It’s Harry Potter, back for a third helping of myth, magic, teen angst, and lots and lots of chocolate! I walk thru the structure of the story, character motivations, and time travel theories. I wonder who needs a permission slip to go shopping but not to fly around in a thunderstorm. I ask the musical question “Why does any of this happen?” And I worry about illegal boggart abuse.
I try to figure out the story-behind-the-story to understand what Lupin and Black are thinking and come up confused and bewildered. I wonder if there is a little homosexual subtext to go with the homosexual text. And I worry that Hermione, like Buckbeak, is going to be sentenced to death for striking a Malfoy.
NOTE: I’ve since read the book and now fully understand that Remus wasn’t helping Sirius and didn’t know about Pettigrew until he says the name on the Marauder’s Map. He only stayed mum about his history with James and Sirius out of “cowardice”, he says.
NOTE: I eventually make a very clumsy joke about predominantly black high schools possibly having a jail cell. What I meant was that the white administration might feel the need for one because of their bigotry and not that there actually would be the need for one.
I’m watching the standard-edition Blu-ray. Start the film right as the Warner Brothers logo zooms by, on the countdown.