Something I keep thinking about as I reread this series is how much I loathe the Dursleys. I used to think about skipping until Harry got away from them, but then I realized that is part of how Rowling hooks us so well. You don’t want to put the book down in the first few chapters because you don’t want to abandon Harry with the terrible Dursleys. Then there is Snape. I’m not sure if there is any other character in the world that gets my hackles up as much as Snape. Though I suppose he has to be particularly terrible in this book to offset how much I love Lupin. I forgot how scary Sirius really was even when you first meet him. Oh and Rowling gets major points for the fact that even though I start the book knowing the truth about Scabbers I still think Crookshanks is nutty. Rowling has a tendency to make me giggle out loud like when Ron presents the tiny owl to Crookshanks for inspection at the end.
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