Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Book Review]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Book Review]
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Published Date: 1999

Rating: 3 Stars


Synopsis: 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 Black’s downfall as well. And the
Azkban 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.

Review: I have
to say, I wasn’t expecting too much from this book seeing as my opinions of the
previous two books haven’t been too amazing. You can read my review of book one and book two. But I did like this one a bit more
than the other two, but only by a small margin. It was still pretty slow paced,
but it did have me want to keep reading by the time I reached the middle.
What I was so happy about was that this book FINALLY had
the Sirius Black in it that everyone is always talking about. The whole story
sort of revolves around that plot line. The only sad thing about it was that it
was sort of predictable… [SPOILER, HIGHLIGHT TO READ IT] As soon as everyone
started to go on about how terrible Sirius Black was and painting it to be
almost as terrible as what Voldemort had done, I immediately predicted that he
wouldn’t actually be guilty of everything he was accused of. Especially when
they went on to say that he kept his head in Azkaban. It couldn’t have been
more obvious. [SPOILER END] Because it was predictable it did take away some of
the enjoyment to the story itself as well.
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What also bothered me, besides the slow beginning was the
fact that at the climax Harry Potter faints again. I do understand why – there
is always a good reason – but I wish he would stop doing it. He fainted at this
climax, at the previous books where he is also meeting villains head on. Maybe
there is a valid reason but I am fed up of his fainting >.>
What I did like was the character that bothered me a lot
– Hermoine – is finally no longer annoying. I don’t think she annoyed me
because she was a know it all, but generally I have been watching the movies as
I have been reading. So I will admit that I think my annoyance at Emma Watson’s
acting had bled into Hermoine’s character somewhat as well. But here she isn’t
annoying at all. And we get the same characters we know pretty well, Ron, Harry
and Hagrid. No one has changed much.
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There is the new character, Professor Lupin. He was
interesting because he had an aura of mystery around him when he came. I liked
his character well enough, but it wasn’t anything special.
As always, this is such a creative world and Rowling
never ceases to amaze me with what a wondrous imagination she has. I do wish we
were able to see some more of the other houses than just Gryffindor because I
would like to explore the school she has set up some more. But I guess not :/
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Not sure about reading book four, but I have a Harry
Potter crazy friend who is pressuring me to try all of these (with a promise
that in the next book it is more geared towards young adult than children) so I
probably will xD
Gif Summary:


Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: Are you someone with a crazily busy
schedule or a more relaxed one with breathing space?

Olivia-Savannah x

22 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Book Review]”

  • I read this book (and all the other books) a long time ago when it came out so I can't remember each specific book. I do remember that I enjoyed them from beginning to end.
    Summer is relaxed for me- the kids are out of school and we just hang out by the pool. 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying the summer now that you don't have school.

    Dinh @ Arlene's Book Club

  • #3 is one of my faves! (alongside #6 and #7) – if you do decide to carry on, don't let #4 put you off: I found that one quite a slow read in comparison to the others. (And Luna comes in @ #5! I love her!)

    I didn't find this predictable – but then, I was still a kid when I read this. I must've been like, 9 or 10 when I read this the first time.

    Glad Hermione's stopped annoying you so much! 😉

  • Ahh that GIF summary though 🙁 The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite book, the time travelling and the ending made me love it most! It's a shame you didn't like it that much. I hope you enjoy the rest of the books though:)

  • Ah you found it predictable? I read it forever ago so I wonder how I would process this book nowadays. This is probably my second favorite book in the series, the first being Goblet of Fire!

  • i have seen the series of the movies though not all of them ,i liked movies and i think i enjoyed lot while watching them with my kids.
    did not read the books but found your review quite interesting .
    i have few my most favorite drama shows which i have seen numerous times and each time loved them more still with each time i noticed some faults in them but it did not reduced my love fr them .

    about your question, i used have crazy schedule for many years of my life but gradually i found my energy level low and inevitably i had to be careful when it comes to invest my energy ,i have to keep preferable order before me

  • Your reviews are breaking my heart little by little but they also make me feel so greatful that I read the books when I was very little and kinda grew up with the characters. Because of that, everytime I reread them I have no problems. I do see more and more faults but I still love them.
    I would highly encourage you to read the next one. The Goblet of Fire is quite a jump and the story becomes quite dark. Also, the world is explored a lot more and it is not only focused on Gryffindor ^^

  • This is one of my favorites in the series, but I know a lot of people who start liking the series more after this book. In the fourth book, it starts becoming a YA series instead of a MG series. Things start getting a lot darker in book 4.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  • No, my poor heart! You don't think Lupin is anything special? D-: He's one of my favorite characters ever <3

    I never even noticed how much Harry faints lol. I reread these books a few years ago and could definitely see that they're not perfect, but they still gripped me anyway. This one is my favorite in the series, probably because of Lupin lol. Hope you enjoy the rest more!

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