Study Question on HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban

1) "You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no … anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just—exist. As an empty shell" (The Prisoner of Azkaban 247).

2) "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?….You know, Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night….You found him inside yourself" (The Prisoner of Azkaban 427-28).

3) Analyze the Animagi’s paradoxical representations (ambiguity and freedom), then compare this transformation to a child’s maturation process.

4). In The Prisoner of Azkaban, the Dementors "unseen" power affect Harry’s "unseen" emotional scars. Discuss the power of the Unseen, the absent, the disappearing, and shadows all play significant roles.

5). In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black is imprisoned for twelve years in Azkaban, and Pettigrew is imprisoned for the same amount of time in the body of a rat. Which character was more truly the prisoner? What does it mean to be imprisioned? Why are there no walls necessary for the Dementors?

6) How does the game of Quidditch represent Harry’s life at Hogwarts? Consider the position he plays on the team—"seeker." How is that role similar to the role he plays in the fight against evil? Consider and discuss how the game is visual metaphor for the book.

7. In this book, as in others, time is manipulated. Discuss the metaphor of time in this book? How is it connected to our concepts of space?

8. Father figures in the novel alternate and trade places. How does this influence our conception of Harry and his numerous struggles.