Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

Synopsis from Amazon.co.uk

The escape of Sirius Black–one time friend of Harry’s parents, implicated in their murder and follower of “You- Know-Who”–from Azkaban, has serious implications for Harry for it would appear that Black is bent on revenge against Harry for thwarting “You-Know-Who”. Back at Hogwarts, Harry’s movements are restricted by the presence of the Dementors–guards from Azkaban on the look out for Black–however, this doesn’t stop him throwing himself into the new Quidditch season and going about his normal business–or at least attempting to. Despite warnings Harry is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Sirius Black–how could this one-time close friend of his parents become the cause of their deaths?

My Review

This is the third book in the series, and starts to pick up in pace and bring in events that lead into the future books. The style of writing is very easy to get into whether you’re a child or an adult, and that’s why this series has such wide spread appeal, to people of all ages and nationalities. I loved how this book didn’t have Voldemort as the main “bad guy”, but was still gripping and dark. Rowling does a great job of describing the Dementors, and how they affect people, in particularly Harry, and you can clearly imagine how awful it would be to be locked up in Azkaban with them surrounding you. Professor Lupin, the new Defense Against the Dark-Arts teacher, is introduced in this book and it’s enjoyable to read about him and his lessons, the boggart one in particular. And of course, we can’t forget the escaped convict Sirius Black, who is out to kill Harry for thwarting Voldemort as a child. The Sirius Black storyline is my favourite so far in the series, it keeps you guessing all through the book, and then surprises you at the end.

I’ve given this a 4.5/5 as it’s a fantastic book and the series is definitely getting better, but it hasn’t peaked yet, there’s still so much more to look forward to and enjoy reading in this series. I would definitely recommend this, to both adults and children who will enjoy the antics of Harry, Ron and Hermione at Hogwarts. It’s something fun and easy to read, but is still incredibly enjoyable!

4.5/5

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