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30 Day Book Meme, Day 4

Favorite book of your favorite series:

This one is a little harder. There are two Harry Potter books that I have never been in love with: the first, which I’ve read countless times but never liked all that much, and the seventh, which I’ve read just one time. Since I don’t have a decent reason for not rereading the seventh book, I can’t help wondering if my aversion to doing so is partly because it’s the end of the everything; I seem drawn to the middle of the series precisely because there’s no suggestion, in those books, that the world of Hogwarts is about to close for me.

My favorite out of the series, then? The third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. There are innumerable reasons to love this book, but the biggies for me are: Hogwarts students turning into animals, the Marauder’s Map, discovering the secret passages in and out of the school, meeting Sirius and for the first time seeing Harry contemplate the possibility of having a real family, hippogriffs, Professor Lupin, Hermione’s Time-Turner and the whole idea of learning to think of time as travelable space in order to study more.

What is really is, though, is that this is the last book things aren’t real dark in. Harry doesn’t even fight Voldemort at the end of the novel, as he had in the previous two, and the reader is allowed to hope – so briefly – that by saving Sirius Harry is forming some new family for himself, away from the Dursleys. (Though it’s worth asking if the books would be quite what they are if Harry didn’t have to spend all his summer vacations so miserable, under the protection of Vernon and Petunia.) The feel of this book is one of Kids on an Awesome Adventure, not Kids Trying to Save the World, and it gives readers a chance to revel in Hogwarts – the classes, its long history and secrets – without worrying too much that Voldemort is going to come along to shut it all down.

30 Day Book Meme:
Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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So interesting to read that the reason you enjoyed this book is because it comes right before things get dark. The reason Book 4 is my favorite in the Harry Potter series is because to me it’s the turning point in the series where things get irrevocably dark. What does that say about me, I wonder… ;)

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This was one of my favorites too, although I find it hard to single out any one book in the series, they all build the story so well. I would say this was my favorite until I read Book Five. I remember reading this and finding Sirius (before you know who he is) truly terrifying. Lupin is also one of my favorite characters in the series.

I think of Book Four as the “before truly dark” book because it’s all about the games. Yes it gets dark at the end – very dark — but most of the book is about the students being students. Four may be my least favorite, after One.

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This is my favorite, too- probably because I love Sirius so much!

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