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Suddenly, Fred and George appear, heading the opposite way and... the FOOTPRINTS reverse themselves... as if Fred and George were escorting an invisible person.

FRED

Clever, Harry.

GEORGE

But not clever enough.

FRED

Besides, we've got a better way.

73 INT. ENTRANCE HALL - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 73

The great doors open and Fred and George enter. The INVISIBILITY CLOAK drops and Harry is revealed, looking cross. Instantly, Fred slaps a WORN ROLL OF PARCHMENT into his hand. Harry unfurls it. Frowns. It's blank.

HARRY

What's this rubbish?

FRED

Rubbish he says. That there's the secret to our success.

GEORGE

It's a wrench giving it to you, believe me.

FRED

But we've decided your need's greater than ours. George, if you will...

GEORGE

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. George touches his wand to the parchment and INTRICATE INK LINES surface in the fiber of the paper, spread like veins. Harry reads the CURIOUS WORDS at the top:

HARRY

'Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs are proud to present The Marauder's Map'...?

GEORGE

Ah... Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. We owe them so much.

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HARRY

Hang on. This is Hogwarts! And that... No. Is that really...

Harry points to a small MOVING DOT labeled "Dumbledore."

FRED

Dumbledore.

GEORGE

In his study.

FRED

Pacing.

GEORGE

Does that a lot.

HARRY

You mean, this map shows...

FRED

Everyone.

HARRY

Everyone?

GEORGE

Everyone.

FRED

Where they are.

GEORGE

What they're doing.

FRED

Every minute.

GEORGE

Of every day.

HARRY

Brilliant! Where'd you get it?

FRED

Nicked it from Filch's office, of course, first year. Now listen. There's seven secret passageways out of the castle. But we'd recommend...

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FRED/GEORGE

This one.

GEORGE

The One-Eyed Witch on the third floor.

HARRY

The One-Eyed...

FRED

Witch, right. But you best hurry. Filch is heading this way. (as they go) Oh. And, Harry? When you're done, make sure to give it a tap and say, 'Mischief managed.' Otherwise, anyone can read it.

74 INT. DIVINATION STAIRWELL - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 74

Harry approaches a STATUE of a hump-backed, ONE-EYED

WITCH.

INSERT MAP -- Harry traces his finger along the tattered surface to an INK FIGURE labeled "Harry Potter." A tiny SPEECH BUBBLE appears: "Dissendium."

HARRY

Dissendium? CLICK! The witch's EYE OPENS and the statue pivots, revealing a DARK OPENING in the floor. As Harry crouches, squinting, a cool DRAFT OF AIR ruffles his hair and the CAMERA DRIFTS INTO the DARKNESS...

75 INT. UNDERGROUND PASSAGEWAY - DAY (LATER) 75

A tiny LIGHT bobs in the distance, fracturing the darkness, then Harry appears, the tip of his wand GLOWING, map in hand. INSERT MAP: "Harry Potter" glides across the parchment.

NEW ANGLE - DAY (LATER)

Harry stops, cranes his neck. STONE STEPS. Taps the map.

HARRY

Mischief managed.

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76 INT. HONEYDUKE'S SWEETSHOP - CELLAR - SAME TIME - DAY 76

CRATES. HUGE ROLLING BINS. A WOOD STAIRCASE. A

trapdoor lifts. Harry's eyes appear. As he pulls himself up, a DOOR BANGS OPEN. Dense CHATTER ROARS from above. Quickly, Harry hides, watches a MAN'S BOOTS descend the stairs. Then...

WOMAN (O.S.)

A box of Jelly Slugs as well, Horace. We're nearly cleared out. HORACE grunts, begins moving boxes. Harry looks up to the cellar door, takes out the invisibility cloak...

77 INT. HONEYDUKE'S SWEETSHOP - SAME TIME - DAY 77

The CELLAR DOOR EASES open -- but no one appears. We TRACK THROUGH a sweet tooth's dream, SWARMING with customers. Up ahead, Neville prepares to lick the LOLLIPOP in his hand, when it simply floats from his fingers and out the door...

78 EXT. MAIN STREET (HOGSMEADE VILLAGE) - CONTINUOUS 78

ACTION - DAY

... into the MISTY, FOG-SHROUDED chaos of Main Street. As the lollipop drifts on, FOOTPRINTS appear in the snow below...

79 EXT. SHRIEKING SHACK - DAY (LATER) 79

At this elevation, the MIST hangs in thick, undulating veils, the Shrieking Shack an eerie silhouette in the gloom. Ron and Hermione stand stiffly, attempting, as best they can, to conceal the fact that, basically, they're scared stiff.

HERMIONE

It's meant to be the most haunted building in Britain. Did I mention that?

RON

Twice.

HERMIONE

Should we move a bit closer?

RON

Huh? Oh... All right...

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They take a step. One step. Stop dead.

RON

Actually, it's fine from here.

HERMIONE

Perfect. Just then, VOICES ECHO and THREE FIGURES appear over the rise, phantoms in the mist. Malfoy. Crabbe. Goyle. Pike.

DRACO

Well, well. Look who's here. You two shopping for your dream home? Seems a bit grand for you, Weasel- Bee. Don't your family all sleep in one room?

RON

Shut your mouth, Malfoy.

DRACO

(clucking his tongue) Now that's not very friendly. Boys, I think we're going to have to teach Weasel-Bee to respect his superiors.

HERMIONE

(a harsh chuckle) Hope you don't mean yourself. Malfoy's eyes shift, regard Hermione with disgust.

DRACO

How dare you speak to me, you filthy, little mud -- SPLAT! Malfoy takes a SNOWBALL to the grill. Splutters:

DRACO

Who did that! Malfoy glances about in confusion, when -- SPLAT! SPLAT! -- he takes two more. Hermione and Ron glance about uneasily.

DRACO

Well, don't just stand there!

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Crabbe and Goyle start for Ron and Hermione, when -- FLUMPH! -- their knees go out and they fall headfirst into the snow. Draco begins to back away fearfully, eying the mist...

DRACO

Wait a minute, there's something out here -- Aaaaaaahhhh!!! Malfoy's SKI MASK is pulled over his eyes, he's spun about, given a ROUGH KICK to the ass and sent stumbling over the rise and out of sight. Instantly, Crabbe and Goyle join him. Ron and Hermione stand frozen, exchange a nervous glance, and... DASH OFF... when -- FLUMPH! -- they both go flying, land on their pants in the snow. As they sit up, they hear... LAUGHTER. Hermione's eyes narrow in suspicion.

HERMIONE

Harry? Harry...? The Invisibility Cloak drops. Sure enough. Harry. Grinning.

RON

That was not Bloody hell, Harry! funny!

But he's smiling. They all are. As he and Hermione pelt Harry with SNOWBALLS, we --

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80 EXT. MAIN STREET (HOGSMEADE VILLAGE) - DAY (MOMENTS 80

LATER)

The trio trudge through the SWIRLING SNOW. Harry's donned Hermione's scarf and Ron's hat to disguise himself.

RON

Those weasels! Never told me about any Marauder's Map!

HERMIONE

But Harry isn't going to keep it. He's going to turn it over to Professor McGonagall, aren't you?

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RON

Oh sure. Along with his invisibility cloak, his pack of exploding snap cards, his --

HERMIONE

Oh, shut up.

CORNELIUS FUDGE (O.S.)

Rosmerta, m'dear! Up ahead Cornelius Fudge emerges from a MINISTRY SLEIGH as Hagrid swings the door clear and -- with unfortunate ease -- rips it clean off the fittings. Fudge joins McGonagall and a CURVY BARMAID (ROSMERTA) outside the

THREE BROOMSTICKS PUB.

HERMIONE

That's Madam Rosmerta. Ron fancies her.

RON

It's not true!

HARRY

Shhh.

CORNELIUS FUDGE

I trust business is good?

MADAM ROSMERTA

It'd be a right sight better if the Ministry wasn't sending Dementors into my pub every other night.

CORNELIUS FUDGE

We have a killer on the loose.

MADAM ROSMERTA

Sirius Black? In Hogsmeade! And what would bring him here?

CORNELIUS FUDGE

Harry Potter.

MADAM ROSMERTA

Harry Potter!

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Fudge looks around nervously, then jerks his head toward the pub. As he leads Rosmerta and McGonagall inside, we --

CUT BACK TO:

HERMIONE AND RON

RON

Harry? He's gone. FOOTPRINTS track through the snow, into the pub.

81 INT. THREE BROOMSTICKS PUB - HARRY'S POV FROM UNDER THE 81

INVISIBILITY CLOAK - DAY (MOMENTS LATER)

... as he THREADS THROUGH the teeming pub, PAST a SIGN ("No Underage Wizards") and nearly collides with some very STRANGE-LOOKING PATRONS. Ron and Hermione ripple briefly past a frosted window, then... THREE SHRUNKEN HEADS swing INTO VIEW.

SHRUNKEN HEAD #1

So I says to him, 'Careful, Ned. Don't want to go losing your head!' As the three heads CACKLE HYSTERICALLY, bobbing up and down on their strings, Harry turns... just as an UNSHAVEN WIZARD'S arm whips down and a DART goes WHISTLING right toward Harry's eyes. Harry DUCKS, pivots, and -- THWOCK! -- sees the dart pierce the cork of the disfigured DARTBOARD behind him. Harry hurries on, trailing Fudge and McGonagall up a DARK STAIRWELL as Rosmerta leads them into a small BACK ROOM. As the door starts to close, Harry rushes forward: SLAM! Too late. CAMERA TILTS. The KNOB turns, the door opens...

82 INT. THREE BROOMSTICKS PUB - CARD ROOM - DAY 82

... and SNOW flutters off the sill of a HALF-OPEN WINDOW. McGonagall turns, frowning, and re-closes the door, harder this time, then joins Fudge and Rosmerta. HARRY'S POV SHIFTS FROM one TO the other as they speak.

MADAM ROSMERTA

Come on then. Let's hear it.

(CONTINUED)

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PROFESSOR McGONAGALL Years ago, when Harry Potter's parents were marked for death, they went into hiding. Few knew where they were. One who did was black. And he told...

MADAM ROSMERTA

You-Know-Who. I've heard this rot. It was all over The Daily Prophet back in the day. And I'll say now what I said then: Of all the boys I ran out of here, Black's the last who would've gone over to the dark side. Hearsay. That's all the Ministry had. Hearsay.

CORNELIUS FUDGE

Ha! Tell that to Peter Pettigrew!

MADAM ROSMERTA

Peter Pettigrew? PROFESSOR McGONAGALL Little lump of a boy? Always tagging after Black and...

MADAM ROSMERTA

I remember him. What's he got to do with it? PROFESSOR McGONAGALL After the Potters were killed, Pettigrew went looking for Black. And, unfortunately... found him.

CORNELIUS FUDGE

Black was vicious. He didn't kill Pettigrew. He destroyed him. A finger. That's all that was left. A finger -- there's your hearsay. Rosmerta looks to McGonagall. She nods grimly. PROFESSOR McGONAGALL Sirius Black may not have put his hands to the Potters, but he's the reason they're dead. And now he wants to finish what he started.

MADAM ROSMERTA

Harry.

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McGonagall nods, then looks pained.

CORNELIUS FUDGE

But that's not the worst of it.

MADAM ROSMERTA

What could be worse? PROFESSOR McGONAGALL This: Sirius Black was and remains today... Harry Potter's godfather. BLAM! The pub doors fly open, REVEAL Main Street, where Ron and Hermione wait, rubbing their hands against the chill. As they look down, CAMERA TILTS...

83 EXT. MAIN STREET (HOGSMEADE VILLAGE) - MOMENTS LATER - 83

DAY

... and FOOTPRINTS appear in the snow. HARRY'S POV ENDS. CAMERA TILTS UP, FOLLOWS Hermione and Ron until they LEAVE FRAME, then HOLDS ON a POSTER of BLACK, fluttering against a lamppost: "Have you seen this wizard?"

84 EXT. OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 84

At the end of a ROCKY OUTCROP, the FOOTPRINTS end and SOBS are heard. Ron takes Hermione's arm, discouraging her from going further, but she does, filling the footprints with her own, then kneeling and -- very gently -- drawing the cloak from Harry. He stares into the mist, eyes stinging with tears.

HARRY

He was their friend. And he betrayed them. He was their friend. (eyes hardening) I hope he finds me. But when he does, I'm going to be ready. When he does, I'm going to kill him.

85 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - DUSK (TRANSITION TO SPRING) 85

Butterflies flutter over the great green lawn. The GIANT SQUID breaks through the last GLAZE of ICE on the Black Lake. The Whomping Willow shakes the water from its branches...

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86 INT. ASTRONOMY ROOM - DUSK 86

The DYING SUN streams through high windows, painting Harry's face a fierce AMBER-RED as he stands opposite Lupin. ANCIENT CHARTS drape the walls while gleaming SPHERES OF SPUN GLASS ORBIT one another silently. Lupin paces before a LARGE TRUNK.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

You're sure about this, Harry? This is very advanced magic. Well beyond Ordinary Wizarding Level.

HARRY

If Black can fight the Dementors, I need to know how too. Lupin studies Harry -- as if conflicted -- then decides.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Very well. The spell I'm going to teach you is called the Patronus Charm. Ever hear of it? Harry shakes his head.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

A Patronus is a kind of positive force. For the wizard who can conjure one, the Patronus works something like a shield. The Dementor feeds on it instead of him. Just then, the trunk RATTLES VIOLENTLY. As Harry's eyes wander, Lupin SNAPS his fingers, brings his attention back.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

But in order for it to work, you must think of a memory. And not just any. This memory needs to be a very happy one. And powerful. Harry thinks a bit. Then... nods.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Got something? Good. Let it fill you up. Lose yourself in it. Then speak the incantation: Expecto Patronum. Without your wand...

HARRY

Expecto Patronum...

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PROFESSOR LUPIN

Right then. Shall we? Harry nods, raises his wand. Lupin, watching closely, reaches over, grips the lid of the TRUNK...

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Concentrate, Harry. Concentrate... As Lupin FLINGS open the case, Harry OPENS HIS EYES. In the sun's BLOOD-LIGHT, the Dementor looks particularly horrific.

HARRY

Expecto... Patronum... The torches on the wall FLICKER as a CHILL BREEZE fills the chamber. A SCREAM ECHOES distantly. Harry's hand trembles. His eyes begin to roll up...

HARRY

Expecto... Expecto...

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Here! CRACK! -- the Dementor mutates into a SILVERY WHITE ORB.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Riddikulus! Lupin flicks his wand, sends the orb back into the packing case. Harry stands blinking. Dazed. Lupin fishes a CHOCOLATE FROG from his pocket. Presses it into Harry's trembling hand.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Quickly. Harry studies the frog. Takes a bite. Begins to recover.

HARRY

That's one nasty Dementor.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Boggart, Harry. The real thing would be much, much worse. Just out of interest, what were you thinking of? What memory did you choose?

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HARRY

The first time I rode a broom.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

That's not good enough, Harry. Not nearly. Harry glances toward the window, at the bloody sun.

HARRY

There's another. It's not happy exactly. I mean, it is. It's the happiest I've ever felt. But it's... complicated.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Is it strong? Harry looks up into Lupin's eyes. Emotional. Nods.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Then let's try it. Harry takes a breath. Tosses the frog aside. Poises himself.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Think, Harry, think --

HARRY

Just do it! Lupin blinks at Harry's quiet fierceness. Opens the packing case. Instantly, the Dementor appears again. A chill fills the air. The hair skates off Harry's scar. He sets his jaw...

HARRY

Expecto Patronum! Harry's hand TREMBLES. His whole BODY TREMBLES. But he holds his ground, when -- WHOOSH! -- a huge SILVER SHADOW BURSTS from the end of his wand, hovering between him and the Dementor. The Dementor falters... Harry's legs like water...

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Riddikulus! CRACK! The Dementor vanishes. Harry's arm drops. Slack. Lupin eyes Harry with a kind of awe. His voice barely a WHISPER.

(CONTINUED)

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PROFESSOR LUPIN

Well done.

HARRY

I think I've had enough. For today. Lupin nods. Watches Harry move to the door.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

So you know, Harry: You'd have given your father a run for his money. And, believe me, that's saying something. Harry ponders this. Then speaks, deep inside himself.

HARRY

I was thinking of him. And Mum. Seeing their faces. They're just talking to me. Just... talking. That was the memory I chose. I don't even know if it's real... Harry grips the door, pushes past.

HARRY

But it's the best I have.

87 INT. TOWER DORMITORY - NIGHT 87

All the boys asleep. All except Harry, who lies in bed, studying the photo of his parents, barely visible in the fluttering light of a guttering candle. As the FLAME DIES with a soft HISS, all goes BLACK and we --

CUT TO:

88 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - NIGHT (LATER) 88

A hulking, haunted goliath against the sky.

89 EXT. COURTYARD - NIGHT 89

A cautious breeze rises. Leaves scud across the gravel.

90 INT. GREAT HALL - NIGHT 90

A church. Empty. Silent.

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91 INT. SEVENTH FLOOR CORRIDOR - NIGHT 91

A WINDOWPANE RATTLES, up high, the corridor thatched in shadow. Slowly... CAMERA BEGINS TO MOVE. CREEPING FORWARD. A SHADOW ENGULFS Sir Cadogan, dozing against his tree...

92 INT. TOWER DORMITORY - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 92

A WHISTLE SHRIEKS. The Sneakoscope, whirling madly, skitters across the bedside cabinet and -- CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! -- taps against a WATER GLASS, sending shafts of RED LIGHT pinwheeling over the photo of Harry's parents...

RON

Aaaahhhh! Harry BOLTS UP, sees a SILHOUETTE etched on the window -- a MAN CLUTCHING A KNIFE. All the boys are up now. Screaming. Amid the chaos, Harry grabs his wand.

HARRY

Everybody out! The others flee. Harry faces the HULKING SHADOW, wand poised.

HARRY

Show yourself. Crash! The water GLASS SHATTERS on the floor and Scabbers darts past Harry's bare feet, chased by Crookshanks. Seizing the moment, the SILHOUETTE grasps the curtains and swings through the open window, plunging into the night. Harry rushes to the window, looks down.

92A EXT. GRYFFINDOR TOWER - CONTINUOUS ACTION - NIGHT 92A

The SILHOUETTE leaps from ledge to ledge with an animal's grace, then... vanishes.

92B INT. TOWER DORMITORY - CONTINUOUS ACTION - NIGHT 92B

Harry sweeps Ron's curtains aside. His bed is... empty.

HARRY

Ron! Ron! Harry's eyes flash toward the window, when... Ron pokes his head out from under the bed.

RON

Is he gone?

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93 INT. GRYFFINDOR COMMON ROOM - NIGHT (LATER) 93

The entire Gryffindor House, in pajamas, stand before McGonagall, who wears a TARTAN ROBE and an expression of singular irritation.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALL That's preposterous, Weasley. How could Sirius Black possibly have got through the portrait hole?

RON

I don't know how he got in! I was a bit busy dodging his knife! Just then, a curiously content Crookshanks wends his way through Ron's legs.

RON

And this bloody cat ate my rat!

HERMIONE

That's a lie!

RON

It is not and you bloody well know it! PROFESSOR McGONAGALL Silence! McGonagall turns then and everyone follows her eye to Sir Cadogan who, sensing the attention, perks up instantly.

DUMBLEDORE

Sir Cadogan. Is it possible that you let a mysterious man enter Gryffindor Tower tonight?

SIR CADOGAN

Certainly, good lady! He had the password. Had the whole week's, in fact. On a little piece of paper. PROFESSOR McGONAGALL Which abysmally foolish person wrote down the passwords and then proceeded to lose them! Every eye shifts once more: Neville. McGonagall sighs. PROFESSOR McGONAGALL Is it always going to be you, Longbottom?

(CONTINUED)

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NEVILLE

I'm afraid so, ma'am. PROFESSOR McGONAGALL (to the group at large) While we know Sirius Black is gone tonight, I think you can safely assume he will, at some future time, attempt to return. Let me be clear. You are not to move about the castle alone. And you are not to write down the password! Understood! A collective nod of the head. McGonagall gives the ties of her robe a sharp tug, collects herself, and exits. PROFESSOR McGONAGALL Very well then. Go to bed. As the students drift off, Ron casts a last angry glance toward Hermione, who now holds Crookshanks in her arms.

HARRY

I could've killed him. Hermione turns, sees Harry staring out the window.

HARRY

He was right there. Close enough to touch. I could've killed him.

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96A EXT. SLOPE - DAY 96A

The trio make their way down the slope.

RON

I find it astonishing that someone who prides herself on being so logical can be in such denial.

HERMIONE

Harry. Will you explain to your friend Ronald that he has absolutely no proof whatsoever that my sweet, unassuming cat ate his shabby, decidedly decrepit rat.

(CONTINUED)

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RON

Harry was there! He'll tell you how it was. Go on, Harry, tell her.

HARRY

No, I won't. Know why? Because I don't care about your stupid rat! I don't care about your stupid cat! I've got few other things on my mind right now!

RON

Really? Wasn't you had to roll under the bed last night to avoid getting cut to ribbons! A person could die being your friend, Harry! Ron stops, wishes he could take it back. They all wish he could. Avoiding each other's eyes, they turn, continue on.

97 EXT. BLACK LAKE - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 97

Hagrid, wearing a GIGANTIC, HAIRY BROWN SUIT and perhaps the world's ugliest YELLOW AND ORANGE TIE, stands knee- deep in the shallows of the Black Lake, skimming rocks as big as flagstones across the water's shiny gloss. As he turns, the trio catches a brief sight of his eyes, red with tears, then he looks away.

HERMIONE

How'd it go, Hagrid?

HAGRID

Buckbeak liked London.

HERMIONE

I meant the hearing.

HAGRID

Oh. That. Well, I got up an' said my bit -- You know, how Buckbeak was a good Hippogriff an' as long as yeh treated 'im with respect, he'd treat you the same. Then Lucius Malfoy got up an' said his bit -- you know, how Buckbeak was a deadly dangerous beast that no teacher in their righ' mind would expose their students to...

(CONTINUED)

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HERMIONE

(dreading it) And...?

Hagrid slings another rock into water.

HERMIONE

You mustn't blame yourself, Hagrid.

RON

Draco. It's him the Committee should punish. It's him they should send off to the forest, not Buckbeak.

HAGRID

Buckbeak's not going back to the forest...

HERMIONE

(dreading the answer) Where's he going, Hagrid?

HAGRID

He asked fer the worse, yeh see, Lucius Malfoy did. An' the Committee granted it. Buckbeak's bin sentenced ter death.

98 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - NIGHT 98

Dark. Ominous. Dementors drift in the distance. Restless...

99 INT. TOWER DORMITORY - NIGHT 99

Silent. A room of shadows. While those around him slumber, Harry lies awake, unable to sleep. Finally, he turns to his cupboard, takes the Marauder's Map.

WHISPERS:

HARRY

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. The crooked corridors and serpentine passageways of Hogwarts radiate across the parchment, then... a TINY DOT catches Harry's eye. He frowns. It reads: "Peter Pettigrew."

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100 INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 100

Harry moves down a DARK corridor, map in hand, WAND AGLOW. In the PAINTINGS he passes, the subjects SNORE

SOFTLY.

INSERT - MARAUDER'S MAP

"Harry Potter" and "Peter Pettigrew" draw closer and closer.

BACK TO SCENE

Harry squints toward the end of the corridor. Down at the map. Pettigrew moves quickly down the adjoining corridor. Twenty yards away. Ten. Only seconds away... Wand trembling in his hand, Harry glances from the map to the dark corridor ahead, again and again. Then... as the two DOTS are about to collide... he looks slowly up... turns the corner... heart in his chest... and meets...

HIMSELF

... reflected in a MIRROR. He BLINKS, startled, then glances back down at the map. Pettigrew has moved past him. Confused, Harry wheels, casts his wand along the walls.

VOICE (O.S.)

Watch it there, boy! Harry JUMPS. But it's only an OLD MAN in a PAINTING, scowling in the glare of Harry's wand light. On the map, "Pettigrew" continues to move away. Harry makes to follow, then stops. HEARS FOOTSTEPS. The WAND'S SPOT dances across the parchment, finds another DOT. Approaching FAST: "Severus Snape."

HARRY

Mischief managed! Harry stashes the map, extinguishes his wand, and turns... into the harsh glare of Snape's wand.

SNAPE

Potter. What're you doing wandering the corridors at night?

HARRY

I was... I was... sleepwalking... A sneer curdles the corners of Snape's lips.

(CONTINUED)

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SNAPE

How extraordinarily like your father you are, Potter. He, too, was exceedingly arrogant. Strutting about the castle --

HARRY

My dad didn't strut. Nor do I. Now, if you don't mind, I'd appreciate you lowering your wand. Snape eyes Harry coldly. Containing himself. Lowers his wand.

SNAPE

Turn out your pockets. Harry doesn't move, eyes still boring into Snape.

SNAPE

Turn out your pockets! Finally, Harry obliges. Seeing the map, Snape's eyes glitter.

SNAPE

And this. What might it be?

HARRY

Spare bit of parchment...

SNAPE

Really... (poising his wand) Reveal your secret! To Harry's horror, words begin to appear. Snape studies him, a sadistic half-smile on his lips. Turns the map his way.

SNAPE

Read it.

HARRY

'Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs offer their compliments to Professor Snape and...'

SNAPE

Go on.

(CONTINUED)

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HARRY

'... and request that he keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business.'

SNAPE

(smile drooping) Why you insolent little --

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Professor...? Snape turns. Sees Lupin standing in the shadows.

SNAPE

Well, well. Lupin. Out for a little walk in the moonlight, are we?

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Harry? You all right?

SNAPE

That remains to be seen. I've just now confiscated a rather curious artifact from Mr. Potter. Take a look, Lupin. This is supposed to be your area of expertise. Lupin takes the parchment, which now displays a rather unflattering caricature of Snape and a pair of potions.

SNAPE

Clearly, it's full of Dark Magic.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

I seriously doubt that, Severus. It looks to me as if it merely insults anyone who tries to read it. I suspect it's a Zonko product. Nevertheless, I shall pursue any hidden qualities it may possess. As you say, it's my area of expertise. Come, Harry.

101 INT. CORRIDOR/LUPIN'S OFFICE - EVENING (MOMENTS LATER) 101

Harry walks aside a fuming Lupin, who grips the map fiercely.

(CONTINUED)

80.

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PROFESSOR LUPIN

I don't know how this map came to be in your possession, Harry, but I'm astounded that you didn't turn it in. Did you ever stop to think that this -- in the hands of Sirius Black -- is a map to you? Harry walks silently. Lupin can barely contain his anger.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Your father didn't set much store by rules either. But he and your mother did give their lives to save yours. Gambling their sacrifice by walking about the castle unprotected, with a killer on the loose, strikes me as a poor way to repay them. I won't cover up for you again, Harry. Lupin enters his office, tosses the map on his desk, and begins to sort through some papers. Harry lingers briefly in the doorway, absently eyes the WAXING MOON that glimmers beyond the window, then starts to turn away. Stops.

HARRY

Professor. Just so you know, I don't think the map always works. Earlier, it showed someone in the castle. Someone I know to be dead.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

(only half-listening) And who was that, Harry?

HARRY

Peter Pettigrew. Lupin hesitates ever-so-slightly, then returns to his papers.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Very well. I'd like you to return to your dormitory now. Oh, and Harry? Don't take any detours. As Harry looks back, Lupin taps the map.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

If you do. I'll know.

CUT TO:

(CONTINUED)

81.

101 CONTINUED: (2) 101

CLOSEUP - CRYSTAL BALL

murky with smoke.

PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY (V.O.)

Relax... Let your mind... go...

102 INT. DIVINATION CLASSROOM - MORNING 102

The students gaze into CRYSTAL BALLS, faces reflecting the mist within, so that their very skin seems to be made of smoke. Conspicuously, Harry, Ron and Hermione sit apart.

PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY

Crystal-gazing requires that you clear the Inner Eye. Only then, will you... See. Oh my, what do we have here...? As Trelawney eyes Harry's crystal, Hermione rolls her eyes.

HERMIONE

Here we go again. It's the Grim! It's the Grim!

PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY

(eyes narrowing) My dear, from the moment you first arrived in my class, I sensed that you did not possess the proper spirit for the noble art of Divination. You may be young in years, but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shriveled as an old maid's, your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave. Stung, Hermione starts to reply, but -- remarkably -- seems incapable of a single word. Rising gracelessly, she exits, knocking her crystal ball to the floor. Harry watches curiously as the ball rolls slowly OUT the doorway...

LAVENDER

'In late spring, one of our number will leave us forever!' You knew, Professor! You saw.

PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY

On these occasions, I take no joy in my gift, Miss Brown.

82.

102A EXT. DIVINATION CLASSROOM - MORNING (LATER) 102A

As the students exit, Ron, walking separately from Harry, turns to Neville.

RON

She's gone mental, Hermione has. I mean, not that she wasn't always mental, but now it's out in the open for everyone to see... Ron stops, glances at Harry, then moves off. Harry watches him go, along with the others, then spies Hermione's crystal ball lying on the landing.

102B INT. DIVINATION CLASSROOM - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 102B

Harry sets Hermione's crystal back on its stand, starts to go, when... the SMOKE within the crystal suddenly DARKENS. Leaning close, Harry watches the shape that appears. It is unmistakable: Sirius Black. Just then, a SHADOW crawls the glossy surface of the crystal and... ... a HAND SNATCHES Harry's shoulder. He wheels, finds...

HARRY

Professor Trelawney --

PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY

He will return tonight.... Harry stiffens. Trelawney's voice is eerily HOLLOW.

HARRY

S-sorry?

PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY

Tonight, when the clock strikes twelve, the servant shall break free. He and his Master shall be reunited. It cannot be prevented. Trelawney smiles savagely... then her head falls forward. When it rises, she blinks, eyes the hand that lies upon Harry's shoulder. Her hand.

PROFESSOR TRELAWNEY

So sorry, dear boy. Did you say something? Her voice is normal once more. Harry shakes his head.

HARRY

No. Nothing.

83.

103 INT. DIVINATION STAIRWELL - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 103

Harry -- clearly unsettled by his encounter with Trelawney -- hastens down the stairs, and we...

FADE OUT.

104 INT. CLOCKTOWER COURTYARD - DAY (LATER) 104

SWOOK! SWOOK! We FADE UP ON a MOVING POV OF a CROW as it glides to the flock circling the feet of a POT-BELLIED MAN (THE EXECUTIONER) sitting in the courtyard. As he sharpens his AXE -- SWOOK! SWOOK! -- we --

CUT TO:

HARRY, RON AND HERMIONE

hurrying past. The Executioner looks up and we --

CUT TO:

105 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - BRIDGE - LATE AFTERNOON 105

... Harry, leading Ron and Hermione toward Hagrid's hut.

HERMIONE

I can't believe they're going to kill Buckbeak! It's too horrible.

HARRY

It just got worse. She and Ron look and SEE:

106 EXT. SUNDIAL GARDEN - CONTINUOUS ACTION - LATE 106

AFTERNOON

Malfoy, along with Crabbe and Goyle, lurks within a grouping of monolithic menhirs, BINOCULARS in hand, spying on Hagrid, who stands in the pumpkin patch, tossing dead ferrets to Buckbeak. Hagrid wipes his eyes, lopes into the hut.

DRACO

Did you see the big, fat blubbering oaf?! Oh, this is going to be rich. Did I tell you, Father said I can keep the head -- (looking up) Ah. Come to see the show?

(CONTINUED)

84.

106 CONTINUED: 106

HERMIONE

You... foul... loathsome... evil... little cockroach... Malfoy stumbles back against a tree, cross-eyed with fear as Hermione jabs the tip of her wand under his nose, when...

RON

Hermione! No! She turns, surprised Ron's spoken to her. He looks away.

RON

He's not worth it. Hermione nods, then -- SMACK! -- quick as lightning, lands a looping right to Malfoy's jaw, putting him flat on his back. Stunned, he leaps to his feet and runs, Crabbe and Goyle huffing and puffing behind.

HERMIONE

That felt good.

107 EXT. SLOPE/PUMPKIN PATCH - LATE AFTERNOON (MOMENTS 107

LATER)

The trio makes their way down the slope and past Buckbeak, chewing on a ferret with idle satisfaction.

108 INT. HAGRID'S HUT - LATER (LATE AFTERNOON/DUSK) 108

Hagrid stands by the window watching Buckbeak. Harry and Ron sit. Hermione makes tea.

HAGRID

Look at 'em. Loves the smell o' the trees when the wind blows...

HARRY

I say we set him free.

HAGRID

(shaking his head) They'd know I did it. And tha' would only get Dumbledore in trouble. Gonna come down, yeh know. Says he wants ter be with me when it... when it happens. Great man, Dumbledore.

(CONTINUED)

85.

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HERMIONE

We'll stay with you too, Hagrid.

HAGRID

Yeh will not! Think I wan' yeh seein' a thing like this! No. Yeh'll drink yer tea an' be off. But before yeh do -- I wan' ter see you an' Ron shake hands, Harry. Ron and Harry exchange a glance, then look to Hagrid.

HAGRID

Thin' I haven' seen 'ow it's bin betw'n you two? Go on now... Reluctantly, Harry and Ron extend their hands. Shake.

HAGRID

Good. Now then. Ron, I wan' ter see you give Hermione a hug.

HERMIONE/RON

What!

HAGRID

Go on! You two've been at it all year. An' I'm sick o' it. Acutely uncomfortable, Hermione and Ron step forward and perform perhaps the most awkward hug Hogwarts has ever seen.

HAGRID

Crikey, tha's jus' abou' the most pathetic hug I e'er seen. But yeh did it, an' tha's wha' matters. There's jus' one other thing...

RON

I'm not kissing Fang if that's what you're thinking... Hearing his name, FANG -- Hagrid's giant boarhound -- THUMPS his tail happily on the floor. Hagrid turns, takes the lid from a FLOUR TIN, A TINY HEAD, ears flecked with powder, emerges.

RON

Scabbers! You're alive!

(CONTINUED)

86.

108 CONTINUED: (2) 108

HAGRID

Yeh should keep a closer eye on yer pets, Ron.

HERMIONE

I think you owe someone an apology.

RON

Right. Next time I see Crookshanks, I'll let him know.

HERMIONE

I meant me.

HAGRID

Crikey. Here we go agin... SMASH! A GLASS JAR on the SHELF SHATTERS. As Hermione scoops up a JAGGED STAR-SHAPED STONE, a second STONE bounces off the back of Harry's head.

HARRY

Ow! Harry turns, looks out the window.

HARRY

Hagrid... Everyone turns. Looks. Dumbledore and Fudge approach. Behind them, in a fluttering shroud of CROWS, the Executioner follows, axe at his side. Hagrid begins to panic.

HAGRID

Yeh got to go! It's almost dark. Anyone sees yeh outside the castle it'll be trouble! Big trouble! 'Specially you, Harry -- BANG! BANG! BANG! The door SHAKES. Hagrid stiffens in fear. Harry reaches up, puts his finger to Hagrid's trembling lips, speaks softly to the others.

HARRY

C'mon.

109 EXT. HAGRID'S HUT - PUMPKIN PATCH - WIDE SHOT - DUSK 109

(MOMENTS LATER)

As the trio exit through the back door, Fudge, Dumbledore and the Executioner enter through the front.

(CONTINUED)

87.

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A veil of crows flutters onto the roof. More drop into the patch, begin to slowly circle Buckbeak. Harry and the others duck behind the pumpkins, watch Hagrid solemnly greet the others. Fudge appears at the window. Picks his nose. Just then, a Shhh! is heard. Hermione turns. The branches of the trees behind her are

DANCING ODDLY.

HARRY

What?

HERMIONE

Nothing, I just thought I saw... Never mind.

110 EXT. SUNDIAL GARDEN - DUSK (MOMENTS LATER) 110

The trio slip silently into a stand of trees. Beyond them, Hagrid's hut glimmers desolately in the dying sun. High in the CLOCK TOWER, a BELL begins to TOLL.

DING!

DING!

DING!

The trio stops, fighting their tears. A QUARTET OF BLEAK SHADOWS files from the hut. One of the SHADOWS -- Dumbledore -- raises his hand and points, directing the attention of the others away from Buckbeak. Dumbledore speaks briefly -- unintelligible from this distance, then -- CAW! CAW! -- The crows SHRIEK excitedly and the Executioner separates from the others, disappears behind a LOW STAND OF TREES.

DING!

All goes very still. The wind loses its voice...

DING!

Sunlight kicks off the axe as it rises over the trees,

INTO VIEW...

DING!

The ax hangs seemingly forever, etched against the sky, then drops from sight. A SICKENING CHOP! fouls the breeze and Ron and Harry stare toward the trees in numb disbelief. Hermione, face turned away, trembles...

(CONTINUED)

88.

110 CONTINUED: 110

DING!

The SUN sets, dropping behind the mountains in the distance. Hermione turns. Sees a frenzied spray of crows stain the bloody sky, their PRIMAL SHRIEKING rising like a curse. Slowly, Hermione's hand falls onto Ron's shoulder and CAMERA FALLS WITH her, CONTINUING DOWN the length of Ron's arm to his hand, where a DROP OF BLOOD hangs from his finger, drops like a tear...

DING!

Ron stares at his hand. At the blood running down his finger.

RON

He bit me... His eyes shift. See Scabbers streaking away.

HERMIONE

Ron! No! As Ron pelts after Scabbers, Harry and Hermione give chase.

110A EXT. RIDGE - CONTINUOUS ACTION - DUSK 110A

Ron reaches the summit, disappears over the top. Hermione and Harry follow.

110B EXT. WHOMPING WILLOW - CONTINUOUS ACTION - DUSK 110B

Harry and Hermione reach the top of the ridge. Stop.

HERMIONE

Harry. You do realize what tree this is... Ron nabs Scabbers, cradles him in his bloody palm.

RON

Now behave yourself. CAMERA PULLS BACK: Ron is kneeling under the Whomping Willow.

(CONTINUED)

89.

110B CONTINUED: 110B

HARRY

That's not good. (yelling) Ron! Run! Ron spins. Looks toward Harry.

RON

Harry! Run! Harry's eyes shift. Bounding toward him in the gathering gloom is an ENORMOUS, PALE-EYED, JET-BLACK... DOG. Harry shields himself when... the dog LEAPS CLEAR OVER HIM.

RON

Aaaahhh! The dog's TEETH flash and -- SNAP! -- close on Ron's foot, dragging him TOWARDS THE TRUNK like a rag doll. Instantly, Harry dashes forward, leaps out, and grabs Ron's hands... but he and Ron just keep skudding along the ground.

HERMIONE

I've got you -- Hermione pitches herself onto Harry's feet... and the three of them go scudding along.

RON

Harry! Harry raises his chin. The dog vanishes into the GAP at the base of the tree, begins to pull Ron through...

HARRY

Hold on, Ron! But it's no use. The dog is too powerful. Harry glances around desperately, then finds himself looking directly in Ron's eyes. He can read his mind.

HARRY

No, Ron... One by one, Ron releases his fingers from Harry's forearm. Sacrificing himself.

HARRY

Nooooo!!! But Ron closes his eyes, releases his hands fully, and...

(CONTINUED)

90.

110B CONTINUED: (2) 110B

Disappears. As his VOICE ECHOES deep into the earth... Harry and Hermione rise, peer into the hole.

WHOMP! The Whomping Willow sweeps first Hermione, then Harry, into the air and -- FLOOMPH -- drops them on their backsides.

HARRY AND HERMIONE'S POV - THE BRANCHES OVERHEAD

Swaying beautifully against the dusky sky, swishing softly.

BACK TO SCENE

As one, they rise. Run back toward the gap in the tree. A branch swoops down. Hermione ducks. Harry doesn't. WHOOSH -- he is flung one way, his GLASSES the other. Hermione HOPS over another branch -- looks briefly pleased with herself -- only to find herself SWEPT HIGH IN THE AIR by a second branch. She looks down, sees Harry searching the ground for his glasses.

HERMIONE

Haaaaaaarrrrrr!!!!!!!!! Harry squints up, sees a PILE-DRIVING FIST of a branch screaming straight down for his head. He rolls away just as -- WHOMP! -- the branch PULVERIZES the ground. Hermione WHIPS THROUGH FRAME, still clinging on for dear life, and Harry rises. FLUMPH! -- he's promptly knocked to the ground again. Hermione goes CRASHING through the high branches, Harry spies his glasses and grabs them. Rising, he fits them to his face and...

HIS BLURRY POV...

... turns CRYSTAL CLEAR just in time to see Hermione

FLYING MADLY TOWARD HIM.

HERMIONE

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

HARRY

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Hermione reaches out, grabs Harry's shirt and -- riding the branch in tandem -- the two boomerang back, hurtling toward the trunk of the tree, through the gap, and into the darkness...

91.

111 INT. WILLOW ROOTS - TUNNEL - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 111

... below. OOMPH! Harry hits the ground hard. OOMPH! Hermione falls on top of him.

HERMIONE

Thanks.

HARRY

Don't mention it. Lumos. As the tip of Harry's WAND GLOWS, reveals a long, snaking tunnel.

HERMIONE

Where do you suppose this goes?

HARRY

I have a hunch. I just hope I'm wrong...

111A INT. TUNNEL TO SHRIEKING SHACK - NIGHT 111A

Harry and Hermione make their way through the primitive passageway, ducking the roots that dangle overhead. Then, abruptly, the tunnel... ends. Confused, Harry and Hermione glance about, then -- as one -- peer up. A small opening. Harry reaches up, hoists himself through.

112 INT. SHRIEKING SHACK - DECREPIT ROOM - NIGHT 112

Harry pulls Hermione up. Looks about. Paper peels from the walls. Stains -- suspiciously similar to dried blood -- blot the floorboards. Shattered furniture lies strewn everywhere.

HERMIONE

We're in the Shrieking Shack, aren't we? Harry doesn't answer, staring at the DOG PRINTS in the DUST on the floor. The CEILING CREAKS. They dash to the stairs.

113 INT. HALLWAY - LANDING - NIGHT (SECONDS LATER) 113

They come out, look down. A wide, shiny stripe cuts through the DUST-LADEN floor -- as if something has been dragged -- to the end of the hallway, where a LIGHT seeps from a door.

HARRY

Nox.

(CONTINUED)

92.

113 CONTINUED: 113

His wand-light dies. Slowly, they step to the door. Exchange a look. She nods, wand ready, and Harry KICKS the door aside.

114 INT. UPSTAIRS ROOM - SAME TIME 114

Ron sits upon a sagging bed, clutching his bloody foot.

HERMIONE

Ron! You're okay --

HARRY

The dog -- where's the --

RON

He's the dog. It's a trap, Harry. He's an Animagus... Harry looks down, follows the PAW PRINTS on the floor to a pair of FILTHY HUMAN FEET. Harry looks up slowly at the MAN standing in the shadows. Filthy, matted hair hangs to his shoulders. His skin like a corpse.

SIRIUS BLACK.

He studies Harry's face keenly. Harry draws his wand.

HERMIONE

If you want to kill Harry, you'll -- you'll... have to kill us, too!

SIRIUS BLACK

No. Only one will die tonight.

HARRY

Then it'll be you!

HERMIONE

Harry! No! Just then, FOOTSTEPS sound. Black wheels toward the door, edgy. Harry eyes Black, wand hand shaking violently. As Black turns back, he stops, regards Harry cautiously.

SIRIUS BLACK

Going to kill me, Harry?

HARRY

Yes.

(CONTINUED)

93.

114 CONTINUED: 114

Harry raises his wand. BLAM! -- the DOOR CRASHES OPEN: Lupin.

HARRY/HERMIONE/RON

Professor Lupin! Lupin ignores them, eying Black intensely.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Looking a bit ragged, aren't we, Sirius? Finally the skin reflects the madness within.

SIRIUS BLACK

You'd know all about the madness within, wouldn't you, Remus? The two regard each other, the moment taut with tension, then Lupin steps forward and... EMBRACES Black like a brother.

HERMIONE

No! I trusted you! I covered up for you. And all this time you've been his friend! (pointing) He's a werewolf! That's why he's been missing classes! Harry and Ron stare, dumbfounded, at Lupin. Black HOWLS then, bitterly amused. Lupin eyes him, then turns back.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

How long have you known?

HERMIONE

Since Professor Snape set the essay.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

You're the brightest witch of your age I've ever met, Hermione.

SIRIUS BLACK

Yes, you glow like the sun. And you howl at the moon. Enough talk! He dies. Now. If you won't do it with me, Remus, I'll do it alone.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Wait, Sirius --

(CONTINUED)

94.

114 CONTINUED: (2) 114

SIRIUS BLACK

I did my waiting! Twelve years of it! In Azkaban! Trust me, you wouldn't have lasted a week!

Lupin eyes Black, then nods.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

All right then. As you wish...

HARRY

No! Harry raises his wand when Lupin wheels and, with a flick of his own, disarms him. Furious, Harry eyes Black murderously.

HARRY

You betrayed my parents! You sold them to Voldemort!

SIRIUS BLACK

It's a lie! I never would've betrayed James and Lily!

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Harry! You've got to listen --

HARRY

Did he listen! When my mother was dying! Did he hear her screaming!

SIRIUS BLACK

No! I wasn't there! And I'll regret it the rest of my life! Harry's eyes flash to Black's, glittering with pain.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Someone else betrayed your parents, Harry. Someone in this room right now. Someone who, until quite recently, I believed to be dead.

SIRIUS BLACK

He's as good as dead.

HARRY

What're you talking about? There's nobody here.

(CONTINUED)

95.

114 CONTINUED: (3) 114

SIRIUS BLACK

Oh yes there is... Black turns then, to Ron, and CROONS in a cruel sing song:

SIRIUS BLACK

Come out, come out, Peter Come out, come out and play... Ron draws back from Black's demented gaze.

RON

You're mad... Harry's eyes shift from Ron's FACE to his HANDS, where Scabbers TWISTS violently. As a curious expression befalls Harry, Lupin and Black, as one, raise their wands... when.

SNAPE

Expelliarmus! The wands fly from their hands. The others turn, find Snape standing in the doorway, smiling smugly.

SNAPE

(eying Black) Ah, vengeance is sweet. How I hoped I'd be the one to catch you.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Severus --

SNAPE

I told Dumbledore you were helping your old friend into the castle. And here's the proof.

SIRIUS BLACK

Brilliant! And -- as usual -- dead wrong. Now give us our wands back. Remus and I have a bit of unfinished business to tend to. As Black approaches, Snape puts his wand to Black's neck.

SNAPE

Give me a reason. I beg you.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Don't be a fool, Severus!

(CONTINUED)

96.

114 CONTINUED: (4) 114

SIRIUS BLACK

He can't help it. It's habit by now.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Quiet, Sirius!

SNAPE

(clucking his tongue) Listen to you two. Quarreling like an old married couple. The creature and the criminal.

SIRIUS BLACK

Piss off.

SNAPE

Witty as ever I see. Tell me, will you be so irreverent when I turn you over to the Dementors? (as Black reacts) Do I detect a flicker of fear? One can only imagine what it must be like to endure the Dementor's Kiss. It's said to be unbearable to witness. But I'll do my best. Snape's eyes harden. He gestures to the door.

SNAPE

After you. As the others start to go, Harry glances at the table where Lupin has left Harry's wand. In a flash, it's in his hand.

HARRY

Expelliarmus! Snape soars into the air, hits the wall with a THUD, and slides down. Ron and Hermione stare in shock.

HERMIONE

You attacked a teacher. Harry. Harry looks a bit shocked himself, then turns to Black.

HARRY

You said Peter before. Peter who?

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Pettigrew. He was at school with us. We thought he was a friend.

(CONTINUED)

97.

114 CONTINUED: (5) 114

HARRY

He killed No. Pettigrew's dead. him.

As Harry points at Black, Black laughs mirthlessly.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

I thought so, too. Until you mentioned seeing Pettigrew on the Map.

HARRY

The Map was lying then --

SIRIUS BLACK

The Map never lies. Pettigrew's alive. And he's right there. Black points at... Ron. Ron goes white with fear.

RON

M-me? It's lunatic...

SIRIUS BLACK

Not you, you idiot. Your rat.

RON

Scabbers? Scabbers has been in my family for --

SIRIUS BLACK

(bitterly) Twelve years. A curiously long life for a common garden rat. He's missing a toe, isn't he? Black unfolds a dog-eared clipping from The Daily Prophet: it shows Ron in Egypt with his family, Scabbers on his shoulder.

RON

So what?

HARRY

All they could find of Pettigrew was his --

SIRIUS BLACK

Finger. Dirty coward cut it off so everyone would think he was dead. Then he transformed into a rat.

(CONTINUED)

98.

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Harry stares into Black's sunken eyes. Wanting to believe. Desperate to believe. Glances at Ron, his agonized face. Scabbers SQUIRMS VIOLENTLY.

HARRY

Show me. Lupin and Black turn to Ron. He holds Scabbers protectively.

RON

What are you going to do to him? Sirius and Lupin exchange a glance.

SIRIUS BLACK

Together. With that, Lupin takes out his wand and, as one, he and Black cast a stream of BLUE-WHITE LIGHT. Scabbers twists madly in midair, then -- FLASH! -- transforms into... a very short man with thinning hair and grubby hands.

PETER PETTIGREW.

PETTIGREW

S-Sirius... R-Remus. My old friends. Neither speaks. Pettigrew's small, watery eyes dart toward the windows and door. Suddenly, he makes a break for it, but Sirius merely shoves him back. Pettigrew's nose twitches, his gaze finding Harry. His hands flutter nervously, reveal a MISSING INDEX FINGER.

PETTIGREW

Harry! Look at you! Y-you look just like your father. Like James. We were the best of friends, he and I --

SIRIUS BLACK

Shut up!

PETTIGREW

I didn't mean to! The Dark Lord, you have no idea the weapons he possesses! Ask yourself what you would have done, Sirius. What would you have done!

(CONTINUED)

99.

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SIRIUS BLACK

Died! Died rather than betray my friends! And you should have realized, Peter, if Voldemort didn't kill you...

PROFESSOR LUPIN

We would.

PETTIGREW

No... please... you can't... (eyes darting, finding) Ron! Haven't I been a good friend? A good pet? You won't let them kill me, will you? I was your rat... Ron draws back in disgust. Pettigrew turns to Hermione.

PETTIGREW

Sweet girl. Clever girl. Surely you won't let them... As one, Lupin and Black raise their wands, point them directly into Pettigrew's face. He shrinks back trembling, closing his eyes in fear, when...

HARRY

No. Pettigrew's lids lift. Lupin and Black turn. Staggered.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Harry, this man...

HARRY

I know what he is. But we'll take him to the castle.

PETTIGREW

Bless you, boy! Bless you --

HARRY

Get off! I said we'd take you to the castle. After that, the Dementors can have you.

115 OMITTED 115

& &

116 116

100.

117 EXT. WHOMPING WILLOW - NIGHT (LATER) 117

As Pettigrew emerges from the gap, he prattles desperately:

PETTIGREW

Turn me into a maggot. A dung beetle. A Flobberworm! Anything but the Dementors... (as Ron emerges) Ron! Haven't I been a good friend? A good pet? You won't let them kill me, will you? I was your rat... As Ron draws back in disgust, a sleepwalking Snape BUMPS his head against a low limb. Hermione turns to Harry.

HERMIONE

Don't worry. He's under the Somnambulist Charm. It's primarily used to transport the seriously deranged. As Harry nods, Pettigrew's pleading eyes find Hermione.

PETTIGREW

Sweet girl. Clever girl. Surely you won't let them... Hermione tugs her robes from Pettigrew's sweaty grasp. Harry turns, sees Black staring in wonder at the castle, shining radiantly under the bright bowl of the night sky.

SIRIUS BLACK

Beautiful, isn't it? I'll never forget the first time I walked through those doors. It'll be nice to do it again. Freely. (turning to Harry) That was a noble thing you did back there. He doesn't deserve it. Harry studies Pettigrew briefly, looks away. Lost in thought.

HARRY

I don't reckon my father'd want his best friends to become killers for a worthless piece of vermin like Pettigrew. Besides: Dead, the truth dies with him. Alive... you're free.

(CONTINUED)

101.

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Sirius studies Harry's profile, moved by this.

SIRIUS BLACK

I don't know if you know, Harry, but when you were born, James and Lily made me your guardian...

HARRY

I know.

SIRIUS BLACK

And, well, I'll understand if you choose to stay with your aunt and uncle, but, so you know, you could --

HARRY

When! Come live with you?

SIRIUS BLACK

Soon as my name's cleared... Harry looks at Hogwarts. GRINS. Sirius does the same. Then, Hermione's voice rises on the air, quavering with fear.

HERMIONE

Harry... He turns, see Hermione staring at the FULL MOON. His eyes shift. Lupin is a rigid silhouette, his fingers twitching.

SIRIUS BLACK

Remus, old friend... did you take your potion tonight? Lupin, twitching, SHAKES HIS HEAD. Pettigrew's eyes dart, taking in the situation, then slowly shift, note the WAND trembling in LUPIN'S LENGTHENING FIST.

SIRIUS BLACK

Run. All of you. Now. But none of them do, transfixed, watching as BRISTLES POKE THROUGH LUPIN'S SKIN. Black steps forward, wraps his arms around his friend, presses his mouth to his ear.

SIRIUS BLACK

You know the man you truly are, Remus. This flesh is only flesh.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

102.

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SIRIUS BLACK (CONT'Dpounding Lupin's chest) This heart is where you truly live. This heart! Here!

As Lupin's WAND DROPS... Pettigrew LEAPS.

HARRY

No! (flashing his wand) Expelliarmus! Lupin's wand flies from Pettigrew's hand and he FREEZES. Then slowly turns. Face blank, eyes closed, he... GRINS HIDEOUSLY. Transforms. Stunned, Harry watches a RAT dart into the night. A HOWL PIERCES THE AIR and Harry wheels. With a shrug, Lupin tosses Black into the air, then turns. He is no longer human. He's a werewolf. Harry and Hermione begin to edge back.

HERMIONE

Professor...? The WEREWOLF'S eyes blaze. Long teeth glitter. Then... a horrifying GROWL ERUPTS from its throat. Harry and Hermione spin, begin to flee... and run flat into Snape. As they collapse in a great clumsy pile, Snape's eyes flutter open, the spell broken. Seeing Hermione atop him, he sweeps her aside...

SNAPE

Out of the way! ... and finds the werewolf preparing to pounce. Leaping to his feet, Snape draws his wand and steps forward, shielding Hermione, Harry and Ron. The WEREWOLF HOWLS, SPRINTS forward, when -- SWOOSH! -- a GIANT DOG (Black) intercepts it in MIDAIR. They hit the ground in a FIERCE TANGLE of FLASHING TEETH, a single horrible flailing beast. Again and again, the dog pushes the werewolf back, but the werewolf is too strong...

HARRY

Sirius! The DOG YELPS, ROARS in pain, and the werewolf flings it into the tall grass. As it charges after, Harry pushes past Snape, dashes into the night. Hermione makes to follow, but Snape holds her back.

(CONTINUED)

103.

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HERMIONE

Harry! Harry runs full out. Up ahead, FRAMED AGAINST A FULL MOON, he spies the dog, lying inert, the werewolf's razor-sharp claws suspended over its neck.

HARRY

NO!!!

Desperately, Harry plucks a THICK BRANCH from the ground and hurls it with all his might. Bull's-eye. The werewolf freezes. Turns. Begins to move toward... Harry. Harry draws his wand, terrified, but tormented as well, knowing Lupin dwells somewhere within the beast.

HARRY

Please, Professor. Stop... It's me. Suddenly... a HOWL pierces the night. The werewolf falters, cocking its head toward the forest. Harry waits, petrified. The WEREWOLF's eyes shift back to him. It SNARLS, moves closer, ready to kill. Harry covers his face with his arm, when... ... a SECOND HOWL ECHOES high above the forest. Slowly, Harry drops his arm. Looks. The werewolf bounds toward the forest, vanishes. Harry's eyes shift. In the darkness, the wounded dog lurches through the tall grass. Falls. Rises. Falls again. Each time becoming more human. As he disappears over the ridge, Harry sprints after.

117A EXT. BLACK LAKE - SAME TIME - NIGHT 117A

Harry stumbles down to Black, who lies on the water's edge, now fully a man, arms and face gleaming with lacerations.

HARRY

Sirius! Harry looks into his glassy eyes.

HARRY

Sirius!

(CONTINUED)

104.

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A fragile MIST escapes Harry's mouth. A raw WIND TOSSES his hair. CHILL-BUMPS pebble his SKIN. A FRINGE of ICE appears at the lake's edge. Then they appear, oozing like smoke through the TREES across the lake. Dementors.

HARRY

No... No! (drawing his wand) Expecto... Patronum! A thin silvery wisp weeps from Harry's wand, hovering like a VEIL, but the Dementors continue to come. Harry places his hand on Black's HEAVING HEART, poises his wand once more:

HARRY

Expecto... Patronum... Harry's Patronus blooms briefly... and dies. Harry's eyes flutter, the DEMENTORS twisting madly in his vision, drawing closer. Black GASPS. SILVERY FEATHERS of LIGHT tumble from his lips, as if his very soul were leaving him... Then... a LIGHT splinters the trees. Harry squints, sees a FIERY STAG appear... its body luminous... slashing through the trees... sowing light in the darkness. The Dementors wilt in its wake, but more replace them, sweeping down in waves. Still, the stag charges on. The LIGHT EXPANDS. The forest blazing with it. The remaining Dementors flee, drifting across the moon like ash. The light ebbs. The stag's luminous body flickers. There is a BRIGHT FLASH and darkness returns, a single THREAD of LIGHT all that remains, spinning down to the size of a PEARL... in the palm of MAN, standing deep in the trees. Harry studies the strangely familiar SILHOUETTE, then... it is gone. Silence drops like a curtain. MIST rises from the lake. As Snape appears at the top of the rise, we --

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

118 INT. HOSPITAL WING - NIGHT (LATER) 118

CAMERA PULLS BACK SLOWLY... out of HERMIONE'S SHADOW, which ripples against the curtain that encircles Harry's bed. A HAND reaches out -- Harry's hand -- and sweeps the CURTAIN ASIDE. Ron lies opposite, his leg BANDAGED. Hermione paces. Stops.

(CONTINUED)

105.

118 CONTINUED: 118

HERMIONE

Harry --

HARRY

I saw my dad.

HERMIONE

What...?

HARRY

He sent the Dementors away... I saw him. Across the lake... Hermione exchanges a private glance with Ron, turns back.

HERMIONE

Listen, Harry. They've captured Sirius. Any minute the Dementors are going to perform the Kiss.

HARRY

The Kiss...?

HERMIONE

It's what Dementors do to those they want to destroy. They clamp their jaws over the victim's mouth and... suck out his soul.

HARRY

You mean, they're going to kill Sirius?

HERMIONE

No. It's worse. Much worse. You go on living. But you have no memory. No sense of self. You're just a shall. An empty shell... As Harry reacts, the door opens and Dumbledore enters.

HERMIONE

Headmaster! You've got to stop them! They've got the wrong man!

HARRY

It's true, sir. Sirius is innocent --

RON

It's Scabbers who did it!

(CONTINUED)

106.

118 CONTINUED: (2) 118

DUMBLEDORE

Scabbers...?

RON

My rat, sir. Only he's not really Well, he was a rat. You a rat. see, he used to be my brother Percy's --

HERMIONE

The point is... we know the truth. Please, sir, you must believe us.

DUMBLEDORE

I do, Miss Granger. But I'm sorry to say the word of three thirteen- year-old wizards will convince few others. A child's voice, however honest and true, is meaningless to those who have forgotten how to listen. As Dumbledore turns to the window, a SHOOTING STAR plummets silently through the sky.

DUMBLEDORE

Ah... a shooting star. If ever one was to make a wish, now would be the time. But time, I'm afraid, is precisely our problem... On cue, the MIDNIGHT BELL begins to CHIME... DING!...

DING!

DUMBLEDORE

Mysterious thing, time. Powerful. And, when meddled with... dangerous. Sirius Black is in the topmost cell of the Dark Tower. (to Hermione) You know the laws, Miss Granger. You must not be seen. And you would, I feel, do well to return before this last chime. If not... well, the consequences are really too ghastly to discuss. Three turns should do it, I think. If you succeed, more than one innocent life may be spared tonight.

(CONTINUED)

107.

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Dumbledore hands Harry and Hermione each a stick of CHOCOLATE, then starts to go... stops.

DUMBLEDORE

By the way, when in doubt, I find retracing my steps to be a wise place to begin... Good luck. He smiles, exits. Harry glances curiously at the chocolate.

RON

What in bloody hell was all that about? But Hermione doesn't reply, instead looping the pendant's long chain around Harry's neck as well as her own.

HERMIONE

Sorry, Ron. But seeing as you can't walk... As Ron and Harry exchange a curious glance, the BELL continues to CHIME -- DING! DING! -- and...

119 INT. HOSPITAL WING - TIME REVERSAL - NIGHT/LATE 119

AFTERNOON

TIME REVERSES in a dizzying backward blur, as if a tape were being rewound, every moment that occurred in the hospital room flickering by at a dizzying speed while, outside the window, darkness gives way to dusk and the sun "un-sets," returning to its place low on the horizon. At this point, the TIME REVERSAL ends and the room is... Empty. Except for Harry and Hermione. As Hermione unloops the necklace, Harry glances around in confusion.

HARRY

What just happened? Where's Ron? Hermione ignores the question, eyes the CLOCK on the wall.

HERMIONE

Seven-thirty. Where were we at seven-thirty?

HARRY

Huh? Dunno... going to Hagrid's?

(CONTINUED)

108.

119 CONTINUED: 119

HERMIONE

Come on! We can't be seen! Hermione grabs Harry's arm, slams through the door.

120 OMITTED 120

thru thru

122 122

123 EXT. BRIDGE - LATE AFTERNOON (MOMENTS LATER) 123

Harry and Hermione come to a mad, huffing halt.

HARRY

Hermione! Will you please tell me what it is we're doing?! She holds up a hand, silencing him. Annoyed, Harry follows her gaze and BLINKS in DISBELIEF. Across the grounds...

124 EXT. SUNDIAL GARDEN - SAME TIME - LATE AFTERNOON 124

... he sees himself, along with Hermione and Ron, about to confront Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle near the monoliths.

HARRY

But that... that's... us. This is not... normal.

INTERCUT BETWEEN BRIDGE AND SUNDIAL GARDEN.

Dumbfounded, Harry turns. Hermione holds up the HOURGLASS.

HERMIONE

This is a Time-Turner, Harry. McGonagall gave it to me first term. This is how I've been getting to my lessons all year.

HARRY

You mean, we've gone back in time?

HERMIONE

Yes. Dumbledore wanted us to return to this moment. Clearly something happened he wants us to change.

(CONTINUED)

109.

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A soft SMACK is HEARD. They turn, see Malfoy land on the seat of his pants in the Sundial Garden, rub his kisser.

HARRY

(in admiration) Good punch.

HERMIONE

Hurry! Malfoy's coming! Hermione pulls Harry under the bridge. Seconds later, FOOTSTEPS CLAMOR over their heads.

DRACO (O.S.)

Not a word of this to anyone, understood! I'll get that jumped- up Mudblood one of these days. Mark my words... Eyes narrowed in anger, Hermione leans out, reaches up, and sends Malfoy SPRAWLING. As Harry pulls her back, Malfoy looks around in confusion, then dashes off with the others. Seconds later, Harry emerges, marvels at the sight of himself and Hermione, and Ron heading down the slope to Hagrid's hut. His eyes shift to the pumpkin patch.

HARRY

Look. Buckbeak's still alive.

HERMIONE

Of course! Remember what Dumbledore said. If we succeed, more than one innocent life could be spared.

HARRY

Buckbeak? But... how will saving Buckbeak help Sirius?

HERMIONE

We'll see.

125 EXT. HAGRID'S HUT - PUMPKIN PATCH - LATE AFTERNOON/DUSK 125

As Buckbeak feasts on a ferret, Harry and Hermione duck behind a pile of pumpkins. Peering into the hut, Harry sees Hermione and Ron embrace awkwardly.

(CONTINUED)

110.

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He grins, turns, only to find Hermione analyzing the moment with considerable fascination. Caught -- regards Harry defensively.

HERMIONE

What?

HARRY

Nothing. Harry looks toward the slope, sees Fudge and the others approaching in a CLOUD of CROWS.

HARRY

Here they come. I better hurry.

HERMIONE

No! Fudge has to see Buckbeak before we steal him. Otherwise, he'll think Hagrid set him free! Harry nods, then looks toward the hut. Inside, Hagrid is handing Scabbers to Ron.

HARRY

That's Pettigrew -- As he starts to rise, Hermione grabs him, speaks fiercely.

HERMIONE

No, Harry! You can't!

HARRY

Hermione, that's the man who betrayed my parents! You don't expect me to just sit here...

HERMIONE

Yes! You Must! (pointing inside) Harry, you're in Hagrid's hut right now. If you go bursting inside, you'll think you've gone mad. Awful things can happen when wizards meddle with time. We can't be seen. Hermione turns, watches Fudge and the others drawing closer. She frowns, glances into the hut.

(CONTINUED)

111.

125 CONTINUED: (2) 125

HERMIONE

Fudge is coming and... we're not leaving... why aren't we leaving?

Just then... on the ground beside her... Hermione notices a JAGGED STAR-SHAPED STONE. Instantly, she grabs it, rises, and hurls it through the OPEN WINDOW. SMASH! The sound of a GLASS JAR SHATTERING is heard within the hut.

HARRY

Are you mad? Hermione ignores him, swiftly whistling a second stone through the window and -- CONK! -- off the back of Harry's head.

HARRY

That hurt.

HERMIONE

Sorry. Crows begin to drop atop the roof. Fudge's party arrives, RAPS on the door.

HERMIONE

C'mon. Any minute now we're going to be coming out the back door. Quickly, Hermione and Harry dash into the trees directly behind... just in time to see themselves -- along with Ron -- exit the back door and slip behind the pumpkin pile where, only seconds before, they were hiding. As Fudge appears at the window and picks his nose as before, Hermione ponders the back of her own head.

HERMIONE

Is that really what my hair looks like from the back?

HARRY

Shhh! Hermione sees herself turn. Ducking, she accidentally stirs the branches, then peeks out and sees herself staring curiously at the branches DANCING ODDLY. Next she hears her own voice:

HERMIONE (O.S.)

Nothing, I just thought I saw... Never mind.

(CONTINUED)

112.

125 CONTINUED: (3) 125

Harry and Hermione watch themselves start up the slope. The coast clear, they slip out of the trees.

HERMIONE

Now, Harry! As Harry vaults into the patch, the CROWS STIR, CAWING at his ankles, pecking at his feet.

CORNELIUS FUDGE (O.S.)

'It is the decision of the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures that the Hippogriff Buckbeak, hereafter called the condemned, shall be executed this day at sundown...' As Harry approaches, Buckbeak studies him curiously, a ferret leg dangling from his beak. Harry bows. SLURP! The ferret leg disappears and Buckbeak returns Harry's nod. As Harry takes Buckbeak's chain... a flint-eyed crow PECKS his hand.

HARRY

Get away! Harry waves the crow away, yanks hard on Buckbeat's chain.

CORNELIUS FUDGE (O.S.)

'The Committee's appointed executioner shall dispatch the condemned by means of beheading...'

HARRY

C'mon, Buckbeak. Come on... Buckbeak refuses to move.

CORNELIUS FUDGE (O.S.)

'As witnessed below.' You sign here, Hagrid. Very well, gentlemen. Let's step outside, shall we... DING! The Hogwarts BELL begins to TOLL. Harry and Hermione exchange a glance. Harry tugs harder. No go.

DUMBLEDORE (O.S.)

Excuse me, Minister. I believe I must sign as well...

(CONTINUED)

113.

125 CONTINUED: (4) 125

Harry PULLS at the chain, straining mightily... DING! when Hermione POPS UP, BOWS QUICKLY, and dangles a dead ferret before Buckbeak.

HERMIONE

Here, Beaky... Come and get the nice dead ferret... yum yum... Harry looks at her as if she's mad, but it's... working. As Buckbeak trots after, the CAWING CROWS scatter.

DING!

Harry and Hermione lead Buckbeak away when the back door suddenly opens. They freeze... caught... Fudge's eyes drifting their way, when -- as before -- Dumbledore raises his hand and directs the attention of the others away from Buckbeak.

DUMBLEDORE

Professor Dippet had those blackberries planted when he was Headmaster... Harry and Hermione shoo Buckbeak along, disappear into the forest... just as Dumbledore concludes his reverie.

CORNELIUS FUDGE

Let's get this over with, shall we? Harry and Hermione -- their view unobstructed by the LOW STAND OF TREES this time -- watch the Executioner approach the pumpkin patch... and stop. Quickly, the confusion in his masked eyes turns to anger.

CORNELIUS FUDGE

But... where is it? I just saw the beast not moments ago -- Hagrid?

HAGRID

Beaky... Hearing Hagrid's husky voice, BUCKBEAK strains at his tether, WHIMPERS eerily. Hermione tosses him another ferret.

DUMBLEDORE

(a hint of amusement) How extraordinary!

(CONTINUED)

114.

125 CONTINUED: (5) 125

CORNELIUS FUDGE

Come now, Dumbledore. Someone's obviously released him.

HAGRID

Professor, I swear! I didn't!

DUMBLEDORE

I'm quite sure the Minister isn't suggesting that you had anything to do with it, Hagrid. How could you? You've been with us all along.

CORNELIUS FUDGE

We should search the grounds --

DUMBLEDORE

Search the skies if you must, Minister. In the meantime, I wouldn't say no to a cup of tea, Hagrid. Or... a large brandy. (to the Executioner) It seems your services will no longer be required. The Executioner lifts his blade and -- with a brutal fury -- plunges it into the flesh of a PUMPKIN with a

SICKENING CHOP!

The CROWS SCATTER to the skies.

126 EXT. FORBIDDEN FOREST - DUSK (MOMENTS LATER) 126

Harry and Hermione race through the trees as Buckbeak lopes easily behind.

HARRY

Now what?

HERMIONE

We save Sirius.

HARRY

And we do that... how?

HERMIONE

No idea.

127 EXT. EDGE OF FOREST AT WHOMPING WILLOW - DUSK 127

SUBJECTIVE POV, GLIDING THROUGH a thicket of trees, TO the forest's edge, the trees thinning, REVEALING...

115.

127A EXT. EDGE OF FOREST AT WHOMPING WILLOW - DUSK 127A

... the Whomping Willow THRASHING. Hermione disappears down the hole, then a FIGURE approaches the tree. Lupin.

INTERCUT.

HERMIONE

Look. It's Lupin. As the Whomping Willow begins to thrash, its violence oddly muted at this distance, Lupin takes a stick, pokes a knot on the trunk. Instantly, the Willow calms.

HARRY

Wait until Fred and George hear about that one.

HERMIONE

Here comes Snape. As Lupin disappears into the gap at the base of the tree, Snape makes his way down the slope.

HARRY

And now we wait.

HERMIONE

Now we wait.

127B EXT. EDGE OF FOREST AT WHOMPING WILLOW - DUSK TO NIGHT 127B

(LATER)

We look UPWARD, see the tops of the trees etched against the darkening sky. BATS fly TOWARD us. We FOLLOW one, when Buckbeak snags one. A tail twitches briefly between his beak, then -- SLURP! -- is gone.

HERMIONE

'Least someone's enjoying himself. Harry and Hermione sit together in the lengthening shadows. Harry snaps off a piece of chocolate, hands it to Hermione.

HARRY

Hermione...

HERMIONE

Yes?

(CONTINUED)

116.

127B CONTINUED: 127B

HARRY

Before. Down by the lake. When I was with Sirius... I did see someone... that someone made the Dementors go away...

HERMIONE

With a Patronus. I heard Snape telling Dumbledore when we were taken to the hospital. According to him, only a really powerful wizard could have conjured it.

HARRY

It was my Dad. Hermione looks at Harry.

HARRY

It was my Dad who conjured the Patronus.

HERMIONE

But, Harry, your Dad's...

HARRY

Dead. I know. I'm just telling you what I saw. Hermione nods, not wanting to press Harry further, then glances beyond the trees, toward the Whomping Willow.

HERMIONE

Here we come.

128 EXT. EDGE OF FOREST AT WHOMPING WILLOW - NIGHT 128

SHADOWS emerge under a FULL MOON: Black. Harry. Pettigrew. Lupin. Hermione. Ron. Sleepwalking Snape...

INTERCUT:

Harry studies himself and Sirius.

HARRY

You see Sirius talking to me? He's asking me to come live with him.

HERMIONE

Really?

(CONTINUED)

117.

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Harry nods, his voice wistful.

HARRY

When we free him, I'll never have to go back to the Dursley's. I'm going to tell him I'd like to live someplace in the country. I think he'd like that, after all those years in Azkaban. We don't need a big place and I can help him... A HOWL pierces the night. Hermione glances toward the Willow.

HERMIONE

It's happened. Lupin's transformed.

HARRY

Which means Pettigrew is slipping safely into the night. While we just stand here... A FIERCE GROWLING is heard as twin silhouettes -- the DOG and the WEREWOLF -- bound into the tall grass. Harry watches himself appear, hurl the stick as before. The werewolf turns, begins to stalk... OWWWWWWWWW! Harry wheels, sees Hermione, hands cupped to her mouth, making a loud HOWL. He covers her mouth.

HARRY

What are you doing?

HERMIONE

Saving your life. Harry looks back to the tall grass. The werewolf is frozen. As before, it begins to approach Harry again. OWWWWWWWW! This time, Harry doesn't stop her.

HARRY

Thanks. But we have to move.

HERMIONE

Why?

HARRY

Because that werewolf you just called is running right this way. They exchange a glance and... RUN.

118.

129 OMITTED 129

& &

130 130

130A EXT. FOREST - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 130A

Harry and Hermione dash for the lives, swing behind a HUGE TREE. As CAMERA BEGINS TO CIRCLE, the werewolf appears. Pauses. As it approaches the tree, Harry and Hermione silently sidestep in the opposite direction, until the werewolf... disappears. CAMERA CONTINUES TO CIRCLE the tree...

HERMIONE

Buckbeak. We've got to find him. ... and REVEALS the werewolf, fifteen feet past, waiting. As Harry and Hermione step out, they freeze. The werewolf poises itself, preparing to pounce, when... SKREEEK! The TREES shake with the fury of a HURRICANE and Buckbeak charges into the clearing, screening Harry and Hermione. The WEREWOLF SNARLS ANGRILY, makes to charge. With lightning-fast reflexes, Buckbeak's claws slash the air... only inches from the werewolf's face. The werewolf stops, eyes glittering with rage, then... HOWLS. Turning, it vanishes into the forest.

HERMIONE

Poor Professor Lupin is having a really tough night... Just then, a CHILL WIND rises... The LEAVES of the trees TREMBLE... EERIE SHADOWS flutter over the moon, greasy as smoke... Dementors.

HARRY

Let's go.

CUT TO:

MOVING POV

Looking UPWARD... THROUGH the trees as the sky wheels by, Dementors streaking IN AND OUT OF VIEW.

130B EXT. EDGE OF FOREST AT BLACK LAKE - NIGHT (MOMENTS 130B

LATER)

CAMERA RUSHES IN, HOLDS ON Harry and Hermione's faces.

(CONTINUED)

119.

130B CONTINUED: 130B

Shocked. Terror-stricken.

Opposite them, across the lake...

130C EXT. BLACK LAKE - SAME TIME 130C

... a CYCLONE of DEMENTORS whirl madly above Harry and Black.

INTERCUT BETWEEN BLACK LAKE AND EDGE OF FOREST.

Harry watches himself vainly attempt to conjure a Patronus as the cyclone only continues to grow...

HERMIONE

This is horrible...

HARRY

Don't worry. My Dad will come... Right there... you'll see... he'll come... any minute... he'll conjure the Patronus Hermione eyes Harry warily. He is transfixed, staring hungrily toward the outcrop. The WIND RISES. The Lake begins to freeze. WHOOSH! WHOOSH! One after another, Dementors drop from the sky, vanish in the cyclone...

HERMIONE

No one's coming, Harry...

HARRY

HE WILL! He will come! She looks. Nothing. Desperately, her eyes flash to the cyclone, to the pitiful sight of Harry and Black at the water's edge... wracked with pain... dying...

HERMIONE

No one's coming! You're dying, both of you... and no one's coming! Harry's face changes. A riddle unravels. He draws his wand.

HERMIONE

HARRY, NO!

(CONTINUED)

120.

130C CONTINUED: 130C

Too late. Harry slashes through the trees, down to the rocky outcrop, to the exact spot where his father appeared. Poising his wand, he looks out over the sea of Dementors on the other side of the lake.

HARRY

EXPECTO PATRONUM!

A WISP of SILVER escapes his wand, hovering like a MIST, then BLOOMS MAGNIFICENTLY. The trees EXPLODE WITH LIGHT. The Lake BLAZES with reflected FIRE. Harry stands utterly still, wand extended to the heavens. Across the lake, the Dementors retreat. Harry waits, still as a statue, until each and every one is gone. Then he simply lets his arm drop.

131 EXT. HOGWARTS - SKY - FLYING - NIGHT (LATER) 131

WHOOSH! Harry and Hermione plunge INTO FRAME astride Buckbeak, SOARING toward the castle. Outside the grounds, the Dementors wait restlessly. Up ahead, Fudge and Snape enter the Dark Tower, TORCHES in hand.

HARRY

You were right, Hermione. It wasn't my dad I saw earlier. It was... me. I saw myself conjuring the Patronus before. I knew I could do it this time, because... because I'd already done it. Does that make sense? Hermione contemplates this.

HERMIONE

No. (looking down in fear) But I don't like this!

132 EXT. HOGWARTS - DARK TOWER - WIDE SHOT - NIGHT (MOMENTS 132

LATER)

We see Buckbeak land.

CUT TO:

133 EXT. DARK TOWER - TERRACE - NIGHT 133

Sirius paces within a SMALL CELL, a man condemned. Spying Harry and Hermione, he stops. Stunned to see them.

121.

134 INT. DARK TOWER - STAIRWELL - NIGHT (SAME TIME) 134

Snape, TORCH in hand, leads the way as Fudge HUFFS after.

135 EXT. DARK TOWER - TERRACE - NIGHT (SAME TIME) 135

Hermione pushes past Harry.

HERMIONE

Out of the way! (raising her wand) Alohomora! Sirius tests the IRON DOOR. Still locked.

HERMIONE

Didn't really expect that to work.

136 EXT. DARK TOWER - STAIRWELL - NIGHT (SAME TIME) 136

Snape and Fudge draw closer...

137 EXT. DARK TOWER - TERRACE - NIGHT (SAME TIME) 137

Wand flashing, Hermione tries spell after spell.

HERMIONE

Dunamis! Liberare! Annihilare! Emancipare! No. No. No. No.

SIRIUS BLACK

You might try --

HERMIONE

Quiet! I'm trying to think. She resumes pacing, MUTTERING furiously. Then... stops. Turns.

HERMIONE

BOMBARDA!

KA-BOOM! The CELL DOOR ROCKETS to the sky.

SIRIUS BLACK

That'll do.

138 EXT. SKY/HOGWARTS - HELICOPTER SHOT - NIGHT 138

We see Buckbeak spirit Harry, Hermione and Sirius off the terrace and soar directly TOWARD us... Just as Snape and Fudge reach the top of the Tower.

122.

139 EXT. BUCKBEAK - FLYING - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 139

Sirius laughs, hair blowing in the wind.

SIRIUS BLACK

You truly are your father's son, Harry!

140 EXT. CLOCKTOWER COURTYARD - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 140

Black puts his hands to Hermione's waist, swings her off Buckbeak and onto the ground next to Harry.

SIRIUS BLACK

I'll be forever grateful for this. To both of you.

HARRY

I want to go with you.

SIRIUS BLACK

One day perhaps. For some time... life will be too... unpredictable. Besides, you're meant to be here. Black claps his shoulder, looks him in the eye.

SIRIUS BLACK

But promise me something, Harry.

HARRY

Anything.

SIRIUS BLACK

Trust yourself. No matter the challenges you face -- and I fear they will be many -- you'll be surprised how many times you can find the answers... (tapping his heart) ...here. As Sirius climbs atop Buckbeak, a SHOOTING STAR arcs through the heavens.

SIRIUS BLACK

A shooting star. Make a wish. WHACK! -- Black gives Buckbeak a SLAP and they soar into the glittering sky. Harry and Hermione stand watching, when... DING! They wheel. Look to the Clock Tower.

HERMIONE

We have to go.

(CONTINUED)

123.

140 CONTINUED: 140

As Harry and Hermione dash off, CAMERA TRACKS AFTER, RISING WITH them as they race up the tower stairway, then passing through the mechanism and on through to the end of...

141 OMITTED 141

thru thru

143 143

144 INT. CORRIDOR/CLOCK TOWER - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 144

... the corridor. The Clock Tower BELL THUNDERS. The DOOR OPENS. Dumbledore backs out...

DUMBLEDORE

By the way, when in doubt, I always find retracing my steps to be a wise place to begin... Good luck. As Dumbledore begins to close the door, Harry and Hermione stumble frantically forward, the door about to hit the jamb, when... suddenly... Dumbledore stops. Looks up.

DUMBLEDORE

Well?

HARRY

He's free -- Sirius. We... we did it.

DUMBLEDORE

Did what? With a twinkle in his eye, Dumbledore swings open the door. As Harry and Hermione enter.

145 INT. HOSPITAL WING - NIGHT (SAME TIME) 145

... they catch the faintest glimpse of... themselves... across the room... just as they EVAPORATE. Ron blinks. Turns. Frowns.

RON

How'd you two get over there? I was just talking to you... over there.

(CONTINUED)

124.

145 CONTINUED: 145

Ron glances to the other side of the room. Frowns. Hermione glances mischievously to Harry.

HERMIONE

What d'you think, Harry? Too much for him -- everything that's happened tonight?

HARRY

Afraid so. Always been a bit of the nervous type, Ron has. Ron stares at them, confounded. Slowly, they... GRIN.

146 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - MORNING 146

The Whomping Willow sways in a light breeze. The Black Lake shimmers, clouds drifting in its glassy mirror.

147 INT. CORRIDOR/LUPIN'S OFFICE - MORNING 147

Harry walks softly toward an OPEN DOOR -- Lupin's office -- and peers in. Lupin stands over a battered suitcase, filling it with the last of his books. Without turning, he SPEAKS.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Hello, Harry. Harry JUMPS. Lupin turns, smiles through haggard eyes.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Saw you coming. The Marauder's Map lies open on an otherwise bare desk. Harry nods, looks back to Lupin. Unable to disguise his shock at Lupin's appearance.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

I've looked worse, believe me. Harry eyes the open desk drawers... the bare bookshelves...

HARRY

You've been sacked.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Resigned, actually.

(CONTINUED)

125.

147 CONTINUED: 147

HARRY

Resigned! But why!

PROFESSOR LUPIN

It seems that someone has let slip the nature of my condition.

HARRY

Snape.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Whoever. It was bound to get out. This time tomorrow, the owls will start arriving. Parents will not want a -- someone like me -- teaching their children.

HARRY

But Dumbledore --

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Has already risked enough on my behalf. Besides, people like me, well... let's just say I'm used to this by now. But before I go, tell me about your Patrons.

HARRY

Well. At first I thought it was a horse, or perhaps a unicorn, but I think it was --

PROFESSOR LUPIN

A stag.

HARRY

Yes.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Your father used to transform into one. That's how he was able to keep me company when I became... sick. He was a great friend James. Lupin smiles wanly, lifts his sorry suitcase. Then stops.

PROFESSOR LUPIN

There are stories about him and your mother, you know. Some are even true. But I think it's safe to say, in the end, you'll know them best by getting to know yourself. Lupin then -- with a wicked twinkle -- raises his wand.

(CONTINUED)

126.

147 CONTINUED: (2) 147

PROFESSOR LUPIN

Mischief managed. Harry watches the Map go blank. Looks back. Lupin is gone.

148 OMITTED 148

149 INT. GREAT HALL - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 149

Ron stands amid a circle of excited Gryffindors.

RON

Stand back, I said! I'll take it upstairs if you don't settle! As Harry arrives, he glances at Hermione, who CLEARS HER THROAT LOUDLY. The others turn, begin all speaking at once.

NEVILLE

Harry! Wherever did you get it!

SEAMUS

Can I have a go, Harry? After you, of course --

RON

Quiet! (as they oblige) Thank you. Let the man through. Mystified, Harry steps forward, the boys peeling away, clearing his view of the BROOMSTICK in Ron's hands. The

LABEL GLEAMS: "FIREBOLT."

HARRY

Whose is that?

RON

(as everyone laughs) Whose is it? It's yours, mate.

HARRY

Who? But... how?

HERMIONE

It's a mystery. Though... this fell out of the wrapping. Harry turns, sees Hermione holding up a FEATHER.

(CONTINUED)

127.

149 CONTINUED: 149

HARRY

That's a Hippogriff feather -- As Harry stops short, Hermione raises her eyebrow. As they share a secret glance, we...

CUT TO:

150 INT./EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - FRONT DOORS - DAY 150

BOOM! The huge vertical DOORS BURST OPEN and Harry, trailed by the others, exits with the Firebolt. As he strides off, others join the assembly -- Hagrid, Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle among them -- curious to see what the commotion is all about.

151 EXT. COURTYARD - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 151

As Harry stops, an expectant HUSH hangs over the moment.

SEAMUS

Go on, Harry.

NEVILLE

Yeah. Let's see. Harry mounts the broom. Licks his finger and jabs it in the air. A few others do the same. Hagrid does the same. Crabbe and Goyle start to do the same, when Malfoy SLAPS their hands down. Finally, Harry places his hand on the broom. Sets his grip. Takes a breath. And... Frowns.

FRED/GEORGE

What's wrong?

HARRY

I don't think it works. I think it's defective. A collective GROAN. Dejected, many of the kids begin to drift toward the castle. Harry calls after.

HARRY

Oh, come on now. It's just a broom.

HAGRID

(nodding sagely) Just a broom.

(CONTINUED)

128.

151 CONTINUED: 151

Harry's eye shifts to Ron and Hermione. A wink.

HARRY

The fastest broom in the world. As everyone turns -- WHOOSH! -- Harry JETS OFF and we --

CUT TO:

152 EXT. HIGH IN THE SKY - DAY (SAME TIME) 152

A tiny DOT, GROWING LARGER AND LARGER, races upward. It's Harry shooting straight into the blue on the Firebolt. A SCREAM GROWS LOUDER as he approaches. A scream of release, of utter abandon. It's Harry screaming. But something else is clear as he JETS PAST and... The SCREEN GOES BLACK. It's a SCREAM of joy.

FADE OUT.

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