Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling (1999).


Although I am a woman grown, and far from the days when I lay awake at night desperately straining to read on to see if Harry survive what could easily have been a fate worse than death, I still enjoyed every single page of this third instalment to the Harry Potter series. Book 3, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban leads into a darker side of the world of magic, and also into a darker side of Harry’s past. As we follow Harry through his third year at Hogwarts School for witchcraft and Wizardry, we learn that there is a lot more to the death of Harry’s parents than anyone knew.

Throughout this novel Harry learns that not only is there a psychotic murderer who has escaped Azkaban, the devilish jail for Witches and Wizards, but is his Godfather and a very loyal and true friend of Lilly and James Potter. In fact, he had been wrongly convicted for their death, he had actually sought vengeance and was exacting his revenge when his whole world exploded around him and everything in it turned upside down.

As we follow Harry, Ron, and Hermione through each adventure, each character can clearly be seen to evolve. J. K. Rowling creates each character so brilliantly it is a pleasure to read and watch them grow-up. Its impossible to choose a favourite amongst the trio, as I feel that its the combination of the three that makes them who they are. Without the influence they have on each other their outcomes would be much different I suspect.

Overall, I believe J. K. Rowling produced yet another Masterpiece in the creation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I would recommend this book to all age groups, as always there is something in this book for anyone with the slightest bit of imagination. I give this novel a rating of 10/10 stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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