Harry Potter Tuesdays #3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Posted November 5, 2013 by Bee in Reviews, Special Events / 1 Comment

hp tuesdays banner Harry Potter Tuesdays is a new event here on Istyria book blog. I’ve wanted to re-read the books for a long time and since I finally got to do it, I decided to make it extra special. I’m going to review each book and compare the book with the movie. I was inspired by Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog when she read these books for the first time and reviewed them on her blog!

You can find the other posts here:
~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
~ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter Tuesdays #3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #3
Pages: 435
Published on September 8th 1999
by Arthur A. Levine Books
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
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 Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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.

4 Stars

This review will, of course, have some spoilers. If you have lived under a rock for the past ten years or so, please join the living again. You should have read these books a long time ago.

You know, so far, this is the best one. Out of the three I’ve read, I mean. New characters, new answers and even more questions. The introduction of the Marauders Map and my favorite character of the entire series: Sirius Black. Yes. Me likey!

In this book, we find Harry at his aunt and uncle’s house, eagerly awaiting his third year at Hogwarts. After an incident with Uncle Vernon’s sister, he runs away and ends up spending the rest of the summer at Diagon Alley. The new year starts, but not everything is as well as it seems. There is a dangerous mass murderer running around who escaped from wizard prison Azkaban. Ah well, I don’t think you can have a normal year at Hogwarts with Harry Potter around.

Again, everything is better than the previous book. Yeah sure, I’d like more answers instead of questions, but I’ll get them eventually. This book introduces a few new characters. Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black, Remus Lupos, the dementors,… Nasty things those dementors. Wouldn’t want to run into one at night, that’s for sure. And Remus, I just love him. He’s my favorite Defense against the Dark Arts teacher! And I mean out of all the ones we’ve had in the entire series. He’s awesome. And a werewolf. (Again I feel sad because I know how it all ends.) And then my favorite character from the entire series. Sirius. He’s so awesome and I love him so much and I’m so sad because he has to go on the run again and Harry has to go back to the Dursleys and Sirius dies in the fifth book (and movie) and that’s so sad. OH and Buckbeak! He’s awesome too! (Go him for hurting Malfoy, that ass.)

Our little ones are growing up too! Ron is still pretty much the same, only older. Hermione takes on why to much classes. But we still love her. And our Harry of course. He still has so many questions about his past and he finds out there is a mass murderer after him. But then he’s actually innocent and his dad’s best friend and his godfather. Poor boy. And Dumbledore is there again of course. And all the others. So far I still don’t like Snape. I will in the end, just not now. Oh and the Patronus Charm. Just awesome. And pretty too.

Again a great sequel and my favorite from the three so far. Can’t wait to start the next book!

The book vs. The movie


Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Produced by Chris Columbus, David Heyman
Music by John Williams
Released on May 31st 2004 (UK) and June 4th 2004 (US)

Since the third book is the longest so far, it’s only natural that there are more things left out in this movie. And while it didn’t bother me in the previous two, it does now. There are some very important details and stuff left out or changed and that’s just stupid. A lot of background on professor Lupin and Sirius and other events just changed or got cut. The movie alone is great. When you haven’t read the book, it’s great. But when you have and you know how much has changed, it’s going to bother you.

For example. In the beginning, the opening scene, Harry breaks the law by using magic even though he’s not supposed too when he’s reading under his blanket and uses his wand as a flashlight. While in the book he just uses an ordinary flashlight. And a few minutes later he says it himself to Fudge that using magic when your underage is forbidden. A lot of Quidditch is left out and the fact that Harry gets his Firebolt has changed. In the movie he gets it in the end instead of in the middle like in the book. And the scene in the Shrieking Shack with Lupin and Sirius. So much left out!

The acting has gotten better once again. We have a new Dumbledore, Michael Gambon, and he does a really good job at it. The music still rocks. The effects get better and Buckbeak is awesome. So it’s a great movie when you don’t take the book into account.

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