Writing Methods from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” Part 3 – Characterization Cont…

Last week, I promised a continuation of my post on characterization with more examples. This post will focus on friendship among characters–these being the famous trio: Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

What about these friends make their bond so strong? As Rowling said in the very first book, “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” Like true Gryffindors, what sets Harry, Ron, and Hermione apart is their enduring willingness to courageously fight for each others lives and stand up for one another in perilous circumstances. And like their house’s mascot, the lion, they each have a terrible temper if rubbed the wrong way. Take for example:

Ron Weasley

Ron comes from a financially struggling pure-blood family of nine. The subject of his family’s condition is a touchy one, as he is known to react violently when harassed about it. This sets him apart from Harry and Hermione, but like them, he always sticks up for his family when under verbal attack, as well as his friends (Hermione especially).

Hermione Granger

Coming to Hogwarts from a muggle household, Hermione is passionately dedicated to her studies. Unlike Ron and Harry, she is most insulted if her academic ability is challenged. Also, like Hagrid, Hermione has a soft spot for animals and pursues justice for her friends and magical creatures alike. If an enemy is being cruel to one of her friends, she retaliates physically as well as verbally (see page 293), and will go to great lengths (even flying, one of her greatest fears) to help her friends.

Harry Potter

Unlike his friends Ron and Hermione, Harry has no living parents; since the age of one, he has been raised by the Dursleys (his muggle aunt, uncle, and cousin). After learning of his magical heritage and the death of his parents, he suffers even more contempt from the Dursleys, and like Ron, what really makes his pot boil over is verbal attack on his family (just look what happens to his Aunt Marge when she insults his dead parents). Likewise, he sticks up for his best friends through thick and thin.

While each of these characters come from different backgrounds, what binds them is their loyalty to one another.

Next to come: overlapping conflict in The Prisoner of Azkaban, followed by lots of juicy Goblet of Fire posts! And lastly–

What do you find special about the three main characters of the Harry Potter books? Have you learned as much about writing from the third book as I have? What other books and authors would you like to see in upcoming “writing lessons” categories?

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