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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Chapter Fourteen:
Snape's Grudge


Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley

US hardcover edition: pages 269 - 290
UK paperback edition: pages 292 - 314
Timeframe: Saturday, 5 February - Saturday, 12 February 1994 [Y14]

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 is unmasked, rushing back to school only to be confronted by Snape, questioned and only saved by the arrival of Lupin.

Snape's Grudge PA14, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

'Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git.'

One of the Frequently Asked Questions at JKR is, 'When the Marauder's Map is insulting Snape, how did Prongs write his insult as he's dead?' JKR's answer was, "Wizards have ways of making sure their voices are heard after their death[s] - think of Bertha Jorkins rising out of the Pensieve in [GF30], the Sorting Hat continuing to spout the wisdom of the Founders hundreds of years after their deaths, the ghosts walking around Hogwarts, the portraits of dead headmasters and mistresses in Dumbledore's office, not to mention Mrs. Black's portrait in number twelve, Grimmauld Place...there are other examples, too, of which the Marauder's Map is merely one. It is not really Prongs writing the insult to Snape, it is as though he left a magical recording of his voice within the map."

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • (unnamed) group of second-year girls

  • (unnamed) security trolls

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:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Ron, enjoying all the attention he gets after being attacked.

  • Hagrid, giving Harry and Ron a talking-to about their priorities in how they've been treating Hermione.


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "- but I gotta tell yeh, I thought you two'd value yer friend more'n broomsticks or rats."

  • "Ah, well, people can be a bit stupid abou' their pets," said Hagrid wisely.

  • "What would your head have been doing in Hogsmeade, Potter?" sand Snape softly. "Your head is not allowed in Hogsmeade. No part of your body has permission to be in Hogsmeade."

  • "If your head was in Hogsmeade, so was the rest of you."

Strictly British:


The chapter picks up at the end of the preceding chapter (late Saturday/ very early Sunday) on the night of the Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw match) and ends on the Saturday of the school year's third Hogsmeade weekend.


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