BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – by J.K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
(Harry Potter Series #3)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA, Fantasy
First published: July 8th 1999
Finished reading: September 25th 2014
Pages: 317
Rating 4,5

“Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

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Some know already that I’m currently rereading the seven books of the Harry Potter series. Book number three, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, is one of my favorites and marks the beginning of a growingly dangerous wizard world where Voldemort is about to rise again. Growing up along with Harry and his friends the first time I read these books, I could really appreciate the books becoming darker over the years… And it makes sense as Harry is growing up as well. J.K. Rowling did an excelent job with this third book, and is able to tell us a both terrifying and magical story in only threehundred pages. Lupin is probably one of my favorite Defense Against The Dark Arts teachers, and I remember being glad J.K. Rowling decided to use him again in later books. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is, like the previous books, a definite must read for anyone who enjoys reading YA fantasy and won’t disappoint. It’s just magical!

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WARNING: Spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the previous books yet...

Just as Harry thinks his summer with the Dursleys cannot get worse, his aunt decides to stay at her brother’s house. She despises Harry and uses every opportunity to criticize and humiliate him. Harry tries to be patient as he cannot use magic in presence of Muggles, but enough is enough and he ends up accidently blowing up his aunt. Fleeing the Dursley house, he gets picked up by a very special bus and when he arrives at The Leaky Cauldron they are waiting for him. But he doesn’t get expelled as he was expecting; they actually seem very glad to see him alive. A dangerous murderer has escaped the wizard prison of Azkaban and is currently on the loose… And what Harry doesn’t know, is that the same wizard named Sirius Black is looking for him.

Everybody seems to be concerned about Harry’s safety but Harry himself. They don’t let him go anywhere alone and this doesn’t stop when they arrive at Hogwarts. They fear Black will attempt to enter Hogwarts and attack him. Dumbledore has agreed to have the Azkaban prison guards, creatures named Dementors, at the gates of Hogwarts to prevent this. They don’t seem to obey all the rules though and approach the students various times. The Dementors have a terrible effect on Harry. Every time they are close, he hears the last moments of his parents’ life… And he faints. Black is spotted close to Hogwarts, and then he managed to enter the school and attack the portrait that guards the entrance of the Griffindor common room. New security measures are taken, and Harry is trying to weapon himself against the Dementors with the help of professor Lupin. Then one night the horrible truth comes out and Harry starts seeing the past events in a whole new light…

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Poor Harry doesn’t get a break, does he? Surviving Voldemort three times already (twice in the first two years at Hogwarts), you think he deserved a nice and quiet third year. But no, this time a dangerous criminal is trying to kill him and people turn out to be different than who they seemed to be. I loved the final scenes and I wish I could have a watch like Hermione’s… A great reread and definitely worth reading if you haven’t already!

October TBR

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Since there are so many great books on my TBR list, I decided to continue making TBR lists for each month so it’s easier to choose what to read next. I’m not sure whether I will be able to read all of these before the end of the month, but I sure will give it a try! The HP books are rereads and three of them are ARC’s I have to finish before the end of the month… But the rest of them are mostly titles that have been on my TBR list for a while and I’m really excited about. Plus October is Halloween month, so I will try to read some horror themed books as well. 😀

>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

# REREADING #

  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling (734 pages)
  • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (870 pages)

# divinefallARC #

  • Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight (240 pages)
  • Hope’s Rebellion by Jade Varden (169 pages)
  • Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec (417 pages)

 

# OTHERS #

  • doctorsleepDoctor Sleep by Stephen King (531 pages)
  • The Dead Zone by Stephen King (402 pages)
  • Innocence by Dean Koontz (338 pages)
  • adiscoveryofwitchesNaked In Death by J.D. Robb (320 pages)
  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (404 pages)
  • A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness (579 pages)
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth (526 pages)

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?