Number of Pages: 435
Suitable for Fans of: The Hunger Games, Fangirl, Cinder
Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?
To read my review of the first book in this series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – click here. To read my review of the second book in this series – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – click here.
“I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.”
The third instalment to internationally best selling series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban follows the titular character through his third year at school for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hogwarts. Being the first year in which Harry faces exams, and the first book wherein the chapters are frequently longer, this instalment differed slightly to the previous. However, this in no way lessened my appreciation of the series, and – perhaps – allowed me to enjoy it a little more.
Firstly, I would like to point out that this is definitely my favourite book in the series so far. I know, I say this with every book, but that’s because they keep getting better! Due to him being age 13 in this book, I can actually mirror my own thrid-year high school experiences to Harry’s, for I can remember said year much more clearly than the former 2. Granted, my experiences differed a lot to Harry’s – in the sense that I, myself, am not a wizard – but a few of his seemingly-magical issues felt a lot like my own at that time, and a lot like other peoples. For example, Harry is unable to go on school trips to Hogsmeade, for Mr Dursley refused to sign his permission form. Frankly, for me, Harry’s attitude towards this reminded me a lot of my struggle with my parents, them being insistent that it was too dark to leave the house. We all know the feeling! Thus, what is clear is that – despite orbiting around witchcraft and wizardry, Harry Potter also addresses a lot of problems ordinary people have.
Another aspect I like about this book was the clear developments in each character’s age. All of their personalities are becoming much more prominent, as well as being separable from one another. Frankly, Harry has become much more independent, and is swiftly becoming less reliant on everyone, including his best friends. (Not that he doesn’t love Ron and Hermione.) All 3 friends are becoming less childlike, and focussing on bigger problems than they were previously.
Overall, as aforementioned, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, awarding it a full 5/5 stars.
Thanks for reading!