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Book Review – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter, #3
Pages: 435
First Published: July 8, 1999 by Scholastic Inc.
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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed 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 safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?


I can’t believe I’m on the way to the fourth book! When I started this series, all I could think of was that I enjoyed the film, plus the massive reviews in goodreads. I’ve learned my lessons pretty well about the nasty grave feeling when you expects too much and then it wouldn’t reach your expectations. But in this series, it was way beyond my expectations. I’m still in book 3 but as you can see, another raging 5 star rating for this story. I haven’t given a straight 5-star rating to the previous books I’ve read in a series before, so that indeed speaks highly for this story.

As usual, this story is so refreshing and so natural that even if I’m on a suspense part I feel lightweight at all, and that’s really a great plus because most of suspense books I’ve read made me feel like I weighted a thousand pounds because the suspense part was too heavy. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I really love this story. I also love that the author makes some way not to mention any bad words so this story is highly recommended to younger readers too.

I am a big mystery and suspense freak, so even if this is a fantasy story, it didn’t failed me. I can still feel the suspense and mystery  even if I already watched the movie which made me question myself if what I recall from the movie was right, haha. Like the first two books, this story is also very easy to read that even if you haven’t read the other books, you can still understand the story because the author makes time to explain them but not in a boring way.

Just like the previous books, this story also tackles another adventure for Harry. It was really intriguing how the prisoner was able to escape Azkaban and why Harry is in danger. I love how all the scenes and lines we’re executed. Like all other books in this series, I haven’t noticed any questionable scenes or some errors. I know there’s no such thing as perfect, but I guess this time, there is!

There’s some new characters added in this story but so far, it didn’t totally confuses me. But if you’ll ask me to enumerate their name, then, unfortunately I can’t haha. I’m not really good with names but I am good with familiarizing the character’s traits or description, which I suppose what matters most. So instead of giving this story a 4.5 star rating because that’s what I usually do when it contains uncommon character names, I am giving it a 5-star rating instead. Why’s that? Well, this story is just too good for a 4.5 star rating.

So far, the only thing I find somewhat unpleasant for my taste was that, just like the book 2, this story contains quite a number of new words that only the dictionary can help me, that’s a great thing for sure because it increases my vocabulary but I’m a sucker for English, so I spend more time with the dictionary than the story if I meet some new words, so as much as I want to learn new words, I prefer not to when I am reading a great book such as this one, haha.

I don’t think I need to say this, but I’m still gonna do it haha. This book is highly recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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