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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 14

By J.K. Rowling

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Chapter 14

Snape's Grudge

  • After Ron's close call, the school tightens up security even more.
  • Ron becomes a celebrity for his near-death experience and he milks it for all it's worth, just like Tai in Clueless after her near-death experience at the mall.
  • Sir Cadogan is fired.
  • Neville receives a Howler from his grandmother, who rants about how he's shamed the family.
  • Harry and Ron get a note from Hagrid and they go visit him.
  • Hagrid shuts Ron down quickly and proceeds to talk to them about their treatment of Hermione.
  • He basically lets them know that he's disappointed by their behavior towards a friend.
  • Hagrid also tells them that Hermione is crazy stressed and busy yet still found time to help him with Buckbeak's upcoming trial, which the boys forgot about.
  • But later that night, Hermione overhears the boys discussing how Harry's going to sneak out for the upcoming Hogsmeade weekend.
  • She threatens to tell McGonagall and they get mad at her all over again.
  • It's Hogsmeade day and Harry is interrupted by Neville as he tries to sneak out of the castle.
  • Neville has been banned from the Hogsmeade trip and no one is allowed to tell him the password either; McGonagall was pretty pissed, apparently.
  • Then Snape shows up and rudely questions Neville and Harry over why they're loitering in the halls.
  • Snape is always rude, though, so that sort of goes without saying.
  • Finally Harry shakes off Neville and sneaks out to Hogsmeade, wearing his Invisibility Cloak.
  • He follows Ron around and the entire thing is less fun than they thought it would be since Harry is invisible.
  • But then they encounter Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle and Harry decides to get some revenge.
  • He throws mud at them and they flip out.
  • But then the Invisibility Cloak slips and Malfoy sees Harry's head floating there.
  • Malfoy runs for it, and Harry bolts back to the castle, trying to get there before Malfoy reaches Snape.
  • Harry flies back out of the secret passage, but Snape quickly finds him and drags him to his office for an interrogation.
  • Harry tries to lie and say that he's been in the castle the whole time, but Snape isn't buying it.
  • Snape does his patented bad-cop routine and also insults Harry's dad, which sets Harry off.
  • But Snape reveals that Dumbledore hasn't really told Harry the entire truth about his dad and his connection to Snape.
  • To make matters worse, Snape then finds the Marauder's Map, which starts displaying insults towards him.
  • But Lupin suddenly appears and breaks up the interrogation.
  • Ron also comes flying in to corroborate Harry's story and Lupin leads them off.
  • Harry's relief is very short-lived, though.
  • Lupin confiscates the Map, saying that he knows what it is, and he shames Harry about his reckless behavior.
  • The boys are chastened and head back to the Common Room, where they find a tearful Hermione.
  • Hagrid lost his case and Buckbeak is going to be executed.

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