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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

(Harry Potter #3)

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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the ...more
Hardcover, UK Edition, 462 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury (first published July 8th 1999)
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De Wet Time travelling is always tricky to handle. For me it was perhaps the weakest spot in the book, but in an otherwise cracking read like this I'm happy…moreTime travelling is always tricky to handle. For me it was perhaps the weakest spot in the book, but in an otherwise cracking read like this I'm happy to just let things go without over analyzing them. Not much point spoiling my enjoyment of a book by trying to do science and logic on fictional magic.(less)
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Zoë
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Don't let the muggles get you down.”
Yup yup yup I love this book.
Lily C
This one is definitely my favourite of the 3 i've read so far.. :)

(Watch my review here): https://youtu.be/gFZ99uPXiIU
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re-read in February 2016
Harry is getting his sass on. I love it.

Re-Read in December 2014 for Harry Christmas to You

OH MAN. THIS BOOK IS SO MY FAVORITE.

The phone conversation at the beginning between Ron and Uncle Vernon was PRICELESS. I wish so much that that scene had been in the movie.

I was so into reading this book that I failed to take notes, so I don't have many specifics to add except that I love how Crookshanks was basically Sirius's secret agent spy cat friend and I LOVE THAT.

Also, this
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Wil Wheaton
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm beginning to wonder if there will ever be a Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher who is just a teacher.
Jayson
(A) 85% | Extraordinary
Notes: Separating itself from its forebears, it’s a story of greater complexity, darker tones, and a vastly expanded mythology.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies


I last read this book when I was 14 years old, given that I'm almost 32 now, I have a whole new perspective on it. Despite the fact that I gave this book 5 stars previously, I have to admit that it didn't grow on me until this, my second read.

Confession time: I didn't like Remus or Sirius.

*Khanh ducks as rotten fruit and eggs are thrown her way*

OK, OK, I'M SORRY! I've since changed my mind! Notice that I used the past tense.

Obviously, there will be spoilers for the book below, for the 1.5 of
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Hannah
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I have so much more love for this one re-reading it as an adult.

Five stars of course.
Katerina
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's a rainy Sunday. It's colder than it should be this time of the year, so I'm drinking a delicious cup of coffee and I'm browsing my Goodreads shelves only to realise that I haven't written a Harry Potter review. Not a single one. So, I decided to start with the first Harry Potter book I ever read, the one that took me to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and made me believe that magic is something tangible.
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

I was 16 years old, and I
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 1/19/19: Idk what happened this time around but I SOBBED for the last 50 pages of this????? My heart aches for all the things that could have happened and I just

Re-read 5/25/16: Perfection again. Re-reading this series is making me SO happy. Although this book is where things start getting really gloomy and it just breaks my heart to see bad things happening to lil Harry :c
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Luca Ambrosino
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) / ITALIANO

«Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of year. For another, he really wanted to do his homework but was forced to do it in secret, in the dead of night. And he also happened to be a wizard»

Sirius Black's escape from Azkaban prison is on every wizard's lips. Not even the dreaded guards of the prison, the Dementors, managed to keep in a cage the wicked

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Raeleen Lemay
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, young-adult
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge: A Book Set in the Decade You Were Born

THIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. At first I was mad there weren't more illustrations, but I began to realize that every page was unique in its own way (mostly REALLY COOL background designs) and the chapter headers were all incredible. All in all, a super delightful read!
Chloe
*5th read: July - August 2019- Audiobook*
5 stars

*4th read: June 2018 - Audiobook*
5 stars
Stephen Fry is incredible.

*3rd read: 2017*
5 stars
DON'T LET THE MUGGLES GET YOU DOWN!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I'm just going to add a few gifs and pictures from my book. Harry Potter books will always be 5 star no matter how many times they are read. (Hermione forever!)





I fell in love with S. Black in this book and I never looked back.



I'm going to add some pictures from my book, although now, I wish I would have added more but it is what it is. . . maybe later













I love these big illustrated coffee table editions of the books. It makes re-reading them an extremely fun experience. I just wish she would put
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Navessa
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Still five stars. Love this so much. Can't review. Couldn't even take notes. Watched the movie immediately after finishing. Need next book. Wish I lived in this world. Damn you, Rowling.

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Kai
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

When I finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for the first time, it immediately became my next favourite book. J. K. Rowling outdid herself, and wrote something even bigger and better than before. And she'll keep doing it for another 4 books.

There's just nothing to criticise about book 3. Compared to the other books there's not a single scene that makes me uncomfortable, that I'd prefer
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Adam Silvera
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved it, duh. It's my favorite in the series and I'm not sure I got anything NEW out of this reread except some reminders on what a dick Snape is + how Crookshanks was MVP in getting the passwords to Sirius Black.
Chris
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, harry-potter
Since pretty much everyone I know has read these books, I figure reviewing them is pretty pointless. But with the new book coming out in a couple of weeks, I have to go through them beginning to end. To make the reviews more entertaining, I will be doing them in a variety of unexpected formats. For this review, I will be writing as Crookshanks fan fiction.

Crookshanks swished his tail back and forth as he crept up the stairs to the boys' bedrooms. He knew the rat wasn't what it was pretending to
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Chelsea Humphrey
Buddy Re-read with the Queens of Hogwarts on Instagram

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I guess you can tell from my rating that this wasn't my all-time favorite HP installment, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I remember thinking that the movie was about a 3/5 star rating for me when I first saw it, but now that I've experienced the novel version, I can see how the ending in the book is so much more detailed and excellent than how they chose to portray the ending in the movie. Obviously I live for any
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Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
I don't know what to say other than I love this book. I loved learning more about Harry's parents. I loved Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and everyone else. I loved the storyline and how every single seemingly pointless detail somehow ended up meaning something to the bigger story and how I was left completely in shock. I loved the introduction of divination and I loved Sirius. I love love love this series. Superb storytelling. I AM IN LOVE ...more
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This is my favourite book in the Harry Potter series!

It marks a distinct change in tone and a maturation of the writing. As the characters grew older, the challenges they faced became more dark and intense. The plot became murkier especially in regard to Sirius and his involvement (or lack thereof) in the murders of Potter’s parents. It all just got so much better. I think this is a large part of Rowling’s success. She could have fell into a trap and continuously wrote books like the first two,
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Saniya
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of-course, this book was EPIC! =D
Its Harry Potter now. It has to be epic! *Rolling eyes but smiling widely* xD

Ahmad Sharabiani
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3), J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the third in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released in hardcover in the UK on 8 July 1999 and in the US on 8 September. The British paperback edition was released on 1 April 2000, while the US paperback was released 2 October 2001.
The book follows Harry Potter, a young wizard, in
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Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
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Julie
Okay, I will admit it here, publicly, for the very first time: I've got a mad crush on Remus Lupin.

How could I not have fallen hard for a man who, by day, has the vibe of a young Pablo Neruda, and by night strips down naked and takes on werewolf form?

I mean, can you imagine having sex with this man?

Well, I have. Several times. And, as a woman who read the entire Harry Potter series as an adult, rather than a child, I could not get over my joy when the series shifted from the wonderful, but
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Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress)
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good"
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One of the iconic quotes of the series.

5 Golden stars

99%

For some reason, I never really liked Prisoner of Azkaban when I was younger, I thought it as a sidejob, after Chamber of Secrets & that big Revelation, I waited for more (& I vaguely remember a little amount of waiting before the book published, so maybe that might be a reason too, a kind of mild disappointment), so I thought it was boring, not as important as the last book... but after
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Le sigh, so magical.

So Buckbeak.
So Hermione is a badass.

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FAVORITE moment in ever, people.

But I digress.

I've said it in both my reviews for the first and second HP books, but I'll say it again here...In fact, lemme just copy/paste what I said in review #1 to save us all some time (typing for me and possible link clicking for you):

I have a confession to make.

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I have never read Harry Potter.

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Yes, yes, I know...this is akin to reader sacrilege.

But I just had no interest in these books when
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James Tivendale
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
That was awesome. I really should have read this about ten years ago when all the cool kids did. I'm enjoying this series so much and it's great I have no idea what happens next. No spoilers, please! :) x
Kayla Dawn
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This might be a very unpopular opinion, but I always disliked the 3rd movie the most and I feel like it's probably going to be the same for the books.

I do love all the new characters that were introduced but I really despise this goddamn time turner shit. I hate it so so much.
It doesn't make any sense! It's just full of goddamn plot holes.

Plus: I'm not a big fan of quidditch and there was a lot of it in this one... Qudditch bores me a lot tbh.
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
OKAY. This book was fantastic! I can't get over how everything just fell into place perfectly. Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of the series so far which is actually a surprise since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was my least favorite movie growing up.

But reading and watching the movie truly is a different experience. Even though I've seen the movies repeatedly year after year, I was still on my toes while I was turning the pages of my book. It was like I was seeing all of this for
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“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” 37485 likes
“Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business.
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