Harry Potter III: The Prisoner of Azkaban

What a wonderful series. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: if this is what kids are clamoring to read, then I have hope for the future. Not only are the morals good, but the storylines are preparing the readers for other literary works, including not only Greek and Roman mythology, but also such things as C. S. Lewis’ “Narnia” and Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.”

Near the end of the third Potter book, Dumbledore (so much more than just an “old-man-as-mentor” archetype described by Jospeh Campbell) counsels Harry after Harry has mercifully spared a traitorous informer against the Potter family: “This is magic at its deepest, its most impenetrable, Harry. But trust me … the time may come when you will be very glad you saved [his] life.” Anyone who reads that, who has also read the Lord of the Rings, will recognize immediately the similarities to the conversation between Gandalf and Frodo at the door to Moria about Gollum. Kids who read Harry Potter are thus ready to be introduced to Lord of the Rings, and will recognize the motif in the same way.

The Potter books are simply stunning; I can’t believe I waited this long to read them. The movies don’t do them justice by half.

Incidentally, I have a guess about the Harry/Hermione relationship; I think it will mirror the Luke/Leia relationship. But who knows? 😉

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3 thoughts on “Harry Potter III: The Prisoner of Azkaban”

  1. “Incidentally, I have a guess about the Harry/Hermione relationship; I think it will mirror the Luke/Leia relationship. But who knows? ;-)”

    I guess I shouldn’t spoil it for you and tell you what happens in Book VI… 🙂 I just started in on number II after having read VI and I. I made the mistake of reading the last one first and finding out what all these other books build up to. I’ve gone back to the first one and am working my way forward now.

    I definitely agree, they are very entertaining and well written. Having read Book VI, it’s interesting to go back to her earlier books to see how far she’s come as a writer. The first one was good, but story in the later book seems to be much more fleshed out than the first ones. Just looking at the size of the books you could gather as much I guess, but some writers fill 700 pages because that’s what they were commissioned to do; Rowlings did it because the story needed it.

  2. Hey Travis —

    You said, “some writers fill 700 pages because that’s what they were commissioned to do” … hell, some writers do it just because they can (*cough*stephen-king*cough*).

  3. I can tell that you haven’t been sucked into the HP fandom yet, but trust me. You don’t want to be going around saying things like Harry and Hermione are going to get together (you will be called delusional)…even if they are brother and sister.

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