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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (original 1999; edition 1999)

by J. K. Rowling (Author)

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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.
Title:Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Authors:J. K. Rowling (Author)
Info:Scholastic (1999), Edition: 1st, 435 pages
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (Author) (1999)

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While at the Dursley's Harry receives his first Birthday cards and gifts from the Weasleys, Hermione, and Hagrid. It almost makes up for the fact that Aunt Marge is coming to visit for a week. That woman picks on Harry and dotes on Dudley. But if Harry is good Vernon will sign his form allowing him to go to Hogsmeade this year. Harry makes it until the last day but when she says something about his parents he loses it and suddenly Marge begins to inflate. Harry realizing how badly he's screwed up performing magic outside of Hogwarts and that he's surely expelled now and maybe going to be sent to Azkaban. So he gathers his things and heads out down the street.

He stops and notices something in the dark but then the Knight Bus shows up nearly running over him. The Knight Bus is for stranded witches and wizards and contains beds and hot cocoa and toothbrushes. Stan Turnpike is the conductor of the Knight Bus. Stan shows him an article about Sirius Black who has just escaped Azcakan prison and was put there for using a curse to kill a wizard and several humans. It takes him to the Leaky Caldron where he meets up with Cornelis Fudge, the Minister of Magic, who doesn't seem concerned at all about him blowing up Aunt Marge only that he is safe there and can stay there until school starts.

When Ron and Hermione show up a day before school starts Hermione wants to get an owl and Ron wants to get some treatment for his rat. A wild cat jumps down when it sees Ron's rat Scabbers. Hermione decides to buy him, named Crookshanks. Crookshanks and Scabbers do not get along and Ron hates Crookshanks and therefore he and Hermione fight constantly over their animals. Arthur Weasley wants to tell Harry something but Harry had overheard him and Molly arguing over it so he knows already that Sirius Black is after him because Black is Voldemort's second-hand man and wants to finish what he started and bring the Dark Lord back.

On the train to Hogwarts some Dementors board looking for Sirius Black. A Dementor begins to affect Harry until Professor Lupin, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher sends him away. He hands out chocolate to the kids because that's the cure for an encounter with a Dementor. Dementors will be guarding the entrances to Hogwarts. And as Dumbledore says they can see through an invisibilty cloak so any hope he had of sneaking out that way to Hogsmeade is out.

During Divination Class in his tea leaves, Professor Trelawny sees the Grim, a black dog that portends death. It reminds him of the dark shape he saw before the Knight Bus came which was likely a dog. Then when he's playing Quidditch against Hufflepuff he sees a dark dog image in the sky right before the Dementors come in and attack him causing him to fall from his broom. Dumbledore keeps him from landing hard, but his broom ran into the Whomping Willow and is destroyed. At Christmas, he gets a Firebolt, the latest broomstick from an unknown source. Hermione insists that he have it inspected for hexes. He barely gets it back in time for the next Quidditch match.

Fred and George feeling Harry's pain give him something that has helped them immensely since their first year: The Maurader's Map. You tap it and say "I solemnly swear I am up to no good." And a map of Hogwart's is revealed including secrets passages that no one knows about. In order to keep anyone from reading the map's secrets, you say "Mischief Managed" and the map disappears. Harry uses this to sneak into Hogsmeade.

Buckbeak, the Hippogriff attacked Draco Malfoy who was an idiot and insulted it when if he'd been paying attention he'd know that you don't insult a Hippogriff. He got a minor scrape that he milked for all it was worth and his dad used it to try to get Hagrid fired which didn't work but he did succeed in getting a death sentence for the Buckbeak.

Sirius Black tries to get into the Gryfindor rooms but the Fat Lady won't let him in and he attacks her. Then Harry and Hermione and Ron are in Hogsmeade enjoying a butterbeer when some professors come in and Hermione moves a Christmas tree to hide them. While the teachers are talking Harry finds out more about Sirius Black and his connection to his family and his real treachery.

Harry has to deal with Snape who seems to hate him even more in this book. He also has to deal with a killer being after him. In the Harry Potter series, this is the only one that doesn't have Lord Voldemort in it. It's one of my favorites. I love Lupin as a character. He is so kind and thoughtful as a teacher. Black is pretty interesting too, once you meet him. Hermione shows some backbone in this novel. She talks back to Professor Trelawny constantly, she stands up to Ron over her cat, and she boldly went to fetch Harry's Cloak which was hidden in the secret passage that Snape has been guarding. She doesn't take anything off of Harry or Ron either. And they eventually realize she's right. This is a fabulous book and I give it five of five stars.


Well, well…I’m impressed. That suggests that what you fear most of all is –fear. Very wise, Harry.

-J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban p 155) ( )
  nicolewbrown | Sep 30, 2019 |
The third volume in the Harry Potter series may be my favorite of them all. It's hard to compare since the later books are so different from the earlier books that they're almost a different genre. The Prisoner of Azkeban is the last of the shorter, self-contained novels and the most well-plotted of the three.

In retrospect, it's really impressive how well Rowling sells Sirius Black as a villain, knowing that he will become Harry's mentor and father-figure. I also like how this book establishes the background of the Marauders which sets the stage for the return of Voldemort and the Second Wizarding War in book 4. But mostly it's a ripping yarn, a mystery that somehow ties together a werewolf, a magical map, time travel, and Dementors, Rowling's creepiest creatures of all. ( )
1 vote Othemts | Sep 28, 2019 |
4th time through. . .still one of the best. ( )
  mitsuzanna | Sep 26, 2019 |
The best Harry Potter. ( )
  PhilOnTheHill | Sep 8, 2019 |
It was good! And I loved the Dementors and Lupin :D! Plus the Sirius Black and Wormtail twist was pretty good :D And Harry knocking Snape with a spell was just..awww :D
  Catherine_GV | Jun 20, 2019 |
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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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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.


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