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

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 1, 1999
paperback, 435 pages/ audio CD, 11hrs 48 minutes
ISBN: 0-439-13636-9
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Summary: Wizard-in-training Harry Potter has had his hands full as he grows up at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As if excelling on the Quidditch field isn't enough, Harry hears evil voices in the walls, saves lives, and fends off convicts. J.K. Rowling's magical, witty, exciting adventures are gripping fantasy novels on the road to becoming classics.
For 12 long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black, convicted of killing 13 people with a single curse. Now he has escaped, leaving a clue as to where he might be headed: the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts." Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

I'm read this book as part of my Harry Potter Reading Challenge. I'm a little behind in my challenge so I thought I would go a different route and check out the audio CD's from my library. I thought this would be an easy way to catch up on 'reading' while I did things like fold laundry and drive around town. The reader, Jim Dale also read the previous books in the Harry Potter series as well as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Around the World in 80 days and many many more. He did a wonderful job in reading this book. He voice is pleasant to listen to. He gives distinct characterization to each and every character. He made Hermione a little to whiny at times in my opinion but I still enjoyed this book. My only complaint, that has nothing to do with the reader or the book, is that the CD skipped and froze up in certain places. This is probably due to the fact that I was probably the billionth person to check it out and it had the usual wear and tear from excess usage. I have my own personal copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban so when it froze, I just picked up my book and read where it left off. It was inconvenient at times but it still doable. 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in this fantastic series. Although I have seen all the movies to date this is the first time I've read through the series. I have to say I am impressed with the world JK Rowling has created. I absolutely adore how she has taken each book so far and makes it into it's own individual story even though it part of a much bigger story. Harry is into his third year at Hogwarts. Things start off a bit rocky after a disastrous encounter with his Aunt Marge. He returns to Howarts, a place he considers his home, to find that he might be the object that the mysterious Sirius Black is after. Harry is, in a way, kept prisoner at Hogwarts for his own safety. There are many things that I like about this book. I like that JK Rowling gave us more background on Lily and James Potter.  She doesn't go into great detail but I found the bits she did give us to be so interesting. I also love the new characters she introduced. Remus Lupin is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. He's a little odd but a great character. He has a unpleasant history with Snape that plagues his time at Hogwarts. He was also friends with Harry's parents. We learn some of the Potter's background information from Lupin. Sirius Black is another great character introduced. He's been locked up at Azkaban for the last twelve years for the mass murder of thirteen people. He escapes from Azkaban when nobody has ever escaped from there before. He's considered highly dangerous and he's after Harry. The storyline in this book was fantastic. At times I was on the edge of my seat, even though I'm already familiar with the story. I love the mysterious element to this story. Rowling really knows how to get you hooked on her plot. Another thing I love about this story is the incredible details that Rowling  gives us. For example, the Quidditch matches were so exciting because of the amount of detail that Rowling uses to describe the scene. I love that these books get more in depth with the characters too, including the minor ones. She's not too kind with her characters and she does not hold back from giving them trouble. Harry, Ron and Hermione's friendship goes through test after test which makes the story even more interesting than it already is. There is so much about this story that I want to tell you about but I don't want to spoil anything for you if you haven't read it yet. If you haven't you really should. It so so so so so much better than the movies (which are already awesome). I've enjoyed each book that I've read so far in this series and I can't wait for the next one.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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  1. I just read this series for the first time this year as well. I HATE that I waited so long to read them because I absolutely fell in love with them. I can't wait to read them over again! Prisioner of Azkaban was one of my favorites. It's the first book that REALLY starts delving into the whole Voldemort thing.


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