Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

  1. Analysis of the book

Through the story many of the main characters begin to surprise the audience with choices that seem ill-fitting to their character and present a new side of each person to not simply be the good girl as in Hermione’s case, or the noble teacher as in Lupin’s case. The main characters in this novel show a duality to themselves that makes their personalities more relatable as each person reading the novel can find times in their lives that correspond to making a different decision than they normally would have or to shock a friend or family member with an action that seems to be against the narrow minded label they were presented with before as in Hermione’s case. Hermione through the first two books had been seen simply as the good girl who studied hard, never got into trouble unless she was trying to save her more impulsive friends and the one who was able to get others out of situations they couldn’t handle through her smarts. In this book that begins to change though as Hermione starts to beak the rules, disappear for periods of time without telling her friends and skips class, all of which are completely unlike her. This shows a duality to her because she can both be the good girl and the rule breaker while being true to herself, as is shown in many other characters like Lupin who is a good hearted teacher by day and a monstrous werewolf at night.


  1. Analysis of the film

Through the changing relationships between characters the director of The Prisoner of Azkaban was able to show how each character is growing up while showing the severity of the danger the three main characters are and will be in. The three main characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione broke wizarding rules before in the first two films, but now Hermione is the worst of the three of them in not following the rules as she jumps through time to take extra classes. Accompanied with this she is asserting herself more instead of allowing Harry and Ron to be the ones who stand up for themselves more. She shows this most prevalently in the scene where she yells at Draco Malfoy then punches him. Ron also shows his growth, though he does this through his emotions as he is more susceptible to being hurt, such as when Hermione seems to have no time to hang out with him or Harry anymore and as a result he doesn’t defend her from Snape’s rude comments about Hermione. Professor Snape says “That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger. Tell me, are you incapable of restraining yourself, or do you take pride in being an insufferable know-it-all?” to which Ron replies “He’s got a point, you know.” He agrees because he is hurt that Hermione seems to never have time for them anymore which shows his growing feelings for them. Harry also shows his growth in this film as his temper gets worse and he threatens to kill Lupis on the assumption that he betrayed Harry’s parents in the past, which he never would have done before, but due to the stress of his situation Harry is becoming a more extreme person. Harry is realizing the severity of the situation he is in and is now dealing with the trauma of losing his parents in a way he never could before, as he had to focus on surviving whereas now he has a solid foundation built on friends and school. This entire film is about time and dealing with the past and present and helping your future to be brights all while dealing with the pains of growing up.



  1. Analysis of the adaptation

Between the book and the film many smaller plot details were left out, though the biggest differences lie in character development such as the romance between Ron and Hermione and the exclusion of important information about Lupin’s past as well as some smaller details about Harry’s parents which are important later on. The theme of time is the where the most important similarities lie though as both the book and the film focus on the importance of time with Hermione’s time traveling to be in multiple places at once and through al the information learned about Harry’s parents and their friends. The focus on time adds to the peril the main trio faces during this movie as many of their near death experiences end with them being saved in the nick of time. The overarching theme of time also gives the novel and film an added sense of danger as

the characters and the audience learn more about the sinister nature of Harry’s parents past, the people who betrayed them, and how dangerous the situations are for Harry, Ron and Hermione. Both the movie and the film were able to convey the severity of the situations that the trio are in all through time whether it be through past experiences and memories, reconfiguring present time, or trying to prevent future atrocities.


  1. Online research


This source lists and analyzes the differences between The Prisoner of Azkaban book and film.



This source goes in to depth on the differences between the characters from the novel to the film.



This source focuses mainly on the foreshadowing in The Prisoner of Azkaban and the darker events that will occur in the next films. It specifically discusses Draco Malfoy’s growing contempt for Harry, Hermione and Ron as well as expands the plot beyond just the main trio. The expansion of the world creates a better picture for the audience to understand that the fight against Voldemort is not just Harry’s and is a real threat which makes the fight against evil have much more weight. The growth in characters and the expansion of the wizarding world allows the story to become darker in a way that pulls the audience in and believe that the trio is growing up and facing much more trouble than they were before.



  1. Critical Argument

Going along with the major theme of time in the third installment of the novel and film franchise Harry, Ron, and Hermione begin to grow up before the audiences eyes t lead the plot in a darker direction through Harry’s temper and leap to more extreme actions, Ron’s growing feelings for Hermione, and Hermione’s willingness to grow past the label of good girl to break the rules for what she knows is right. Harry is predicted to die very early on in the film and novel which creates a sense of urgency to learn new more powerful spells for defense and also for offense in case of an attack while more importantly giving Harry an tangible sense of mortality, Now Harry is not only being hunted by Voldemort, he is foreseen to die. This hardens Harry in a noticeable way as his actions and reactions become much more extreme and hostile, like his The death of Buckbeak is also a foreshadowing to Harry’s own death and watching the execution makes the plot darker by the second, though when it is reversed through time travel it shows hope for Harry. He is also shown to become more extreme when he believes Lupin was responsible for the murder of his parents and declares that he will kill Lupin for what he did, though he shows a more mature and logical side when he tells Lupin and Black to hand Pettigrew over to the Ministry of Magic instead of killing him. In the first two novels and films, especially the first, Hermione was much more willing to sacrifice what she knew to be the right course of action, if she knew it was dangerous or could be construed as breaking the rules and would lead to her getting in trouble. In the third film and novel Hermione is shown to be the one breaking most of the rules through her frenetic skipping class and sudden disappearances from her friends. The two most important things to her, her studies and her friends, are being put on the back-burner for something else, which is her new discovery of time travel. While she is using time travel for good, it can be construed as a way to cheat the system and give oneself extra time to do the things they need to do, while everyone else must prioritize and make time. The younger Hermione would never want to even be considered to be cheating the rules and would steer clear of anything that could even possibly incriminate her. Ron is also shown to be growing up and leading the plot into a more mature direction as he develops feelings for Hermione and becomes increasingly awkward around members of the opposite sex and competitive with Harry for female attention.

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