The un-put-down factor chipped the .5 star away from PoA, which may be because I’ve read it before. Knowing the story well from watching the movie often wrecked many of the surprises for me, but also knowing the story and characters well added to my reading experience. I already have the feels for Lupin and Sirius and Pettigrew.
Hermione being a badass because she slapped Draco. Loved this bit. Loved it. I think it made up for her cranky, stressed out mood for most of the book.
Ron’s character has heaps more depth in this novel. He researched the shit out of hippogriff cases and it just makes me more excited to see what other Ron moments I’ve been missing. Movie Ron is usually comic relief only and it was a beautiful breath of fresh air to see him passion enough about someone else’s problems to study. Ron hates studying, yet he read dozens of criminal cases against hippogriffs to help Hagrid.
Learning that Snape is actually a bully and I dislike him more than I ever had. Why is this a good point? Because I feel like I’ve finally taken the wool off my eyes. I’ve seen the movies countless times, I’ve only read the entire series once, from the ages of 11 to 16-ish. Now that I’m 22, I absolutely forgot how much of an asshole and bully Snape is. The movie honestly dulls down how mean he is, especially to Hermione. I get this novel was particularly difficult for him. One of his school day enemies comes back as a teacher and the man he thinks killed the love of his life is out of prison. I understand why he’s being more of an ass in this book than just being a stern teacher in the first two, but it didn’t mean I liked it or condoned it. I thank him for his sacrifice, but I don’t agree with his bullying ways. Especially to Hermione and Neville. Two students who try their best and have parents Snape has never met.
Which brings me to my next point: McGonagall. I love how she is a stern teacher, but a fair one. I think it’s great to have her alongside of Snape to show their difference.
The foreshadowing was mint. When Pavarti was told to beware a red headed man I cracked up. J. K. Rowling is a genius and she knows how to hint at things.
I did have a bad point, but now I’ve written the goods ones I can’t remember it. The main one would be the fact that I could put it down. It would have been nice to be ensnared, but again, probably due to my close knowledge of the story.