{Effie Reviews} Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Posted August 14, 2014 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #3
Published on July 8th, 1999
by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts ... he's at Hogwarts." Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.

5 Stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has to be my second favourite book in the HP series. Why?

Sirius Black, of course

I don’t know what it is about that man or the way Rowling portrays him, I just adore him and I wished he had had a longer lifespan that Rowling had given him in the series. But more on that later.

So Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban tells the story of Harry’s third year at Hogwarts. A lot happens in this book, including new spells they learned, Hermoine’s secretive and weird atitude throughout the year, the escape of mass murderer Sirius Black, the dementors of Azkaban guarding the school. All this makes for one hefty and strange school year. And Harry finds out a few new secrets about his parents, especially his fater, that he didn’t know before.

Now, I cannot believe just how in love I still am with the world Rowling created. Especially Hogwarts. The descriptions of the castle always leave me breathless and fill me with such wonder. And in this book, we also get to see Hogsmeade for the first time!!! Such a wondrous little village, not to mention the amazing shops that are there. Honeydukes, Zonko, the Shrieking Shack and so on. The Wizarding is and always will be … truly amazing.

As for the characters, well I still squeal like a school girl whenever Sirius Black comes into the picture. I loved that man so much and every book he’s been in, but his first appearance in this book HP PoA, continues to amaze me. And then we have Lupin, too of course. Our lovely, resident werewolf. The first I read PoA, I was shocked to discover he was a werewolf, but at the same time it made sense too. Maybe because we get so many hints throughout the book, we subconsciously know what he is, but we’re just not ready to admit it, or something. And then we also have the growth of our three main characters: Harry, Ron and Hermoine. Plus the fight between Ron and Hermoin still is funny as hell. Also that punch Hermoine gave to Malfoy is just memorable, I can’t quite stop myself from grinning even thinking about it.

I think that’s about all I have to say for this book. I’ll be off to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire right now.


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