The world changed after our previous episode. The COVID-19 situation has taken over our lives completely and we took a little hiatus to get used to working from home, cooking for ourselves, and generally living differently.
We are back now with the penultimate episode of this season where we discuss the last two chapters of Prisoner of Azkaban: 21. Hermione’s Secret and 22. Owl Post Again.
Since we had a sneaky suspicion that we incurred God’s wrath by doing a video episode last time, we’ve decided to just stick to audio for now!
SUMMARYHarry wakes up in the hospital ward to hear Snape's version of what happened earlier the evening. Ron is still unconscious but Hermione is awake and ready to help him tell Fudge, the Minister of Magic, what they saw and heard. But to their dismay, Snape and Fudge wave them away, believing that Black confounded their minds. Luckily, Dumbledore pops in then but he doesn't have a magical solution in his hat. He believes Sirius but admits that there's no evidence to back it up. The only thing he'll say is that they need more time. Hermione seems to understand this even if Harry doesn't and the minute Dumbledore leaves, Hermione turns an hourglass on a chain backwards three times, taking Harry and her back into time - three hours earlier. This gives them the advantage they need to save two lives - Sirius and Buckbeak.
Harry and Hermione manage to make it back to the hospital ward in time, undetected, and let Dumbledore know of their success. Snape however is furious that Black got away so much so that he rages into the hospital wing and yells at Harry in front of Dumbledore, Madam Pomfrey and Fudge. Fudge retracts the award that he promised to Snape and removes all the Dementors. The next day, Harry finds out that Lupin resigned from the school in disgrace. Snape let the cat out of the bag wrt Lupin's transformation the previous night. Harry tries to convince Lupin to stay but it is to no avail. Dumbledore and Harry have a heart to heart that makes Harry feel better but only a little bit. He cheers up when he receives a note from Sirius clarifying some events and giving him official guardian permission to go to Hogsmeade the next year. Ron is also happy because Sirius sends him an owl to make up for exposing his rat as a human being. Harry returns to the Dursleys, anticipating a better summer than the previous ones.
NOTESWe’ve done detailed discussions on how time-travel and prophecies work in the Harry Potter world in this one. What theories do you have? Let us know in the comments and we’ll give you a shout out in the next episode!