Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Social Sensitivity

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features such social issues as crime, punishment, and justice. Black's unfair incarceration and public disgrace are revealed during the novel's climax. Peter Pettigrew, the actual culprit, has dishonorably avoided legal repercussions for his criminal transgressions against James and Lily Potter and the Muggles that he massacred with one curse. By allowing Black to be punished for his crimes, Pettigrew cowardly refused to be accountable for his decisions and actions.

Harry's ability to recognize Black's innocence and offer him redemption indicates his moral character. Also, Harry's merciful treatment of Pettigrew despite his heinous behavior exemplifies Harry's sense of fairness and tolerance toward others. Harry patiently avoided assaulting Marge Dursley with magic until she insulted his parents, an unforgivable act. Perhaps Voldemort is the only culprit that Harry would be unable to interact with without bias because of the atrocities he has committed on Harry's parents and friends. Rowling injects...

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