Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Review)

Book cover for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling.Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publication Year: 1999

Pages: 437

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: From the bookshelf in my classroom

From the cover:

Harry Potter is a very unusual boy. He can’t wait to get back to school after the Summer holidays! But that’s not the only unusual thing about Harry; Harry’s school is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and Harry is a wizard! But when Harry, along with his best friends Ron and Hermione, go back for their third year at Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school …

(This is the third book in the Harry Potter series, after The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.)

I’m really starting to get into this series! (And still totally surprised at how much I’m enjoying it, given how hard I tried to avoid it when it was popular.)

The Prisoner of Azkaban was more interesting for me than The Chamber of Secrets was – I think because there was more going on, and more character development and detail. I really loved learning more about Snape, for example, and why he didn’t like Potter’s father. I didn’t like some of the events that happen, though: it’s like this volume is the turning point for the series in terms of “everything working out for the best”. The ending wasn’t quite as happy (with all loose ends tied up) as in the previous two volumes.

Sadly, I’ve also discovered that this is the last volume that is on the shelf of my classroom, so I’m going to have to find a copy of the other books to read from elsewhere! That means there will probably be a short delay before I get around to reading the rest of the series. Hopefully it won’t be that long, though!


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