This procrastinating serpent finally gets to the last bit of the first question in an evil meme
posted by cat_irix
Still got one whole question left to answer!
So the last book in the Izzie dozen is "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
It's funny. While liking stories about witches, goblins and monsters and such when still a little serpent, was a bit suspicious about the Potters due to all the publicity, hype and stuff surrounding them.
But when the first movie came out, that was the final incentive to start reading the series as Izzie has a policy of always reading the book before seeing the movie (assuming the book came first)
The first thing to make Izzie suspicious was a certain 3 headed dog appearing amongst all the merchandise.
It was a strange sense of deja vu reading these stories and meeting long forgotten creatures and characters from myth and legend. The tone was also appealing. But most of all the tale is told with a sense of joy. In visiting Harry's magical world, we also get to see our own world with new eyes and to realise just how much everyday stuff we take for granted is really rather magical.
But reading these books was also accompanied by a sort of sadness and rather too many episodes of unexplained illnesses and panic attacks. This stuff had been going on for a good 9 months but the books made it infinitely worse. The fourth one got Izzie totally freaked out
Loved books 5 and 6 and they had no unexpected nasty side effects but from a story point of view they were getting too unwieldy and unstructured and were sort of all over the place with lots of stuff that was fun and interesting but really only filler and not absolutely essential to the central story. And we will not speak of The Book that Must Not Be Named - a whole year ago - seems hard to believe
But the third book - is still the Izzie favorite - from the point of view of being a wonderful story with some seriously wicked twists. No unnecessary added extras or padding
Nothing but good and happy memories for Izzie - nothing seriously freaky
But there was also something extra special. The art of Defence against Dementors.
A black hooded creepy dark creature - awful and all as it is - even though invisible - is a much more tangible (and defeatable) adversary than psychobabble stuff such as 'a chemical imbalance in the brain' and the means of combat is most useful indeed.
So in a way "Prisoner of Azkaban' provided the opportunity to practise and perfect the defences against Dementors first learned in the previously mentioned Dorothy Rowe book "Depression - the way out of your prison"
This book is the one that made Izzie realise more than any other just how powerful imagination can be when combined with purpose. Also that a story is like The Mirror of Erised. A most sneaky way indeed of getting past the gate keepers of rationality and logic to one's deepest desires or fears.
What began as a purely hypothetical question "If you had a Patronus, what would it be?" turned out to be most revealing indeed. (a Patronus is a sort of distant relation to Phillip Pullman's 'daemon' animal guardians but infinitely less pretentious)
Wandering down Memory Lane looking for possible inspiration - old diaries, doodles, squiggles and stuff showed that two particular sorts of animals kept appearing again and again.
One was a phoenix and the other was a serpent!
And it was through joining a certain Serpent's Nest in Cyberia that Izzie met most of her online friends.
It's quite strange. In the old days before the Oracle of Google and the World Wide Web, nearly all our friends were nuts about Star Trek and Sherlock Holmes. After these interests appeared too often to be mere coincidences, did watch the odd bit of Star Trek and read some Sherlock Holmes stories. Liked them but did not become totally possessed. Realised that they seemed to serve as some kind of indicator for openmindedness, imagination and thinking outside the square.
The Potter books also serve a similar role and often indicate many other shared interests and values.
Oh and how could we possible forget all those cool gadgets, potions and spells? Floo powder, the Pensieve, Invisibility cloaks, Firebolts, Rita's evil green Quick Quotes Quill and oodles more. The only thing missing is a Subjunctive Spyscope