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English Essay

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


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QUESTION With reference to the text, discuss ways in which Harrys decisions have an Impact on the ways in which other characters develop. Make additional reference to other Harry Potter novels, if applicable

The character of Harry Potter has had an interesting effect on the students character development, none more so than that of his closest friends Ron and Hermione, but he has also effected Nevilles character development, but not as much as the aforementioned characters. Readers familiar with the main characters in the Harry Potter series will know that Ron is not the brightest character but has redeeming features such as his loyalty to Harry and his courageousness at times, whereas, Hermione is the bright and rational character, again, with a loyalty to Harry. Neville on the other hand is a mixture of Ron and Hermione, in the sense the he has the intelligence of Hermione and the courageousness of Ron, but is also clumsy and often easily intimidated, these features have been shown through this monumental book and movie series. But through all this, Harry has played a major part in how their character has developed over the first 3 books, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and finally Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but also into the final parts of the series, in the first movie, we see how these characters are first portrayed and how harry has influenced their development

In the first novel of the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone the major characters of the series are introduced as; Harry Potter, the apprehensive student, who has only just been introduced to the wizarding world, Ron Weasly, the grimy, dim witted wizard, Hermione Granger, the smart, overachiever and Neville Longbottom, the silently intelligent klutz. During the course of the movie, Harry, Ron and Hermione start to suspect that one of their teachers is planning on stealing the Philosophers Stone. This lead the

3 characters to leave the dorm room to investigate this idea. As they were leaving the Dorm, they were confronted by Neville "You can't go out, you'll be caught again. Gryffindor will be in even more trouble... I won't let you do it. I'll I'll fight you!", this took a great load of courage to stand up to his peers but without Harry Ron and Hermiones excessive rule breaking, it mightnt ever have happened, leaving Neville as a repressive wizard. But this left Harry Ron and Hermione to continue on with their quest to find the Philosophers Stone. As they arrived in the forbidden part of the castle, the right wing of the third-floor corridor, they are faced with a sleeping three-headed Cerberus, called Fluffy. Through this whole ordeal, Both Ron and Hermione have shown courageousness and intellect in their endeavour to retrieve the Philosophers Stone. At the end of the book, in the final banquet, all four aforementioned students had been awarded for their role in this victorious conquest. Neville was awarded for standing up for what is right, no matter who it was, which later on in the series, will be a major attribute to Neville Longbottoms character.

However, in the second book in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets the character development has somewhat halted. Unlike in the first text where the reader is being introduced to the main characters, in this book, we see Ron and Harry steal the car to get to Hogwarts, Hermione being petrified by the basilisk, Harry defeating the basilisk and Tom Marvolo Riddle (Voldemort), to save Ginny, who is Rons younger sister. Although none of the main character previously mentioned have evolved more than the average student, we do see the character of Draco Malfoy; a higher class Pure Blood wizard show his true colours. In this text, in comparison to the last, we see him

show disrespect to Hermione and others that are of Muggle decent. Draco on many occasions in both this movie and in others has called Hermione a Filthy little Mudblood, which is an offensive term for Pureblood Muggles. Malfoy had also told the story of Moaning Myrtle the girl who died when the chamber was opened 50 years ago. He has the purist belief that only Pureblood Wizards and Witches should be taught at Hogwarts. Draco Malfoys Psychological warfare as it were continues on though the whole series but is mainly played out in the second and third books, Dracos character development thrives off the psychological pain inflicted on those who have crossed his path, namely the Ron, Hermione and Harry. Although, vengeance is the sweetest thing, as the trio will find out in the third novel.

In the third novel we see the main characters show their soft sides and their bad sides. In this Novel, we see Hermione get her due by punching Draco, we see Ron be both scared and courageous at the same time in the shrieking shack, but we are also introduced to Professor Lupin, the new defence against the dark arts teacher and Harrys saviour. Through the course of this novel, Harry becomes increasingly close to Professor Lupin, who, after the run in with the Dementors on the train to Hogwarts, teaches him the Patronus Charm. But this has also had an affect Lupin, as he has now seen the son of his most cherished friend, Lily Potter. But this is the main effect that Harry has had on this characters development, with a reoccurring role in later novels. As for Hermione, after her previous encounters with Draco in the second novel, she now has a chance to get satisfaction from the boy who is the fault to many things at Hogwarts. In the scene before Buckbeaks death Hermione confronts Draco,

wand at the ready but is persuaded to back down, as this is something that is not expected from her character. She instead punches Draco in the nose resulting in him and his sidekicks running away like cowards. She got a great sense of thrill from hitting Draco as she has Always wanted to do that. As well as being more confronting and courageous in this novel, Hermione is also more caring and emotional. This is again portrayed in the scene where the Trio are awaiting Buckbeaks execution. This is one of many parts in the novel that Hermione is shown as a vulnerable character, giving her more room to grow. Harrys affect on Rons character development in this novel has somewhat settled. Rons development also hasnt continued, as he has just continued on being the immature character that he was in both first and second novels. He is however more courageous, yet cowardly in the scene of the shrieking shack, after being dragged by the anaimagus, AKA, Sirius Black.

As a whole, Novels one to three of the seven novel series are just stepping stones into the forth to seventh novel character developments. It is seen in the first three novels of the series that we are mainly being introduced to the characters and their problems. Harry being the legend child who is to defeat Lord Voldemort with Ron and Hermione fighting by his side with Neville stepping up to protect Gryffindor. But little does he know that the decisions that he makes, to find the Philosophers Stone or to stop Voldemort or even to free an innocent man, they are setting the Trio up for a battle of epic proportion.