- When Fred and George are making fun of Percy for shaking Harry’s hand as though he and Harry had never met by pompously greeting everyone around them. “Mum! How really corking to see you – !” We should all greet our mothers like this when we see them.
- Sir Cadogen taking over the Fat Lady’s portrait duties after Sirius Black attacks her. Sir Cadogen is a hilarious delight who takes up challenging Gryffindors to duels before he’ll let them in the Tower or comes up with ridiculously long passwords that no one can remember.
- Professor Flitwick ordering a cherry syrup and soda with ice and an umbrella from the Three Broomsticks. Professor Flitwick happily enjoying a Shirley Temple WITH AN UMBRELLA is one of the best things to imagine ever happening at the Three Broomsticks.
- When Hagrid is upset after receiving the letter from the school governors about Buckbeak facing the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures, Harry volunteers himself, Ron, and Hermione, as character witnesses, Hermione volunteers to look up cases on hippogriff-baiting, and Ron volunteers to make tea, because that’s what Mrs. Weasley does whenever anyone is upset. That’s what my mom does whenever anyone is upset! Tea is magic for Wizards and Muggles!
- Lee Jordan’s completely biased commentary during the Gryffindor vs. Slytherin Quidditch Match.
- During Harry’s Divination exam, when he sees nothing in the crystal ball and totally makes up a prediction that he sees a hippogriff, with its head completely intact, flying away. A few seconds later, Professor Trelawney falls into a trance and makes a real prediction about the Dark Lord rising again. Two accurate predictions! Perhaps Harry is not as terrible at Divination as Professor Trelawney thinks he is.
- Hagrid’s nickname for Buckbeak is Beaky. Beaky! That’s adorable and way better than Bucky.
- After Harry rescues Buckbeak, when Professor Dumbledore asks Hagrid for a cup of tea or a large brandy.
- The sheer amount of plot twists and information packed into the last four chapters of this book is nothing short of astonishing.
- When Sirius Black signs a permission slip to let Harry go to Hogsmeade the next year, delivered by the adorable little owl that Ron gets to keep.
Wishing every day were Book Club Sunday,