Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
If “Chamber of Secrets” is my least favorite of the series, then “Prisoner of Azkaban” is definitely my favorite. I think this book is so beloved by so many because it’s straight-up fun. It’s the only book that Voldemort doesn’t appear in and it’s when we get a lot of background about Harry’s parents. Lupin is such a beloved character and there really could be a book just about his life. To avoid spoilers I’ll just say in general: there are SO many characters that we are introduced to that I love. And getting to know a lot of those characters sets up so much more to be built on later on in the books.
The last 1/3 of this book is really where all of the action is and it’s so interesting to see how everything plays out. I find it particularly interesting to see how Rowling is able to portray events without anything feeling repetitive as well. I absolutely adore the movie version of this book as well, they did a fantastic job not leaving any of the best parts out.
Warning: Contains violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fantasy fans! If you skipped the first two books you might be a little confused, but can probably get away with it.
Want to read the whole series?
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)