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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Chapter Five:
The Dementor


Chapter summary: William Silvester
Notes and links: Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley

US hardcover edition: pages 69 - 95
UK hardcover edition: pages 56 - 74
Timeframe: 1 September, 1993 [Y13]

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 artwork for The Dementor, PA5, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

  • Still to come. . .

Characters introduced in this chapter

  • Lupin, Remus J.

  • (unnamed) one of the dementors of Azkaban

  • (unnamed) thestrals

  • (unnamed) two dementors guarding the entrance gates of Hogwarts

Characters returning in this chapter

Characters mentioned in this chapter

Settings and locations:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Mr. Weasley advising Harry not to go searching for Sirius Black.

  • Harry's Pocket Sneakoscope glowing on the Hogwarts Express.

  • The Hogwarts Express being stopped and searched by a dementor.

  • Harry fainting from contact with a dementor.

  • Professor Lupin defending Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville from a Dementor on the train.

  • Malfoy discovering that Harry fainted from contact with the Dementor on the Hogwarts Express.

  • Arriving at Hogwarts and Harry's being examined by McGonagall and Pomfrey.

  • Dumbledore announcing to the students that the dementors of Azkaban will be guarding the grounds at Hogwarts this year.

  • Dumbledore announcing the two new professors during the opening feast: Professor Lupin the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and Hagrid the new Care of Magical Creatures Teacher.


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "Harry, swear to me you won't go looking for Black." Mr. Weasley

  • "Why would I go looking for someone I know wants to kill me?" Harry

  • "I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me." Harry

  • "Do you know much about Hogsmeade? I've read it's the only entirely non-Muggle settlement in Britain--" Hermione

  • "But Hogsmeade's a very interesting place, isn't it?  In Sites of Historical Sorcery it says the inn was the headquarters for the 1612 goblin rebellion , and the Shrieking Shack's supposed to be the most severely haunted building in Britain--" Hermione

  • To Harry: "I thought you were having a fit or something, you went sort of rigid and fell out of your seat and started twitching--" Ron

  • "I felt weird, like I'd never be cheerful again..." Ron

  • "As you will all be aware after the search of the Hogwarts Express, our school is presently playing host to some of the dementors of Azakban, who are here on Ministry of Magic business. They are stationed at every entrance to the grounds, and while they are with us, I must make it plain that nobody is to leave school without permission.  Dementors are not to be fooled by tricks or disguises -- or even Invisibility Cloaks. It is not in the nature of a dementor to understand pleading or excuses. I therefore warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you. I look to the prefects, and our new Head Boy and Girl to make sure that no student runs afoul of the dementors." Dumbledore

  • "The new password's 'Fortuna Major'!" Percy

Strictly British:

  • none

Calendar of the chapter

The action of this chapter takes place on the first day back at school, 1 September.


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