Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 1999 edition
Series: Harry Potter, Book Three
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, magic, apparently children’s books but I’d class it as YA/Young adult too
Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…
So, normally I would review a book but, let’s be honest, who hasn’t read these books? And if you haven’t what the hell are you doing with your life? I’ll forgive you if you’re under fourteen but nothing further. Honestly. Go watch the films.
And with that rant over…
Because nearly everyone has read the books, I just want to tell you guys some of my favourite quotes from this book and share my musings with you – which, for the first time ever, I’ve written down. Knowing what I know will happen, I’ve written them down with that in mind, and a few of the other things I’ve seen the bases of some fanfic plots written off. Yes, I read Harry Potter fanfiction. Yes, I have a Harry Potter addiction. Thank you.
Please be warned that this is full of spoilers!!!! If you haven’t read the Prisoner of Azkaban I highly recommend you do so before reading this. I will be comparing parts of the book to film because they are obviously different.
Also, if you see a piece of artwork that I haven’t credited, please let me know if you know who the source is and I will gladly link it to them!
“Don’t let the Muggles get you down!”
Ron Weasley to Harry Potter, July 31st 1993
Page 13, Bloomsbury edition
Did you know: I never actually knew this was an official quote. Shoot me now, I thought it was a play on the lyrics ‘Don’t let the haters get you down’. I honest to God did not know. How bad is that for someone who’s read this book twenty times over?
image found through Pinterest here
“‘… the public is warned that Black is armed and extremely dangerous. A special hotline has been set up, and any sighting of Black should be reported immediately’”
*sobs* The fist mention of Sirius Black in POA (because Hagrid does mention him in the Philosopher’s Stone) and its just crazy because the first real time Harry hears about Sirius is on his 13th birthday?????
Page 18, Bloomsbury edition
A wondering from page 30 of POA Bloomsbury edition:
What if Sirius, when Harry sees him on Magnolia Crescent, had shown himself to Harry right there and then instead of being a huge drama queen and insisting he had to go to Hogwarts and get Pettigrew? How different would Harry’s third year, even his life, have been if Sirius had came forward then and said, ‘Wow, this is weird, but I’m Sirius Black and I’m your godfather. Would you like to talk?’
GODDAMMIT SIRIUS! You’re breaking my heart
“… and Mrs Weasley was telling Hermione and Ginny about a love potion she’d made as a young girl”
Page 56, Bloomsbury edition
Well, first off, oooooooooh Mrs Weasley ya divil, who were you making love potions for? 😜
Second, I’ve read fanfics where a plot has been that Mrs Weasley made Arthur Weasley fall in love with her using a love potion. But, how does that stand to reason if all the Weasley children are capable of love, etc? Maybe that’s just me, but going from the Voldemort plot lines, I don’t see how that was possible.
“The stranger was wearing an extremely shabby set of wizard’s robes which had been darned in several places. He looked ill and exhausted. Though he seemed quite young, his light-brown hair was flecked with grey.
‘Who d’you reckon he is?’ Ron hissed, as they sat down and slid the door shut, taking the seats furthest away from the window.
‘Professor R. J. Lupin’ whispered Hermione at once”
Page 59, Bloomsbury edition
LUPIN! He has always been one of my favourite Harry Potter characters and this is the first description we’re given of hm. He really has it rough seeing as he’s only roughly 32/33 and this is how he’s being described.
Lupin in the film
Lupin as drawn by Gold-Seven on DeviantArt and more how I imagined Lupin also
Poor Lupin. Give him chocolate!
Yes, much better…
“‘I’m fine!’ said Harry, jumping up. The idea of what Draco Malfoy would say if he had to go to the hospital wing was torture”
Page 70, Bloomsbury edition
Poor Harry, it seems like Draco Malfoy is never far from his mind. I’m quite the Hinny shipper but you can really see where some of these things come out of context. I do love Draco Malfoy however.
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”
You know, I can’t find this quote in my copy of the Prisoner of Azkaban. Well, not at the Welcoming Feast anyways, like it’s done here in the film. Instead, on page 72 I have the brief mention Dumbledore gives the Dementors:
“‘It is not in the nature of a Dementor to understand pleading or excuses. I therefore warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you. I look to the Prefects, and our new Head Boy and Girl, to make sure that no student runs foul of the Dementors’”
Page 72, Bloomsbury edition
So where does this quote, from the clip, come from? Is it in other editions? Or do I need to shush and keep reading on? Either way, it is a beautiful quote and I can see why so many people like it.
“‘Hermione,’ said Ron, frowning as he looked over her shoulder, ‘They’ve messed up your timetable. Look – they’ve got you down for about ten subjects a day. There isn’t enough time.’”
Page 76, Bloomsbury edition
I’ve always hated the way people hate on Ron. He’s one of my favourite characters and Harry’s best friend. And even in third year, he noticed what was going on with Hermione.
On page 81 of POA in the Bloomsbury edition, Harry, Ron and Hermione have their first divination lesson. And Harry and Ron actually predicted shit that happens in either the fourth book or the seventh book and afterwards. What even? I know there was this whole thing in the fandom between the fourth and the fifth book gap where it was speculated that Ron was really Dumbledore (and then that got thrown out the window when we got Dumbledore’s background) because of how well he could predict stuff, but dude, this is some awesome stuff!
“Harry tried to pull himself together.
‘Right, you’ve got a wonky sort of cross…’ he said, consulting Unfogging the Future. ‘That means you’re going to have “trials and suffering” – sorry about that – but there’s a thing that could be the sun. Hang on … that means “great happiness” … so you’re going to suffer but be very happy…’”
You’re not wrong there
“‘My turn…’ Ron peered into Harry’s teacup, his forehead wrinkled with effort. ‘There’s a blob a bit like a bowler hat,’ he said. ‘Maybe you’re going to work for the Ministry of Magic…’
He turned the teacup the other way up.
‘But this way it looks more like an acorn… what’s that?’ He scanned his copy of Unfogging the Future. ‘”A windfall, unexpected gold”. Excellent, you can lend me some…’”
Well, it’s pretty well known that Harry became an Auror after the Battle of Hogwarts. And who (officially) won the TriWizard Cup and 1,000 Gallons with it? Why, Harry of course, and it was very unexpected.
“He hardly heard what Professor McGonagall was telling them about Animagi”
Page 83, Bloomsbury edition
HARRY POTTER ARE YOU ACTUALLY, SERIOUSLY, NOT LISTENING TO THESE AMAZING FEATS OF MAGIC AND THE THEORY OF HOW TO DO THEM?!?!
(by Makani copyright 2004)
I want to be an Animagus…
I have to mention how Lupin treats Harry. Like. Please. All the Uncle Moony feels.
“‘This means,’ said Professor Lupin, choosing to ignore Neville’s small splutter of terror, ‘that we have a huge advantage over the Boggart before we begin. Have you spotted it, Harry?’”
Page 101, Bloomsbury edition
Out of nowhere he calls on Harry to answer the question when Hermione is there practically bouncing off the walls (omg there’s a car alarm going and it’s so annoying and I swear if it’s my car I’m gonna kill someone) to answer the question. (It’s not my car alarm. It could possibly be a house alarm). Lupin is trying to find ways to talk to Harry, to encourage his studies and just. Avicii has it here “Monday left me broken” because LUPIN AND HARRY AND WHAT A BEAUTIFULLY UNCLE/NEPHEW RELATIONSHIP THAT COULD HAVE BEEN HAS LEFT ME BROKEN!!!!
“‘So – er- d’you think it would be all right – I mean, will it be OK if I – if I go to Hogsmeade?’
Professor McGonagall looked down and began shuffling papers on her desk.
‘I’m afraid not, Potter,’ she said. ‘You heard what I said. No form, no visiting the village. That’s the rule.’”
Page 113, Bloomsbury edition
Yeah sure, you can face Voldemort three times, the most dangerous wizard known in the wizarding world, but no, no you may not go down to the village when Sirius Black is on the loose. ????????. Logic. But, I also think McGonagall wants to allow Harry to go and enjoy himself and spend time as a teenage boy. She saw what the Dursleys were like and probably wants him to be able to do normal teenage things that students at Hogwarts do. But she can’t risk Sirius Black, with his uncleared name, finding Harry and killing him.
“… that Sirius Black!”
Now, if you’ve only seen the film, you’re missing out. Peeves! Peeves the little shit comes along at the time in the book and it’s an excellent show of him.
“‘Ashamed, Your Headship, sir. Doesn’t want to be seen. She’s a horrible mess. Saw her running through the landscape up on the fourth floor, sir, dodging between the trees. Crying something dreadful,’ he said happily. ‘Poor thing,’ he added, unconvincingly.
‘Did she say who did it?’ said Dumbledore quietly.
‘Oh yes, Professorhead,’ said Peeves with the air of one cradling a large bombshell in his arms, ‘He got very angry when she wouldn’t let him in, you see.’ Peeves flipped over, and grinned at Dumbledore from between his legs, ‘Nasty temper he’s got, that Sirius Black’”
Page 121, Bloomsbury edition.
I think this also shows the power and command that Dumbledore had. Peeves wouldn’t even dream of messing Dumbledore around, he’s er… Respectful in his own way. Dumbledore is calm and patient with Peeves, waiting for him to tell him where she’s gone and what happened. Unlike:
“‘I do not believe a single person inside this castle would have helped Black enter it’ said Dumbledore, and his tone made it so clear that the subject was closed that Snape didn’t reply.”
Page 124/125, Bloomsbury edition
Dumbledore may trust Lupin because everyone still thinks that Sirius betrayed the Potters but I still feel that Dumbledore hired Remus that year because of his old connections to Sirius. After all they were pretty tight in the day and Lupin never gave up Sirius secret of being an illegal Animagus.
image found here
image found here
All the feels!
People who know me (especially my boyfriend) can’t fathom why I don’t like Snape after his last arc in the seventh book. But it’s to do with the way he treated students. It was totally overboard. He was a thirty-something year old man and he should know better than that. Yes, you might’ve been bullied in school but that is no reason to take it out on the students you’re teaching when you’re in a position of power above them. And the way he took over Lupin’s class. Lupin might not have stopped his friends (due to his fear of rejection because of his furry problem) but it was no reason for Snap to take away Lupin’s right to teach about werewolves from his own perspective as a werewolf. It was dehumanising, which from what I can tell was Snape’s plan. Would Lily Potter have wanted her good friend Remus to be treated like this? Most likely not. Snape claims to do this in memory of Lily, keeping Harry safe etc. but like. Come ON. This double agent shit is taking it too far to do THAT.
“‘Miss Granger,’ said Snape in a voice of deadly calm, ‘I was under the impression that I was taking this lesson, not you. And I am telling you all to turn to page three hundred and ninety-four.’ He glanced around again. ‘All of you! Now!’”
Page 128, Bloomsbury edition
(This is just for my own amusement. The quote to back up my statement is coming)
“‘Please, sir,’ said Hermione, whose hand was still in the air, ‘the werewolf differs from the true wold in several small ways. The snout of the werewolf-‘
‘That is the second time you’ve spoken out of turn, Miss Granger, ‘ said Snape coolly. ‘Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.’
Hermione went very red, put down her hand and stared at the floor with her eyes full of tears.”
Page 129, Bloomsbury edition
ARGH I can’t. Just. No.
But then, but then, but then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ronald Weasley comes in and smacks a Snape down.
“…and Ron, who told Hermione she was a know-it-all at least twice a week, said loudly, ‘You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?’”
Page 129, Bloomsbury edition
Poor Ron. He means so well…
“Quidditch matches weren’t called off for trifles such as thunderstorms”
Page 131, Bloomsbury edition
CASUAL. My matches get called off for flooded pitches but Quidditch is clearly the sport of champions cause JFC I would die. And I would love to play Quidditch!
So, in the film, we see a silhouette of the Grim in the clouds. But in the books it’s a bit different, and I would have preferred it if it had been portrayed this way because it’s Sirius coming out to watch Harry play (and you just know Sirius is reminiscing about James) rather than Harry seeing the Grim and basically, if Trelawney is to be believed, foreseeing his death.
“He turned, intending to head back towards the middle of the pitch, but at that moment, another flash of lightning illuminated the stands, and Harry saw something that distracted him completely: the silhouette of an enormous shaggy black, clearly imprinted against the sky, motionless in the topmost, empty row of seats”
Page 133, Bloomsbury
A wondering from page 136~
Harry’s broom lasted him two years. TWO. YEARS. I’ve had a hurl for three years that only has a chip out from the top of it. And if you’ve ever seen hurling/camogie you’ll see the vicious use of the hurl and how often they break. Are the brooms not charmed to last? The Comet 260 was still going and yet Harry’s thoughts on his Nimbus 2000 after TWO YEARS! Is:
“…the only remains of Harry’s faithful, finally beaten broomstick.”
Alright, calm down. You kept the Firebolt for five years and most likely over.
“A ray of wintery sunlight fell across the classroom, illuminating Lupin’s grey hairs and the lines on his young face”
Page 140, Bloomsbury edition
“Lupin made a sudden motion with his arm as though he had made to grip Harry’s shoulder, but thought the better of it”
Page 140, Bloomsbury edition
LUPIN BBY NOOOOOOO. Someone give this poor boy a hug! Good Merlin ALL THE REMUS LUPIN FEELS!!
“‘I solemnly swear that I am up to no good’”
Page 143, Bloomsbury edition and said by George Weasley
ALL THE MARAUDERS SCHOOL FEELS!!!!
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Aw man I love Fred and George so much ❤
“‘I don’t think anyone should ride that broom just yet!’ said Hermione shrilly.
Harry and Ron looked at her.
‘What d’you think Harry’s going to do with it – sweep the floor?’ said Ron.”
Page 167, Bloomsbury edition.
Hermione’s heart was in the right place and after all, Sirius Black did send Harry the broom – as his Christmas present!
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“‘Never forget that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die’”
Page 169, Bloomsbury edition.
Trelawney is just rolling out those predictions! Who’s the first to rise at a gathering of thirteen? Lupin. And who’s the first to die? GODDAMN LUPIN WHY OMG YOU ARE BREAKING MY HEART!
(me too Tonks, me too)
On page 172, which is just after the Christmas break, after reading the book we see that Hermione already knew that Lupin was a werewolf. I’m really curious as to why she didn’t say anything about it when she figured it out other than to huff at Harry and Ron and ask “‘Isn’t it obvious?’”
Lupin teaches Harry Expecto Patronum
On page 178, when Lupin is teaching Harry the Patronus charm, Harry hears his dad for the first time.
“‘Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off-‘”
Why isn’t this in the movies?! All we ever get to hear is Lily screaming HAAAARRY! And never James. Give James his dues people! He loved Harry just as much as Lily did.
(And I can only find a Lily one but if anyone has a James one please link it to me!)
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And sure why not, let’s throw in Lupin talking to Harry about James and Lily no I’m not crying I swear
From page 181, we really see how determined Oliver Wood is about winning the Quidditch Cup…
“‘… Just because I told her I didn’t care if it [the Firebolt] threw you off, as long as you caught the Snitch on it first.’ Wood shook his head in disbelief. ‘Honestly, the way she was yelling at me… you’d think I’d said something terrible…'”
Alright Wood, calm down.
“‘Pity you can’t attach an extra arm to yours, Malfoy,’ said Harry. ‘Then it could catch the Snitch for you.’”
Page 191, Bloomsbury edition.
Oh the sass is strong in young Harry and sorely missed in the films.
I HAVE BEEN SO EXCITED FOR THIS BECAUSE ON PAGE 216 HERMIONE SMACKS DRACO ACROSS THE FACE AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL!
Wonderful. Just. Look at Tom Felton’s face. Thing of beauty. Little shit with his binoculars…
Lee Jordan’s commentary. I won’t use all of it (because all of it is gold), just the best bits…
“‘… Johnson, Gryffindor, back in possession, come on, Angelina, nice swerve round Montague – duck, Angeline, that’s a Bludger! – SHE SCORES! TEN-ZERO TO GRYFFINDOR!'”
Page 224, Bloomsbury edition
“‘Gryffindor in possession, no Slytherin in possession – no! – Gryffindor back in possession and it’s Katie Bell, Katie Bell for Gryffindor with the Quaffle, she’s streaking up the pitch – THAT WAS DELIBERATE!'”
“‘THIRTY-ZERO! TAKE THAT YOU DIRTY, CHEATING-‘”
Page 225, Bloomsbury edition
“‘Jordan, if you can’t commentate in an unbiased way-!’
‘I’m telling it like it is, Professor!'”
Page 226, Bloomsbury edition
“‘… And it’s Gryffindor in possession again, as Johnson takes the Quaffle – Flint alongside her – poke him in the eye, Angelina! – it was a joke, Professor, it was a joke – oh, no – Flint in possession, Flint flying towards the Gryffindor goalposts, come on, now, Wood, save-!’
But Flint had scored; there was an eruption of cheers from the Slytherin end and Lee swore so badly that Professor McGonagall tried to tug the magical megaphone away from him.”
Page 227, Bloomsbury edition
“‘YOU CHEATING SUM!’ Lee Jordan was howling into the megaphone, dancing out of Professor McGonagall’s reach. ‘YOU FILTHY, CHEATING B-‘
Professor McGonagall didn’t even bother to tell him off. She was actually shaking her fist in Malfoy’s direction; her hat had fallen off, and she, too, was shouting furiously.”
Page 228/229, Bloomsbury edition
That was definitely not unbiased in any way…
And then, on page 230, Gryffindor won the house!
“If only there had been a Dementor around… As a sobbing Wood passed Harry the cup, as he lifted it into the air, Harry felt he could have produced the world’s best Patronus”
“‘The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight, the servant will break free and set out to rejoin his master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant’s aid, greater and more terrible than ever before. Tonight… before midnight… the servant… will set out… to rejoin… his master…’”
Page 238. Bloomsbury edition. You can see why Harry and co thought that it was Sirius who was Voldemort’s servant, after being chained up in Azkaban for 12 years. I don’t see why Pettigrew would see himself as chained though, would he not have had a nice life with the Weasleys? Food, shelter, comfort… Gosh, Pettigrew, very selfish of you.
“‘Hermione, I don’t know what’s got into you lately!’ said Ron, astounded. ‘First you hit Malfoy, then you walk out on Professor Trelawney-‘
Hermione looked rather flattered”
Page 240, Bloomsbury edition
N’aw, even 13 year old Hermione liked Ron ❤
“Ron was on his feet. As the dog sprang back towards them, he pushed Harry aside, the dogs jaws fastened instead around Ron’s outstretched arm.”
Page 245, Bloomsbury edition.
Pls stop the Ronald Weasley hate and look at Harry and Ron’s friendship. Thank you.
“Without knowing what he was doing, he started forwards, but there was a sudden movement on either side of him and two pairs of hands grabbed him and held him back. ‘No, Harry!’ Hermione gasped in a petrified whisper; Ron, however, spoke to Black.
‘If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us, too!’ He said fiercely, though the effort of standing up had drained him of still more colour and he swayed slightly as he spoke”
Page 249, Bloomsbury edition.
No joke, I will fight you if you hate Ron.
“Something flickered in Black’s shadowed eyes.
‘Lie down,’ he said quietly to Ron. ‘You will damage that leg even more.'”
Page 249, Bloomsbury edition.
You just know Sirius is thinking about his and James’ friendship and how it’s reflecting back with Harry and Ron.
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“…’…why hasn’t he shown himself before now? Unless-‘ Lupin’s eyes suddenly widened, as though he was seeing something beyond Black, something none of the rest could see, ‘-unless he was the one – unless you switched… without telling me?'”
Page 252, Bloomsbury edition.
Lupin realising that Sirius is innocent after all and they’ve now wasted 12 years of their life not being bestos </3
“Harry looked down at Ron, and as their eyes met they agreed silently; Black and Lupin were both out of their minds”
Page 257, Bloomsbury edition.
Silently agreeing that Sirius and Remus are insane, ah, thirteen year olds. What even. Look at that friendship though!
“‘You fool,’ said Lupin softly. ‘Is a schoolboy grudge worth putting an innocent man back inside Azkaban?’”
Page 263, Bloomsbury edition.
Remus gets it. Everybody pay attention and listen to Remus, pls and thx.
“‘Believe me,’ croaked Black. ‘Believe me. I never betrayed James and Lily. I would have died before I betrayed them.'”
Page 275, Bloomsbury edition.
“The Patronus turned. It was cantering back towards Harry across the still surface of the water. It wasn’t a horse. It wasn’t a unicorn, either. It was a stag.”
Page 300, Bloomsbury edition
And here is yet more reasons why I dislike Severus Snape.
“‘… only hope Dumbledore’s not going to make difficulties’ Snape was saying. ‘The Kiss will be performed immediately?’”
Page 304, Bloomsbury edition
What a slimy git!
“‘OUT WITH IT, POTTER!’ he bellowed. ‘WHAT DID YOU DO!’
‘THEY HELPED HIM ESCAPE, I KNOW IT!’ Snape howled, pointing at Harry and Hermione. His face was twisted, spit was flying from his mouth.
‘Calm down, man!’ Fudge barked. ‘You’re talking nonsense!’
‘YOU DON’T KNOW POTTER!’ shrieked Snape. ‘HE DID IT, I KNOW HE DID IT-‘
Page 306, Bloomsbury edition
What a git omg
“‘No. Professor Dumbledore managed to convince Fudge that I was trying to save your lives.’ He sighed. ‘That was the final straw for Severus. I think the loss of the Order of Merlin hit him hard. So he – er- accidentally let it slip that I am a werewolf this morning at breakfast.'”
Page 309, Bloomsbury edition
What. A. Bastard.
“…’When one wizard saves another wizard’s life, it creates a certain bond between them…’”
Page 311, Bloomsbury edition
Hold up. Would this not mean that Snape owed James Potter a debt? After all, he did save Snape’s life when they were sixteen.
“‘So you did see your father last night, Harry… you found him inside yourself.’”
Page 312, Bloomsbury edition
I swear the father/son feels would break you…
“… for what looked like a much better summer than the last”
Page 317, Bloomsbury edition
Aw. I love this book so much. Can you tell how much I love Ron Weasley? How much I dislike Snape? No? Oh dear.
Let me know what you think of the Prisoner of Azkaban, do you agree with what I’ve said, do you think I’ve missed something? Obviously I can’t just write the whole book out, that would be too much! And remember, if you see artwork that hasn’t been credited and you know who the artist is, let me know!
Thanks for reading!