17 Things We Want to See in Jim Kay’s Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

17 Things We Want to See in Jim Kay’s Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

1. The Knight Bus

“With a yell, he rolled back onto the pavement, just in time. A second later, a gigantic pair of wheels and headlights screeched to a halt exactly where Harry had just been lying. They belonged, as Harry saw when he raised his head, to a triple-decker, violently purple bus, which had appeared out of thin air. Gold lettering over the windshield spelled The Knight Bus. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Three ‘The Knight Bus’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

We’ll get this one out the way quickly because Jim has already slapped it on the cover of his book so we all have a pretty good idea of how he’s illustrated this massive triple decker bus for stranded witches and wizards. Filled with brass bedsteads, and offering hot chocolate, a hot water bottle and a toothbrush as extras; The Knight Bus sounds like a pretty cosy method of transport and Jim has made it look even more inviting with a warm glow emitting from the curtained windows.

2. Professor Remus Lupin

“The stranger was wearing an extremely shabby set of wizard’s robes that had been darned in several places. He looked ill and exhausted. Though quite young, his light brown hair was flecked with gray. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Five ‘The Dementor’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Ah, Lupin. Having taken on the role of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher and proving to be a good friend and teacher to Harry, we should’ve known that his days at Hogwarts were numbered. Lupin teaches Harry one of the most difficult and important spells he learns during his third year; how to produce a patronus, and also earns himself a reputation as one of the best DATDA teachers the students have had in a long time. Lupin should make for an interesting character for Jim to illustrate, but it’s his transformation into a terrifying, snarling werewolf in the final chapters that we really want to see.

Severus Snape

3. Professor Sybil Trelawney

“Harry’s immediate impression was of a large, glittering insect. Professor Trelawney moved into the firelight, and they saw that she was very thin; her large glasses magnified her eyes to several times their natural size, and she was draped in a gauzy spangled shawl. Innumerable chains and beads hung around her spindly neck, and her arms and hands were encrusted with bangles and rings.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Six ‘Talons and Tea Leaves’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Professor Trelawney introduces a very strange concept to the world of Harry Potter; a lesson and teacher that Hermione Granger doesn’t like. As the teacher of Divination – seeing into the future – Trelawney uses tea leaves and crystal balls to make predictions about the future, and seems to particularly enjoy predicting a dark and terrible future for Harry. Aside from a few students in the class who hang on her every word, most of the pupils seem utterly bewildered by Trelawney’s apparent predictions. Not the most informative class at Hogwarts then, but it does provide some very funny quips from Ron.

4. Sirius Black

“A mass of filthy, matted hair hung to his elbows. If eyes hadn’t been shining out of the deep, dark sockets, he might have been a corpse. The waxy skin was stretched so tightly over the bones of his face, it looked like a skull. His yellow teeth were bared in a grin. It was Sirius Black.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Seventeen ‘Cat, Rat, and Dog’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Sirius might not sound like the perfect godfather on paper (escaped mad convict, alleged mass-murderer, corpse-like appearance…) but he remains a tantalising beacon of hope for Harry to have a happy home-life from the moment we learn the truth about him. But before that, Sirius was a highly dangerous criminal trying to break into Hogwarts, and everyone thought he wanted to kill Harry. Although we don’t know it at first, we catch glimpses of Sirius’s animagus form – a large, black dog – around Hogwarts throughout the book, and Harry begins to think the constant sightings are The Grim; a bad omen of death. We’re expecting at least one glorious picture of Sirius in dog-form within the book, but we also can’t wait to see how Jim draws the madness of human Sirius.

5. Sir Cadogan

“Harry was watching the painting. A fat, dappled-gray pony had just ambled onto the grass and was grazing nonchalantly. Harry was used to the subjects of Hogwarts paintings moving around and leaving their frames to visit each other, but he always enjoyed watching them. A moment later, a short, squat knight in a suit of armour had clanked into the picture after his pony. By the look of the grass stains on his metal knees, he had just fallen off.

“Aha!” he yelled, seeing Harry, Ron and Hermione. “What villains are these, that trespass upon my private lands! Come to scorn at my fall, perchance? Draw, you knaves, you dogs!” ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Six ‘Talons and Tea Leaves’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Who could forget Sir Cadogan, the clumsy and senselessly brave knight living in a painting not too far from Professor Trelawney’s classroom. Harry, Ron and Hermione first come across the painting whilst on the way to their first Divination class, and are immediately branded villains by the aggressive knight. Once Sir Cadogan learns that the trio are lost however, he leads them on a ‘quest’ to find Trelawney’s classroom, charging through several other paintings and startling their inhabitants in doing so.

6. The Firebolt

“It was a Firebolt, identical to the dream broom Harry had gone to see every day in Diagon Alley. Its handle glittered as he picked it up. He could feel it vibrating and let go; it hung in midair, unsupported, at exactly the right height for him to mount it. His eyes moved from the golden registration number at the top of the handle, right down to the perfectly smooth, streamlined birch twigs that made up the tail.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Eleven ‘The Firebolt’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

The Firebolt is a source of great excitement from the moment Harry spots it in Diagon Alley, so when he unwraps one for Christmas, he and Ron can hardly contain themselves. But with notorious murderer Sirius Black supposedly after him, and no tag on the gift, Harry brand new broom is confiscated for tests to make sure it’s safe. Thankfully, it’s not too long until we see the Firebolt in action at the Gryffindor VS Ravenclaw match (complete with Lee Jordan’s hilarious match commentary), and with a phenomenal finish to the match, it has to make it into the book.

7. The Monster Book of Monsters

“Harry got a surprise as he looked in at the bookshop window. Instead of the usual display of gold-embossed spellbooks the size of paving slabs, there was a large iron cage behind the glass that held about a hundred copies of The Monster Book of Monsters. Torn pages were flying everywhere as the books grappled with each other, locked together in furious wrestling matches and snapping aggressively.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Four ‘The Leaky Cauldron’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Only Hagrid would set a book that could rip your hand off at any moment as reading material for school, and we’re sure the manager of Flourish and Blotts was absolutely chuffed when they arrived at store. The Monster Book of Monsters had to be kept in cages on display at the shop, and during Hagrid’s first class with the third years it was revealed that none of the students had managed to open them yet. In case you ever need to know for the future, apparently the trick is to stroke their spines.

8. Crookshanks

“”You bought that monster?” said Ron, his mouth hanging open.

“He’s gorgeous, isn’t he?” said Hermione, glowing.

That was a matter of opinion, thought Harry. The cat’s ginger fur was thick and fluffy, but it was definitely a bit bowlegged and its face looked grumpy and oddly squashed, as though it had run headlong into a brick wall. Now that Scabbers was out of sight, however, the cat was purring contentedly in Hermione’s arms. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Four ‘The Leaky Cauldron’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Crookshanks didn’t get off to the best start in this book after landing on Ron’s head in the Magical Menagerie (Diagon Alley’s pet shop!) in an attempt to catch Scabbers the rat. Crookshanks’ and Scabber’s disagreement caused a lot of problems for Ron and Hermione’s friendship during their third year, and when it seemed that Crookshanks had finally eaten Scabbers for lunch, it looked like they’d never speak again. As it turns out, Crookshanks was much smarter than anyone anticipated, and he had good reason to be suspicious of Scabbers. We can’t wait to see his flat, haughty face make an appearance in the book.

9. Inflated Aunt Marge

“But Aunt Marge suddenly stopped speaking. For a moment, it looked as though words had failed her. She seemed to be swelling with inexpressible anger — but the swelling didn’t stop. Her great red face started to expand, her tiny eyes bulged, and her mouth stretched too tightly for speech — next second, several buttons had just burst from her tweed jacket and pinged off the walls — she was inflating like a monstrous balloon, her stomach bursting free of her tweed waistband, each of her fingers blowing up like a salami… ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Two ‘Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Harry hasn’t got a very good track-record when it comes to guests visiting the Dursley’s and horrible Aunt Marge with her ill-tempered bulldog is no exception. After several days of nasty remarks about Harry and his family, Aunt Marge finally crosses the line when she begins a tirade about Harry’s parents. Suddenly and inexplicably Aunt Marge begins to inflate, and Harry realises it’s time for him to leave Privet Drive before his uncle can get his hands on him. We cannot wait to see Marge and her salami fingers in Jim’s book!


10. Hippogriffs

“Trotting toward them were a dozen of the most bizarre creatures Harry had ever seen. They had the bodies, hind legs, and tails of horses, but the front legs, wings, and heads of what seemed to be giant eagles, with cruel, steel-colored beaks and large, brilliantly, orange eyes. The talons on their front legs were half a foot long and deadly looking. Each of the beasts had a thick leather collar around its neck, which was attached to a long chain, and the ends of all of these were held in the vast hands of Hagrid, who came jogging into the paddock behind the creatures.

“Gee up, there!” he roared, shaking the chains and urging the creatures toward the fence where the class stood. Everyone drew back slightly as Hagrid reached them and tethered the creatures to the fence.

“Hippogriffs!” Hagrid roared happily, waving a hand at them. “Beau’iful, aren’ they?”

Harry could sort of see what Hagrid meant. Once you got over the first shock of seeing something that was half horse, half bird, you started to appreciate the Hippogriffs’ gleaming coats, changing smoothly from feather to hair, each of them a different color: stormy gray, bronze, pinkish roan, gleaming chestnut, and inky black.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Six ‘Talons and Tea Leaves’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

We were as chuffed as Harry, Ron and Hermione when Dumbledore announced that Hagrid would be the new care of magical creatures teacher at the beginning of the school year. But we did also have a sense of trepidation… Hagrid is the very same man who called an enormous three-legged dog ‘fluffy’ and kept a giant spider as a pet, after all. So it’s not really a surprise that for his first lesson with the third years, he introduced the class to hippogriffs; a very proud creature that can be very dangerous if not treated respectfully. Despite this, we’re sure these half horse half bird creatures are just as beautiful as Hagrid claims, and we can’t wait to see how Jim Kay interprets them in his book.

11. Boggart

“”So, the first question we must ask ourselves is, what is a Boggart?”

Hermione put up her hand.

“It’s a shape-shifter,” she said. “It can take the shape of whatever it thinks will frighten us most.”

“Couldn’t have put it better myself,” said Professor Lupin, and Hermione glowed. “So the Boggart sitting in the darkness within has not yet assumed a form. He does not yet know what will frighten the person on the other side of the door. Nobody knows what a Boggart looks like when he is alone, but when I let him out, he will immediately become whatever each of us most fears. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Seven ‘The Boggart in the Wardrobe’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

If you had to pick one favourite scene from this book, then we’re pretty sure that Professor Snape stumbling out of a wardrobe dressed in a green, lace-trimmed dress with a vulture-topped hat and a red handbag would be up there at the top. Boggarts – as we learn in Professor Lupin’s Defence Against the Dark Arts class – take on the shape of whatever frightens us the most. For Neville, this happens to be the horrible, sneering Professor Snape who had been particularly nasty to him just before their lesson. The best way to defeat a Boggart is to think of something funny as you cast your spell, and Lupin suggests Neville thinks of his grandmother when he takes on the Boggart. Cue one of the funniest moments of the book and a little win for poor Neville.

12. A Patronus

“And out of the end of his wand burst, not a shapeless cloud of mist, but a blinding, dazzling, silver animal. He screwed up his eyes, trying to see what it was. It looked like a horse. It was galloping silently away from him, across the black surface of the lake. He saw it lower its head and charge at the swarming Dementors…. Now it was galloping around and around the black shapes on the ground, and the Dementors were falling back, scattering, retreating into the darkness…. They were gone.

The Patronus turned. It was cantering back toward Harry across the still surface of the water. It wasn’t a horse. It wasn’t a unicorn, either. It was a stag. It was shining brightly as the moon above … it was coming back to him….

It stopped on the bank. Its hooves made no mark on the soft ground as it stared at Harry with its large, silver eyes. Slowly, it bowed its antlered head. And Harry realized… “Prongs,” he whispered. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Twenty One ‘Hermione’s Secret’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

The silvery animals that ward away Dementors are one of the most sought-after spells to learn at Hogwarts. Each witch and wizard’s patronus takes the shape of a different animal; Harry has a stag (the same as his dad), Hermione has an otter, Ron has a jack Russell terrier and Dumbledore has a phoenix. Lupin spends most of the book trying to teach Harry how to perfect the patronus charm in case of another dementor attack, but it’s not until the end of the book when Sirius’s life is in danger that Harry perfects it. We’re pretty sure every Harry Potter reader has daydreamed about having their very own patronus, and what animal it would be.

13. Honeydukes

“There were shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable. Creamy chunks of nougat, shimmering pink squares of coconut ice, fat, honey-colored toffees; hundreds of different kinds of chocolate in neat rows; there was a large barrel of Every Flavor Beans, and another of Fizzing Whizbees, the levitating sherbet balls that Ron had mentioned; along yet another wall were ‘Special Effects’ — sweets: Droobles Best Blowing Gum (which filled a room with bluebell-colored bubbles that refused to pop for days), the strange, splintery Toothflossing Stringmints, tiny black Pepper Imps (‘breathe fire for your friends!’), Ice Mice (‘hear your teeth chatter and squeak!’), peppermint creams shaped like toads (‘hop realistically in the stomach!’), fragile sugar-spun quills, and exploding bonbons. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Ten ‘The Marauder’s Map’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

We’ve all wished we could visit Hogsmeade for a flagon of butterbeer and a trip to Zonko’s, but the shop that we really want Jim Kay to bring to life has to be the famous sweet shop; Honeydukes. Filled with row upon row of magical treats, we could easily lose a few days trying out all these delicious delights. But as we’re not likely to get an invite any time soon, we’ll make do with one of Jim Kay’s beautiful illustrations instead.

14. The Marauder’s Map

“He took out his wand, touched the parchment lightly, and said, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

And at once, thin ink lines began to spread like a spider’s web from the point that George’s wand had touched. They joined each other, they crisscrossed, they fanned into every corner of the parchment; then words began to blossom across the top, great, curly green words, that proclaimed:

Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers
are proud to present

It was a map showing every detail of the Hogwarts castle and grounds. But the truly remarkable thing were the tiny ink dots moving around it, each labeled with a name in minuscule writing. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Ten ‘The Marauder’s Map’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Of all the magical objects that fall into Harry’s possession at Hogwarts (and there’s a higher number than the average student) the Marauder’s Map has to be one of the most exciting. A plain piece of parchment to those not in the know, the map reveals itself to those who ‘solemnly swear’ that they’re up to no good. Showing everyone at Hogwarts in real time, the user can see where everyone is at all times and carry out their mischief without fear of running into someone unexpected. Harry uses the map to sneak into Hogsmeade in this book, but the map proves itself as useful as Harry’s invisibility cloak throughout the series.

15. Peter Pettigrew

“He was a very short man, hardly taller than Harry and Hermione. His thin, colorless hair was unkempt and there was a large bald patch on top. He had the shrunken appearance of a plump man who has lost a lot of weight in a short time. His skin looked grubby, almost like Scabbers’s fur, and something of the rat lingered around his pointed nose and his very small, watery eyes. He looked around at them all, his breathing fast and shallow. Harry saw his eyes dart to the door and back again. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Nineteen ‘The Servant of Lord Voldemort’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

One of the biggest shocks of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the revelation that the man who had betrayed Harry’s parents and brought about their deaths had been hanging out with the trio for the past three years in the form of family pet Scabbers the rat. Peter Pettigrew had been friends with James, Remus and Sirius during their time at Hogwarts, and had become an animagus along with his friends so that they could hang around with Remus when he turned into a werewolf. No one suspected that the dull, grey rat that had been in the Weasley family for the past twelve years was really a man in hiding.

16. Cho Chang

“The Ravenclaw team, dressed in blue, were already standing in the middle of the field. Their Seeker, Cho Chang, was the only girl on their team. She was shorter than Harry by about a head, and Harry couldn’t help noticing, nervous as he was, that she was extremely pretty. She smiled at Harry as the teams faced each other behind their captains, and he felt a slight lurch in the region of his stomach that he didn’t think had anything to do with nerves. ”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Thirteen ‘Gryffindor VS Ravenclaw’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

Cho Chang is an interesting one for book three. From the very first time Harry spots her, he can’t help but notice she’s pretty, and by the time we get to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire it’s turned into a full crush. Their first meeting, however, is on the Quidditch pitch and Harry has bigger things to worry about than impressing Cho. Gryffindor wins the game after Harry beats her to the snitch, although he doesn’t go as far as knocking her off her broom, as Wood suggests.

17. Pigwidgeon

“Something very small and gray was bobbing in and out of sight beyond the glass. He stood up for a better look and saw that it was a tiny owl, carrying a letter that was much too big for it. The owl was so small, in fact, that it kept tumbling over in the air, buffeted this way and that in the train’s slipstream. Harry quickly pulled down the window, stretched out his arm, and caught it. It felt like a very fluffy Snitch. He brought it carefully inside.”

Taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter Twenty Two ‘Owl Post Again’. Text copyright © J.K. Rowling 1999

After the disappointment of losing lifelong pet Scabbers, at the end of this book Ron receives an excitable replacement in the form of a tiny fluffy owl. Sirius uses the owl to send a note after escaping from Hogwarts and tells Ron he can keep him as a pet. It’s Ginny who gives him the name Pigwidgeon, much to Ron’s disdain, but he’s more often called Pig or (when showing off) a ‘stupid little feathery git’.

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