Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Book - 1999
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During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 1999.
ISBN: 9780439136358
Branch Call Number: J/ROWL
Characteristics: 435p. 24cm.


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Jun 17, 2021

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.

Rating: 4/5

May 29, 2021

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.

Apr 28, 2021

Great book!

Apr 21, 2021

I literally read this in 3 days it was so good!!! :D

Apr 12, 2021

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)

Apr 08, 2021

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

Apr 03, 2021

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.

Mar 31, 2021

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.

Mar 24, 2021

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.

Mar 18, 2021

My favorite Potter book in the series so far.

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Mar 03, 2020

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Nov 24, 2018

“From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell, ‘Die, Ron, die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.” -Ron Weasley

Nov 24, 2018

“A cat? Is that what they told you? It looks more like a pig with hair if you ask me.” -Ron Weasley

Jun 22, 2018

i have quite a sweet disposition as a dog... but the fleas, their murder. sirius black.

Jul 29, 2017

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

"Mischief managed."

May 15, 2017

Mooney presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business

Apr 22, 2017

"Mooney presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business."

"Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Mooney and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git."

"Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor."

"Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball."

Apr 22, 2017

"Right, Neville," said Professor Lupin. "First things first: what would you say is the thing that frightens you most in the world?"

Neville looked around rather wildly, as though begging someone to help him, then said, in barely more than a whisper, "Professor Snape."

Aug 14, 2016

"Darkness can be found at the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light"

Jul 26, 2016

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”-Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (Considered to be the most powerful wizard of his time. He was most famous for his defeat of Gellert Grindelwald, the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon's blood, and his work on alchemy with Nicolas Flamel).

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Feb 28, 2020

Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison and is bent on murdering the teenage wizard. While Hermione's cat torments Ron's sickly rat, causing a rift among the trio, a swarm of nasty Dementors is sent to protect the school from Black. A mysterious new teacher helps Harry learn to defend himself, but what is his secret tie to Sirius Black?

gogirl1313 Dec 24, 2014

The book starts off with a BANG! right before Harry's thirteenth birthday. Harry blows up his aunt, experienced an adventures ride on the Knight bus, only to find out that Sirius Black, the traitor responsible for his parents' deaths, a notorious mass-murderer and Voldemort supporter, has broken out of Azkaban and is now out to kill Harry! But things are not as always as they seem...

Jun 02, 2013

Harry Potter is heavily protected at Hogwarts from Sirius Black, yet he always finds a way to get into an adventure! Will he survive this one?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 19, 2012

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban opens on the night before Harry's thirteenth birthday, when he receives gifts by owl post from his friends at school. The next morning at breakfast, Harry sees on television that a man named Black is on the loose from prison. At this time, Aunt Marge comes to stay with the Dursleys, and she insults Harry's parents numerous times. Harry accidentally causes her to inflate. Harry leaves the Dursley's house and is picked up by the Knight Bus, but only after an alarming sighting of a large, black dog. The Knight Bus drops Harry off at Diagon Alley, where he is greeted by Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic. He rents a room and awaits the start of school. In Diagon Alley, Harry finishes his schoolwork, admires a Firebolt broomstick in the window of a shop, and after some time, finds his friends Ron and Hermione. At a pet shop, Hermione buys a cat named Crookshanks, who chases Scabbers, Ron's aging pet rat. Ron is most displeased. The night before they all head off to Hogwarts, Harry overhears Ron's parents discussing the fact that Sirius Black is after Harry.

After barely surviving an attack from Dementors, Harry Potter arrives to Hogwarts School od Witchcraft and Wizardry, excited and ready to start his third year in magical education! But the school is currently under threat by a criminal named Sirius Black, therefore Dementors, creatures who suck out all the happiness in people, have come to guard the School. But why do the Dementors tend to affect Harry more than everybody else? And what is the REAL story behind Black's history?

Jul 27, 2011

enjoy harry when he tries to escape from siruis black, the guy who betrayed his parents, but at the end he finds something really strange

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban....


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Mar 01, 2018

Violence: Lots of unconsciousness, biting, and falling off brooms

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