Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: My Thoughts on the Epilogue

If there is one thing that divides the Harry Potter fandom it is whether or not the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was good or not. Many an argument has been waged, on both sides of the specturm, and I don’t think one clear side reigns supreme. While I have pro’s and con’s with the epilogue, it is part of a universe I have come to love and for that I am grateful it exists at all. Want to see my broken down feelings towards the imfamous epilogue? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Good

Regardless of how you feel about the epilogue, I’m sure we can all agree that J.K. Rowling chose to write it as a way to show her appreciation towards the fans.

I cannot speak for all fans, but for me I grew up with the Harry Potter characters for the better part of 10 years.

As I said in a pervious post, I was nine when I received the first three instalments of the series, and by the time Deathly Hallows was released I was just a few months shy of my 16th birthday.

10 years is a long time to spend immersed in the pages of a book, and for me it was a way that Rowling could say that Harry had chosen to live a life after the events of the Battle of Hogwarts, without absolutely having to write another instalment.

For as hard as it was for all of us to say goodbye to our favourite witches and wizards, it was probably 10 times harder for Rowling to say goodbye.

Perhaps, the epilogue was just as much for her own piece of mind as it was for the fans.

The Bad 

One thing I have always said about reading is that it leads to creativity. The reader has to use the power of his or her imagination to come up with characters, scenes, and situations.

If the piece of literature is outstanding, like Harry Potter, leaves such a profound impact on its readers, it doesn’t necessarily have to have something like the epilogue, tying up loose ends and making things concrete.

With the inclusion of the epilogue at the end of the series, it almsot took away my ability to imagine where the characters stories ended up.

Who knows? Without additions like the epilogue, Pottermore, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I would have liked a few things to happen to each of the characters.

For example, I imagined Hermione teaching at Hogwarts, because learning meant so much to her in her formative years.

I imagined Ron working for the Ministery of Magic, in a department similar to where his father worked at, perhaps an anti-Acromantula department??

Harry, well for Harry I just imagined a good life. If Rowling got one thing right with the epilogue it was the fact that Harry’s scar hadn’t hurt for quite some time and that he was generally happy with the life he ended up with.

Plus, I am firmly in the Luna/Neville endgame camp, so there is that.

The Ugly 

Much as with the criticism that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child recieved with it just being a cannonized fan fiction, I tend to also think this way towards the Potter, Weasley, Granger, Malfoy’s childrens names.

Yes, I think it was nice for Rowling to include nods to those most important people Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny had in their lives, but it almost seemed too cheesy for me.

Maybe a non-nod first name and a nod middle name combination would have made this a higher rating for me, but becuase the fans were hit over the head with ‘Albus Severus Potter’, I think it just left a sour taste in a lot of peoples mouths.

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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The 7 Best Lines from the Harry Potter Series

There are multiple reasons why Harry Potter will always be one of my favourite series of all times, but one particular reason is due to its many quotable lines. Interested to see the seven quotes I think trump all others? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

– “Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.” -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

– “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

– “You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

– “You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else.” – Madam Pomfrey, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

-“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. You must know this, Dumbledore.” -Tom Riddle, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Do you have any favourites that didn’t make the list? Let me know with a comment below!

“Mischief Managed.”

 

Harry Potter Read-A-Long 2016: Chapter Four ~ The Keeper of the Keys

 

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The Chapter

“Yer a wizard Harry”

Yes, this is the chapter where Harry Potter finally discovers who exactly he is.

The chapter starts with banging on the door to the shack.

Uncle Vernon, rifle in hand, runs in with Petunia, and with one last ‘Boom’ the door opens up and a huge man with a bearded face walks in.

Making himself at home, Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts, becomes agitated when he realizes the Dursleys have revealed nothing to Harry about his past or parents.

When his temper can take no more, Hagrid tells Harry that he is infact a very famous wizard.

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It is then that Petunia beings ranting to Harry about how ‘strange and abnormal’ Harry and his family are compared to them, and Harry finally realizes that the Dursley’s have know who Harry was and what happened to his family all along.

When Vernon starts on about how Harry will not be attending Hogwarts, Hagrid finally looses his temper long enough to give Dudley a pig’s tail.

As it is late, and the Dursley’s have barricaded themselves in the other room, Hagrid tells Harry there is much to do in the morning, and the chapter ends with the pair falling asleep.

The Illustration

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By far the best illustration of the book so far is the first depiction of Hagrid!

First off, can I have Hagrid’s tie?

Second off, the depiction of Hagrid, though similar to how Robbie Coltrane looked in the movie adaptations, had a unique quality to him, and I cannot wait to see his look in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition.

The Character

Hagrid takes the cake, literally, for this one.

The Quote 

“Yer great puddin’ of a son don’ need fattenin’ any more, Dursley, don’ worry.”

Hagrid had so many great insults for the Dursley’s in this chapter, but this one, for whatever reason, had me in a laughing fit.

Perhaps it was because of foreshadowing, or maybe it was because of the accent Rowling wrote for Hagrid, either way, I will definitely be using some of Hagrid’s harsh words in the future.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

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7 Most Underrated Parts of the Harry Potter Series that Didn’t Make it into the Movies

For today’s Harry Potter post I decided to compile a list of omissions from the book to movie adaptations that drive me crazy. Usually I try to keep my posts fairly positive, and yet, I am only human and there are things from the adaptations that as a Harry Potter fan I cannot condone. Interested to see what those omissions are? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Peeves

In the books Peeves was a reoccurring poltergeist that was always causing mischief. I mean who didn’t read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and not want to see Peeves chasing Umbridge with McGonagall’s cane?!

For the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone movie, actor Rik Mayall was cast in the role of Peeves. When the final version of the movie was released however, Mayall and Peeves were left on the cutting room floor.

This one I kind of understand, given that Peeves can be grouped as a secondary character within the narrative of Harry Potter, and yet, I still feel a bit sad that he never got his five minutes of fame.

I did get a chuckle every time Peeves appeared, whether it was to convince Neville Longbottom set his pants on fire or drop Snargaluff pods on Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, and I feel the later, darker movies may have aided from just small moments of silliness.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – The Death-day Party 

In the book version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rowling depicts the 500th Death-day celebration of Nearly Headless Nick, much to the delight of both the reader and the trio.

What I don’t get is why the filmmakers would go through the trouble of casting John Cleese’s in the role of Nearly Headless Nick and not go through with staging the Death-day Party.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Kenneth Branagh’s interpretation of Gilderoy Lockhart, and I don’t mind the scene with Daniel Radliffe in detention with him before the discovery of a petrified Mrs. Norris, but when John Cleese is in your movie you exploit that for everything it is.

I also am fully aware that it would have been a lot of CGI, bringing up costs for the movie, but who doesn’t want to see what Head Hockey actually looks like?

Headless hunt for the win!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – The Firebolt

While this did make an appearance in the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it once again let the filmmakers slide on not staging a holiday at Hogwarts…

I know this is a minor complaint, but as I think the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film is my least favourite movie adaptation, I don’t want to bore you with all of the other things I find wrong with the film.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – S.P.E.W

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you probably knew going into this list that S.P.E.W was going to make an appearance.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione becomes engrossed in the treatment of house-elves at Hogwarts and in response organizes the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare (S.P.E.W).

In the film version, not only did we not get to see Emma Watson bring her humanitarian efforts to the big screen, we also didn’t get more time with the house elves.

Bobby, everyone’s favourite free elf, didn’t get the screen time that I think he deserved, and if S.P.E.W was included in the movie version he would have been able to create a deeper relationship with fans of the movies.

Also, due to his appearance only in the second and seventh movies, the impact of his fate in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 I fell flat for those who had only seen the movies.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Department of Mysteries

In the book version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  Dumbledore’s Army break in of the Ministry of Magic was by far one of my favourite chapters to read of the entire series.

I couldn’t wait to see visual manifestations of The Brain Room, the Love Chamber, the Space Chamber and the Time Room. Matthew Lewis even confirmed that these rooms were filmed, and yet the filmmakers decided to edit them out of the final film.

Some of the scenes, especially the scene when Ron meets the brains in the Brain Room, are downright hysterical, so it seems odd to me why the Department of Mysteries didn’t make the cut.

This omission also meant that, following the Ministry battle, Madam Pomfrey didn’t get to deliver the ‘thoughts can leave deep scars’ line to Ron. For the amount of quote memorabilia floating around because of Harry Potter, it’s a shame this didn’t make it.

Also, I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with Potter fans over the years that ends in grumblings about how the veil was portrayed during the climax of the film, but if I talked about it we would be here for hours so, on to the next one.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – The Other Minister

At the beginning of the book version of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince readers are treated to a one of chapter that follows the Muggle Prime Minister and his interactions with the wizarding world.

As the chapter progresses the reader sees how the Prime Minister first meets Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, and his successor Rufus Scrimgeour, following the return of Voldemort.

I’m well aware that this omission was probably due to time constraints, but it would have been interesting to see the dynamic played out between the Muggle and wizard ministers.

In my opinion, it also would have made it easier for movie goers to understand why the heck Bill Nighy randomly shows up in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One.

I say this because book fans had an advantage as to understanding why Robert Hardy (Fudge) was replaced by Nighy (Scrimgeour) in later instalments of the Harry Potter series, but as with a lot of details in the Potter movie franchise little was explained for those non-book fans in the movies.

Furthermore, it would have given the filmmakers an excuse to put  Hardy and Nighy in a scene together, which would have been pretty rad.

The filmmakers could have also used the opportunity to cast Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen as the muggle Prime Minister, and boom, instant movie adaptation success.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Teddy Lupin

Out of everything on this list the one change from book to screen that I will never forgive the filmmakers for is the omission of Teddy Lupin from either of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film.

In the books Lupin and Tonks, everyone’s favourite power couple, have a son named Teddy. Upon their death, the story of Harry Potter comes full circle when Teddy faces orphanhood, much in the same manner of Harry himself.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 the only mention of Teddy comes when Harry goes to meet Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest. When the ghosts of those who loved Harry the most come to ease him into death the ghost of Lupin talks of the son he is going to leave behind.

For movie goers I’m sure this was one big head scratch, given that there is no other mention of Teddy in the previous Harry Potter instalments.

Because of this omission, it also lessens the emotional impact of Lupin and Tonk’s death as movie goers don’t fully comprehend the sacrifice they made in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

When looking through the recesses of WordPress for a Harry Potter related book tag I stumbled across this bloody brilliant one created by Kimberlyfaye Reads. This tag combines Harry Potter spells used through out the series with corresponding books. Interested to see my spell casting abilities? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

Accio – the summoning charm. An upcoming release you cannot wait to get your hands on.

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One of the book I cannot wait to get my hands on is Mischling by Affinity Konar. This book is set in 1944 and follows twin sisters Pearl and Stasha as they try to survive Auschwitz. Seeing as I am running low on WWII fiction novels, this is definitely on the top of my ‘To Buy’ pile.

Alohamora – the unlocking charm. Favourite series starter.

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My favourite series starter has to, in honour of the inspiration behind this post, be Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. The way Rowling was able to create magic through the pages of a book will forever make me put it as my favourite start to a series.

Fiendfyre – a fire curse. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies.

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I would have to say that the book that recently gave me the warm and fuzzies was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Though I try to avoid contemporary novels at all costs, there is something about Han’s writing that keeps me coming back for more.

Aguamenti – the water making spell. A book that made you ugly cry.

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When I read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys I remember ugly crying for the last 100 pages or so. If you are interested in WWII marine time disaster books, definitely pick this one up. Though, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Expecto Patronum – the patronus charm. A bookish hero or heroine you’d want around to protect you in real life.

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Feyre and Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series can come protect me anytime. Knowing them, they would probably teach me to protect myself, and I am a-ok with that.

Lumos – creates light. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself.

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I was so emotionally destroyed half way through The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman that I went on Wikipedia to find out the ending. Do I regret my decision you ask? No. If I didn’t spoil this for myself it would have been my choice for the book that made me ugly cry.

Imperio – the imperius curse. A book you wish you could make everyone read because yo love it so much.

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If you haven’t already heard me talk about it enough… The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

Engorgio – engorgement charm. A book series you wish never ended.

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Now I could state the obvious and say the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling but I’m going to be different and say the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz. If you like friendship, boarding schools, magic, and mayhem, then you should really check out this series.

Wingardium Leviosa – levitation charm. A book with an uplifting mood or message.

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For this I couldn’t decide between Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling or A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox. Both books are intended for the prospective graduate, but I think reading either of them at any time in life would be just as meaningful.

Obliviate – memory charm. A book you wish you could forget you read.

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I don’t have a book I detested so bad that I wish I could forget it. I think the beauty of books is reading a wide selection of books from different genres to find the niches in which you fit in. If I didn’t read books I disliked I would never know what books don’t fit to me as a reader.

Anapneo – clears the target’s away. An author whose books always get you out of a slump.

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For this one, I scoured my shelves for authors in which I own quite a few books from. The authors who came away with the coveted prize of always getting me out of a slump are Philippa Gregory and Nicholas Sparks, take away from that what you will.

Jelly Legs Jinx. A swoon-worthy hero or heroine.

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I’m going to apologize to all the Mr. Darcy fans out there, but if I had to pick one of Austen’s leading men it would be, without a doubt, Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey. 

Glacius -freezes object to ice with great range.. A book that caused you to drop everything and read it.

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I pretty much dropped everything to read A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. When I finished it I found myself in a book hangover, and I still can’t believe that I have to wait until May 2017 to find out what happens next.

Crucio – the cruciatus curse. A book that was painful to read.

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In the past I would have said Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, but lately I’ve been considering re-reading the book now that I am able to appreciate the classics in the period in which they were written. 

Anteoculatia – a practical joke spell. A book that made you laugh out loud.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline shouldn’t have been as funny as I thought it was, given its the story of a boy who wants to win a tournament to escape poverty, but damn was it funny. The characters were sassy, the pop culture references were top notch, and the tone of the book made me sometimes forget that the book was trying to explore tough issues.

Expelliarmus – disarming charm. A book that made you want to send it flying.

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The Shinning Girls by Lauren Beukes has caused me more headaches than it should. There are so many characters, each one with their own chapters, and it downright makes me want to throw it when I can’t remember one character chapter to the next. I’ve currently marked this as my only DNF on Goodreads, but I desperately want to finish it just so I can say I did.

Portus – turns an object into a portkey. Bookish world you wish you could visit.

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Again I could say something about Harry Potter, i.e. Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, or Hogsmede, but I am going to go instead with Narnia, post-Jadis the White Witch, from The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.

Stupefy – stunning spell. A book with a shocking twist or ending.

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Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin had one of the most shocking twists of any WWII novel I’ve read. Mind you, this is an alternate history WWII novel, so I should have expected it.

Avada Kadavra – the killing curse. A character death that destroyed you.

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The death of the beloved House-Elf Dobby will forever go down as the one character death that destroyed me. I cried for hours after reading about Dobby’s demise, and I still hold a twinge of recentment to J.K. Rowling for killing him off.

Finite Incantatum – terminates all spells in the area. Best series conclusion.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is probably the best series conclusion that I have read. Unlike with the wizarding world, I could believe that the characters of the Hunger Games trilogy lived in relative peace and quiet upon the series conclusion.

And that is the Harry Potter Spells book tag created by Kimberlyfaye Reads. Feel like I missed an opportunity to include a book? Let me know with a comment below.

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25 Very Harry Potter Facts About Me

“Before we being our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

No, I am not mad, but I would like to welcome you to Harry Potter week here on The Paperback Pilgrim. As stated in my Read-A-Long 2016 introduction post I will be posting something Harry Potter related every day for the next seven days.

To start, I figured there was no better place than to give you some ‘Very Harry Potter’ facts about myself. Ready to find out how much Harry Potter has touched my life? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

  1. I was nine when I received the first three Harry Potter novels in a box set for my birthday from my Uncle.
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite book in the series only because I have an irrational fear of snakes.
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite book of the series but it is my least favourite movie adaptation.
  4. I own replica Hermione Granger earrings from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I tend to wear them only on special occasions
  5. I have attended the midnight release parties from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix onwards.
  6. My best friend and I picked up Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at a midnight release. We finished our respective book within seven hours of cracking the front cover.
  7. If I could change one thing about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows it would have to be the epilogue. I feel I would have appreciated the Harry Potter series more if it was left open-ended and up to my imagination.
  8. J.K. Rowling is an auto-buy author for me. Always has been and always will be.
  9. I got both Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quiditch Through the Ages through my dentist as he had copies in his ‘Cavity Free’ treasure chest.
  10. On Pottermore I have been sorted into the Gryffindor house for the Hogwarts School of witchcraft and Wizardry and the Horned Serpent house for the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  11. As Hermione is my favourite character in the Harry Potter universe I wanted to be just like her. So much so that when I was thirteen I convinced my mom to let me get a perm in order to emulate Hermione’s bushy hair.
  12. I was able to collect all __ of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie tie in sticker book.
  13. I had the pleasure of meeting James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) when they attended my local comic convention.
  14. I prefer cold Butterbeer to warm Butterbeer.
  15. If I could produce a patronus charm, it would definitely take the form of a pug.
  16. My favourite Hogwarts professor would have to be Professor Flitwick.
  17. According to a BuzzFeed quiz the pet I would bring to Hogwarts is a cat. Hopefully a professor can teach me an anti-allergic spell.
  18. I actually don’t mind the grass flavoured Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.
  19. My best friend and I are undefeated Harry Potter Scene It players. We may take that game far too seriously.
  20. I am one of those few who believe that Umbridge was the true villain of the Harry Potter series.
  21. In May 2015 I was lucky enough to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tours in London, where I cried when seeing the to scale model of Hogwarts.
  22. In August 2015, I was also lucky enough to travel to Edinburgh where I went on The Potter Trail walking tour, where I once again cried.
  23. While I was in Edinburgh, I was able to have tea at  The Elephant Room, the famed café that boasts it was one of the cafés J.K. Rowling frequented while writing the earlier Harry Potter books. I am one of the many Harry Potter fans who showed their appreciation by writing on one of The Elephant Room’s bathroom walls (shh).
  24. In October 2015 I got a Deathly Hallows symbol tattoo. I eventually want to add something in relation to my house to it.
  25. Finally, I really want to start a collection of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in different languages, either in commemoration of my travels or because it’s just one more piece of Harry Potter for me to collect.

Have any Harry Potter facts about you? Leave them as a comment below!

Harry Potter Read-A-Long 2016: Chapter Three ~ The Letters from No One

The Chapter

Chapter three of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone starts off after Harry has been punished for the boa constrictor incident.

With the new school year fast approaching, Harry is looking forward to being able to leave Privet Drive and the bully known as Dudley.

One morning, while the Dursley’s are sitting around the kitchen table, Uncle Vernon tells Harry to fetch the freshly delivered mail.

After filing through the other two pieces of mail, Harry notices a strangely crafted letter bearing a lion, a snake, a raven, and a badger. Even stranger is the fact that it is address to:

Mr H. Potter                                                                                                                                                      The Cupboard under the Stairs                                                                                                                    4 Privet Drive                                                                                                                                                  Little Whinging                                                                                                                                                Surrey

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Uncle Vernon snatches the letter from Harry, banning both him and Dudley from the kitchen.

 The next day, after refusing to discuss the letter, Uncle Vernon decides to move Harry to Dudley’s second bedroom. Letters continue to arrive, and instead are addressed to a Mr. Harry Potter in The Smallest Bedroom.

Enraged about the influx of letters in the following days, Uncle Vernon decides to pack up the ‘family’ and take them on an extended holiday away from the house.

When the letters reach the Inn, Uncle Vernon rents a boat and takes Petunia, Dudley, and Harry to a shack on an island.

While everyone is asleep, Harry, laying on the shack’s floor, counts down to his 11th birthday. As the time winds down the chapter ends with a boom. No, literally, it ends with the word ‘BOOM’.

The Illustration

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My favourite illustration out of this entire chapter has to be the one depicting Uncle Vernon rowing the boat out to the island. I don’t know why this made me giggle so much but for now at least this is my favourite illustration out of the first three chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition.

 

The Character

Again, Uncle Vernon takes the cake as my favourite character of this chapter. Whether it was because of his many illustration, or whether it was because of how many times he lost his temper, Uncle Vernon really shined in this chapter.

In the movies, due to time constraints, I understand why the characters of Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley weren’t explored more. However, it is nice to see the characters fleshed out through out the first chapters of the novel.

By being able to explore character motivations, at least with Uncle Vernon, readers are able to see that he is motivated by fear, rather than hate, and it’s refreshing, while also promoting reading the book alongside their movie counter parts.

The Quote

‘No post on Sundays,’ he reminded them happily as he spread marmalade on his newspapers, ‘no damn letters today -‘

Now, this quote is my favourite for two reasons.

First, it nicely sums up how optimistic Uncle Vernon is to the prospect of his ‘brilliant’ ideas versus ‘those people.’ It hilarious, in hindsight, to think that him ripping up the letters, moving Harry from room to room, and boarding up the letter-box will stop Hogwarts from getting into contact with the boy who lived.

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Second, no matter how hard I tried, I had to read this line as if Richard Griffiths, Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films, was saying it to me. Every time I see that scene in the movie I cannot help but smile. Griffiths casting as Uncle Vernon was spot on, and it makes me sad we didn’t get to see more of him in the film version of the Harry Potter series.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 star