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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Paperback – September 11, 2001
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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Top customer reviews
I hate holding it because then my hands are gross with the smell. So disappointing.
Another interesting book. Very easy to read. Very hard to put down.
The greater wizarding world is awash in mysterious disappearances/deaths as Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters step up their campaign to take over first the wizarding world and then the (non-magical) world at large. In such a world order, non-magical beings would become 2nd-class citizens, and even magical people of non-magical heritage (e.g. Hermione) would be stripped of their rights. Harry is target #1, declared by prophecy that only he or Voldemort (but not both) may live. The book is mostly a cat-and-mouse game of Harry trying to find the Horocruxes containing Voldemort's soul pieces, and Voldemort trying to locate and defeat Harry. In an inspired plot idea, Rowling has Voldemort pursuing a separate quest to Harry's, and Harry having to decide whether to attack/prevent Voldemort's ambitions at the expense of Harry's own quest.
There are battles aplenty, and deaths aplenty as well. There have been rumours of Harry's death at the end of Book 7 ever since the series turned serious (around Book 3, probably). Naturally I won't say whether Harry (or anyone else) dies in this review, but I will say that Rowling's writing throws enough twists and turns into the plot that you certainly believe it possible that Harry could die. The plot twists are well earned, however - while there is one "deus ex machina" moment where something appears for no good reason other than "it's magical", all the other twists grow organically from this book and from the previous books in the series. Rowling makes good use of her accumulated extended cast and background lore. It makes this final book complete and satisfying, even if one or more of your favourite characters are doomed to end up in the graveyard at the end.
Thus, I think it's safe to say that Potter fans will largely be satisfied with the conclusion to the series (at least, those I've talked to have been!). In the overall scheme of things, I still regard "Goblet of Fire" to be the best in the series. This book falls somewhere in the middle - perhaps not as engaging as Prisoner of Azkaban or Half-Blood Prince, but certainly far superior to Order of the Phoenix.