Harry Potter and the

Prisoner of Azkaban


Harry is now back at the Dursleys as it is summer and they have locked away all his magic equipment. Harry had to break the lock to get to his school things and now has to do his holiday homework in the middle of night or face the consequences. Hedwig comes back after her nightly fly and brings with her Errol (the Weasley's owl) and Harry’s 13th birthday presents; a biting book, a broomstick service kit and a Sneakoscope and news that Percy is head boy.

In the morning though Harry’s happy mood is ruined when he finds out Aunt Marge is coming to stay and Uncle Vernon threatens Harry to act "normally" or else. Harry though bribes Uncle Vernon to sign his Hogsmeade form and he will act "normally", which Uncle Vernon agrees to at the end of the week once Marge is gone. On the Muggle news there is a bulletin about an escaped prisoner, Sirius Black.

Aunt Marge arrives and spends the whole time putting Harry down until Harry can’t take it anymore when she starts having a go at his parent’s and Harry then blows her up! He gets all of his belongings and runs out of the house before the Dursleys can stop him.

Harry is now all alone in the world and no means of transport to get anywhere. He sees a big dog looking at him on Magnolia Crescent and panics and in the process calls the Knight bus. He purchases a ticket to go to Diagon Alley and tells Stan the conductor he’s Neville Longbottom!

Harry is greeted at the Leaky Cauldron by the Ministry of Magic himself, Cornelius Fudge. Harry automatically presumes he has been expelled from Hogwarts for under-age magic but Fudge says he hasn’t and that Harry can stay in Diagon Alley until he goes back to Hogwarts. Harry though has to stop in Diagon Alley at the Leaky Cauldron and not go into Muggle London and he agrees.

Harry spends his next two weeks doing his homework in the light, looking around Diagon Alley and as the new term approaches meeting his school friends. On the day before he goes back to school he meets Ron and Hermione who are going to be stopping at the Leaky Cauldron that night with the Weasley's. Hermione buys a cat called Crookshanks. Harry overhears that night Mr. and Mrs. Weasley talking about Sirius Black whom escaped from the wizard prisoner, Azkaban and is after Harry.

On the train back to school, Harry tells Ron and Hermione. They change the subject to Hogsmeade and find out that Harry is not allowed to go. In the same compartment as them is a Professor Lupin who sleeps until a hooded figure enters the compartment. Harry faints at this person and hears the voices of his parents. He wakes up and is told that was a Dementor from the wizard prison Azkaban looking for Sirius Black.

They begin to settle into school and they are taking all their regular lessons and the ones that they have chosen. Hermione has taken every subject and still manages to get everything done. There are now Dementors guarding every entrance to the school but they aren’t allowed in. In Divination, the teacher, Professor Trelawney, predicts Harry’s death. Their favourite lesson though is Defence Against the Dark Arts with the new teacher Professor Lupin where they actually get to face creatures and not just read about them in books. In Care of Magical Creatures Malfoy insults the Hippogriff and it attacks. Malfoy complains and the Hippogriff called Buckbeak has to appear in a trial with Hagrid. If he loses, the Hippogriff will die. At the school feast the Fat Lady portrait is ripped to pieces by Sirius Black who has some how managed to enter the school and got into Gryffindor Tower. The school is searched but Black can’t be found.

Dementors shows up at the Quidditch match, Gryffindor against Hufflepuff and Harry falls off his broom and crashes. The Whomping Willow ravishes his broom apart and Harry wakes up in hospital. Professor Lupin agrees to give him anti-Dementor lessons and he produces a mild patronus but then hears his parents’ voices again.

The Weasley twins give Harry the Marauders Map and he learns the secret on how to get out of school to Hogsmeade. He finds Ron and Hermione there and they go to The Three Broomsticks. While they are here, he overhears Cornelius Fudge, Rosmerta, Dumbledore, Hagrid and Professor McGonagall talking. Harry finds out that Sirius Black told Lord Voldemort where his parents were and then Voldemort murdered them. Sirius Black was Harry’s parents' best friend as well so Harry is extremely upset about all of this.

Ron wakes up in the middle of the night with Sirius Black standing over him with a knife but Ron manages to shout out and he runs off.

Harry goes to Hogsmeade using the Marauders Map and while he’s there the invisibility cloak falls off and Malfoy sees him and tells Snape back at school. Harry manages to get out of it but Lupin confiscates the map. Ron’s rat, Scabbers goes missing and Ron blames Crookshanks.

The Quidditch final comes and Gryffindor win! Gryffindor have won the Quidditch cup for the first time in 8 years. Hagrid loses the case for Buckbeak but gets an appeal. Exams come and during Harry’s exam with Professor Trelawney, she predicts that Lord Voldemort’s servant will come alive tonight but afterwards she can’t remember anything about it. Hagrid loses the appeal and Buckbeak is executed.

Ron finds Scabbers in Hagrid’s Hut and as they are walking back to the school Ron and Scabbers are dragged off by a big dog through the Whomping Willow. Ron and Hermione follow and they end up in the Shrieking Shack and come face to face with Sirius Black.

Harry lunges at Sirius and he attacks back. Hermione kicks Sirius out of the way and Harry then points the wand at Sirius to kill him but he can’t. Lupin enters and gets the wand off Harry, Ron and Hermione. Lupin sees Black and suddenly realises something about him and hugs him as if he is a brother.

Hermione has an outburst about Lupin and tells him that she knows he’s a werewolf and that she thinks he wants Harry dead too. Lupin tells them the Marauders Map showed Peter Pettigrew with Ron and that Peter is an Animagus and still alive. Lupin has realised that it was Peter who betrayed the Potter’s to Voldemort, Professor Trelawney’s prediction has come true. Sirius explains the full story to them and Harry believes him and then Snape walks in. Harry, Ron and Hermione all cast a spell at the same time and knock Snape out. They then force "Scabbers" to become Peter Pettigrew. Harry stops Lupin and Black from killing him and says that Black will be released from Azkaban once Pettigrew is handed in.

They are on there way back to Hogwarts and suddenly Lupin gets in front of the full moon and begins to change into a werewolf as he’s forgotten to take his potion. Pettigrew changes and escapes before Harry can stop him. They go to get help but they see Sirius with the Dementors coming towards him. They close in around Harry, Hermione and Sirius getting ready to perform the kiss. Harry tries his patronus but then a Dementor goes to give Harry the kiss as well and before he faints something is driving the Dementors away and he thinks he sees his dad going back across the lake.

Harry wakes up in the hospital wing. Snape has handed over Sirius and the Dementors will be going for him. Harry and Hermione insist he’s innocent but Snape has them all convinced apart from Dumbledore. He has a word with Harry and Hermione in private and tells Hermione that 3 turns should do it so that 2 lives will be saved that night. Hermione knows what he is on about, all year she has been using a time turner to travel back in time so she can do all of her lessons.

They travel back in time and first save Buckbeak from execution. They hide him and wait until Sirius is locked in the tower. Harry though has to see if it was his dad who rescued him, it wasn't it was his future self. They save Sirius from the tower and he flies off with Buckbeak. They manage to get back to the hospital wing just in time for Dumbledore to lock them in. Snape is furious that Black has escaped and blames Harry but he's been locked up all the time.

The end of the term arrives and the Dementors leave. On the train back Harry is sent an owl from Sirius his godfather and discovers that him and Buckbeak are fine. Sirius has also signed Harry's form so that he can go to Hogsmeade and given Ron an owl to replace Scabbers.

Harry is invited to watch the Quidditch cup at Ron's and Uncle Vernon is uneasy that Harry's godfather is Sirius Black an escaped wizard criminal!