Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review (Spoiler Free)

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This weeks book is the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, the third in the insanely popular Harry Potter series. It is a bit of a departure from the first two, the wizarding world becoming a bit darker. Like all Harry Potter books this one centres around a mystery. It’s a good one, full of characteristic Rowling hints and twists and clues that you only get on a re-read.

-Introduces some great characters, Lupin, Sirus Black. Two of my favourites and most people’s I bet. Dementors also show up which adds a second layer of danger and intrigue. Really, this book really fleshes out the story and the characters, especially what happened in the past, in the war against Voldermort. Those events are so pivotal to the story that it’s cool getting more information.

Overall I would say that this book is darker, there’s a feeling of growing dread of fear that wasn’t present as much as before. The main characters are also growing and changing, becoming more rebellious, less childish. An atmosphere of tension grows throughout the book which tests Harry and his pals.

Unfortunately it’s not all roses. I have to talk about Time Travel I suppose, at least a little bit. It works in this book, as well as time travel ever does, which means its a bit wonky. Time stuff always brings up the same questions in everything. Why don’t they just go back and do stuff, blah blah blah. Its one of those things that you can’t think about too much or it will fall apart. Just have to accept it, Rowling throws in some justifications so it’s best to just hold onto those.

Overall, this book is great, as all of the Harry Potter books are. If you were looking for a review to take it apart and give criticisms then this is the wrong blog for that. I love this book, its got a great mystery, cool new characters, and does a great job of bridging the gap between the more childlike first two books with the more serious later novels.

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