Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 1999.
ISBN: 9781480614994
9780439136365
9780439136358
0439136350
0439136369
Characteristics: 435 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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mitchelclay
Jan 11, 2018

Note - I am reading the Harry Potter books for the first time. Any expressions or opinions are brought to the table as someone who has little prior knowledge...

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is the third book in J. K. Rowling's prolific Harry Potter series. Here we are given a Harry Potter who has seen some things, and a wizarding world that gets more complex by the chapter. "Prisoner of Azkaban" is deeper than Rowling's previous two books in multiple ways. We have a great window into James Potter's (Harry's father) time at the Hogwarts School of Magic. These insights are given to us by previously established characters such as Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore. But we are also made acquainted with new characters Remus Lupin (the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher) and Sirius Black (an escaped convict from Azkaban Prison). These new characters bring a lot of twists and turns to the story plot, and the book is better for it.

"Prisoner of Azkaban" also first introduces us to hippogriffs, Sybill Trelawney (Divination teacher), and the iconic phrase "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." But my favorite thing about this book is that we are given better insight into the inner workings of Lord Voldemort's dark army. As Rowling continues to bore into the magical universe, the more treasures she uncovers. It gives me great encouragement to continue to explore these fantastic books.

In summery, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is my favorite in the series so far. It expertly shows how to broaden a world and consistently develop characters without it feeling played out and boring. I can't wait to get into the next one!

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ShasCho
Dec 29, 2017

Wonderful!
Jim Dale creates a superb narration for this magnificent series.
The Prisoner of Azkaban is the third in this seven-part saga,
the first British fantasy novel ever to compare with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
And speaking of British, the UK audiobook is read by Stephen Fry
and is equally engaging and entertaining to Jim Dale’s version.
Highly recommended.

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Rampey
Dec 27, 2017

The book is majical I would reccomend it

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MALPAL_1
Dec 21, 2017

beautifully magical as always.

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mnunez2012
Dec 05, 2017

I enjoyed this book. It is well written and it is a very gripping read. JK Rowling effortlessly creates the Harry Potter universe out of nothing and manages to "sell it" to the audience, making everything sound wondrous yet plausible. The series starts rather innocently but begins to take a darker turn in later volumes. As a child, I remember being really enticed by those dark elements. With the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh volumes being notably dark and foreboding, I think this volume is significant in that it marked the transition between more innocent childish literature and regular literature. That increasing level of maturity was one of my favorite aspects of the series. Death, murder, torture, slavery, discrimination, prejudice, tolerance... the series masterfully approaches these topics in a charming but also serious way. I would highly recommend this series to parents looking to teach their children about prejudice, discrimination and tolerance.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 25, 2017

This is the third book of the Harry Potter series. This is an awesome book as the intro is integrating as his cousins and his friends are bullying him. This is the part where some death seekers start chasing Harry and Dudley but Harry defends them. Harry's aunt and uncle didn't want Harry to go to Hogwarts. There was a dangerous criminal known as Serius Black. The tale is funny as the book starts off with Harry trying to find Black through his map to kill him, but finds out that all the accusations were false and that Black was best friends with Harry's father. This is the book where we are introduced to Harry's Uncle Serius Black. A really interesting book as Harry has now found some happiness that he never found before. But continue to read the next book, to see if it lasts.
- @The_Dark_Knight of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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SwanPrincess
Oct 17, 2017

I'm so excited:)))))) the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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Drey101
Aug 27, 2017

This book is amazing I love Harry Potter!!!!!! Love how it's not just him facing Voldemort!

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yanhe
Aug 17, 2017

I have never finished a book so fast.

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vunavarrete
Aug 10, 2017

I have grown up with harry potter, and watched the movies at age three or four. When I watched them, I thought there was no way the books could be better than the movies, but they where! I have read the harry potter series many times, and still the books never get old. One of my all time favourite books!

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Jul 27, 2017

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Sep 27, 2016

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Aug 21, 2016

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Jul 27, 2016

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JHope24601
Jul 29, 2017

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

"Mischief managed."

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jayeshaminnew
May 15, 2017

Mooney presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business

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Shadow_Blade
Apr 22, 2017

"Mooney presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business."

"Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Mooney and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git."

"Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor."

"Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball."

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Shadow_Blade
Apr 22, 2017

"Right, Neville," said Professor Lupin. "First things first: what would you say is the thing that frightens you most in the world?"

Neville looked around rather wildly, as though begging someone to help him, then said, in barely more than a whisper, "Professor Snape."

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jam11e
Sep 27, 2016

Riddikulus!

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mmm5
Aug 14, 2016

"Darkness can be found at the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light"

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blue_badger_1000
Jul 26, 2016

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”-Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (Considered to be the most powerful wizard of his time. He was most famous for his defeat of Gellert Grindelwald, the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon's blood, and his work on alchemy with Nicolas Flamel).

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blue_badger_1000
Jul 26, 2016

"EXPECTO PATRONUM!"

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hfaulkner7
Jul 13, 2016

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

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hfaulkner7
Jul 13, 2016

" 'I don't go looking for trouble,' said Harry, nettled. 'Trouble usually finds me.' "

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gogirl1313 Dec 24, 2014

The book starts off with a BANG! right before Harry's thirteenth birthday. Harry blows up his aunt, experienced an adventures ride on the Knight bus, only to find out that Sirius Black, the traitor responsible for his parents' deaths, a notorious mass-murderer and Voldemort supporter, has broken out of Azkaban and is now out to kill Harry! But things are not as always as they seem...

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treemonkey2
Jun 02, 2013

Harry Potter is heavily protected at Hogwarts from Sirius Black, yet he always finds a way to get into an adventure! Will he survive this one?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 19, 2012

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban opens on the night before Harry's thirteenth birthday, when he receives gifts by owl post from his friends at school. The next morning at breakfast, Harry sees on television that a man named Black is on the loose from prison. At this time, Aunt Marge comes to stay with the Dursleys, and she insults Harry's parents numerous times. Harry accidentally causes her to inflate. Harry leaves the Dursley's house and is picked up by the Knight Bus, but only after an alarming sighting of a large, black dog. The Knight Bus drops Harry off at Diagon Alley, where he is greeted by Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic. He rents a room and awaits the start of school. In Diagon Alley, Harry finishes his schoolwork, admires a Firebolt broomstick in the window of a shop, and after some time, finds his friends Ron and Hermione. At a pet shop, Hermione buys a cat named Crookshanks, who chases Scabbers, Ron's aging pet rat. Ron is most displeased. The night before they all head off to Hogwarts, Harry overhears Ron's parents discussing the fact that Sirius Black is after Harry.

After barely surviving an attack from Dementors, Harry Potter arrives to Hogwarts School od Witchcraft and Wizardry, excited and ready to start his third year in magical education! But the school is currently under threat by a criminal named Sirius Black, therefore Dementors, creatures who suck out all the happiness in people, have come to guard the School. But why do the Dementors tend to affect Harry more than everybody else? And what is the REAL story behind Black's history?

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henein
Jul 27, 2011

enjoy harry when he tries to escape from siruis black, the guy who betrayed his parents, but at the end he finds something really strange

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