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Jun 16, 2020pacl_teens rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
"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