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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 Marge. But once there everyone is whispering about a prisoner who has escaped from the famous wizard prison, 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 siege... more » to the very walls of Hogwarts!« less
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.
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)
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.
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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