19 Jul 2009

Essays on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Third in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Prisoner of Azkaban begins to reveal more of the history that has brought Harry Potter to where he is, preparing him for the ultimate battle to come.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the story begins with an incident in which Harry ends up blowing his aunt up like a hot air balloon in a fit of anger over her derogatory words about his parents.  After she floats away, Harry packs his bags and runs away.  He encounters and is brought to the “Leaky Cauldron” by a magic-realm bus called the “Knight” bus.  He finds Ron and Hermoine are also there the next morning and together they begin their trip back to Hogwart’s for their third year at the school. On the train to Hogwart’s, they end up in a cabin with a Hogwart’s teacher who pretends to be asleep.  During the ride they found out that the teacher is Professor Lupin, who is to be their new “defense against the dark arts” instructor.

During the ride to Hogwart’s, the train is stopped and searched by creatures called Dementors who are searching for an escaped convict from Azkaban, the same prison mentioned in Chamber of Secrets.  Harry ends up affected by the Dementors, passing out during the encounter and saved by the “sleeping” teacher in the cabin.  Other than himself, no one on the train is affected by the Dementors.

As they reach the school, Harry and his fellow students find out the Dementors are to be posted outside of Hogwart’s on the pretense of protecting Harry who they believe the escapee, Sirius Black, is out to kill.  As the story progresses, Harry finds out that Sirius is his godfather and mistakenly believes he betrayed them.  In response to Harry’s reaction to Dementors, Professor Lupin teaches Harry how to keep a Dementor at bay with the “Patronus” spell.

Harry later learns that Professor Lupin is a werewolf, while Sirius, who turns out to be Professor Lupin’s brother, is an Amiginous (a human-animal shape shifter).  During their encounter with Sirius, Harry learns that he, in fact, was wrongly accused.  Harry and Hermoine go back in time at Dumbledore’s request and save more than one life.

  • J.K. Rowling seems to incorporate hidden lessons in every novel she writes.  In Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is taught fundamental lessons in family loyalty and never jumping to conclusions, no matter how significant the current “evidence” might seem.  Describe how the breadcrumbs of evidence in the novel initially lead Harry to believe Sirius is an enemy and how this could happen during criminal investigations in our own society.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In this second book of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling continues following young Harry Potter into his second year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Harry quickly learns that there is a massive plot underway and that Hogwart’s may not be as safe as previously assumed.

Harry Potter, a young wizard, is stuck living with his uncle and aunt once again, but this time they have given him his own room.  His uncle has guests over and tells Harry to remain in his room and make no sound as they do not wish to let anyone know that he is there.  A house elf named Dobby comes to visit Harry because he wishes to warn Harry not to return to Hogwart’s that year.  Harry refuses to say he will not return and Dobby gets Harry in trouble by dropping a cake on top of his uncle’s guest.  Harry is locked into his room, but Ron Weasley comes to free him and takes him back to the Weasley’s home.

Departing for Hogwart’s, they find the train station portal close and decide to take Mr. Weasley’s flying car instead to get there.  Soon after their arrival there is an incident where the caretaker Mr. Filch’s cat is found petrified and that begins the trouble.  It seems someone has opened the chamber of secrets, releasing a monster that resides within that years before had killed a girl in Hogwart’s.  And it seems that it is wishing to kill again.  It is said that only the heir to the Slitherin name can open the chambers and therefore Harry, Ron, and Hermoine begin a search to figure out who the heir is.
Harry begins hearing voices in the walls and begins to think perhaps he is the one causing all the trouble.  The headmaster assures him that he isn’t, but as the voices continue, Harry is increasingly determined to get to the bottom of things.

Harry finds a diary from a boy named Tom Riddle and the diary takes him into the past to the day the chamber killed someone.  Harry learns that Hagrid was expelled over the incident, accused of causing the incident with a monster spider.  Returning to the present, Harry learns that Hagrid is being sent to Azkaban prison, but even with him gone more petrified people begin to show up.  Harry and the others find the entrance to the Chamber after Ron’s sister Ginny is taken and they find out that the person opening it wasn’t a current student after all.

  • Once again, J.K. Rowling manages to hide a secret lesson within her captivating tale of Harry Potter’s adventures.  In “Secret Chamber,” the hidden lesson is a mix of Harry learning the importance of courage and self-confidence.  Give examples of how this is developed in the story and what effect each example has upon our hero.

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Essays on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Stories of young men and women coming of age and learning they are more than they seem abound in the world of literature.  Yet in recent years, this genre has been taken to new heights by J. K. Rowling through her Harry Potter Series.  As occasionally happens in international publishing, the story was renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for its release in the United States.

In the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry starts as a pre-adolescent boy who grew up living with non magical folk, also known as “muggles,” because his parents died when he was a baby.  Harry has a scar on his right forehead that he later learns is a mark of a powerful curse that was put upon him as a baby.  The curse was cast upon him by Lord Voldemort and was intended to kill him and his parents, yet he survived.  His parents were fighting against a wizard that had gone bad, so he killed them with a curse.  Voldemort in his attempt to kill Harry found his power reflected upon himself and was seriously injured, diminishing his power as a wizard.

The community of wizards thought that Voldemort was gone completely, yet dark secrets stalked young Harry Potter.  Throughout his young life, strange things happen around him until the day his first letter from Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry arrives.  With his uncle’s aggressive persistence in keeping Harry from receiving the letters, Harry becomes increasingly determined to find out what the letters are all about, even after his uncle moves the family to a remote island in an attempt to escape the flood of letters that grows with each passing day.  It is there, on Harry’s birthday, that Hagrid, groundskeeper of Hogwart’s, finally shows up to tell Harry the truth.  He is a wizard!

Based in part on reality, the “Philosopher’s Stone” was a substance that early alchemists were convinced would turn any metal into gold.  How does the additional mythos of eternal life factor into such an environment and how does it affect the nature of the storyline?

Voldemort is described as being hungry for power and willing to kill anyone in his way.  Harry is his dichotic opposite, having no desire for power and caring for all those around him.  Discuss the manner in which Rowling builds this image and critique its effectiveness.

Hidden within the novel is an underlying message of power being safest in the hands of those who don’t want it.  Find examples of this theme and discuss how this philosophy affects the actions of Harry Potter and his friends.

In addition to being a modern classic, Rowling’s first novel also demonstrates the tensions that occur between publishers and writers.  Rowling has expressed remorse over the renaming of the U.S. release of the story, yet does not regret allowing its publication in the U.S.  In the relationship between students and their instructors, issues of this nature are not uncommon.  Our team of dedicated writers understands this and is ready to assist you with any revisions necessary to help make your paper or presentation perfect.  All we need is your order to get started.

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