Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Mass Market Paperback, 435 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Scholastic Inc. (first published July 8th 1999)
Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he's after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can't imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry's success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.
This is my favorite book in the Harry Potter series. And that is mainly due to Sirius Black. I love the hope having Sirius Black in his life gives Harry. Harry has been pushed down his whole life as if he was a nothing in a world of kings. Having Sirius really bring a true sense of family into his life, no matter how fleeting it is.
I notice differences between this book and the movie. Hermonie is more of a tattle-tale in the book than she is in the movie. I enjoy the movie version of Hermonie than the book version. Right when Harry and his Quidditch team needed his gifted Firebolt the most, Hermonie told on him to the professor who promptly took away the flying machine due to the assumption it was from Sirius Black.
I had always wondered what had kept Sirius sane in Azkaban and I somehow missed the part where he kept turing into a dog while he was in his cage. Very clever, JK!
The time-turner aspect of this book was fun too. It made you think and realize what happens in life based on the actions we take.
I found it interesting that Harry made the revelation of what the “more than one life will be saved” meant. I had always remembered that as the revelation of Hermonie as she is the “smartest girl of her age.” Reading this book for a second time made me realize why they saved Buckbeck and I had a bit of a “duh” moment.
This book makes me realize why I really hate Snape.
This series is great fun. Love this world. Not everything is always peachy keen but it keeps you guessing and on your toes throughout.
I bought this book with my own money.