Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Published May 1, 2004 by Scholastic
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy
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?
Mind you I have not read the whole series yet, but so far this is my favorite book out of the first 3. I was worried when I started re-reading this series that I wouldn’t be that interested since I never read them when I was younger, but I was wrong. I love the world building and the world that is Hogwarts. I love a lot of the characters in this book, although I am particularly fond of Hagrid and Dumbledor. I especially found all the information that we learn about Lupin and Sirius Black in this book to be both surprising and very interesting. This book felt slightly more “grown up” to me compared to The Chamber of Secrets and The Sorcerer’s Stone, between the characters being slightly older and the addition of more dark elements to the story, like the Dementors, which are super creepy.
I enjoyed my re-read of the first 2 books and this is the first time I have read The Prisoner of Azkaban. I wish I had read the series sooner, I know, I know, everyone told me it is magical and there was no way I wouldn’t love it. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing where the characters and story goes from here. Hogwarts seems like a very magical place and I look forward to finding yet another fandom to join.