Rabu, 16 Maret 2011

Analysis of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban novel

TITTLE    : Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
AUTHOR : J.K. Rowling
THEME    : Heroes and Adventure Story
a.      Major characters
1.      Harry Potter
Harry Potter in this novel is a thirteen years old wizard. His parents are James Potter and Lilly Potter who had been killed by a dark-evil wizard, Lord Voldemort when Harry was a baby. A member of Gryffindor House, Harry was known for shown relentless bravery, courage, and ability to love, often thrusting himself into life-threatening situations to protect others. He usually escapes because of his quick thinking, and the help of his friends. Though incredibly famous and powerful, Harry's adolescence was marked by difficulties communicating with the opposite sex.
At Hogwarts, Harry came to recognize the full extent of his fame, and his potential as a wizard. He also became the star player (Seeker) for the Gryffindor House Quidditch team. In his early years at Hogwarts, Harry amassed an impressive record of bravery, cunning and magical ability, on and off the Quidditch pitch. 
2.      Hermione Granger
Hermione Jean Granger is the extremely smart and clever best friend of Harry Potter.

While Harry and their other friend, Ron Weasley, may act rashly or without thinking, Hermione tends to be the rational and realistic one of the group. Though she usually is very bossy and down to earth, she still can become very emotional and is not as brave as Harry, nor as optimistic or friendly as Ron.
She is Muggle-born and her parents are dentists. She is a perfectionist and an over-achiever, and is the only one of the trio to have ever read, or even opened, Hogwarts, a History.

3.      Ronald Weasley    
He is an utter Gryffindor - brave and loyal - and although smart - as evidenced by his chess-playing ability and considerable wit - he is a fairly average student, and is often too lazy to bother with his studies, a habit enabled by Hermione's perfectionist need to do even other people's work for them.He is sarcastic, passionate, hot-headed and often wears his heart on his sleeve - excepting in matters of romance, where it took seven years to finally get together with his future wife!
He and his family are purebloods, but they are not prejudiced against half-bloods or Muggle-borns as many purebloods are
4.      Sirius Black
After being wrongly accused for the deaths of Lily and James Potter, Sirius Black was imprisoned in Azkaban Prison, eventually being the first person to escape. He found Harry Potter, who found out that Sirius had been named his godfather before his parents died. Though Sirius could not be seen in public for fear of being imprisoned again, he helped Harry whenever possible.

b.      Minor characters
1.      Albus Dumbledore
He is a Hogwarts Headmaster. Albus is generally odd and eccentric, often having weird quirks and odd sayings, though he gets increasingly serious as the series goes on. Despite this, he remains an exceptionally gifted and intelligent wizard. Over one hundred years old, he is just as famous, if not more than, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, and is often considered the good counterpart of Lord Voldemor
2.      Lord Voldemort
He is a dark-evil wizard. He had killed Harry’s parents as well as twelve Muggles (non wizard). When Voldemort attempted to kill Harry, his mother's sacrifice forced the curse to rebound upon Voldemort, ripping him from his body and nearly killing him. His main destination is to kill Harry Potter.
3.      Remus Lupin
a true Gryffindor at heart, was Harry Potter's third Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. he was best friends with Harry's father James Potter, Harry's Godfather Sirius Black, and friend turned traitor Peter Pettigrew. Animagi (people that can transform at will into animals). His animal form is a wolf.
4.      Peter Pettigrew
Peter Pettigrew was a classmate of James Potter at Hogwarts. He was frequently seen in the company of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Though he acted like their friend, Pettigrew was little more than a sycophant, eager to be seen in the company of the famous, popular, or powerful. He is an animagus, and his animal form is a rat.

5.      Severus Snape
Severus was friendless and suffered from his father's tyrannical nature. Like the older Severus, the younger Severus was not the most becoming of persons. An awkward child, he wore over-sized hand-me-downs and sported his signature greasy hair; his character revealed great bitterness at a young age, and an angry, vengeful disposition.
6.      Dementors
Creatures that absorb human happiness. They keep Azkaban, a prison for the wizard crime.
7.      Uncle Vernon's
Vernon is a man large in stature and with a voice to match. He is well established in the business world and firmly believes in the rule book of how to behave and do well in life, the muggle life that is.
8.      Cornelius Fudge
Cornelius Fudge is the Minister of Magic in the Harry Potter series. He is known to disagree with Dumbledore quite a lot.
9.      Arthur Weasley
Cornelius Fudge is the Minister of Magic in the Harry Potter series. He is known to disagree with Dumbledore quite a lot.

The other characters that mentioned in the novel :
·         The Potter : James Potter, Lily Potter
·         The Dursley : Sister Marge, Petunia Dursley, Dudley
·         Hogwarts’ teacher : Prof. McGonnagal, Prof. Trelawney
·         Harry Potter’s classmates : Neville longbottom, Seamus Finnigan, Parvati Patil
·         Madam Rosmerta ( the owner of a café in Hogsmade)
·         The Weasley : Molly weasley, Fred Weasley, George Weasley
·         Draco Malfoy’s friends : Crabe and Goyle
·         Stun Shunpike

a.       Setting of time  : When Harry Potter is 13 years old and he is studying magic at Hogwarts
b.      Setting of place : Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

As the despicable Aunt Marge floats across the night sky, Harry heads off for what will become his third year at Hogwarts. A harrowing ride on the Knight Bus places him in Diagon Alley where he learns that escaped prisoner, Sirius Black is coming for him.
At Hogwarts, during a Divination class, Professor Trelawney  foresees Harry's death in the tealeaves of his cup, which form the shape of a 'Grim' or large dog. In tealeaf reading this symbolises death. In Defence Against the Dark Arts, Professor Lupin instructs the class in the defeat of a Boggart, which changes its form to appear as ones greatest fear. When Harry steps up, it manifests itself as a Dementor, however Lupin steps in to defeat it before Harry gets the chance. In Care of Magical Creatures, Harry and friends learned the delicate art of approaching a Hippogriff, named Buckbeak.
            Once in Hogsmeade village, and back under his Invisibility Cloak, Harry catches sight of Fudge and Professor Minerva McGonagall chatting in the street, discussing Black and himself. He follows them as they go inside and is shocked to overhear that Sirius Black was his parents' best friend and is still his godfather and a legal guardian. Black supposedly divulged the Potters' secret whereabouts to Lord Voldemort and murdered their friend Peter Pettigrew, as well as twelve Muggle bystanders (non-magic humans). Harry vows to kill Black. On returning from the outing we find out from Hagrid that as a consequence of Lucuis Malfoys complaint, Buckbeat has been sentenced to death. That same night, after hours, Harry is astonished when he sees the aforementioned Peter Pettigrew's name on the Marauder's Map.
            Finally Harry, Ron and Hermione confront Sirius Black who he has been led to believe wishes to kill him, and whom he wishes to kill. We discover that as an illegal Animagus, Black can transform into any animal at will, thus he is also the infamous black dog. Professor Lupin, who had spotted the group on the confiscated Marauder's Map, suddenly bursts in and embraces his old friend Black. Confronted by Hermione, Lupin admits to being a werewolf. Lupin and Black then explain that Black is not the one who betrayed the Potters, rather it was Peter Pettigrew, who has been hiding for twelve years in his Animagus form as Scabbers, Ron's rat. He is Voldemort's servant, not Black, and framed Black for his crimes. Meanwhile Snape bursts in also confronting Black but is disposed of by Harry. Harry is sceptical of the story until Black and Lupin force Pettigrew back into his human form, and after some squealing resistance Pettigrew finally confesses that it is true, proving Blacks' innocence. Black further clears up the misunderstanding by explaining that on discovering Pettigrew was still alive he escaped Azkaban in order to kill him. As Lupin and Black are about to kill Pettigrew, Harry stops them, and showing Pettigrew mercy, tells him they will take him back to the castle, where he can be left for the Dementors.
When the group heads back to the castle, as the full moon rises it causes Lupin to turn into the dangerous werewolf since he had neglected to take his potion which inhibits this transformation. Black responds by transforming again into the black dog in order to protect Harry, Ron and Hermione. The werewolf and Black have a vicious fight. During the ensuing commotion, Pettigrew transforms himself back into the rat and escapes, not pursued. Harry runs forward in his angst at Sirus torture at the hands of the werewolf, inadvertently attracting its attention. However while approaching Harry it is distracted by some other distant werewolf cry. Meanwhile, Sirius, badly injured, has moved down to the nearby lake where he lies at the edge. Harry follows and kneels over him. As he does so, a swarm of Dementors approaches them. Harry produces a Patronus to try and fend them off, however it is not nearly strong enough and they both begin to submit to the Dementors. Then on the other side of the river appears the brilliant white symbol of a stag and an immense Patronus which drives the Dementors away. Harry faints.
            Harry awakens in the hospital wing to hear the news that Sirius Black has been captured and is about to be given the Dementor's Kiss, to suck out his soul. Dumbledore enters and Harry, Ron and Hermione try and convince him of Blacks' innocence. Dumbledore somehow already knows but says that their word alone wont be believed. He suggests mysteriously however, that Harry and Hermione travel in time back by using Hermione's time-turning device, which they now find out is how she has been attending simultaneous classes, and at least save both Black and Buckbeak from their fates. Hermione turns her hour-glass necklace back three turns (three hours), and Harry and Hermione are together thrust into the past, where they observe and remould the evenings events. They throw stones through the window of Hagrid's hut, alerting themselves to the approaching execution party. They rescue Buckbeak while the execution party is inside with Hargid shortly before the execution, thus absolving Hargid of any blame. Hermione diverts the attention of the werewolf Lupin stalking the past Harry with an imitation of another werewolf's cry. And, from a hiding place in the forest, Harry watches the Dementor sequence and realises as it fails to appear, that he must have been the one who conjured the powerful Patronus. After saving his past self and Black from the Dementors, Harry and Hermione fly to the tower on Buckbeak where Black is imprisoned, and rescue him. Black and Buckbeak leave, Black riding on his back. Harry and Hermione make it back to the hospital wing just as the timeline restores itself, and a reticent Dumbledore merrily bids them goodnight.
            As the school year end approaches, Lupin announces that he is resigning, believing that parents of the students would not be comfortable in the now open knowledge that he is a werewolf. Harry later receives a gift from an unknown source, a Firebolt, an extremely fast racing broom. Hermione holds up a large feather, also contained within the parcel, confirming that Sirius must have sent it. Harry tries it out and is whisked away from sight, ending the film with the snapshot image of Harry flying his new broom, ecstatic.


            We thought this was excellent, better than the first two Harry Potter novels combined and better than what has followed. That's our feeling, and we're still sticking to it. As with previous Potter novels, this one is wonderful. The mischievous trio are back in their third year at Hogwarts. Potter is a slightly different character in this novel as the anger inside of him for what happened to his parents has grown over the years. This made, for us, the novel much more enjoyable than the first and second. We got tired of the dark, nasty and/or annoying characters of the first two novels, and especially the irritating blonde wise-guy kid. In other words, there is no despicable villain to hate throughout the novel, which we thought was refreshing. Instead, we just go through one adventure after another until the final surprise ending. We got many valueable things after we had read this novel, such as friendship, loyalty, and solidarity. We learnt that we need a big sacrifice to get a big thing. Overall, any age should enjoy this novel.

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