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Phew, this was a busy week! It's going to feel good to relax with Harry Potter for the weekend. I was, by the way, really excited by JKR's tweet the other day; I wonder if we're really getting more Harry, or if it's just a hint of the worldbuilding for the coming Scamander film?

As for OotP, I'm at the first detention chapter. And it's delightfully horrible.

Chapter Thirteen - Detention with Dolores )

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With this chapter a plot thread that I thought was handled great in this book and the next starts: the Unity of the Houses. I have rarely been more disappointed over a dropped plot than when it was forgotten in the last book, but I actually do think it's great up until then. Though I've never stopped wondering why it was dropped. It seems sort of important, doesn't it?

Chapter Eleven - The Sorting Hat's New Song )

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I'm really excited about this chapter, because it's one of the points in the series where Harry's world opens up; not in the way it did when he came to the wizarding world, but it still has a lot of impact: he makes friends outside his Hogwarts House. Well, she's still an acquaintance at this point, but she's introduced here, and one of the things she represents is the widening of Harry's world.

It's a theme of this book, I think; not only breaking down, but opening up.

Chapter Ten - Luna Lovegood )

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Finally starting to feel like myself again, this week was not fun. I hate being sick, and at this point I'm terribly bored. But not with Harry! I've reached some sort of reignition of fannishness, and I'm really into it now. It's amazing how Rowling managed to write something that captured the imagination of so many, and kept it; the fandom is still, I've noticed, going fairly strong. And many of us were adults when we started to read them! I was twenty-one, I think, and the fourth book had just come out. And here I am, nearly fifteen years later (shit, really?) reading it again.

Chapter Nine - the Woes of Mrs Weasley )

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She's the best villain. I don't think I've hated a fictional character more, which is a very impressive feat considering that she's a minor government official who wants to improve school results. Hm, on second thought, I think I've just pinpointed her evil right there, so never mind. I now feel comfortable in my hatred.

Chapter Eight - The Hearing )

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I started reading HP again, after all these months! And wow, it's really been months. Where does the time go? I kind of like going through the books like this, though, especially as I've forgotten so much about them (especially the last three).

anyway, chapter seven: )

Unlike a lot of people, I really like OotP. It's where we really start to see the cracks, where things fall apart. It's Harry at his most vulnerable, his weaknesses are really highlighted here, but it's also the first step towards maturing into the person he is becoming in HBP and DH. It's a turning point in many ways, and I always find them interesting.

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We get some interesting tidbits of information about Sirius and his family, nothing much other than cleaning really happens. But that's all right, because Harry is finally enjoying himself! Short, fierce, and black-haired, he puts a cloth over nose and mouth and devotes himself to ridding the old place of weird pests. You know what that makes me think of? This:



Chapter Six - The Noble and most ancient House of Black )

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Easter over and done with (though I spent most of the time working, heh), time for more Harry Potter! Harry finally gets some information, but it's nearly useless and no one thinks what's revealed is the proper amount.

Chapter Five - The Order of the Phoenix )

I'm really enjoying this, slowly and leisurely revisiting a beloved canon.

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Well, well, well, Harry is not a happy camper in this chapter! But a little shouting may be good for the soul, I suppose. Letting off steam and all that. There's nothing but disappointments followed by bad news for him. Well, nearly nothing, at any rate. I'm still highly amused by many absurd things, and Rowling has suddenly remembered that Ginny exists.

Chapter Four - Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place )

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To his great joy, Harry is allowed to leave number four, Privet Drive, and he meets all sorts of new and interesting people in the process!

Chapter Three - The Vanguard )

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Moving along, Harry is hit by a barrage of revelations and Vernon Dursley, to his apoplectic rage, has his home his by a barrage of owls. Poor man, the Hogwarts acceptance letter incident must have really traumatised him.

Chapter Two - A Peck of Owls )

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So, Order of the Phoenix, then. Cedric's death in GoF was definitely a turning point in the books; from here on, death was present in a whole different way. I remember being shocked, not just by his death but by the fact that it didn't carry any great meaning. It was a horribly sad, meaningless death, so perfect for the resurrection of Voldemort.

Anyway, I found myself starting to make little notes and observations, so I might as well post them (don't know how far I'll get or what will catch my interest).

Chapter One )

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