Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rating: 4/4 (Another un-put-downable creation from Rowling!)

Sirius Black, a much feared murderer and crony of Lord Voldemort has escaped from the prison of Azkaban and is out to kill Harry Potter in the third book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In their year 3 at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione are settling in well. There have been some changes in their teachers. Lupin, a shabby but competent new entrant is their new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher and Hagrid debuts with a class on Care of Magical Creatures. Dementors, the soul sucking prison guards from Azkaban believe that Sirius is in Hogwarts, so they hang around the school casting a dark shadow on the students and causing trouble to Harry. To be capable of fighting them, Harry learns the difficult Patronus spell from Lupin. The lives of Harry, Sirius and Lupin come to a head one fateful night, when time itself becomes the protagonist.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rowling can write, and write well! Book 3 is slim and about the same size as the previous 2 books. Using mostly the characters we already know from the previous books, she is able to churn out a twister of a climax. The use of time and of Harry’s Patronus charm by the lake is one of the coolest parts of the book. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a breezy, addictive read. Keep your bag of chips close by! 🙂


2 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  1. Of all the 7 novels, I love this one the best. Primarily because:

    1. It teaches the age-old saying “Never judge a book by its cover!”. Meaning, Harry learns who Sirius and Lupin really are (oops, sorry if that’s a spoiler)
    2. There is one line by Lupin that tells a lot about Harry without the magical world fawning over him, which is already the case by the time we come to this milestone in the HP universe. The line goes like this: “It shows that what you fear the most is fear itself”. This is when Harry reveals his worst nightmare to Lupin.
    3. It would be oh-so-cool to be animagi ourselves, innit? 😀

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