Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

fantasy novel by J. K. Rowling
For the 2004 film adaptation, see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film).

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling. It was first published in 1999.


  • I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me!


  • What would we want to be prefects for? It'd take all the fun out of life.
  • I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
  • We tried to shut him [Percy] in a pyramid. But Mum spotted us.

Albus Dumbledore

  • The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.
  • 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?

Rubeus Hagrid

  • I'm not blamin' yeh … but I gotta tell yeh, I thought you two'd value yer friend more'n broomsticks or rats. Tha's all.
  • When a wizard goes over ter the Dark Side there's nothin' and no one matters to 'em anymore.…
  • Ah, well. People can be a bit stupid about their pets.

Sirius Black

  • If you made a better rat than a human Peter, that's not much to boast about.
  • Tell them whatever you like. But make it quick, Remus. I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for. (Pg. 350)
  • What was there to be gained by fighting the most evil wizard who has ever existed? Only innocent lives, Peter.
  • There's enough filth on my robes without you touching them.

Aunt Marge

  • I still don't like your tone, boy. If you can speak of your beatings in that casual way, they clearly aren't hitting you hard enough. Petunia, I'd write to them if I were you. Make it clear that you approve the use of extreme force in this boy's case.

Cornelius Fudge

  • Oh, come now, Harry, the Ministry doesn't send people to Azkaban for blowing up their aunts.

Professor McGonagall

  • And Potter, do try and win, won't you? Or we'll be out of the running for the eighth year in a row, as Professor Snape was kind enough to remind me only last night...
  • Ah, of course, there is no need to say any more, Miss Granger. Tell me, which of you will be dying this year?
  • Well, you look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you'll excuse me if I don't let you off homework. I assure you that if you die, you need not hand it in.

Professor Lupin

  • Your parents gave their lives to keep you alive, Harry. A poor way to repay them - gambling their sacrifice for a bag of magic tricks.
  • Now, my three friends could hardly fail to notice that I disappeared once a month. I made up all sorts of stories. I told them my mother was ill, and that I had to go home to see her... I was terrified they would desert me the moment they found out what I was. But of course, they, like you, Hermione, worked out the truth...
  • And they didn't desert me at all. Instead, they did something for me that would make my transformations not only bearable, but the best times of my life. They became Animagi.
  • You should have realised, Peter, if Voldemort didn't kill you, we would.
  • If you want to kill Harry, you'll have to kill us, too!

Professor Trelawney

  • It will happen tonight. The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by those who once followed. Tonight, before midnight, his servant will break free and rejoin his master, and with that servant's help, the Dark Lord will rise again, greater and more terrible than ever before...


  • Harry and Ron both made furious moves toward Malfoy, but Hermione got there first — SMACK!
    She had slapped Malfoy across the face with all the strength she could muster. Malfoy staggered. Harry, Ron, Crabbe, and Goyle stood flabbergasted as Hermione raised her hand again.
    • Ch. 15, "The Quidditch Final", p. 293


Ron Weasley: Yeah, it will. You won't have to do all the work alone this time, Hermione. I'll help.
Hermione: Oh, Ron!
(Hermione flung her arms around Ron's neck and broke down completely. Ron, looking quite terrified, patted her very awkwardly on the top of the head.)

Harry Potter: Right, you've got a sort of wonky cross… That means you're going to have 'trials and suffering', sorry about that, but there's a thing that could be the sun … hang on … that means 'great happiness' … so you're going to suffer but be very happy about it...…
Ron Weasley: You need your inner eye tested.

Harry Potter: I'm not going to be murdered.
Mirror: That's the spirit, dear.

Fred Weasley: How're we getting to King's Cross tomorrow, Dad?
Arthur Weasley: The Ministry's providing a couple cars.
Percy Weasley: Why?
George Weasley: It's because of you, Percy, and there'll be little flags on the hoods, with HB on them...
Fred Weasley: ...for Humongous Bighead.

Uncle Vernon: What’s that? If it’s another form for me to sign, you’ve got another--
Harry Potter: It’s not. It’s a letter from my godfather.
Uncle Vernon: Godfather? You haven’t got a godfather!
Harry Potter: Yes I have. 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 I’m happy.

The Marauder's Map: Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business.
Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git.
Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a Professor.
Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.

Professor Trelawney: Would anyone like me to help interpret the shadowy portents within their orb?
Ron: I don't need any help. It's obvious what this means. There's going to be loads of fog tonight.

[in their first Divination lesson, reading tea leaves]
Ron: Right, what can you see?
Harry: A load of soggy brown stuff.

Quotes about

  • I’ve read [Prisoner of Azkaban] so much I’m sick of it. I never read either of the others over and over again when editing them, but I really had to this time. The hard work, the significant rewrites I wanted to do, are over, so if it needs more cuts after this, I’m ready to make them, speedily…
  • ...Theosophy, with which Rowling has some familiarity, as is clear from her reference in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to the fictitious author “Cassandra Vablatsky” and her equally fictitious book Unfogging the Future. “Vablatsky” is a metathesis of “Blavatsky,” and “Cassandra” is an appropriate substitute for “Helena,” because Cassandra was the daughter of Priam, King of Troy, a prophetess who always spoke the truth but was never believed and because Cassandra’s story is part of the great war of the Iliad, fought over Helen.

Harry Potter  (book series, film series) by J. K. Rowling
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets book film
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban book film
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book film
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book film
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book film
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book films part 1 and part 2
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore film