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This was one of my favorite Harry Potter books. Harry, after a dreadful summer, looks forward to coming back to Hogwarts. However, he soon realizes that there's a murderer on the loose - one that wants to kill him very badly. No where - Not even Hogwarts - is safe.
I loved this book. The dynamic between Sirius Black and Harry is absolutely beautiful, and has become one of my favorite relationships in this series. This book is perfect, because it talks more about Harry's life at Hogwarts and gives more insight to Harry's personality, while also talking about his past. The insights into his past are very interesting. The subplots with Hagrid are also very well written. This book can be enjoyed by anyone over the age of 10.
This is my favorite Harry Potter book of all time because this is the book in which Harry finally meets someone that is like family to him. He thinks that the person is someone who has betrayed his parents and we as readers also do so until the very end of the book. At the end of the book, we find out more about how Harry's parents died and how the rat is always caught. Harry soon finds out that the person is someone who is very close to him but he is sentenced to a very horrible punishment. Now, Harry and his friends must race against time to save him. This book is a must read for every young child. It teaches the value of family, friendship, honesty, and the importance of time.
This is my favourite book because this is where Harry meets Sirius his godfather but Sirius dies in book 5 also I have all the books from harry potter (not from the library)
This is the third book of the series and things are starting to heat up. This book is all around very entertaining and I did not want to stop reading it. This is my favorite book of the series so far and I cannot believe I ended it. I recommend this book to everyone. I am so sad that I finished it but am so glad I get to tell people about this amazing book. Harry Potter is such a great character throughout the book and the development of every character is amazing. Harry Potter throughout the book stays on track and does not let anything get in his way. The character development was so beautifully written because so much of the characters personalities change to something more interesting. So glad I read this. I rate this 5/5 stars.
@JJ_03_ of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
I don’t want to sound like a bandwagon, but Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of the most spellbinding (pun intended) books in the series. This novel features the first shift in tone from lighthearted and a happy-go-lucky mood to a more ambitious and consequential wizarding world. Don’t worry; the goofiness is still there; (nods to Ron and Malfoy’s Crew). The addition of Sirius Black is a very compelling one, and so is that of Remus Lupin. Subplots such as Harry’s internal/external conflict with the dementors and Hermione’s time turner tie up wonderfully with the main plot concerning Sirius Black. I adore the utilization of a red herring in this book and the mystery aspect of the story as it works in the book’s favour. I wish that we saw more of Dumbledore and just a tad bit more suspense, but other than that, Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban is an astonishing novel in a great series. 4.5/5.
@Broda of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
The third book in the Harry Potter series. In book three, a wizard escapes from the highest security prison in the world and is nowhere to be found. With lots of suspense, this book hooked me right when I picked it up. My favorite part of this part must be towards the beginning when he finds out who the prisoner of Azkaban is, and what he has to do with Harry. My favorite character in this book is also the prisoner, as you get to know him throughout the book. One of my favorite books in this magical series so far, holding plot twists, more magical creatures, thrilling moments, you will surely not want to put the book down. 4.5 / 5 stars
@Spencer_Pan of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The third book in the series, and the only not to feature the series biggest antagonist, however highlights everything a reader should love about the Harry Potter series, and shows it at its best. A truly clever mystery with surprising plot twists, more discovery about the magical world and the lore of the Potters family, a closer look at characters, their relationships and dynamics relating to all of their unique and individual personalities, well paced and entertaining to read with high stakes reaching from saving an innocent man's soul, and a simple Qudditch match. This book is my personal favourite Harry Potter book, and only gets better the more you read it. 5 stars out of 5 easily!
@Ace of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
I found this novel to be my favorite Harry Potter novel out of the series. This novel has everything that makes harry potter to be exciting and more adventures of the other novels. It also had the less serious vibe that the books after four gave off as Harry and the other characters were still kids by this time. The story of Sirius Black and the relationship he had with Harry. I like this story still has the funny aspect and also can be serious. I will give this novel a rating out of 5 out 5 stars. Being probably the best out of all the novels.
@Nando90 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
Review: Personally, I am a huge fan of the wizarding world; I love the movies, books, etc. This love started when I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first book in the greatest series of all time. But, I have to say, when I read this book, which is the third one, my love for the wizarding world dramatically increased. I LOVE all of the new characters, such as Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Moreover, I think that this book has some very interesting plots and, along with those plots, many twists... Also, I'm going to try to not say any spoilers, the ending of this book is so beautiful and is one of the best endings to a Harry Potter book. All things considered, this book is easily the best in the series and one of the greatest fantasy books of all time.
The third novel in the Harry Potter series continues the plot in the wizarding world, in which Harry and his friends encounter the news that serial killer Sirius Black has escaped Azkaban, a prison held for convicted criminals. Harry’s search for Sirius Black is significant as it uncovers more about his family’s history and his own self. Furthermore, bickering amongst Ron and Hermione provides a hindrance in forcing them to cooperate in catching the culprit. Rowling’s writing style continues to entrance readers of all ages into the riveting plot.
Rereading this series as an adult, it has been fun to see how the larger pieces of the series begin in the earlier books. Harry's frustration with the adults in his life for not including him in the conversation about his safety becomes a larger plot point in book 5, but you can see the beginnings of it in this book, particularly in the early chapters where Fudge and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley are reluctant to share with Harry that Sirius Black is after him.
Knowing the "twist" with Hermione ahead of time makes it easier to pick up on the clues about her stress and emotional fatigue from all the classes she is taking.
However, I think a lot about how scheduling works at Hogwarts. Having only one teacher for each subject is a brutal class load for an instructor, even if they are only teaching 1 class at each level per week. Small class sizes would help a lot (approx. 10 students per house per year with some classes being "doubled" with another house), but I can't imagine having to prep for 7 classes, even with magic to help. Even if they only teach one class to each year a week, there are still 4 houses! 4 houses times 7 years means 28 individual classes a week, which makes me stressed out on behalf of the Hogwarts professors. I hope they have a union.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the Harry Potter series shows another installment of Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts dealing with the difficult wizarding world. This book was a page turner for me and the twists and turns throughout the book really shows the ability of the author, JK Rowling, to create a vivid picture in the minds of the readers. I would recommend this book to middle school and high school students to read. This book is good for easy AR points because it is a fast read and you can get good fiction points.
Perfect, don't skip this read. You'd better love fantasy. It's darker and more fun than the second book, though. So you like dark reads, magic, heroes, and epic adventures?
This is your book. YOU'D BETTER READ IT. Okay?
This is totally the best series ever! At the beginning it says that the readers will race through the huge book and all the pages and the awfully big spine! They were right! It was so good! Harry Potter books are always the best!
Out of the fist three books, this was the best by FAR! I couldn’t put down the book not even for a split second! The ending was great!!! Never looked forward to starting the next book in the series as much as now! I don’t think after the third book anyone can stop reading the rest of the Harry Potter series anymore! The 3rd book is definitely when the series start to pick up!
Omgg this book was so good!! I would definitely read it over and over again! New memorable characters are introduced, the plot gets more suspenseful, some parts are sad, but it’s always lightened up by humour, and it’s very funny, lighthearted and a has a really good and happy ending! It’s an amazing book and a must read!!! Definitely has to be one of my favourite books ever! Harry Potter books are the best!
Harry Potter's third installment blew my mind at the ending. It's incredible how the author was able to create the ending and we were able to notice and understand the events. We also get introduced to one of my favorite characters in this book, and we get exposed to more of the magical world as we learn about the wizard prison, who guards that prison, and some of the vicious inmates.
This book was great! I feel that the character development here was wonderful as well as Harry finding out that the rat Pettigrew betrayed Harry's parents to Voldemort. I also loved the Knight Bus part and when Harry casts his Patronus because he thought it was his dad when he and Hermione go back in time to save Buckbeak and Sirius
This is my favourite out of all of the Harry Potter books, Sirius Black is a very solid character, his character development throughout the series was very good too.
This book is one of my favorite books of the series since it's just so good. Many new characters are introduced, and new problems arise as well. Harry Potter and other main characters mature as well. The book is way better than the movie because the book captures so many tiny details that add so much more, whereas the movie is just showing the big events. This book is the start of Harry’s and his friend's lives as young adults. You also learn more about each and every character and what they have been through. Overall, this book was wonderful and I would definitely give it 5 stars.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite prequel ever! Well, other than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I recommend this book to everyone!
I read this book series more then once because i loved it so much! I couldn't put this book down when I started reading this!
I loved this book I could read it over and over it so exciting and suspenseful at the same time! I would recommend it.
"To me, this is no doubt that this is one of the best books in the Harry Potter series. I personally believe that the first two books are quite solid and have a lot to offer but this one really expands on the outside wizarding world in a cool way. One thing that I really appreciate in this series and especially in this book is how Rowling makes clear connections between the flawed thinking of many wizards and people in our modern society. Just like Harry, reading this book you really begin to understand just how complex and imperfect the wizarding world is, much like our own. I find that this change in tone is a welcomed change from the sort of light-heartedness that comes with the first two books. With each passing book, Harry becomes more and more mature and aware and in this book, that factor is very much due to the fact that there are a few key characters that are introduced.
Many books/series/shows/movies suffer from focusing more on quantity than quality but this 7 book series is a wonderful exception. The Prisoner of Azkaban really shows the darker aspects of the wizarding world and expands on how Dumbledore is often at odds with the Ministry of Magic. You get to see the hard-nosed mentality that the Ministry has and how it is contradictory to Dumbldedores belief system. There is an incredible twist towards the end of the book which I think really finishes the book in a spectacular fashion. I don't mean to fanboy too hard but there is little to nothing in this book that I can point out that isn't well. Some criticize this book for having a bit of a darker tone but to me, you can't appreciate the happy moments in this series without the challenging moments. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and enjoys learning more and more about the wizarding world of Harry Potter." - Martin, Grade 12
Another great series, this book was better than the movie and that was wicked as well.