History Literature / HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban

1st Jul '17 5:48:36 AM IanDere
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* NonAppearingTitle: This is the only book of the original septology, that doesn't have a [[TitleDrop title drop]] - the phrase "prisoner of Azkaban" is never once used anywhere neither by narrator, nor by any character. It's also one of only two books not to have a [[TitleDropChapter titular chapter]], the other one being [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone The Philosopher's Stone]].
30th Jun '17 11:06:36 PM ExSlacker
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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 ''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.

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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 ''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.



* ArcVillain: Subverted. Sirius is built up as the main antagonist but he's [[spoiler:actually a good guy]]. The real villains, ironically, are [[spoiler:the Dementors, the ones ''guarding'' the titular prisoner]]. [[spoiler:And Pettigrew.]]

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* ArcVillain: Subverted. Sirius is built up as the main antagonist but he's [[spoiler:actually a good guy]]. The real villains, ironically, are [[spoiler:the Dementors, the ones ''guarding'' the titular prisoner]]. [[spoiler:And prisoner. And Pettigrew.]]



** Harry just happens to get his hands on the Marauder's Map the very same year that one of its creators is teaching at Hogwarts. [[spoiler: And another one of its creators was his own departed father. And still a third creator of his map was Ron's rat.]]

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** Harry just happens to get his hands on the Marauder's Map the very same year that one of its creators is teaching at Hogwarts. [[spoiler: And another Hogwarts, [[spoiler:another one of its creators was his own departed father. And still father, a third creator of his map was Ron's rat.rat, and lastly, the eponymous prisoner of Azkaban.]]



* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Once he's believed Sirius is innocent, Harry was offered to come live with him once Sirius is officially acquitted. This marks a brief moment of happiness for Harry since it meant that he didn't have to return to the Dursleys anymore. Unfortunately, circumstances led them to never clear Sirius' name, and he has to go on the run again. Tellingly, this is the memory Harry used in order to conjure a Patronus to protect himself and Sirius from the Dementors, [[{{Foreshadowing}} and failed]].]]



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

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



* KickTheDog: It's bad enough that Snape belittles and insults [[ButtMonkey Neville]] in his own classes... but to have a small rant about how useless he is ''to another teacher'' is beyond cruel. It earns him a DeathGlare from Harry.

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* KickTheDog: It's bad enough that Snape belittles and insults [[ButtMonkey Neville]] in his own classes... but to have a small rant about how useless he is ''to another teacher'' is beyond cruel. It earns him a DeathGlare from Harry.



* 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. That said, he does receive a pet owl at the end of the book, reinforcing this trope... for now.]]

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* 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. That said, he does receive a pet owl at the end of the book, reinforcing this trope... for now.]]



* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Sirius Black's last crime before being imprisoned: murder of thirteen people. [[spoiler:Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you think of the thirteenth "victim", actually Peter Pettigrew.]] Trelawney brings this up during the Christmas feast, claiming that "the first to rise will be the first to die". Harry and Ron get up at the same time.

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* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Sirius Black's last crime before being imprisoned: murder of thirteen people. [[spoiler:Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you think of the thirteenth "victim", actually Peter Pettigrew.]] ]]
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Trelawney brings this up during the Christmas feast, claiming that "the first to rise will be the first to die". Harry and Ron get up at the same time.
20th Jun '17 11:37:22 AM kquinn0830
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* ObviousTraitor: InUniverse, [[spoiler:Sirius]] considers himself and the rest of those fighting against Voldemort idiots for not realizing [[spoiler:Pettigrew]] was the spy since he was a coward who always sought protection from those stronger than him.

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* ObviousTraitor: ObviousJudas: InUniverse, [[spoiler:Sirius]] considers himself and the rest of those fighting against Voldemort idiots for not realizing [[spoiler:Pettigrew]] was the spy since he was a coward who always sought protection from those stronger than him.
20th Jun '17 11:36:55 AM kquinn0830
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* ObviousTraitor: InUniverse, [[spoiler:Sirius]] considers himself and the rest of those fighting against Voldemort idiots for not realizing [[spoiler:Pettigrew]] was the spy since he was a coward who always sought protection from those stronger than him.
17th May '17 8:08:00 PM kquinn0830
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* SaveOurStudents: The previous Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers we saw were both lackluster and didn't teach their students anything of use, making the subject a complete joke with the students. In comes Professor Lupin who turns out to be a highly competent expert who teaches the Hogwarts students everything they need to know about dealing with Dark creatures. With him teaching, DADA quickly becomes almost everyone's favorite subject.
13th May '17 10:24:35 PM TigerShadow
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* StealthPun:
-->'''Hermione:''' I think Divination seems very woolly. A lot of guesswork, if you ask me.
-->'''Ron:''' There was nothing woolly about the Grim in that cup!
-->'''Hermione:''' You didn't seem quite so confident when you were telling Harry it was a sheep.
13th May '17 1:46:36 PM jamespolk
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* ChekhovsClassroom: [=McGonagall=] mentions in the middle of a scene focused on Professor Trelawney's dubious oracular record the fact that there are numerous wizards known as animagi who can transform themselves into animals. Towards the end of the book, [[spoiler:it is revealed that Sirius Black is an animagus, and so were Peter Pettrigrew and James Potter.]]
8th May '17 10:14:25 AM JohnnyHuang
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* 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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* 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. That said, he does receive a pet owl at the end of the book, reinforcing this trope... for now.]]
3rd May '17 2:40:16 PM kquinn0830
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* NeverMyFault: Malfoy and his father try to get Buckbeak executed after the hippogriff slashes Malfoy's arm. However, the only reason he did that was because Malfoy ignored Hagrid's instructions about never insulting a hippogriff and proceeded to call him a "great ugly brute".
9th Apr '17 2:22:36 PM CritterKeeper
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** And don't forget Harry's reaction to Aunt Marge's taunts.

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** And don't forget Harry's reaction to taunts about his parents from first Aunt Marge's taunts.Marge and then Snape.
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