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Book Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rowling, J K - Harry Potter #3 and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Title: Harry Potter (#3) and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J K Rowling
Genre: Fiction / YA/ Fantasy    Pages: 317
First published: 1999
Edition: Paperback, published in 2000 by Bloomsbury Paperbacks

A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. 

So far this is definitely my favourite of my Harry Potter re-reads. I feel with this book Rowling really found her feet and a slightly more mature tone in her writing. With that comes a more solid plot with good twists and a great ending.

Besides all the usual faces, I loved the introduction of new characters such as Lupin and Sirius Black, which give the cast of characters a much needed extra dimension in my opinion. I liked how we find out a trickle more about Harry’s parents as well and I really enjoyed the classroom scenes.

The dementors are great monsters for Harry to have to deal with. In a way we all have our own dementors to deal with and I liked the fact that Harry had to come to terms with his own vulnerability

The writing was solid and I really enjoyed this one.. It simply felt much more well-rounded. I am looking forward to re-reading The Goblet of Fire in the near future.

6 out of 7 stars



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