Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Scene 1

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Scene 1

Scene 1

  • We begin with Harry Potter trying to read a book under his bedsheet.
  • Most teenagers would keep a secret flashlight for this purpose, but Harry uses his lumos maxima spell to illuminate his wand.
  • Uncle Dursley keeps checking on him, forcing him to keep his night-time activities a secret.
  • The next day, Harry needs Uncle Vernon to sign a permission slip, which Vernon promises to do with Harry "behaves."
  • That's going to be hard, because the Dursleys have a visitor: Vernon's sister, Marge.
  • She's the Dursliest.
  • She disparages Harry's dad as a drunk, and Harry defends him. He also breaks Marge's glass.
  • When she continues to talk smack about Harry's parents, his magic goes haywire.
  • Lights flicker and large Marge becomes even larger, inflating like the Michelin Man.
  • She floats into the garden like an untethered hot-air balloon.
  • If there's one thing the Dursleys are full of (that we can say while keeping this PG) it's hot air.

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