- Harry Potter
- James Potter
- Lily Potter
- Ron Weasley
- Hermione Granger
- Remus Lupin
- Sirius Black
- Peter Pettigrew
- Albus Dumbledore
- The Dursleys
- Sybill Trelawney
- Aunt Marg
The hero and protagonist, Harry is a twelve-year-old boy with messy hair and glasses who became famous within the wizard community by surviving the curse of a powerful wizard. Harry frequently finds himself entangled in dangerous adventures but he always lives to tell the tale. Harry’s character represents good intentions, innocence, and the fantasies of childhood. Harry Potter, “The Boy Who Lived,” the savior of the wizarding world and the only living wizard to defeat Lord Voldemort, is the protagonist of J. K. Rowlings series of novels. In this third installment, Harry heads back to Hogwarts with the threat of an escaped convict, Sirius Black, who according to the Ministry of Magic wants nothing more than to add Harry to his long list of alleged murder victims.
Harry’s mother who sacrificed herself to save Harry from Voldemort; Harry can hear her screams when Dementors are near.
Harry’s father, also killed by Voldemort; his animagi stag becomes the shape of Harry’s patronus. One of the creators of the Marauder’s Map.
Ron is one of Harry’s best friends and is his partner in crime. Ron comes from a huge wizarding family, the Weasleys. What they lack in wealth, they make up for in love and kindness. Ron’s relationship with Harry is sometimes strained by the notion that he is merely a “sidekick,” and he falls short of his friend’s talent and athleticism on the quidditch field. But Ron is always loyal and courageous when he needs to be.
Ron is tall, red-haired, and from a respected but poor family. Ron is one of Harry’s two best friends at Hogwarts. He is loyal to Harry, and belligerent to their enemy, Malfoy. Ron uses experience and a process of trial-and-error to solve most mysteries. Ron’s character is often overshadowed by Harry’s, but Ron always manages to succeed.
Hermione Granger is Hogwarts’ cleverest pupil and Harry’s other best friend. She learns spells easily and is always the first to solve problems and crack mysteries. Hermione’s academic ambitions play a prominent role in this book, because she requires the use of a time-turner to take more classes than is possible in the normal constraints of time. Her time-turner serves a higher purpose at the end of the book when she and Harry go back in time to save innocent lives.
Hermione is always the top student in her class. She is clever and well-read. Most spells come easily to her and remain in her encyclopedic mind.. However, she is in principle a rule-follower, and so in this story she often alienates Harry and Ron by reporting or threatening to report them to Professor McGonagall, in cases such as Harry’s gift of the Firebolt, or his possession and use of the Marauder’s map.
Once a student who attended Hogwarts fifty years prior to Harry’s time, Voldemort molded himself into the most powerful dark wizard the world has ever seen. Twelve years before, he killed Harry’s parents and tried to kill Harry, only to have his curse backfire and render him powerless. It is generally believed that Sirius Black turned Harry’s parents over to Voldemort, although in truth, Peter Pettigrew is guilty.
Voldemort. Once a student who attended Hogwarts fifty years prior to Harry’s time, Voldemort molded himself into the most powerful dark wizard the world has ever seen. Twelve years before, he killed Harry’s parents and tried to kill Harry, only to have his curse backfire and render him powerless.
Remus Lupin is the newly appointed teacher of Defense against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. He quickly becomes a favorite teacher among students for his “hands-on” approach, teaching the students to cast spells instead of having them use their textbooks. Since he was a boy, Lupin has suffered from being a werewolf. He was best friends with Harry’s dad at Hogwarts, and together with James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew, created the Marauder’s Map.
Lupin is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and he is very competent and likeable. He teaches Harry how to defend himself against Dementors, but he is forced to leave Hogwarts at the end of the year on account of his being a werewolf. He is one of the creators of the Marauder’s Map.
Sirius Black is the titular prisoner of Azkaban who is wrongly accused and convicted of causing Peter Pettigrew’s death and the death of thirteen Muggles. Harry learns over the course of the novel that Sirius Black was his father’s childhood best friend, the best man at his parent’s wedding, and his own godfather. Sirius is also an Animagus and is able to transform into a black dog at will.
Once James Potter’s best friend, now an escaped convict from the wizard prison Azkaban, Black is suspected to be the cause of twelve Muggle deaths as well as the indirect cause of the deaths of Harry’s parents. He is a threat on the frontier of this story, one of the premier good wizards turned bad, although in the end he is revealed to be innocent in addition to being Harry’s godfather. Also, Black is able to transform himself at will into Padfoot, a large black dog that Harry mistakes for the Grim. One of the creators of the Marauder’s Map.
The gamekeeper at Hogwarts and a good friend of Harry’s, Hagrid is a giant, hairy man with an inimitable accent, and he has a great liking for strange and dangerous creatures. In this book, he is the defender of Buckbeak, a hippogriff that is placed on trial for injuring Draco Malfoy.
Peter Pettigrew was a childhood friend of James Potter, Lupin, and Sirius Black. He is an Animagus and can turn into a rat at will. The particular rat he turns into happened to fall into the hands of the Weasleys twelve years ago, after he framed Sirius for selling the Potters out to Voldemort and killing thirteen Muggles.
The fourth in the group of friends that included James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin, Pettigrew betrayed Lily and James, turning their whereabouts over the Voldemort, then blowing up a dozen Muggles, framing Black and turning himself into a rat so that he could escape. Another of the creators of the Marauder’s Map. Disguised as Scabbers, he has lived many years as Ron’s pet rat.
The impish, seemingly all-knowing Headmaster of Hogwarts. Dumbledore is beyond upset by the fact that Dementors are patrolling the grounds of his school, but he recognizes that they are a necessary evil to maintain the safety of his pupils.
Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, is a wise, powerful, elderly man with a long silver beard, and he is one of the most impressive characters Harry has ever met. He has a calm, secretive demeanor and is extremely intuitive, tolerant, and trustworthy.
Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and Harry’s cousin Dudley make up the Dursleys of Number 4 Privet Drive. The Dursleys are Harry’s only living relatives, and they are Muggles who hate everything having to do with magic and forbid Harry from talking about the wizarding world. Harry’s life with the Dursley’s is miserable, but he’s forced to live there every summer. Uncle Vernon is a beefy drill salesman, Aunt Petunia is a stay-at-home gossip, and Dudley is a spoiled, gluttonous teenager who enjoys nothing more than watching his dad verbally abuse Harry.
Trelawney is the professor of Divination at Hogwarts. She teaches students the imprecise art of seeing the future, reading palms and tea leaves, and gazing into crystal balls. The narration suggests strongly that Trelawney lacks the “inner eye” until the end, when she appears to have a real prophecy. The catch is that she doesn’t actually remember having the prophecy.
Vernon Dursley’s visiting sister; a loud, beefy, nasty-tempered Muggle woman who adores attack dogs and enjoys insulting Harry and his late parents.