Review: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

potter3Title: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Author: J. K. Rowling
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Published: 2000
Listen Time: 12:04
Listen Date: July 13 – 14, 2017
Description: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself.


My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Review: Once again Stephen Fry’s narration was a delight! This book shows the continued plight of Harry under the tyrannical rule of his muggle relatives. It also shows the bond and camaraderie between specifically Harry and Ron, and also between the Gryffindor trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione. I love the Hermione is still a know-it-all, but less obnoxious about it. I love that Ron will always back Harry up and that he’s so protective of his friends. I wish he had gotten a chance to punch Malfoy in the nose. It’s refreshing to see them all still so innocent. Harry is blindly brave and so willing to sacrifice himself for his friends–for anyone really. This is all before he really notices how Dumbledore favors him (with good reason), but I feel later in the series Harry takes advantage of that.

I just love everything about the story; the mystery, the build-up, the friendship and bravery. In this book you begin to see that there are more forces than Voldemort working against Harry. I think I like the earlier books more because later, each book become darker and darker. Now, even though there is adventure around every corner, they still have innocence left. They still get to joke around and worry about stupid things. It’s nice to see when you know what is to come.

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