Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Posted 31st December 2017 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Series: Harry Potter #3
Also in this series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 8th July 1999
Pages: 317
Format: Paperback
Source: I bought it
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‘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…

As you may or may not know the BF bought me the copies of the HP series in the original Bloomsbury covers as a new year present at the beginning of the year.  I have slowly been making my way through them again and enjoying the stories all over again.

There isn’t much that I can say about JK that hasn’t already been said. We all know she is a fantastic writer. We all know that she can draw us into the wizarding world with ease so I will keep this one short and sweet.

It was a joy to see Harry and the gang grow in this book. The gang are becoming braver but the tasks ahead of them are becoming scarier with equal measure.

Buckbeak wormed his way into my heart as did Padfoot. I enjoyed seeing Harry’s father at school and learning more about him and his friends too.

Quite simply, I loved being back at Hogwarts and I loved being back in Harry’s world. For me nothing beats being back there and I can’t wait to dive in again with The Goblet of Fire in the new year.

About J.K. Rowling

Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, “No one ever called me ‘Joanne’ when I was young, unless they were angry.” Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.

As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister. She recalls that: “I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it. Certainly the first story I ever wrote down (when I was five or six) was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee.” At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales. When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said “taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind,” gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford’s autobiography, Hons and Rebels. Mitford became Rowling’s heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Goodreads Challenge (2017)
  • TBR Pile (2017 )

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