Snape’s Grudge

chapter fourteen of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Ron becomes a celebrity, but despite Hagrid’s plea, refuses to make up with Hermione. Harry then sneaks into Hogsmeade – where he is spotted by Malfoy. Lupin saves Harry from a confrontation with Snape, but leaves him feeling awful, and things get still worse when he learns that Buckbeak is to be executed.

Front Doors, by Tealin Raintree

Professor Flitwick could be seen teaching the front doors to recognize a large picture of Sirius Black….


Ron's Craning His Neck, by Cambryn

“Hogsmeade, next weekend!” said Ron, craning over the heads to read the new notice. “What d’you reckon?”

(by Cambryn)


The Shrieking Shack, by Tealin Raintree

The Shrieking Shack… stood a little way above the rest of the village, and even in daylight was slightly creepy.


Professor Snape, by Laurence Peguy

“Mr. Malfoy has just been to see me with a strange story, Potter.”


Professor Snape Fetches Lupin, by Laurence Peguy

“Lupin!” Snape called into the fire. “I want a word!”


by Sayurikemiko

Harry had the impression that Lupin was doing some very quick thinking.


Just an Artefact, by Vizen

“Full of Dark Magic?” he repeated mildly. “Do you really think so, Severus? It looks to me as though it is merely a piece of parchment that insults anybody who reads it. Childish, but surely not dangerous?”

(by Vizen)


Professor Lupin, by Ani Bester

“I cannot make you take Sirius Black seriously. But I would have thought that what you have heard when the dementors draw near you would have had more of an effect on you. 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.”


Friends Again, by Maria Abagnale

She was holding a letter in her hands and her lip was trembling. “I just thought you ought to know… Hagrid lost his case. Buckbeak is going to be executed.”


about the chapter


Life at Hogwarts

There are a dozen classes at Hogwarts (one of which is taught on the grounds), and four dormitories, plus some common areas like the Great Hall – but the castle is absolutely enormous. For instance, Sir Cadogan’s painting hangs on the seventh floor, and each floor seems to have its own maze of hallways and secret passages. What the heck is the function of all the rooms in this building?

The Boy Who Lived

Harry’s trip to Hogsmeade, against Hermione’s protests, really isn’t his or Ron’s proudest moment. It’s a stupid, arrogant mistake on so many levels, and in doing it, among other things, they also further risk their friendship with Hermione (right after Hagrid gets on them for the way they’ve treated her). When Lupin chastises Harry for all that he’s risked for a “bag of magic tricks,” he hits the nail right on the head – and he doesn’t even know all that Harry’s been putting in jeopardy for a trip to Hogsmeade.

Something to Remember

After two years of curiosity and adventurously finding things out, Harry and Ron seem content this year to leave more than one question unanswered. They just don’t seem to care that much about how Hermione is getting to her classes, or in the case of this chapter, why Sirius Black left Ron alone, what Harry’s father did to Snape, or why Lupin knows the four people who wrote the Marauder’s Map. In many ways this book is still a mystery to be solved, but instead of Harry, Ron, and Hermione doing the solving (as they did in the first two novels), we’re more or less left to do it on our own.

18 Responses to “Snape’s Grudge”

  1. perhaps other rooms for when the wizarding population is higher…perhaps in other times there have been more teachers. or perhaps the founders were anticipating a college of some sorts…or a safe place for wizards to stay when muggles got too curious.

  2. Maybe Harry and Ron don’t feel that they NEED to figure something out in this book: When it was the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry was sure Voldemort would be after it, and made it his personal quest to stop him. In year two, people were getting petrified and the school wasn’t safe (and everyone expected Harry: proving them wrong can be a good motivator)
    This year, besides a breaking and entering by a mass-murderer, nothing life-treathening has happened yet. They don’t NEED to find out, since the measures around them will take care of that. (though if I were an orphan and could figure something out about my parents, I would really want figure it out more than Harry does now.)
    Besides, in half the book Hermione and Ron (and sometimes Harry too) aren’t speaking with each other. Without the logic and quotes from Hogwarts a History, Ron and Harry aren’t as good at thinking and deducting as they are with the 3 of them together…

  3. kim, definitely a good point about Harry and Ron figuring things out. I think I’m just frustrated at times with this kid’s apparent lack of curiosity :)


    I had a thought on the surplus rooms. In the fifth book, Dumbledore says that he was thinking about getting rid of Divination all together, but ended up hiring Trelawney. Umbridge also tells her students that subjects aren’t taught to Ministry approved courses. This indicates that the subjects are neither fixed nor regulated. So perhaps some of the surplus rooms were for old subjects?

  5. As I said before, the lack of curiosity that Harry has about his parents is astonishing. I mean, here’s a man that knew them and he only asks about dementors.
    Anyway, I love what the map writes to Snape. I laughed a lot, like with McGonagall’s comments to Trelawney during Christmas.

  6. I always feel so bad for Hermione in this chapter. I mean, Ron and Harry are pretty much her only friends. I imagine that Parvati and Lavender aren’t all that friendly to her and this is before Ginny has really come out of her shell. I always wonder what it’s like in the girls’ dormitory.

  7. Don’t rooms have the ability to move around like the Room of Requirement? If they do, then they would need somewhere to move to right? I know the entrance to the Room of Requirement changes but i thought the room’s actual location changed as well. hmm. It certainly did later in the series…

  8. I think Harry didn’t ask about his parents because he didn’t want to hear about Sirius as well. Also, he risked giving away the small amount of info he has. Which was given to him at the 3 broomsticks. Though that doesn’t matter if he talked to Lupin after this chapter.

  9. I feel like the reason Harry didn’t ask about his parents is that he didn’t feel comfortable. I mean, I know that Lupin and Harry had loads of conversations about Dementors and the like, but if you notice, any time that Harry started to probe the question of his parents, Lupin would either repond with a short answer or state that he had to be going on with his business.

    I always feel so horrible for Harry because the only people who could have told him about his family end up leaving or are unable to do so for whatever reason. It always struck me as odd that Lupin, knowing Harry and his past, wouldn’t sit him down and talk to him about James or Lily. I thought it might have been a nice touch. :( Poor Harry!

  10. I agree with Sarah. Harry did ask about his parents a couple of times but Lupin’s answers didn’t invite further probing.

    It’s interesting to watch the development of Harry and Hermione’s friendship. Harry is definitely closer to Ron in the first half of the series, given that when Ron and Hermione aren’t speaking it’s Ron that Harry hangs around with (although he is still friends with Hermione too). Unsurprising given that the boys were friends first, and that they’re both boys (gender makes a big difference to kids). Harry and Hermione seem to grow closer in the second half of the series, and by DH they’re like brother and sister.

  11. Lets not forget they are 13, its a very selfish, and confusing age.

  12. The scene when Snape asks Harry about his head being in Hogsmeade is just about my favourite scene in all the books. I was so disappointed when it wasn’t included in the film. I think it should have been-it would have been hilarious!!

  13. This is a very beautiful scene, when Snape tells Harry to turn out his pockets I held my breath! And I also wonder: when Lupin sees the Marauder’s Map on Snape’s desk…what is he thinking? What is his “odd, closed expression” like? I imagine he’s like “Oh my…! What the hell..??” or something like that, if I think about that it makes me laugh :)

  14. Off the topic question, but if Neville is banned from knowing the password then he has to wait for someone else to say it. Doesn’t he learn the passwords when the other students say it in front of him? Or is he just really that hopeless at memorizing them?

  15. I wonder why Snape thought that Harry got the map directly from the manufactuers? Did Snape ever find out the nicknames of the Marauders?

  16. Apparently he did. Maybe the Marauders called each other like that in front of him… But I don’t understand who gave the map to Harry according to Snape…James, Lupin or Sirius? (Pettigrew is supposed to be dead)

  17. Margaret, James is also dead, and Sirius is supposed to be trying to kill Harry. So I imagine Snape is talking about Lupin. Given his clear distrust of Lupin all year, and his anger at Dumbledore for hiring him, it certainly fits.

  18. I agree. Actually I just thought Snape believed Harry to get the Map by inheritance or something, that’s why I said “James”, even if he’s dead. Anyway the tangle of Snape’s and Lupin’s thoughts in this scene for me is so full of suspence: Snape who suspects about Lupin but doesn’t know that Lupin understood more than everyone else in that room… and poor Harry who can’t understand anything!

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