Themes Of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

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Dementors appear to Harry Potter and his friends four times in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and each time they strike fear into the hearts and minds of every character who observes them. “Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them. Even Muggles feel their presence, though they can’t see them” (Rowling 187). These frightening creatures, the dementors, induce not only fear but also leave a strange chilling breeze behind them. A major factor driving the action and theme of J.K. Rowling’s third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is the element of fear represented by the dementors upon the magical community and the terror felt when witches and wizards are threatened by the “Dementor’s horrific Kiss”. This leads Harry Potter to become a hero, while leading the reader to interest this story. In other words, there can be no protagonist without one or more antagonists.
Many books involving supernatural or unnatural creatures have similar concepts to the horror represented by the dementors in this book. “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering” (pg Lucas). This quote is symbiotic because it describes other evil entities (Phantoms from the Dark Side of that world) in another famous fictional series. The existence of creatures, which are so terrible and evil that they horrify those they appear to, is a major element in any story about heroes vs. evil. Without a deadly and vicious dementor, a story like Harry Potter, would not appeal to most readers. There has to be something evil to show the bravery and the vulnerability of the hero. Therefore, J.K. Rowling vividly portrays the dementor as the ultimate source of mental and physical pain to anything or anyone in the wizarding

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