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* ProperlyParanoid: Snape has no idea how [[spoiler:Sirius escaped, but swears up and down that "THIS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH POTTER!" despite having no proof whatsoever]]. Well, he may never prove it, but he's not ''wrong''...
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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.



* AdultFear: The incident with Buckbeak and Draco. Imagine that you own a dog, a big dog, but a friendly one. Now, some twerp deliberately taunts your big dog, after you specifically tell him not to, gets bitten, then complains to his influential father, who gets an order to have your dog put down because it's 'dangerous'.

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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", 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.
-->“My dears! Which one of you left his seat first? Which?”\\
“Dunno,” said Ron, looking uneasily at Harry.\\
“I doubt it will make much difference,” said Professor [=McGonagall=] coldly, “unless a mad axe-man is waiting outside the doors to slaughter the first into the Entrance Hall.”
** Possible {{Foreshadowing}}[=/=]FridgeBrilliance, as you 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, in a way, the first to rise out of the thirteen.]]
* AdultFear: The incident with Buckbeak and Draco. Imagine that you own a dog, normally a big dog, but a friendly one.BigFriendlyDog. Now, some twerp deliberately taunts your big dog, after you specifically tell him not to, gets bitten, then complains to his influential father, who gets an order to have your dog put down because it's 'dangerous'.



* BarredFromTheAfterlife: It's implied that this is the fate of victims of the Dementor's Kiss, since their souls are devoured by the dementors and forever lost.
* BerserkButton
** When Snape calls Hermione an insufferable know-it-all, Ron lashes out at Snape, despite [[HypocriticalHeartwarming having himself insulted Hermione thusly]].

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* BarredFromTheAfterlife: It's implied that this is the fate of victims of the Dementor's Kiss, since their souls are devoured by the dementors Dementors and forever lost.
* BerserkButton
BerserkButton:
** When Snape calls Hermione an [[InsufferableGenius insufferable know-it-all, know-it-all]], Ron lashes out at Snape, despite [[HypocriticalHeartwarming having himself insulted Hermione thusly]].



** This book shows us how [=McGonagall=] reacts to someone deliberately pulling off foul play in Quidditch. TWICE.

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** This book shows us how Minerva [=McGonagall=] reacts to someone deliberately pulling off foul play in Quidditch. TWICE.



* BigShutUp: Harry yells this at Snape in the latter's office when he keeps insulting Harry's father. He does it again when Snape asks him to repeat what he just said ("''What did you say to me, Potter?''" "I told you to shut up about my dad!").

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* BigShutUp: Harry yells this at Snape in the latter's office when he keeps insulting Harry's father.James. He does it again when Snape asks him to repeat what he just said ("''What did you say to me, Potter?''" "I told you to shut up about my dad!").



** 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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** Lupin's first lesson for the third years third-years is about the boggart. 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 Boggart confrontation.



* BrickJoke: In ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'', we learn that Hagrid got his [[CoolBike flying motorbike]] from [[spoiler: Sirius]]. In this book, [[spoiler: Sirius flies away on Buckbeak, Hagrid's pet Hippogriff]].

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* BrickJoke: In ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', we learn that Hagrid got his [[CoolBike flying motorbike]] from [[spoiler: Sirius]]. [[spoiler:Sirius]]. In this book, [[spoiler: Sirius [[spoiler:Sirius flies away on Buckbeak, Hagrid's pet Hippogriff]].



* BurnTheWitch: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]: Harry's over-the-summer essay is about how pointless medieval witch burnings were, since the few times the victim was a wizard and not a poor ordinary Muggle, they could simply cast a flame-freezing charm and pretend to be suffering. They go on to mention that some witches and wizards allowed themselves to be caught and burned multiple times because [[TooKinkyToTorture they liked the fact that it felt like being tickled.]]

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* BurnTheWitch: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: Harry's over-the-summer essay is about how pointless medieval witch burnings were, since the few times the victim was a wizard and not a poor ordinary Muggle, they could simply cast a flame-freezing charm Flame-Freezing Charm and pretend to be suffering. They go on to mention that some witches and wizards allowed themselves to be caught and burned multiple times because [[TooKinkyToTorture they liked the fact that it felt like being tickled.]]



** 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 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]].

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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 realising that it only sounded when [[spoiler: Scabbers]] [[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]].



* CerebusSyndrome: Notably, this is the first book to go into detail about Lily and James Potter's deaths. Additionally the Dementors are pretty scary, and scenes like a knife-wielding Sirius Black breaking into the children's dormitory is pretty scary as well.
* 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.]]

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* CerebusSyndrome: Notably, this is the first book to go into detail about Lily and James Potter's deaths. Additionally the Dementors are pretty scary, and scenes like a knife-wielding Sirius Black breaking into the children's Gryffindor boys' dormitory is pretty scary as well.
* 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 Animagi who can transform themselves into animals. animals (of whom she is one of only seven registered in Britain in the last century). Towards the end of the book, [[spoiler:it is revealed that Sirius Black is an animagus, Animagus, and so were Peter Pettrigrew and James Potter.]]



* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew]].

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* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew]].Pettigrew.]]



* DragonTheirFeet: The public's general opinion of Sirius Black; on the day after Voldemort's downfall, he was outed as a Death Eater, and went on to kill thirteen people (twelve Muggles, plus the wizard trying to apprehend him) before finally getting caught.[[spoiler: It turns out that the real Dragon was Pettigrew, who ultimately goes on to resurrect Voldemort]].

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* DragonTheirFeet: The public's general opinion of Sirius Black; on the day after Voldemort's downfall, he was outed as a Death Eater, and went on to kill thirteen people (twelve Muggles, plus the wizard trying to apprehend him) before finally getting caught.[[spoiler: It turns out that the real Dragon was Pettigrew, who ultimately goes on to resurrect Voldemort]].Voldemort.]]



* DrowningMySorrows: When Harry, Ron and Hermione go to see Hagrid after their first Care of Magical Creatures class, Hagrid is doing this out of gloominess due to [[TooDumbToLive Malfoy taunting Buckbeak]], which nearly resulted in Malfoy's arm being torn off.
* DungeonBasedEconomy: {{Implied}}. Ron off-handedly mentions in a letter to Harry that his eldest brother Bill makes his living breaking curses on Egyptian tombs for Gringotts Bank (implying that Gringotts then mines the grave goods).

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* DrowningMySorrows: When Harry, Ron Ron, and Hermione go to see Hagrid after their first Care of Magical Creatures class, Hagrid is doing this out of gloominess due to [[TooDumbToLive Malfoy taunting Buckbeak]], which nearly resulted in Malfoy's arm being torn off.
* DungeonBasedEconomy: {{Implied}}.{{Implied|Trope}}. Ron off-handedly mentions in a letter to Harry that his eldest brother Bill makes his living breaking curses on Egyptian tombs for Gringotts Bank (implying that Gringotts then mines the grave goods).



* EvilFormerFriend: [[spoiler:Peter]], who was friends with James, Sirius and Lupin when they were younger.

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* EvilFormerFriend: [[spoiler:Peter]], who was friends with James, Sirius [[spoiler:James, Sirius, and Lupin Lupin]] when they were younger.



* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: When Harry first meets Sirius, Harry becomes so enraged that he forgets all about magic, forgets that Sirius is [[spoiler:supposedly]] a powerful Dark wizard trained by Voldemort himself, and forgets that Sirius is holding three wands. Harry charges Sirius down and nearly suffocates him.

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* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: When Harry first meets Sirius, Harry becomes so enraged that he forgets all about magic, forgets that Sirius is [[spoiler:supposedly]] a powerful Dark wizard trained by Voldemort himself, and forgets that Sirius is holding three wands.wands, ''and'' forgets that Sirius is also older, larger, and stronger. Harry charges Sirius down and nearly suffocates him.



* GreaterScopeVillain: 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 drives the plot, given that [[spoiler: Pettigrew gave up the Potters to ''him'' in the war he started.]]
* HateSink: Snape is at his most detestable in this novel. With very little of the DeadpanSnarker on display, sadistically torturing Neville openly in class, insulting another teacher publicly in front of his students and in the end [[spoiler:psychotically looking forward to feeding a man to Dementors even when he was willing to come quietly and requested a fair hearing, and then after being exposed of his stupidity, he outs Lupin as a werewolf out of spite. In the end, the Trio attack him when he starts insulting James yet again and this after Sirius and Remus called him a fool]].

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* GreaterScopeVillain: 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 drives the plot, given that [[spoiler: Pettigrew since [[spoiler:Pettigrew gave up the Potters to ''him'' in the war he started.]]
* HateSink: Snape is at his most detestable in this novel. With very little of the DeadpanSnarker on display, sadistically torturing Neville openly in class, insulting another teacher publicly in front of his students and in the end [[spoiler:psychotically looking forward to feeding a man to Dementors even when he was willing to come quietly and requested a fair hearing, and then after being exposed of his stupidity, he outs Lupin as a werewolf out of spite. In the end, the Trio attack him when he starts insulting James yet again again, and this after Sirius and Remus called him a fool]].



* HijackedByGanon: {{Subverted|Trope}}. [[spoiler:Everyone said Sirius Black was a Death Eater, so an appearance of Voldemort was expected.]] It's the only book not to feature Voldemort as the BigBad, replaced instead by Sirius Black, [[spoiler:or more accurately, Peter Pettigrew.]]
* 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]].]]

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* HijackedByGanon: {{Subverted|Trope}}. [[spoiler:Everyone said Sirius Black was a Death Eater, so an appearance of Voldemort was expected.]] It's the only book not to feature Voldemort as the BigBad, replaced instead by Sirius Black, [[spoiler:or Black[[spoiler:, or more accurately, Peter Pettigrew.]]
Pettigrew]].
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Once he's believed [[spoiler:After convincing Harry of his innocence in the death of James and Lily, Sirius is innocent, offers to adopt Harry was offered to come live with him formally once Sirius he is officially acquitted. This marks a brief moment of happiness for Harry 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]].]]]]
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The titular escaped convict breaks into Hogwarts on AllHallowsEve, acting violently when the Fat Lady refuses to let him into Gryffindor Tower. This is the [[RuleOfThree third and final time]] this happens while Harry is at Hogwarts.



* {{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 defence, he [[spoiler:was using the map to find and track Sirius anyway.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: When Snape takes over Defence Against the Dark Arts for Professor Lupin when he's 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 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.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Lupin tells Harry that he's appalled that Harry never brought told a teacher about the Marauder's Map to a teacher's attention given how useful it would be to catch Sirius or how useful it'd it would be to Sirius if he found it. Yet Lupin never bothers telling Dumbledore (or indeed, 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 defence, he [[spoiler:was using the map Map to find and track Sirius anyway.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: When Snape takes over Defence Against the Dark Arts for Professor Lupin when he's 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 student in the entire class, despite the fact that even though ''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 twice a week.
* IdiotBall: James, [[spoiler:Sirius]], and Lupin not realising IWillTearYourArmsOff: Hagrid says that [[spoiler:Peter]] was had he known Sirius' [[spoiler:apparent]] role in 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 Potters' death, he didn't realize it would have ripped him limb from the beginning. limb. Hagrid is a half-giant, so a threat like this should be taken ''very'' seriously.



* ImStandingRightHere: Aunt Marge makes several disparaging remarks about Harry and his parents while sitting at the same table as Harry. Harry spends most of the week trying very, very hard to think about something else.

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* ImStandingRightHere: During her visit to Privet Drive, Aunt Marge makes several disparaging remarks about Harry and his parents while sitting at the same table as Harry. Harry spends most of the week trying very, very hard to think about something else.anything else.
* IdiotBall: James, [[spoiler:Sirius]], and Lupin not realising that [[spoiler:Peter]] was TheMole for Voldemort and his followers despite being the perfect suspect. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d 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 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 introduce the Marauder's Map, which doesn't shows not 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.it.
* ItWasAGift: [[spoiler:The Firebolt and Pigwidgeon.]]



** 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".]]

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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."]]



* ItWasAGift: [[spoiler:The Firebolt and Pigwidgeon.]]
* IWillTearYourArmsOff: Hagrid says that if he had known Sirius' 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.



** The Malfoys about Buckbeak the hippogriff -- they obviously go too far in wanting him killed, but they ''are'' right about Hagrid's recklessness in putting thirteen-year-old children in close proximity to an animal that is highly dangerous. Even our three heroes frequently question Hagrid's attraction to horribly dangerous animals.
** 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.
** 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.''

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** The Malfoys about Buckbeak the hippogriff Hippogriff -- they obviously go too far in wanting him killed, but they ''are'' right about Hagrid's recklessness in putting thirteen-year-old children in close proximity to an animal that is highly dangerous. Even our three heroes frequently question Hagrid's attraction to horribly dangerous animals.
** Draco also makes the valid point that assigning said thirteen-year-old children a book that ''bites,'' ''bites'', and simply expecting them to figure out that you open the book by stroking the spine, is incredibly irresponsible and unprofessional.
** Uncle Vernon voices some of his characteristic views when the muggle Muggle news reports on the escaped prisoner Sirius Black, but he's not wrong to complain that the report never says explains from ''where'' this escaped prisoner escaped ''from.''escaped.



* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Snape has a moment of this when subbing for Lupin, claiming that the Kappa is more commonly found in Mongolia when it's actually ''Japanese''. This gets followed up on in ''Fantastic Beasts'': "Snape hasn't read this."

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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Snape has a moment of this when subbing for Lupin, claiming that the Kappa is more commonly found in Mongolia when it's actually ''Japanese''. This gets followed up on in ''Fantastic Beasts'': ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'': "Snape hasn't read this."



* 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.]]

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* MirthlessLaughter: When people are telling Harry Potter about Sirius Black's crime of having killed a streetful of mugggles, Muggles, 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 Sirius' good 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.]]



* 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 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.
* 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".

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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Oliver Wood does it to himself, when he lists the members of the Quidditch team: "We've got three superb Chasers. Chasers [Katie Bell, Angelina Johnson, and Alicia Spinnet]. We've got two unbeatable Beaters. Beaters [Fred and George Weasley]. And we've got a Seeker who has never failed to win us a match! match [Harry]! [''After long pause in which he realises he's forgotten someone''] And me." This leads to a rather heartwarming moment SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} when Fred and George lead the team in saying they consider him a great Keeper.
* NeverMyFault: Lucius Malfoy and his father try helps Draco lobby to get Buckbeak executed after the hippogriff Hippogriff slashes Malfoy's Draco's arm. However, the only reason he did that was because Malfoy Draco ignored Hagrid's instructions about never insulting a hippogriff Hippogriff and proceeded to call him a "great ugly brute".



* 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]].
* NonIndicativeName: Just prior to the events of the book Sirius escapes from Azkaban, so he's not ''technically'' a 'Prisoner of Azkaban.'
* NoSympathyForGrudgeholders: Harry has none for Snape whatsoever, and for good reason. Snape takes a lot of time to belittle and insult James, who saved Snape's life [[spoiler: from a fully transformed Lupin]], and Snape says that if there had been justice [[UngratefulBastard James would have been expelled for his actions.]] Of course, Snape then [[spoiler:outs Lupin as a werewolf, which forces the latter to resign at the end of the school year.]]

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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]].
* NonIndicativeName: Just prior to the events of the book Sirius escapes from Azkaban, so he's not ''technically'' a 'Prisoner of Azkaban.'
* NoSympathyForGrudgeholders: Harry has none for Snape whatsoever, and for good reason. Snape takes a lot of time to belittle and insult James, who saved Snape's life [[spoiler: from [[spoiler:from a fully transformed Lupin]], and Snape says that if there had been justice [[UngratefulBastard James would have been expelled for his actions.]] Of course, Snape then [[spoiler:outs Lupin as a werewolf, which forces the latter to resign at the end of the school year.]]]]
* NonAppearingTitle: This is the only book of the original septology that doesn't have a TitleDrop -- the phrase "prisoner of Azkaban" is never used anywhere in the narration or the dialogue. It's also one of only two books not to have a [[TitleDropChapter titular chapter]], the other one being ''The Philosopher's Stone''.
* NonIndicativeName: Just prior to the events of the book Sirius escapes from Azkaban, so he's not ''technically'' a "Prisoner of Azkaban."



** Hermione when Ron shows her evidence that [[spoiler:Crookshanks has eaten Scabbers, the blood on the sheets.]]

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** Hermione when Ron shows her [[spoiler:faked]] evidence that [[spoiler:Crookshanks has eaten Scabbers, the blood on the sheets.]]



** [[spoiler:Sirius, when Snape rather smugly tells him he's going to be given [[FateWorseThanDeath the Dementor's Kiss]].]]

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** [[spoiler:Sirius, when Snape rather smugly tells him he's going to be given he'll get [[FateWorseThanDeath the Dementor's Kiss]].]]



* PlotHole: How did Fred and George know how to work the Marauder's Map? Rowling later [[HandWave Hand Waved]] this on the "Pottermore" website, revealing that the map identified them as fellow troublemakers and gave them hints until they were able to figure out how to work it.

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* PlotHole: How did Fred and George know how to work the Marauder's Map? Rowling later [[HandWave Hand Waved]] {{Hand Wave}}d this on the "Pottermore" website, revealing that the map identified them as fellow troublemakers and gave them hints until they were able to figure out how to work it.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Done by Ron in the first chapter when yelling down the phone at Uncle Vernon: "I - WANT - TO - TALK - TO - HARRY - POTTER!" and "I'M - A - FRIEND - OF - HARRY'S - FROM - SCHOOL--".
** Ron does it on Christmas morning when Crookshanks tries to get Ron again: "GET - HIM - OUT - OF - HERE!"
** A furious Snape does it again in the final chapter: "THIS - HAS - SOMETHING - TO - DO - WITH - POTTER!"

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Done by Ron in the first chapter when yelling down the phone at Uncle Vernon: "I - -- WANT - -- TO - -- TALK - -- TO - -- HARRY - -- POTTER!" and "I'M - -- A - -- FRIEND - -- OF - -- HARRY'S - -- FROM - -- SCHOOL--".
** Ron does it on Christmas morning when Crookshanks tries to get Ron again: "GET - -- HIM - -- OUT - -- OF - -- HERE!"
** A furious Snape does it again in the final chapter: "THIS - -- HAS - -- SOMETHING - -- TO - -- DO - -- WITH - -- POTTER!"



-->'''[[spoiler:Sirius]]''' HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO HARRY?! HOW DARE YOU FACE HIM?! HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT JAMES IN FRONT OF HIM?!

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-->'''[[spoiler:Sirius]]''' -->'''[[spoiler:Sirius]]''': HOW DARE YOU SPEAK TO HARRY?! HOW DARE YOU FACE HIM?! HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT JAMES IN FRONT OF HIM?!



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Professor Lupin, who, among other things, lies to Snape in order to rescue Harry and then proceeds to berate him because his actions could indeed have endangered himself or other people.
* RedHerring:

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Professor Lupin, who, among other things, lies to Snape in order to rescue Harry and then proceeds to berate him in private because his actions could indeed have endangered himself or other people.
* RedHerring: RedHerring:



** 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]].
* RightForTheWrongReasons: When Harry gets a Firebolt broomstick for Christmas with no card saying who it's from, Hermione assumes Sirius Black sent it and jinxed the broom so it would kill Harry when he rides it. [[spoiler:Sirius was the sender, but he didn't jinx it. He sent it to Harry to make up for the 13 years worth of Christmas and birthday presents he didn't get from Sirius since he was locked up in prison.]]
* 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 for now.]]
* RushedInvertedReading: When Hermione tells Professor [=McGonagall=] about Harry getting a Firebolt for Christmas and then the teacher goes to temporarily confiscate it so that it can be checked for jinxes/hexes (on the chance that Sirius Black sent it), Hermione hides her face behind a book that she holds upside down.
* 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.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: This is how Malfoy and his father get the charges against Buckbeak to stick, despite Hermione and Ron's research. Fudge is convinced that Buckbeak is a "mad hippogriff" and thus ShootTheDog is necessary.

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** 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]].
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* RightForTheWrongReasons: When Harry gets a Firebolt broomstick for Christmas with no card saying who it's from, Hermione assumes Sirius Black sent it and jinxed the broom so it would kill Harry when he rides it. [[spoiler:Sirius was the sender, but he didn't jinx it. He sent it to Harry to make up for the 13 years thirteen years' worth of Christmas and birthday presents gifts he didn't get from Sirius since he was locked up in prison.]]
* 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 [[spoiler: Subverted: 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 for now.]]
* RushedInvertedReading: When Hermione tells Professor [=McGonagall=] about Harry getting a Firebolt for Christmas and then the teacher goes to temporarily confiscate it temporarily so that it can be checked for jinxes/hexes (on the chance that Sirius Black sent it), Hermione hides her face behind a book that she holds upside down.
* 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.
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: This is how Draco and Lucius Malfoy and his father get the charges against Buckbeak to stick, despite Hermione and Ron's research. Fudge is convinced that Buckbeak is a "mad hippogriff" Hippogriff" and thus ShootTheDog is necessary.



-->'''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.

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-->'''Hermione:''' -->'''Hermione''': I think Divination seems very woolly. A lot of guesswork, if you ask me.
-->'''Ron:'''
me.\\
'''Ron''':
There was nothing woolly about the Grim in that cup!
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cup!\\
'''Hermione''':
You didn't seem quite so confident when you were telling Harry it was a sheep.



* 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", 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.
-->“My dears! Which one of you left his seat first? Which?”\\
“Dunno,” said Ron, looking uneasily at Harry.\\
“I doubt it will make much difference,” said Professor [=McGonagall=] coldly, “unless a mad axe-man is waiting outside the doors to slaughter the first into the Entrance Hall.”
** Possible {{Foreshadowing}}[=/=]FridgeBrilliance, as you 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, in a way, the first to rise out of the thirteen.]]
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* HateSink: Snape is at his most detestable in this novel. With very little of the DeadpanSnarker on display, sadistically torturing Neville openly in class, insulting another teacher publicly in front of his students and in the end [[spoiler:psychotically looking forward to feeding a man to Dementors even when he was willing to come quietly and requested a fair hearing, and then after being exposed of his stupidity, he outs Lupin as a werewolf out of spite. In the end, the Trio attack him when he starts insulting James yet again and this after Sirius and Remus called him a fool]].
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* WreckedWeapon: "Weapon" isn't the exact term, but this is more or less what happens to Harry's prized Nimbus 2000.
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* ChekhovsTimeTravel: When it is revealed that time-turners exist (upon Hermione taking all the possible electives in her third year), it suddenly becomes necessary to use to disguise the group's actions, and [[spoiler:to deliver Harry to the lake, to save himself from the Dementors, though he'd thought it was his father]].
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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]].
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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.
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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.
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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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* 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.
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