It’s important that if you are re-reading this series that you answer the questions based only on the knowledge that we have so far!
1. JK has taken everything that she has taught us in this book and flipped it. AGAIN. What was the most surprising to you?
I’m going to go with the obvious and say that the true Scabbers reveal was the most surprising to me. We already knew that there was something “wrong” with Lupin and I couldn’t believe that Black would have repeatedly missed Harry. I remember about halfway through the book thinking that Harry couldn’t be the real or only target. It was either that or Black was seriously inept.
2. Harry has a tough decision to make. Would you have let the man who betrayed your parents live?
I’d have to let him live for my own selfish reasons. I have a propensity for taking on guilt for things that everyone else has forgotten about and for things that aren’t even my responsibility. I can’t imagine that I could give the okay for justifiable vindictive murder and not need psychological help afterwards. For the sake of my own sanity, I’d have to let him live.
3. Do you think the dementor’s kiss should be performed for any reason?
I don’t know why I ask questions that I know I’m going to waffle on! Here’s the thing, you never know if someone can be rehabilitated if you don’t even attempt to correct it. You never know what is going to be their “Aha!” moment. Maybe it’s not possible to have one. I don’t know that it would justify removing someone’s soul. I think the Muggle comparison would be a lobotomy. It’s not a removal of the soul but you get about the same results. I think maybe I’d have a three strike rule. Not three convictions but three acts of severe harm. It’s not something to take lightly and I’d really want to be sure that the person was truly broken before administering something irreversible. I don’t know, I just feel like the Ministry really rushed the decision on the Kiss.
4. So Snape can shriek? (I imagined that shrieking was only for women.) What do you think of Snape’s reaction to as Dumbeldore put it his “great disappointment”?
I can see where Snape is coming from. It wouldn’t have been the choice I would have made but I’m not Snape. Here’s why I’m not all anti-Snape on this one: We see Harry vs. Malfoy in every single incident involving the two. We hate Malfoy because he’s a rich brat who leans heavily on his family name and status. Harry is an orphan who has been unloved for the first ten years of his life and Hogwarts is his real home.
I am totally breaking the rules here but I’m going to hide it in spoilers because I’m tired of being unfair and I think all of us who are participating are re-readers anyway!
View Spoiler »Now, rewind the clock about 30 years and we have James and Sirius. Both wizards with a firmly established wizarding family. They have posh living arrangements and want for nothing. Severus comes to Hogwarts worse off in my opinion than Harry. No money to speak of, no (granted unwanted on Harry’s part) fame, and parents who abuse him. The difference between Harry and Snape is that it doesn’t appear that he had friends who had his back. Snape had to take on both James and Sirius who were two of the smartest wizards in their year. A healthy person would let that stuff go and work past it but Snape has festered on it for years and to have it all come rushing back at once was probably unsettling. It most assuredly brought up every bad memory from school that he ever had. « Hide Spoiler
5. What are your over all feelings about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?
Again, I loved it. I don’t think it’s possible for me to not love a Harry Potter book. What I enjoyed most about this book are two things really. One, it’s refreshing to have a book without a “Let’s Kill Harry” campaign from Camp Voldemort. Not once was I looking around a corner trying to determine where he was going to spring from.
Second, I LOVED that we are finally getting some of the back story! I remember from the very beginning that I was constantly trying to piece together how Harry’s life went so horribly wrong. How it all could have happened. Like Harry in this book, I too have gotten used to the idea that Dumbledore can do anything he wants. In the word’s of Hagrid “He’s a great man, Dumbledore.” If Dumbledore was a part of the Potters’ during that dark time when Lord Voldemort reigned supreme how did it all go so wrong? The best part of the book for me took part in the Shrieking Shack where at least part of the past is made clear. I cannot wait to dig into the next book with you guys. I really enjoy getting everyone’s perspectives!