| Quote #4
"I certainly believe his master's defeat unhinged him for a while. The murder of Pettigrew and all those Muggles was the action of a cornered and desperate man – cruel [...] pointless." (10.3.177)
It's fascinating to revisit passages like this after learning the truth about Pettigrew (yeah, this book calls for a re-read). Peter is such a coward that you'd expect him to just beg for mercy when he's cornered. But he has a vicious streak as well as Houdini-like escape abilities, which make for a dangerous combination. Turns out the massacre that Black supposedly did whilst "unhinged" is even scarier than anyone realizes; it was actually the calculated act of a cruel and selfish man.
| Quote #5
"Where's Buckbeak, Hagrid?" said Hermione hesitantly.
Hagrid basically equates freedom with nature here, which is interesting given how often freedom and flying are linked together in this book.
| Quote #6
"Harry!" said a voice in his right ear. Harry started and looked around at Hermione, who was sitting at the table right behind them and clearing a space in the wall of books that had been hiding her. (14.1.49)
We love how meaningful the details are here. First, we have Harry hearing Hermione's voice in his right ear, like one of those mini angels perched on his soldier, trying to drown out the voice of the mini devil on the other shoulder. This hints that Hermione might just be more than Captain Logic – she also functions as a sort of conscience for Harry, trying to get him to do the responsible and "right" thing. Second, the image of Hermione clearing a hole in her wall of books is perfect – it demonstrates how she's literally built up walls and trapped herself with her own overachiever tendencies.