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For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.
As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black--an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban--is on the loose. Not only that, but he's after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry's very heart when others are unaffected? Once again, Rowling has created a mystery that will have children and adults cheering, not to mention standing in line for her next book. Fortunately, there are four more in the works. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In this third installment in the projected seven-volume series, Sirius Black, imprisoned for killing 13 people with one curse, escapes from Azkaban. As he heads for Hogwarts, the chilling Dementors who trail him quickly descend upon the school. "Each successive volume expands upon its predecessor with dizzyingly well-planned plots and inventive surprises," said PW in a Best Books of 2001 citation. Ages 8-up.
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A brilliant end to the series, tying up loose ends and bringing together the subtle clues that were given in previous books.Published 1 day ago by James Gilley
Great for anyone who needs a little magic in their life. This book shows that things are not always as they seem and to trust your instincts rather than what others are telling... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kelsey
Held me in suspense and was a great story. Twists and turns of events that were so exciting! Would definitely recommend it!Published 1 day ago by homeschooling mom of 6
I never seen any kind of this book. harry potter and his friend are fight against some dark army . There fight with friendship and loyalty .Published 3 days ago by Jung, Woon-Yong
You'll needed to try it l loved the book. Thanks again.
The third book of the series doesn't disappoint!!! As Harry yet again survives an attack by you-know-who he learns more about his family and just who is on his side!!Published 3 days ago by Ashley Stone