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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (original 1999; edition 2001)

by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Title:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Other authors:Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2001), Paperback, 448 pages
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) by J. K. Rowling (1999)

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About the author: "Joanne "Jo' Rowling. . .pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the 'Harry Potter' fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history. . ." source www.wikipedia. com. About the book: source www.wikipedia.com, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The book follows Harry Potter, a young wizard, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."
  uufnn | Apr 16, 2017 |
Amazing, absolutely amazing! ( )
  KadeishaEdwards | Apr 7, 2017 |
This second reading a decade and more after my first, and aloud with my Other Reader.

Revisiting the revelation of Harry's family and history was as satisfying as ever it was (I'd forgotten many details, and generally I can't keep track of what is divulged at which point in the series). And of course, all the Hogwarts details are fun, the series is worth a re-read for those alone.

Hermione and the Time Turner, a specific example of something difficult for me to recall where it appears in the novels. Her row with Ron over Scabbers (and the revelation that it's Pettigrew!) another major development.

One part in retrospect doesn't seem to fit as well as others: Snape is just vicious here. Did Rowling change her mind about who he was? Or did he simply change as a person through the next few books, becoming less vicious and selfish in his motivations? And seemingly nothing here about his love for Lily (though we read this over a period of months so I easily could have forgotten). ( )
  elenchus | Apr 5, 2017 |
This book continues the saga that we all know and love.

The most interesting part of this book is the concept that Hermione uses time travel to take an extra load of classwork, and the extension of that idea to help solve resolve and tie up the loose ends. The time travel element is done quite well.

The three characters, Harry, Hermione, and Ron still aren't as close as the movie's suggest, but the ending of this book certainly draws them much closer together. And while the book still retains the YA element, the themes are getting darker and more threatening. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
The Prisoner of Azkaban is certainly the strongest novel of the series so far, which is kind of surprising as it's the only story that doesn't hinge around the machinations of Lord Voldemort. Unlike the previous two stories, the plot this time is very competently written and layered with many clues to lead the reader towards the conclusion. While the story is a lot more focused than that of The Chamber of Secrets, I did feel as though it was a little rushed in places. This is particularly noticeable towards the middle of the story where Harry attends class after class, sometimes only spending a page or two in each.

Yet I don't have that many holes to pick in the plot this time around. My biggest issue is the huge McGuffin of the Marauder's Map. I mean, the Weasley Brothers have had this in their possession for years, yet never noticed Voldemort wandering the halls in the first novel, or Ginny's midnight escapades in the second? Beyond this, there were only a few minor details that felt a little weak to me (though I won't spoil them here for you).

However, the series is as charming as ever and still has all the strengths of the previous stories. The focus on teamwork and friendship is even more important than ever. This book shows that Harry, Ron and Hermione are at their best when they work together, rather when they fall out over little things. Hermione in particular really has some great scenes in this story, including finally getting a chance to slap Malfoy and ultimately saving the day. This book also introduces some of the most loveable secondary characters so far, adding some very likeable new allies for Harry (including the first nice Dark Arts teacher to date!)

The story also has a bit more of an emotional punch than The Chamber of Secrets, which is something that's not really been felt in the series since Harry saw his parents in the Mirror of Erised. This time, Harry learns a lot more about his father when he meets some of his Dad's childhood friends. Naturally, this leads to some particularly sad scenes as he starts to find out about the events that lead up to their deaths. Through this, Harry gets some great development as he's forced to make a hard choice between getting revenge and being a better person. It's a brilliant climax and really showcases Rowling's talent for making you care about the characters.

Ultimately, this has been my favourite book to date. The plot is fantastic and Harry in particular gets a lot of development. This series is still utterly charming and I would definitely recommend. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Mar 27, 2017 |
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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
Best Harry Potter book in my opinion. When everything was revealed... just awesome!
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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Rowling, J. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary 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.

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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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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