History Literature / HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban

17th Mar '17 7:10:16 PM jamespolk
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* CerebusSyndrome: Notably, this is the first book to go into detail about Lily and James Potter's deaths. Blog/{{Mark|ReadsHarryPotter}} says it best:
-->''Hey children did you enjoy this wonderful children's book full of wonderful awesome things for children well let me WRITE A BOOK BUILT ENTIRELY ON THE FEAR THAT A DERANGED, PSYCHOPATHIC MURDERER IS GOING TO EITHER KILL YOU IN YOUR SLEEP OR DESTROY YOU IN ANY SORT OF OPEN, PUBLIC SPACE.''

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* CerebusSyndrome: Notably, this is the first book to go into detail about Lily and James Potter's deaths. Blog/{{Mark|ReadsHarryPotter}} says it best:\n-->''Hey children did you enjoy this wonderful Additionally the Dementors are pretty scary, and scenes like a knife-wielding Sirius Black breaking into the children's book full of wonderful awesome things for children well let me WRITE A BOOK BUILT ENTIRELY ON THE FEAR THAT A DERANGED, PSYCHOPATHIC MURDERER IS GOING TO EITHER KILL YOU IN YOUR SLEEP OR DESTROY YOU IN ANY SORT OF OPEN, PUBLIC SPACE.''dormitory is pretty scary as well.



* DebateAndSwitch: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Is it a colossal dick move to purchase, as a pet, a cat that tried to eat your friend's pet rat at the pet shop, and then make no effort whatsoever to keep said cat away from sneaking off to eat said rat, which it inevitably does? ...Probably. Is it bad enough to justify the rat owner never speaking to the cat owner again? That isn't entirely addressed, although Ron and Hermione make up when Hermione reveals that [[spoiler: Buckbeak lost his trial and is going to be executed, despite her helping Hagrid find research, and Ron vows to help her with the appeal so she won't be overworked]].[[spoiler: Turns out that Crookshanks is a highly intelligent part-Kneazle who knew Scabbers was really Peter Pettigrew in disguise and was working with Sirius Black to bring Peter to justice. Crookshanks' actions turned out to be heroic, Scabbers turned out to be evil, and Crookshanks never even ate Scabbers in the first place, so the debate doesn't really apply. Ron even acknowledges it by having Crookshanks check out an owl before accepting it as a pet.]]



* FakeKillScare: At one point, the Golden Trio hear what they think is Buckbeak being executed. [[spoiler:It turns out to be the executioner hitting the fence (in the movie: a pumpkin) with his axe after he finds out Buckbeak escaped.]]

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* FakeKillScare: At one point, the Golden Trio hear what they think is Buckbeak being executed. [[spoiler:It turns out to be the executioner hitting the fence (in the movie: a pumpkin) with his axe after he finds out Buckbeak escaped.]]



** Malfoy Jr also makes the valid point that assigning said thirteen-year-old children a book that ''bites,'' and simply expecting them to figure out that you open the book by stroking the spine, is incredibly irresponsible and unprofessional.

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** Malfoy Jr Draco also makes the valid point that assigning said thirteen-year-old children a book that ''bites,'' and simply expecting them to figure out that you open the book by stroking the spine, is incredibly irresponsible and unprofessional.



* LickedByTheDog: After the fiasco that arose from [[spoiler:Crookshanks chasing down Pettigrew in rat form]], Ron invokes this by testing the [[spoiler:new owl that Sirius sent him]] on the cat.[[spoiler:Crookshanks approves.]]

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* LickedByTheDog: After the fiasco that arose from [[spoiler:Crookshanks chasing down Pettigrew in rat form]], Ron invokes this by testing the [[spoiler:new new owl that Sirius sent him]] him on the cat.[[spoiler:Crookshanks cat. Crookshanks approves.]]
15th Mar '17 2:20:31 PM Caswin
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** Uncle Vernon voices some of his characteristic views when the muggle news reports on the escaped prisoner Sirius Black, but he's not wrong to complain that the report never says ''where'' this escaped prisoner escaped ''from.''
14th Mar '17 8:39:51 AM NightShade96
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lupin teaching Harry's class how to deal with the Boggart, a magical creature that is warded off with the combination of a spell and positive thoughts, foreshadowing him teaching Harry how to deal with Dementors. In this class, we learn that the Boggart can take on the form of a person's greatest fear. When Lupin pushes himself in front of Harry to protect him from the Boggart-as-Dementor, the boggart turns into [[spoiler:a full moon. Why a full moon?]] Hmmmm...
** On that note, Snape spends the entire book dropping hints about Lupin's condition, in hopes that one of the students will catch on and get him fired. [[spoiler:In the end, Snape himself spills the beans, which gets Lupin fired]].
** On the same note, Ron mentions that Lupin could have got Harry the Firebolt because he was apparently away [[spoiler:when Harry's Nimbus 2000 was smashed by the Whomping Willow.]] Harry points out that Lupin was ill them, but Ron says that Lupin wasn't in the hospital wing, because he himself was there doing Snape's detention. [[spoiler:This is another clue that something is off about Lupin.]]
** Dumbledore mentioning to Harry that Trelawney's latest prophecy brings her number of accurate prophecies up to “two”.
** The conversation Hagrid mentions he had with Sirius Black foreshadows that [[spoiler:he's not as bad as he appears to be]].
** Ron wakes up in the middle of the night to find his curtains shredded and Sirius Black standing over him with a knife before fleeing when Ron screams. Everyone assumes Black was after Harry and went to the wrong bed, though Harry and Ron find it weird he didn't just kill Ron before moving on to Harry since he had no problem murdering bystanders thirteen years ago. [[spoiler:Turns out Sirius did go to the right bed because Ron was letting Scabbers, AKA Peter Pettigrew, sleep there and that Sirius wasn't the one who killed those people.]]
** Harry and Ron taking note of Hermione seemingly disappearing from right behind them after the Potions class at the start of chapter seven, only to reappear seconds later further behind them. When asked how she did it, Hermione replies [[spoiler:"I had to go back for something." She had used the Time-Turner we find out about near the end.]]
** During the Divination exam, [[spoiler:Harry claims to see a Hippogriff in the crystal ball, and makes it out that it's flying away. This foreshadows Buckbeak's eventual escape courtesy of Harry and Hermione using the Time-Turner.]]
** Harry's two Quidditch-related dreams foreshadow two following books:
*** After the match against Ravenclaw, Harry dreams about following a silver shape through a forest, together with a galloping shape before coming to a clearing, foreshadows both Harry's own Patronus (a stag) and the scene in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows book seven]] [[spoiler:where Harry follows Snape's Patronus (a doe) through a forest into a clearing]].
*** Before the Quidditch final, Harry dreams that the Slytherins came to the match riding dragons and that he has to dodge the dragons' fire on his broom. Cue [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire book four]], where [[spoiler:Harry dodges a dragon on his broom in the first trial]].
** Professor Trelawney mentions Voldemort's servant returning him to life.
** This book introduces us to '''Sirius''' Black, [[StellarThemeNaming named after the constellation Sirius]]. Notice how the only other similarly-named character in the books is '''Draco''' Malfoy? That's not an accident. As we learn in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the fifth book]], Draco's mother Narcissa is Sirius' first cousin, and the twisted history of [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black]] becomes a major source of drama in later books.
** The Dementor's storming the Quidditch match and attempting to give Harry the Dementor's Kiss are the first hints that the Ministry's control over them is limited.
** The dinner scene. Dumbleore offers Trelawney a chair, but she is panicked because if she sits the first to rise will die because there will be thirteen people at the table. [[spoiler: But there already were thirteen people, because Scabbers, AKA Pettigrew, was in Ron's pocket.]]
** Dumbledore mentions that sparing Wormtail's life means Voldemort now has a servant who owes his life to Harry. [[spoiler:In book 7, when Harry is being strangled by Wormtail, Harry reminds him of this, which causes Wormtail to hesitate long enough for Harry to break free. Wormtail then gets strangled to death by his own magic hand (the result of a curse put on it by Voldemort should Wormtail ever betray him)]].
** When Harry and Hermione follow Ron down the tunnel into the Shrieking Shack, Harry looks at a destroyed armchair and says "Ghosts didn't do that". This is an early clue that the Shrieking Shack is not actually haunted, as Lupin explains later.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lupin teaching Harry's class how to deal with the Boggart, a magical creature that is warded off with the combination of a spell and positive thoughts, foreshadowing him teaching Harry how to deal with Dementors. In this class, we learn that the Boggart can take on the form of a person's greatest fear. When Lupin pushes himself in front of Harry to protect him from the Boggart-as-Dementor, the boggart turns into [[spoiler:a full moon. Why a full moon?]] Hmmmm...
** On that note, Snape spends the entire book dropping hints about Lupin's condition, in hopes that one of the students will catch on and get him fired. [[spoiler:In the end, Snape himself spills the beans, which gets Lupin fired]].
** On the same note, Ron mentions that Lupin could have got Harry the Firebolt because he was apparently away [[spoiler:when Harry's Nimbus 2000 was smashed by the Whomping Willow.]] Harry points out that Lupin was ill them, but Ron says that Lupin wasn't in the hospital wing, because he himself was there doing Snape's detention. [[spoiler:This is another clue that something is off about Lupin.]]
** Dumbledore mentioning to Harry that Trelawney's latest prophecy brings her number of accurate prophecies up to “two”.
** The conversation Hagrid mentions he had with Sirius Black foreshadows that [[spoiler:he's not as bad as he appears to be]].
** Ron wakes up in the middle of the night to find his curtains shredded and Sirius Black standing over him with a knife before fleeing when Ron screams. Everyone assumes Black was after Harry and went to the wrong bed, though Harry and Ron find it weird he didn't just kill Ron before moving on to Harry since he had no problem murdering bystanders thirteen years ago. [[spoiler:Turns out Sirius did go to the right bed because Ron was letting Scabbers, AKA Peter Pettigrew, sleep there and that Sirius wasn't the one who killed those people.]]
** Harry and Ron taking note of Hermione seemingly disappearing from right behind them after the Potions class at the start of chapter seven, only to reappear seconds later further behind them. When asked how she did it, Hermione replies [[spoiler:"I had to go back for something." She had used the Time-Turner we find out about near the end.]]
** During the Divination exam, [[spoiler:Harry claims to see a Hippogriff in the crystal ball, and makes it out that it's flying away. This foreshadows Buckbeak's eventual escape courtesy of Harry and Hermione using the Time-Turner.]]
** Harry's two Quidditch-related dreams foreshadow two following books:
*** After the match against Ravenclaw, Harry dreams about following a silver shape through a forest, together with a galloping shape before coming to a clearing, foreshadows both Harry's
Has [[Foreshadowing/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban its own Patronus (a stag) and the scene in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows book seven]] [[spoiler:where Harry follows Snape's Patronus (a doe) through a forest into a clearing]].
*** Before the Quidditch final, Harry dreams that the Slytherins came to the match riding dragons and that he has to dodge the dragons' fire on his broom. Cue [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire book four]], where [[spoiler:Harry dodges a dragon on his broom in the first trial]].
** Professor Trelawney mentions Voldemort's servant returning him to life.
** This book introduces us to '''Sirius''' Black, [[StellarThemeNaming named after the constellation Sirius]]. Notice how the only other similarly-named character in the books is '''Draco''' Malfoy? That's not an accident. As we learn in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the fifth book]], Draco's mother Narcissa is Sirius' first cousin, and the twisted history of [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Noble and Most Ancient House of Black]] becomes a major source of drama in later books.
** The Dementor's storming the Quidditch match and attempting to give Harry the Dementor's Kiss are the first hints that the Ministry's control over them is limited.
** The dinner scene. Dumbleore offers Trelawney a chair, but she is panicked because if she sits the first to rise will die because there will be thirteen people at the table. [[spoiler: But there already were thirteen people, because Scabbers, AKA Pettigrew, was in Ron's pocket.]]
** Dumbledore mentions that sparing Wormtail's life means Voldemort now has a servant who owes his life to Harry. [[spoiler:In book 7, when Harry is being strangled by Wormtail, Harry reminds him of this, which causes Wormtail to hesitate long enough for Harry to break free. Wormtail then gets strangled to death by his own magic hand (the result of a curse put on it by Voldemort should Wormtail ever betray him)]].
** When Harry and Hermione follow Ron down the tunnel into the Shrieking Shack, Harry looks at a destroyed armchair and says "Ghosts didn't do that". This is an early clue that the Shrieking Shack is not actually haunted, as Lupin explains later.
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6th Mar '17 6:48:03 AM JMQwilleran
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* MirthlessLaughter: When people are telling Harry Potter about Sirius Black's crime of having killed a streetful of mugggles, they make sure to point out the fact that he stood there laughing afterwards as further proof of just how off-the-rails he is. As we learn by the end of the book, [[spoiler:it was actually Sirius's friend Peter Pettigrew who killed all those people, then used his animagus power to transform into a rat and flee the scene, leaving Sirius to take the blame. Author J.K. Rowling has clarified in interviews that Black's laughter was this type of laughter, evoked by the sheer insanity of the situation.]]
4th Mar '17 7:10:00 PM KoolKoopaGirl
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** On the other hand, imagine that a teacher brings a creature they ''know'' is dangerous to your son's school. Now, imagine your child getting mauled by said creature, and the teacher faces no reprimand. Suddenly, Lucius Malfoy becomes a lot more sympathetic...
27th Feb '17 7:08:26 AM lafeeverte
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The book's popularity may be partially due to the introductions of [[ByronicHero Sirius]] and [[BadassBookworm Lupin]], [[EnsembleDarkHorse considered by some fans to be two of the coolest characters in the series]]. It also marks the point where the books started to become [[StoryArc more serialized]] with each ending [[SequelHook setting up the next one]]. It also has, quite possibly, the most complicated plot of the entire series, drawing in characters and events from all over the place; the Prisoner of Azkaban is obviously important, but the ''way'' he is important zig-zags several times over the course of the novel, and the same thing happens to a ''bunch'' of other characters. The end result is that, by the end of this book, the story's landscape has irrevocably changed... and readers know that things are going to get ''really'' interesting from now on.

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The book's popularity may be partially due to the introductions of [[ByronicHero Sirius]] and [[BadassBookworm Lupin]], [[EnsembleDarkHorse considered by some fans to be two of the coolest characters in the series]]. It also marks the point where the books started to become [[StoryArc more serialized]] with each ending [[SequelHook setting up the next one]]. It also has, quite possibly, the most complicated plot of the entire series, drawing in characters and events from all over the place; the Prisoner of Azkaban is obviously important, but the ''way'' he is important zig-zags several times over the course of the novel, and the same thing happens to a ''bunch'' ''lot'' of other characters. The end result is that, by the end of this book, the story's landscape has irrevocably changed... and readers know that things are going to get ''really'' interesting from now on.



* BullyBulldog: Aunt Marge breeds them as pets. One of them, named Ripper, used to chase Harry around when he was little.

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* BullyBulldog: Aunt Marge breeds them as pets. One of them, named Ripper, used to chase Harry around when he was little.



** Ron bought Harry a Sneakoscope, which is basically a [[DetectEvil dark wizard detector]]. Harry thought it was broken as it was constantly going off, not realizing that it only sounded when [[spoiler: Scabbers]] was around. Of course, we learn[[spoiler: Scabbers was actually Peter Pettigrew, who divulged James and Lily's whereabouts to Voldemort, in Animagus form]].

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** Ron bought Harry a Sneakoscope, which is basically a [[DetectEvil dark wizard detector]]. Harry thought it was broken as it was constantly going off, not realizing realising that it only sounded when [[spoiler: Scabbers]] was around. Of course, we learn[[spoiler: Scabbers was actually Peter Pettigrew, who divulged James and Lily's whereabouts to Voldemort, in Animagus form]].



** [[spoiler:Had the climax not occurred on a night with a full moon, Pettigrew would have been arrested and Sirius cleared, completely changing the arc of the next four books. Lupin probably would have also remained teacher, since Snape wouldn't have found Sirius while trying to bring Lupin his Wolfsbane potion and ultimately outed Lupin as a werewolf out of spite. This is especially funny when it's revealed, [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince three books later]], that Voldemort cursed the Defense Against the Dark Arts position. So with this curse Voldemort was ultimately able to make a new body.]]

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** [[spoiler:Had the climax not occurred on a night with a full moon, Pettigrew would have been arrested and Sirius cleared, completely changing the arc of the next four books. Lupin probably would have also remained teacher, since Snape wouldn't have found Sirius while trying to bring Lupin his Wolfsbane potion and ultimately outed Lupin as a werewolf out of spite. This is especially funny when it's revealed, [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince three books later]], that Voldemort cursed the Defense Defence Against the Dark Arts position. So with this curse Voldemort was ultimately able to make a new body.]]



* CoolTeacher: Lupin effortlessly puts Peeves in his place, tries to help Neville face his fear of Snape, and tutors Harry on how to repel emotion-eating monsters.

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* CoolTeacher: Lupin effortlessly puts Peeves in his place, tries to help Neville face his fear of Snape, Snape and tutors Harry on how to repel emotion-eating monsters.



* DevelopersForesight: A weird in-universe example, as the Marauders evidently anticipated Snape one day getting hold of their Map and charmed it to insult him if he ever identified himself when trying to open it. This failsafe kicks in nearly ''twenty years later''.

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* DevelopersForesight: A weird in-universe example, as the Marauders evidently anticipated Snape one day getting hold of their Map and charmed it to insult him if he ever identified himself when trying to open it. This failsafe kicks in nearly around ''twenty years later''.



* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler:Scabbers, Ron's pet rat who seems to be involved in a minor subplot regarding Hermione's new cat, who has been around since the first book, is secretly a not-so-dead Peter Pettigrew, who is the real villain of the book.]]

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* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler:Scabbers, Ron's pet rat rat, who has been around since the first book, who seems to be involved in a minor subplot regarding Hermione's new cat, who has been around since the first book, is secretly a not-so-dead Peter Pettigrew, who is the real villain of the book.]]



** On the same note, Ron mentions that Lupin could have gotten Harry the Firebolt because he was apparently away [[spoiler:when Harry's Nimbus 2000 was smashed by the Whomping Willow.]] Harry points out that Lupin was ill them, but Ron says that Lupin wasn't in the hospital wing, because he himself was there during Snape's detention. [[spoiler:This is another clue that something is off about Lupin.]]
** Dumbledore mentioning to Harry that Trelawney's latest prophecy brings her number of accurate prophecies up to “two.”

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** On the same note, Ron mentions that Lupin could have gotten got Harry the Firebolt because he was apparently away [[spoiler:when Harry's Nimbus 2000 was smashed by the Whomping Willow.]] Harry points out that Lupin was ill them, but Ron says that Lupin wasn't in the hospital wing, because he himself was there during doing Snape's detention. [[spoiler:This is another clue that something is off about Lupin.]]
** Dumbledore mentioning to Harry that Trelawney's latest prophecy brings her number of accurate prophecies up to “two.”“two”.



** Ron wakes up in the middle of the night to find his curtains shredded and Sirius Black standing over him with a knife before fleeing when Ron screams. Everyone assumes Black was after Harry and went to the wrong bed, though Harry and Ron find it weird he didn't just kill Ron before moving on to Harry since he had no problem murdering bystanders thirteen years ago. [[spoiler:Turns out Sirius did go to the right bed because Ron was letting Scabbers aka Peter Pettigrew sleep there and that Sirius wasn't the one who killed those people.]]

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** Ron wakes up in the middle of the night to find his curtains shredded and Sirius Black standing over him with a knife before fleeing when Ron screams. Everyone assumes Black was after Harry and went to the wrong bed, though Harry and Ron find it weird he didn't just kill Ron before moving on to Harry since he had no problem murdering bystanders thirteen years ago. [[spoiler:Turns out Sirius did go to the right bed because Ron was letting Scabbers aka Scabbers, AKA Peter Pettigrew Pettigrew, sleep there and that Sirius wasn't the one who killed those people.]]



** The dinner scene. Dumbleore offers Trelawney a chair, but she is panicked because if she sits the first to rise will die because there will be thirteen people at the table. [[spoiler: But there already were thirteen people, because Scabbers aka Pettigrew was in Ron's pocket. And Dumbledore got up first.]]

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** The dinner scene. Dumbleore offers Trelawney a chair, but she is panicked because if she sits the first to rise will die because there will be thirteen people at the table. [[spoiler: But there already were thirteen people, because Scabbers aka Pettigrew Scabbers, AKA Pettigrew, was in Ron's pocket. And Dumbledore got up first.pocket.]]



** When Harry and Hermione follow Ron down the tunnel into the Shrieking Shack, Harry looks at a destroyed armchair and says "Ghosts didn't do that." This is an early clue that the Shrieking Shack is not actually haunted, as Lupin explains later.

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** When Harry and Hermione follow Ron down the tunnel into the Shrieking Shack, Harry looks at a destroyed armchair and says "Ghosts didn't do that." that". This is an early clue that the Shrieking Shack is not actually haunted, as Lupin explains later.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Lupin tells Harry that he's appalled that Harry never brought the Marauder's Map to a teacher's attention given how useful it would be to catch Sirius or how useful it'd be to Sirius if he found it. Yet Lupin never bothers telling Dumbledore (or anyone except Harry, Ron, and Hermione) that [[spoiler:Sirius is an Animagus and knows about the tunnel from the Shrieking Shack onto Hogwarts grounds]]. In Lupin's defense, he [[spoiler:was using the map to find and track Sirius anyway.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: When Snape takes over Defense Against the Dark Arts for Professor Lupin when he's sick, Snape devotes the entire class solely to making Lupin look bad by asking them questions they aren't supposed to cover for several months in the hope that nobody will be able to answer them, and ignores Hermione because obviously she'd know. When Hermione then speaks out of turn and starts trying to answer the question, Snape interrupts her and takes five points from Gryffindor "for being an insufferable know-it-all", an action that instantly enrages every single person in the entire class, despite the fact that ''all'' of them had called Hermione a know-it-all themselves at some point before. For bonus points, the angriest is Ron, who (the narration explicitly points out) calls Hermione a know-it-all at ''least'' once a week.
* IdiotBall: James, [[spoiler:Sirius]], and Lupin not realizing that [[spoiler:Peter]] was the one who was leaking information to Voldemort and his followers despite being the perfect suspect. {{Lampshaded}} by [[spoiler:Sirius]] who says he'll never understand why he didn't realize it from the beginning.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Lupin tells Harry that he's appalled that Harry never brought the Marauder's Map to a teacher's attention given how useful it would be to catch Sirius or how useful it'd be to Sirius if he found it. Yet Lupin never bothers telling Dumbledore (or anyone except Harry, Ron, and Hermione) that [[spoiler:Sirius is an Animagus and knows about the tunnel from the Shrieking Shack onto Hogwarts grounds]]. In Lupin's defense, defence, he [[spoiler:was using the map to find and track Sirius anyway.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: When Snape takes over Defense Defence Against the Dark Arts for Professor Lupin when he's sick, ill, Snape devotes the entire class solely to making Lupin look bad by asking them questions they aren't supposed to cover for several months in the hope that nobody will be able to answer them, and ignores Hermione because obviously she'd know. When Hermione then speaks out of turn and starts trying to answer the question, Snape interrupts her and takes five points from Gryffindor "for being an insufferable know-it-all", an action that instantly enrages every single person in the entire class, despite the fact that ''all'' of them had called Hermione a know-it-all themselves at some point before. For bonus points, the angriest is Ron, who (the narration explicitly points out) calls Hermione a know-it-all at ''least'' once a week.
* IdiotBall: James, [[spoiler:Sirius]], and Lupin not realizing realising that [[spoiler:Peter]] was the one who was leaking information to Voldemort and his followers despite being the perfect suspect. {{Lampshaded}} by [[spoiler:Sirius]] who says he'll never understand why he didn't realize it from the beginning.



* InvisibleWriting: Fred and George introduced the Marauder's Map, which doesn't just show the map of whichever building the holder is in, but also shows the footsteps of people. It looks like just an empty sheet of old paper... unless you know the chant for activating it.

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* InvisibleWriting: Fred and George introduced the Marauder's Map, which doesn't just show the a map of whichever building the holder is in, Hogwarts but also shows the footsteps of people.all the people within it. It looks like just an empty sheet of old paper... unless you know the chant charm for activating it.



** Sirius doesn't deny that he got Harry's parents killed. [[spoiler:It's because he convinced them to make Pettigrew the Secret Keeper, which no one else knew, and led to Voldemort finding the Potters. As he puts it in a choked voice, "I as good as killed them."]]
** Harry is depressed when he realizes that [[spoiler:due to his CruelMercy to Pettigrew, the latter escaped and is likely going to find Voldemort. Although Dumbledore tells him that prophecies are inexact, he's still confused about it.]]

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** Sirius doesn't deny that he got Harry's parents killed. [[spoiler:It's because he convinced them to make Pettigrew the Secret Keeper, which no one else knew, and led to Voldemort finding the Potters. As he puts it in a choked voice, "I as good as killed them."]]
them".]]
** Harry is depressed when he realizes realises that [[spoiler:due to his CruelMercy to Pettigrew, the latter escaped and is likely going to find Voldemort. Although Dumbledore tells him that prophecies are inexact, he's still confused about it.]]



* MacGuffinLocation: Azkaban, which was first mentioned in the second book is now seen in all it's eerie majesty.



* MoreHeroThanThou: [[spoiler:Crookshanks]] tries to protect [[spoiler:Sirius]] by leaping between him and [[spoiler:Harry]], so that any spell would take them both; [[spoiler:Sirius]] tries to protect [[spoiler:Crookshanks]] by pushing it out of the way, to avoid the spell.

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* MoreHeroThanThou: [[spoiler:Crookshanks]] tries to protect [[spoiler:Sirius]] by leaping between him and [[spoiler:Harry]], so that any spell would take them both; [[spoiler:Sirius]] tries to protect [[spoiler:Crookshanks]] by pushing it him out of the way, to avoid the spell.



** Everyone believes that the reason Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban prison and traveled to Hogwarts is to kill Harry. [[spoiler:It turns out he actually broke out to ''protect'' Harry because he discovered that Peter Pettigrew, the one who actually sold Harry's parents to Voldemort and framed Sirius for it, is hiding as Ron's pet rat Scabbers, waiting for the right moment to bring Harry to Voldemort.]]

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** Everyone believes that the reason Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban prison and traveled travelled to Hogwarts is to kill Harry. [[spoiler:It turns out he actually broke out to ''protect'' Harry because he discovered that Peter Pettigrew, the one who actually sold Harry's parents to Voldemort and framed Sirius for it, is hiding as Ron's pet rat Scabbers, waiting for the right moment to bring Harry to Voldemort.]]



* MustMakeAmends: A minor sort; since [[spoiler:Sirius]] knew that [[spoiler: because of him Ron no longer has a rat]]], he purchases an owl and gifts it to the latter.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Oliver Wood does it to himself, when he lists the members of the Quidditch team: "We've got three superb Chasers. We've got two unbeatable Beaters. And we've got a Seeker who has never failed to win us a match! [''After long pause in which he realizes he's forgotten someone''] And me." This leads to a rather heartwarming moment when Fred and George lead the team in saying they consider him a great Keeper.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Subverted, sort of, when Harry realizes [[spoiler:the person who had cast the Patronus to save him, Sirius, and Hermione from the Dementors was not his father, but himself.]] Otherwise played straight.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Harry's decision to spare [[spoiler:Wormtail]]'s life starts a chain reaction that leads to Voldemort’s return and basically the plots of books four through seven. Though Dumbledore tells Harry that [[spoiler:prophecies are so inexact, and something similar might have happened without Harry's help.]]

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* MustMakeAmends: A minor sort; since [[spoiler:Sirius]] knew that [[spoiler: because of him Ron no longer has a rat]]], he purchases an owl and gifts gives it to the latter.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Oliver Wood does it to himself, when he lists the members of the Quidditch team: "We've got three superb Chasers. We've got two unbeatable Beaters. And we've got a Seeker who has never failed to win us a match! [''After long pause in which he realizes realises he's forgotten someone''] And me." This leads to a rather heartwarming moment when Fred and George lead the team in saying they consider him a great Keeper.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Subverted, sort of, when Harry realizes realises [[spoiler:the person who had cast the Patronus to save him, Sirius, Sirius and Hermione from the Dementors was not his father, but himself.]] Otherwise played straight.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Harry's decision to spare [[spoiler:Wormtail]]'s life starts a chain reaction that leads to Voldemort’s return and basically the plots of books four through to seven. Though Dumbledore tells Harry that [[spoiler:prophecies are so inexact, and something similar might have happened without Harry's help.]]



* NotHelpingYourCase: [[spoiler:Sirius]] invokes this so many times that Dumbledore lampshades it at the end, saying that he "has not acted like an innocent man" in his quest of RevengeBeforeReason. Among his ListOfTransgressions while [[spoiler:trying to find Pettigrew at Hogwarts]]? [[spoiler:Slashing the Fat Lady's portrait after she refused to let him in, breaking into Gryffindor Tower with a knife and shredding Ron's curtains on finding Pettigrew gone, later dragging an injured Ron away through the Whomping Willow passageway and disarming Hermione and Harry saying "there will only be one death tonight."]]

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* NotHelpingYourCase: [[spoiler:Sirius]] invokes this so many times that Dumbledore lampshades it at the end, saying that he "has not acted like an innocent man" in his quest of RevengeBeforeReason. Among his ListOfTransgressions while [[spoiler:trying to find Pettigrew at Hogwarts]]? Hogwarts]]: [[spoiler:Slashing the Fat Lady's portrait after she refused to let him in, breaking into Gryffindor Tower with a knife and shredding Ron's curtains on finding Pettigrew gone, later dragging an injured Ron away through the Whomping Willow passageway and disarming Hermione and Harry saying "there will only be one death tonight."]]



** Harry after he's run away from the Dursleys and realizes that he's now a magical fugitive for blowing up his aunt. As he tells Ron and Hermione later, he thought he was going to be arrested.
** Hermione when Ron shows her evidence that [[spoiler:Crookshanks has eaten Scabbers, that is the blood on the sheets.]]

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** Harry after he's run away from the Dursleys and realizes realises that he's now a magical fugitive for blowing up his aunt. As he tells Ron and Hermione later, he thought he was going to be arrested.
** Hermione when Ron shows her evidence that [[spoiler:Crookshanks has eaten Scabbers, that is the blood on the sheets.]]



* SpeakIllOfTheDead: Harry endures a week of Aunt Marge insulting him, but ''snaps'' when she starts on his mum and dad. When Snape learns he's been in Hogsmeade, something similar happens - Harry stays quiet when Snape insults him, but explodes when Snape starts badmouthing his dad.
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: In the climax, Harry and co. are saved from the Dementor's by Harry's *own future self*, allowing the "present" Harry to go back in time and repeat what he's already seen.]]

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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: Harry endures a week of Aunt Marge insulting him, but ''snaps'' when she starts on his mum and dad. When Snape learns he's been in Hogsmeade, something similar happens - -- Harry stays quiet when Snape insults him, but explodes when Snape starts badmouthing his dad.
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: In the climax, Harry and co. are saved from the Dementor's Dementors by Harry's *own future self*, allowing the "present" Harry to go back in time and repeat what he's already seen.]]



** Possible {{Foreshadowing}}[=/=]FridgeBrilliance, as you realize there were [[spoiler:already thirteen people at the table because Peter Pettigrew disguised in Animagus form as Scabbers was in Ron's pocket, and Dumbledore stands up to greet Trelawney, making him the first to rise out of the thirteen.]]

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** Possible {{Foreshadowing}}[=/=]FridgeBrilliance, as you realize realise there were [[spoiler:already thirteen people at the table because Peter Pettigrew disguised in Animagus form as Scabbers was in Ron's pocket, and Dumbledore stands up to greet Trelawney, making him him, in a way, the first to rise out of the thirteen.]]



** Harry and Ron call out Hermione for telling [=McGonagall=] about the Firebolt, thinking Sirius Black might have sent it, without even mentioning the possibility to Harry after he rolls it out. Oliver Wood even points out that the improbability that a wanted mass-murderer could just walk into a broomstick shop and get the most expensive broom on display. Weirdly it's a case that both are right, [[spoiler:Sirius easily purchased and sent the Firebolt to Harry thanks to the fact that Gringotts Goblins lack the same oversight. So he could have cursed that device if he had wanted to. The real issue of course is that Hermione didn't once tell Harry and Ron about the dangers and merely went ahead and warned their Head of House without telling them.]]

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** Harry and Ron call out Hermione for telling [=McGonagall=] about the Firebolt, thinking Sirius Black might have sent it, without even mentioning the possibility to Harry after he rolls it out. Oliver Wood even points out that the improbability that a wanted mass-murderer could just walk into a broomstick shop and get the most expensive broom on display. Weirdly it's a case that both are right, [[spoiler:Sirius easily purchased and sent the Firebolt to Harry thanks to the fact that Gringotts Goblins lack the same oversight. So he could have cursed that device if he had wanted to. The real issue of course is that Hermione didn't once tell Harry and Ron about the dangers and merely went ahead and warned their Head of House without telling them.]]



* YouDirtyRat: [[spoiler:Peter's Animagus form,]] full stop. One has to wonder how James, [[spoiler:Sirius]], and Lupin didn't get suspicious about this, especially since WordOfGod says that an animal form is automatic and cannot be chosen by the wizard. [[spoiler:Sirius]] himself says he'll never understand why he didn't realize [[spoiler:Peter]] was the spy from the beginning.

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* YouDirtyRat: [[spoiler:Peter's Animagus form,]] full stop. One has to wonder how James, [[spoiler:Sirius]], [[spoiler:Sirius]] and Lupin didn't get suspicious about this, especially since WordOfGod says that an animal form is automatic and cannot be chosen by the wizard. [[spoiler:Sirius]] himself says he'll never understand why he didn't realize realise [[spoiler:Peter]] was the spy from the beginning.
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* BigBadEnsemble:
** The Dementors and [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew.]]
** As a side note, this is one of only two volumes in the series (it would be followed by ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'') where Voldemort doesn't make an appearance in any way and is only mentioned. He still ultimately [[GreaterScopeVillain drives the plot]], given that [[spoiler: Pettigrew gave up the Potters to ''him'' in the war he started.]]

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* BigBadEnsemble:
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BigBadEnsemble: The Dementors and [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew.]]
** As a side note, this is one of only two volumes in the series (it would be followed by ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'') where Voldemort doesn't make an appearance in any way and is only mentioned. He still ultimately [[GreaterScopeVillain drives the plot]], given that [[spoiler: Pettigrew gave up the Potters to ''him'' in the war he started.
]]



* GirlsWithMoustaches: Aunt Marge, in addition to being "large, beefy and purple-faced", has a small moustache.



* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler:Sirius Black, initially set up as the Big Bad, turns out to be this.]]

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* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler:Sirius Black, initially set up as GreaterScopeVillain: This is one of only two volumes in the Big Bad, turns out series (it would be followed by ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'') where Voldemort doesn't make an appearance in any way and is only mentioned. He still ultimately drives the plot, given that [[spoiler: Pettigrew gave up the Potters to be this.''him'' in the war he started.]]
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Remus acknowledges this failing in the climax, even noting that Snape was {{metaphorically|True}} right about him not being trustworthy. He noted that he was grateful to Dumbledore for giving him the chance to study at Hogwarts and could never admit that [[spoiler:his friends became illegal Animagi and risked their lives for him and lied to Dumbledore for over seven years. He says he hoped Sirius had tried to get in via Dark Arts rather than his skills as an Animagus.
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* HonoraryUncle: "Aunt Marge" -- though Harry is forced to call her that.



** HeroicSelfDeprecation: Remus acknowledges this failing in the climax, even noting that Snape was {{metaphorically|True}} right about him not being trustworthy. He noted that he was grateful to Dumbledore for giving him the chance to study at Hogwarts and could never admit that [[spoiler:his friends became illegal Animagi and risked their lives for him and lied to Dumbledore for over seven years. He says he hoped Sirius had tried to get in via Dark Arts rather than his skills as an Animagus.]]



* IWillTearYourArmsOff: Hagrid says that if he had known Sirius' [[spoiler:supposed]] role in the Potters' death, he would have ripped him limb from limb. Hagrid is a half-giant, so a threat like this should be taken ''very'' seriously.
** Fudge rather pompously tells Hagrid that only trained “Hit Wizards” would have stood a chance. It seems reasonable to think Hagrid would have fared better.

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* IWillTearYourArmsOff: Hagrid says that if he had known Sirius' [[spoiler:supposed]] role in the Potters' death, he would have ripped him limb from limb. Hagrid is a half-giant, so a threat like this should be taken ''very'' seriously.
** Fudge rather pompously tells Hagrid that only trained “Hit Wizards” would have stood a chance. It seems reasonable to think Hagrid would have fared better.
seriously.



* KnightTemplar: The Dementors are initially viewed as this. [[spoiler:Subverted because they're actually outright evil]].



* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:Sirius.]]



* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Buckbeak the Hippogriff is introduced in this book.



* {{Pride}}: This is Hermione's FatalFlaw during the book. She signs up for every course believing she can do all the extracurriculars, and nearly goes insane from catching up. She dismisses Ron's worries about her cat going after Scabbers and only apologizes when [[spoiler:Ron promises to help her with Buckbeak's case.]] Then she tells [=McGonagall=] about the Firebolt that Harry receives on Christmas without telling Harry about her worries first, which lead to Ron and Harry calling her out since Harry needs a new broom to play Quidditch and since he's Sirius Black's main target he ought to know if a nice present will try to kill him. By the end of the book CharacterDevelopment sets in; [[spoiler:she drops two of her classes to have a better schedule, admits she was wrong about the Firebolt when [=McGonagall=] can't find any jinxes on it, and tries to shoo Crookshanks away from Scabbers near the Whomping Willow]].



** Everyone believes that Sirius escaped Azkaban to kill Harry.[[spoiler: His target was somebody else entirely.]]
** Hermione gets a new pet cat in the same book where we learn about [[{{Animorphism}} a sub-class of Wizards who can become animals at will]]; for most of the book, Ron is constantly suspicious of said cat after he tries to eat Scabbers, several characters note that he seems oddly intelligent for a common housecat, and Hermione's insistence on defending her new pet seems to be a natural set-up for a DevilInPlainSight plot. [[spoiler: The disguised Animagus is actually Scabbers, who has been Ron's pet since the first book]].
* RuleOfThree: Since Harry has Hedwig and Ron has Scabbers, it was really only a matter of time before Hermione got an LoyalAnimalCompanion of her own.[[spoiler: Subverted, in that Ron also loses Scabbers by the end of the book, and he turns out to have been a disguised Animagus all along.]]

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** Everyone believes that Sirius escaped Azkaban to kill Harry.[[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His target was somebody else entirely.]]
** Hermione gets a new pet cat in the same book where we learn about [[{{Animorphism}} a sub-class of Wizards who can become animals at will]]; for most of the book, Ron is constantly suspicious of said cat after he tries to eat Scabbers, several characters note that he seems oddly intelligent for a common housecat, and Hermione's insistence on defending her new pet seems to be a natural set-up for a DevilInPlainSight plot. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The disguised Animagus is actually Scabbers, who has been Ron's pet since the first book]].
* RuleOfThree: Since Harry has Hedwig and Ron has Scabbers, it was really only a matter of time before Hermione got an LoyalAnimalCompanion of her own.[[spoiler: Subverted, [[spoiler:Subverted, in that Ron also loses Scabbers by the end of the book, and he turns out to have been a disguised Animagus all along.]]



* TheSoulless: The Dementors and anyone they kiss.



* TeamDad: Remus Lupin fulfils a quite parental role towards his students, and it is especially obvious when he takes it upon himself to help Neville out with his confidence issues. He is also one of the first true father figures that Harry has ever had, and by far the most approachable teacher yet to work at Hogwarts.



* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: The Time Turners.]]

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* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Time Turners.]]



* TranquilFury: Harry when he finally comes face to face with Sirius and thinking that not only does Sirius want to kill him, but led Voldemort to his parents, resulting in their deaths. [[spoiler:He's wrong on both counts.]]

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* TranquilFury: TranquilFury:
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Harry when he finally comes face to face with Sirius and thinking that not only does Sirius want to kill him, but led Voldemort to his parents, resulting in their deaths. [[spoiler:He's wrong on both counts.]]
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->''"[[WeirdnessMagnet I don't go looking for trouble.]] [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Trouble usually finds me.]]"''

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->''"[[WeirdnessMagnet I ->''"I don't go looking for trouble.]] [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive trouble. Trouble usually finds me.]]"''"''
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** Lupin's first lesson for the third years is about the boggart. For his final exam near the end of the school year, Lupin sets up an obstacle course of magical creatures, ending with a boggart confrontation.
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* TheDreaded: The guards of Azkaban, the Dementors. This book shows us exactly ''why'' they are rightfully feared by most of the wizarding world.
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