Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban discussion, chapters 9-15
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9. Grim Defeat
10. The Marauder's Map
11. The Firebolt
12. The Patronus
13. Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw
14. Snape's Grudge
15. The Quidditch Final
I love seeing the stressed out side of Hermione. I've bitten off more than I could chew more times than I care to count so reading Hermione's crazy year makes me feel very sympathetic. I sooo know (and hate) that feeling of being constantly close to tears with no end to the madness in sight! Poor girl. And her best friends not being helpful on top of that. :(
ETA: And I definitely know Hermione's overworked feeling -- also the feeling of having so much that you want to do, and not enough time to do all of it, and trying to do all of it anyway, and being miserable because you are so over-committed.
I LOVE all the character history we get in this book!
I think that the main difference between the two generations is that, while Voldemort was certainly a threat during the Marauders' Hogwarts years, he wasn't as much of a presence to them. For them, Hogwarts truly was the safest place in the world, a place where Voldemort would never think of showing up, so their biggest concerns were winning at Quidditch, sneaking out of Hogwarts, and planning their monthly excursions with Lupin. They had the time to create things like the Marauders' Map, or to spend years learning how to become animagi, without having to fight some sort of battle at the end of every year. One wonders what would have happened if James Potter had been the Chosen One -- or if Albus Severus was, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione had had a perfectly normal Hogwarts career. Interesting to speculate on, innit?
I dunno, it just always seemed like the Marauders were cooler somehow. Lily is cooler than Hermione. Hermione might be able to figure out how to make that lily that turns into a fish thing, but does she have the sensibility to do so? Hermione's too intellectual and out of touch with her feelings (Ron). While Lily was also the brightest witch of her age, she was compassionate and understanding of herself and others in ways Hermoine will never be.
Harry can play sports but he's clueless with girls and pretty crappy at school. James was brilliant, a jock and popular, and got the coolest girl in school. (James is kind of a jerk, tho.) Even Snape is a genius at potions, enough so that his schoolbook stumps them all, including Hermione. He invented a gnarly spell in Sectum Sempra. You won't see Draco doing anything like that!
Let's not even try to compare Ron & Sirirus, ok?
Let's not even try to compare Ron & Sirus, ok? -- lol!! I think it comes to readers relating to main characters like Harry & co. better than characters like James and the gang. Plus we only see James & co. in snippets so we only have glimpses of their personalities. We see Harry, Ron, and Hermione all the time and get to know their weaknesses as closely as we know their strengths. In later years, Hermione will be remembered only as the brightest in the year, not also as too intellectual to relate to others. So when we hear about the Marauders, we're only ever hearing their finest moments and personality traits.
#10/11 -- I so agree! At least a collection of Marauders short stories, please!
She also stood up for friendless Sev
then......but there was just something about Lily that makes me believe she was just a little smug about being a witch and a good one at that, now don't get mad at me but lots of teens have that attitude.
falling for James ...ahhhh..amore! Who can explain?