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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (3)

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*Spoiler alert*

Harry's third year starts with a bang, as he runs away from the Dursleys and is nearly run over by the Night Bus. Once at Hogwarts, he starts new subjects (Divination and Care of Magical Creatures, the latter taught by Hagrid), and he, Hermione, and Ron enjoy their Defense Against the Dark Arts classes with yet another new teacher, Professor Lupin. They also enjoy trips to Hogsmeade, a wizarding village near the school (Harry isn't supposed to go - he doesn't have a signed permission slip, and Sirius Black is on the loose, having escaped from the wizard prison, Azkaban - but with the help of his Invisibility Cloak and the Marauder's Map, he sneaks in). The Dementors lurking around the school torment Harry, and nearly cause him to fall to his death during a Quidditch match, and Lupin helps Harry with the Patronus charm to protect himself.

There is a marvelous climax at the end of the book - one of my favorite parts of the series - where much is revealed, including how Sirius escaped from Azkaban and the true culprit of the crime for which Sirius was locked up. Ron, Harry, and Hermione learn about Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, and it seems as though all will be set right, but then Snape catches up with them. Hermione finally lets Harry in on her secret - McGonagall gave her a Time Turner to get to classes - and they use the Time Turner to save two lives: Sirius and Buckbeak the hippogriff. The two escape, and Sirius sends a letter to Harry on the Hogwarts Express (and Ron gets to keep the owl).
  JennyArch | Sep 10, 2018 |
Professor Lupin, Florian Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor, hippogriffs, butterbeer, dementors, the Marauder's Map ("Mischief managed!"), the Dark Side, the Patronus Charm, time-turning--and the prisoner of Azkaban himself, animagus and Harry's godfather, Sirius Black ( )
1 vote beaujoe | Sep 1, 2018 |
This is my favorite up until this point (Since i've read them all i think they get better as they go). Again the details JK Rowling has is amazing, she goes into such detail about the dementors! I love it! The quidditch scene....such detail. I love Sirius, he is one of my favorite H.P. characters along with Lupin. and that damn Knight bus, I love that thing! But my favorite in this book is the Patronus's. My phone background is a patronus! I love the detail, so much stuff happens in this book. It was definitely time for a re-read! ( )
1 vote nicolemeier111 | Aug 29, 2018 |
I’m not sure I know how to say this, but I think I like Harry Potter better than the really authentic-blood-and-bones medieval stories where you fight the Blackamoors for the glory of Christendom (and race!). I can’t tell you how much more *comfortable* I feel when you know that the house-elf servants don’t need to be kicked in the head, and that the national *prisons* aren’t the most *wholesome* elements of our civil society.

And if that makes me part of the conspiracy of “liars leakers and liberals”, as one has it, then.... I really don’t know what to say.


Turning the “burning times” or whatever into comedy is perfect.

“You really hurt me I’m burning still”
“Oh yeah is that right I’d do it again”
“Guys. Guys. It was *pointless*.”

.... I mean, there are still people like that, but I’ve never seen being afraid being a good thing. Being cautious maybe, but has anyone ever benefitted from fear?


At home with the Dursleys is classic Harry Potter.


You’re young and someone pushes you— and pretty soon you’re an incurably criminal boy.


Oh I forgot that’s who Stan Shunpike was.

.... I like Neville.


Hermione is great; ‘No, I’ve got books; I’m not just a caricature....’ But an owl— Owl is my power animal: not that there are any shamans in Harry Potter, lol. Magical technologies.... Although dealing with magical animals and divination, things become slightly more esoteric....

I forgot that’s how she got her cat.
  smallself | Aug 22, 2018 |
Book 3 of the Harry Potter series. ( )
1 vote jrthebutler | Jul 29, 2018 |
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All current reviews of Harry Potter books should probably be addressed to some future audience for whom Harry is book rather than phenomenon; at the moment, reviews seem superfluous. For the record, then, O future reader, this latest installment in Harry’s saga is quite a good book.
So far, in terms of plot, the books do nothing very new, but they do it brilliantly
Igual que en las dos primeras partes de la serie –La piedra filosofal y La cámara secreta– Harry aguarda con impaciencia el inicio del tercer curso en el Colegio Hogwarts de Magia y Hechicería. Tras haber cumplido los trece años, solo y lejos de sus amigos de Hogwarts, Harry se pelea con su bigotuda tía Marge, a la que convierte en globo, y debe huir en un autobús mágico. Mientras tanto, de la prisión de Azkaban se ha escapado un terrible villano, Sirius Black, un asesino en serie con poderes mágicos que fue cómplice de lord Voldemort y que parece dispuesto a eliminar a Harry del mapa. Y por si esto fuera poco, Harry deberá enfrentarse también a unos terribles monstruos, los dementores, seres abominables capaces de robarles la felicidad a los magos y de borrar todo recuerdo hermoso de aquellos que osan mirarlos. Lo que ninguno de estos malvados personajes sabe es que Harry, con la ayuda de sus fieles amigos Ron y Hermione, es capaz de todo y mucho más.
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To Jill Prewett and Aine Kiely, the Godmothers of Swing
To Jill Prewett and Aine Kiely,
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J.K. Rowling
For Tony and Jo
with thanks for being such wonderful friends
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Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.
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The Wizarding world is shocked to hear a mass Murderer has escaped from the prison they call Azkaban. Sirius Black is said to have murdered countless muggles (non magic folk) and parents are locking up their children. Harry Potter has started school and is going on his first trip to Hogs Mead when by shear luck he overhears the Miniter for Magic wisper his name. Harry Follows him using his invisibility cloak and discovers why Mr Weasley warned him about Black personally before school had started. Sirius Black had been a friend of his Parents, was the one who sold them out to Voldemort and worst of all he was and still is to this day Harry's God Father. Harry knows thats why Sirius has escaped, he knows he's coming for him and he can't wait because when he finds him, Harry will be ready.......Full of death and Suspense, this book is defiantly the darkest yet and shows that Magic isn't just cool tricks and bright lights.

AR Level 6.7, 18 pts
Dvanaest dugih godina tvrđava Askaban skrivala je među svojim zidinama tajanstvenog zatvorenika po imenu Sirijus Blek. Optužen da je ubio trinaestoro ljudi bacivši na njih kletvu i za njega se smatra da je neposredni naslednik gospodara tame, lorda Voldemora.
Sada je pobegao i živi tamo gde može da bude glavni: kada je Hari Poter porazio Znate-već-koga to je bio i pad Bleka. Čuvari tvrđave Askaban čuli su kako Blek mrmlja u snu: "On je u Hogvortsu, on je u Hogvortsu..." Hari Poter nije bezbedan čak ni u čarobnjačkoj školi gde je okružen svojim prijateljima zato što se sumnja da je među njima izdajnik...
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Made a mistake by

establishing time travel.

Will fix in book five.

First teacher I like

turns out to be a monster.

Cannot catch a break.


Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439136350, Hardcover)

For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.

As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black--an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban--is on the loose. Not only that, but he's after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry's very heart when others are unaffected? Once again, Rowling has created a mystery that will have children and adults cheering, not to mention standing in line for her next book. Fortunately, there are four more in the works. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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"For twelve years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts." Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst"--Container.… (more)

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