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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
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For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.

As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black--an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban--is on the loose. Not only that, but he's after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry's very heart when others are unaffected? Once again, Rowling has created a mystery that will have children and adults cheering, not to mention standing in line for her next book. Fortunately, there are four more in the works. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Best of the Bunch
    On finishing all the Potter books, in retrospect I think this is the best, probably because it was the first one I read. I still remember reaching the end the first time through and being blown away at how intricately it was plotted! Now, of course, it's obvious that the entire story was thought out thoroughly, possibly even before pen met paper to write the first chapter of Philosopher's Stone. How J.K. Rowling ever sat on all those secrets for so many years without telling anyone is beyond me! For those like me, distraught at no more new Harry and looking for another complete fantasy world to get lost in, I'd recommend David Eddings' early books, The Belgariad and Malloreon, or The Pyn King, which is quirkier than Potter but enjoyable none the less....more info
  • Dive deeper into Harry's personal life
    Harry does have family! A "crazy" god-father that he is completely unaware of having until this book. A great mystery book in the series. It will have you wanting more!...more info
  • HP Prisoner of Azkaban - best of the series?
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of all the HP books. Harry's third year of wizarding school begins in a climate of fear: a mass murderer is on the loose, and all signs indicate Harry is his next target. As if Harry didn't have enough to worry about, between trying to help Hagrid build a case against the execution of a hippogriff named Buckbeak, keeping his eyes peeled for the death omens that seem to be plaguing him, and defending himself from the effects of the horrible, Black Rider-esque Dementors sent to guard the school and track down the killer.

    Yet Harry soon learns that he and the escaped murderer are inextricably linked. As the story builds toward their inevitable confrontation, Rowling throws in so many twists and turns that you can't be sure who's on what side, and nothing is what it appears. You won't be able to put this book down from Chapter 17 on, and as soon as you reach the end, you'll read it again....more info
  • Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban reviewed by Mia Roman
    This is one of my favourite books by JK Rowling out of all of the other six.I have read all of them starting from Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone when I was six.I am now seven and has completed all of them except The adventures of Beedle and Bard.The whole book is great although I was a bit afraid of Aragog.I think Hagrid is my favourite charecter in this book as well as Sirius Black and and of course Harry.I read this book alone without any help with words.It was a bit creepy when Harry and Ron entered the Forbiden Forest and when they where following the spiders that lead to Aragog,his wife,his children and his gang. The only bit I did'nt like was Sirius Black turning into a dog as well as his living friends turning into animals...e.g Peter Pettigrew turning into Scabbers and Lupin turning into a were wolf.And Harry seeing his dead father in the moonlight as a Stag....more info
  • You'd have to lock me up
    That's the only way you would get me to read the whole of this book.

    Honestly !

    There was a man - a real grown up adult man reading this book on the tube this morning. As brazen as you like - no shame whatsoever. As bold as brass - reading his little heart out. He believed that what he was doing was acceptable and normal.

    IT'S NOT.

    Has the whole world gone mad?

    For Gawd's sake ! This is a baby book - a tale of wizards with beards, black macs and dodgy 1960 winkle picker boots.

    Wake up - snap my fingers and you will awake from the heavy hypnotic state that has ensnared you. One - Two - Three - and awake.

    Awaken from your stupor and realise that

    IT'S ALL GUFF

    ...more info
  • J.K. Rowling books
    Thank you. We're very pleased. We really needed the "fill-in" of #'s 3 & 5 in the Harry Potter series. ...more info
  • One of the best!
    I read this a long time ago and recently read it again. It is so good. I love the way that for once voldemort is not the center of this and I love the way you hear about the Marauders. I just have like, the perfect picture in my mind of them. This is one of my favorites in the whole series. ...more info
  • Pesky Prisoner, Potions Professor Plus Puzzling Ploys Plague Potter
    Good, solid storytelling. Ms. Rowling's third installment in the Harry Potter series continues to add interesting characters and create an even more appealing magical world for the reader to escape into. Each book has shown the gradual evolution of Harry from a neglected, abused child and mentored into a honorable young man. But the character-building journey is certainly a bumpy ride for young Potter. Moral messages and the complexities of the human condition abound as each new story has been introduced to the public. One of the underlying messages of the book is that most problems in life are not simply black and white, but more complicated. To convey this point in a fun, exciting manner is the sign of great writing. There's real heart to this series and deserves a wide readership....more info
  • Love it
    After finishing with the second book I stayed waiting for more, I wanted more, until I finally got this one... And was a thousand times much better, darker storyline, more excitment, for real fans or just for people who like to read I recommend this Book, like in the other books before it, you will go to a magical world filled with monsters and secrets, secrets that you will have to understand the hard way... and much more

    I give it 5 stars and as soon as you read it you'll see why...more info
  • GREAT
    With my very busy life and working three jobs I miss reading so very much. Now that I found my new faviorite kind of reading I find it hard to get out of my car LOL LOL.
    I love the Audio books and the promptness of which Amazon is so very good at.
    Love the books ...more info
  • AMAZING AS USUAL!!!!
    what else can i say that no one else has?- this is a GREAT book like all her others!!!...more info
  • Harry Potter Book 3
    I ordered this for my granddaughter and it arrived in great shape. I would order from this person again.
    Thanks!...more info
  • Great
    This the second set I am Buying. My Grandson asked for mine And I just couldn't part with it. So I am buying one for him. I hope he loves them as much as I do....more info
  • This, as they say, is where the plot thickens
    Book 3 I'd say is the unofficial beginning of the series. Books 1 and 2 were amazing and did their job which was introduce the characters, explain their stories, and shed more light on the initial things that we needed to know. Well now, step in book 3 and here we are at the story where darkness starts creeping into Harry's world. Where your mind is wandering as to who did what and where and why. Where the cute, childrens book turns into a story where you find yourself immersed in.

    Use caution reading this, book 3 of 7, for this will be the chapter in the life of Harry Potter that will lunge its hook in you and refuse to let it go. It will plant a seed that will not be satisfied until you learn what are the Deathly Hallows....more info
  • Bridget's review
    How is it that every Harry Potter book I read is better then the one I read before? How does J.K. Rowling do it? I thought the first Harry Potter was so great that there isn't a word to discribe it. Then I read the second one and I'm in awe. The third one is so amazing that I don't want to take the time to write this review, I just want to start on #4. But I can't do that because I have a few books that I have to review and a couple of them I have to have them done on or by a certain date. So my Harry Potter adventure must end here for now. Not to worry though because my husband and I will be watching the movie tonight.

    It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts and he cannot wait for school to begin. Living with the Dursley's, Harry's aunt and uncle who are Muggles, which mean that they are normal people, has been a nightmare that Harry has had to endure almost his whole life. Harry's parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldermort who tried to kill Harry, who was just an infant, but failed and in the process lost most of his power. Once Harry found out that he is a wizard and that he gets to leave the Dursley's behind to attend Hogwarts, Harry feels his life will forever change. And it does. Harry has made two very good friends Ron and Hermione who also attend Hogwarts.

    Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison. Somehow he managed to outsmart the dementors, horrible creatures who literally suck the happiness from those around it. Sirius is the one who sold Harry's parents out and told Voldemort where to find them. And he's coming after Harry.

    This is a great read and I recommend it to everyone, young and old. ...more info
  • HARRY POTTER AUDIO SERIES.
    I have all of the Harry Potter audio series, because I prefer to listen or watch fictional storie than to read them. Just a preference of mine. The audio series is great. I listened to them at home on my back patio and while in the car on a road trip. THEY ARE VERY DETAILED, ENGAGING AND JUST PLAIN FUN TO LISTEN TO....more info
  • I love being read to!
    I now have all the Harry Potter books on CD as well as in print. I love listening to them. The narrator is wonderful with the different voices for the characters. I admit I am quite familiar with the stories, to the point I can use them to focus on and let myself be read to sleep. I plan to share them with my grandchildren as they get old enough to enjoy them....more info
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban
    A magic bus filled with beds, a huge black dog, creatures known as dementures, a Hippogriff, and a mass murderer apparently bent on killing him are just a few of the things that Harry has to deal with in his second year at Hogwarts.

    Harry goes on the run during the summer, fleeing from his Aunt and Uncle after accidentally blowing up another of his horrid relatives like a big balloon. He is picked up by the Knight Bus, a triple decker wizardly bus that runs around giving a lift to Wizards and Witches. He then meets with the Minister of Magic, who takes the whole accidental blowing up of Harry's Aunt very lightly, shrugging it off as an accident, much to Harry's relief. Yet once school starts he learns news that is very distressing. Notorious mass murderer, Serius Black, has escaped from the high security Wizard prison of Azkaban, and all the signs point that he is coming after Harry! Again, JK Rowling has created another spellbinding masterpiece.

    RD Williams, author of 'The Lost Gate'...more info
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    As with the entire series of Harry Potter books, this one is outstanding. We have it in book, cd, and cassette so the entire family can enjoy it....more info
  • Hogwart heaven
    is the way I think of this audio book. Jim Dale has a wonderful way of telling the story and including all the drama this book has....more info
  • Great book, great format
    Love this series.... Jim Dale is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to!...more info
  • Hmmm... Kind of a disapointment.
    This book is by far the worst in the series. Not to say that it's a bad book but it's not the best. I really like Sirius and everything about Wormtail was really interesting but this book didn't reach the standards of the others by far. Again, hmmm......more info