Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review: The Prisoner of Azkaban

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

Released: August 1999
Read: First time in 2007/08
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback, 317 pages
Series: Harry Potter #3

Description from GoodReads: Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can't wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn't if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school...

Review: Okay so this review is going to have a ton of spoilers, but honestly why haven't you read it yet. This book is by far my favourite out of all the HP books. The whole Aunt Marge beginning always creeped me out as a kid, and it sorta still does. But boy does the book just get better and better from there.
  A big part of my interest in this book comes from the focus on the magical animals in the wizarding world. Like the beautiful hippogriff on the cover, or the Animagus and werewolves. Even the boggart was cool. Don't even get me started on the patronuses (patronus'? patroni?)!
  The other amazing part to this book was the time-turner. The whole time-traveling sequence in this book is great and beautifully simple. While there are some obvious questions, like why didn't they go back in time and kill Voldemort, effectively saving Harry's parents and thousands of other people? Why did Dumbledore not think of these ideas before giving Hermione a time-turner to do homework? Are there other magical teenagers who got time-turners to help with their homework? What happened to them???
   Oh and Hermione punching Draco in the face was a blessing.

Quotable Quotes:
"I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for."
"Why, dear boy, we don't send wizards to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts."
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

Rating: 10/10

Read if You Liked: Carry On, School For Good And Evil, Narnia?

Optimistically yours, Ola

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