Book Reviews

Book Review – Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in ages!! I’ve been so busy lately. My family is leaving for our holiday to South Africa tomorrow and we’ve been packing like crazy and getting everything organised. I’ve also been spending all my spare time reading the third book in the Harry Potter Series: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban! I know I’ve made this clear in my last two book reviews, but I’m going to say it again: I am LOVING this series! I’m so thankful that I finally decided to read them because when I watched the movies before reading them, I got so confused. The books have really helped me to understand what is actually going on in some scenes of the story! It’s all so complicated, but all the puzzle pieces fit together in the end to create a wonderful, exciting tale!

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Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban starts off in the middle of the school holidays. Harry is at home with the Dursleys when they announce the visit of Aunt Marge. (In Harry’s opinion, she is the most horrible woman he’s ever met.) Just like the rest of the Dursleys, Aunt Marge treats Harry like a doormat. She insults him and his parents, she complains about his appearance, and she’s always got something to yell at him for, even if Harry can’t think of anything he’s done wrong. One small incident at the dinner table – involving Aunt Marge’s rudeness, Harry’s hot temper and a tiny touch of magic – ends in Harry packing his bags and leaving the house. Walking down the street, Harry’s mind suddenly fills with dread. What has he done? He doesn’t go back to Hogwarts for at least another two weeks and he has nowhere to go. As he sits himself down on a neighbour’s wall and begins to feel sorry for himself, Harry sees something in a bush across the street. Something shaped like a big, black dog. Glowing eyes, sharp claws, shining teeth… Before Harry gets the chance to have a good look at the creature, a bus comes flying around the corner.

‘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!’

Taken completely by surprise, Harry boards the bus and requests to be transported to The Leaky Cauldron, a wizard hotel in Diagon Alley. There, he runs into the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge. He is told that he will be given a room at The Leaky Cauldron and will be attended to until September 1st, which is the day when he will once again board the Hogwarts Express at platform nine and three-quarters.

It’s not long before Harry’s closest friends from Hogwarts, redhead Ronald Weasley and brainy Hermione Granger show up, more than excited to see their lightning-scarred friend. After spending a day in Diagon Alley, shopping for their school supplies, the three friends head back to The Leaky Cauldron. As Ron and Hermione climb the stairs ahead of him, Harry overhears a startling conversation between Mr and Mrs Weasley. Something about Sirius Black, a wizard murderer who killed twelve people with one curse and has recently escaped from Azkaban, the wizard’s prison, and he himself, Harry Potter. What could they be talking about? Was he in danger?


This book was so full of adventure and excitement! I had to pay very close attention to each and every detail to know exactly what was going on! I’m so amazed at how J.K. Rowling has planned out this book. There’s so many tiny details that add up and so many things that she’s created – for example, the Boggart and the Hippogriff. I really enjoyed reading this book and I think you would too!


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