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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, ch. 14-19 Monday, June 18, 2007

Posted by ladyandrea in harry potter, Lady Andrea, summer of awesomeness, unhealthy obsessions.
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Following the break-in to Gryffindor Tower by Sirius Black, Snape’s Grudge starts us off with heightened security around Hogwarts. Professor Flitwick teaches the front doors to recognize a picture of Sirius (like he’ll just come waltzing in the front door? Hmmmm), and the Fat Lady is back guarding Gryffindor’s entrance, but she, in turn, has a set of security trolls guarding her. Ron and Harry decide they don’t need to tell anyone about the secret passage from Honeydukes to Hogwarts because they would have heard if the shop was broken into. Good boys, real smart.

Ron is enjoying his new-found celebrity status, recanting the story of Sirius’s visit to everyone. Neville is in disgrace and gets a Howler from his grandma. Poor, silly Neville. Ron and Harry go down to visit Hagrid, learning of Buckbear’s hearing in London this coming Friday. Harry feels a pang of guilt at not having been helping on Buckbeak’s defense. But the real reason Hagrid wants to talk is because of Hermione. She’s really upset that and lonely because Ron and Harry weren’t speaking to her about the Firebolt and then Ron was mad about Scabbers getting eaten by Crookshanks. Hagrid knocks a little sense into them, but then when they get back to the dorm, Hermione tells them they need to tell McGonagall about the Marauder’s Map. Ron very rudely ignores her and keeps plotting with Harry about the upcoming Hogsmeade visit.

On Saturday, they take off for Hogsmeade. Harry uses the Invisibility Cloak and almost gets caught at the entrance to the passageway by Snape. He gets away, though, and meets up with Ron outside Honeydukes. They walk around to various shops and end up out by the Shrieking Shack, which is reputed to be the most haunted place in Britain. Once there, Ron runs into Draco and his cronies and Harry (invisible) messes with them by pelting them with mud. When they try to run away, scared of the “ghosts,” Crabbe’s foot snags on the cloak and it slips off Harry’s head. Draco and his buddies scream and run off, but Harry knows he’s so busted, so he takes off back down the passageway. Inside the castle, he is snagged by Snape just after he safely emerges from the witch statue that guards the passage, but has to leave the Invisibility Cloak inside.

Snape hauls Harry off to his office, berating him about strutting around like his father, no regard for the rules. Harry defends his father, saying he saved Snape’s life once and Snape tells him that that’s not quite the whole story. James and his friends played a horrible trick on Snape and he would’ve probably died if James hadn’t gotten cold feet and come after him, “saving” him. Snape makes Harry turn out his pockets, finding a bag full of tricks from Zonko’s joke shop and the blank Marauder’s Map. When Snape demands it reveal its secret to him, Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs tell Snape to keep his large nose out of other people’s business and to wash his slimy hair. Hee hee.

Snape calls for Lupin, who emerges in Snape’s fireplace a minute later. He shows Lupin the piece of parchment, saying clearly it is full of dark magic. Lupin says it looks more like a piece of paper that insults anyone who reads it. Snape insists that Harry got it “directly from the manufacturers.” Lupin asks Harry if he knows any of the men who made it and Harry says no. I don’t quite understand this part. Does Snape know who the Marauders are? And does he think that it somehow got passed to Harry?

Lupin saves Harry’s ass, though, insisting that the parchment is probably a joke store product. After he and Harry leave, however, Lupin says that he knows the makers of the Marauder’s Map and they would’ve found it very entertaining to lure Harry out of Hogwarts. He also says that he cannot believe, in light of what Harry hears when a dementor gets near him, that Harry would be so cavalier as to just go gallivanting around Hogsmeade. A poor way to repay the sacrifice his parents made for him. Awwww, guilt trips are the worst. But also: seriously, Harry. Back in the tower, Hermione tells Harry and Ron that Buckbeak is going to be executed. And the hits just keep on coming.

The Quidditch Final has the Trio talking about Buckbeak’s “appeal,” hearing, which will happen at Hogwarts and have an executioner present. Nice, very fair. Ron says he’ll help work on Buckbeak’s appeal, Hermione shouldn’t have to do it all alone this time.  Hermione is so touched that she flings herself into Ron’s arms, crying (woo woo). She also apologizes about Scabbers and Ron seems too discombobulated to really care. Heh.

The next day in Care of Magical Creatures, Malfoy is making fun of Hagrid being upset about Buckbeat, calling him pathetic. Hermione charges at Malfoy and smacks him across the face. YES! Possibly my favorite Hermione moment of the entire series. She swings her hand back to hit him again, but Ron holds her off.  Seriously, she smacks him once, rears back to do it again and then pulls her wand on him.  BAD ASS.  AWESOME. Shortly after, Hermione sleeps through Charms and then gets to Divination in a right flustered state. She insults Professor Trelawney and storms out of class. HA! Lavender and Parvati act like Professor Trelawney foresaw it, predicting at the beginning of the year that around Easter one of their number would leave them forever. Sure, girls.  Seriously, ever since that one season of Survivor, I picture Parvati as, well, Parvati from Survivor, only younger, and Lavender as her little blonde cronie, whatshername.  Are there seriously no cool Gryffindors girls in Harry’s year besides Hermione?  That’s disappointing.

Over the Easter holidays, everybody is studying like mad and Quidditch practices are crazy. Slytherin is leading the cup by 200 pts, so if Gryffindor can beat Slytherin by more then 200, they’ll win the cup. As Wood keeps reminding Harry, this means he cannot catch the Snitch unless Gryffindor is leading by more than 50 points.

Finally, the match is upon them. The morning of the match, Harry wakes early and out his dormroom window sees Crookshanks out on the school lawn hanging out with the giant, black dog he saw in the stands at the Hufflepuff Quidditch match. Hmmmmm……

The match is particularly brutal, with Slytherin clearly being out-matched skill-wise and resorting to dirty fouls and such.  There are some wonderful comedic moments between Lee Jordan’s announcing and Professor McGonagall. Long story short, Gryffindor gets up by 60 points and Harry gets the Snitch. I highly recommend rereading the end of Chapter Fifteen, because the ensuing celebration is so great. Andrea Cries # 11. Between Oliver Wood finally winning in his 7th year and McGonagall crying and Percy jumping up and down and then: “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.” *SNIFF*

Professor Trelawney’s Prediction has the final exams descending upon the school like a big black cloud. The Twins are taking their OWLs (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) and Percy is taking his NEWTS (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests) and Hermione, of course, is taking 27 subjects, so everybody is on edge. Everyone appears to do alright, though in the DADA Obstacle Course, Hermione faces a boggart that turns into McGonagall telling her she failed everything and Hermione freaks. Heh.

The last final before Buckbeak’s “appeal” is Divination for Ron and Harry. Harry ascends to the tower room, makes up some stuff in the crystal ball about a Hippogriff flying off to freedom, and turns to go when suddenly Trelawney goes all rigid and starts speaking in a raspy, creepy voice. “It will happen tonight … 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 he was. Tonight before midnight the servant will set out to rejoin his master….” And then she wakes up.  CREE-PAY.

Harry runs off to tell Ron, except they’ve all just received word of Buckbeak’s pending execution. Harry wishes they had the Invisibility Cloak, so they could go down and see Hagrid, but he left it in the passageway by the witch statue. Hermione asks how to open the passage way and promptly takes off. She returns in 15 minutes with the cloak and Ron marvels at her. “‘First you hit Malfoy, then you walk out on Professor Trelawney –‘ Hermione looked rather flattered.” Awww.

After dinner, the Trio wait for the entrance hall to be deserted.  When the finally hear the last pair of people running across the hall and slamming a door, they head down to the hut, where Hagrid appears just completely helpless. Buckbeak is in the garden, enjoying the fresh air, and Hagrid says Dumbledore is coming down to be with him when it happens. Suddenly, Hermione finds Scabbers hiding in an empty milk jug. She gives him back to Ron and Hagrid shoos them all out the door because Cornelius Fudge, Lucius Malfoy and the execution, MacNair, are coming.

Ron is struggling to hold on to Scabbers, who is completely freaking out and squeaking and wriggling to try to get away, when they all hear the swish and thud of an axe. Hermione sways where she stands and says, “They did it! I d-don’t believe it — they did it!”

Cat, Rat and Dog has the Trio transfixed and shocked that they actually killed Buckbeak. Crookshanks saunters over and Scabbers runs off, with Ron in pursuit. Hermione and Harry run after him when suddenly the large, black dog pounces on Harry. The dog rolls off Harry and grabs Ron by the arm, dragging him towards the Whomping Willow. Ron tries to wrap his legs around some roots to keep from getting dragged off, but his leg breaks and the dog takes him under the earth. Harry and Hermione want to follow, but can’t get close enough because of the tree, until Crookshanks slinks up, puts his paw on a knot at the base of the tree and the tree freezes. Harry says he knew Crookshanks was friends with the dog. They take off down the passageway.

Harry and Hermione emerge in a dilapidated old house and realize the passageway leads to the Shrieking Shack. They head upstairs and find Ron laying on a bed, with his leg stuck out at a strange angle. Ron grits out that it’s a trap and suddenly they notice Sirius Black is there. He’s an animagus and had been getting around undetected as the large, black dog. Sirius disarms the kids, saying he knew they’d come to help their friend, just like Harry’s father would’ve done for Sirius.

Harry lunges for Sirius, with Hermione and Ron holding him back. Ron, swaying on his feet and turning the color of paper, says that if Sirius wants Harry, he’ll have to kill them both too. Sirius says there will be only one murder there tonight. Harry wrenches away from Ron and Hermione, punches Sirius, with Ron knocking the wands loose and Hermione giving Sirius a kick. They are tough kids, those three. Harry gets his wand back and is aiming it at Sirius, who says Harry needs to listen to him before he makes a mistake. Crookshanks jumps up to sit on Sirius’s chest and Harry can’t curse him.

Suddenly, they hear footsteps and Lupin bursts in the room. He disarms the children and asks Sirius if he switched something without telling him. Siriurs nods and they embrace and Hermione goes apeshit. She starts shrieking about covering for Lupin and all this time he’s been helping Sirius, he wants Harry dead and he’s a werewolf. Lupin says she’s one for three. “‘I have not been helping Sirius get into the castle and I certain don’t want Harry dead….’ An odd shiver passed over his face.” I love that moment.

Lupin asks Hermione how long she’s known and she says since Snape assigned the essay on werewolves. Lupin says Snape will be delighted and asks if she realized he’s always sick on the full moon or that the boggart changed into the moon when it saw Lupin? Hermione says it was both and he tells her she’s the cleverest witch of her age he’s ever met. YAY HERMIONE.  Seriously, POA is a great book for Hermione.

Lupin explains to Harry that he was watching the Marauder’s Map because he suspected the Trio would go down to Hagrid’s before the execution, but when they left the hut they were now four instead of three. He saw a dot labeled “Sirius Black” drag two of them into the Whomping Willow and took off to follow them. Lupin tells Ron his rat Scabbers, is an animagus named Peter Pettigrew.

Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs is Exposition Central. Lupin tells Sirius before they kill Peter that Harry deserves the truth. He tells them the Marauder’s Map never lies, that Scabbers is Peter Pettrigrew. Hermione says it can’t be true and Lupin asks her why not, “as though they were in class, and Hermione had simply spotted a problem in an experiment with Grindylows.” Heh. She says that Animagi have to be registered and that Peter Pettigrew isn’t registered. Lupin has an explanation, but before he can start, there is a loud creak and the bedroom door opens by itself. Lupin is puzzled, saying the Shrieking Shack was never actually haunted. Hmmm……

Lupin explains how he was bitten by a werewolf at a young age, but Dumbledore took him at Hogwarts anyway. Once a month he was smuggled out to the Shrieking Shack for when he changed into a werewolf. It was his shrieks and howls that led the villagers to believe it was haunted. Eventually his friends figured out what was going on. They worked for three years on becoming Animagi, so they could hang out with him. Once they could all become animals, they traipsed around Hogwarts’ grounds and the village, which Hermione points out was still incredibly dangerous. Lupin says that is a thought that still haunts him.  The reason he doesn’t have to go to the Shrieking Shack anymore is because of the potion Snape makes for him once a month.  It’s very complicated, but allows him to turn into a tame wolf and just curl up in his office til it passes.  Lupin says he’s lucky to work with such a talented potions master.

He also says he’s still guilty because all this time he’s known Sirius could change into a dog and didn’t tell Dumbledore because he didn’t want to admit to breaking Dumbledore’s trust back when he was a student. He also says that it is because of this that essentially Snape’s been right all along not to trust Lupin. He explains that Snape has his reasons to hate Sirius and Lupin, because back in school they thought Snape had gotten too nosy about Lupin’s whereabouts every month, so Sirius told him he could find out if he prodded the knot on the Whomping Willow and followed the passageway. When James heard, he went to save Snape, but Snape saw the werewolf at the end of the tunnel and was forbidden by Dumbledore to tell anyone. Harry asks if Snape thought Lupin and James were in on it and that’s why he hates them so much, and a voice says, “That’s right.” Snape pulls off the Invisibility Cloak and reveals himself. Do you guys think he’s been standing there since the creak and the door opening by itself? I think he has.

The Servant of Lord Voldemort has Snape arriving because he went to Lupin’s office to deliver his potion and saw on the Marauder’s Map what was going on.  Snape is there to take Sirius (and now Lupin) to Azkaban. He binds Lupin in ropes and aims his wand at Sirius, saying, “Give me a reason. Give me a reason to do it, and I swear I will.” Hermione tells him they should hear what Sirius and Lupin have to say, but Snape tells her to hold her tongue. Harry calls him pathetic and finally, since he will not be reasoned with, the Trio disarm Snape with enough fervor to send him hurtling into the wall and knocking him unconscious. Heh.

Sirius explains about Scabbers, how he borrowed a newspaper from Fudge because he missed doing the crossword (we heard about that, remember?) and he saw Scabbers in the newspaper with the Weasleys in Egypt.  He only saw Peter change into Scabbers about a million times, so he recognized his old friend’s rat visage. Also, Scabbers has a toe missing, which is how Peter Pettigrew faked his own death before. He cut off a finger, killed all the muggles and changed into a rat, disappearing in the ensuing chaos. Harry gets on Sirius about being his parents’ secret-keeper, but Sirius says they switched to Peter at the last minute, per his suggestion. He figured Voldemort would come after Sirius to get to the Potters, but would never suspect Pettigrew. Sirius says he’s to blame for their deaths, because it was his idea to change and since Peter was the spy for Voldemort, Sirius as good as handed the Potters to him.

Sirius and Lupin force Scabbers to transform into Peter, who is a gross, balding, watery-eyed man who immediately starts begging for his life. It becomes clear Peter was hiding as a rat because Voldemort’s supporters blame him for sending Voldemort to the place where he met his downfall. Sirius and Lupin accuse him of always siding with whomever was the biggest bully on the playground.

Sirius tells Harry that he survived Azkaban by always keeping the thought with him that he was innocent and then once he saw Peter in the picture, he knew he had to get out. So he left the prison as a very thin dog and swam to the mainland, then set off for Hogwarts. He tells Harry, “Believe me. Believe me, Harry. I never betrayed James and Lily. I would have died before I betrayed them.” Harry nods, his throat too tight to speak. Andrea cries #12. Peter keeps begging each person for his life, saying Voldemort would’ve killed him if he didn’t tell him about the Potters’ location. Sirius bellows, “THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED! DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!”

At the last minute, however, Harry stops Sirius and Lupin from killing Peter, saying his father wouldn’t have wanted his friends to become killers. Harry says they’ll turn Peter over to the dementors. So, they head back to the castle. Lupin and Ron are chained to Peter to keep him from escaping, Sirius is using his wand to move the unconscious Snape and Crookshanks leads the way, his bottlebrush tail held jauntily high. Yay Crookshanks.

Sorry that was so ridiculously long, but there is A LOT of stuff happening in these chapters. 

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1. ladyandrea - Monday, June 18, 2007

As always, feel free to discuss the series up til now in this thread, but if you want to get all spoilery, head on over to http://andreasatrium.wordpress.com

2. Ivan - Monday, June 18, 2007

The end of this book is so exciting. However, i still can’t figure out what Crookshanks is, i know shes a sort of intelligent animal, but how intelligent? Or how sentient?

3. DougOLis - Monday, June 18, 2007

Ron was a total dick at the beginning. He was so cocky and annoying with his viewing; I laughed when Hagrid wasn’t interested. I totally could see a boy his age being a dick to Hermione because I know I was that way many times myself; a young love scorned. But ahh shit, it was on when she hugged him; I did laugh when he didn’t know what to do (hint: cop a feel).

Hermione really starts coming in to her own around now.

If Snape saw our troupe in the shack on the map, wouldn’t he have also seen Peter Pettigrew? Shouldn’t he have found that to be odd? Also, Ron was an idiot about accepting Scabbers as Peter. It took him forever to even consider it despite everyone else’s persistence.

4. Slothrop - Monday, June 18, 2007

Snape definitely knows who the Marauders are. They used their nicknames openly when they were at Hogwarts–which was part of their arrogance.

Doug, as far as seeing Peter on the Map, if you look at the first moment when Harry sees it, it shows all of Hogwarts–names don’t show up until he focuses on a room or other small space. There’s around 500 people and ghosts in that castle–too many to have individual names for all of them. And the Shack is not on the Map–all the secret tunnels go towards Hogsmeade, but the map only shows the Castle and the grounds near it.

5. Slothrop - Monday, June 18, 2007

Ivan,

Crookshanks is part cat, part Kneazle:

http://www.hp-lexicon.org/bestiary/bestiary_k.html#kneazle

6. Ivan - Monday, June 18, 2007

Yeah, thanks Slothrop, i checked it out also. I’m not a cat person, but i wouldn´t mind a Kneazle.

Completely random, but you all see more well travelled then i do. I’m going to Chicago this weekend, does anyone have any suggestion of something i must see/do?

/end thread jack

7. goathair - Monday, June 18, 2007

Chicago has everything. I live about an hour south. What interests you?

8. Slothrop - Monday, June 18, 2007

I’ve lived all over (3 time zones, 4 state driver’s licenses) but haven’t made it to Chicago yet. But I’d do Wrigley, Art Institute, the whole Ferris’ day out bit. And Dealey plaza–see the Picassos.

In Boston, they have these great Duck Boat tours that go through the city, on the Charles, all over–Chicago must have something like that.

9. DougOLis - Monday, June 18, 2007

Slothrop – I don’t have my book with me right now so I can’t check, but doesn’t Snape say when he found the map it showed all of them in the shack? He obviously saw Sirius’ name on the map and Peter was with him at that point. It was Lupin who saw them making way towards the shack. By the time Lupin was gone and Snape was in the office it seems like Sirius and the kids would already be in the shack.

10. RedEft - Monday, June 18, 2007

I thought Lupin had the map. He was the one who saw Pettigrew’s name on it.

11. Slothrop - Monday, June 18, 2007

Snape did see Lupin heading for the Shack; Lupin saw Peter’s name on it. Lupin says he was watching Harry on the map and sees HP, Ron, and Hermione going towards the Shack–and he sees Peter’s name too until Ron and PP are taking under the Willow by Sirius.

12. RedEft - Monday, June 18, 2007

I think the Shrieking Shack is off the map. Snape would have seen Lupin’s name, but not anyone in the shack.

I think I am remembering correctly that when the map is first introduced, by Fred and George, they say the tunnels “head towards Hogsmeade” but the map does not actually show where they come out in Hogsmeade. Fred and George only say that the entrance to the one tunnel was blocked by the Whomping willow, but they don’t say where it comes out because they don’t know.

13. Ivan - Monday, June 18, 2007

I think i remember that Snape says that he sees Lupin heading towards the Whomping Willow, and he remembers that that was where they used to wait for Lupin’s werewolf spells to pass, so he figured he was going to see Sirius. Lupin saw the kids when they were with peter moving towards the Whomping Willow, which is why he went. And RedEft, Snape sees the map on Lupin’s desk when he went to drop off the potion, since that night was a full moon.

14. Ivan - Monday, June 18, 2007

Oh, and thanks Slothrop.

15. RedEft - Monday, June 18, 2007

Thanks Ivan.

16. DougOLis - Monday, June 18, 2007

http://www.hp-lexicon.org/atlas/hogwarts/atlas-h-ecmap.html

I did some searching on the eBays and Ivan got it right. Lupin sees Sirius, Peter, et al on the map, but Snape only sees Lupin head into the whomping willow and the passage. This implies the map ends somewhere between Hagrid’s cabin and the walls of Hogwarts. I’m not sure why JKR didn’t draw the shrieking shack on that map, but I imagine its somewhere around the front gates.

17. Ivan - Monday, June 18, 2007

So, in the carriages, they have to ride around the whole of the grounds to get to the front. Interesting. And i’d have to agree with you, on where the Shack is, although i would have thought it would be on the other side of the village.

18. Ivan - Monday, June 18, 2007

There is other maps, which i like better i think. This one:
http://www.hp-lexicon.org/images/maps/hogwarts_map.html
Makes more sense to me, although the other one was based on JKR’s drawing, which would make that one more right. I just think some of it doesn’t make sense.


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