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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)

by J. K. Rowling, Jim Dale (Narrator)

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Title:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Authors:J. K. Rowling
Other authors:Jim Dale (Narrator)
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Young Adult, Fantasy, Banned, Witchcraft, England, Cats, Dogs, Werewolves, Boggarts, Hippogriffs

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (1999)


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This is the third time I've read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but the first since finishing Deathly Hallows and first time reading it critically. I've tailored this review in the following in mind: the intended audience for the book (much younger than myself) and it's place in the series.

"Prisoner of Azkaban" is a little over a hundred pages longer than the first two books Rowlings wrote, but still features brevity and brilliant word choice that keeps the pace of the book going strong for her younger target audience without taking away from the more advanced plot. Having built a strong foundation in her worldbuilding of the Wizarding World, Rowlings grew the scoop of her narrative further back in time to when Harry's parents attended Hogwarts. Unlike the previous two books, the central focus is not on Voldemort attempting to return but the escape of his accomplice in murder of the Potters' from the aforementioned Azkaban and the threat to Harry's own life.

Building upon the overall story in the first two books, "Prisoner of Azkaban" changes things up by not involving Voldemort directly in the plot but the results of his actions are ever present. Like "Chamber of Secrets", Harry encounters magic in the book though this time he's the one doing the magic directly. Once again Harry spends a good amount of time in the Wizarding World before returning to Hogwarts by staying at the Leaky Cauldron and exploring Diagon Alley, allowing the reader to explore with him. Harry learns about Sirius Black in small doses throughout the book including why the Ministry and others are being overprotective. Besides Sirius, the readers are introduced to Remus Lupin, Buckbeak, and the dementors for the first time though none of them will have a bigger impact than Peter Pettigrew. The depth of the plot, the more mature content, and not-everything-is-made right ending of the book gave readers a sense of things to come while keeping the "innocence" of the first two books. "Prisoner of Azkaban" is not where Harry's story turns darker, but there is definitely a shadow.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a brilliant transitioning book, not as "light" as the first two and not as "dark" as the series would get, that stands up over time. For many, including maybe myself, it is their favorite book of the entire series. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jan 28, 2015 |
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 |
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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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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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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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