Harry Potter Off Camera: Years 3-4

Harry began to grow up in his third year at Hogwarts, and it really started when he overheard Mr. and Mrs. Weasley discussing the fact that Sirius Black had escaped Azkaban just to come after him. All of a sudden Harry was becoming a center of everyone’s attention, whether he liked it or not – and the problem only worsened the following year when he unexpectedly became a Triwizard champion. Voldemort’s return, of course, marks the end of an era as well: after these two years in transition, Harry will think of little else until Voldemort is gone.

Third Year Trio, by Hannah-Dora

Harry’s friendships are put to a test, as he spends a good chunk of one year not talking to Hermione and a good chunk of the next avoiding Ron. But of course, each relationship comes out on the other side stronger for the experience.
Both Ron and Hermione had decided to remain at Hogwarts [over Christmas], and though Ron said it was because he couldn’t stand two weeks with Percy, and Hermione insisted she needed to use the library, Harry wasn’t fooled; they were doing it to keep him company, and he was very grateful. (PA10)


Neville and Snape, by glockgal

Meanwhile poor Neville seems to get less capable with every year….
“Tell me, boy, does anything penetrate that thick skull of yours? Didn’t you hear me say, quite clearly, that only one rat spleen was needed? Didn’t I state plainly that a dash of leech juice would suffice? What do I have to do to make you understand, Longbottom?” (PA7)


Parvati and Lavender, by prettyannamoon

…and Parvati and Lavender find their new favorite subject.
Parvati Patil and Lavender Brown had taken to haunting Professor Trelawney’s tower room at lunch times, and always returned with annoyingly superior looks on their faces, as though they knew things the others didn’t. (PA8)


by Ani Bester

Another interesting aspect of Harry’s third year is the fact that Pettigrew spends the entire year disguised as Scabbers, knowing full well that he’s around his old friend Lupin. I have to wonder what went through his mind as he considered Lupin and Sirius’s situations. Did he feel any regret? Or remorse?
“Sirius, Sirius, what could I have done? The Dark Lord… you have no idea… he has weapons you can’t imagine…. I was scared, Sirius, I was never brave like you and Remus and James. I never meant it to happen…. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named forced me — He — he was taking over everywhere!” gasped Pettigrew. “Wh — what was there to be gained by refusing him?”


Overworked Hermione, by salamandersoup

Meanwhile, taking twelve classes and being Harry Potter’s friend proved to be a little much for poor Hermione.
Hermione’s immense workload finally seemed to be getting to her. Every night, without fail, Hermione was to be seen in a corner of the common room, several tables spread with books, Arithmancy charts, rune dictionaries, diagrams of Muggles lifting heavy objects, and file upon file of extensive notes; she barely spoke to anybody and snapped when she was interrupted. (PA12)


Mischief Managed, by robin edwards

Though while Hermione spent her time studying, it’s not hard to envision Ron and Harry taking advantage of their new toy, the Marauder’s Map.
Harry’s frequent nighttime wanderings had given him an unusually good knowledge of the castle’s secret passageways… (HBP15)


Preparing for Trial, by gerre

And oh yes, Hermione did find time to help Hagrid prep for Buckbeak’s trial, too.
“[Hermione’s] cried a fair few times, yeh know. Goin’ through a rough time at the moment. Bitten off more’n she can chew, if yeh ask me, all the work she’s tryin’ ter do. Still found time ter help me with Buckbeak’s case, mind…. She’s found some really good stuff fer me… reckon he’ll stand a good chance now…” (PA14)

(by gerre)


On the Way Home, by Alicia M.B

By fourth year, of course, the trio are all friends again, and Harry even gets to go to Hogsmeade…
Harry looked eagerly inside the envelope. There was another piece of parchment in there. He read it through quickly and felt suddenly as warm and contented as though he’d swallowed a bottle of hot butterbeer in one gulp.
“I, Sirius Black, Harry Potter’s godfather, hereby give him permission to visit Hogsmeade on weekends.”


Barty Bamboozling the Goblet, by FrizzyHermione

…until Harry’s seemingly pleasant year gets screwed up by this guy.
“Imagining things, am I?” growled Moody. “Seeing things, eh? It was a skilled witch or wizard who put the boy’s name in that goblet. . . (GF17)


Dobby Washed the Socks, by mneomosyne

Of course one highlight of Harry’s year is running into Dobby, ecstatic about his freedom and collecting odd clothing for himself.
“Socks are Dobby’s favorite, favorite clothes, sir!” he said, ripping off his odd ones and pulling on Uncle Vernon’s. (GF23)


Bad News, by Miri

But by the end of the year, Voldemort is back. And while we know Harry and Dumbledore are both filled with regret over the news, it’s both interesting and sad to think of how Snape must feel to see that Dark Mark burn, too.
“Severus,” said Dumbledore, turning to Snape, “you know what I must ask you to do. If you are ready . . . if you are prepared …”
“I am,” said Snape.

(by Miri)


18 Responses to “Harry Potter Off Camera: Years 3-4”

  1. Again, beautiful artwork posted.

    Random aside: I sort of like that Moody by FrizzyHermione looks a little like Benjamin Franklin.

  2. :( I can’t see the last two pieces of art… after the one of Moody it’s just blank space with words at the bottom :( but I really like these off-camera picutes, I like them a lot :)

  3. Oh nevermind I can see them now haha :)

  4. Love the Dobby-socks!

  5. Yeah he does! I really LOVE this website!!! Thanks to all the artists and you!

  6. My two favorites are the Dobby socks and HRH returning from Hogsmeade. I think they both would make awesome Christmas cards! (Also, typo in “Didn’t you hear me say, quite clearly, that only one -tat spleen was needed?”?)

  7. What a great idea! This site has really become something unique. I can’t wait to see more!

  8. Awh (:. The Dobby with the socks one is adorable. I love Dobby<3

  9. Dobby is so cute!

  10. I liked the last picture of Snape.

  11. aww dobby and his socks are like, the cutest thing!

  12. I’m just addicted to this website! I can’t stop looking at all these pictures! It’s 3 in the morning and I’ve been here for hours. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, for gathering all these images. The chapter-by-chapter art blew me away. I can’t even imagine how long it must’ve taken you to gather them all. This is a wonderful, brilliant site and I just love it!

  13. i luv dobby pic!!

  14. I L-O-V-E THE DOBBY PIC!!!

  15. I notice that throughout the site, Sirius is overlooked, barely gets even a mention in third year and a token, oh well he died in fifth year but victory for Harry! Um, Harry considered his godfather family and was devastated by his death. Plus, I see you’ve painted Snape again as the poor victim, barely mentioning that he was heavily into the dark arts. If he was throwing dark spells at poor helpless girls as shown in the memory in TDH, he was very likely doing worse to the Marauders and yet you say how poor Snape could get couldn’t away from them. Ahem, Snape was a murderer, didn’t care a whit when James and Harry might be killed. He was a horrible man. Snape through rose-coloured glasses is getting so old.

  16. I heartily agree with Tabitha. Snape was incredibly brave, no doubt. Incredibly brave. But he was still a terrible and selfish person. He wanted to save Lily’s life but was perfectly content to watch a 1 year old be murdered. I never understand how people can condemn James for being a bit of a bully (to an obviously future DeathEater though..) when he so clearly was a very good person otherwise.. but then Snape is put up on a pedestal because he.. what? Loved Lily? So did James. Died for the greater good? Um yeah.. James too. So James is a bully as a youngster.. CONDEMNED. Snape is a DeathEater likely torturing and murdering people.. HERO.

    It makes me sad.

  17. Zeo, good point. I never really thought about it that way.

  18. Severus Snape is an exceptionally complex character. That’s all I’m saying on that front for now. (Though the last pic is good and I agree about the annotation).
    I like James don’t worry.
    Interesting theory about Ron, Harry & the map….
    And I do wonder how Wormy felt, too.

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