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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book)
OverviewThe book begins during the summer holidays, where Harry is again at the Dursleys', celebrating his birthday alone. This summer he has received gifts and cards from his friends at Hogwarts, among them a book from Hagrid, The Monster Book of Monsters, which has a life of its own and which Hagrid says will be useful this year. He also receives a newspaper clipping from Ron; Ron's father had won the Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Draw, and the family is using the money to travel to Egypt.
The news is filled with warnings about an awful-looking, mad, escaped prisoner named Sirius Black, though the news Harry finds most horrifying is the news that Aunt Marge, Vernon Dursley's sister, is coming to stay.
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Harry and Vernon bargain over a permission slip that Harry needs signed to be able to visit Hogsmeade, an all-wizarding village (the only one in Britain) close to Hogwarts. Vernon agrees to sign it after Marge's visit if Harry behaves himself and sticks to the story that he is attending "St. Brutus' Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys".
Marge, however, angers Harry through repeated insults about his parents, and Harry finally snaps, causing Marge to swell like a balloon and float to the ceiling. Harry, fearing expulsion from Hogwarts and possible arrest by the Ministry of Magic, hurriedly collects his belongings and runs away.
Startled by a large black dog, he stumbles and inadvertently summons the Knight Bus. While on the bus, he learns that Sirius Black is a follower of Lord Voldemort, and is the first wizard to escape from Azkaban, where he was sent for killing thirteen people.
The Knight Bus takes Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where he encounters Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic. Harry is surprised when Fudge shrugs off the suggestion of punishment and suggests that Harry take a room in the Leaky Cauldron until school starts. Harry spends the remainder of his holidays around Diagon Alley, where he is joined by the Weasley family and Hermione.
While shopping for their school things, Ron decides to get something for Scabbers, who had been sick since returning from a holiday in Egypt. While in the magical creatures shop, Hermione buys a cat, Crookshanks, who takes an immediate dislike to Scabbers.
On the night before returning to Hogwarts, Harry overhears Arthur and Molly Weasley arguing; Arthur wants to tell Harry that Black is after him. The next day, Arthur calls Harry aside to tell him this, but Harry explains that he overheard this. Arthur then asks Harry to not go after Black.
On board the Hogwarts Express, Harry, Ron and Hermione share a coach with a sleeping Professor Lupin, who they presume to be the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. The journey goes as normal at first, but the train comes to an unexpected stop, and hooded figures enter their compartment. After getting a brief glance at the creature, Harry faints; when he comes to he is told that while everyone else felt as though they would never be happy again, no one else had fainted. Professor Lupin, while handing out pieces of chocolate, informs them that they were dementors.
At the feast, Professor Dumbledore announces that the dementors will be standing guard at the gates of Hogwarts while Sirius Black is on the loose. He also welcomes two new teachers—Professor Lupin, who receives a look of loathing from Snape, and Hagrid, as the Care of Magical Creatures teacher.
Harry, Ron and Hermione begin some new subjects chosen at the end of the previous school year, though Hermione has chosen to take all of the available subjects. Her timetable is a conundrum to Ron and Harry, listing several subjects for the same time periods. The first new class they attend is Divination, with Professor Trelawney. Hermione takes an instant dislike to both professor and subject, while Harry begins to fear that the black dog he had seen is a Grim — an omen of death.
Their first lesson with Hagrid is a failure—Hagrid attempts to teach them how to approach a hippogriff, but Draco Malfoy is bitten by one after insulting it, despite Hagrid's warning. Malfoy plays up this injury, and Harry is given the task of preparing his ingredients in potions class. As he is doing this, Malfoy tells Harry if he were Harry he'd want revenge on Black. Harry doesn't know what he's talking about as he doesn't know that it "was" Black who betrayed his parents to Voldemort. More successful was their first Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson with Professor Lupin, a practical lesson, where the class learn how to banish a boggart. Harry is disappointed when Lupin prevents him from facing the boggart, which turns into a floating white orb for him, leading some of the students to wonder why Lupin is afraid of crystal balls.
Harry gets his chance to ask why he was prevented from facing the boggart when the first Hogsmeade visit comes up, when Lupin invites him to have a look at a grindylow; Lupin replies that he assumed it would appear as Voldemort for Harry — this would have been upsetting for all of the students, defeating the purpose of the exercise. While there, Snape comes in with a potion for Lupin; Harry is shocked to see Lupin drink it, thinking that Snape would try to poison him. After the visit, later in the evening, the Gryffindors find themselves locked out, the Fat Lady's portrait has been shredded by Sirius Black, and she has fled to another portrait. While Black is on the loose, the Fat Lady's place is taken by Sir Cadogan, a slightly mad knight.
The class are surprised one day to find Snape teaching in place of Lupin, who has taken ill. They are also shocked when he skips to the end of the book to make them study werewolves, setting them an essay on the ways of recognising and killing them.
Gryffindor's first Quidditch match, against Hufflepuff, ends in a loss when Harry falls from his broom — the dementors were drawn to the game — though the Hufflepuff captain, Cedric Diggory insisted on a rematch, because of the circumstances. Worse still for Harry is that his broom was destroyed by the whomping willow. Lupin promises to teach Harry how to drive dementors away.
When the next Hogsmeade visit comes up, Fred and George Weasley come to Harry's rescue by providing him with the Marauder's Map and showing him a secret passage from Hogwarts to Hogsmead. Using his Invisibility cloak, Harry goes to the Three Broomsticks with Ron and Hermione. While there they overhear a conversation between Fudge, Hagrid, Professors Flitwick and McGonagall, and Madam Rosmerta, proprietor of the Three Broomsticks. Fudge reveals that Black had been James Potter's best friend, best man at his wedding and Harry's godfather — and the Potter's secret keeper at the time Voldemort was looking for them. He also tells that Black killed Peter Pettigrew, another friend of the Potters.
Over the Christmas holidays, Harry, Ron and Hermione are reassured to hear that Hagrid will not be charged over the Hippogriff's biting Malfoy; Hagrid, however, is distraught because of the decision that the Hippogriff, Buckbeak, is to be destroyed. They vow to help him in his appeal. On Christmas Day, Harry is surprised to receive an anonymous gift of a Firebolt, the most advanced broomstick available. Hermione, however, feels it may have been sent by Black as a trap, and Professor McGonagall takes it away to examine it. This leads to a rift, with neither Harry nor Ron speaking to Hermione.
As the new term begins, so do Harry's anti-dementor lessons with Professor Lupin. Harry learns how to use the Patronus charm, though his progress is slow. Eventually his Firebolt is returned to him, and he prepares for his next Quidditch game. The rift with Hermione is healed, but temporarily; Ron finds blood stains on his sheets, and Scabbers missing, and blames Crookshanks. During the game against Ravenclaw the dementors make a reappearance, but this time his Patronus is strong enough to allow him to win the game — he later finds out that it was Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle dressed as dementors. At the Gryffindor-Ravenclaw match Harry is slightly distracted as he can't helping noticing that the Ravenclaw Seeker, a fourth-year named Cho Chang, is extremely pretty - this attraction grows in later books.
That night, Ron wakes in the middle of the night to see Black standing over him with a knife, having gained entry using a list of passwords Neville had lost. Ron screams and Black vanishes as Ron's roommates Harry, Neville, Dean and Seamus (and the rest of the tower) wake up. The teachers and students are shaken by Black's entry into the castle, and new security measures are enforced.
At the next Hogsmeade visit, Harry narrowly avoids being caught by Snape. He visits a local haunted house, the Shrieking Shack, with Ron when Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle turn up. Under his Invisibility Cloak, he throws mud at them, but the cloak slips, revealing Harry's head. When he returns to Hogwarts, Snape calls him aside. Snape tells him that his father was arrogant, and Harry loses his temper, telling him that he knows his father saved Snape's life. Snape tells Harry that his father saved him from a joke played by his friends, which would have led to his death. Snape tells Harry to turn out his pockets, and finds the Marauder's Map along with some items from the joke shop. When he attempts to force the map to reveal itself, he receives a list of creative and highly amusing (to anyone but Snape) insults from the map's creators: Padfoot, Prongs, Moony and Wormtail.
On seeing this, he calls in Professor Lupin, who tells him it's a probably a trick parchment from a joke shop. At this, Ron bursts into the room, saying he bought the items for Harry; Lupin declares the matter closed, calling Harry and Ron to follow him. Lupin then admonishes Harry for using the map, and that he thinks the creators would find it amusing to lure him out of Hogwarts with it. Harry and Ron are impressed when they find out that Lupin "knew" the map's creators.
After Lupin leaves them, they bump into Hermione, who tells them that Hagrid has lost his case. Ron offers to help her with the appeal, and their feud ends as Hermione bursts into tears and hugs Ron, which embarrasses him. Harry and Ron are surprised when she misses Charms; having walked with them to the class. Later in Divination, she has an argument with Professor Trelawney, and quits the Divination class.
The night before the game against Slytherin, Harry spots Crookshanks with the Grim, though both disappeared before he could rouse Ron. The game itself was won by Gryffindor, though Harry had to refrain from catching the Snitch, as Gryffindor needed to beat Slytherin by a large margin to win the Quidditch Cup.
Exam time comes, and the day of the final exam is also the day of Buckbeak's appeal. Harry's final exam is Divination, where he has to use a crystal ball. He makes up a prediction about a Hippogriff flying away free. As he turns to leave, Professor Trelawney speaks, but in a different voice, and predicts that Voldemort's servant will return to him, and aid his return; when he asks her about it, however, she insists he must have fallen asleep. After the exam, Harry is told that Hagrid lost his appeal, and that Buckbeak is to be executed. Using the Invisibility Cloak, they go to Hagrid's house. While they are there, Ron finds Scabbers, alive and unharmed, just before they hear the executioners approach. As Hagrid lets them out the back door, they hear the axe fall.
Walking away from the hut, Scabbers escapes, and Ron runs after him, and both Harry and Hermione follow him, discarding the cloak. As they gain on him, the Grim appears again, leaping on Harry. The dog grabs Ron, dragging him away through a gap in the roots of the Whomping Willow, followed by Harry and Hermione. At the end of the tunnel, they find themselves in a house — the Shrieking Shack. They hear movement upstairs, and find Ron, who tries to tell him that the dog was Black, an animagus. Though Black gets their wands, Harry catches him by surprise; as the three surround him, he tries to get Harry to listen to the whole story of what happened to his parents.
While facing him, considering what to do, they are startled — Professor Lupin has entered the room. At first relieved to see him, they are shocked when he disarms them. He starts speaking to Black, asking "Where is he?"; Black points to Ron. Lupin continues speaking to Black, puzzling out loud, before embracing Black, shocking Harry, Ron and Hermione, who instantly begin accusing him of being Black's accomplice. Hermione in particular felt betrayed, she had been hiding Lupin's secret, which she had known since doing Snape's essay — that he is a werewolf. Lupin explains that he had seen them go to the Shrieking Shack using the Marauder's Map, the map he had helped write as "Moony."
Lupin tells them that Pettigrew is an animagus, but Hermione points out that animagi are registered with the Ministry of Magic; Lupin counters that there were three illegal animagi during his time as a student at Hogwarts — James Potter, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew. They became animagi after learning that Lupin was a werewolf, so they could keep Lupin in line enough to go on adventures. He then tells them of his regret, for leading his friends to break the law, and of deceiving Dumbledore, who had trusted him, and given him chances others would have denied him; to become a student, and by giving him a job. As he tells them this, Snape enters the room using Harry's cloak, casting it aside with his wand aimed at Lupin and Black — he had seen the map on Lupin's desk. Hermione tries to explain that he hasn't heard the whole story, but he is interested only in revenge against his school time foes. Harry tries arguing with him, but realises that it's in vain, so disarms him — both Ron and Hermione had decided to do this at the same time, the force of their combined charms leaving Snape unconscious.
Black and Lupin continue to explain about Pettigrew/Scabbers; Black explains that he saw Scabbers in the picture accompanying the article about the Weasley's prize and recognised him. Lupin notices that Scabbers has a missing toe — the largest part that had been found after Pettigrew's "death" was a finger, which he had cut off himself. The pair prove Scabbers' true identity by forcing Pettigrew to resume his human form. Once restored, he attempts to keep the finger of blame pointed at Black. Black explains that, at his suggestion, the Potters switched secret keepers to Pettigrew, as it would have been too obvious that he, James' best friend, was their secret keeper. Though Harry now believes Black, he won't allow Black and Lupin to kill Pettigrew; his father wouldn't have wanted his best friends to become murderers over Pettigrew.
They leave the Shrieking Shack, Ron and Lupin tied to Pettigrew, the still-unconscious Snape floating, being carried magically. Sirius tells Harry that, as godfather, his parents appointed him Harry's guardian, and asks if Harry would like to move in with him, an offer Harry eagerly accepts. As they leave the tunnel, the clouds part, revealing the full moon, and Lupin, not having taken the potion Snape made for him, begins to transform. Black immediately transforms and attacks Lupin, dragging him away from Ron and Pettigrew. In the commotion, Pettigrew seizes Lupin's wand, attacking Ron and Crookshanks. Though Harry manages to disarm him, he cannot stop him from transforming, and cannot follow him in the dark. Sirius goes in search of him, but soon gives out a yelp. When Harry follows, Hermione close behind, he sees Sirius in human form, crouched with his hands on his head.
Then Harry sees the dementors, in huge numbers, closing in on them. Though he tries to conjure a patronus, he can form only a silvery mist. As he passes out, he sees a fully formed patronus chasing away the dementors before crossing the lake to a figure he thinks is his father. When he comes to, he hears Fudge congratulating Snape on his capture of Black. He finds himself in the hospital wing, and upon hearing that the dementors are going to perform the Kiss on Sirius, he tries to convince Fudge of Sirius' innocence. Snape, however, has done a better job of convincing Fudge that he, Ron and Hermione have been bewitched.
Dumbledore enters, and seeks to speak privately to Harry and Hermione. Though he can't help them to convince Fudge of Sirius' innocence, he tells Hermione pointedly that they need more time, as well as where to find Sirius. He finishes by saying that if all goes well, they can save more than one innocent life. After Dumbledore locks the door to the hospital wing, Hermione produces an hour glass from around her neck — a Time Turner — and uses it to transport herself and Harry three hours backwards in time. As for Ron, his leg was injured during the encounter with Sirius (in his dog form), and he remains behind on his hospital bed.
It occurs to Harry that Dumbledore means them to save Buckbeak; he and Hermione head towards Hagrid's hut, and after waiting for the executioners to see Buckbeak tethered outside, make their rescue attempt. Harry frees Buckbeak, who is reluctant to leave Hagrid. Hermione and he hide Buckbeak in the forest, waiting for Sirius to be taken to the castle. Keeping watch, Harry sees himself run to Sirius' aid, and runs to where he thought he had seen his father. While waiting, he realises that he had in fact seen himself, and conjures a full patronus, thereby creating a predestination paradox. At the return of the Patronus, he sees that it's a stag, and the meaning of his father's nickname, Prongs, becomes clear to him.
Finally, they see MacNair, the executioner, set off to fetch the dementors, and seize their opportunity, freeing Sirius from his cell, and sending him away on Buckbeak. Harry and Hermione then race to the hospital wing, before Dumbledore locks them in. They meet him as he is about to lock the door, and take to their beds. A few minutes later, Snape bursts into the ward, accusing Harry of having set Sirius free, but with both Dumbledore and Madam Pomfrey to provide alibis, he can only storm out in fury.
The next day, they meet an overjoyed Hagrid, and feign surprise when he tells them about Buckbeak's escape. Hagrid also tells them that Snape told the Slytherins about Lupin being a werewolf, and that Lupin had tendered his resignation that morning. Harry makes an unsuccessful attempt to talk him out of it, and Lupin returns the Invisibility Cloak and the Marauder's Map. Dumbledore enters, to wish Lupin farewell, and remains after Lupin's departure to speak to Harry. He reassures Harry that his sparing Pettigrew was for the best; that having Pettigrew owe him the debt of his life may prove valuable. Harry tells Dumbledore about Professor Trelawney's unusually specific prediction, and Dumbledore agrees that it was a true prediction.
On the Hogwarts Express, Harry finds himself in low spirits, returning to the Dursleys when he had been so close to having a new life with Sirius. Ron promises to convince his parents to invite Harry to stay for some of the summer, to go to the Quidditch World Cup. His spirits are raised further when a tiny owl appears at the compartment window, carrying a letter from Sirius. Sirius confirms that it was he who sent the Firebolt, which put a strain on the contents of his bank vault but was an attempt to make up for 13 years of missed birthday presents. He also enclosed a permission slip for Harry to visit Hogsmeade, and, in a postscript, offered Ron the owl in place of Scabbers. When Harry reaches the station and is met by Vernon Dursley, he is swift to inform him of his godfather, whom he tells them is a convicted murderer who expects regular letters, and looks forward to a more pleasant summer than usual.
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