Saturday, 17 June 2017

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Book Review]


Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Published Date: 1999

Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis: For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts."

Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.


Review: I have to say, I wasn’t expecting too much from this book seeing as my opinions of the previous two books haven’t been too amazing. You can read my review of book one and book two. But I did like this one a bit more than the other two, but only by a small margin. It was still pretty slow paced, but it did have me want to keep reading by the time I reached the middle.

What I was so happy about was that this book FINALLY had the Sirius Black in it that everyone is always talking about. The whole story sort of revolves around that plot line. The only sad thing about it was that it was sort of predictable… [SPOILER, HIGHLIGHT TO READ IT] As soon as everyone started to go on about how terrible Sirius Black was and painting it to be almost as terrible as what Voldemort had done, I immediately predicted that he wouldn’t actually be guilty of everything he was accused of. Especially when they went on to say that he kept his head in Azkaban. It couldn’t have been more obvious. [SPOILER END] Because it was predictable it did take away some of the enjoyment to the story itself as well.

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What also bothered me, besides the slow beginning was the fact that at the climax Harry Potter faints again. I do understand why – there is always a good reason – but I wish he would stop doing it. He fainted at this climax, at the previous books where he is also meeting villains head on. Maybe there is a valid reason but I am fed up of his fainting >.>

What I did like was the character that bothered me a lot – Hermoine – is finally no longer annoying. I don’t think she annoyed me because she was a know it all, but generally I have been watching the movies as I have been reading. So I will admit that I think my annoyance at Emma Watson’s acting had bled into Hermoine’s character somewhat as well. But here she isn’t annoying at all. And we get the same characters we know pretty well, Ron, Harry and Hagrid. No one has changed much.

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There is the new character, Professor Lupin. He was interesting because he had an aura of mystery around him when he came. I liked his character well enough, but it wasn’t anything special.

As always, this is such a creative world and Rowling never ceases to amaze me with what a wondrous imagination she has. I do wish we were able to see some more of the other houses than just Gryffindor because I would like to explore the school she has set up some more. But I guess not :/

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Not sure about reading book four, but I have a Harry Potter crazy friend who is pressuring me to try all of these (with a promise that in the next book it is more geared towards young adult than children) so I probably will xD


Gif Summary:


Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Olivia’s Question: Are you someone with a crazily busy schedule or a more relaxed one with breathing space?

Olivia-Savannah x


  1. No, my poor heart! You don't think Lupin is anything special? D-: He's one of my favorite characters ever <3

    I never even noticed how much Harry faints lol. I reread these books a few years ago and could definitely see that they're not perfect, but they still gripped me anyway. This one is my favorite in the series, probably because of Lupin lol. Hope you enjoy the rest more!

    1. Ahaha, I am so sorry! He was a nice character, but that's as far as my love for him extends. :P I'm hoping I'll like the others a bit more. Apparently as they get older I should enjoy them more...

  2. This is one of my favorites in the series, but I know a lot of people who start liking the series more after this book. In the fourth book, it starts becoming a YA series instead of a MG series. Things start getting a lot darker in book 4.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I haven't read the series yet. I always see tons of 5 star reviews so it is good for me to see another point of view. I will probably read it at some point though.

  4. Your reviews are breaking my heart little by little but they also make me feel so greatful that I read the books when I was very little and kinda grew up with the characters. Because of that, everytime I reread them I have no problems. I do see more and more faults but I still love them.
    I would highly encourage you to read the next one. The Goblet of Fire is quite a jump and the story becomes quite dark. Also, the world is explored a lot more and it is not only focused on Gryffindor ^^

  5. i have seen the series of the movies though not all of them ,i liked movies and i think i enjoyed lot while watching them with my kids.
    did not read the books but found your review quite interesting .
    i have few my most favorite drama shows which i have seen numerous times and each time loved them more still with each time i noticed some faults in them but it did not reduced my love fr them .

    about your question, i used have crazy schedule for many years of my life but gradually i found my energy level low and inevitably i had to be careful when it comes to invest my energy ,i have to keep preferable order before me

  6. Ah you found it predictable? I read it forever ago so I wonder how I would process this book nowadays. This is probably my second favorite book in the series, the first being Goblet of Fire!

  7. Ahh that GIF summary though :( The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite book, the time travelling and the ending made me love it most! It's a shame you didn't like it that much. I hope you enjoy the rest of the books though:)

  8. I've enjoyed all the books (except the last one I still need to read xD) and book 4 is actually my favorite. I do hope if you end up reading it that you'll like it also. ^_^

  9. My schedule definitely swings between both extremes. Summer is so crazy! Hope you enjoy book 4. =)

    Lonna @ FLYLēF