Harry Potter and the Prisoner of the Azkaban – Book Review
The first review of the year and it’s a Harry Potter book! How about that? I had seen the movie version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban long back and I remember it being my favorite movie in the entire series. The good thing is that while reading the book I barely remembered facts, and it was therefore a fresh look into the things.
The Dementors are here!
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of Harry Potter, it is the start of his third year at Hogwarts. The book introduces Sirius Black as a mass-murderer and a devout follower of Lord Voldemort. He has escaped Azkaban even under the watch of Dementors and is now on a run. Apparently he is coming for Harry.
At Hogwarts, Harry attends his first class of Divination under Professor Trelawney who sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves. The dementors are now patrolling the school grounds to catch Sirius while Harry is keen on figuring out the truth, no matter what the cost.
Oh boy, I just loved reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!
Like any other person, I have become a fan of J.K. Rowling’s writing. Right from the phone call Ron makes to Harry’s home she had me all hooked up. In fact, I found that conversation quite funny. The way wizards are not familiar with muggle ways of life is interesting.
With this book, things have turned a bit darker. Even the characters are growing and developing. Probably everyone will remember this book for Crookshanks and Sirius. It’s wonderful how a pet cat had so much to add to the story and how Rowling has used her to her at so many significant instances in the book. Ron’s distaste for her and how it becomes a reason for the distance between him and Hermione. How Hermione takes on too many subjects to be distracted and ends up being overburdened to the point where she becomes crazy trying to catch up with everything. I think our beloved characters grew up significantly in the book and but since almost everyone has read it already, let me shift quickly to the other aspects of the book.
The book is full of surprises.
The moment Harry got the map, things became way more interesting. Of course, you know in your heart that there is going to be some unimaginable secret behind it but you still can’t guess. Who created it in the first place?
The whole revelation of Sirius Black was mind blowing. I would again like to mention crookshanks. That whole section where they confront Sirius and disarm Snape was exhilarating.
But things never stopped there. The secret of Hermione left me speechless and in awe with the imagination of J.K. Rowling. Who would have thought of that?
But no! Rowling doesn’t stop there. Another secret lies in the patronus that saves Harry from the kiss of dementors.
You can’t imagine unless you have read how freaking awesome it was to read about all of that!
If you have been skipping this series like me, please pick it up.
I think writing a detailed review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban makes no sense. I might be among the last few bibliophiles who have not read this series. Now I know why I had loved the movie so much. It is sheer brilliance that Rowling has penned down in this book.
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.
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