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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Shop Guide

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This walkthrough was originally written for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on the GBA, but the walkthrough is still applicable to the PC version of the game.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Shop Guide
Version 1.1
Last updated: March 28, 2005
By Andrea Robinson

Part 1 - Introduction

Part 2 - Prisoner of Azkaban Shop Guide
     2.1 - Belts
     2.2 - Charms
     2.3 - Gloves
     2.4 - Boots
     2.5 - Hats
     2.6 - Cloaks
     2.7 - Miscellaneous

Part 3 - Other Stuff
     3.1 - Disclaimer
     3.2 - Acknowledgements

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     NOTICE: This guide is sanitized and spoiler-free for your protection.

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Part 1 - Introduction

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This guide is for the Game Boy Advance version of "Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban." While the game itself isn't bad - it's a nice simple RPG
with puzzle dungeons, and it doesn't require much thought - it has a very bad
shopping interface. To make up for that, this guide lists the items for sale in
Fred and George's Shop, their prices, the stat boosts they provide, and any
other miscellaneous information that may apply.

Some of these items are dropped by bosses or can be found in treasure chests.
All, however, can be bought in Fred and George's Shop, which is located in the
southeast corner of the seventh floor of Hogwarts.

In five of the seven item categories, there are five dragon-hide items. To save
space and to save typing, I've listed just the dragon name. It should be
obvious enough.

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Part 2 - Shop Guide

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General equipment tip:
- For Belts, Gloves, Boots, Hats, and Cloaks, Hungarian Horntail Dragon-hide
  equipment is easily the best. However, it's unlikely you can afford them your
  first time through. So buy what you can afford - you'll pick up a lot of
  items in chests and as rewards for completing quests and defeating bosses.

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2.1 - Belts

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 BELTS                  |Price | Def.| Agi.|M.Def| Wearer   |
------------------------|------|-----|-----|-----|----------|
 Ordinary Belt          |   20 |  +1 |  -1 |  +0 | all      |
 Leather Belt           |   30 |  +2 |  +0 |  +0 | Hermione |
 Rope                   |  120 |  +4 |  -3 |  +0 | Ron      |
 Swedish Shortsnout     |  245 |  +4 |  -2 |  +0 | all      |
 Common Welsh Green     |  445 |  +4 |  +0 |  +0 | all      |
 Romanian Longhorn      |  630 |  +6 |  +1 |  +0 | all      |
 Chinese Fireball       |  775 |  +8 |  +2 |  +0 | all      |
 Hungarian Horntail     |  850 |  +8 |  +3 |  +0 | all      |
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Tips:
- Early in the game, the Leather Belt is fine for Hermione, but the Ordinary
  Belt is fine for the guys. Ron can't afford the Rope's agility penalty, and
  Harry doesn't have any other inexpensive option.
- Don't even bother with the Swedish Shortsnout belt. For that matter, don't
  bother with the Chinese Fireball belt either - it's only 75 sickles more for
  the Hungarian Horntail belt, which gives an extra agility point.

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2.2 - Charms

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 CHARMS                 |Price | Def.| Agi.|M.Def| Wearer   |
------------------------|------|-----|-----|-----|----------|
 Pocket Watch           |  245 |  +3 |  -2 |  +4 | Harry    |
 Quidditch Wrist Guards |  275 |  +4 |  +2 |  +5 | Ron      |
 Eagle Feather Quill    |  500 |  +5 |  -2 |  +7 | all      |
 Crystal Ball           |  635 |  +6 |  +2 |  +8 | all      |
 Dragon Liver           |  900 |  +6 |  -2 |  +8 | all      |
 Rabbit Fur Gloves      |  925 |  +6 |  +2 |  +8 | all      |
 Spellotape             | 1150 |  +0 |  -2 | +30 | Hermione |
 Golden Snitch          | 1230 | +12 |  +2 | +10 | Harry    |
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Tips:
- The Golden Snitch is the best possible Charm for Harry. Before you get it,
  go Crystal Ball with him. (You can get it free as a quest reward before the
  end of the game, so you don't have to actually buy the snitch.)
- Do not buy the Dragon Liver. It has the same Defense and M.Defense bonuses as
  the Crystal Ball and Rabbit Fur Gloves, but with an Agility penalty the other
  two lack.
- And on that note, there's really no reason to buy the Rabbit Fur Gloves,
  either, since they provide exactly the same stat bonuses as the Crystal Ball,
  which costs almost 300 sickles less.
- Hermione has excellent agility, so she can definitely afford to equip the
  Spellotape. It has an agility penalty of -2, but with an M.Defense bonus of
  +30 and her naturally high agility, she can take it. Before buying it (or
  getting it as a reward), a Crystal Ball is fine.
- Ron's kind of out of luck in the Charm department. Early on, buy Quidditch
  Wrist Guards (he needs that agility bonus), or just hold off until you can
  afford a Crystal Ball for him; it's the best he can use.

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2.3 - Gloves

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 GLOVES                 |Price | Def.| Agi.|M.Def| Wearer   |
------------------------|------|-----|-----|-----|----------|
 Mittens                |   30 |  +1 |  +0 |  +0 | all      |
 Leather Gloves         |  105 |  +2 |  -1 |  +0 | Hermione |
 Quidditch Gloves       |  140 |  +2 |  +0 |  +0 | Harry    |
 Potions Gloves         |  200 |  +3 |  +0 |  +0 | Ron      |
 Swedish Shortsnout     |  250 |  +4 |  +0 |  +0 | all      |
 Common Welsh Green     |  310 |  +5 |  -1 |  +0 | all      |
 Romanian Longhorn      |  390 |  +6 |  +2 |  +0 | all      |
 Chinese Fireball       |  500 |  +7 |  +3 |  +0 | all      |
 Hungarian Horntail     |  550 |  +9 |  +4 |  +0 | all      |
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Tips:
- The Quidditch Gloves for Harry are a good bet, but Ron's Potions Gloves are
  so close in cost to the first dragon-hide set that you may as well hold out
  for another fifty sickles.
- Skip the Common Welsh Green Dragon-hide Gloves. For 80 sickles more, you get
  another defense point and a net total of 3 agility points.
- Since Hungarian Horntail gloves are so close in price to - and yet so much
  better than - Chinese Fireball gloves, don't even bother with the Chinese
  Fireball.

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2.4 - Boots

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 BOOTS                  |Price | Def.| Agi.|M.Def| Wearer   |
------------------------|------|-----|-----|-----|----------|
 Sneakers               |   30 |  +2 |  -2 |  +0 | all      |
 Leather Boots          |  135 |  +2 |  -3 |  +0 | Hermione |
 Galoshes               |  225 |  +2 |  -1 |  +0 | Ron      |
 Quidditch Boots        |  320 |  +4 |  -1 |  +0 | Harry    |
 Swedish Shortsnout     |  470 |  +6 |  -3 |  +0 | all      |
 Common Welsh Green     |  775 |  +7 |  +0 |  +2 | all      |
 Romanian Longhorn      | 1000 |  +7 |  +0 |  +3 | all      |
 Chinese Fireball       | 1225 |  +7 |  +0 |  +5 | all      |
 Hungarian Horntail     | 1350 | +10 |  +5 |  +5 | all      |
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Tips:
- Skip Swedish Shortsnout. Agility penalty = bad.
- If you buy Common Welsh Green Dragon-hide boots, don't bother putting up the
  money for Romanian Longhorn and instead take Chinese Fireball or Hungarian
  Horntail on your next upgrade. 
- However, if you skip Common Welsh Green and go straight to Romanian Longhorn,
  skip over Chinese Fireball as well and upgrade directly to Hungarian Horntail
  when you get the chance.
- Ron and Harry are fine with their own cheap equips until you can afford good
  Dragon-hide. However, leave Hermione in Sneakers until dragon-hide time. Why
  would you want to spend 135 sickles on boots for Hermione that are actually
  WORSE than the cheapest footwear option?

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2.5 - Hats

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 HATS                   |Price | Def.| Agi.|M.Def| Wearer   |
------------------------|------|-----|-----|-----|----------|
 Cap                    |   25 |  +1 |  +1 |  +0 | all      |
 Black Pointed Hat      |  110 |  +2 |  +1 |  +1 | Hermione |
 Rear Admiral's Hat     |  160 |  +3 |  +0 |  +1 | Ron      |
 Quidditch Helmet       |  225 |  +4 |  -1 |  +2 | Harry    |
 Swedish Shortsnout     |  315 |  +4 |  -1 |  +3 | all      |
 Common Welsh Green     |  450 |  +5 |  -2 |  +3 | all      |
 Romanian Longhorn      |  600 |  +6 |  -2 |  +4 | all      |
 Chinese Fireball       |  780 |  +7 |  -3 |  +5 | all      |
 Hungarian Horntail     | 1100 |  +7 |  +3 |  +5 | all      |
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Tips:
- The Black Pointed Hat is very good for Hermione right up until you can buy
  her a Hungarian Horntail hat (or until the game hands you something better
  than the Black Pointed, but don't actually waste money on hats for her
  between those two). If you feel you must absolutely buy her a hat in between,
  go with Romanian Longhorn.
- Ron's Rear Admiral's Hat is also a great choice right up until Hungarian
  Horntail time. Once again, if you feel you must absolutely buy hats in
  between, pick up Romanian Longhorn.
- But leave Harry with the Cap, unless you're having problems, in which case,
  get him a Swedish Shortsnout hat instead of the Quidditch Helmet - it's only
  an 80 sickle difference for an extra M.Def. point.
- Don't bother buying the Chinese Fireball hat at all; it's the same as the
  Hungarian Horntail in terms of Defense and M.Defense, but the six-point
  agility difference between the two is worth the 320 extra sickles.

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2.6 - Cloaks

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 CLOAKS                 |Price | Def.| Agi.|M.Def| Wearer   |
------------------------|------|-----|-----|-----|----------|
 School Robe            |   80 |  +3 |  +0 |  +0 | all      |
 Quidditch Robe         |  190 |  +5 |  +0 |  +4 | Harry    |
 Winter Cloak           |  255 |  +7 |  -3 |  +8 | Hermione |
 Potions Robe           |  320 | +10 |  -3 | +10 | Ron      |
 Swedish Shortsnout     |  450 | +12 |  -3 | +10 | all      |
 Common Welsh Green     |  780 | +17 |  +0 | +12 | all      |
 Romanian Longhorn      | 1000 | +20 |  +3 | +15 | all      |
 Chinese Fireball       | 1230 | +22 |  +3 | +18 | all      |
 Hungarian Horntail     | 1350 | +25 |  +3 | +20 | all      |
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Tips:
- The massive Defense and M.Defense bonuses from Hermione and Ron's special
  equipments are worth the agility penalty.
- Once again, do not buy Swedish Shortsnout Dragon-hide equipment. It's only
  marginally better than Ron's Potions Robe. Hold out at least until you can
  afford Common Welsh Green instead.

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2.7 - Miscellaneous

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 MISCELLANEOUS          |Price | Description                |
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 Chocolate Frog         |    5 | Adds cards to collection   |
 Wiggenweld Potion      |   30 | Restores 20 Stamina Points |
 Grand Wiggenweld Potion|   60 | Restores 50 Stamina Points |
 Pepperup Potion        |   40 | Restores 20 Magic Points   |
 Grand Pepperup Potion  |   80 | Restores 50 Magic Points   |
 Antidote               |   30 | Cures Poison               |
 Anti-Paralysis Potion  |   20 | Cures Paralysis            |
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Tips:
- Chocolate Frogs: Many (but not all) of the cards used for Harry's special
  moves are available by buying Chocolate Frogs - and even if you're just
  trying to complete the sets, some cards are available ONLY through the shop.
  It's a good way to stock up or simply to complete parts of your collection,
  since each completed category unlocks a chest in the card collector's room,
  and one chest contains three dragon-hide robes, and another has a Golden
  Snitch and a level-up, and another has two level-ups.
- Obviously, the Grand versions of both potions are a much better deal (2.5
  times the healing at only twice the price of the regular version), but until
  your max HP hits 100 or so, the regular versions are fine. If you're only 30
  HP short of max, it's silly to waste 60 sickles' worth of potion.
- Definitely stock up on Pepperups early - not every enemy can be dealt with by
  spamming Flipendo for 0 MP.
- Don't bother with Antidotes, as Poison has almost no effect. However, pick up
  a few Anti-Paralysis Potions now and then if you don't have a small supply of
  them from treasure chests and random battles. You only need five or ten, just
  as an insurance policy; there's only one plot battle where having one or two
  is almost essential, and the rest are just in case a random enemy paralyzes
  a character and you don't have the HP or the patience to wait for it to wear
  off.

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Part 3 - Other Stuff

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3.1 - Disclaimer

I am not affiliated with WArner Brothers, EA Games, Nintendo, Scholastic, J.K.
Rowling, or any publishers of guides or walkthroughs, and I do not claim their
work as my own, nor am I profiting from this guide, monetarily or otherwise.
This guide was written out of love for the Harry Potter universe, the need for
a shop guide for this game, and a desire to help other players.

However, the design and contents of this guide are copyright 2005 Andrea
Robinson. Please do not copy or plagiarize this guide or claim it as your own
work.

The only site that may host this guide is http://www.gamefaqs.com.

If you have questions, please reread the guide and make sure your question
has not already been answered. If it isn't there, or if it lies outside the
scope of Fred and George's Shop and the items sold there, check with other
FAQs, and if that doesn't help, direct your question to the "Prisoner of
Azkaban" message board on GameFAQs, located at:
      http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/gentopic.php?board=919439

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3.2 - Acknowledgements

Although portions of this information are available in other FAQs and
walkthroughs, I gathered all of this information on my own, in the game itself.
That said, I'd like to extend special thanks to...

 - J.K. Rowling, for creating the wonderful Harry Potter universe.
 - Blockbuster, for renting me the game.
 - The guys on FFT General, for their overall kindness and constant pimping of
   my FFT guides.
 - And, as always, thanks to Aaron, who bought me the GBA I played this game
   on, who read the Harry Potter books at my urging, and without whom I would
   never have played RPGs at all. I love you, Aaron. Thanks for everything.

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