- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
- Series: Harry Potter (Book 3)
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439136369
- ISBN-13: 978-0439136365
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 8,253 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Paperback – September 11, 2001
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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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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This purchase was actually a replacement - as my first edition copy had been read so many times by me, my sister, and my parents, that the binding was pretty much destroyed and the pages quite stained (because obviously putting the book away during lunchtime is not an option for 7-12 year old Potterheads)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the Harry Potter series. It follows Harry and his friends through the excitement that is their third year at Hogwarts. In the start of the book, we find Harry doing his homework by flashlight under his bed sheets- as any proof of his time at that wizarding school is forbidden by the Drusley’s. It’s Harry’s birthday and for the first time in his life, he receives birthday cards and presents from his friends Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid. During a visit from Aunt Marge, Vernon and Harry make a deal, if he can keep Hogwarts a secret, Vernon will sign Harry’s permission slip to visit Hogsmead on the weekends. Unfortunately that goes out the window when Marge insults Harry’s family and he accidentally inflates her, whoops. The Knight Bus then picks up Harry after he leaves the house suddenly, but not after seeing something peculiar in the bushes…
The main conflict of this novel is the fact that escaped prisoner Sirius Black is on the loose and dangerous. Dementors have made Hogwarts their home for the year and even made a little pit stop on the Hogwarts Express to make sure Sirius Black wasn’t aboard. While they didn’t find the prisoner on the train, they did find Harry, because of the sorrow and death he has already witnessed the dementors were drawn to him. The mysterious person (who we find out to be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher) is at the ready to produce a Patronus charm, which is used to ward of dementors with a happy memory.
The school year starts and the dementors are not respecting the boundaries that Dumbledore has put into place. They even disrupt a Quidditch match and send Harry flying off of his broom and his Nimbus 2000 into the Whomping Willow. Harry get used to his new classes and the frequent disappearance and reappearance of Hermione as she seems to be taking more class than any average witch or wizard can handle. Third year is when students start taking Divination and it’s not Harry’s favorite subject to say the least. Professor Trelawney often tells Harry he is in grave danger after finding the Grim in his cup, and she becomes overcome with a prophecy when they are alone in the classroom. "It will happen tonight. The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight, the servant will break free and set out to rejoin his master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant's aid, greater and more terrible than ever before. Tonight... before midnight... the servant... will set out... to rejoin... his master..." (ch.16 pg.324)
The story concludes with Harry, Ron and Hermione using Hermione’s Time Turner to not only save Hagrid’s friend Buckbeak, but also Harry’s innocent godfather Sirius Black, who has spent the last 12 years in Azkaban for a crime he did not commit. With the help of their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher (who is also a werewolf!) Remus Lupin; Harry finds out more about his parents past and how their secret keeper and friend Peter Pettigrew betrayed them.
This is easily my favorite Harry Potter book out of the seven. I’d give it ten out of five stars if I could. It introduced me to my favorite character of the series (Remus Lupin) and helped to continue the story of Harry Potter and helped Harry find out more about his parents before they died. He also was reconnected with his godfather and James’ best friend Sirius Black.
“Mischief Managed” (Ch, 10 pg, 194)
There's a sense of repetitive narrative amongst the three books as far as the character arcs and plot twists, which rely on the complex relationship between the Gryffindor gang and Slytherin camp. But I understand that's the point of the series.
Very emotive book with a pleasing conclusion. As I take a step back and review this for what it is a YA novel intended for any person at any age, this is a superb product.
I really want to continue with the series but I promised myself I would pick up on another abandoned series I started 2 years ago...A song of fire and Ice. I will likely come back to Harry Potter after the summer.
Thank you, JK Rowling, for offering me a new world to escape into. . . over . . . & over . . . & over . . .
(right after i finished it, ran out & got the Goblet & started -- I'm not even done watching the movie for this one!)
Harry has a lot of growing up to do and much to learn but it's always great to be able to follow along and experience it with hi.
Top international reviews
Unlike the static characters in other books or series, Harry is getting older, and getting less stable emotionally. The book still appeals to both children and adults but it involves some horror creatures, Dementors and there is lot of focus on Harry’s parents' deaths.
The great thing for children is that the familiar, relatable characters are being brought to life and come across as very realistic. Harry’s friendship with Ron and Hermione takes a different direction in this instalment. Hermione is being forced to make tough choices that impact Harry but Ron in particular. With who she is in constant disagreement. But the book also has an exceptionally strong set of secondary characters like Professor Lupin, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, a great new character that hides a big hairy secret. Then there is Professor Trelawney for Divination studies. While Hagrid displays his love of all magical creatures. Professor Snape remains enigmatic so that you continue to question his true motives. Cedric Diggory and Cho Chang, who play important roles in later books of the series are introduced as well
The book has are many fun, unexpected and exciting plot points. Many elements in this story are not what they appear at first sight, take for example Sirius Black a prison escapee, who is believed to have betrayed Harry’s parents. The mystery of Lord Voldemort murder of Harry's parents is increasingly central and new details are revealed. And the climax was exhilarating and intense.
Our daughter had to be forced to put the book down. And when pushed for favourites, Prisoner of Azkaban is her favourite Harry Potter book, if not among all the books she has read.
In this review I will not be saying about the story, it is definetely amazing without doubts. I read the story years ago and now my 7 years old enjoy reading the book.
The book's quality is good, my little one give the book to her friend after she finished, and the book still was in very good condition. It is slightly boring for the little kids though as there are no any illustration ))
Everything is not as it seems in this book and based on the plot is the best one in the series so far although I personally still enjoy the first book for the entire freshness the most. J.K. Rowling has a brilliant way of writing novels that have all the hints in-front of your face and the plot is still not obvious until you're reading the end of the novel. I found myself at multiple times throughout reading the twisting plot in this book eyes literally widened in anticipation at what was going to happen next and that brings me on to the next point.
This book is a definite page turner, I picked this book up in the early afternoon and haven't put it down since, well, not a constant read of course but several chapters at a time finding myself in night time finishing the read and writing this review. I just simply couldn't put it down, page after page the story unfolded and events unraveled.
The plot is so well written that this book really has a story and a meaning to it personally I felt like the first two books where more of a begging to end novel where by Harry defeated You Know Who time and time again, well if not defeated somehow coming out on alive on the other side after his unfortunate encounters. The ending to this one leaves open questions but reiterates my point above that all is not as it seems at first glance in this novel.
The only negative, sigh, there's always one, was the ending length for me. In comparison to the first two endings they came quickly and with a moderate amount of readable detail for me to understand what was going on all in one go, it may have been how much reading I had done today that made me of this opinion but without spoiling the ending to this novel at one point it goes into great detail about the past, while that is all I can say I feel that this detail was a lightly of a lengthy read and therefore threw my mind of course and wandering as I read page after page of detail attempting to take it all in, in one go. Although on the contrary the novel pulls itself together and takes Harry and Heroine on a very unique and unexpected adventure just before the end of term to round off the plot, a very unique and unexpected ending, very, very well done.
Talking of the end of term and plots this book also drops hints and fits nicely into the next book in the chapter, although the length and amount of reading I've done in this one shall leave me waiting a few days before continuing the adventure. I eagerly await the adventures that Harry, Hermoine and Ron shall be taken on during their fourth year and throughout the holidays.
I would defiantly re-read this book and would encourage anyone who felt, like I did, that despite the second one being a bit the of the same as the first this will defiantly give you a breath of fresh air and inspiration to continue to read the entire series.
Third installment of the Harry Potter Series, Harry along with friends Ron and Hermione start their third year at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Who knows what will happen this year as a notoriously dark wizard has escaped from azkaban and is making his way to Hogwarts...but why? And for who?
A nice standard paperback book, it has 450+ pages.
The bind of the book (which holds all the pages together) is nice and tough. Even after going through 2 cycles of reading it is still in a very good shape.. :)
It still has the innocence, discovery and comedy of the earlier two books but JK Rowling is more settled and self-assured in her writing.
The plot surrounding Harry's godfather Sirius Black's escape from Azkaban runs along nicely until Rowling introduces time travel and then BAM!!! Effects of the time travel are cleverly littered throughout the book before the time travel actually happens. When you do eventually travel back in time it's incredibly gripping.
You cannot reread a Harry Potter book without unfortunately comparing it with the film. There are differences between the two; things have been left out of and added to the film. Both are masterful efforts of children's story writing and film making.
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