Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter, 3/7
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, MG, YA
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: July 8th, 1999

Note: This post reviews the third book of the Harry Potter series. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, before reading this review.

Like his first two years, Harry’s third year at Hogwarts promises to be full of danger and excitement. Sirius Black, a dangerous murderer, has escaped from Azkaban, the most secure prison of the wizarding world. And it seems that he is after Harry! Dementors – the Azkaban guards with the power to fill people with despair – appear at the school in search of Sirius. Harry is deeply affected by their presence and works with Professor Lupin, a close friend of his parents, to master the difficult Patronus charm to ward off the Dementors.

Harry learns that not everything is as it seems, both within Hogwarts and without. With the help of a time-turner, he has the chance to go back in time and save more than one life from being unjustly executed, discovering things about himself and his parents along the way.

I absolutely love this book of the series! The time-travel story element is fun and fascinating, as all time-travel should be.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter, 2/7
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, MG, YA
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: June 2nd, 1999

Note: This post reviews the second book of the Harry Potter series. You may like to read the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, before reading this review.

Harry Potter is preparing to enter his second year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But before the term begins, he is approached by Dobby, a strange house-elf, warning him not to go back to Hogwarts because it is no longer safe. Though he returns to the school, Harry soon sees that Dobby was right – danger has returned to Hogwarts.

Muggle students are being mysteriously petrified left and right, and no one knows who the culprit is. Harry learns in the midst of these events that he can speak Parseltongue – the language of snakes – which makes him a prime suspect as Slytherin, a known muggle hater, was also a Parselmouth. After yet another incident, a threatening message is left on the walls, informing the school that the chamber of secrets has been opened. Harry begins to realize who is really behind the attacks, and must enter the dreaded chamber of secrets to confront an unexpected enemy.

I love this book, particularly because of the way we are introduced to Tom Riddle. It gives more depth and insight to the villain of the series.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter, 1/7
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, MG, YA
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: June 26th, 1997

For the next seven weeks, I will be reviewing the Harry Potter series! I am so excited to review these classics of our time. If you have not yet read them, I highly encourage you to jump into this beloved series of friendship, adventure, and (of course) magic.

Harry Potter has lived with his horrible relatives ever since the death of his parents when he was a baby. Forced to sleep in a closet under the stairs, his life looks pretty bleak – that is, until a stranger arrives with the news that he is a wizard. He rescues Harry and delivers him to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he will learn how to be a wizard.

Harry quickly learns that he is special, and even famous in the wizarding world. He learns the truth of what happened to his parents, Lily and James Potter, and why he is known as “the boy who lived.” In the midst of school and exams, there is danger at Hogwarts. The Sorcerer’s Stone, a magical artifact that contains the power to extend life, is hidden somewhere within the school’s walls. Harry, with the help of his new friends Ron and Hermione, races against an unimaginable evil to find the stone before it’s too late.

Join Harry and his friends on this, the first adventure of many, as they use their developing magical skills to fight their greatest enemy ever, “he who must not be named.” You won’t be disappointed!

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