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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


by J.K. Rowling

Memory and the Past Quotes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

How we cite our quotes: Chapter.Paragraph or Chapter.Section.Paragraph (depends on whether or not the chapter had sections - some did not)

Quote #13

"This house" – Lupin looked miserably around the room, – "the tunnel that leads to it – they were built for my use. Once a month, I was smuggled out of the castle, into this place, to transform." (18.36)

The detail about Lupin looking around the room is notable – we can see him actually experiencing his past as he looks around the room.

Quote #14

"Sirius Black showed he was capable of murder at the age of sixteen," he breathed. "You haven't forgotten that, Headmaster? You haven't forgotten that he once tried to kill me?"

"My memory is as good as it ever was, Severus," said Dumbledore quietly. (21.61-62)

Poor Snape. OK, the guy is a total punk most of the time, but you can really hear his desperation here. The emphasis he places on "me" in his last question to Dumbledore is really telling. Snape wants Dumbledore to acknowledge him, and to acknowledge the past as Snape remembers it. Dumbledore's response is classic Dumbledore – vague and cryptic. But we think his "quiet" tone and his emphasis on his own "memory" shows that he's acknowledging Snape's concerns but without taking sides.

Quote #15

He was thinking about his father and about his father's three oldest friends [...] Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs [...] Had all four of them been out on the grounds tonight? (21.259)

We love the fact that this night of reunions and numerous bombshells occurred in the midst of a time-travel adventure – the past and the present really were brought together here.

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