Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling) - Discussion Questions

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1. For the past two years, Harry has spent the end of summer with the Weasleys. The Dursleys are terrified of him and have always treated him poorly, so why doesn't Harry just move in with the Weasleys? Also, in The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry's magic causes major problems on Privet Drive. Why do the Dursleys allow Harry to live there?

2. Sirius Black is the most infamous and dangerous prisoner to escape from Azkaban. Immediately before returning to Hogwarts, Arthur Weasley, against a strong warning from his wife, informs Harry that it is believed Black is out to kill him. Black even used to mutter "he's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts" in his sleep whil imprisoned. Why does Harry so badly want to return to school instead of being protected after learning all this? What role does Dumbledore play in his return?

3. Do you think Hagrid makes a better Gamekeeper or Care of Magical Creatures professor? Which of his lesson was your favorite or least favorite?

4. Animals, real and magical, play a huge role in this book. Discuss the importance of Scabbers the rat, Crookshanks the cat, the black dog, Buckbeak the Hippogriff, and the werewolf.

5. Dementors are soulless creaters that guard Azkaban and feed on happiness and positive feelings. Their presence makes things grow cold and dark and force surrounding people to relive their most awful memories. They can perform the Dementor's Kiss where they suck out the victim's soul. Rowling has said that she created the Dementors from her feelings of deep depression. Do you think these creatures are too macabre for a book that children read?

6. In The Chamber of Secrets Lucius Malfoy leads to Dumbledore's suspension as Headmaster and in The Prisoner of Azkaban, he ensures that Buckbeak the Hippogriff will be executed for attacking Draco. Where does Lucius' power come from?

7. Hermione had her own secret this year. Why didn't she share her special tool with Harry and Ron?

8. Harry has repeatadly said that he doesn't feel worthy of the attention he receives because he didn't do anything special when Voldemort attacked him, he literally is only "the boy who lived." But Dumbledore and Lupin continue to give him hints to help him defeat evil. Why are they putting their trust and the fate of the wizarding world in the hands of a 13 year-old boy who has only studied magic for three years?

9. Will you continue the series and read the next Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire? Where do you expect it to pick up? Discuss other predictions for the book.

(Questions by Katherine O'Connor of LitLovers. Please feel free to use them, online or off, with attribution. Thanks.)

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