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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 435 pages
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Published In: USA, 11 September 2001

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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. Now he 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 Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts." Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

Rowling proves that she has plenty of tricks left up her sleeve in this third Harry Potter adventure, set once again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Right before the start of term, a supremely dangerous criminal breaks out of a supposedly impregnable wizards' prison; it will come as no surprise to Potter fans that the villain, a henchman of Harry's old enemy Lord Voldemort, appears to have targeted Harry. In many ways this installment seems to serve a transitional role in the seven-volume series: while many of the adventures are breathlessly relayed, they appear to be laying groundwork for even more exciting adventures to come. The beauty here lies in the genius of Rowling's plotting. Seemingly minor details established in books one and two unfold to take on unforeseen significance, and the finale, while not airtight in its internal logic, is utterly thrilling. Rowling's wit never flags, whether constructing the workings of the wizard world (Just how would a magician be made to stay behind bars?) or tossing off quick jokes (a grandmother wears a hat decorated with a stuffed vulture; the divination classroom looks like a tawdry tea shop). The Potter spell is holding strong. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Rowling proves that she has plenty of tricks left up her sleeve in this third Harry Potter adventure, set once again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Right before the start of term, a supremely dangerous criminal breaks out of a supposedly impregnable wizards' prison; it will come as no surprise to Potter fans that the villain, a henchman of Harry's old enemy Lord Voldemort, appears to have targeted Harry. In many ways this installment seems to serve a transitional role in the seven-volume series: while many of the adventures are breathlessly relayed, they appear to be laying groundwork for even more exciting adventures to come. The beauty here lies in the genius of Rowling's plotting. Seemingly minor details established in books one and two unfold to take on unforeseen significance, and the finale, while not airtight in its internal logic, is utterly thrilling. Rowling's wit never flags, whether constructing the workings of the wizard world (Just how would a magician be made to stay behind bars?) or tossing off quick jokes (a grandmother wears a hat decorated with a stuffed vulture; the divination classroom looks like a tawdry tea shop). The Potter spell is holding strong. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Rowling proves that she has plenty of tricks left up her sleeve in this third Harry Potter adventure, set once again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Right before the start of term, a supremely dangerous criminal breaks out of a supposedly impregnable wizards' prison; it will come as no surprise to Potter fans that the villain, a henchman of Harry's old enemy Lord Voldemort, appears to have targeted Harry. In many ways this installment seems to serve a transitional role in the seven-volume series: while many of the adventures are breathlessly relayed, they appear to be laying groundwork for even more exciting adventures to come. The beauty here lies in the genius of Rowling's plotting. Seemingly minor details established in books one and two unfold to take on unforeseen significance, and the finale, while not airtight in its internal logic, is utterly thrilling. Rowling's wit never flags, whether constructing the workings of the wizard world (Just how would a magician be made to stay behind bars?) or tossing off quick jokes (a grandmother wears a hat decorated with a stuffed vulture; the divination classroom looks like a tawdry tea shop). The Potter spell is holding strong. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Rowling proves that she has plenty of tricks left up her sleeve in this third Harry Potter adventure, set once again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Right before the start of term, a supremely dangerous criminal breaks out of a supposedly impregnable wizards' prison; it will come as no surprise to Potter fans that the villain, a henchman of Harry's old enemy Lord Voldemort, appears to have targeted Harry. In many ways this installment seems to serve a transitional role in the seven-volume series: while many of the adventures are breathlessly relayed, they appear to be laying groundwork for even more exciting adventures to come. The beauty here lies in the genius of Rowling's plotting. Seemingly minor details established in books one and two unfold to take on unforeseen significance, and the finale, while not airtight in its internal logic, is utterly thrilling. Rowling's wit never flags, whether constructing the workings of the wizard world (Just how would a magician be made to stay behind bars?) or tossing off quick jokes (a grandmother wears a hat decorated with a stuffed vulture; the divination classroom looks like a tawdry tea shop). The Potter spell is holding strong. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780439136365
ISBN: 0439136369
Publisher: Scholastic US
Dimensions: 19.1 x 13.51 x 2.72 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years

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Rowling proves that she has plenty of tricks left up her sleeve in this third Harry Potter adventure, set once again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Right before the start of term, a supremely dangerous criminal breaks out of a supposedly impregnable wizards' prison; it will come as no surprise to Potter fans that the villain, a henchman of Harry's old enemy Lord Voldemort, appears to have targeted Harry. In many ways this installment seems to serve a transitional role in the seven-volume series: while many of the adventures are breathlessly relayed, they appear to be laying groundwork for even more exciting adventures to come. The beauty here lies in the genius of Rowling's plotting. Seemingly minor details established in books one and two unfold to take on unforeseen significance, and the finale, while not airtight in its internal logic, is utterly thrilling. Rowling's wit never flags, whether constructing the workings of the wizard world (Just how would a magician be made to stay behind bars?) or tossing off quick jokes (a grandmother wears a hat decorated with a stuffed vulture; the divination classroom looks like a tawdry tea shop). The Potter spell is holding strong. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Gr 4-8-Isn't it reassuring that some things just get better and better? Harry is back and in fine form in the third installment of his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His summer with the hideous Dursley family is cut short when, during a fit of quite understandable rage, he turns his Aunt Marge into an enormous balloon and then runs away. Soon, it becomes quite apparent that someone is trying to kill him; even after Harry is ensconed in the safety of fall term at Hogwarts, the attacks continue. Myriad subplots involving a new teacher with a secret, Hermione's strangely heavy class schedule, and enmity between Ron's old rat, Scabbers, and Hermione's new cat, Crookshanks, all mesh to create a stunning climax. The pace is nonstop, with thrilling games of Quidditch, terrifying Omens of Death, some skillful time travel, and lots of slimy Slytherins sneaking about causing trouble. This is a fabulously entertaining read that will have Harry Potter fans cheering for more.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Christine Chang on
 
Third book in series by Joanne K. Rowling. As the series continues on, the series become sdarker and darker. After an unfortunate incident involving blowing up his uncle's sister, Harry escapes from his aunt and uncles house and immediately sees a "death omen". Harry learns that a crazed murderer has escaped from azkaban and is probably tryign to fins hid master Voldemort. Harry soon learns that this man- Sirius Black is his godfather and the man who betrayed his parents; leading them to their death.
Christine Chang on
 
Third book in series by Joanne K. Rowling. As the series continues on, the series become sdarker and darker. After an unfortunate incident involving blowing up his uncle's sister, Harry escapes from his aunt and uncles house and immediately sees a "death omen". Harry learns that a crazed murderer has escaped from azkaban and is probably tryign to fins hid master Voldemort. Harry soon learns that this man- Sirius Black is his godfather and the man who betrayed his parents; leading them to his death.
Tessa Pocock on
 
This was a great book. Of all the three books written up until this one I would have to say this was my favourite.
In this book Harry, Ron and Hermione face more adventures, they meet with mass murderers and learn lots more things.
They have to decide about what they think is real and what is a lie.
I loved reading this book and I especially liked the ending where Harry was reunited with his last remaining family member.
Excellent book.
Juanita McLellan on
 
Harry gets a wish come true in this book- family... except he then discovers that his Godfather, Sirius, is a wanted murderer.... for handing his parents in to Voldemort. Terrific book.... loved it. Really dark, and shows a side of Harry that is a little scary. Sets up a lot of motifs for the next book.... as well as moving on from the plot structure of the first 2 books.
Tracy Poole on
 
this is the third harry potter book and in this one harry has to save his godfather sirius who has always been thought of as a mass murderer but he is actually innocent. Harry also is the best at defence against the dark arts and learns how to repel dementors, the horrors of Azkaban.
Tia Garrett on
 
I dont think that there is any human being who doesnt like harry potter!! this series of books is absolutely amazing and they have made jk rowling a billionaire! so obviously they are good! this book esepecially has it is quite dark but also has a little bit of humour at the same time. i would definatley reccomend this book to you! the 3rd book is oh so good
melissa rizal on
 
My favourite from the harry potter series. Harry Potter books are an awsome and are filled with excitment and mysteries from begining to end. all worth the read and so hard to put down. The price is nothing compared to the enjoyment that you will get from reading this book. You definately want to purchase this book as you will be missing out if you dont! i fully recommend this for all
Bernadette Sinclair on
 
'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' introduces Sirius Black, the supposed evil wizard, the man who escapes from Azkaban prison and evades the Dementors. In a shock discovery, Harry finds that Sirius was a dear friend of his parents and is in fact Harry's godfather! This book furthers the engrossing series considerably and is well worth reading, regardless of how you felt about the movie.
Shu-Hua Chao on
 
the 3rd book of HP is pretty cool- Harry happened to discover that his supposed god father was the guy who betrayed his parents! The story then unfolds with twists and turns, I love the time-tuner, I thought it was such a great idea to turn back time and correct the things you did wrong. A fantastic read who those in love with Harry Potter!
Christine Morgan on
 
Number three the superb Harry Potter series is a bit darker than the first two showing a hint of what is coming in the next books but has still if not way more originality than the Chamber of Secrets and the Philosophers Stone. Everyone who has not had the great experience of reading this book needs to

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