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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Chapter Twenty:
The Dementors' Kiss


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

US hardcover edition: pages 378 - 385
UK paperback edition: pages 407 - 415
Timeframe: 6 June 1994 [Y14]

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 to 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.

The Dementors' Kiss, PA20, by Mary GrandPré

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

Harry finds out what lies beneath a Dementor's hood when the Dementors "guarding" the school attempt to Kiss him and those with him.

Pettigrew had dived for Lupin's dropped wand.

Lupin, not surprisingly, had let go of it when he began to transform.

Lupin's wand flew high into the air and out of sight

Unfortunately, an Animagus doesn't need a wand to transform (Sirius is living proof).

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:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Sirius, covering the kids' retreat from the werewolf - particularly Ron, who at this point is unconscious and isn't going anywhere. It's a question whether Sirius or Snape would have been more outraged at the fact that Sirius also saved Snape from the werewolf in the confusion.

  • Harry, resisting the Dementors to very nearly his last breath to protect Sirius, clinging to the idea of leaving the Dursleys forever as the happiest thing he can think of.


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "Are you mad? Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?"

  • ...his mother was screaming in his ears...she was going to be the last thing he ever heard -

Strictly British:


This chapter begins immediately after the previous chapter, and ends the same night, although in this case that statement is more complicated than it at first appears to be.


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