I remember reading the first part of this series many years ago. And until today, the series can thrill and fascinate me. The kids in my family love Harry Potter as much as I do and the magical world, the author has created still gives me and others the chance to go on a journey that is as colorful and magical as the story of the book itself. So, in case there is still a kid or adult out there who doesn´t know this young wizard, his friends, and the world of Hogwarts, start reading the books. They are well worth your time and those of your kids or grandchildren. 

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
by Joanne K. Rowling
Harry Potter Series #3
Publisher Bloomsbury on September 1, 2014
Genre Children 8+
Pages 462
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

'Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.'

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss...
It's the holidays again and Harry is suffering from the spitefulness of his relatives. But when his aunt Magda dares to insult his parents during their visit, Harry gets carried away and in anger, he literally levitates his aunt to the ceiling. After that, he drives to London on a magical bus. The emergency transporter for stranded witches and wizards. On the very unusual trip, he discovers a newspaper article about Sirius Black, the notorious prisoner of Azkaban, and is informed by the other passengers about who this Black is and that he is still at large, and that the whole wizarding world is therefore in fear and terror is. Then, when the Weasleys and Hermione show up in The Leaky Cauldron and the adults are extremely vigilant, Harry is completely certain that something unusual is going on and it has to do with him.

In her usual simple and uncomplicated style, Joanne K. Rowling has created a world full of magic and wonderful mythical creatures. She's not quite as good in tone as she was in the first two parts, but she struck the right tone to keep the story entertaining and exciting. Although this story deals with a very serious background topic, the evil and fear of various characters can be clearly felt and the author has nevertheless managed to give the novel a lightness that makes reading pleasant and interesting without being too much to take the sharpness out.

The characters are well drawn and wonderfully described. I especially liked the description of the character Sirius Black. He seems like a real monster, an absolutely insane and dangerous guy, and yet reading it gave me the impression that there is more to it than that. There's another side to this character, there has to be another side or the plot would be flawed in some way, and the author didn't disappoint. While reading I also really suffered with Harry at times when he passed out because of the dementors or later wasn't allowed to go to Hogsmeade.

A wonderful read for children, young people, and adults. For me still, a wonderful story set in a fantastic magical world. And although this is a children’s book and the topic is a bit darker than that of the first two volumes, it can still lift up my mood and give me some reading pleasure.

Happy reading

J.K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling ©Mary McCartney

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry´s schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children´s Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of her Children´s charity Lumos and quickly became the fastest-selling book of the year.



  1. I've only read the first one but I've seen quite a few people say this one was their favorite?

    1. It just had it all you ask to find in a good book.


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