“Don’t let the muggles get you down!” – J. K. Rowling.
This is very likely my favourite book of the Harry Potter series. Normally, this is when I would then go into what this book is roughly about. However, I feel that this is rather unnecessary considering basically everyone has read the book or seen the movie by now. Furthermore, if the events of the first two books don’t sway you into continuing to read the whole series, then I don’t know what will, so do make sure you read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets beforehand.
In this book we are introduced to new characters (including some of my favourites of the entire series, Remus and Sirius), new locations (Hogsmeade) and new magical devices (time turners) all of which only make this wizarding world more intriguing and add to it’s depth. If you enjoyed the previous two books you will definitely enjoy this one.
On top of the characters, locations and devices, another aspect of this book I loved was how we delved further into Harry’s past and get to know his parents and his parent’s friends better. After reading this book it is no wonder everyone wants a book all about The Marauders at Hogwarts! I for one would definitely be interested.
“You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don’t let you off homework today. I assure you that if you die, you need not hand it in.”
This book has both it’s really happy moments, but also the very opposite. Rowling basically gives us hope near the end, then tears it all away, but at least as someone who has read the other books multiple times I do know that there is still hope (although ultimately, that will also be torn away from us).
“Godfather?” spluttered Uncle Vernon. “You haven’t got a godfather!”
“Yes, I have,” said Harry brightly. “He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though… keep up with my news… check I’m happy…”
Harry is often a funny character, some describe him as sassy, and in these funny moments I have to agree. It definitely lightens the book up, especially considering how dark it is with the presence of the dementors. It’s definitely a good choice made by Rowling to include bits of humour amongst all the dark, serious things happening which only get darker as the books go on.
The only thing I can fault in this entire book is a grammar mistake. In my copy of the book, this is page 35 in chapter three, the last full paragraph on the page.
Here it says “Hagrid the Hogwarts gamekeeper had spend two months there only last year.” rather than “had spent“. At least the error is rather early on, so most people would have forgotten about it by the end of the book. Either way, it’s not something I would hold against Rowling.
Despite the fact that there is this tiny problem with the grammar, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a brilliant book. Anyone who hasn’t yet picked up this book simply must do so. Besides, it’s only about 300 pages which is easily readable in a day if you have the time in which case it will be a day well spent! I rate this book 5/5.
What were your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?