Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)


Blurb from Goodreads:

“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…


4.8 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


This is my third time rereading Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban. I would not say that this book is my favourite in the series. However, it was indeed a good recap to remember all the details of this particular book.

In terms of plot line, I was not too keen and interested with it as the beginning of the story really lacked with action, adventure and interesting dialogues. It was not until a few chapters to the end that I was totally sucked in because the plot and story got better. I could not deny that Prisoner of Azkaban is the most profound and meaningful chapter for Harry as he discovered his father’s background story at Hogwarts with his best friends and the unexpected reunion with Sirius Black, his godfather.

We witnessed Harry’s transition as he learned how to embrace and face his ultimate fears and mastered an advanced magic spell to eradicate Dementors. We observed Harry’s struggles during Sirius Black’s escape from the wizard prison, Azkaban. As a 13-year-old kid overhearing gossips that are telling you a mass murderer is on the loose and is going to find and kill you, you will be frightened to death. That was exactly happened to Harry.

As I delved 100 pages in, the story became more interesting with appearances of new characters in the Wizarding World such as Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney, who were Defence Against the Dark Arts and Divination teacher respectively. As for the third year students, Lupin was the most excellent DADA teacher they ever had. I could also feel the excitement and motivation of the students whatever Lupin taught them. Many dark magical creatures were introduced too such as dementors, bogarts, werewolfs and hippogriffs.

Harry Potter is not Harry Potter without any hilarious moments. Ron and Hermione’s feud was so bad like there was no chance of them getting better and when Harry unintentionally blew up his aunt. Those moments were so priceless. Hermione’s behaviour was also very peculiar. She started to be missing out of nowhere, called out a professor and slapped Draco Malfoy, took too many classes at one time, we all thought that Hermione was going nuts! Where did the sweet Hermione go to? LOL

My favourite moment was when the Weasley twins gifted Harry the Marauder’s Map for him to sneak out from Hogwarts to Hogmeade during outing days. Not to mention when Gryffindor finally won the Quidditch House Cup for the first time since Charlie Weasley was on the team.

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I could feel that Harry yearned for an adult’s attention. He thought that he deserved to feel a familial bond with someone or anyone who he could call family. Thank goodness he met Sirius Black. I love how Sirius truly felt the responsibility to take care Harry’s doing in and outside school. Wherever Sirius’s at, Harry felt like home. It was almost like Harry had been known Sirius for the rest of his life. Same goes to Remus Lupin. Lupin, warm heartedly accepted and treated Harry like a friend. Harry deserved all of the love.

One of the greatest things about Harry Potter is as you delve deeper into the world, you will notice profound improvement in each book, more complex plot line and unexpected hints that makes the ending more logical along the story. 

J.K Rowling is indeed a genius and a careful plotter. The characters are so realistic and they are written like they are real people, not like fictional characters. No matter how many times I reread the series, I will always be inspired by the complexity and intricacy of the world. That is why Harry Potter is readable by all walks of life.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” 




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