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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Discussion Questions

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

The Harry Potter series is a favorite for middle school students. The questions offered here will guide your students into an engaging discussion on the most salient aspects of the third book in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Discussion Based on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Things begin to get dark as Harry and his friends are drawn further into the underlying battle between good and evil. As Harry learns more about himself, he and his friends try desperately to live normal wizarding lives while surrounded by the most abnormal creatures.

Your upper primary and middle school students will love reading and discussing this book. Some of the themes can be a bit heavy for young students, so make sure to use discretion when discussing the book.

Characters

  • Compare Harry's character at the beginning of the novel to his character at the end of the book.
    • Has Harry grown in character during the course of the text? How so?
    • What important information has Harry learned about himself in this book?
    • Has Harry become a better person through the course of the book? Discuss your opinions and back them up with examples.
  • Hermione Granger can come off as a bit of a know-it-all. How do you feel about Hermione's character and the way in which she helps her friends?
    • What is, in your opinion, Hermione's most important contribution to the group? Discuss and support your answer.
    • Can you see any evidence that Hermione is breaking away from her typical rule-following character? Is this good or bad?
  • Conduct a character analysis of Ron Weasley.
    • What are his most salient strengths and weaknesses?
    • How are his weaknesses a danger to his friends?
    • In what ways does Ron benefit his friend group, family, the school, and the general battle going on in the story?
  • What impact does Remus Lupin have on the story?
    • How could Remus have been more support to Harry and Sirius?
  • What do you think it would be like for Harry to find out about his godfather, Sirius Black?
    • Do you agree with the author's choice to make Sirius a guardian for Harry? Why or why not?
    • How does Sirius' existence alter life for Harry?
  • Can Snape be characterized as a good guy or a bad guy? Discuss using examples from the book to support your opinion.
  • Who is the most important secondary character in this novel?
    • Make a list of the top five secondary characters in this novel. Now, discuss your lists with each other.

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