Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review

Synopsis from Scholastic:

Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius — or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort — could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.

About: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a middle-grade/young adult adventure fantasy written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPré. It was published by 10/1/1999 by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, hardcover, 448 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, magic, adventure, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 8 and up and grades 3 and up. There are 7 books to this series in this order: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The future of Harry is in this book called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. According to the publisher’s website, “Arthur A. Levine Books was founded in 1996 and is an imprint of Scholastic Inc. We published our first book, When She Was Good by Norma Fox Mazer, in the fall of 1997. Since then, our imprint has produced more than three hundred works of hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children and teenagers (and more than a few discerning adults).” Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on 5/21/18 and finished it on 6/8/18. Definitely a fantastic read second time around. I love the Knight Bus and Stan’s accent even though it’s not so easy to read. The Dursley are hideous and well written. I enjoy the Boggart chapter a lot and the Marauder’s map is awesome. I compare the read to the movie a lot in this book and I must say, the actors acted very well to how the book is written, especially Snape and Malfoy’s sneers! I absolutely love Fred and George. The twins and their speech are always makes me smile.

This book is told in the third person point of view, following Harry Potter as he gets ready for his third year back at Hogwarts. His summer at home with his aunt Petunia’s family is as horrible as ever. There is a new teacher for Defense Against the Dark Arts. This year Harry learns about the notorious jail breaker, Sirius Black. This book also introduces the soul sucking Dementors, who are guards for the Azkaban prison. The Dementors comes to Hogwarts to protect Harry and hope to catch Sirius Black. The concern is that Sirius Black is hunting for Harry Potter, but what surprises Harry most was when he learns who Sirius Black truly was!

A well written book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a go-to pick me up kind of read. I first read this series in 2008-2009. I remember loving it. I have seen all the movies. I started re-reading the series last year, 2017. This year, 2018, I continue on re-reading the series. I think I love it more now than reading it during my first time because I have the movies to help me imagine how the story goes. The actors, both heroes and villains played their parts in the movies very well. I love the magic, 4 houses, Quidditch game, class lessons, actions and adventures with Harry and friends, and the writing. I love the illustration at each chapter headings. The writing just pull me in and I could never put it down. I love this series and I highly recommend everyone to read it soon!

Pro: actions & adventures, friendships, mystery, suspense, humor, magical world, couldn’t put down, fast paced, page turner, easy to read, illustrations

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author and Illustrator:

J. K. Rowling also known as Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, was born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. After she graduated from Exeter University, she found work as a secretary, and later spent time teaching English in Portugal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her daughter. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children. (Photo obtained from the author’s facebook page and info obtained from Scholastic website).

Mary GrandPré uses her artistic talents to transform the images of Harry Potter from words to pictures. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Tom Casmer, and dog, Chopper. The dog is part Saint Bernard, shepherd, and Lab. (Photo and info obtained from Scholastic website).

More Information about Arthur A. Levine Books

Website: https://www.arthuralevinebooks.com | Twitter: https://twitter.com/AALBooks | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arthuralevinebooks

***Disclaimer: I’m reading books I own for a change..


19 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review

  1. simizat says:

    Ah you’re reading Harry Potter! I should really get back to those as well – it’s been too long since I read them last 😦

    I love all the little things you mentioned about Hogwarts, like the lessons and Quidditch games. You’d think they’re kinda pointless aspects of the book that don’t really drive the plot, but they really help with the worldbuilding and they were some of my favourite parts: just when they’re in school, sitting round doing homework. I guess because it’s the only part of the book I can personally relate to 😉

    Simi ~ simizat.wordpress.com

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  2. Jess Stranger says:

    One of my favorite fantasy books. Incredible work and research done by JK Rowling. I have since read many books on occult theories and mythology and she has closely tied actual symbolism of the occult into her book, which I find brilliant.

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