Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Over the past few years, J.K. Rowling has made statements that are TERF, or against the trans community (especially towards male-to-female). These statements are completely against the thoughts and ideas of the creator of this blog. I have been and always will be an ally for any member of the LGBTQIA+ community. You exist, and you are valid. If you are struggling and need to talk to a counselor, there are many resources available at thetrevorproject.org.

Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.

When Harry loses control, he ends up blowing his aunt up like a balloon. Not wanting to deal with the repercussions, Harry leaves the house and takes the Knight Bus to the Leaky Cauldron, the entrance to Diagon Alley. There, Harry learns that a prisoner escaped Azkaban, the wizard prison. The prisoner is Sirius Black, the man who shared the location of the Potters to Voldemort, thus resulting in their death.

As Harry, Ron, and Hermione make their way back to Hogwarts, the train is stopped by Dementors, the guards of Azkaban. Luckily, they were in a train car with the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin. He then returns to Hogwarts to start his year, where one of he begins his least favorite class, Divination taught by Professor Trelawney. Trelawny has a habit of predicting that Harry will confront the “grim”, the omen of death. Harry also began Care of Magical Creatures Class with Hagrid. During the first class, Malfoy provokes the hippogriff, Buckbeak, causing him to be injured.

Since the Dursleys would not give him permission to join the rest of the students into the neighboring village of Hogsmeade, causing him to earn the Marauder’s Map from the Weasley twins, a map that shows him where people are within the castle grounds. Using the map, Harry learns that the reason Sirius ended up in Azkaban was because he killed his friend, Peter Pettigrew.

When dementors attack Harry during a quidditch match, Professor Lupin begins to teach him how to protect himself using a Patronus charm. While Harry gets better, it never becomes a full Patronus. Months later, Buckbeak is sentenced to death. On the way back from says goodbye, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are attacked by a dog which drags Ron beneath the Whomping Willow. As Harry and Hermione race after them, they race to the truth of what happened 12 years prior.

I would say that out of all the books, this one is probably my favorite. I don’t know if it is because of the content or the character development, but this one has always been my favorite. For that reason, I am going to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Compared to the Movie

There are a lot of things the movie does right. Firstly, other than some order of things as well as the Quidditch matches, I think everything more or less is in the movie. I think out of all the movies, this one is my favorite. However, one of the things that the books take time to do that the movies do not is reenforce the fact that this is a school. We rarely see the students in class, and the times that we do are not about character development, but plot development. We learn a lot as the students grow up from their classes in un-plot moments. Movies are focused on motion not the person.

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