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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (3)

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Description: For twelve long 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, and might even have assisted in the deaths of James and Lily Potter—Harry Potter’s parents.

Now Black 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 him muttering in his sleep, "He’s at Hogwarts... he’s at Hogwarts."

Of course, Harry already had plenty to worry about. After inflating his nasty aunt and running away on the magical Knight Bus, he finds he’s being pursued by death omens at every turn. He receives two wonderful gifts: a top-of-the-line Firebolt broomstick, and the Marauder’s Map, a magical diagram of Hogwarts made by the mysterious “Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs.” Hermione disappears frequently, burdened down by a seemingly impossible course schedule. And the soulless Dementors have come to guard Hogwarts—supposedly to protect Harry from Sirius Black, but they terrify Harry more than the fugitive ever could.

To strengthen himself against them, Harry reaches out to Remus Lupin, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who was once a friend of his father’s. Lupin teaches Harry about the Patronus Charm, a defensive measure well above the level of magic generally mastered by wizards Harry’s age. But even with his broom, his map, his magic, and his loyal friends, Harry isn't safe.

Because on top of everything else, there’s a traitor hidden at Hogwarts...

Thoughts: This has always been my favorite Harry Potter book. I remember reading it when it came out and being blown away. I had loved the first two books but this was the one that really solidified the overarching story for me. Harry's parents (and their deaths) went from being shadowy supporting characters that simply set the stage for current events to being something compelling and real and tragic.

They were so young. Their friends would have been just as young and they were fighting this epic war. This is the thing the movies have never been able to get right. They were forced to cast older actors as Harry's parents so that they wouldn't appear to age, but in the story they are only 21 when they are killed. Married and pregnant at 19, fighting the most powerful dark wizard of the time (all time?), and dead at 21. Which means that, at the time of the action in Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus and Sirius and Peter (and even Snape) are only about 34. I think for so much of the series, especially the movies, we forget that Harry and friends were NOT the first children to face Voldemort.

I also find it very interesting that my two favorite books in the series are POA and Half-Blood Prince, the two books in the series where it is not particularly about the current events but more about the past and childhood itself and how and why things go terrible wrong for some. These books are so much more about finding out who you really are, growing up and taking sides, and the choices that define us. It's just fascinating reading.

But really, none of the books would be good without characters you care for and root for and no book brings that out in me more than this one. I love Remus and Sirius and CROOKSHANKS! What a cat. Can you imagine having a teacher like Remus, even outside of magic? He makes you want to learn and shows how interesting and exciting learning and the wider world are. And Sirius is a nut but he's the most loyal person in probably all the books. He is almost single minded in his devotion to his friends where even the great Dumbledore can be a smidge shady in using people he cares about to do what he thinks in right.

And even batty Trelawney is fascinating. I adore Emma Thompson and her version of Trelawney is one of my favorite things about HP movies.

Never a disappointment reading this one.

Rating: 4.25

Liked: 4.5
Plot: 4
Characterization: 4.5
Writing: 4
Audio: 4

https://www.librarything.com/topic/172068#4680330 ( )
  leahbird | Jan 20, 2015 |
Excellent book, my daughter really enjoyed listening to the story, kept gripped of her and my own imagination right to the end. Are these books the best series ever? She is keen to read the following books in the series, she as not yet seen the films, only getting to that age of watching films, I thought reading the books would be a good start, an excellent, not surprising it was made into a film, brilliant book. ( )
  Claire5555 | Jan 14, 2015 |
Ok I'm hooked. ( )
  carebear10712 | Jan 8, 2015 |
Vaarallinen velho Sirius Musta on paennut Azkabanin vankilasta, mistä yksikään vanki ei ole koskaan ennen onnistunut pakenemaan.Sirius Musta on vuosia aiemmin tuomittu kolmentoista ihmisen murhasta, ja nyt hän on vapaalla jalalla. Kaikki merkit viittaavat siihen, että hän haluaa etsiä käsiinsä Harry Potterin. Taikaministeriö on valppaana ja Tylypahkan velhojen ja noitien koulussa kiristetään turvatoimia. Koulun porteille värvätään vartioimaan Azkabanin vanginvartiat, kauhistuttavat ankeuttaja.Harry luottaa Tylypahkan muurien suojaan ja rehtori Dumbledoreen, mutta onko hän turvassa edes Tylypahkassa? Miksi Sirius Musta etsii juuri Harrya? Entä miksi ankeuttajien läsnäolo vaikuttaa Harryyn paljon voimakkaammin kuin muihin? Mysteeri johdattaa ystävykset Harryn, Ronin ja Hermionen uskomattoman lennokkaan seikkailun pyörteisiin. ( )
  roojien | Dec 11, 2014 |
This is probably my favourite book, I loved it right from the first time I read it - the way everything comes together.

Didn't really notice how much of this book takes place within the same 24-hour timeframe (twicee in some places).

Snape's response to Sirius, thinking he betrayed Lily (and James) resonated after having just recently watched the films.

Looking forward to rereading the rest. ( )
  ClicksClan | Dec 9, 2014 |
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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
 

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J. K. Rowlingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beck, RufusNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Masini, BeatriceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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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During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.

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