But before we go (and we will be back in fall!) we're linking up one last time talking about The Prisoner of Azkaban. Until pretty recently when I re-discovered how truly awesome books 5 and 6 are, this was my favorite Harry Potter book. Why?
Harry finally gets a family. I love being introduced to Sirius, although I still do find it a bit hard to believe that Harry accepts Sirius' story in the Shrieking Shack so quickly...but I guess your best friend's pet rat turning into a person who's supposed to be dead will do that. I love the relationship between Sirius and Harry...which is why I hated Book 5 basically from the time it came out until I reread it fairly recently.
Hermione gets the time turner! We also get to learn a lot about the other subjects offered at Hogwarts. I'm actually a bit disappointed that Harry ends up taking Divination (which is pretty self-explanatory) because I'd love to know more about Arithmancy.
As much as I hate Wormtail, his placement in this book as the actual antagonist is impeccable. I still can't imagine being in Ron's shoes...finding out that your pet was actually a person just pretending for all those years. Just...ew.
Should have killed him right then. (Source)
Finally, this is really a turning point in the books. After this point you still learn about the Wizarding World a little bit in each book (portkeys and the pensieve in Book 4, occlumency in Book 5, wandlore in Book 7...) but Book 3 feels like the last of the books that's focused more on setting up the world than the overarching story as a whole. If that makes sense.
What do you think of this book? Love it or hate it? You have until 11:59 on Sunday to link up!