Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite in the series. SS talks about immortality and people’s pursuit of it, immoral or not; COS talks about racism and the significance of bloodlines. In POA, there’s the injustice of a legal system, duality of life and the importance of loyalty. I loooove everything about it: Lupin, who, before the movie, I used to imagine as Christian Bale :P (I came to love Sirius in the future books but not particularly in POA); Hogsmeade, those Animagus stuff, that the simple cure for a dementor’s attack is chocolate *g* and all the foreshadowing that leads to the defining conflict of the book—it is simply SUPERB.
Now here are the questions for us to discuss:
- Discuss the power of the unseen, the absent, the disappearing and shadows that all play significant roles. How does the author use foreshadowing to prepare the reader for the story’s defining conflicts? Consider, for example, Lupin’s secret identity, Black’s innocence and Hermione’s tricks of time.
- Sirius Black is imprisoned for 12 years in Azkaban, and Pettigrew is imprisoned for the same amount of time in the body of a rat. Which character was more truly the prisoner? What does it mean to be imprisoned?
- Considering the nature of the events, do you think Harry was right in leaving Pettigrew alive? Why or why not?
- Why do you think Harry and Hermione are allowed to tamper with Buckbeak and Black, but absolutely nothing else when they travel back in time?