Favorite Scene: Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Azkaban is one of my favorites of the Harry Potter series and it’s the only one without Voldemort in it. The villain (or so we think) is Sirius Black. I had a very hard time picking a favorite scene from this one; there are just so many. I have narrowed it down to three scenes with the last as my favorite.

In third place: More amazing words of wisdom from Dumbledore

“I thought it was my dad who conjured my Patronus. I mean, when I saw myself, across the lake…I thought I was seeing him.”

“An easy mistake to make,” said Dumbledore softly. “I expect you’ll tire of hearing it, but you do look extraordinarily like James. Except for the eyes…you have your mother’s eyes.”

Harry shook his head.

“It was so stupid, thinking it was him,” he muttered. “I mean, I knew he was dead.”

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him…”

In Second Place: Sirius offers Harry a home

“You’re free,” said Harry.

“Yes…,” said Black. “But, I’m also – I don’t know if anyone told you – I’m your godfather.”

“Yeah, I knew that,” said Harry.

“Well…your parents appointed me your guardian,” said Black stiffly. “If anything happened to them…”

Harry waited. Did Black mean what he thought he meant?

“I’ll understand, of course, if you want to stay with our aunt and uncle,” said Black. “But…well…think about it. Once my name’s cleared…if you wanted a…a different home…”

Some sort of explosion took place in the pit of Harry’s stomach.

“What – live with you?” he said, accidentally cracking his head on a bit of rock protruding from the ceiling, “Leave the Dursleys?”

“Of course, I thought wouldn’t want to,” said Black quickly. “I understand, I just thought I’d – ”

“Are you insane?” said Harry, his voice easily as croaky as Black’s. “Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?”

Now for the First Place winner: Harry’s threat to Vernon

“What’s that?” he snarled, staring at the envelope Harry was still clutching in his hand. “If it’s another form for me to sign, you’ve got another – ”

“It’s not, said Harry cheerfully. “It’s a letter from my godfather.”

“Godfather?” sputtered Uncle Vernon. “You haven’t got a godfather!”

“Yes, I have, said Harry brightly. He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though…keep up with my news…check if I’m happy…”

And, grinning broadly at the look of horror on Uncle Vernon’s face, Harry set off toward the station exit, Hedwig rattling along in front of him, for what looked like a much better summer than the last.

I picked this scene as my favorite for it’s levity. When I was reading it, I absolutely laughing out loud. The Dursleys are such miserable people, it was very nice to see Harry scare the bejeezus out of them. It was a perfect threat and Vernon’s reaction was priceless.

What is your favorite scene from the Prisoner of Azkaban?

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