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Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K Rowling

Series: Harry Potter #3

Genre: Fantasy

No. of pages: 462

Rating: 5/5

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I think all of you wonderful people are fully aware of how much I love Harry Potter, so obviously there is no doubt about why this review is going to be a glowing report.

Bottom line; you should read every single Harry Potter book because they are well written, have amazing characters and a brilliant storyline. 

This book is the third book in the Harry Potter series and this time we start to focus more on Harry's parents and how they died. The book starts off as usual with Harry living with the Dursleys and having to deal with their cruelty. Long story short a situation happens, things get out of hand but ultimately Harry learns the truth about his parent's death and who was responsible. He also learns more about his dad and what he was like when he was at Hogwarts which I am really happy about because we only briefly touched on James Potter in the first book when Harry discovers his dad was also a seeker.

There's lots of action, suspense and introducing new characters who are going to be pivotal in the story later on.

I just want to talk about two characters in particular who really made this book my favourite in the series.

The first is obviously introducing Sirius Black into the story. Now although we don't properly see Black's character until the last couple of chapters in the book, this is definitely a moment to be remembered as when Rowling introduced one of her strongest characters. Sirius charms us as soon as we meet him despite him being a mass murderer on the run. I particularly love the fleeting family moment he shares with Harry which just proves he's a good egg. 

Secondly, and this may come as a surprise to you but I can definitely say this is the first book where I have really seen Hermoine's character development and honestly I am really beginning to love her. Shes clever which shes always been throughout the other books but otherwise her character has always been a bit flat. In this book we see the beginning of Hermoine being spunky and feisty which I absolutely love. I have to say the scene where she threatens Malfoy is my absolute favourite!

Now the biggest question...was the film better than the book?

If I am completely honest...the film inches into the first position only slightly. The acting by the cast of the film really hit a different level in this film, the direction was brilliant and the scenes with the time turner although slightly confusing in the books were portrayed brilliantly on screen.

Overall this book was absolutely brilliant and talks about ideas that have been done to death but in a very unique take. For example, the whole betrayal thread is definitely something you see in most books but Rowling gives us a fresh perspective on the take through her characters. 

I would definitely say this book will remain as one of my favourites forever and I would advise you that if you haven't read it, go now and be prepared to be blown away.


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