Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.
Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts . . . he’s at Hogwarts.”
Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.
While I didn’t enjoy Chamber of Secrets, I love Prisoner of Azkaban. This is probably my favourite in the series. Mainly because we get to see Sirius Black and get more backstory of the Marauders, who are some of my favourite characters and I want to see more of them.
Let’s quickly jump to the movie. When I first saw it in theaters, I absolutely hated it, I thought it was the worst movie in the franchise and I would refuse to watch it. As an adult, I can appreciate it now. I don’t bother comparing it to the books because those will ALWAYS be better. Yes, they took a lot out it, there was barely any explanation of anything but that’s okay. I enjoyed it; it had some good moments. I can appreciate how different it is from the others, I just can’t compare it to the books because it just doesn’t compare.
Prisoner of Azkaban had a real shift in tone, it was darker, and things are getting pretty Sirius. (Did I make an awful pun yes, I did. Do I regret it, nope.) We get to see more characters in this one, we’re introduced to the Marauder’s. After Sirius, Remus Lupin is my second favourite character. He’s the loveable and an actually COMPETENT Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. I just think he’s so wholesome and likeable.
I feel like whenever I read this book and Order of the Phoenix, I have the urge to eat chocolate? There’s actually chocolate stains on my copy of this book and Order of the Phoenix from one of my re-reads. Oops. I also need to buy new copies since mine have rips in the covers and are basically falling apart… But I don’t want to give Rowling any more money because… well of what she said this past summer. So, I’m in a pickle. I guess when I do a re-read in another 10 years, we’ll see how I feel. Although these Hufflepuff ones are gorgeous.
How the HELL did Snape become a teacher? Like… The way he talks down to Harry is the worst. How is that allowed? From working in the educator sector, I was appalled… Urgh. Still hate him, he’s the worst, no redemption for him from me. We were ROBBED of Lee Jordan’s commentary throughout the movies. It’s absolute GOLD and I loved reading it.
There’s so much depth to this book, and Rowling’s writing improved! This was bound to happen by the third book. I love seeing how an author grows in their writing style the more books they write. This book is my favourite, now I’m off to read Goblet of Fire and appreciate all of the Twins comments because they are just killing it!
Cups of Tea: ☕☕☕☕
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: July 8, 1999