Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic, 1999
Genre: Fantasy, Alohomora!
Source + Date Read: Own + Every Year since I received it in 2000 when I was 10 years old.
Recommend: Seriously, it’s Harry Potter folks. Duh.
Book Pro’s: EVERYTHING. Hermoine kicks awesome butt.
Book Con’s: I’m just going to get rid of this category for the rest of my Harry Potter reviews.
Favourite Line: “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
“You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”
“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”
“I’ll fix it up with Mum and Dad, then I’ll call you. I know how to use a fellytone now—”
“A telephone, Ron,” said Hermione. “Honestly, you should take Muggle Studies next year…”
Obligatory Warning: This is going to be an incredibly biased review filled with unicorns, rainbows and magic. If you don’t like Harry Potter or want any spoilers, please, I beg you, click onto another post. I’m not good at censoring myself. It will also be filled with memes.
I also got to read this one right after the Chamber of Secrets due to my late Harry Potter days. Now, I miss those days, being able to devour Harry Potter book after the other in such rapid and dizzying succession. Those days were truly enjoyable and filled with magic. After this one though, I had to wait for the next book in the series like every other muggle and much of my time was spent biting my nails in anticipation.
The Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favourite Harry Potter books for a very simple reasons: Harry and his crew take more classes. I love the Hogwarts that Rowling has built because it is filled with schedules, new books, quills, parchment, teachers and ghosts. I am a huge school nerd, I love the idea of school (and now that I’m working I miss it all the more) and to see Harry, Ron and Hermoine enter this new phase of their academic lives is so enviable and amazing. Indeed, from the information gleaned in the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I have made my own Hogwarts course load!
Besides the rapid expansion of the Hogwarts world and in extension the magic universe, this book is successful in that it expands on Harry’s emotional sphere. We get the usual Dursley nightmare, the Dudley drama, but it brings in a closeness between Harry and Ron’s family again (quickly becoming his surrogate magical family) and a new character, Sirius (where does she come up with these names? What? Where? How?). This murder-turned-favourite-godfather is crucial to Harry’s growth and emotional maturity. He experiences a gamut of emotions and successfully transitions from boy-Hero in Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets to a dynamic and nuanced teenager.
Favourite new character? LUPIN! I am so glad Rowling included him in this because he provides a sort of world building and personal world building. He brings history, knowledge of the magic world and tension. Indeed, this entire book is like a sad homage to the drama and damage one can do as a teenager and how difficult it is to move on from it (Moony, Padfoot, Prongs and Wormtail, trick or not, don’t kill Snape). I was a bit annoyed by Ron’s and Hermoine’s constant bickering, but they’re teenagers and I forgive them for this angsty slight.
All in all, I love this third edition and would highly recommend this book (duh). I’m writing this review as part of my Harry Potter ReRead initiative started by The Book Journey so everyone can expect a number of posts coming up!
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Did you like the Prisoner of Azkaban?