J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter, Book #3

Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz

Synopsis: “For twelve 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 where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban 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: The third installment in the Harry Potter series is fraught with new dangers for Harry and even bigger secrets coming to the light! A few new changes take place in Harry’s world. A new professor for Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is hired, Professor Remus J. Lupin who Harry learns had been best friend with his parents. Sirius Black also use to be a best friend of Harry’s parents and is said to have been the one to kill Harry’s parents. Now Sirius is after Harry. But there’s more to the story of how Harry’s parents where murdered. Snape also played a role in Harry’s parents life. He didn’t just know them, he was close to Harry’s mom, and Harry’s dad wasn’t so innocent, there’s a very good reason why Snape is so resentful toward Harry’s dad. After Divination class, taught by Professor Trelawney, Harry heads back up to return a glass ball that had fallen down the stairs. As he places it back inside the class, Professor Trelawney predicts that the Dark Lord’s servant will return to him that night and Harry’s world completely changes from that moment on. He learns more about Snape’s past with his father. Lupin’s big secret and why he has to miss class sometimes. The real truth about Sirius Black and how his parents were murdered, and with the help of Ron, Hermonie and Dumbledore, Harry sets out to put all the pieces together and save some lives in the process.

Memorble scenes/events:

–Knight Bus. One of my favorite scenes. I love the triple-decker that contains beds instead of seats for wizards and witches traveling.

–The Marauder’s Map. One of the COOLEST ideas EVER! It shows where everyone inside of Hogwarts is at any time. It was designed by Harry’s father and his best friends. I LOVE when it makes fun of Snape!

–The Dementors introduction into the story.

–Hagrid becomes the new professor for Care of Magical Creatures.

–Buckbeak, a large hippogriff who is half horse, half bird. He knocks Malfoy down after Malfoy deliberately provokes him while trying to make Harry look bad.

–Time Turner. A device Hermonie uses to get to all her classes.

–Harry learning the Patronus charm and later being able to do it.

–Hermonie insulting then hitting Malfoy in the face.

–Harry winning the Quidditch cup.

Favorite Quotes:

“Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business. Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git. Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor. Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.” ~Marauder’s Map

“Then you should have died!’ roared Black. “Died rather than betray your friends, as we would have done for you!” ~Sirius Black

“A child’s voice, however honest and true, is meaningless to those who’ve forgotten how to listen.” ~Dumbledore