Harry Potter: 10 Mistakes JK Rowling Made In The Prisoner Of Azkaban Book
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the series and hit shelves back in the summer of 1999. It saw the Boy Who Lived return to Hogwarts with the threat of Sirius Black hanging over him, with his godfather wrongly accused of being in Lord Voldemort's inner circle. Harry spends the whole school year battling to avoid humiliation after passing out in front of the Dementors on the train journey in, and ends it freeing Sirius and Buckbeak the Hippogriff.
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JK Rowling's novels are timeless masterpieces - but even she is prone to the odd mistake. So these are just a few errors she made in the third novel, starting with one on the back cover...
10 Moon Mistake
The Prisoner of Azkaban is the first time fans are introduced to the character of Remus Lupin, who is appointed as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher following the departure of Gilderoy Lockhart. He features on the back of the US cover, with Harry and Hermione Granger on the back of Buckbeak as they fly the creature to safety.
In this image, the moon should be full - given that Lupin transforms into a werewolf on the night in question. Yet this cover has a crescent shape instead. Remus wouldn't have been able to change as a result and Sirius would likely have been given a pardon. Alas that didn't happen, with Lupin's transformation instead costing his best friend dearly.
9 Mrs. Weasley And The Prefects
Mrs. Weasley is always bemoaning the behavior of her children Fred and George. She thinks they don't try hard enough in school and vents her frustrations that they weren't made prefects ahead of their fifth year, therefore not following in the same footsteps as Bill, Charlie and Percy.
Yet while Fred and George's conduct at Hogwarts certainly left much to be desired, it's impossible they both could have become prefects at the same time. Albus Dumbledore usually gives the honor to one male and one female, as he does with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in the Order of the Phoenix. So, in this instance, Molly should definitely cut them some slack.
8 Mr. Weasley Gets His Facts Wrong
When talking about Harry in a conversation Harry's eavesdropping on, Mr. Weasley claims both Harry and Ron have been in the Forbidden Forest twice. While this is accurate for the movies, it isn't for the source material. Because Ron has only been there once.
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In The Sorcerer's Stone novel, Ron actually isn't put in detention with Harry, Hermione and Draco Malfoy - with Neville Longbottom having to venture into the forest instead. This means Mr. Weasley should have got his facts right. He does end up in the forest on multiple occasions in the years that follow though.
7 Lupin And The Train
Harry, Ron and Hermione first meet Lupin on the Hogwarts Express. With all other carriages full of returning students, they're left with no choice but to occupy the same room as their new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. He ends up coming to their rescue, helping the trio deal with the Dementors of Azkaban when they come calling.
However, with this incident taking place on September 1, 1993, Remus shouldn't actually be on the train, because it was the night of the full moon.
6 Trelawney's Prediction
Sybill Trelawney is definitely a quirky character. While being pretty bad at her job as Divination teacher, she is known to get the odd prediction right. One instance of this is when she tells Lavender Brown the thing she is dreading (which is the death of her rabbit) will take place on Friday the sixteenth of October. Again, however, it seems Rowling got her dates mixed up.
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This is due to the fact that October 16 of 1993 fell on a Saturday. Lavender is left heartbroken when her pet dies, with Harry and Ron showing little tact about it. Parvati Patil is also infuriated when Hermione continues to criticize Trelawney and her predictions, labeling her teacher a fraud despite her occasional accurate moments.
5 Lupin's Reason
When Harry starts getting Patronus lessons from Lupin, the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher opens up on why the Dementors impact him so badly. He tells Harry that it's because he saw his parents die in front of him, therefore has experienced horrors nobody else should have. However, there's definitely a problem with that reasoning.
The same can easily be said for just about everybody Harry's age. Many, such as Neville Longbottom, saw their parents tortured or killed by Lord Voldemort while he was operating at the peak of his powers. Therefore, many more students should have had the same reaction of fear and terror. Ultimately it was just Harry, something that makes him feel deeply ashamed and embarrassed - especially when Draco uses it to mock him over the course of the year.
4 Hermione And Cheering Charms
In The Prisoner of Azkaban book, Hermione is upset when she finds out she's missed Cheering Charms. She misses the lesson because of her time-turner, as she's using that magical object to sit multiple classes at once. She ends up telling Harry and Ron she'll talk to Professor Flitwick about her absence, feeling guilty about missing such an interesting lesson.
But, given time-turners allow users to go back up to five hours, she could have merely sat in the lesson and corrected that wrong. Maybe she felt cautious about using it too much, especially due to Minerva McGonagall giving her strict orders to keep use and knowledge of its existence to a minimum, but this goes down as another error for the third book.
3 Buckbeak's Imprisonment
Before going back in time, Harry and Hermione note that Buckbeak is tied to a tree as they look to save the Hippogriff from a horrible and unjust execution. However, when they travel down to Hagrid's hut to help him escape, they find him tied to a fence instead.
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This is merely a minor error, one that was eventually corrected in the years since the book's release. Buckbeak ends up being freed, along with Sirius Black, and even returns to Hogwarts to live with Hagrid as 'Witherwings' following Sirius' death.
2 The Gang's Oversight
When Lupin tells Harry, Ron and Hermione they weren't alone when they ventured out to help Buckbeak, the trio deny this. They insist it was just them and that nobody accompanied them on their journey. But this is an oversight, with Ron in possession of Scabbers the Rat at the time.
The trio should have mentioned Scabbers because they know the Marauders Map shows animals, with Harry noting the presence of Mrs. Norris, Argus Filch's pet cat, earlier in the book. It's only a small oversight, one that makes the story more exciting as a result, but it's another minor error that's been pointed out since.
1 The O.W.L.'s
On the train journey home in June, it's revealed that Fred and George Weasley have 'scraped' a few O.W.L.'s each.
However, they wouldn't have got them by now. In the Half-Blood Prince book, Harry and Ron don't receive their own results back until near the end of the summer holidays. Both students do well, but not as well as Hermione who, somewhat inevitably, comes top of the class. Harry does better her score for Defence Against the Dark Arts though - getting an 'Outstanding' compared to his friend's 'Exceeds Expectations'.
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Quotes
Albus Dumbledore:Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Remus Lupin:Everybody, Riddkulus! [class] Riddikulus!
Draco Malfoy:This class is ridiculous!
Harry Potter:Excuse me sir, where's Professor Lupin?
Draco Malfoy:Is it true that you fainted?
Ron Weasley:Shut up Malfoy.
Ron Weasley:We thought you were having a fit or something.
Harry Potter:Who's he?
Stan Updike:Who is he? WHO IS HE? He's a murderer!
Stan Shunpike:Who is he? WHO IS HE? He's a murderer!
Harry Potter:How did he escape?
Stan Updike:That's the question. How did he escape?
Stan Shunpike:That's the question. How did he escape?
Professor Trelawney:You may be young in years, but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shriveled as an old maid's! Your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave.
Hermione Granger:[Storms out]
Professor Trelawney:Have I said something?
Hermione Granger:there killing him[as she watches past harry get his soul sucked by a dementor] WAIT HARRY!
Harry Potter:[harry runs to the front of the lake takes out his wand] EXPECTO!! PATRONUM!!!!
Harry Potter:[harry runs to the front of the lake takes out his wand] EXPECTO!! PATRONUM!
Draco Malfoy:You'll regret this! You and your bloody chicken!!!
Draco Malfoy:You'll regret this! You and your bloody chicken!
Hagrid:I'm the teacher, I'll do it.
Hermione Granger:Hagrid! You need to take him to the hospital!
Hagrid:Calm down, It's just a scratch!
Draco Malfoy:(After Buckbeak has atttacked) Oh, oohhh! He's killed me- he's killed me!
Draco Malfoy:[after Buckbeak has atttacked] Oh, oohhh! He's killed me- he's killed me!
Sirius Black:I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You're not a bad person. You're a very good person, who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.
Cornelius Fudge:[just after Buckbeak's escape] We must search the grounds!
Albus Dumbledore:Search the *skies* if you must, Minister, but now I think I'll have a nice cup of tea, or a large brandy. Oh, and executioner, your services are no longer required. Thank you.
Ron Weasley:Let me get this straight. Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban- to come after you?
Hermione Granger:But they'll catch Black, won't they? I mean- everyone's looking for him...
Ron Weasley:Sure... except no one's ever broken out of Azkaban before, and he's a murderous raving lunatic...
Harry Potter:Thanks Ron.
Remus Lupin:What frightens you most in the world?
Neville Longbottom:[mumbling] Pfsr Snpe...
Remus Lupin:I'm sorry?
Neville Longbottom:Professor Snape.
Remus Lupin:[laughing] Ah! Professor Snape - yes he frightens all.
Harry Potter:So you mean this map shows-
George Weasley:Where they are
Fred Weasley:What there doing
George Weasley:Every Minute
Fred Weasley:of everyday!
Fred Weasley:Of everyday!
Harry Potter:(on his Firebolt) YEEEEAAAH!
Harry Potter:[on his Firebolt] YEEEEAAAH!
Hermione Granger:Is that really what my hair looks like form the back?
Albus Dumbledore:[to Professor Snape] For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let him swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.
Albus Dumbledore:[to Professor Snape] For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let him swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.
Hermione Granger:You.... You foul and loathsome, Evil little cockroach!
Hermione Granger:You foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!
Hermione Granger:At least someone is enjoying himself.
Hermione Granger:At least somebody's enjoying himself.
Severus Snape:Vengeance is sweet.
Severus Snape:(To the class) Turn to page 394.
Peter Pettigrew:Remus....Sirius.... my beloved friends.
Peter Pettigrew:Remus, Sirius. My beloved friends.
Hermione Granger:Come on Buckbeak, come and get the nice dead ferret.
Hermione Granger:[to Buckbeak] Come on Buckbeak! Come and get the nice dead ferret!
Hermione Granger:How can someone be in two places at once?!
Harry Potter:I dunno. Honestly Ron, how can people be in two places at once?
Remus Lupin:Why do you look so miserable, Harry?
Harry Potter:None of it made any difference. Pettigrew escaped.
Remus Lupin:Didn't make any difference? Harry, it made all the difference in the world! You helped discover the truth. You saved an innocent man from a terrible fate. It made a great deal of difference.
Remus Lupin:Our pain becomes their power.
Remus Lupin:The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognized you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They're your mother; Lily's. Yes, I knew her. You mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn't see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumor has it, he passed onto you. You're more like them then you know, Harry. In time you'll come to see just how much.
Remus Lupin:The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognized you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They're your mother; Lily's. Yes, I knew her. You mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn't see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumor has it, he passed onto you. You're more like them then you know, Harry. In time you'll come to see just how much.
Ron Weasley:How did you get there? I was just talking to you over there! And now you're there!
Ron Weasley:The spiders! They want me to tap dance! I don't want to tap dance!
Draco Malfoy:*while swaggering over to buckbeak* Oh yes! Your not dangerous at all are you?
Draco Malfoy:[while swaggering over to buckbeak] Oh yes! You're not dangerous at all are you?
Sirius Black:You have put your keen and penetrating mind to the task at hand and as usual, have come up with the wrong conclusion.
Sirius Black:Once again you put your keen and penetrating mind to the task and, as usual, come to the wrong conclusion.
Sirius Black:Why don't you run along and play with your chemistry set.
Sirius Black:Why don't you run along and play with your chemistry set?
Sirius Black:It's cruel that I got to spend so much time with James and Lily, and you so little. But know this; the ones that love us never really leave us. And you can always find them in here..[puts his hand to Harry's heart]
Sirius Black:It's cruel that I got to spend so much time with James and Lily, and you so little. But know this; the ones that love us never really leave us. And you can always find them in here. [puts his hand to Harry's heart]
Pansy Parkinson:does it hurt teribly draco
Pansy Parkinson:Does it hurt terribly, Draco?
Harry Potter:(talinkg about Sirius)..He was their friend, and he betrayed them. He was their FRIEND!... I hope he finds me! Cause when he does, I'm gonna be ready. When he does.. I'm gonna kill him!
Harry Potter:(talinkg about Sirius) He was their friend, and he betrayed them. He was their FRIEND! I hope he finds me! Cause when he does, I'm gonna be ready. When he does, I'm gonna kill him!
Hermione Granger:(shouting at Malfoy)..You! You foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!
Hermione Granger:(shouting at Malfoy) You! You foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!
Severus Snape:Well, well, Lupin. Out for a little walk... in the moonlight, are we?
Severus Snape:Well, well, Lupin. Out for a little walk in the moonlight, are we?
Ron Weasley:She's gone mental, Hermione has. I mean, not that she wasn't always mental, but now it's out in the open for everyone to see!
Stan Updike:Take her away, Ern.
Peter Pettigrew:What would you have done, Sirius?
Sirius Black:I would have died! I would have died rather than betray my friends, as we would have done for you
Sirius Black:I would have died! I would have died rather than betray my friends, as we would have done for you.
Harry Potter:Professor, can I ask you something?
Remus Lupin:You want to know why I stopped you facing that boggart, yes? I would have thought that would be obvious - I assumed it would take the shape of Lord Voldemort.
Harry Potter:I did think of Voldemort - at first. But then I remembered that night on the train... and the dementor...
Remus Lupin:I'm very impressed. That suggests that what you fear most of all... is fear itself. This is very wise.
Remus Lupin:I'm very impressed. That suggests that what you fear most of all, is fear itself. This is very wise.
Sirius Black:You know the man you truly are, Remus! This heart is where you truly live! This heart! Here! This flesh is only flesh!
Harry Potter:(talking about Sirius) When we free him, I'll never have to go back to the Dursley's. It'll just be me and him. We could live in the country, someplace you can see the sky. I think he'll like that after all those years in Azkaban.
Hermione Granger: Is that really what my hair looks like from the back?
Cornelius Fudge:We don't send people to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts!
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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban: 5 Characters With The Most Screentime (& 5 With The Least)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third movie in the series, releasing after The Sorcerer's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. The Boy Who Lived's third year at Hogwarts is just as eventful as his previous two, with Harry having to contend with the breakout of Sirius Black from Azkaban and the Dementors being there at every turn.
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But, which characters got the most screentime, and who didn't? We'll now take a look at the numbers, using IMDB as our guide.
10 Most: Harry Potter (74:30)
As you'd expect, Harry Potter himself is the most prominent character in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. The Boy Who Lived's third year gets off to a tricky start, with Harry just about avoiding expulsion from Hogwarts after blowing up his aunt Marge after she mocks his parents for being deadbeats. He also faints when the Dementors enter his carriage on the Hogwarts Express, enduring mockery from Draco Malfoy afterward.
Harry is in the movie for 74 minutes and 30 seconds, meaning he takes the gold medal. It was Daniel Radcliffe's most-mature performance as the wizard so far, too.
9 Least: Pansy Parkinson (:30)
Pansy Parkinson is a girl in Slytherin House who is obsessed with Draco Malfoy. She barely appears in any of the movies, though, and clocks up just 30 seconds of screentime during the third blockbuster in the series.
This is when Draco is exaggerating after being attacked by Buckbeak the Hippgriff during a Care of Magical Creatures lesson, despite Rubeus Hagrid warning the Slytherin student to behave appropriately. In the book, Draco laps up the chance to play the victim, with Ron at one point having to cut his Potions ingredients during Severus Snape's class. Suffice it to say that Malfoy isn't the easiest to please...
8 Most: Hermione Granger (34:45)
While Harry's undisputed best friend is Ron Weasley, it's his fellow partner in crime, Hermione Granger, who gets the second-highest screentime in the Prisoner of Azkaban with 34 minutes and 45 seconds. Perhaps the reason for this is because, towards the end of the movie, it's her time-turner that's crucial to saving Sirius Black from the Dementor's Kiss.
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With Ron sidelined through injury, Harry and Hermione travel back a few hours. First, they save Buckbeak, who had been sentenced to death for his attack on Malfoy earlier in the year. They then manage to send Sirius on his way, much to the annoyance of Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge. Before Sirius departs, he hails Hermione as "the brightest witch of her age."
7 Least: Angelina Johnson (:30)
Angelina Johnson makes brief cameos in The Sorcerer's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets, and it's no different in the third movie, with the character having just 30 seconds of action during a Quidditch match.
It's different in the source material, though, with Angelina playing a starring role as Gryffindor won the Quidditch Cup. She's part of the side who loses to Hufflepuff in the opening match of the competition, but they respond emphatically, putting both Slytherin and Ravenclaw to the sword. It's a huge moment for Angelina, but it means even more to Oliver Wood, who was competing in the tournament for the last time.
6 Most: Ron Weasley (21:15)
Inevitably, Ron Weasley takes the bronze medal when it comes to time on screen in the Prisoner of Azkaban. He doesn't appear until Harry goes to Diagon Alley after inflating his Aunt Marge and isn't present when the Boy Who Lived and Hermione go back in time, with Sirius Black mangling his leg in his crazed attempts to get to Peter Pettigrew.
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Amusingly, Rupert Grint admitted that he couldn't watch any of the Harry Potter movies after the third one. “I think those early ones are OK. More time has passed. I can detach myself a bit more from that kid. I did see Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone not long ago, for the first time since the premiere, and I actually enjoyed looking back,” Grint said in 2018. “But the more recent ones I definitely couldn’t do. I could probably go up to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
5 Least: Ginny Weasley (:30)
Ginny Weasley is a prominent character in the Chamber of Secrets, being the one who opens the Chamber itself after being swayed by Lord Voldemort. However, in the third movie of the series, she barely gets a look-in.
Ginny has one line of dialogue, telling Harry, Ron, and Hermione about Sirius Black's attack on the Fat Lady after their trip to Hogsmeade. Other than that, she's a peripheral figure in the blockbuster. Things change going forward, though, and Ginny ends up marrying Harry after the bloody events of the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
4 Most: Professor Remus Lupin (19:15)
Harry never has any luck with his Defence Against the Dark Arts teachers during his time at Hogwarts. Professor Quirrell tries to kill him, Professor Lockhart is clueless, Alastor Moody turns out to be a Death Eater, Dolores Umbridge is a hag, and Severus Snape murders Albus Dumbledore during his only year in the role.
But, Professor Lupin is the one exception, taking Harry under his wing and teaching him how to deal with the Dementors when they swoop in. Unfortunately, he's forced to quit the job after a year because he's a werewolf, a creature the magical community won't accept. It's a shame, too, because Lupin is just downright lovely.
3 Least: Crookshanks (:45)
Despite beaing a cat, Croonkshanks gets somewhat shafted in the Prisoner of Azkaban. The creature only appears briefly throughout the blockbuster but, in the source material, is far more involved.
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In the book of the same name, it's revealed that Crookshanks actually struck up a close relationship with Sirius Black while the escaped Azkaban convict was disguised as 'The Grim,' a.k.a. a large, shaggy dog. Crookshanks helps Sirius get into Hogwarts and onto the Quidditch field, as well as the Whomping Willow. However, none of this is explained in the movie.
2 Most: Sirius Black (11:30)
Sirius Black is definitely misunderstood. At first, he comes across as a villain as evil as Lord Voldemort himself, having been accused of betraying James Potter and Lilly Potter to the Dark Lord and murdering Peter Pettigrew, a kind-faced boy who had followed Black around Hogwarts like a dog during their time at the castle together.
Yet, it's revealed that he was actually framed for the crimes and that it was Pettigrew who ratted out James and Lily to Voldemort. Sirius was also accused of murdering 13 muggles, but that wasn't the case, with Pettigrew blasting them to pieces before transforming into a rat. The ending of the movie is bittersweet because, though Sirius escapes the Dementors, he's still seen as a bad guy by most of the magical world.
1 Least: Filius Flitwick, The Fat Lady, Percy Weasley, Molly Weasley, Dean Thomas (:45)
A host of other characters only appear in the Prisoner of Azkaban for 45 seconds. Molly Weasley is one of them, briefly cameoing in when Harry, Ron, and Hermione go off to Hogwarts.
Filius Flitwick composes the Hogwarts song when they get to the castle and The Fat Lady, played by British comedian Dawn French, also pops up. Percy Weasley is present for the scene where The Fat Lady recalls Sirius Black's attack on her portrait, and Dean Thomas is in the background throughout a few shots, too.
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Harry and Ron's best friend at Hogwarts. She's muggle-born and is the smartest student in their year. Though she's always loved school and learning, Hermione takes this a step further in her third year when Professor McGonagall arranges for Hermione to receive a Time-Turner, a device that allows her to do hours over so she can take multiple classes at the same time. Because of this, Hermione spends most of the school year worried, stressed, and busy, as she has more homework than anyone else. Though this makes her snappy and irritable, Ron's behavior makes things even worse: Hermione's new cat, Crookshanks, seems to have it out for Scabbers, Ron's rat. Hermione insists that because Crookshanks is a cat, it's understandable that he wants to chase rats. They spend much of the year not talking to each other because of this, and Harry also ignores Hermione after she tells Professor McGonagall about the Firebolt he receives for Christmas. She chooses to tell McGonagall about the broomstick because she cares deeply for Harry's safety, and she also takes rules very seriously. Hermione loves all of her classes except for Divination. She refers to it as "woolly" and scoffs at Trelawney's predictions, as she believes they're silly and obvious. Around Easter, she drops the class. When Snape substitutes for Lupin and assigns an essay on werewolves, Hermione is the only student to complete it. In doing so, she does exactly what Snape intended and discovers that Lupin is a werewolf, though she keeps this to herself until she, Harry, Ron, and Sirius Black end up in the Shrieking Shack with him. She asks a number of insightful questions in the shack that Harry takes as proof of how seriously she takes her studies. At the end of their ordeal, Dumbledore sends Hermione and Harry back in time to free Buckbeak and Sirius, and Hermione's love of rules means that she's fanatical about making sure Harry adheres to all the rules of time travel. This is her last trip back in time, however; she chooses to drop Muggle Studies so she can have a normal class schedule.
Hermione Granger Quotes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
"Possibly no one's warned you, Lupin, but this class contains Neville Longbottom. I would advise you not to entrust him with anything difficult. Not unless Miss Granger is hissing instructions in his ear."
"It's very lucky he picked tonight, you know," said Hermione as they climbed fully dressed into their sleeping bags and propped themselves onto their elbows to talk. "The one night we weren't in the tower..."
"I reckon he's lost track of time, being on the run," said Ron. "Didn't realize it was Halloween. Otherwise he'd have come bursting in here."
"Anyone?" Snape said, ignoring Hermione. His twisted smile was back. "Are you telling me that Professor Lupin hasn't even taught you the basic distinction between--"
"We told you," said Parvati suddenly, "we haven't got as far as werewolves yet, we're still on--"
"Silence!" snarled Snape.
"But you were innocent!" said Hermione.
"Think that matters to them? They don' care. Long as they've got a couple o' hundred humans stuck there with 'em, so they can leech all the happiness out of 'em, they don' give a damn who's guilty an' who's not."
"Well, isn't it obvious?" said Hermione, with a look of maddening superiority.
"If you don't want to tell us, don't," snapped Ron.
"Fine," said Hermione haughtily, and she marched off.
"She doesn't know," said Ron, staring resentfully after Hermione. "She's just trying to get us to talk to her again."
Hermione burst into tears. Before Harry could say or do anything, she tucked the enormous book under her arm, and, still sobbing, ran toward the staircase to the girls' dormitories and out of sight.
"Can't you give her a break?" Harry asked Ron quietly.
"No," said Ron flatly. "If she just acted like she was sorry--but she'll never admit she's wrong, Hermione. She's still acting like Scabbers has gone on vacation or something."
"Malfoy's dad's frightened the Committee into it," said Hermione, wiping her eyes. "You know what he's like. They're a bunch of doddery old fools, and they were scared. There'll be an appeal, though, there always is. Only I can't see any hope....Nothing will have changed."
"I was terrified they would desert me the moment they found out what I was. But of course, they, like you, Hermione, worked out the truth...
"And they didn't desert me at all. Instead, they did something for me that would make my transformations not only bearable, but the best times of my life. They became Animagi."
"That was still really dangerous! Running around in the dark with a werewolf! What if you'd given the others the slip, and bitten somebody?"
"A thought that still haunts me," said Lupin heavily. "And there were near misses, many of them. We laughed about them afterwards. We were young, thoughtless--carried away with our own cleverness."
"Yes, I do," said Dumbledore quietly. "But I have no power to make other men see the truth, or to overrule the Minister of Magic..."
Harry stared up into the grave face and felt as though the ground beneath him were falling sharply away. He had grown used to the idea that Dumbledore could solve anything. He had expected Dumbledore to pull some amazing solution out of thin air. But no...their last hope was gone."
Hermione Granger Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The timeline below shows where the character Hermione Granger appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Harry for giving out his phone number and Ron didn't call again. Harry's other friend, Hermione, didn't call either, which has made for a lonely summer. Vernon did decide that Harry... (full context)
Hedwig's parcel contains a card from Hermione. She writes that she's on vacation in France and asks if Harry will be able... (full context)
...of the wizarding world and laments that Hedwig is gone—he can't even ask Ron or Hermione for help. Realizing he also has no muggle money, Harry wonders if, since he's already... (full context)
...learned but Fred and George interrupt. Finally, everyone assembles downstairs with their trunks and animals. Hermione assures Crookshanks that she'll let him out on the train, while Ron snaps that Scabbers... (full context)
...the train. As soon as the platform is out of view, he tells Ron and Hermione that they need to speak in private. (full context)
Harry, Ron, and Hermione find a compartment that's empty save for a man asleep. He looks ill and exhausted.... (full context)
...that the Sneakoscope might be faulty and suggests that Harry get it checked in Hogsmeade. Hermione is very interested in Hogsmeade; it's the only non-muggle village in Britain. As she spouts... (full context)
Hermione lets Crookshanks out of his basket. The cat immediately jumps onto Ron's lap and Hermione... (full context)
...dark and pouring outside. Ron is thrilled when the train starts to slow down but Hermione insists it's too early to be there. The train comes to a stop and without... (full context)
At the Hogsmeade train station, Harry, Ron, and Hermione hear Hagrid calling for the first-years. They follow the older students to coaches drawn by... (full context)
Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter the castle but before they can go into the Great Hall for the feast,... (full context)
As Harry and Hermione walk towards the Gryffindor table, Harry notices that people are pointing at him. Before he... (full context)
With this, the tables fill with food. After the feast is over, Harry, Ron, and Hermione congratulate Hagrid, who seems overcome with emotion. The Gryffindors all climb up to Gryffindor tower... (full context)
Hermione looks over her schedule, happy to have new classes. Ron looks over her shoulder and... (full context)
Harry, Ron, and Hermione head off for their first Divination lesson in the North Tower. It's a long walk... (full context)
...then, sinking into a chair, says that Harry has the Grim, an omen of death. Hermione insists that everyone knows that Harry has an enemy and says the shape doesn't look... (full context)
Harry, Ron, and Hermione head for their Transfiguration lesson with McGonagall. Harry sits in the back of the room... (full context)
After class, the Gryffindors head to the Great Hall for lunch. Hermione tells Ron to lighten up, but Ron drops his fork when Harry admits that he... (full context)
After lunch, Harry walks down to Hagrid's with Ron and Hermione for Care of Magical Creatures. Ron and Hermione aren't speaking, and to make matters worse,... (full context)
Hagrid carries Malfoy towards the castle as the rest of the class disbands. Harry assures Hermione that Malfoy will be fine. Ron is worried that this will ruin Hagrid's confidence. Hagrid... (full context)
...says that the school governors know about the attack and says it's all his fault. Hermione and Harry assure him that Malfoy did this to himself—he wasn't listening to directions. Hagrid... (full context)
...they'll test his potion on his toad Trevor at the end of class and instructs Hermione to not help Neville. (full context)
...Snape tells the class to clean up so they can test Neville's potion. Harry notices Hermione whispering instructions to Neville. (full context)
...into a tadpole. Sourly, Snape administers the antidote and takes five points from Gryffindor since Hermione helped. Ron grouses about Snape as they walk to lunch but stops when he realizes... (full context)
...to leave, he warns Lupin to not trust Neville with difficult tasks unless he has Hermione to help him. Mildly, Lupin says he'd actually like Neville to help him with their... (full context)
Lupin leads the class to a wardrobe and explains that there's a boggart inside. Hermione defines a boggart as a shape-shifter that takes the shape of whatever scares a person... (full context)
...Percy shouts that the lights will go out in ten minutes, so Harry, Ron, and Hermione drag sleeping bags into a corner. Hermione and Ron note that they're lucky Sirius Black... (full context)
At about three in the morning, Dumbledore finds Percy near Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They pretend to sleep so they can listen. Dumbledore whispers to Percy that he's found... (full context)
...Lupin is ill. He tells the class that Lupin's lesson plans are disorganized and tells Hermione to be quiet when she lists the creatures they've already studied. Both Dean and Parvati... (full context)
...He lands when Oliver waves at him; Oliver tells him to get the Snitch soon. Hermione appears as though on cue and puts a charm on Harry's glasses so they repel... (full context)
...through Gryffindor's chances of winning the Cup and then Madam Pomfrey kicks the team out. Hermione and Ron stay and tell Harry that Dumbledore was furious with the dementors. Harry is... (full context)
...about Snape and their werewolf homework. Lupin smiles and excuses them from the essay; only Hermione is disappointed. (full context)
...weeks before term ends, it begins to snow and feel like Christmas. Both Ron and Hermione decide to stay at Hogwarts over the Christmas holidays, and everyone but Harry is thrilled... (full context)
On the morning of the Hogsmeade trip, Harry walks Ron and Hermione to the doors but before he can return to Gryffindor Tower, Fred and George wave... (full context)
...Jelly Slugs, Harry sneaks up the stairs and into the shop. He finds Ron and Hermione, surprises them, and then tells them about the map. Ron is enraged that Fred and... (full context)
Harry, Ron, and Hermione walk through the village and decide to get butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks. Blushing at... (full context)
...wonders why nobody told him that his parents died because their best friend betrayed them. Hermione and Ron keep a nervous eye on Harry until after dinner, when Harry excuses himself... (full context)
Harry wakes up close to lunchtime the next day and finds Ron and Hermione in the common room. Hermione tells Harry that no matter what he heard, he can't... (full context)
...he finally opens the door in tears and flings himself at Harry. Harry, Ron, and Hermione guide Hagrid to a chair, and Hagrid motions towards an official letter on the table.... (full context)
Hermione says that they should be able to put up a good defense, but Hagrid cries... (full context)
After their visit, Harry, Ron, and Hermione devote themselves to helping Hagrid prepare for the hearing. They work almost nonstop until Christmas,... (full context)
...notices that Scabbers looks awful and thinks that he's likely not going live much longer. Hermione and Ron refuse to speak to each other all day. When they go to the... (full context)
...drily says that the boys will be fine unless there's a murderer in the hallway. Hermione stays behind as Harry and Ron head back to the common room to admire the... (full context)
Though Harry knows Hermione was trying to help, he's still angry with her. Ron is furious. Hermione begins avoiding... (full context)
...Ron remarks that Lupin still looks unwell and wonders what's wrong with him. They hear Hermione behind them and she says it's obvious what's wrong. Ron won't indulge her and after... (full context)
...one night a week to do homework, though he still doesn't look as tired as Hermione does. One evening, Ron quietly asks Harry how Hermione is getting all her work done—it... (full context)
...hallway to ask if he can ride it, and Harry suggests they make up with Hermione. When they get to the portrait hole, they find Neville pleading with Sir Cadogan. Apparently,... (full context)
Harry looks at all of Hermione's books and suggests she drop a few subjects. Hermione looks scandalized and suddenly, they hear... (full context)
Ron and Hermione are so angry with each other over what looks to Ron like Crookshanks' success in... (full context)
Fred and George begin a party in the Gryffindor common room. Hermione, however, doesn't join in. Though she says she came to the match, she insists that... (full context)
Hagrid looks uncharacteristically serious as he says that they need to talk about Hermione. He says that she's been visiting him often to help with Buckbeak's case, though she... (full context)
...scheduled for next weekend. Harry quietly says that the passage isn't blocked up yet, but Hermione appears behind them and threatens to tell McGonagall about the Marauder's Map if he goes... (full context)
...feels awful. As Harry and Ron reach the corridor for the portrait hole, they see Hermione coming towards them. Ron meanly asks if she told on them, but she shakily says... (full context)
Hermione offers Harry the note from Hagrid. It's spotted with tears and reads that Buckbeak's execution... (full context)
Harry, Ron, and Hermione can only talk to Hagrid during Care of Magical Creatures, as security measures don't allow... (full context)
After lunch, Harry and Ron find Hermione asleep on an Arithmancy book in the common room. She's distraught when she realizes she... (full context)
As Harry, Ron, and Hermione look at their ball, Hermione hisses that she'd be better off using this time to... (full context)
...enjoy the sunshine. However, with exams approaching, nobody has that luxury. Harry and Ron notice Hermione's exam schedule and can't help but ask how she expects to sit two exams at... (full context)
...involves keeping flobberworms alive for an hour, which is easy and gives Harry, Ron, and Hermione a chance to talk to Hagrid. Potions is a disaster. Harry's potion refuses to cooperate... (full context)
...creatures they learned about. Harry receives full marks, Ron slips up with the hinkypunk, and Hermione does well until she gets to the boggart. She bursts out of the trunk screaming—her... (full context)
Harry, Ron, and Hermione run into Fudge at the front doors. Fudge greets Harry warmly and explains he's here... (full context)
After lunch, Harry and Ron head for Trelawney's tower while Hermione leaves for Muggle Studies. The boys find the class sitting on the landing; Trelawney is... (full context)
...wonders if Trelawney made an actual prediction. In the common room, he finds Ron and Hermione to tell them but stops when they give him Hagrid's note—Buckbeak lost, and he tells... (full context)
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How Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban's Time Travel Works
It’s been a couple weeks since we began delving into the world of time travel here at CinemaBlend, but to us, it’s felt like a minute. Time being relative and all, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we’ve last met. What matters is we’re here, yet again, to look into the world of time travel at the movies, and the best part is this week’s exploration not only doesn’t require a time machine per se, we also don’t have to worry about scavenging an outfit once we’re back in the past. This week, it’s time to turn through the sands of time in the 2004 feature film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!
Yes, as Hogwarts’ sage headmaster Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) once said time is a “mysterious thing,” that is also “powerful, and when meddled with, dangerous.” But, as with anything else matching that description in the Harry Potter universe, that doesn’t stop some of our beloved fictional wizards from using them in a pinch. It’s time to solemnly swear we’re up to no good, as we dig into how the time travel of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban works.
The Time Travel In Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban drops a lot of bombshells in one fateful moment within the Shrieking Shack at Hogwarts. Sirus Black (Gary Oldman) is still very much alive, and is also a good guy/godfather to Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe.) But a whole bunch of wizarding intrigue happens, and the end result is that Sirius is sentenced to death upon his capture. Which leads to director Alfonso Cuaron’s big on screen time trip, where not one, but two lives hang in the balance.
Who's Time Traveling?
Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Harry Potter take the important journey through time. However, Ms. Granger has become a dab hand at the temporal arts throughout Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as we eventually learn.
From When To When?
The big trip sends Harry and Hermione back to earlier in the evening where the big reveal about Peter Pettigrew’s (Timothy Spall) villainy takes place. Hermione’s other trips were also relatively small jaunts as well, as she was previously using the time turner to attend multiple classes at the same time throughout her third year at Hogwarts.
The Purpose Of Their Trip?
When Hermione Granger initially started time traveling, it was to double her course load in Year 3. With classes relevant to her interests happening at the same time, she’d be able to have her brain food and eat it too. However, the big trip sees Hermione and Harry trying to prevent two big tragedies: the executions of Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black.
How Time Travel Happens In Harry Potter
If you want to time travel in the Harry Potter universe, all you need is a little bit of jewelry. More specifically, you’ll need a Time Turner, a device which, upon first glance looks like a necklace with an hourglass built in. Good luck finding one though, as the entire lot of them were believed to have been held by the Ministry of Magic. Hermione got special permission to use one for her classes as long as she abided by the rules. First impressions would suggest that whoever wears this beauty is either a huge Boggle or Pictionary fanatic, or just likes to keep track of the time. The latter assumption, as it turns out, couldn’t be more appropriate.
To use the Time Turner, all the wearer (or in the case of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s pivotal journey, wearers) has to do is turn the embedded hourglass once for each hour they want to go back, and they’ll be transported back to that time. According to Dumbledore’s instructions, three turns were all that were needed for this trip, which sent Harry and Hermione back from Midnight to 7:30 that evening, right before Buckbeak was to be executed. With a little magic math, we can calculate that one turn equals an hour and a half’s worth of time travel. That’s fine for a quick trip back into the past, but if one wanted to go further, it might be suggested that you put in a couple extra arm days at the gym when preparing.
A really neat feature to the Time Turner is the fact that, depending on how big your chain is, you can fit multiple travelers in for a trip to the past or future. As long as you and your intended companions can wear the chain together, the timeline is your oyster. The rationale behind all of this time traveling falderal is the same force that drives 90% of the Harry Potter universe: pure magic!
Can History Be Changed As A Result Of Time Travel In Harry Potter?
In the case of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, time travel is something that doesn't seem to really change the course of events. Everything from Hermione throwing rocks to attract Harry’s attention to Buckbeak not actually being executed to saving Sirius from the dementors happens on both sides of the Time Turner's use. We're merely seeing them from another point of view, which shows that the executioner's axe chopped into a pumpkin (the fence, in the book), and that it was Harry who saved his past self with his stag Patronus.
From where things stand in the film, it looks like Hermione Granger and Harry Potter are officially students of the Kyle Reese School of Time Travel, as we've got ourselves a predestination paradox here. (Also, in the books, Hermione never throws those rocks. But this is a movie, and those sorts of markers really help in the storytelling.)
Though this was a loop of events that were always going to happen, there are still rules to follow. As Hermione explains to Harry in the book, Professor Minerva McGonagall (Maggie Smith) warned her that horrific things could happen if one time travelled irresponsibly. Like, say, killing oneself in either the past or the present, which is sort of referenced in the film during Dumbledore's own warning to Hermione. His instructions were merely that she and Harry couldn’t be seen by anyone, which also warrants a tip of the Sorting Hat to one Dr. Emmett L. Brown and his views on time travel; but also muddies the waters as to whether or not the young wizards could ever really change anything.
As long as Harry and Hermione have accomplished their goals, and make it back to their starting position by the time they left, without running into their past selves, the timeline will presumably remain undamaged. Which, in turn, closes the predestination loop, and lets everyone return for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Luckily for us, everything is pretty above board in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and what we witness is a pre-determined flow of time that seems like it was always going to happen the way it panned out.
However, a quick spoiler alert’s worth of information, if you want to read about time travel going horribly wrong in the Harry Potter universe, you’ll want to check out the text to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Let’s just say the Back to the Future influences on time travel in this universe run way deeper in that particular story. Plus, you could go back quite far in the timeline if you really wanted to, as that Time Turner apparently operated on some different principles. With that, we’ll add one final caveat when it comes to time traveling in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: make sure you’re traveling somewhere safe, as the spot you're standing is where you’re going to wind up.
What Are The Consequences Of Time Travel In Harry Potter?
Thanks to the keen wit and rule following of Hermione Granger, and with some help from Harry Potter of course, Buckbeak and Sirius Black are allowed to escape into the night. With their freedom won, and their lives spared, Sirius can now go into hiding, hoping that his name will be cleared and that things will die down enough for Harry to be able to come live with him. However, dark times wait ahead, as the course of events in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban weren’t changed so much as to alter history’s flow too heavily.
Peter Pettigrew still escapes from captivity, and Professor Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) resigns after it’s revealed to the world at large that he is, in fact, a werewolf. So the world of Harry Potter keeps turning in the same orbit that we would have expected, by and large. But when it comes to Buckbeak and Sirius, those changes are definitely large enough to make all the difference, and they wouldn't have been possible without the Time Turner.
Temporal Mischief Managed
And here we are, back where we started, at the cusp of a new time travel exploration. If it’s alright with you folks, it feels like a good time to relax with either a good cup of tea or a large brandy. But that doesn’t mean our temporal revels have ended; in fact it’s quite the opposite. However, before we announce next week’s excellent adventure, we’d like to take the time to thank you, the fans.
We’ve gotten feedback requesting some adventures we’d been planning on covering, like the Kelvin timeline of Star Trek, and other movies we hadn’t thought of tackling like the Lost in Space reboot from 1998. Gary Oldman just can’t stay away from time travel, can he. In addition to those requests, we have plans for the rest of the time traveling escapades from the Star Trek film series, as explorations of Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact are also on the board.
However, for next week, we have a most triumphant entry in the works. While we teased it a couple paragraphs above, we can now come out and say that next week’s time travel lesson will encompass the adventures of Bill S. Preston, Esq and Ted Theodore Logan; or as they’re better known to the world, Bill & Ted! It’s time to face the music, as the Wyld Stallyns are about to ride again, and it’d be most non-non-heinous if we didn’t jump into their bogus journeys throughout all of time and space. So tune up your air guitars and meet us at the Circle K next week, as we’ll pick apart the strange things that are afoot in the Bill & Ted universe.
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Professor Lupin : [as Snape points his wand at Sirius's throat] Severus, don't be a fool...
Sirius Black : He can't help it, it's habit by now.
Professor Lupin : Sirius, be quiet.
Sirius Black : Be quiet yourself, Remus!
Professor Snape : Listen to you two, quarreling like an old married couple...
Sirius Black : [in a mocking voice] Why don't yo run along and play with your chemistry set?
[Snape pushes wand harder on Sirius's throat]
Professor Snape : I could do it, you know. But why deny the Dementors? They're so longing to see you... do I detect a flicker of fear? Ah, yes, the Dementor's Kiss. One can only imagine what that must be like to endure. It's said to be nearly unbearable to witness, but I'll do my best.
[Harry unnoticeably pulls Hermione's wand out of her pocket]
Sirius Black : Severus, please!
Professor Snape : After you.
[gestures Sirius toward door]
Harry : [to Snape] Expelliarmus!
[Snape flies backwards onto a bed, unconscious]
Ron : Harry! What did you just do?
Hermione : You attacked a teacher!
Harry : [to Lupin] Tell me about Peter Pettigrew!
Professor Lupin : He was at school with us! We thought he was our friend!
Harry : No, Pettigrew's dead!
[whirls around at Sirius]
Harry : You killed him!
Professor Lupin : [jumps in front of Sirius] No he didn't! I thought so, too until you mentioned seeing Pettigrew on the map!
Harry : The map was lying, then!
Sirius Black : That map never lies! Pettigrew's alive! And he's right there!
[points at Ron]
Ron : Me? He's mental!
Sirius Black : Not you! Your rat!
Ron : Scabbers has been in my family for...
Sirius Black : Twelve years! Curiously a long life for a rat! He's missing a toe, isn't he?
Ron : So what?
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Fictional character from the Harry Potter stories
Hermione Jean Granger (hur-MY-ə-neeGRAYN-jər) is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. She first appears in the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997), as a new student on her way to Hogwarts. After Harry and Ron save her from a mountain troll in the girls' restroom, she becomes best friends with them and often uses her quick wit, deft recall, and encyclopaedic knowledge to lend aid in dire situations. Rowling has stated that Hermione resembles herself as a young girl, with her insecurity and fear of failure.
The character has had immense popularity. The version of Hermione portrayed by Emma Watson in all eight Harry Potter films from Philosopher's Stone in 2001 to Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011 was voted the best female character of all time in a poll conducted amongst Hollywood professionals by The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.
Hermione Jean Granger is a Muggle-bornGryffindor, who becomes best friends with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. J.K. Rowling states that she was born on 19 September 1979 and she was nearly twelve when she first attended Hogwarts. She is an overachiever who excels academically and is described by J.K. Rowling as a "very logical, upright and good" character. J.K. Rowling adds that Hermione's parents, two Muggle dentists, are a bit bemused by their odd daughter but "very proud of her all the same." They are well aware of the wizarding world and have visited Diagon Alley with her. Hermione was originally intended to have a sister, but the planned sibling did not make an appearance in the first Harry Potter novel and, as Rowling noted, it "seemed too late" to introduce the character after all of that. Rowling confirmed in a 2004 interview that Hermione is an only child.
Rowling has described the character of Luna Lovegood as the "anti-Hermione" as they are so very different. Hermione's nemesis at Hogwarts is Pansy Parkinson, a bully based on real-life girls who teased the author during her school days.
Rowling stated that the character of Hermione carries several autobiographical influences: "I did not set out to make Hermione like me but she is...she is an exaggeration of how I was when I was younger." She recalled being called a "little know-it-all" in her youth. Moreover, she states that not unlike herself, "there is a lot of insecurity and a great fear of failure" beneath Hermione's swottiness. Finally, according to Rowling, next to Albus Dumbledore, Hermione is the perfect expository character; because of her encyclopaedic knowledge, she can always be used as a plot dump to explain the Harry Potter universe. Rowling also states that her feminist conscience is rescued by Hermione, "who's the brightest witch of her age" and a "very strong female character."
Hermione's first name is taken from a character in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, though Rowling has said that the two characters have little to nothing in common otherwise. Rowling said that she wanted her name to be unusual since if fewer girls shared her name, fewer girls would get teased for it and it seemed that "a pair of professional dentists, who liked to prove how clever they are...gave [her] an unusual name that no-one could pronounce." Her original last name was "Puckle", but Rowling felt the name "did not suit her at all", and so the less frivolous Granger made it into the books and movies.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Hermione first appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when she meets Harry and Ron on the Hogwarts Express, where she mocks Ron for his inability to perform a spell to turn his rat yellow. She proves just how much she knows by declaring that she memorized all the textbooks by heart. She constantly annoys her peers with her knowledge, so Harry and Ron initially consider her arrogant, especially after she criticises Ron's incantation of the Levitation Charm. They heartily dislike her until they rescue her from a troll, for which she is so thankful that she lies to protect them from punishment, thus winning their friendship. Hermione's knack for logic later enables the trio to solve a puzzle that is essential to retrieving the Philosopher's Stone, and she defeats the constrictive Devil's Snare plant by summoning a jet of "bluebell flame".[a]
Hermione is the brains behind the plan to enter the place where the Stone is hidden. She responds to Harry's wariness of Professor Severus Snape and is also suspicious of him. She reveals to Harry and Ron that she does a lot of research in the library, which helped her defeat the Devil's Snare and work out the logic of the potions.
Rowling said on her website that she resisted her editor's requests to remove the troll scene, stating "Hermione is so very arrogant and annoying in the early part of Philosopher's Stone that I really felt it needed something (literally) huge to bring her together with Harry and Ron."
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Hermione (along with Ron's mother Molly Weasley and a few female students of Hogwarts) develops a liking for Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Gilderoy Lockhart as he had written all the books required for the subject of Defence Against The Dark Arts in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. During a morning confrontation between the Gryffindor and Slytherin Quidditch teams, a brawl nearly ensues after Draco Malfoy calls her a "Mudblood", an insulting epithet for Muggle-born wizards when she defends the Gryffindor Quidditch team. She concocts the Polyjuice Potion needed for the trio to disguise themselves as Draco's housemates to collect information about the Heir of Slytherin who has reopened the Chamber of Secrets. However, she is unable to join Harry and Ron in the investigation after the hair plucked from the robes of Slytherin student Millicent Bulstrode (with whom Hermione was previously matched up during Lockhart's ill-fated Duelling Club) was that of her cat, whose appearance she takes on in her human form; it takes several weeks for the effects to completely wear off. Hermione is Petrified by the basilisk after successfully identifying the creature through library research. Though she lies incapacitated in the hospital wing, the information she has found and left behind is crucial to Harry and Ron in their successful mission to solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets. Hermione is revived after Harry kills the basilisk, but she is distraught to learn that all end-of-year exams have been cancelled as a school treat.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hermione buys a cat named Crookshanks, who takes to chasing Ron's pet rat, Scabbers. Before the start of term, Professor McGonagall secretly gives Hermione a Time-Turner, a device which enables her to go back in time and handle her heavy class schedule, though this is not revealed until the penultimate chapter. Much tension comes into play between Hermione and her two best friends; Harry is furious with her because she told McGonagall that he had received a Firebolt, which was confiscated to be inspected for traces of dark magic. Ron is angry because he feels Crookshanks is responsible for Scabbers' disappearance, while Hermione fiercely maintains that Crookshanks is innocent.
While filling in for Remus Lupin in one Defence Against the Dark Arts class, Snape labels Hermione "an insufferable know-it-all" and penalises Gryffindor after she speaks out of turn in her attempt to describe a werewolf when no one else does. She correctly deduces Lupin's secret after completing Snape's homework assignment from the class. Crookshanks proves vital in exposing Scabbers as Peter Pettigrew, an erstwhile friend of James and Lily Potter, who revealed their whereabouts to Lord Voldemort the night of their murders, and was able to wrongly implicate Sirius Black (revealed to be Harry's godfather) in the Potters' deaths. The Time-Turner enables Hermione and Harry to rescue Sirius and the hippogriff Buckbeak.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hermione is horrified by the cruelty that house-elves suffer, and establishes S.P.E.W., the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, as an effort to gain basic rights for them. She is Bulgarian Quidditch prodigy Viktor Krum's date at the Yule Ball of the Triwizard Tournament. The proper pronunciation of her name (Her-my-oh-nee) is interjected into the plot when she teaches it to Krum; the best he can do is "Herm-own-ninny," but she has no problem with it. She later gets into a heated argument with Ron after he accuses her of "fraternising with the enemy" about her friendship with Krum. In the book, Hermione's feelings toward Ron are hinted at when she says that Ron can't see her "like a girl," but Krum could. She supports Harry through the Triwizard Tournament, helping him prepare for each task. At the end of the second task, Krum asks her to come to see him over the summer in Bulgaria, but she politely declines. Near the end of the term, she stops fraudulent tabloid reporter and unregistered Animagus, Rita Skeeter, who had published defamatory material about Hermione, Harry, and Hagrid during the Triwizard Tournament, by holding her Animagus form (a beetle) captive in a jar.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Hermione becomes a Gryffindor prefect along with Ron and befriends Luna Lovegood, but their friendship gets off to a rocky start after Hermione chastises the publication of Luna's father: "The Quibbler's rubbish, everyone knows that." She also lambasts housemate Lavender Brown for believing the Daily Prophet's allegations of Harry fabricating stories of Voldemort's return. Ron and Hermione spend much of their time bickering, likely due to their growing romantic feelings toward one another, but they show continued loyalty to Harry. One turning point in the series is when Hermione conceives the idea of Harry secretly teaching defensive magic to a small band of students in defiance of the Ministry of Magic's dictum to teach only the subject's basic principles from a textbook, with no hands-on practice. Hermione gets an unexpectedly huge response, and the group becomes the nascent Dumbledore's Army. She is involved in the battle in the Department of Mysteries and seriously injured by a spell from Death Eater Antonin Dolohov, but makes a full recovery.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
New Potions professor Horace Slughorn invites Hermione to join his "Slug Club", and she helps Ron retain his spot on the Gryffindor Quidditch team when she casts a confund spell on Cormac McLaggen, causing him to miss his last save attempt during Keeper tryouts. Hermione's feelings for Ron continue to grow and she decides to make a move by inviting him to Slughorn's Christmas Party, but he romances Lavender instead in retaliation for his belief that Hermione had kissed Krum years earlier. She attempts to get even by dating McLaggen at the Christmas party, but her plan goes awry and she abandons him midway through the party. Ron and Hermione continually feud with each other (Ron is upset with her because she set birds to attack him after seeing him and Lavender kissing; Hermione is mostly mad because of her growing jealousy) until he suffers a near-fatal poisoning from tainted mead, which frightens her enough to reconcile with him. Following Dumbledore's death, Ron and Hermione both vow to stay by Harry's side regardless of what happens. A minor subplot in the book is that Hermione and Harry form a rivalry in Potions, as Hermione is used to coming first in her subjects and is angered that Harry outperforms her undeservedly by following tips and different instructions written in the margins of Harry's potions book by the previous owner. Hermione is also the only one of the trio to successfully pass her Apparition test (Ron failed, albeit barely, and Harry was too young).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
In the seventh and final book, Hermione accompanies Harry on his quest to destroy Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. Before leaving on the quest, she helps ensure the safety of her parents by placing a false memory charm on them, making them think they are Wendell and Monica Wilkins, whose lifetime ambition is to move to Australia. She inherits Dumbledore's copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which allows her to decipher some of the secrets of the Deathly Hallows. She prepared for their departure and journey by placing an Undetectable Extension Charm on a small beaded purse so she can fill the infinite depths of the bag with materials they will need. Hermione's spell saves her and Harry from Lord Voldemort and his snake Nagini in Godric's Hollow, although the ricochet snaps Harry's wand. When she, Ron, and Harry are captured by Snatchers, who are on the hunt for Muggle-borns under the Ministry's orders, Hermione disguises Harry by temporarily disfiguring his face with a Stinging Jinx. She also attempts to pass herself off as former Hogwarts student Penelope Clearwater and a half-blood to avoid persecution, but they are recognised and taken to Malfoy Manor. Bellatrix Lestrange tortures her with the Cruciatus Curse in an attempt to extract information on how Hermione, Harry, and Ron came to possess Godric Gryffindor's sword (which was supposed to be safe in the Lestrange vault at Gringotts). Bellatrix orders for Griphook the goblin to inspect the sword and tell whether it is fake or real. To save Hermione, Harry convinces him to lie to Bellatrix that the sword is a fake. When the others escape their cell, Bellatrix threatens to slit Hermione's throat. Hermione, Harry, Ron and the other prisoners being held in Malfoy Manor are eventually rescued by Dobby.
Hermione later uses Polyjuice Potion to impersonate Bellatrix when the trio attempt to steal Hufflepuff's cup from Gringotts. She, Harry, and Ron join Dumbledore's Army in the Battle of Hogwarts, during which Hermione destroys Hufflepuff's cup in the Chamber of Secrets with a basilisk fang, eliminating another Horcrux. Hermione and Ron also share their first kiss during the battle. In the final battle in the Great Hall, Hermione fights Bellatrix with the help of Ginny Weasley and Luna. However, the three of them are unable to defeat Bellatrix and stop fighting her once Molly Weasley orders them to disengage.
Epilogue and later life
Nineteen years after Voldemort's death, Hermione and Ron have two children, Rose and Hugo. Though the epilogue does not explicitly say Hermione and Ron are married, news articles and other sources treat it as a fact. The two children are named Rose Granger-Weasley and Hugo Granger-Weasley.
In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it is shown that Hermoine has become the Minister for Magic, succeeding Kingsley Shacklebolt.
In the books, Hermione is described as having "bushy brown hair" and brown eyes. Her front buck teeth, already very large, grow uncontrollably in Goblet of Fire after she is affected by a spell cast by Draco Malfoy.Madam Pomfrey attends to her in the hospital wing and, at her request, shrinks the teeth down to a normal size that matches her mouth. In the films, her hair is less bushy and she always has regular teeth.
There is controversy over whether Hermione's skin colour was ever categorically established in the books. Some take as proof a line from Prisoner of Azkaban: "Hermione's white face was sticking out from behind a tree." They interpret this to be a direct description of her skin colour. Others interpret it as a description relative to her usual complexion, arising due to fright and anxiety as she watches Harry Potter's attempt to save the hippogriff Buckbeak from execution. J.K. Rowling herself states that Hermione "turned white" in that she "lost colour from her face after a shock."
Conversely, another description from early in Prisoner of Azkaban can also be cited: "They were there, both of them, sitting outside Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour, Ron looking incredibly freckly, Hermione very brown, both waving frantically at him." Some claim that this is a direct description of her skin colour, while others claim that it's a relative description of the results of a tan acquired over the summer break.
Hermione's most prominent features include her prodigious intellect and cleverness. She is levelheaded, book-smart, and always very logical. Throughout the series, Hermione uses the skills of a librarian and teacher to gather the information necessary to defeat Voldemort, the "Dark Lord". When in doubt, it is to the school library that Hermione always turns. She is often bossy yet unfailingly dutiful and loyal to her friends—a person who can always be counted on. J.K. Rowling stated that Hermione is a person that, "never strays off the path; she always keeps her attention focused on the job that must be done." Despite Hermione's intelligence and bossy attitude, Rowling says that Hermione has "quite a lot of vulnerability in her personality," as well as a "sense of insecurity underneath," feels, "utterly inadequate... and to compensate, she tries and strives to be the best at everything at school, projecting a confidence that irritates people." During her Defence Against the Dark Arts exam at the end of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione reveals that her biggest fear is failure after a Boggart takes the form of Professor McGonagall and tells her that she has failed all her exams.
Hermione is extremely compassionate and is very quick to help others, especially those who are defenceless, such as Neville Longbottom, first-years, House-Elves, fellow Muggle-borns, half-giants like Hagrid, and werewolves like Lupin. It was revealed by J.K. Rowling after the publication of the final book that Hermione's career in the Ministry was to fight for the rights of the oppressed and disenfranchised (such as House-elves or Muggle-borns). Hermione is also very protective of her friends and values them so much that Rowling has suggested that, if Hermione had looked in the Mirror of Erised, she would have seen Harry, Ron, and herself "alive and unscathed, and Voldemort finished." Hermione has also learned to ignore what bullies such as Draco Malfoy say to her, often preventing Harry and Ron from retaliating and thinking of some way to outsmart him. She accepts her status as a Muggle-born witch, and states in Deathly Hallows that she is "a Mudblood and proud of it".
Magical abilities and skills
Hermione is portrayed during the whole series as an exceptionally talented young witch. J.K. Rowling has stated that Hermione is a "borderline genius." She received ten O.W.L.s, which were nine Outstandings and one Exceeds Expectations. She is the best student in Harry's year and is repeatedly the first student to master any spell or charm introduced in her classes and even from more advanced years, as evidenced when she can conjure a Protean Charm on the D.A.'s fake Galleon coins, which is a N.E.W.T. level charm. She is also the first one of her age to be able to cast non-verbal spells. Hermione is a competent duellist – Rowling has stated that while during the first three books Hermione could have beaten Harry in any magical duel, but by the fourth book Harry had become so good at Defence Against the Dark Arts that he would have defeated Hermione. Hermione did not tend to do as well in subjects that were not learned through books or formal training, as broom flying did not come as naturally to her in her first year as it did to Harry, and she showed no affinity for Divination, which she dropped from her third-year studies. She was also not good at Wizard's Chess, as it was the only thing at which she ever lost to Ron.
Hermione's Patronus is an otter, Rowling's favourite animal. In the Deathly Hallows book, while they enter the Ministry of Magic under disguise, Hermione impersonates Mafalda Hopkirk. It is also stated that conjuring a Patronus is the only thing she ever has trouble with. Her wand is made of vine wood and dragon heartstring core; vine is the wood ascribed to Hermione's fictional birth month (September) on the Celtic calendar.
Hermione is viewed by many as a feminist icon. In The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter, the first book-length analysis of the Harry Potter series (edited and compiled by Lana A. Whited), a chapter titled "Hermione Granger and the Heritage of Gender," by Eliza T. Dresang, discusses Hermione's role in the series and its relation to feminist debates. The chapter begins with an analysis of Hermione's name and the role of previous characters with the same name in mythology and fiction, and the heritage Hermione has inherited from these characters due to her name. Dresang also emphasises Hermione's parallelism with Rowling herself and how, as Hermione has some attributes from Rowling herself, she must be a strong character.
The chapter also points out the fact that, despite being born to Muggle parents, Hermione's magical abilities are innate. Her "compulsion for study" helps both the character's development, which makes Hermione "a prime example that information brings power", and the plot of the series, as her knowledge of the wizarding world is often used to "save the day". Dresang states that "Harry and Ron are more dependent on Hermione than she is on them." However, she also remarks that Hermione's "hysteria and crying happen far too often to be considered a believable part of the development of Hermione's character and are quite out of line with her core role in the book."
UGO Networks listed Hermione as one of their best heroes of all time, saying, "Most of us can probably recall having a classmate like Hermione when we were in grammar school"—one who "can at first be a little off-putting, but once you get to know her, she's not a bad chick to have on your side".IGN also listed Hermione as their second top Harry Potter character, praising her character development. In 2016 The Hollywood Reporter conducted a poll of Hollywood professionals, including actors, writers and directors, into their favourite female characters of all time, with Hermione topping the poll.
Philip Nel of Kansas State University notes that "Rowling, who worked for Amnesty International, evokes her social activism through Hermione's passion for oppressed elves and the formation of her 'Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare'".
However, in an analysis for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowland Manthrope states that "seven books on, we still only know her as swottish, sensible Hermione—a caricature, not a character."
Emma Watson portrayed Hermione in all eight Harry Potter films. Watson's Oxford theatre teacher passed her name on to the casting agents of Philosopher's Stone, impressed with her school play performances. Though Watson took her audition seriously, she "never really thought she had any chance" of getting the part. The producers were impressed by Watson's self-confidence and she outperformed the thousands of other girls who had applied.
Rowling herself was supportive of Watson after her first screen test. When asked if she thought actors suited the characters, Rowling said, "Yes, I did. Emma Watson in particular was very, very like Hermione when I first spoke to her, I knew she was perfect from that first phone call."
Watson was well-received for the first film; IGN even commented that "from Hermione Granger's perfect introduction to her final scene, Watson is better than I could have possibly imagined. She steals the show." IGN also wrote that her "astute portrayal of Hermione has already become a favourite among fans."
Before the production of Half-Blood Prince, Watson considered not returning, but eventually decided that "the pluses outweighed the minuses" and that she could not bear to see anyone else play Hermione.
Watson has said that Hermione is a character who makes "brain not beauty cool," and that though Hermione is "slightly socially inept," she is "not ashamed of herself." When filming Chamber of Secrets, Watson was "adamant" that she wasn't like Hermione, but she reflects that "as I got older, I realised she was the greatest role model a girl could have." In 2007, before the release of Order of the Phoenix, Watson said, "There are too many stupid girls in the media. Hermione's not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that's bad. When I was nine or ten, I would get really upset when they tried to make me look geeky, but now I absolutely love it. I find it's so much pressure to be beautiful. Hermione doesn't care what she looks like. She's a complete tomboy."
Screenwriter Steve Kloves revealed in a 2003 interview that Hermione was his favourite character. "There's something about her fierce intellect coupled with a complete lack of understanding of how she affects people sometimes that I just find charming and irresistible to write."
In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hermione is played by the Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni, also known for her work in Linda, A Raisin in the Sun and A Human Being Died That Night. Dumezweni described the role as a "privilege and a responsibility" and said that "we all aspire to be Hermione." The choice of a black actress to play the part led to criticism on social media, which J.K. Rowling described as being by "a bunch of racists", adding that the books never explicitly mentioned her race or skin colour (although she did write in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban "Hermione's white face was sticking out from behind a tree.") and that she has been portrayed as black in fan art. Dumezweni herself called the backlash "so unimaginative", stating that "So many young actors and actresses have told me that they’re so pleased I’m playing Hermione because they can see a version of themselves on the stage."
Dumezweni received praise for her performance; The Independent commented that she "did a tremendous job as the stern witch." At the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, Dumezweni received the Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Hermione.
In popular culture
Hermione has been parodied in numerous sketches and animated series. On Saturday Night Live, Hermione was played by Lindsay Lohan. On his show Big Impression, Alistair McGowan did a sketch called "Louis Potter and the Philosopher's Scone". It featured impressions of Nigella Lawson as Hermione. In 2003, Comic Relief performed a spoof story called Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan, in which Miranda Richardson, who plays Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter films, featured as Hermione. Hermione also features in the Harry Bladder sketches in All That, in which she appears as Herheiny and is portrayed by Lisa Foiles. The Wedge, an Australian sketch comedy, parodies Hermione and Harry in love on a "Cooking With..." show before being caught by Snape. Hermione also appears as Hermione Ranger in Harry Podder: Dude Where's My Wand?, a play by Desert Star Theater in Utah, written by sisters Laura J., Amy K. and Anna M. Lewis. In the 2008 American comedy film Yes Man, Allison (played by Zooey Deschanel) accompanies Carl (Jim Carrey) to a Harry Potter-themed party dressed as Hermione.
In Harry Cover, a French comic book parody of the Harry Potter series by Pierre Veys (subsequently translated into Spanish and English), Hermione appears as Harry Cover's friend Hormone. Hermione also appears in The Potter Puppet Pals sketches by Neil Cicierega and in the A Very Potter Musical,A Very Potter Sequel, and A Very Potter Senior Year musicals by StarKid Productions played by Bonnie Gruesen in the first two and Meredith Stepien in the third.
Hermione is the focus of the fan-created web-series, Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis.
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