A Peck of Owls
And so it begins.
If the past four books have taught me anything, it’s to expect a pretty slow beginning from a Harry Potter book. A little refresher course, a lot of complaining about the Dursleys, and that’s about it. And if they’ve taught me anything else, it’s the humble feeling of having your expectations dashed.
One chapter in, and we’ve already had Mrs. Figg coming out as a Squibb and Dementors almost sucking all that is happy out of Dudley’s life (which in my mind, equates to Violet Beauregarde having the blueberry juice drained out of her by the Oompa Loompas, but in a much darker sort of way). In chapter two, Harry’s expelled and Aunt Petunia receives Howlers. Hell, by the time chapter three rolled around, I kind of got the feeling Rowling was going “So you didn’t like all my backtracking in the previous books? Didn’t like being reminded Harry’s a wizard? Fiiiine! See how you like THIS!”
Chapter three introduced a slew of new adult wizards (which I promptly googled, to put names with faces from the film) and the first mention of the Order of the Phoenix. Using my powerful methods of deduction, I’ve concluded that the Order of the Phoenix may be important to the plot. Stay tuned!
So whereas I usually say very little has happened at the beginning of any given book, a whole hell of a lot has happened in the first three chapters of Order of the Phoenix. While I get the feeling we’re supposed to focus on Harry’s possible expulsion and the sudden arrival of a small wizard army, I’m sort of stuck on Aunt Petunia’s Howler. A wild shot-in-the-dark guess, but I want to say the Howler was somehow from Lily. “Remember my last, Petunia.” Remember my last words, maybe? Remember my last letter? Did Lily say something to her sister before they were attacked by Voldemort? Did the Potters know they were in danger before Voldemort arrived? What were they doing to piss him off? What’s the air speed velocity of an African swallow?
So I have a longstanding history (about a month long, the time it takes to read four Harry Potter books) of making what I think are legit predictions that turn out to be so absurdly off the mark, you have to wonder if I’m reading the same books. With that in mind, I think it’s time to start collecting clues, to be used in making a few correct predictions later.
Nymphadora Tonks is a Metamorphagus, meaning she can change her appearance at will. This will come up later, for sure. It probably wasn’t simply introduced so a wizard could change her hair color and the whole thing never be mentioned again (how frustrating would that be?). Harry was being watched by Mrs. Figg and Mundungus, but Harry wasn’t supposed to know about it. And there has been a break from the Ministry of Magic by a group of wizards, all who seem to have been close friends with the Potters, and someone is after that group. Other than the mysterious Howler and the arrival of Dementors on Privet Drive, I think that’s all we’re working with right now.
Side note: It’s nice to see that Lupin’s back (Though I did try and blame him for everything that was going wrong during Book 3. My bad.)
Anyway, I already like this book better than the others, and I’m still just 58 pages in, which is excellent news, considering I have about fifty gazillion pages to go…
If you haven’t already voted, check out the poll in the side bar. So far, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hollows have taken a strong lead.
I’ve also added an “About the Blogger” section to the side bar, cause a few people were asking me where I found this blog. I found it in my mind…it was rattling around with all my ridiculous predictions for where this series is going.
~ by Jess on August 26, 2009.
Posted in Order of the Phoenix (1st read)
Tags: Aunt Petunia, Dementors, Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter, Harry Potter Predictions, James Potter, Lily Potter, Metamorphagus, Ministry of Magic, Mrs. Figg, Mundungus Fletcher, Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Squibb, Voldemort