, so watch this space!
Readers are also introduced to the patronus’, wisps of magic which can fight off dementors, something which J.K. Rowling has introduced to her website Pottermore, a quiz to discover your own patronus. (FYI Mines a Dolphin – what’s yours?)
So hence begins the ‘dark ages’ of Hogwarts, let me know what you’re favourite part of the third book in the series is below in the comments, and stay tuned for my next Harry Potter themed blog post, due to be released Sunday!