July 9th, 2004

Illustmaker me

Themes in Cos and PoA

Much has been said in reviews of the Prisoner of Azkaban move about it dealing with the era of sexual discovery in a way that the others hadn't. I disagree on both parts.

First, I don't think that's the most prominent subtextual theme in the PoA story (book or movie), and second, I don't think that it was something the previous two stories had been silent on.

In short, I think that Chamber of Secrets is the HP book so far that has dealt most obviously with the adolescent discovery of sexuality, while Prisoner of Azkaban dealt most prominently with questions of paternal and filial love. The other themes are present, but I think those are the most prominent. (PS/SS, I think, dealt with friendship and acceptance most, while GoF dealt with self-confidence.)

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At any rate, I suppose that's all I have to say. I just think that the sexual discovery angle is more prominent in CoS, and the identity issue is more prominent in PoA.