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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.
7th Apr '17 2:57:16 PM kquinn0830
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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 worth of Christmas and birthday presents he didn't get from Sirius since he was locked up in prison.]]
5th Apr '17 10:09:07 AM jamespolk
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* 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.
4th Apr '17 3:56:22 PM kquinn0830
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* PlotHole: How did Fred and George know how to work the Marauder's Map? They stole it from Filch, who certainly didn't know.
27th Mar '17 11:44:27 AM jamespolk
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* PlotHole: How did Fred and George know how to work the Marauder's Map? They stole it from Filch, who certainly didn't know.
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...
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