Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series yet, I will try to convince you that you are missing out on some great novels. The third part is, in my opinion, one of the best, as it is full of action and surprising plot twists.

The Wizarding World is shaken by the thrilling news— a dangerous criminal, Sirius Black, had escaped from a high-security prison called Azkaban. Rumour has it that Black is still a faithful servant of Voldemort bound on finishing his master’s work by killing Harry. Security in Hogwarts is reinforced by inviting the terrifying Dementors, who suck the happiness out of everyone near them, to guard the grounds.

Meanwhile, during their third year at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione have to face their worst fears and defeat other teams in Quidditch while managing their classes and two particularly fierce pets. Moreover, our characters are not children anymore, and their personal lives are complicated. They all become more independent, irritable and irresponsible. The first love interests are also introduced. With the constant threat of an attack on Harry, their habitual eagerness for breaking school rules might put them all in grave danger.

The third part of the Harry Potter series also amplifies the positive message stressed in previous books. The characterisation of Professor Lupin with his shabby clothes and a mysterious health condition teaches tolerance, as, despite his faults, he probably is the best teacher we can wish for— someone who can captivate his student’s attention and kindle student’s passion for the subject. I have to admit that Remus Lupin is one of my favourite characters in the whole series. Also, for the reasons I cannot reveal without spoilers, the book warns the readers against prejudice and passing judgements without full knowledge or judging on appearances.

The crucial feature of the novel is definitely the last hundred pages. It features plot twists that turn everything upside down and change the whole story. It kept me up until one o’clock when I read it for the first time at thirteen. I don’t believe that any other novel made such an impression on me as those last chapters. It is fiction at its best.

Overall, I rate this book at ***** 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it to everyone.

Mischief managed.

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