Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Length: 435 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date: August 27, 2013 (15th anniversary ed)
Rating – 5 stars!!!
For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.
Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And 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 be a traitor in their midst.
So I finally read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and holy moly! I had previously mentioned in my review of the second book that I had started reading the Harry Potter series years ago but never continued on due to reading other books for review. I decided to make 2017 the year I read the entire series.
This was my first time reading the third book in the series and I loved it. After finishing the second one, which I also loved, I couldn’t even imagine that I could love the next book more, but I definitely did.
Of course, I loved getting to spend more time with Harry but what I really loved about this book was all the new characters we were introduced to like Professor Lupin and Sirius Black (my two favorite characters in this particular book). I really enjoyed learning more about Harry’s dad. I enjoyed running around Hogwarts with Harry using the Marauder’s Map and going back in time with Harry and Hermoine! I got all of the feels with the Patronus and Dumbledore and Harry’s conversation after. I DEFINITELY got all the feels with Sirius Black and Harry’s conversation and then the letter towards the end…ugh. So good. So so good. I get it guys. I get the fandom, I’m here for it. I can’t wait to continue on and watch our characters grow together and the adventures they are going to encounter. I felt like the first part of the book was good but towards the middle it just got better and better. I definitely think that the series itself gets better with every book so I am excited to see it progress even more.
This was my favorite of the books so far, five stars hands down. This story was adventurous and magical. I felt like I took awhile to read it but I honestly didn’t want it to end. If you’re an adult who has never read the Harry Potter series but really want to, I definitely recommend doing it. It will definitely bring out the kid in you and it’s really just so good!