Delving Into the Books
Chapter by Chapter
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
chapter synopses: William Silvester
notes and links: Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Chapter 1 - Owl Post
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 1)
In which we are reminded of Harry's previous adventures and told of his
summer holidays, he receives birthday cards and presents from his friends,
and Harry learns what Ron and Hermione did during the summer.
Chapter 2 - Aunt Marge's Big Mistake
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 2)
In which Aunt Marge comes to visit and her taunting drives Harry
to inflate her, then gather his belongings and leave
Privet Drive without permission to visit Hogsmeade.
Chapter 3 - The Knight Bus
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 3)
In which Harry tries to decide what to do when the Knight Bus arrives
to take him to London. En route Harry learns about Sirius Black, is met
by Cornelius Fudge at Diagon Alley and installed in a room in the
Chapter 4 - The Leaky Cauldron
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 4)
In which Harry enjoys his new-found freedom, purchases his school supplies,
and meets with Hermione and Ron. Hermione buys Crookshanks after the cat
takes after Ron's Scabbers. Back at the Leaky Cauldron,
Harry overhears Mr and Mrs Weasley talking about the danger he is in.
Chapter 5 - The Dementor
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 5)
In which the students leave the Leaky Cauldron for Hogwarts, board the
train, discuss Hogsmeade and a sleeping Professor Remus Lupin prevents
a fight with Malfoy. The train is boarded by dementors,
Harry passes out, McGonagall wants a word with Harry and Hermione and Hagrid
is the new Care of Magical Creatures teacher.
Chapter 6 - Talons and Tea Leaves
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 6)
In which students begin the new year of classes, Hermione is taking a very
full course load and in Divination
class Professor Trelawney predicts Harry's death. Hagrid introduces
hippogriffs at his first class and Buckbeak is insulted and scratches
Malfoy, HRH go to console Hagrid.
Chapter 7 - The Boggart in the Wardrobe
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 7)
In which Malfoy takes advantage of his injury in Potions, Snape
orders Ron and Harry to do his work, Black has been sighted near the school,
Lupin conducts his first DADA class on confronting Boggarts.
Chapter 8 - Flight of the Fat Lady
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 8)
In which DADA class remain a favourite, Quidditch practice begins,
Crookshanks goes after Scabbers, tension builds between Ron and Hermione,
Harry is denied permission to visit Hogsmeade, Lupin talks to him about
fear, Snape brews a potion for Lupin, Hallowe'en feast, and Black slashes
the Fat Lady's portrait.
Chapter 9 - Grim Defeat
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 9)
In which the students are gathered in the Great Hall for the night,
Quidditch practice continues, DADA is taken over by Snape when Lupin
falls ill, Peeves wakes Harry, Quidditch match between
Gryffindor and Hufflepuff in a thunderstorm, Harry sees the Grim
and Dementors on the pitch and passes out to awaken in hospital
having lost the game.
Chapter 10 - The Marauder's Map
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 10)
In which Harry spends the weekend in hospital, Lupin returns to class and
tells Harry about Dementors, and Fred and George give Harry the
Marauder's Map. Harry uses a secret passage to join Ron and Hermione in
Hogsmeade, they overhear a teachers' conversation, and learn that Black
is believed to have betrayed Harry's parents and is his godfather.
Chapter 11 - The Firebolt
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 11)
In which Harry mulls over what he heard about Black, almost everyone
has gone on holiday, HRH go to visit Hagrid, find him distraught about
Buckbeak's hearing before the
Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures and HRH begin seeking
precedents to help Buckbeak's case. Christmas comes and Harry gets a
Firebolt broom from an unknown (Black) benefactor, Crookshanks goes after
Scabbers again and revives bad feelings between Ron and Hermione, dinner
is taken with the teachers, McGonagall takes the Firebolt to check for
Chapter 12 - The Patronus
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 12)
In which both Harry and Ron are angry with Hermione for reporting the
Firebolt to McGonagall, Oliver Wood tries to get it back, classes resume,
Lupin teaches Harry Patronus to use against the Dementors, Harry asks
repeatedly about his Firebolt and finally gets it back, makes up with
Hermione just as Ron finds bloody traces of what he thinks is Scabbers.
Chapter 13 - Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 13)
In which Ron and Hermione's anger grows, Quidditch practice resumes,
Gryffindor plays Ravenclaw and wins despite Slytherin's attempts to
sabotage the match by dressing as Dementors. Gryffindor celebrates
into the night while Hermione studies. Black gets into the dorm and
apparently slashes Ron's bed curtains.
Chapter 14 - Snape's Grudge
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 14)
In which security
is tightened, Hagrid is summoned to London with Buckbeak, Ron and Harry
plan another visit to Hogsmeade despite Hermione's appeals, Harry wears
his invisibility cloak and while playing a trick on Malfoy and his goons
was unmasked, rushing back to school only to be confronted by Snape, questioned
and only saved by the arrival of Lupin.
Chapter 15 - The Quidditch Final
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 15)
In which Hagrid loses his case and Buckbeak is sentenced to death, Ron and
Hermione make up, Hermione slaps Malfoy, misses Charms class and storms
out of Divination. Tensions rise as the Gryffindor-Slytherin match
approaches. When it comes, it is the roughest match Harry has ever played,
but Gryffindor still wins.
Chapter 16 - Professor Trelawney's Prediction
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 16)
In which OWLs and NEWTs are coming up and everyone is studying, exam week
appeal is scheduled, Professor Trelawney unknowingly predicts the return
of the Dark Lord, HRH use the cloak of invisibility to visit Hagrid, try
to comfort him, Hermione finds Scabbers in a milk jug, men come to execute
Buckbeak, HRH go out the back door under the cloak and Scabbers goes berserk.
Chapter 17 - Cat, Rat, and Dog
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 17)
In which HRH start back to the castle, Crookshanks chases Scabbers, and
a big black dog drags Ron into a tunnel under the Whomping Willow.
Crookshanks stops the tree from attacking Harry and Hermione, and they
follow the cat down the tunnel to emerge in the Shrieking Shack outside
Hogsmeade. They find Ron a captive of Black, who disarms them. Harry
attacks Black, and with Ron and Hermione overpowers him, but Crookshanks
stands between Harry and Black when Harry threatens to kill him. Lupin
arrives and admits that he's Black's friend and a werewolf. It is
revealed that Scabbers is an Animagus named Peter Pettigrew.
Chapter 18 - Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 18)
In which Lupin tells his story of becoming a werewolf and school days
with James Potter, Black and Snape, the last of whom now appears.
Chapter 19 - The Servant of Lord Voldemort
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 19)
In which Snape threatens Lupin and Black with the Dementors,
HRH disarm Snape with a spell, Lupin and Black tell the truth
about Harry's parents' deaths, Scabbers reverts back to Peter
Pettigrew, the truth comes out about all the players in the
drama, revealing that Pettigrew was responsible for the
Potters' deaths, and Harry keeps Lupin and Black from killing
Chapter 20 - The Dementors' Kiss
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 20)
In which they go back through the tunnel towards the castle, Black invites
Harry to live with him, Lupin becomes a werewolf when the moon comes out and
Black transforms to a dog prevent him from attacking HRH, Pettigrew becomes a rat and escapes,
Black goes after him and is confronted by Dementors, Harry and Hermione
run for help but are caught by Dementors as well.
Chapter 21 - Hermione's Secret
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 21)
In which Harry awakens in hospital, desperately tries to tell Black's
side of the story but is not believed until Dumbledore arrives, who tells
Hermione to use her Time-Turner (which she had been using to increase the
amount of classes she could attend) to go back and change events to save
Buckbeak and Black. First they rescue Buckbeak, then Harry rescues himself
from the Dementors with a Patronus Charm, then they ride Buckbeak to
rescue Black, who escapes on the hippogriff.
Chapter 22 - Owl Post Again
(Reader's Guide to Chapter 22)
In which Harry and Hermione safely return to the hospital wing, where Snape
arrives to blame them for Black's escape but cannot prove it. Lupin resigns,
returning the invisibility cloak and Marauder's Map to Harry. Term ends,
HRH return home on the Hogwarts Express, Harry gets owl post from Black, and
Ron gets a new owl.
synopses © 2002 William Silvester,
revised 2004 by Michele L. Worley