History Literature / HarryPotterAndThePrisonerofAzkaban

23rd May '16 9:41:01 AM dmeagher13
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* TookALevelInBadass: Harry learns the Patronus Charm in this book, a difficult defensive spell, thus signalling the beginnings of him becoming an expert in magical combat. [[spoiler: To the point where, in Book 5, gets an Outstanding on his DADA OWL exam, the only subject in which he bests Hermione]].
11th May '16 3:42:32 PM gallium
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* JerkAssHasAPoint: While Snape refuses to believe that Harry isn't an arrogant glory hound, he is right to call Harry out for sneaking out of Hogwarts to have fun at Hogsmeade even when everyone up to and including the Minister for Magic is trying to keep him safe from a killer who broke out of [[TheAlcatraz Azkaban]]. Lupin later tells Harry the same thing.

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* JerkAssHasAPoint: JerkAssHasAPoint:
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While Snape refuses to believe that Harry isn't an arrogant glory hound, he is right to call Harry out for sneaking out of Hogwarts to have fun at Hogsmeade even when everyone up to and including the Minister for Magic is trying to keep him safe from a killer who broke out of [[TheAlcatraz Azkaban]]. Lupin later tells Harry the same thing.
** The Malfoys about Buckbeak the hippogriff, maybe not about killing him, 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.
11th May '16 3:28:17 PM gallium
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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. Not to mention the other two surviving creators also being around Hogwarts for that same year.[[spoiler: And the last one being his own departed father.]]
** [[spoiler: That Peter Pettigrew happened to choose ''the Weasleys'' to live with, who happened to befriend Harry Potter]].

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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. Not to mention the other two surviving creators also being around Hogwarts for that same year.[[spoiler: And the last another one being of its creators was his own departed father.]]
** [[spoiler: That Peter Pettigrew happened to choose ''the Weasleys'' to live with, who happened to befriend Harry Potter]].
father. And still a third creator of his map was Ron's rat.]]
4th May '16 7:54:34 PM Typos
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* 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 Buckbean, Hagrid's pet Hippogriff]].

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* 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 Buckbean, Buckbeak, Hagrid's pet Hippogriff]].
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* 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 Buckbean, Hagrid's pet Hippogriff]].
17th Mar '16 9:00:30 PM BananaPancakes
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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 the novel, 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'' of other characters. The end result is that, by the end of the novel, this book, the story's landscape has irrevocably changed... and readers know that things are going to get ''really'' interesting from now on.



-->“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 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.]]
* ThisIsNotMyLifeToTake: Black and Lupin give Harry the choice of whether the man who was responsible for giving away Harry's parents' location to their murderer should live or die.

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-->“My dears! Which one of you left his seat first? Which?…\\
“Dunno,…
Which?”\\
“Dunno,”
said Ron, looking uneasily at Harry.\\
“I doubt it will make much difference,… 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, {{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.]]
* ThisIsNotMyLifeToTake: Black [[spoiler:Black]] and Lupin give Harry the choice of whether the man who was responsible for giving away Harry's parents' location to their murderer should live or die.



-->“Why would I go looking for someone I know wants to kill me? ” said Harry blankly.
** Then played hilariously straight, as he feels an urge to go looking for Black after he finds out [[spoiler:some of]] the AwfulTruth. He ends up hating Sirius so much that, when they meet at the end of the book, Harry charges at him and tries to choke him with his bare hands, forgetting that he was unarmed, much weaker than Black, and that Black had several wands on him at the time. [[spoiler:Lucky for him, Black was there to ''protect'' Harry, not kill him.]]

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-->“Why would I go looking for someone I know wants to kill me? ” me?” said Harry blankly.
** Then Later on it is played hilariously straight, as he feels an urge to go looking for Black after he finds out [[spoiler:some of]] the AwfulTruth. He ends up hating Sirius so much that, when they meet at the end of the book, Harry charges at him and tries to choke him with his bare hands, forgetting that he was unarmed, much weaker than Black, and that Black had several wands on him at the time. [[spoiler:Lucky for him, Black was there to ''protect'' Harry, not kill him.]]



** Ron constantly warns Hermione to stop her cat from eating Scabbers, getting irritated when she doesn't take his concerns seriously, and it seems Crookshanks can understand human speech when Ron mentions where Scabbers is. [[spoiler: It turns out that Crookshanks is ProperlyParanoid about Scabbers being an Animagius named Peter Pettigrew, but Ron couldn't have known that.]]
** 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 the headmistress without telling them.]]

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** Ron constantly warns Hermione to stop her cat from eating Scabbers, getting irritated when she doesn't take his concerns seriously, and it seems Crookshanks can understand human speech when Ron mentions where Scabbers is. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:Crookshanks turns out that Crookshanks is to be ProperlyParanoid about Scabbers being an Animagius Animagus named Peter Pettigrew, but Ron couldn't have known that.]]
** 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 the headmistress their Head of House without telling them.]]
12th Mar '16 9:07:39 PM AtticusOmundson
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* PetTheDog: Or rather Push Away tThe Cat. When [[spoiler:Sirius]] tries to prevent Crookshanks' TakingTheBullet for him.

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* PetTheDog: Or rather Push Away tThe The Cat. When [[spoiler:Sirius]] tries to prevent Crookshanks' TakingTheBullet for him.


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* TheSoulless: The Dementors and anyone they kiss.
12th Mar '16 7:15:15 PM BananaPancakes
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->''"[[WeirdnessMagnet I don't go looking for trouble.]] [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Trouble usually finds me]]."''

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->''"[[WeirdnessMagnet I don't go looking for trouble.]] [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Trouble usually finds me]]."''me.]]"''



** NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: As you might have guessed, Azkaban takes major pointers from the above TropeNamer.

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** NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: As you might have guessed, Azkaban takes major pointers from the above TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.



** When Snape calls Hermione an annoying know-it-all, Ron lashes out at Snape, despite [[HypocriticalHeartwarming having himself insulted Hermione thusly]].

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** When Snape calls Hermione an annoying insufferable know-it-all, Ron lashes out at Snape, despite [[HypocriticalHeartwarming having himself insulted Hermione thusly]].



* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Remus Lupin.]] At the climax of the book when he and [[spoiler:Sirius]] confront [[spoiler:Peter with the evidence of his betrayal, Sirius asks him casually "Shall we kill him together?" and Remus simply answers "Yes, I think so".]]

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:Remus Lupin.]] At the climax of the book when he and [[spoiler:Sirius]] confront [[spoiler:Peter with the evidence of his betrayal, Sirius asks him casually casually, "Shall we kill him together?" and Remus simply answers "Yes, I think so".]]



** As a side note, this is the only volume in the series where Voldemort doesn't make an appearance in any way and is only mentioned.

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** As a side note, this is the one of only volume 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.



* BigShutUp: Harry yells this at Snape in the latter's office when he keeps insulting Harry's dad. 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 dad.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!").



* BookSnap: Hermione does this and storms off to another class when Ron makes an InnocentlyInsensitive remark. This leaves Harry and Ron confused, since [[spoiler: they don't know she's using a [[TimeTravel time turner]] to attend multiple classes.]]

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* BookSnap: Hermione does this and storms off to another class when Ron makes an InnocentlyInsensitive remark. This leaves Harry and Ron confused, since [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they don't know she's using a [[TimeTravel time turner]] Time-Turner]] to attend multiple classes.]]



** 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 that [[spoiler: Scabbers was actually Peter Pettigrew, the man who turned James and Lily over 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 that it only sounded when [[spoiler: Scabbers]] was around. Of course, we learn that [[spoiler: learn[[spoiler: Scabbers was actually Peter Pettigrew, the man who turned divulged James and Lily over Lily's whereabouts to Voldemort, in animagus Animagus form]].



* CerebusSyndrome: Notably, this is the first book to go into detail about Lily and James Potter's deaths. [[Blog/MarkReadsHarryPotter Mark]] says it best:

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* CerebusSyndrome: Notably, this is the first book to go into detail about Lily and James Potter's deaths. [[Blog/MarkReadsHarryPotter Mark]] Blog/{{Mark|ReadsHarryPotter}} says it best:



* ContrivedCoincidence
** [[spoiler:If the climax hadn't occurred on a night with a full moon, Pettigrew would have been arrested and Sirius cleared, completely changing the arc of the next 4 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.]]
** [[spoiler:The only reason that Sirius even breaks out of Azkaban in the first place is that A) the Weasleys win the wizard lottery, B) this is apparently front-page news, C) Ron has Scabbers in the picture, and D) Cornelius Fudge just happens to be carrying that exact issue of the ''Daily Prophet'' when he visits Black's cell.]]
** 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. Not to mention the other two surviving creators also being around Hogwarts for that same year.

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* ContrivedCoincidence
ContrivedCoincidence:
** [[spoiler:If [[spoiler:Had the climax hadn't not occurred on a night with a full moon, Pettigrew would have been arrested and Sirius cleared, completely changing the arc of the next 4 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.]]
** [[spoiler:The only reason that Sirius even breaks out of Azkaban in the first place is that A) that: (A) the Weasleys win the wizard lottery, B) lottery; (B) this is apparently front-page news, C) news; (C) Ron has Scabbers in the picture, picture; and D) (D) Cornelius Fudge just happens to be carrying that exact issue of the ''Daily Prophet'' when he visits Black's cell.]]
** 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. Not to mention the other two surviving creators also being around Hogwarts for that same year.[[spoiler: And the last one being his own departed father.]]



* CovertPervert: ''A History of Magic'' contains an amusing little anecdote: witches and wizards who were caught and burned at the stake cast a charm that would protect them from the fire while all they felt was a gentle tickling sensation. Wendelin the Weird enjoyed it so much that she allowed herself to be caught ''forty-seven'' times. Yep, [[TooKinkyToTorture she definitely enjoyed it.]]

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* CovertPervert: ''A History of Magic'' contains an amusing little anecdote: witches and wizards who were caught and burned at the stake cast a charm that would protect them from the fire while all they felt was a gentle tickling sensation. Wendelin the Weird enjoyed it so much that she allowed herself to be caught ''forty-seven'' times. Yep, [[TooKinkyToTorture she definitely enjoyed it.]]it]].



* CuriousQualmsOfConscience: When Harry has [[spoiler:Sirius]] at his mercy, he rehearsed all the reasons he has to hate him, and argues against his [[spoiler:efforts to protect Crookshanks being evidence in his favor]], but he does not manage to act before he is interrupted and stopped. His first reaction to being interrupted is that he "failed", and then that [[spoiler:Sirius will suffer the Dementor's kiss, which is a FateWorseThanDeath]].

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* CuriousQualmsOfConscience: When Harry has [[spoiler:Sirius]] at his mercy, he rehearsed all the reasons he has to hate him, and argues against his [[spoiler:efforts to protect Crookshanks being evidence in his favor]], but he does not manage to act before he is interrupted and stopped. His first reaction to being interrupted is that he "failed", and then that [[spoiler:Sirius will suffer the Dementor's kiss, Kiss, which is a FateWorseThanDeath]].



* DebateAndSwitch: PlayedWith. 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 that 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.]]

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* DebateAndSwitch: PlayedWith.[[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 part-Kneazle who knew that 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.]]



* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: A weird in-universe example, as the Marauders evidently anticipated Snape one day getting a 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.''
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Malfoy when he insults Buckbeak after Harry managed to tame [[spoiler:and ride]] him. Needless to say, [[spoiler: Buckbeak nearly tore Malfoy's arm off at the insult.]]

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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: A weird in-universe example, as the Marauders evidently anticipated Snape one day getting a 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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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Malfoy when he insults Buckbeak after Harry managed to tame [[spoiler:and ride]] him. Needless to say, [[spoiler: say[[spoiler:, Buckbeak nearly tore Malfoy's arm off at the insult.]]



--> '''Sirius''': ''"As long as this boy [Ron] brings his rat up to the castle, I’ll come quietly..."''
--> '''Snape''': ''"Up to the castle? [[HangingJudge I don’t think we need to go that far]]. [[KickTheDog All I have to do is call the dementors once we get out of the Willow]]. [[{{Sadist}} They’ll be very pleased to see you]], Black...[[FateWorseThanDeath pleased enough to give you a little kiss]], I daresay"''

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--> '''Sirius''': ''"As -->'''Sirius''': As long as this boy [Ron] brings his rat up to the castle, I’ll come quietly..."''
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'''Snape''': ''"Up Up to the castle? [[HangingJudge I don’t think we need to go that far]]. [[KickTheDog All I have to do is call the dementors Dementors once we get out of the Willow]]. [[{{Sadist}} They’ll be very pleased to see you]], Black...[[FateWorseThanDeath pleased enough to give you a little kiss]], I daresay"''daresay.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
** Lupin's werewolf condition and the wizarding community's reactions to it was thought by fans to be a social commentary on living with HIV. WordOfGod confirmed it later.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
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DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Lupin's werewolf condition and the wizarding community's reactions to it was thought by fans to be a social commentary on living with HIV. WordOfGod confirmed it later.



* 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 13 people (12 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 13 thirteen people (12 (twelve Muggles, plus the wizard trying to apprehend him) before finally getting caught. caught.[[spoiler: It turns out that the real Dragon was Pettigrew, who ultimately goes on to resurrect Voldemort]].



* 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.
* FakeKillScare: At one point, they 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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* 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 Dark wizard trained by Voldemort himself, and forgets that Sirius is holding three wands. Harry charges Sirius down and nearly suffocates him.
* FakeKillScare: At one point, they 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.]]



** The conversation Hagrid mentions he had with Sirius Black foreshadows that he's not as bad as he appears to be.

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** The conversation Hagrid mentions he had with Sirius Black foreshadows that he's [[spoiler:he's not as bad as he appears to be.be]].



* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: Sirius Black, initially set up as the Big Bad, turns out to be this.]]
* HijackedByGanon: {{Subverted}}. [[spoiler:Everyone said Sirius Black was a Death Eater, so an appearance of Voldemort was expected.]] It's the only book to not feature Voldemort as the BigBad, replaced instead by Sirius Black, [[spoiler:or more accurately, Peter Pettigrew.]]

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



* HypnosisProofDogs: Sirius Black turns into a dog to escape Azkaban because Dementors don't affect dogs as much as humans.
* {{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.]]
** HeroicSelfDeprecation: Remus acknowledges this failing in the climax, even noting that Snape FromACertainPointOfView was 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 that he hoped that Sirius had tried to get in via dark arts rather than his skills as an animagus.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: When Snape takes over Defense Against The Dark Arts for Professor Lupin when he's sick, Snape is absolutely awful to everyone, even more so than normal, intentionally trying to paint Lupin in the worst conceivable light imaginable despite repeatedly being at odds with reality. Snape asks the class if they know the difference between werewolves and true wolves, and ignores Hermione when she raises her hand, then gets on the class's case for not knowing something "So simple", despite it not being on the curriculum for several months at the bare minimum, and says he'll have to report to Dumbledore about how incompetent a teacher Lupin is. 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.

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* HypnosisProofDogs: Sirius Black turns into a dog to escape Azkaban because Dementors don't affect dogs as much as they do humans.
* {{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 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.]]
** HeroicSelfDeprecation: Remus acknowledges this failing in the climax, even noting that Snape FromACertainPointOfView 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 Animagi and risked their lives for him and lied to Dumbledore for over seven years. He says that he hoped that Sirius had tried to get in via dark arts Dark Arts rather than his skills as an animagus.Animagus.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: When Snape takes over Defense Against The the Dark Arts for Professor Lupin when he's sick, Snape is absolutely awful to everyone, even more so than normal, intentionally trying to paint Lupin in the worst conceivable light imaginable despite repeatedly being at odds with reality. Snape asks the class if they know the difference between werewolves and true wolves, and ignores Hermione when she raises her hand, then gets on the class's class' case for not knowing something "So simple", despite it not being on the curriculum for several months at the bare minimum, and says he'll have to report to Dumbledore about how incompetent a teacher Lupin is. 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.



* 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.

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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.



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



* 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.

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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. We've got two unbeatable Beaters. And we've got a Seeker who has never failed to win us a match! ''(after [''After long pause in which he realizes he's forgotten someone)'' 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.



* 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 may have happened without Harry's help.]]

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* 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 [[spoiler:prophecies are so inexact, and something similar may might have happened without Harry's help.]]



* 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.]]
* NotHelpingYourCase: [[spoiler: Sirius]] invokes this so many times that Dumbledore lampshades it at the end, saying that he "hasn't 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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* 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: 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 [[spoiler:outs Lupin as a werewolf, which forces the latter to resign at the end of the school year.]]
* NotHelpingYourCase: [[spoiler: Sirius]] [[spoiler:Sirius]] invokes this so many times that Dumbledore lampshades it at the end, saying that he "hasn't "has not acted like an innocent man . . ." man" in his quest of RevengeBeforeReason. Among his ListOfTransgressions while [[spoiler: trying [[spoiler:trying to find Pettigrew at Hogwarts]]? [[spoiler: Slashing [[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."]]



* PetTheDog: Or rather Push Away The Cat. When [[spoiler:Sirius]] tries to prevent Crookshanks' TakingTheBullet for him.

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* PetTheDog: Or rather Push Away The tThe Cat. When [[spoiler:Sirius]] tries to prevent Crookshanks' TakingTheBullet for him.



** Everyone believes that Sirius escaped Azkaban to kill Harry. His target was somebody else entirely.

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** Everyone believes that Sirius escaped Azkaban to kill Harry. [[spoiler: His target was somebody else entirely.]]



* 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.]]



* SecretKeeper: The TropeNamer.

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* SecretKeeper: The TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.



* TeamDad /TeamMom: 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.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Sirius Black's last crime before being imprisoned: murder of 13 people. [[spoiler:Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you think of the 13th "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.
-->“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."

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* TeamDad /TeamMom: TeamDad[=/=]TeamMom: 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.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Sirius Black's last crime before being imprisoned: murder of 13 thirteen people. [[spoiler:Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you think of the 13th 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.
-->“My dears! Which one of you left his seat first? Which?"\\
“Dunno,"
Which?…\\
“Dunno,…
said Ron, looking uneasily at Harry.\\
“I doubt it will make much difference," difference,… said Professor [=McGonagall=] coldly, “unless a mad axe-man is waiting outside the doors to slaughter the first into the Entrance Hall."



-->“You don’t understand!" whined [[spoiler:Pettigrew]]. “He would have killed me, [[spoiler:Sirius]]!"\\
"THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!" roared [[spoiler:Black]]. “DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!"

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-->“You don’t understand!" understand!” whined [[spoiler:Pettigrew]]. “He would have killed me, [[spoiler:Sirius]]!"\\
"THEN
[[spoiler:Sirius]]!”\\
“THEN
YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!" DIED!” roared [[spoiler:Black]]. “DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!"YOU!”



* 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.

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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.
14th Feb '16 12:12:10 AM axle-k89
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** 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.]]
11th Feb '16 5:15:47 PM TheDiego908
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The book's popularity may be partially due to the introductions of [[ByronicHero Sirius]] and [[BadassBookworm Lupin]], 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 the novel, 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.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 the novel, 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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