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HP Challenge: Prisoner of Azkaban

It’s the second to the last week of October, and I’m in shock. How did it become so late in the year? How are there so few weeks left until this challenge is over?! I’m getting more and more excited to re-read these upcoming books, not only because they are my absolute favorites but because they begin to get into the real meat of the Harry Potter saga.

It’s in the Prisoner of Azkaban that the more complex tale of Harry Potter begins, and readers begin to get a glimpse of the darkness to come. Rowling is a master of misleading readers to believe something that seems to make sense and then completely pulling the rug out from under them with a new twist that no one could have guessed.

Sirius Black, betrayer of the Potters, escaped murderer and all-around psycho crazy- suddenly becomes Sirius Black, Harry’s cool godfather, wrongly-accused escapee and all-around psycho crazy with a heart. She is so masterful at this!

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Scabbers, too, is just a plain ole rat that we’ve seen occasionally in books one and two. Then, BAM- illusions are shattered, prophecies are made and lives are altered.

In this novel, we also meet Professors Lupin and Trelawney. Both are awesome and cooky to the max. From here, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers go seriously downhill, and that’s saying something when Lupin experiences “that-time-of-the-month” but with fur. Plus Trelawney brings out the rebel in Hermione, and it’s beautiful to see- especially when you try and picture yourself telling off that teacher you always hated.

To me, a real shining moment comes during the last 100 pages of the book. Rowling connects so many different elements and complex plot lines together into a seamless blend: Hagrid and the hipogriff, Harry/Hermione/Ron/Scabbers showdown with Sirius Black, dementors and their gorss kisses and…the time turner.

Each book has so many layers and, in the Prisoner of Azkaban, Rowling starts to peel them back and expose them to mystified readers. Will Pettigrew really return to Voldemort and help him rise again? What will happen to Sirius- will he get caught on the run from the Ministry? And, will Harry ever get the chance to live with him and be part of his family? Plus, what else will Harry find out about his family, his past and himself??

I absolutely love this book, and it gets me SUPER excited to read HP and the Goblet of Fire, which is probably a close contender for favorite HP book.

Closing Prisoner of Azkaban quote:

From the Marauder’s Map“Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business. Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git. Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor. Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.”

I need to write Universal a letter suggesting they sell a real Marauder’s Map. It would definitely sell out faster than those dumb Butterbeer mugs!

Annnnnd, now our next goal is to finish the Goblet of Fire by October 29th! Woop Woop! 😀

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.