Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
By: J.K. Rowling
Price (Amazon): Hardcover $19.37 Kindle $8.99
Publication Date: October 1, 1999
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem.
As much as I hate to admit this, I just read the whole Harry Potter series for the first time last year and yes, it was as magical as everyone has said. I do regret not reading it sooner because the hype is definitely real and for a great reason. These books are fantastic. During my reread of the third book in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it brought me back into this magical world and left me wanting more.
In this book, we find our main character, Harry Potter, finding his way back to Hogwarts to reunite with his two best friends, Ron and Hermione but also finds that his life is once again in danger as Sirius Black, a prisoner in Azkaban, escapes and rumor has it that he is on his way to Harry.
In this particular book in the series, we are met with a lot of old, familiar faces but also are introduced to some pretty great, complex characters that make this series even better. Professor Lupin, for example, is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor and the students take to him right away. He seems to care about his students, as well as their studies, and finds a way to make their lessons valuable and exciting yet seems to hold a secret of his own, as many characters often have and keeps us guessing until the very end.
The best part about rereading this series is going back and realizing all of the subtle hints Rowling gives you about what is yet to happen later on. Whether it is a small role character who turns out to be very pivotal later on or a magical spell learned in year three that will come back to be used in the last book, her writing is truly unbelievable.
I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book as well as the whole series!! Amazing!