Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

(Harry Potter, #3)

Hardcover, 435 pages

English language

Published Oct. 30, 1999 by Arthur A. Levine Books.

ISBN:
9780439136358
OCLC Number:
313497703

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4 stars (19 reviews)

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort, and might even have assisted in the deaths of James and Lily Potter—Harry Potter’s parents.

Now Black has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard him muttering in his sleep, "He’s at Hogwarts... he’s at Hogwarts."

Of course, Harry already had plenty to worry about. After inflating his nasty aunt and running away on the magical Knight Bus, he finds he’s being pursued by death omens at every turn. He receives two wonderful gifts: a top-of-the-line Firebolt broomstick, and the Marauder’s Map, a magical diagram of Hogwarts made by the mysterious “Moony, …

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Sometimes it makes no sense.

3 stars

Snape is the one continuing element of these books that I always severely question, particularly after having worked as a teacher for a number of years.

It's one thing to hold grudges against people (Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, in this instance) for things they've done, but it's an entire other thing when your teenage grudge continues to plague your life and your profession (and, as a result, the professionalism that you should be showing to students). And this is something that I can, from experience, discuss; in the international school circuit, you often work with the children of your colleagues (and while it's preferable that you like them, it sometimes happens that you don't). If I let my feelings for my students' parents cloud my judgement, I would be unprofessional; I'd hope that my boss would talk to me about this and set me straight (or straight up fire …

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Subjects

  • Wizards -- Juvenile fiction
  • Magic -- Juvenile fiction
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Imaginary place) -- Juvenile fiction
  • Schools -- Juvenile fiction
  • England -- Juvenile fiction