In Chapter 20, Sirius makes Harry an offer and a promise, Lupin makes a dangerous miscalculation, and everything sort of goes to hell. Let’s go!
They all head back through the tunnel: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Lupin, Sirius, Pettigrew and Snape. Snape is unconscious, Pettigrew is tied to both Lupin and Ron. It’s an odd sight. Sirius decides to take this moment to let Harry know that he is his godfather. Harry already knew that, and Sirius offers that, once his name has been cleared and he is free, Harry is welcome to come live with him instead of the Dursleys. But of course, would Harry even want that?
“Are you insane?” said Harry, his voice easily as croaky as Sirius’s. “Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?”
Harry is all for it.
This happy feeling doesn’t last however. They get outside, into the moonlight, and they realize that they have a problem. It’s a full moon. Lupin didn’t have his potion tonight. He starts to transform. Sirius transforms into his dog form and charges the werewolf, allowing Pettigrew the chance throw a jinx at Ron and run away. Once the werewolf and dog run off, Harry and Hermione don’t know what to do, but Harry hears a dog whimpering in pain and he takes off after his godfather.
Another problem: the dementors. They have realized that something is going on. they have cornered Sirius, now changed back into a human, at the lake, hundreds of them. Harry tries to cast his Patronus to drive them off, using the happy thought of leaving the Dursleys forever, but it’s too much. There are too many of them. Once they realize that Harry is trying to fight them, the dementors decide to come after him instead of Black, and Harry gets his question back from Lupin’s Patronus lessons finally answered: what’s under a dementor’s hood.
Where there should have been eyes, there was only thin, gray scabbed skin, stretched blankly over empty sockets. But there was a mouth . . . a gaping, shapeless hole, sucking the air with the sound of a death rattle.
This was so terrifying! And one of the few things this movie did right. Man, those dementors are so scary!
Harry knows this is it. Hermione has already passed out on the ground, the dementor has him around the neck, and he can hear his mother’s voice screaming in his head. Suddenly, he sees a bright silver light, circling the dementors and driving them away. Harry falls to the ground and watches this bright creature, whatever it is, travel across the lake to someone else, standing on the opposite shore. Someone who maybe looks familiar? But that’s it. Harry is out like a light.
Another short chapter this time, but I’ll wrap up Prisoner of Azkaban tomorrow with the past two posts, then be ready to start Goblet of Fire on April 1st.
See you next time for Chapter 21!