Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
(Scholastic, 2001, 435 pages)
Book 3 in the Harry Potter series has Harry going back to school while an escaped murderer is on the hunt to find him. He’s considered to be a big enough threat that even the Muggles are on the watch for him. This man, it turns out, is Sirius Black – he’s Harry’s godfather and apparently played a role in the murder of Harry’s parents. Extra security is in effect at Hogwarts. Dementors guard the perimeters and Harry is forced to stay in the castle walls for his own protection.
While all this is going on school goes on more or less as normal. They have a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Lupin, who is shockingly well-prepared for the job. Hagrid is teaching them about magical creatures and Ron, Harry, and Hermione are taking a class on divination – a class that Hermione frustratedly learns she is ill-suited for. Other things seem a bit off with Hermione, something’s up and she seems to vanish into thin air at times.
Despite the school and the Ministry of Magic’s best efforts, Sirius Black still seems to be getting close to Harry. Even within the castle walls. Is he trying to finish what he started with Harry’s parents? Completely ridding the world of Potters to get back in the graces of the Dark Lord? Or is there more to this story than meets the eye?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was a great read. There was a lot more suspense in this book than in the previous two. I’m sure I’ve said it in previous HP reviews but I am loving re-reading this series. The audiobooks only enhance the stories. Next up, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.