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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Author J. K. Rowling
Illustrators Cliff Wright (UK)
Mary GrandPré (US)
Genre Fantasy
Publishers Bloomsbury (UK)
Scholastic (US)
Raincoast (Canada)
Released 8 July 1999 (UK)
8 September 1999 (US)
Book no. Three
Sales ~180 million (Worldwide)
Story timeline 31 July 1993- 12 June 1994
Chapters 22
Pages 317 (UK)
435 (US)
ISBN 0747542155
Preceded by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third instalment in the Harry Potter series written by J. K. Rowling. The book was published on 8 July 1999. The novel won the 1999 Whitbread Book Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the 2000 Locus Award,[1] and was short-listed for other awards, including the Hugo.[1] This placed the novel among the most-honoured works of fantasy in recent history.[2] A film based on the novel was released on 31 May 2004, in the United Kingdom and 4 June 2004 in the U.S. and many other countries. This is the only novel in the series that does not feature Lord Voldemort in some form.



Having lost his temper with his Aunt Marge and inadvertently causing her to magically inflate, Harry Potter flees the Dursleys'. Harry takes the Knight Bus to The Leaky Cauldron, where he meets Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic. Fudge informs Harry that Aunt Marge has been deflated and that he will not be punished. The Ministry of Magic is simply concerned about Harry's safety due to the escape of mass-murder Sirius Black from the wizarding prison Azkaban. Black was a great friend of the Potter family and Harry's godfather, but betrayed the family to the evil Lord Voldemort. Voldemort killed Harry's parents but, when he tried to kill Harry, mysteriously vanished. Afterward, Black murdered their friend Peter Pettigrew along with 12 bystanders.

Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and find security has been tightened because of Black's escape. The grounds are now guarded by Dementors, dark, sinister beings that drain the happiness of anyone nearby and cause Harry to pass out. Remus Lupin, the school's new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher tells Harry he is more vulnerable to the Dementors because he has seen genuine horrors in his past. Lupin agrees to teach Harry the Patronus Charm, a shield against the Dementors.

Harry is depressed to learn he will not be allowed to visit Hogsmeade, the local village most students are allowed to visit on weekends. He is also angry with Draco Malfoy for ruining Hagrid's first lesson as Care of Magical Creatures teacher. Malfoy deliberately allows himself to be attacked by Buckbeak, Hagrid's beloved Hippogriff, and his father ensures that Buckbeak is sentenced to be executed at the end of the school year. Over the course of the year, Hermione uses a Time-Turner to travel in time and attend classes held at the same time. Black manages to break into the castle twice, but is unable to reach Harry. Fred and George Weasley show Harry a secret passageway to Hogsmeade and give him the Marauder's Map.

During one illicit visit to the village, Harry is nearly caught while Ron discovers that Scabbers, Ron's rat, has disappeared. Ron believes he has been eaten by Crookshanks, Hermione's cat, causing a falling-out between him and Hermione. Hermione later finds Scabbers in Hagrid's hut when the three of them visit him before Buckbeak's execution. On their way back from the hut, Ron is suddenly attacked by a large black dog and dragged into a passage beneath a magical tree, the Whomping Willow.

Harry and Hermione follow them in and find themselves in a old, boarded-up shack known as the Shrieking Shack. They also discover that the dog is the animagus Sirius Black. Harry attempts to attack Black when Lupin arrives. Hermione confronts Lupin about habits she has observed during her classes with him and Lupin admits to being a werewolf. Lupin explains that he, Black, Pettigrew, and James Potter, Harry's father, were great friends and called themselves the "Marauders". To make Lupin's transformations more enjoyable, his friends all became Animagi, humans who can turn into animals at will. The Marauders remained friends after growing up, and when they learned Voldemort was after the Potters, Black became their Secret-Keeper. However, Black then reveals that he had secretly switched this duty with Pettigrew in order to serve as a decoy. Black states Pettigrew is the betrayer and, rather than being murdered by Black, is actually Scabbers.

Lupin and Sirius force Pettigrew to reveal himself, and Pettigrew transforms from Scabbers and back into human form. He admits to the story, but Harry stops Black and Lupin from killing him and becoming murderers themselves. Instead, Harry persuades them to take Pettigrew back to Hogwarts castle in order to clear Sirus's name. However, as they and they return to the castle the full moon emerges and Lupin transforms. Pettigrew escapes while Dementors descend on the others. They are saved at the last minute by a Patronus Harry believes was cast by his father.

Harry awakes in the castle to learn that Black has been captured. To save him, Harry and Hermione use the Time-Turner to travel back in time and prevent his capture. Harry and Hermione rescue Buckbeak and re-watch the scenes of the night, until they see the Dementors cornering Harry and Sirius. Harry is determined to see who sent the Patronus, only to realize that it was himself. Sirius is rescued and flees on Buckbeak. Lupin, outed as a werewolf, resigns. Harry is worried that Pettigrew may help Voldemort to return, but Dumbledore says Harry may be grateful that he helped save Pettigrew's life.

Pre-release history

Of the first three books in the series, Prisoner of Azkaban took the shortest amount of time to write - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone took five years to complete and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets needed two years, while Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was written in one year.[3] Rowling's favorite aspect of this book was introducing the character Remus Lupin.[3]

Film adaptation

The film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released in 2004. Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay, and Alfonso Cuarón was the director.[4] The movie débuted at number one and held that position for two weeks.[5] The Prisoner of Azkaban made a total of $795.6 million worldwide,[6] which made it the second highest-grossing film of 2004 behind Shrek 2.[7] The film also ranks at number 471 in Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[8]


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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling. It was first published in 1999.

Spoiler warning: Plot, ending, or solution details follow.


Harry Potter

  • I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.
  • Are you insane? Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?
  • He was my mum and dad's best friend. He's a convicted murderer, but he's broken out of wizard prison and he's on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though … keep up with news … check if I'm happy.…

George Weasley

  • What would we want to be prefects for? It'd take all the fun out of life.
  • I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
  • We tried to shut Percy in a pyramid. But Mum spotted us.

Albus Dumbledore

  • The consequences of our actions are always so diverse, so complex, that it makes predicting the future very difficult, indeed.

Rubeus Hagrid

  • I'm not blamin' yeh … but I gotta tell yeh, I thought you two'd value yer friend more'n broomsticks or rats. Tha's all.
  • When a wizard goes over ter the Dark Side there's nothin' and no one matters to 'em anymore.…
  • Ah, well. People can be a bit stupid about their pets.

Sirius Black

  • If you made a better rat than a human Peter, that's not much to boast about.
  • Tell them whatever you like. But make it quick, Remus. I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for. (PG 350)
  • You should have died! Died rather than betray your friends, as we would have done for you!
  • What was there to be gained by fighting the most evil wizard who has ever existed? Only innocent lives, Peter.
  • There's enough filth on my robes without you touching them.

Marge Dursley

  • I still don't like your tone, boy. If you can speak of your beatings in that casual way, they clearly aren't hitting you hard enough. Petunia, I'd write to them if I were you. Make it clear that you approve the use of extreme force in this boy's case.

Cornelius Fudge

  • Oh, my dear boy, we're not going to punish you for a little thing like that! It was an accident! We don't send people to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts!

Professor McGonagall

  • And Potter—do try and win, won't you? Or we'll be out of the running for the eighth year in a row, as Professor Snape was kind enough to remind me only last night...
  • I assure you that if you die, you need not hand it [homework] in.
  • Ah, of course, there is no need to say any more, Miss Granger. Tell me, which of you will be dying this year?

Remus Lupin

  • Your parents gave their lives to keep you alive, Harry. A poor way to repay them - gambling their sacrifice for a bag of magic tricks.

Ron Weasley

  • If you want to kill Harry, you'll have to kill us, too!

Professor Trelawney

  • It will happen tonight. The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by those who once followed. Tonight, before midnight, his servant will break free and rejoin his master, and with that servant's help, the Dark Lord will rise again, greater and more terrible than ever before...


  • Ron Weasley: Yeah, it will. You won't have to do all the work alone this time, Hermione. I'll help.
    Hermione: Oh, Ron!
    (Hermione flung her arms around Ron's neck and broke down completely. Ron, looking quite terrified, patted her very awkwardly on the top of the head.)
  • Ron Weasley: Right, you've got a crooked sort of cross.… That means you're going to have 'trials and suffering'—sorry about that—but there's a thing that could be the sun … hang on … that means 'great happiness' … so you're going to suffer but be very happy about it...…
    Harry Potter: You need your inner eye tested.
  • Harry Potter: I'm not going to be murdered.
    Mirror: That's the spirit, dear.
  • Fred Weasley: How're we getting to King's Cross tomorrow, Dad?
    Arthur Weasley: The Ministry's providing a couple cars.
    Percy Weasley: Why?
    George Weasley: It's because of you, Percy, and there'll be little flags on the hoods, with HB on them...
    Fred Weasley: ...for Humongous Bighead.
  • Harry and Ron both made furious moves toward Malfoy but Hermione got there first. SMACK!
    She had slapped Malfoy across the face with all the strength she could muster. Harry, Ron, Crabbe and Goyle stood flabbergasted as Hermione raised her hand again.

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Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.
Chapter 1: Owl Post
Chapter 2: Aunt Marge's Big Mistake
Chapter 3: The Knight Bus
Chapter 4: The Leaky Cauldron
Chapter 5: The Dementor
Chapter 6: Talons and Tea Leaves
Chapter 7: The Boggart in the Wardrobe
Chapter 8: Flight of the Fat Lady
Chapter 9: Grim Defeat
Chapter 10: The Marauder's Map
Chapter 11: The Firebolt
Chapter 12: The Patronus
Chapter 13: Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw
Chapter 14: Snape's Grudge
Chapter 15: The Quidditch Final
Chapter 16: Professor Trelawney's Prediction
Chapter 17: Cat, Rat and Dog
Chapter 18: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
Chapter 19: The Servant of Lord Voldemort
Chapter 20: The Dementor's Kiss
Chapter 21: Hermione's Secret
Chapter 22: Owl Post Again


The third installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is written from the point-of-view of 13 year-old Harry Potter. The title refers to convicted criminal, Sirius Black, who has escaped Azkaban, a wizard prison. Black's life previously intersected with Harry's history and continues to do so in the present.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Box artwork for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
KnowWonder Digital Mediaworks
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Engine Unreal Engine 2
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Third-person action-adventure
System(s) Windows, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2
ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: Ages 3+
OFLC: General
Series Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released in 2004, concurrently with the movie release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third in the Harry Potter series. Both the game and the movie were based on J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third novel in the Harry Potter series.


Harry, Ron and Hermione learns that a dangerous man, Sirius Black, has escaped from the Wizarding prison, Azkaban, and is supposedly after Harry. The trio masters the spells necessary to confront Black. However, Black is not all he seems: He was convicted of the murder of thirteen people nearly thirteen years ago, but the real murderer, Peter Pettigrew, is hiding in the disguise of Ron's pet rat, Scabbers. Together with Professor Lupin and Black, Harry, Ron, and Hermione unmask Pettigrew, only to have him escape when Lupin turns into a Werewolf. Using Hermione's Time-Turner, Harry and Hermione go back in time and rescue Hagrid's Hippogriff, Buckbeak, and use him to rescue Black.

In this game, you can take control of Hedwig twice in the game. In here, trolls, prefects, and teachers could catch you in the night time, but start over when you are caught.

Table of Contents

Getting Started
  • Hogwarts Express
  • Carpe Retractum Challenge
  • Of Pixies and Hippogriffs
  • Draconifors-Lapifors Challenge
  • Anti-Dementor Lesson
  • Hippogriff Legal Defense
  • Bookie Monster
  • Glacius Challenge
  • Rescue Ron
  • Rescue Buckbeak
  • Carpe Retractum Final Exam
  • Draconifors-Lapifors Final Exam
  • Glacius Final Exam
  • Items
  • Cheats

Simple English

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the "Harry Potter" series by J. K. Rowling. The book was released on July 8, 1999. It which covers Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts. A film based on the book was released on May 31, 2004.


After accidentally inflating his Aunt Marge, Harry leaves the Dursleys, and catches a ride on the street on a magical bus called The Knight Bus. Before he begins his way back to Hogwarts, he learns of Sirius Black, a mass murderer, believed to have killed thirteen people with a single curse. Black has escaped from the wizard prison, Azkaban. Mr. Weasley tells Mrs. Weasley of Siruis Blacks motive to kill Harry. When Harry overhears this he is told not to go looking for Black. Harry soon realizes why... This is the only book where Lord Voldemort does not make an appearance.


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