For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.
As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black--an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban--is on the loose. Not only that, but he's after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry's very heart when others are unaffected? Once again, Rowling has created a mystery that will have children and adults cheering, not to mention standing in line for her next book. Fortunately, there are four more in the works. (Ages 9 and older)
This is by far my favorite of the series. I've read them all so many times to the point I've lost count, and this is the one that still gives me chills every time. This was the book that hooked me. It is the one that makes you realize that Rowling is an amazing writer and nothing is what it seems and everything is possible as the characters begin to grow and readers develop an emotional attachment to them.
If the second one left you unsure whether or not to continue reading, give this one a chance. You'll be glad you did.
I heard from a lot of people that this is their favorite book in the series, and while I havent read any further so far, I can see why people would love this one so much. JK Rowling does a great job of furthering the series as a whole and keeping the book entertaining on its own as well.
There are a few important things I took away from this book: Snape is being elevated as more of an enemy for Harry and a supporter of Voldemort; the continuing theme of Scabbers (Rons pet rat) became very important in this one; and Harry finds some new important people in his and his parents lives.
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My favorite Potter book. It's a kids book but still deals with adult themes. And I adore Sirius Black. The plot twist actually caused me to cry out in suprise during the long car trip I was reading it on. It really caught me.
I think just seeing that is is Harry Potter is enough said! I Love all of these books so very much! This is the book that we are introduced to Sirius and Buckbeak, that is enough for me! I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I have.
The third installment of the much beloved Harry Potter series has been my favorite from the beginning and continues to be. With the Prisoner of Azkaban, the reader is given a glimpse of the dark direction this series will take, but this book still manages to be a lot of fun. From Harrys reckless lashing out at Aunt Marge to his crazy ride on the Knight Bus, from Harrys first encounter with the dementors on the Hogwarts Express (not fun at all) to obtaining the Marauders Map, from meeting Buckbeak, or battling boggarts that look like Professor Snape to conjuring a patronus charm to ward off dementors and finally learning that everything is not as it seems may make your average thirteen year old more confused than ever, but not Harry. I love how Harry, Ron and Hermione seem to take it all in stride and just get on with it.
Remus Lupin and Sirius Black are two of my favorite characters in this series. Finally, Harry meets people who actually knew and were friends of his parents. I dont count Dumbledore, I guess because hes a given and hes not of their generation. Professor Snape knew Harrys parents and his revulsion towards Harry and James Potter are all too apparent so meeting Professor Lupin and Sirius Black and learning of their connection to James and Lily make it all the better.
I very much enjoyed the brewing conflict between Ron and Hermione regarding Crookshanks and Scabbers. Hermione has bitten off more than she can chew, it seems, with her extra full class load and seems to be barely managing it so she isnt her usual analytical self. Of course, knowing already how these two end up by the end of the series doesnt detract from the enjoyment of watching these characters grow and develop.
The Prisoner of Azkaban provides countless hours of reading entertainment. Numerous intense and suspenseful scenes where long hidden secrets and truths are revealed to the amazement of the reader. When the story comes full circle and the last page is turned, I was left with a feeling of euphoria and a rush of adrenaline, akin to an exciting ride on a fast moving roller coaster. I wish I could pick one favorite moment from the book, but I fear I would do the story a great injustice if I tried. I was pulled into this story almost immediately, my sense of excitement and anticipation growing as I turned each page. I love each story in this series, but this one holds a very special place in my heart.
Like most of the series this addition was a delight to read. Harry is confronted with truths from his past and is forced to confront his own fears. I do think that the movie screen play did a little better job of condensing some things from this book. But in all, an excellent read. [close]
As with most movie adaptations, PoA has so much more in the book than what we saw on screen. It is one of the more detailed stories in the entire series, including one of the more interesting aspects of the book; the interaction between certain animals and Animagi, as well as how a character is "rescued," both of which the movie excludes. Without giving spoilers, PoA is one of the best installments in the HP series.
The Harry Potter series was definitely one of the best I've ever read... I had so much fun standing and waiting in line each time a new book came out, I'm really disappointed that the series is over, but it had a fantastic ending.
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Rowling's done it again. In this book we meet absolutely one of my favorite characters, and poor Harry finds out a few things about his parents death. He almost makes a very grievous Mistake. What a lot on the shoulders of a thirteen year old boy.
In the third installment in the Harry Potter series Rowling drops Harry into his third year at Hogwarts after a difficult summer with his nasty relatives the Dursley's who give Harry a long and tiresome summer holiday filled with yelling, and an unpleasant visit from an aunt who gets more than she bargained for from the young wizard who does not deal well with ugly mutterings from a smug muggle (non-wizard or witch) about his parents.
After an exciting exit from his Uncle's home Harry begins a school year at Hogwart's where he finds out that an escaped convict is after him, between this; dark magic, Hermione getting a 'homicidal' new cat this is after Ron's mouse and trying to save one of Hagrid's skin crawling creatures from extinction, this Harry Potter book was my favorite one in the series thus far.
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J K Rowling again surpasses my expectations with the third of the Potter series. Again she finds a way to capture my attention while I watch these children grow into the fine witches and wizard they are becoming. I totally recommend this series.
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Giving Rowling full credit for creating a great world and characters, this and the next book mark an increasingly negative vibe apparent in the story telling. This book and those forward have been described as "darker, which I can take just fine. But in addition to a darker story line and events, there are unceasing references to Harry's state of anxiety and it becomes harder and harder to find the fun quips and artful observations about adolescence and school days that have been so engaging to this point. Maybe that's insight into the state of youth in school, but I don't need the reminder with the pervasive anxiety that often marks adult life.
Rowling seems to share that mark that was left upon England by WWII and the metaphors to Naziism and the thinly-guarded parallels of abuse of power by the Bush/Blair administration manage to water down the fantasy tale feeling in this book, though, to be fair, I suppose it wouldn't be obvious to tween-aged readers. And some service is being done by planting the seeds of what abuse of power looks like, I suppose. Ah, I'm into the next book as well now.
What a charming story! I had never thought I would read this series because I watched all of the movies with my grandson but when it came time to do this challenge I thought why not. I guess one is not supposed to start a series in the middle but this is the one I picked up first at a thrift store so it was my choice. The book is not nearly as scary as the movies were. In fact, I found I liked the characters very much. The story is predictable or perhaps I remember much of what I saw in the movie. Anyway I liked it. Since I saw the movies I visualize them as the actors and actresses who played the movie roles.
I'm on my third trip through the series. I love the detail and little bits of information that you get from the books. Prisoner of Azkaban is probably my favorite Potter book in the series. I love the idea of Hogsmeade. The movie was good, but compared to the book, doesn't do it justice in my opinon.
Third Harry Potter book. Not my favorite. But it is the introduction to my fave Potter Character Sirius Black. Ooo What a scary name! lol. Well aside from, for some people, rather confusing time travel. Its a good book.
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My favorite of the first four books... Rowling adds so much fun and mischief to this book (which helps to really temper the increasingly dark story of Harry and his friends) that I just couldn't put it down.
The enchanting and daringly dark third chronicle in the Harry Potter series once again raises the bar for J. K. Rowling, and takes the characters to psychologically deeper, and ultimately scarier, places. Now a teenager, Harry must this year contend not only with harder classes of magic and slowly emerging hormones, but a dastardly killer on the loose who may have ties to Harry's own dark and mysterious past. J. K. Rowling continues to amaze with this, the best of the first three books, which stretches the magical world of witches and wizards with intriguing new locales and characters, the best of which come in the form of depression-inducing, soul-sucking creatures called Dementors. A first-rate fantasy adventure with all the weight of the best dramatic novels out there - a must read!
For 12 long years, the dread forces of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing 13 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 well be a traitor in their midst.
Winner of the Whitbread Award for Children's Literature
Booklist 1999 Editor's Choice
Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999
Winner of the 1999 Gold Medal Smarties Prize
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing.
I just finished this one and they are just getting better and better! I had to read it all in one night, I just couldn't put it down. This book introduces Sirius Black, his relationship to Harry, and some new abilities Harry discovers in the midst of werewolves, dementors, and escaped convicts. Really good!!!
As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black--an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban--is on the loose. Not only that, but he's after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry's very heart when others are unaffected?
Best in the series!! Beginning to take a darker (and more enjoyable) turn with this novel. Book 3 adds more depth to the storyline. Plot twist near the end makes for an excellent, slam-bang conclusion.
Like all of J.K. Rowling's books, this one is an excellent addition to the series. This one follows Harry and friends on his 3rd year at Howarts. Dark times are increasing and an important person from Harry's past returns. Things are usual are not what they seemed. This book is a must read. It is important to read the first two before starting on this one.
The third installment to the Harry Potter series. J. k. Rowling continues to draw us in to the world of young wizards and the struggle of good against evil. In this Harry is now 13. His "muggle" family are still in denial over the fact that Harry is a "wizard". This story introduces Sirius Black, who escapes the "unescapeable" prison of Azkaban. Who is Black, and what part does play in Harry's story.
The evil of Voldemort, the killer of Harry's parents, continues to grow in this book. A must read after the first two books in the series.
The news of Sirius Black having escaped from Azkaban fortress is a shock in the wizarding world. He is known of being the traitor and once best friend of James Potter, that led Lord Voldemort to the hidden Potters' and he is the murderer of 13 people with one single curse. The Ministry of Magic and the dementors, Azkabans terrible guards, are searching for him and because they know it is more than likely that Black will turn up at Hogwarts, the school becomes the most secured place on earth - so they thought.
Harry's new school year offers new subjects and and once again a new teacher in Defense against the Dark Arts: Professor Remus Lupin who soon becomes the most favorite teacher of all. Harry however has a lot more to worry about. For example there was this huge dog he saw when he fled the Dursleys' house and following this the reading his new teacher took from his tea cup, telling him about the Grim, a huge dog and the omen of death.
It is a challenging year at Hogwarts that not only tests Harry's capabilities as a wizard but also puts the friendship between Ron, Hermione and Harry to the test as well.
This book offers a lot insight to the life, friends and enemies James Potter had at Hogwarts. It pretty much seems that this books is fundamental for the following books although I haven't read them yet nor did I see the movies. It explains a lot about Snape's disliking of Harry Potter as well.
Most certainly the reader will meet certain characters of this novel in the following books. I'll let you know - soon. ;-)
If you have never before heard of Harry Potter, let me be the first to say, "Welcome to Earth, dear alien friend!" The third book of the series. The movies do not do justice to the books. The English sense of humor is just fantastic. I bought this for me, not my kids, by the way. They have their own copy!
It's all been said before, but the Harry Potter series opens the door to a world of wonderful imagination, and genuine humanity. Are we all so jaded that we are deeply thrilled to discover that fine children's literature is still being written? Not just for children, though, this series is every bit as captivating for the adults as the little ones in your house. Hooray for the Boy Who Lived!
This was a great book. There were a few more relatively minor differences from the movie in this book than in the first two. Mostly it had to do with the additional detail in the book that wasn't in the movie or was only hinted to in the movie.
For instance, in the book, we find out that Professor Lupin, in conjunction with James Potter (Harry's father), Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew, are the ones who originally designed and produced the Marauder's Map. In addition, Harry used the map to discover the hidden passages from Hogwarts to the Wizarding village of Hogsmeade and took a few furtive trips there to join the rest of his class when he was supposed to have remained behind at Hogwarts. Neither of these facts appeared in the movie, most likely in the interest of keeping the movie time down to 2 hours. For that reason, I'm curious to see how much may have to be removed from the book for books 4 through 6 since they're all much longer than the first three books. The movie for book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was just released last week and I'm still debating whether to read the book or see the movie first...
Easily one of the best Harry Potter books. If you have seen the movie but have not read the book then I suggest giving it a whirl. The book is 100 times better than the movie. Plus the movie left out some really great parts.
Harry finds that the one wizard that is supposed to have broken out of Azkaban to come get him is doing just the opposite. He is trying to protect him. This is an amazing book and I really don't know how to describe it.
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 Blacks downfallas well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep. "He's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts." Harry Potter is not safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.
As Harry Potter starts his third year at Hogwarts, things are not going well. His classes are tougher and the tests are harder. His Quidditch broom has been broken to bits. One of Harry's professors has seen an omen of his death in his tea leaves. And convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and word is he is out to get Harry Potter. Hogwarts is on lockdown with Black on the loose.
Another excellent addition to the Harry Potter series. I don't know how the author comes up with her ideas, but they are fantastic. I love the picture on the wall that asks for the password before letting anyone into the secret passage. I love the whomping tree that actually hits anyone who comes close to it. And who doesn't love Hagrid's many strange (and sometimes scary) pets? I can't wait to dig into the next book. The narration in this series is outstanding. My rating: 5 Stars.
i have to say this has been my favorite book in the series. i loved the sirius black and professor lupin characters. and i didn't like how their story ended and am hoping they return. i also thought the dementors were really creative. scary not just to kids but to adults. i hope the next one is just as good!
From Publishers Weekly
In this third installment in the projected seven-volume series, Sirius Black, imprisoned for killing 13 people with one curse, escapes from Azkaban. As he heads for Hogwarts, the chilling Dementors who trail him quickly descend upon the school. "Each successive volume expands upon its predecessor with dizzyingly well-planned plots and inventive surprises," said PW in a Best Books of 2001 citation.
For 12 long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing 13 people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.Now he has escaped, leaving only 2 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." 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 well be a traitor in their midst.