When I look back in time, I was introduced to the magical world of Harry Potter through this book. At the time, I was unaware it was a series, and this was the third book in the series focusing on the third year for Harry at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry Potter has yet again foiled the return of Lord Voldemort at the end of the second book. Now he has to wait for summer vacations to end, and focus on getting through it without irking the Dursleys. His situation is worsened by the arrival of Aunt Marge, who has never liked Harry. In the magical world, there has been a breakout from the wizard prison Azkaban. Sirius Black is considered very dangerous, and the world is on tenterhooks unsure of the future. Is that why a fault on Harry’s part isn’t taken as seriously as he thought it would be? And will Black be caught before he kills again?
I love this book a lot not just because of the story but because of the memory as well. The story develops the backstory a little more, brings the past to light, and brings a few twists that I didn’t expect. It also adds to the character sketch of few characters too, like Hagrid’s and Dumbledore’s in particular. I loved how Dumbledore gives a chance to two characters – Hagrid and Lupin. Lupin goes on to become a favorite character in the series as well. The first time I read the book, I had finished it very quickly without missing a word. I do that now too.
One of my favorite parts of the book is the Quidditch Final. Through Lee Jordan’s commentary, and Rowling’s writing, that was so wonderful to imagine. It was sad that the match was cut from the movie, and one of the many reasons I didn’t like the movie at all. But other aspects that add to this book, like Crookshanks, the hourglass, the Patronus, Honeydukes, the Map… they are brilliant. Perhaps there is a slight disappointment that there wasn’t a Harry vs Voldemort battle here, but that’s not major, given the addition of the Dementors to the tale.
The series brings a lot of philosophical depth, I think. Life sucking the joy from our lives, the comfort of a happy memory or even a bite of chocolate, how secrets lead to misunderstanding, etc. I cannot, and perhaps do not want to, delve into a lot of details. It goes without saying, I hope you find the magic like I did.
|Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|
|Series: Harry Potter Series #3|
|Author(s): JK Rowling||Genre: Fantasy|
|ISBN/ASIN: B019PIOJZ4||Publisher: Pottermore|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
31st May 2018)