Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

harry potter and the prisoner of azkabanAuthor: J. K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5

Harry Potter, vol. 3

The third of the incredible Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favorite books. It was actually the first of Rowling’s books that I read, although I would really recommend reading them in order, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and his friends have reached their third year of wizarding school. I am particularly fond of the cast presented in this volume, especially as Sirius and Professor Lupin are introduced here. Rowling presents a wide variety of characters who are quite well-realized–and who are human enough to be easy to relate to, even when they aren’t human. Rowling’s world is also rich in detail and consistent in its conception, down to the candies and currency. Another aspect of this story that is enjoyable is that Rowling provides all of the details needed to know what’s going on throughout the story, but in such a way that their ultimate conclusion is likely to come as a surprise. A final characteristic of Rowling’s writing that I find impressive is the consistency between the volumes of this series; each is its own separate story, yet there is a consistent, flowing plot–supported by consistent, but growing, characters–that joins all of the volumes together into one large story as well. I would recommend this book, and the series as a whole, to essentially anyone, and particularly to those who enjoy a good fantasy.

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One response to “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  1. I love Prisoner of Azkaban! It’s my favorite of the series, probably tied with Deathly Hallows and Order of the Phoenix, though. Remus and Sirius are such great characters, and I’ve read the ending part when they’re in the Shrieking Shack so many times; I remember reading that part again and again while waiting for Goblet of Fire. Thanks for writing!


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