Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Book 3

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Ever wondered where the criminals of the wizarding world atone for their deeds? Well, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban delivers this and more unforgettable twists.

In this third instalment, Harry comes face to face with another big bad, Sirius Black. This man allegedly betrayed James and Lily’s trust and leaked their hiding place to Voldemort, causing their death before going on a killing spree.

He ends up getting captured and put in Azkaban for the rest of his life. However, he escapes at the beginning of this book, putting Harry in grave danger and prompting everyone in Hogwarts to be on high alert.

Rowling once again weaves an intricate story about friendship and loyalty. This book is a welcome respite from the heart-pounding adventure of trying to survive Voldemort. I like to call this book “the calm before the storm” because it’s cheerier than The Chamber of Secrets.

We get to know more about James’s friends and their life in Hogwarts. If that doesn’t pique your interest, then wait until I tell you that this book involves TIME TRAVEL. Yes, we are introduced to the concept of time turners and how wizards can bend time. Here, Rowling doesn’t shy away from exploring some adult themes like depression, which is symbolized using Dementors.

The concept of these soul-sucking creatures is a reflection of her personal struggle with mental illness. This creates an ambiance of overwhelming dread, as anywhere Harry goes, he encounters these dreadful creatures.

Book Details

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Book 3
Format: Paperback
Author: JK Rowling
Language : English
Publisher : Scholastic
ISBN: 0439136350

Moreover, if you’re reading this as an adult, you’ll find yourself wondering whether the treatment of werewolves in this book alludes to how poorly some societies treat minorities or not, which is completely spot on, as confirmed by Rowling.

This just adds another layer of complexity to the story. Grey’s morality is also portrayed; characters like Peter Pettigrew, Lupin, Sirius, and even Snape reveal how they are not merely one-dimensional characters.

If you’re like me, a fan of morally grey characters you love to hate, flying magical creatures, and adventure, then this book will knock your socks off.

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