Harry Potter Year 3 Essay, Research Paper
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter always hated the summer holidays, for he was away from
his magical school; it was called Hogwarts. He hated these months out of
school because he had to spend them with his least favorite people: his
Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and his fat, rude Cousin, Dudley. Harry hated
the Dursleys so much, they were mean and horrible to Harry. These were
usually the most boring months for Harry, because he was away from his two
best friends, Ron Weasly, and Hermione Granger.
One day, while Harry was in his room, he got two letters by owl post.
One was from his friend Ron, and the other from his school, Hogwarts. Ron
told him how his dad had won some money at his work at the Ministry of
Magic. Then he said with that money they went to visit one of Ron s brothers
in Egypt. The other letter, however, Harry got every year before the start
of the new term. It just told him what books, and other supplies he would
need before the start of the new term.
The next week, when Aunt Marge came to visit. She was a big, well
rounded lady, who was just as horrible to Harry as the Dursleys were. They
didn t want Aunt Marge to know where Harry went to school because the
Dursley s hated wizards and witches. So, they were going to tell her that he
went to St. Brutus s Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys. When it was
her last day there, she got drunk off of some brandey and started to insult
Harry. Soon, they were both arguing nastily at each other. Aunt Marge then,
started to swell up with anger. She didn t stop however, she blew up like a
balloon and started to rise in the air.
Harry left the Dursley s because he was so mad, he wasn t sure were
he was going. As he was walking around in the streets he saw a large dog, or
the outline, Harry couldn t really tell. Anyways, The Knight Bus came to the
rescue of Harry and took him to London, more specifically Diagon Alley, a
part of town that contained wizarding stores. Muggles, non-wizarding people,
could not get to that part of town because it was hidden from them.
There he was met by Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, who told
Harry he was going to stay in the Leaky Cauldron, for the rest of his summer
holiday. There, Harry finished up most of his homework. He was not alone
for long, the Weaslys came to stay there too, so Harry wouldn t feel lonely.
Harry and Ron went off to go buy there books and supplies that they needed
for their next term at Hogwarts. That night they needed to get prepared
for the next morning, they were going to King s Cross, to catch the Hogwarts
Express. There, they met up with Hermione, and then off they went to the
Hogwarts Express, to their final destination.
When they got to Hogwarts, everything went on just as it always did,
except for there were Dementors, lifeless creatures that suck the
happiness out of you and make you remember very horrible memories, there
on the look out for Sirius Black. He was supposed to be a very dark, evil
wizard, who escaped from Azkaban. A wizarding prison that is supposed to
be impossible to escape from.
Later on, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione where in Divination Class,
Professor Trelawney predicted Harry s death, because she saw the Grim
when they were predicting the future with talons and tea leaves. The Grim is
what Harry saw before he got onto The Knight Bus, it sorta looked like a
One day, the fat lady who protected the entrance to the Gryffindor
Tower, got attacked. Everybody thought it was Sirius Black, but no one
really knew. She was so scared to come back that there had to be a
replacement. It was a retired soldier, he always wanted to fight someone as
they pasted the potrait hole. Anyways, the next night, supposedly Ron was
attacked. But only as a mistake, because it was Sirius, but he was after the
Rat the belonged to Ron.
When everyone else had the privilege of going to Hogsmeade Village,
Harry couldn t go because he didn t get his waiver signed. So, Fred and
George Weasley gave Harry the Marauder s Map. It held the secrets of
every passageway and position of everybody at Hogwarts and Harry would
use this to go into Hogsmeade.
When it came time for the Winter Holiday s, Harry, Ron, and
Hermione stayed at the castle as usual. They got there presents, but Harry
got another one that he usually didn t get. It was from Sirius, but they didn t
know that. It was a Firebolt, the most state-of-the-art racing broomstick.
It was very expensive and he wondered who would give this to him.
Harry was really afraid of the Dementors, mainly because everytime
he went near one, he fainted and started to hear his parent s voices as they
were being murdered by Voldemort, the most evilest of evil wizards. So,
Professor Lockhart taught Harry how to do conjure a Patronus, a spell to
ward off Dementors.
Later on, Ron is taken into the Whomping Willow, that leads to the
Shreiking shack. So, Harry and Hermione follow. They get there and they
see Ron lying on a bed, hurt. Then in comes Sirius. He yells, Expelliarmus.
Then all their wands fly over to Sirius. Harry hated Sirius so much for killing
his parents, though Voldemort did the killing, Sirius gave away the hiding
place. So Harry attacked Sirius. After Harry and Hermione got the wands
back, and they had Sirius pinned on the floor, Harry flor once in his life
wanted to kill. This was the man who indirectly killed his parents. It was his
fault that Harry had to live with the Dursleys, and that Harry didn t have
any parents. But just when Harry was going to kill Sirius, he had second
thoughts. Something inside of him told him not to do it.
Just then, Professor Lockhart came in. He restrained Harry, and took
his wand. They started to talk to each other. Soon, Sirius told Harry, Ron,
and Hermione, that it was not he who was evil. It was somebody else. He did
not betray Harry s parents. It was Peter Pettigrew. He was an animagus, a
person that could turn into an animal. The reason he attacked Ron that night
was to get to his rat. Pettigrew was the rat. Sirius didn t want to kill Harry,
he had come to Hogwarts to kill Pettigrew. Then Professor Snape came in.
Harry knocked him out. They went back down to the castle, but when they
got out of the Whomping Willow, Lockhart turned into a werewolf. He was
dangerous now. Sirius turned into a dog, and fought with the werewolf.
Harry ran, along with Hermione.
Pettigrew escaped and Sirius went after him. The dementors,
however, were still searching for Sirius. They heard a scream and they ran
towards it. There were over a hundred dementors there. So, Harry conjured
a Patronus Charm. Sirius was taken into custody by the ministry of magic and
was held in Hogwarts untill he was to go back to Azkaban. But, Harry and
Hermione went back in time with Hermione s Time-Turner and they set
Sirius free while he was being held prisoner. After they did that, they
hurried back to where the Medical Wing where they left to travel back.
Once there, they were totally innocent because no one could
prove that they had set him free. Then the end of the term was drawing
closer. Harry was sad because Sirius had told Harry he could live with him,
but now since he is in hiding, he has to back to the nasty Dursleys.
I reccomend this book to anybody who likes thrill, excitement, and
suspense. It really keeps you guessing on what is going to happend, and just
when you think something is going to happend one way, it happends to other.
You can never expect anything. Thats what I like about the Harry Potter
series of books. They are very addicting.