March 25, 2011

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

Title:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author:  J. K. Rowling
Format:  PB
Pages:  434
Genre:  Juvenile Fantasy
Publisher:  Scholastic, 2001
ISBN-13:  978-0439136365
Series:  Harry Potter, Book 3

Favorite Quote:  "You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us?  You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?  Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him.  How else could you produce that particular Patronus?  Prongs rode again last night."

Synopsis (Amazon):  For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts."

Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

Review:  This book is as good as, if not better than, the last.  It is far better than the first book.  Even though I have seen this movie, the plot was so engaging that it didn't matter.  I really liked the characters Sirius Black and Professor Lupin.  Ron was still my favorite though.

What I really like is seeing Harry, learning that he does have worth and value, that he doesn't have to allow people (including his aunt and uncle) to walk all over him.  It's good to see him growing and changing.  This story was a little scarier and bloodier than the last.  I have a feeling the books are 'growing up' with the characters and that soon they won't be Juvenile any more, but more likely Teen.  In fact, this one was really borderline.

Rating:  4.5 / 5

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