Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Loyalty

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HAGRID: How am I doing me first day?

Hagrid knows that Harry, Ron, and Hermione are loyal to him, so he turns to them for emotional support on his first day as a teacher. He needs them because Draco and his pals will try to sabotage him.

MCGONAGALL: Years ago, when Harry Potter's parents realized they were marked for death... remember? They went into hiding. Few knew where they were. One who did was Sirius Black. And he told You-Know-Who.

Friends are important to Harry Potter. It shows us how strong his friendship to Ron and Hermione is, because he never considers that they might betray him the same way.

HERMIONE: If you want to kill Harry, you have to kill us too!

Hermione's definitely loyal to Harry. She'd do anything for him. This sets her and Ron apart from the sniveling Peter Pettigrew.

SIRIUS: I would have died! I would have died rather than betray my friends!

Sirius lets his true nature show here, and he continues to prove it throughout the series. He'll risk himself to save Harry more than once.

HARRY: Well I just didn't think my dad would have wanted his best friends to become killers. Besides, dead, the truth dies with him. Alive, you're free.

Harry repays Sirius's loyalty by giving him peace of mind. And it proves to Sirius that Harry believes him, and will now be loyal to him too.

SIRIUS: I don't know if you know, Harry but when you were born, James and Lily made me your godfather. […] I can understand if you choose to stay with your aunt and uncle but if you ever wanted a different home...

Sirius attempts to earn Harry's trust and loyalty by offering to be a father figure of sorts to Harry. However, the movie doesn't really address the fact that Sirius takes back this promise at the end. Does Harry feel betrayed when Sirius tells him no, he can't actually live with him yet?

FRED AND GEORGE: It's a Firebolt. It's the fastest broom in the world.

However, Sirius does show Harry that he cares about him by…replacing his broomstick. Events outside his control prevent Sirius from staying with Harry for the moment, but he will do for Harry whatever he can.

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