Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
May 28, 2015
Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?
I just can’t get enough of Harry and the gang these days! Here’s what I thought of Book #3:
On the Plus Side:
- Rowling is just a master at developing her characters. Not only do we learn more about the old favorites, but we are introduced to some new favorites as well (some of who are surprising favorites).
- I love that we learn more about the history of Harry’s parents, what their schooling looked like, who their friends were, what life was like. Even though his parents aren’t actual characters, Rowling makes you feel as if you know them intimately.
- I loved that we were given access to a glimpse of the personal lives of some of the professors. It was nice getting to know them on a professional level, but they are such deeper characters knowing that they like to hang out and drink sometimes.
- Oh the suspense. There are times when I just cannot move through the novel fast enough!
- Just when you think you are familiar with the world of Hogwarts, Rowling manages to introduce something new.
- I loved the addition of different classes to their schooling – it makes you think about the classes that you would like to take if you went to school there. I can’t decide if I would love or hate Divination :).
On the Minus Side:
I really don’t have any complaints about this one. I really enjoyed the story, and I’m upset that Book #4 is not available at the library right now! I want to keep going!
How do you think Book #3 compared to the previous two?