First Chapters: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
We're back with book three!
Abigail sits down with certified editor and book coach Savannah Gilbo to discuss and analyze the first chapter of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN.
Following the normal first chapter analysis format, Abigail and Savannah discuss how the first chapter in POA sets up expectations for the big picture story using Paula Munier's seven key first chapter questions (THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS). They take a special look at how Harry's balance of internal feelings and how he interacts with his surroundings excite readers despite the lack of action.
Abigail and Savannah then zero-in on the small picture and break down the first chapter of POA with the five commandments (Story Grid). They also nerd out about their love for JKR's mastery of red herrings and set ups that continually awe and surprise the reader, even if it's their umpteenth time reading it.
What do you think makes up the first scene in POA? If you don't remember it, feel free to read the first chapter of POA—and then join us for this lively conversation.
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