Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (by J.K. Rowling), A Book to Behold
Hello! In this book review, we look at Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in J.K. Rowling’s wand-waving, Dementor-destroying series! Prepare for plot twists, spookiness, mystery, and more in this thrilling, and sometimes frightening novel!
J.K. Rowling has won many awards for her 7 Harry Potter books. Because so many people adore the series, movies have been created about her books! She has many fans world-wide, and is very famous. Yet, she does not let her fame get to her head! She donates millions of dollars each year to certain charities and humanitarian works. It is understandable why, as before the first book was even written, she was experiencing tough times. The death of her mother was followed by conceiving her first child and the divorce of her first husband, and she was left as a single mom in poverty. Luckily, after the first book was published, she became stable, and even rich and famous, using her money to help save lives.
The main characters in the book are Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Harry’s good friend Ron is superstitious, easily believing myths of death omens and fortune telling. (Hermione thinks that kind of belief is very woolly.) Ron wishes to be famous and well-known. Hermione loves to learn new things, whatever the subject is. (As long as it’s reliable) She can be a sassy know-it-all at times, but she loves to help people do well on tests. Harry, the true main character, was orphaned as a baby. The wicked Lord Voldemort killed off his parents, as they did not join his army of evil humans just like the cruel wizard himself. When Voldemort tried to kill Harry too, but failed, harry got a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead.
In this award winning installment to the series, Harry starts off at the Dursleys. Plain, old, mean Dursleys. Even worse, Aunt Marge is visiting, oh no! Marge rudely insults Harry’s deceased parents, and before Harry knows it, Aunt Marge inflates like a balloon! Harry leaves the Dursley’s as fast as he can, but sees a dark, dog-like figure staring at him… He steps closer with his wand as a light, but the Knight Bus nearly runs him over! He boards the bus, and heads to the train station… what happens next? Read the novel to find out!
Ooh, on the topic of reading the book, I particularly enjoyed it. Although it seemed dark and depressing at times, there were a lot of memorable moments. I enjoyed the part where Harry got a brand new Fire-Bolt broom for Christmas. Harry and Ron were ecstatic, but Hermione was quite worried, and reported to Professor McGonagall that it may be cursed. There are the parts where I get a little bit upset about certain characters. I always get annoyed when professor Snape gallivants over and takes points from Gryffindor for actually doing things right! I cannot say that I was surprised by the plot twist. I have too many spoilers for my own good, watching the movies before reading. It kind of destructs the whole point of the ‘shocking plot twist’ part of the book. Here’s a warning for all you nerdy readers like me, don’t watch the movies before reading the books.
The novel itself is amazingly well written. Each sentence is descriptive and clear, and tells you exactly what is happening. J.K. writes each paragraph with feeling, and adjectives and adverbs describe everything neatly and beautifully. This book is a spectacular book for the founding writer.
Due to the dark plot twists and spooky moments, I’d say that this book would be age 10+, or just for anyone that can handle reading that a bear-sized dog attacked Ron. No cuss words or inappropriate things present, this book is perfectly fine for children.
I’d give Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a splendid five out of five! In summary, this book is a must-have for all magic loving people. Well, it’s time for us to mount our brooms and fly off to our libraries and pick up some books! Err… But you shouldn’t fly around like that in a muggle (non-magic) library, that’s for sure!
I'm Iris, a kid who has lots of reflections and views on life as I experience it. I love to read topics about the world around us, other people's ideas and opinions, and just about anything that I'm curious about and interested in.