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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter Book 3)

104 Ratings: 3.7
The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Children's Books, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic
16 reviews about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban...
review by . January 11, 2010
My least favorite of the Harry Potter opus so far. The conclusion takes too long to unwind, without the eyes-glued-to-the-page excitement of the conclusion of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2). Some fun new concepts are introduced--the helpful Marauder's Map, the creepy Dementors, the powerful Patronus--and two well-drawn new teachers are highlighted--Divinations Professor Trelawney providing comic relief and Dark Arts Professor Lupin providing the most useful instruction Harry's …
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2011
This is the book where Harry and friends became "real" to me. The characters and the story are beginning to mature. This is particularly true when compared against the rank silliness that drives much of Chamber of Secrets.
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2010
The series suddenly got darker, and the characters deeper in this one. Not sure about the twist, but it worked.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
i give a 5 because sirius black is my favorite character out of the entire HP series, and the idea of the marauders map was quite entertaining.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
harry finds a long lost family member, hes not so alone anymore and he saves a hippogriff even better.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
This book is one of my favorites of the series. I love the pace, the lack of Voldemort which was a good break, (no, I am not afraid to speak his name), and the unfolding of more secrets about Harry's life. Also, the final chapters had a flow and brightness I think none of the other endings had.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
great book...... the movie DID NOT do the book any justice. I am SO glad that I read the book first..... but GEESSSSSSSS
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
a fan of Harry Potter. What else can I say?
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
My favorite Harry Potter novel!
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
The first book of the series that really leaves you craving more. This book was a game-changer for the series. Thank God for Harry Potter.
review by . May 17, 2009
How is it that every Harry Potter book I read is better then the one I read before? How does J.K. Rowling do it? I thought the first Harry Potter was so great that there isn't a word to discribe it. Then I read the second one and I'm in awe. The third one is so amazing that I don't want to take the time to write this review, I just want to start on #4. But I can't do that because I have a few books that I have to review and a couple of them I have to have them done on or by a certain date. So my …
review by . May 02, 2006
I've read the first three Potter books and I've seen all of the films, but I have to say that "Prisoner of Azkaban" is the best of the lot. This book, in my opinion, develops all of the key characters to a degree better than the two previous tales. The reader also begins to notice how age is beginning to affect young Harry. He is slowly becoming a moody teenager, and this is most evident in the early portions of the book when he uses magic in the Muggle world. Hermione and Ron are also developing …
review by . July 22, 2005
Pros: Unique twists. The series defines itself in this book     Cons: Not as imaginative as the other books in the series     The Bottom Line: Honestly, if you're not into the series after reading this, you're dead to me.     Just today, I received a rather shocking awakening to just how popular the Harry Potter series has become: Since I have no money and didn’t want any spoilers in the new book to be revealed to me before I read it, …
review by . March 17, 2005
In this third installment Ms. Rowling contines the story of the hero Harry Potter. As with the two previous books in the series, this is some of the best fiction written in recent years. It is absolutely timeless. At 60 plus years of age, I still (thank goodness) enjoy them. Actually, I fell a bit sorry for those who are unable to do so. They (as is obvious in their reviews) are missing a bit of the spark in their lives. The story in this work is well constructed as are the characters. The story …
review by . February 16, 2004
It's now been some years since the "Harry Potter" books first came out. Book 5 has now been published. In addition, two major motion pictures have now been produced, and a third is due out soon.During this time, I have been repeatedly asked, as a parent, as a clergyman, and as a student of fantasy literature, what my "opinion" of the series is. After having read all five books, and having seen both movies, I am now prepared to comment.Some people, especially those in the conservative Christian camp, …
review by . September 10, 1999
This is a wonderful book, a great addition to a great trilogy! I read these books aloud to my 8 year old, which is a good way for a grown-up to get a look in (Hagrid has a pseudo Scottish accent in our house) and after the 1st two my husband decided he would sit and read them in order to be in on the fun with this one. They are magical books, share them with your children, and above all read them yourselves!
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