Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
My reading notes
February 22, 2009
Mr. Arthur Weasley won the annual Daily Prophet Grand Prize Galleon Award and he used the gold on a summer holiday in Egypt with the entire family. Bill Weasley, the oldest son, worked in Egypt as a curse breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Meanwhile, Hermione was also on a summer holiday in France.
Harry’s presents on his 13th birthday:
1. Pocket Sneakoscope (from Ron) – a miniature glass spinning top. If there’s someone untrustworthy around, it’s supposed to light up and spin.
2. Broomstick Servicing Kit (from Hermione)
3. The Monster Book of Monsters (from Hagrid)
Third years were permitted to visit the village of Hogsmeade, an entirely wizarding village. But you need a signed permission form from your parent or guardian.
Aunt Marge – Uncle Vernon’s sister.
Ripper – Aunt Marge’s dog.
Aunt Marge insulted Harry’s parents that’s why he inflated her.
But in doing so, he violated the Decree for the Restriction of Underage Wizardry.
The Knight Bus – a triple-decker, violently purple bus, with gold lettering over the windscreen that spelled The Knight Bus. It is the emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard.
Stan Shunpike – the conductor of the Knight Bus. He was around 18 or 19 years old.
Ernie Prang – the driver of the bus, an elderly wizard.
Tom – the innkeeper of the Leaky Cauldron.
Accidental Magic Reversal Department – punctured Aunt Marge and modified her memory.
Magical Menagerie – a magical creature shop where Hermione got Crookshanks.
Crookshanks – Hermione’s enormour ginger cat, thick fluffy fur, a bit bow-legged and its face looked grumpy and oddly squashed.
Percy was Head Boy on their third year at Hogwarts. It was his last year at Hogwarts.
Hermes – Percy’s screech owl.
Dementor – a guard of Azkaban, a cloaked creature whose face is completely hidden beneath its hood. The presence of which will make you feel cold and weird, like you’d never be cheerful again. He would sort of freeze your insides, suck the happiness out of a place.
Professor Remus J. Lupin – a shabby looking wizard, who, though quite young, had flecks of grey on his light brown hair. He was the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and unlike his two predecessors (Quirrell and Lockhart) knew his stuff.
Chocolate – gives you energy after an encounter with a dementor.
Professor Kettleburn – previous teacher of Care of Magical Creatures.
Rubeus Hagrid – new Care of Magical Creatures teacher.
Sir Cadogan – the knight in one of the pictures who led Ron, Harry and Hermione to the North Tower for their Divination Class.
Sybill Trelawney – Divination teacher, very thin, her large glasses magnified her eyes to several times their natural size, was draped in a gauzy spangled shawl.
The Grim – the giant spectral dog that haunts churchyards, the worst omen of death. This is what Trelawney saw or how she interpreted Harry’s teacup.
Harry saw a black dog at Magnolia Crescent after he ran away from his aunt and uncle.
Animagus – a wizard who could transform at will into animals.
“Professor Trelawney had predicted the death of one student a year since she arrived at this school,” said Professor McGonagall. According to her, “Divination is one of the most imprecise branches of magic… True seers are very rare.” (page 84)
Hagrid always wore his moleskin overcoat.
Professor McGonagall – a stern-looking witch who wore her hair in a tight bun, her sharp eyes were framed with square spectacles.
Hippogriff – half horse, half bird, had gleaming coats, changing smoothly from feather to hair, each of them a different colour: stormy grey, bronze, a pinkish roan, gleaming chestnut and inky black.
Buckbeak – Hagrid’s hippogriff.
Trevor – Neville’s toad.
Shrinking Potion – Snape used this on Neville’s toad, in his class. It was supposed to be acid green, but Neville’s turned orange.
Waddiwasi – the spell that Lupin used to make the chewing gum shoot out of the keyhole with the force of a bullet to Peeve’s left nostril.
Boggart – a shape-shifter. It can take the shape of whatever it thinks will frighten us most, like dark, enclosed spaces.
Riddikulus – the charm used to force a Boggart assume a shape that you find amusing. Because laughter is what finishes a Boggart.
Red Caps – nasty little goblin-like creatures that lurked wherever there had been bloodshed, in the dungeons of castles and the potholes of deserted battlefields, waiting to bludgeon those who had got lost.
Kappas – creepy water-dwellers that looked like scaly monkeys, with webbed hands itching to strangle unwitting waders in their ponds.
Simple explanation of Quidditch on page 108.
Honeydukes – a sweet shop
Zonko’s Joke Shop
Three Broomsticks – a pub
Dervish & Banges – wizarding equipment shop
Gryndilow – water demon, a sickly green creature with sharp little horns and long spindly fingers and green teeth.
Apparate – to appear out of thin air.
Cedric Diggory – Seeker and Captain for the Hufflepuff team.
Impervius – the spell Hermione used on Harry’s glasses to make them repel water. (page 133)
Hinkypunk – a little one-legged creature who seemed as though he was made of wisps of smoke, rather frail and harmless-looking.
Dementors – explained more on page 140.
Madam Rosmerta – owner of Three Broomsticks.
Mobiliarbus – the spell Hermione used to move the Christmas tree to hide their table from view at the Three Broomsticks. (page 150)
Fidelius Charm – an immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul, the Secret-Keeper, and is henceforth impossible to find, unless the Secret-Keeper chooses to divulge it.
Sirius Black – the Potters’ Secret-Keeper, Harry’s godfather.
Patronus Charm – a highly advanced magic. (page 176)
Patronus – Anti-Dementor – a guardian which acts as a shield between you and a dementor. It is a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the Dementor feeds upon – hope, happiness, the desire to survive – but it cannot feel despair as real humans can, so the Dementors can’t hurt it.
Expecto Patronum – the incantation for the Patronus Charm.
A patronus will only work if you concentrate on a single happy memory.
Dementor’s kiss – sucks the soul out of its victim.
Professor Vector – Hermione’s Arithmancy teacher.
Firebolt – a state-of-the-art racing broom, streamlined, superfine handle of ash, treated with diamond-hard polish and hand-numbered with its own registration number. It had the acceleration of 0 – 150 miles an hour in ten seconds.
Cho Chang – Seeker for Ravenclaw, a fourth-year.
When Harry first saw Cho at the game, he thought she was extremely pretty and when she smiled at him, he felt kind of nervous and he was a bit distracted by her during the game.
The Marauder’s Map – a map showing every detail of the Hogwarts castle and grounds, with tiny ink dots moving around it, each labeled with a name. Across the top, in great curly green words, it proclaimed: Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief -Makers are proud to present The Marauder’s Map.
The map was just a large very worn piece of parchment with nothing written on it. But if you want the map to appear, you touch the parchment lightly with your wand and say, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” And after you use it, you tap it again with your wand and say, “Mischief managed,” and it’ll go blank again.
Dissendium – the spell/charm to open the stone witch in the third corridor.
First time Hermione hugged Ron, when she received a letter from Hagrid informing her that Buckbeak would be executed. (page 215) and Ron told her that he and Harry would help Hermione with the appeal.
Cheering Charm – leaves you with a feeling of great contentment.
Marcus Flint – Keeper and Captain
Montague – Chaser
Derrick – Beater
Bole – Beater
Malfory – Seeker
Gryffindor hadn’t won the Quidditch Cup since the legendary Charlie Weasley (Ron’s second oldest brother) and had been seeker. But thanks to Harry, Gryffindor finally won the Cup in their final match against Slytherin.
OWLs – Ordinary Wizarding Levels, tests taken by fifth years.
NEWTs – Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, tests taken by seventh years, the highest qualification Hogwarts offered.
Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures – would execute the Hippogriff.
Macnair – Buckbeak’s executioner.
Lumos – makes light come out at the end of your wand.
Nox – extinguishes the light.
Animagus – a wizard who could transform into an animal at will.
Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew and James Potter became animagi so that they could stay with Lupin when he turned into a werewolf at the full moon.
The Shrieking Shack was built for Lupin so he could stay there away from the others when he turned into a werewolf.
The Whomping Willow was planted at the tunnel mouth to stop anyone coming across Lupin while he was dangerous.
Moony was Remus Lupin, the werewolf.
Wormtail was Peter Pettigrew, who was also Scabbers, the rat.
Padfoot was Sirius Black, the dog.
Prongs was James Potter, the stag.
(page 261). How James saved Snape and why Snape didn’t like Lupin.
Wolfsbane Potion – makes Lupin (werewolf) safe. As long as he takes it in the week preceding the full moon, he keeps his mind when he transforms. He stays in his office, a harmless wolf and wait for the moon to wane again.
Ferula – a spell Lupin used to spin bandages around Ron’s broken leg. (page 276)
Mobilicorpus – spell Lupin used on the unconscious Snape, as though invisible strings were tied to Snape’s wrists, neck and knees, he was pulled into a standing position.
Time-Turner – a tiny sparkling hourglass hanging from a chain. It brings you back in time. It’s how Hermione has been getting to all her lessons that overlap all year. It’s how Harry and Hermione was able to save Buckbeak and help Sirius escape.
Stag – Harry’s and James’ patronus.
Harry’s Firebolt – was from Sirius.
Professor Trelawney’s Prediction (page 238):
The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight before midnight, the servant will break free and set out to rejoin his master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant’s aid, greater and more terrible than ever before.
The servant was Peter Pettigrew or Wormtail, or Scabbers, Ron’s old rat.