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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, Bk 3)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Harry Potter, Bk 3 Author:J. K. Rowling Harry Potter has to sneak back to Hogwarts, after accidentally inflating his horrible Aunt Petunia. But once there everyone is whispering about a prizoner who has escaped from the famous wizard prizon, Azkaban. His name is Sirius Black, and as a follower of Lord Voldemort he is determined to track Harry Potter down -- even if it means laying sie... more »ge to the very walls of Hogwarts!« less
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.
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.
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!