Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by JK Rowling

5 Expecto Patronum stars!

I grew up with Harry Potter. Yes, I am that generation. I was a little bit young than 11 when the books were released, and when the final book was published I had just graduated high school. I’m also the same age as Daniel Radcliffe and he’s only older than me by less than a month. I also have a deathly hallows bumper sticker on my car. So, I think it’s safe to say that this series has had a profound effect on me, to the point where I am still a little bit bitter that I never got my Hogwarts acceptance letter.

A couple years ago I reread the first two books in the series and loved them just as much as when I was a kid. So when I got into a horrible reading slump, I saw my dad watching Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family (as he does for every fucking Harry Potter weekend mind you), I said to myself, what the hell. Time for a reread. So hence, Harry Potter 3 reread.

All of us may know the story but I am going to reiterate. In his third year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter learns that a dangerous man named Sirius Black has escaped from the wizard prison Azkaban. Harry then overhears the fact that Black is the reason his parents are dead, as Black sold them out to Voldemort and then killed 13 people in broad daylight.

So in a unique part of the review from me, here are all the amazing parts of this book that I forgot because I’ve been watching the movies instead:

-Peeves the Poltergeist: Holy crap how did I forget about this hilarious menacing spirit? He’s not as present in this book but he has always had a part in the series and I completely forgot he existed! I know they can’t include everything in the movies but I wish Peeves had been included.

-Charlie Weasley: Ron had yet ANOTHER sibling that is only mentioned in the films! This one is the cool brother in Egypt.

-Cho Chang and Cedric Diggory: there are soooooo many mentions of Cho and Cedric in this book! I never really noticed Cedric until the 4th book where he becomes prominent. And this is the book where Harry’s crush on Cho began. Stomach flutters!

-More details on Whomping Willow/Shrieking Shack:This may be a spoiler for those of you who haven’t read it, but the Whomping Willow was actually planted to hide Lupin’s werewolfism as well as the shrieking shack to hide him. I thought this little tidbit was super interesting, along with the details of how Black escaped Azkaban.

And just in general, I love JK Rowling’s ability to tie things together. There’s so much in this book that becomes important later and tiny little details and sharp wit that make me giggle.

So in a small factoid, this book is probably my least favorite of the entire series. It’s good, obviously, but for some reason I like all the other ones better. The movie, well it’s my second to last favorite (just ahead of that godawful Goblet of Fire film which ruined everything but I digress). The movie director added so many unnecessary things that weren’t in the book, and I wish he hadn’t so he could of kept the good stuff! (And I’ve heard a rumor that he didn’t even read the fucking book until JK kept vetoing all of his weird ideas. Look it up!)

If you haven’t read these books, do not tell me!!!!! I will smack you!

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