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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author:  J.K. Rowling
Publisher:  Raincoast Books
Copyright:  1999
Pages:  317
Genre:  Children's/Action/Adventure/ Fantasy
ISBN 1-55192-246-0

(from the back cover) "Harry Potter is a wizard!  Along with Ron and Hermione, his best friends, he is in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Who knows what will happen this year?  Read on to find out and immerse yourself in the magical world of Hogwarts......"

Witty and complex, the author, J.K. Rowling doesn't fail to capture the hearts and imaginations of all who read the tales of Harry Potter!  This particular novel is my favourite of the series.  Let me tell you why:

The story of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban begins during summer break at home at number 4 Privet Drive and, of course, summer holidays are rarely without incident.  This summer results in a nasty inflated floating aunt and Harry with trunk in tow leaving the house in a huff.  Thus enters the large black dog in the shadows and the knight bus!  Later we learn of the Grim, a terrible omen in the shape of ... a large black dog.  In this novel we are introduced to Professor Lupin, the best Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Harry and his friends have ever known and he comes with a huge secret of his own.

Sirius Black makes his debut in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but is he good or evil?  He has escaped from Azkaban and all are concerned he is out to kill Harry!  Thus we are introduced to the Dementors who are the guards at Azkaban.  Awful soul sucking creatures who diminish every sense of happiness, these Dementors are now guarding Hogwarts School of Witchcraft of Wizardry.  

J.K. Rowling manages to roll so much depth, action, and adventure into each novel in the Harry Potter series.  Her gift to the reader is the ability to transport us beyond our world into the world of magic that doesn't seem so far-fetched because the characters are believable and the challenges of everyday are common to most children and we, as adult readers too, remember those trials of friendship, teachers, school, family dynamics and find in Harry Potter much we can relate to.  It is a happy escape where good triumphs evil and we are mesmerized as only the best story-teller can do.

Time turning, Hippogriffs, Dementors, Sirius Black, danger, and a traitor; what more can you ask for?  All of this and more make Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban one of the most exciting, on the edge of your seat reads in the entire series!  

Rated 5/5!  

I am participating in the Harry Potter Read Along at Giraffe Days!  You may find more here.


  1. This is a re-read for me. I'm not sure how many times I've read it now but I enjoy it just as much each time!

  2. I absolutely love this book. While it is not my number one favorite of the series, I have no complaints about it. Sirius Black is one of my favorite characters (I even had a cat with that name), so his introduction in this book is of course a highlight for me.
    Great review! :)


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