A Very Harry Wrap-Up: Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire

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Today marks the official halfway point of A Very Harry Christmas reading challenge! Well done, well done to everyone! You guys are pushing the pace! Once again, special congratulations to Kelsey and Amber who won the prize drawings this go around! Three more chances to win, plus don't forget about that medal for everyone who finishes!

Here's the highlights:

Prisoner of azkaban:

Your beautiful photos!

From left to right, top to bottom we've got photos by Amber (@wanderlust.pages), Beverly (@beverly2009), Kelsey (@kelseytana) with the Page 394 tattoo (!!!), and Christy (@paradiselostinbooks).

Lingering thoughts on Prisoner of Azkaban:

This book definitely represents the peak of student Quidditch. The house cup is hotly contested, the match with the storm and the dementors, the loss of the Nimbus 2000 - it's good stuff.

Ron and Hermione's fighting is way more intense in the books than it is in the movies. I forgot how horrible the Crookshanks/Scabbers induced fighting is. And obviously it's way more annoying knowing full well that Scabbers is Peter Pettigrew and hating him the whole time for betraying the Potters. Makes me come down so hard on Hermione's side. She's so stressed out and she doesn't do anything wrong but all her friends leave her. NOT COOL GUYS.

It was also fun on this re-read to remember how surprised I was by the Sirius/Animagus reveal the first time I ever read it. The whole hunt for a wanted criminal was so dramatic and that was a twist I didn't see coming. It's a bit laughable now because I've read it so many times, but I'll always appreciate being a little kid and FREAKING OUT about everything.

goblet of fire:

More beautiful photos:

From left to right, top to bottom shots by: Christy (@paradiselostinbooks), Kelsey (@critic_uncritical_bookworm), Lauren (@bookingitthroughlife23), and Amber (@wanderlust.pages)!

Lingering thoughts from Goblet of Fire:

Does anyone else remember waiting for the release of Goblet of Fire when we got the first chapter early!? I remember reading it a bunch of times trying to figure out what it could mean! 

I haven't been re-watching any of the movies yet, I think I might to a Christmas marathon, but I started thinking a lot about how I think Goblet of Fire lends itself best to being made into a movie. The Tri-Wizard tournament is exciting and moves the plot along quickly, and the payoff is HUGELY dramatic.

Speaking of the film adaptations, I think Hagrid's hairy brown suit is one of the most spot-on props.

Harry and Ron's fight about Harry putting his name into the Goblet is SO ANNOYING. I get where Ron's coming from, being Harry's friend would pretty much suck, but come on. Hermione is a hero for putting up with them. Which brings me to...

HERMIONE DESERVED FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS. I know she and Ginny must have been really great friends and we don't really see it on paper, but she has to deal with so much bullshit from Harry and Ron.

I can't believe I never put two and two together when the trio sees Krum jumping into the Black Lake! Obviously he's in training for the second task!

We all end up loving Snape, but OH MY GOD he's a huge bully. When Draco hits Hermione with that hex that causes her teeth to grow and Snape says he's sees no difference from how she usually looks!? HOW RUDE!

And finally, I really appreciate how often they go to class. It's so normal.


That's all from me for now, I've got to get back to Order of the Phoenix! Thank you guys for participating and following along! Keep tagging your photos for features, and if you've got any lingering thoughts on these two books you'd like to share, let us know in the comments!