Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
They heard the Howler go off in the entrance hall – Neville's grandmother's voice, magically magnified to a hundred times its usual volume, shrieking about how he had brought shame on the whole family.
Harry was too busy feeling sorry for Neville to notice immediately that he had a letter too. (14.1.16-7)
We feel horrible for Neville, which is probably the point. Can you imagine hearing your parent's shrieking voice, magnified, in hearing range of everyone you know, bawling you out for doing something stupid? Yikes.
Hermione flung her arms around Ron's neck and broke down completely. Ron, looking quite terrified, patted her very awkwardly on the top of the head. Finally, Hermione drew away.
"Ron, I'm really, really sorry about Scabbers [...]" she sobbed.
"Oh – well – he was old," said Ron, looking thoroughly relieved that she had let go of him. (15.1.8-10)
It's fitting that Ron doesn't extend the proverbial olive branch to Hermione out of compassion so much as he does out of fear. He's clearly freaked out by her breakdown and he probably would have said just about anything to get her to let go of him and stop crying. Which is pretty funny, really.
"If you made a better rat than a human, it's not much to boast about, Peter," said Black harshly. Ron, going still paler with pain, wrenched his broken leg out of Pettigrew's reach. Pettigrew turned on his knees, staggered forward, and seized the hem of Hermione's robes.
"Sweet girl [...] clever girl [...] you – you won't let them [...] Help me [...]"
Hermione pulled her robes out of Pettigrew's clutching hands and backed away against the wall, looking horrified. (19.150-2)
Peter's efforts to elicit compassion from those around him backfire spectacularly. As he begs for mercy and tries to appeal to the kids, Peter becomes even more disgusting and awful. We love the details of how Ron and Hermione physically back away from Peter.