Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry potter 3Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: July 1999
Classification: Middle Grade Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

My Thoughts:

Keeping with my theme of re-reading the Harry Potter series this year I have moved on to the third book. I do have to say right off the bat that this has never been a favorite of mine in this series. I always appreciated the information the book gave us but I never loved reading it.

I guess the biggest thing that I do like about this book was that everyone needed to grow up a little and had to face some unpleasant things in this book. Harry really needs this book to explore his feelings about his parent’s death and what he is going to do moving forward. He needs to know some of those secrets that the Professors always keep from him and I’m happy that in this book he really had his eyes and ears opened to the world that he lives in. The world of Hogwarts has always seemed full of life and fun but I like that this book brings about some of the secrets of the series and some darker moments.

I have to say I really liked how Hermione stood up for herself in this book. Harry and Ron are being harsh towards her and she doesn’t have an easy role to play in this book but I enjoyed watching her step up to take charge of her life. I enjoyed that she wasn’t just going to hide in the background anymore which might sound weird since she was in the background for most of the book. I just like that the moments when we did see her interact with people that she showed a strong face even though Harry and Ron were upsetting her a lot. I think it shows some strong moments for the one main female character in this series.

I do like the storyline in this book as well but like I said it is a lot of secrets and there isn’t a lot of action because of all the backstory. I even start to think that in this book that Harry’s father’s life becomes more important to this series. I know in future books the reader will get to learn even more about Snape and his history with James. I guess this time as I read this series I’m really trying to pay close attention to the adults in the series and the roles they have to play. I guess I want to finally fully understand Snape’s role in this series and I’m paying more attention to the Professors than our main cast of Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Overall, I do like this book but it still isn’t my favorite. I like that Rowling dares to add more to the series and gives us some secrets so we can move forward in the future. I guess this is a little of a filler book because a lot of information is given without the series moving forward that much.

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Comments

  1. Although I love ALL the HP books, the third is actually my most favorite. I think part of the reason is that book 3 hooked me on the serise. It’s when I realized that Rowling has some big plans, and she’d been dropping hints from book one. I did read this back when it was the last available. Before book 4 was released.

  2. I have all of these books sitting on my shelf, unread! I love the movies so much, that I think I’ve developed a fear of reading the books.. I think my goal for 2014 is to read all the books I have on my shelf before purchasing a new book. Then just maybe I will actually read the HP series. Thanks for sharing…this wasn’t my favorite movie out of the series either. Once I do read it, I’ll have to let you know what I think!

  3. I agree, it’s not my favorite out of the series either. I do enjoy all of the back story that we get and the glimpse into who James and Lily might have been in school.

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