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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Chapter Twelve:
The Patronus


Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley

US hardcover edition: pages 233 - 251
UK paperback edition: pages 253 - 273
Timeframe: 26 December, 1993 - [Y13] - xx February, 1994 [Y14]

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 the Patronus Charm to use against Dementors, Harry asks repeatedly about his Firebolt and finally gets it back, and makes up with Hermione just as Ron finds bloody traces of what he thinks is Scabbers.

The Patronus, PA12, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

As indicated by the chapter title, the most notable event in this chapter is Harry's first tutorial with Lupin on the Patronus Charm.

Classes started again the next day.

Since Care of Magical Creatures and Divination are referred to as being one of the lessons on the first day, the first day of term may be the same day of the week as the first day of the previous term, possibly a Monday.

It was Defence Against the Dark Arts that Harry was keen to get to

Since the first point in the week that Harry has Defence Against the Dark Arts is Thursday afternoon, after Potions (PA7), this should not be the same day as the first day of term, given the classes Harry had that day (see above). There has been no mention of a new timetable being distributed, so we are operating under the hypothesis that this term has the same timetable as the previous term.

"How about eight o'clock on Thursday evening?"

Since the first Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson of the week for Harry is on Thursday, this is a strange way for Lupin to put it - one would expect him to say "tonight" if the conversation took place on that Thursday.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • none

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

  • none

Exceptional character moments:


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "[McGonagall] - er - got a bit shirty with me. Told me I'd got my priorities wrong. Seemed to think I cared more about winning the Cup than I do about you staying alive. Just because I told her I didn't care if it threw you off, as long as you caught the Snitch on it first. Honestly, the way she was yelling at'd think I'd said something terrible." [Oliver Wood]

  • As far as [Ron] was concerned, the stripping-down of a brand-new Firebolt was nothing less than criminal damage.

Strictly British:



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