Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, Bk 3)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Harry Potter, Bk 3 Author:J. K. Rowling Harry Potter has to sneak back to Hogwarts, after accidentally inflating his horrible Aunt Marge. But once there everyone is whispering about a prisoner who has escaped from the famous wizard prison, Azkaban. His name is Sirius Black, and as a follower of Lord Voldemort he is determined to track Harry Potter down -- even if it means laying siege... more » to the very walls of Hogwarts!« less
This is by far my favorite of the series. I've read them all so many times to the point I've lost count, and this is the one that still gives me chills every time. This was the book that hooked me. It is the one that makes you realize that Rowling is an amazing writer and nothing is what it seems and everything is possible as the characters begin to grow and readers develop an emotional attachment to them.
If the second one left you unsure whether or not to continue reading, give this one a chance. You'll be glad you did.
The third installment of the much beloved Harry Potter series has been my favorite from the beginning and continues to be. With the Prisoner of Azkaban, the reader is given a glimpse of the dark direction this series will take, but this book still manages to be a lot of fun. From Harrys reckless lashing out at Aunt Marge to his crazy ride on the Knight Bus, from Harrys first encounter with the dementors on the Hogwarts Express (not fun at all) to obtaining the Marauders Map, from meeting Buckbeak, or battling boggarts that look like Professor Snape to conjuring a patronus charm to ward off dementors and finally learning that everything is not as it seems may make your average thirteen year old more confused than ever, but not Harry. I love how Harry, Ron and Hermione seem to take it all in stride and just get on with it.
Remus Lupin and Sirius Black are two of my favorite characters in this series. Finally, Harry meets people who actually knew and were friends of his parents. I dont count Dumbledore, I guess because hes a given and hes not of their generation. Professor Snape knew Harrys parents and his revulsion towards Harry and James Potter are all too apparent so meeting Professor Lupin and Sirius Black and learning of their connection to James and Lily make it all the better.
I very much enjoyed the brewing conflict between Ron and Hermione regarding Crookshanks and Scabbers. Hermione has bitten off more than she can chew, it seems, with her extra full class load and seems to be barely managing it so she isnt her usual analytical self. Of course, knowing already how these two end up by the end of the series doesnt detract from the enjoyment of watching these characters grow and develop.
The Prisoner of Azkaban provides countless hours of reading entertainment. Numerous intense and suspenseful scenes where long hidden secrets and truths are revealed to the amazement of the reader. When the story comes full circle and the last page is turned, I was left with a feeling of euphoria and a rush of adrenaline, akin to an exciting ride on a fast moving roller coaster. I wish I could pick one favorite moment from the book, but I fear I would do the story a great injustice if I tried. I was pulled into this story almost immediately, my sense of excitement and anticipation growing as I turned each page. I love each story in this series, but this one holds a very special place in my heart.
I heard from a lot of people that this is their favorite book in the series, and while I havent read any further so far, I can see why people would love this one so much. JK Rowling does a great job of furthering the series as a whole and keeping the book entertaining on its own as well.
There are a few important things I took away from this book: Snape is being elevated as more of an enemy for Harry and a supporter of Voldemort; the continuing theme of Scabbers (Rons pet rat) became very important in this one; and Harry finds some new important people in his and his parents lives.
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Best in the series!! Beginning to take a darker (and more enjoyable) turn with this novel. Book 3 adds more depth to the storyline. Plot twist near the end makes for an excellent, slam-bang conclusion.
The enchanting and daringly dark third chronicle in the Harry Potter series once again raises the bar for J. K. Rowling, and takes the characters to psychologically deeper, and ultimately scarier, places. Now a teenager, Harry must this year contend not only with harder classes of magic and slowly emerging hormones, but a dastardly killer on the loose who may have ties to Harry's own dark and mysterious past. J. K. Rowling continues to amaze with this, the best of the first three books, which stretches the magical world of witches and wizards with intriguing new locales and characters, the best of which come in the form of depression-inducing, soul-sucking creatures called Dementors. A first-rate fantasy adventure with all the weight of the best dramatic novels out there - a must read!
In book 3 of the Harry Potter series, a lot of characters from Harry's parents life surface and begin to shed more light on hidden details. I love the inclusion of more (and better) wizardry, after all, this is Harry's 3rd year of study. It ended leaving me perfectly excited to start on book 4!
As with most movie adaptations, PoA has so much more in the book than what we saw on screen. It is one of the more detailed stories in the entire series, including one of the more interesting aspects of the book; the interaction between certain animals and Animagi, as well as how a character is "rescued," both of which the movie excludes. Without giving spoilers, PoA is one of the best installments in the HP series.
The Harry Potter series was definitely one of the best I've ever read... I had so much fun standing and waiting in line each time a new book came out, I'm really disappointed that the series is over, but it had a fantastic ending.