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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Children's Hardcover [Hardcover]

JK Rowling
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Jan. 12 2011
Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's always a relief after summer with the Dursleys, however, Harry doesn't realise that this year will be just as eventful as the last two! The atmosphere at Hogwarts is tense. There's an escaped mass murderer on the loose, even the Muggles have been warned. The sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school and Harry, Ron and Hermione rapidly discover why all witches and wizards live in fear of being sent to Azkaban. Lessons, however, must go on and there are lots of new subjects in third year - Care of Magical Creatures and Divination among others. Plus the delights of Hogsmeade, the only village in the UK entirely populated by the magical community.


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For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.

As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black--an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban--is on the loose. Not only that, but he's after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry's very heart when others are unaffected? Once again, Rowling has created a mystery that will have children and adults cheering, not to mention standing in line for her next book. Fortunately, there are four more in the works. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'd normally read July 16 2007
Format:Hardcover
I've held out for so long, being a die-hard fiction fan, refusing to read the Harry Potter books. I usually stick with bestsellers such as MIDDLESEX or even the ubiquitous DA VINCI CODE (which,if you haven't read ARE great) but now I'm hooked on the HP series. No wonder Rowling wrote so many as she was in love with her characters as much as we all are. Great fun and not at all what I'd expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban May 10 2004
By Derrick
Format:Audio CD
It starts off as any other summer at Pivet Drive at the Dursley's house. Harry runs away because he Aunt Marge made a mistake. Harry meets a mysterious dark figure that looks like a dog. It meets Harry, but then it ran away. Finally Harry found a knight bus coming his way. He goes on it to go to Diagon Alley into a hotel. Harry meets his friends Ron and Hermoine. Then Harry hears a secret about a guy named Sirius Black and what he did to his parents. Harry is mad at him an seek for him. Harry and his friends their new equipment for his 3rd year a Hogwarts. Harry goes to Hogwarts and then he meets a dark figure that is called a dementor. The dementor gave him nightmares about his parents until a new Defence of Dark Arts teacher Professor Lupin drives the dementor away. They now at Hogwarts and they are trying to solve a mystery about Sirius Black with many adeventers ahead. Some of the adventures shows the truth about Professor Lupin, Siruis Black, and his family history. Harry reveals many secrets to the prisoner of Azkaban and how his family died. It reveals what happened in the past with Sirius Black, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, and Remeus Lupin. Also who betrayed Harry's parents.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of the great books because it had revealed many secrets that had impressed me a lot. It also surprised me when some the secrets that was revealed wasn't what i expected. Some of the adventures that I've read was really good. Also my favorite part was Quidditch when the Gryffindor team first won the cup in a couple of years. There were also a new broom called the Firebolt which was the best broom made in the book. I would recommend this book to people who likes fantasy and adventurous books. Also who likes to read Harry Potter books and if you like the Harry Potter movies.
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By Amelia
Format:Hardcover
As Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry begins the nation is shaken by the news that a murderer has escaped from the infamously horrible wizard prison of Azkaban. The escapee turns out to be Sirius Black. Many in the wizard world believe that Sirius Black's next target is Harry.
There is yet another new professor teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. The shabby man, Professor Lupin, is the first good teacher of the class that Harry and his friends have had. However, there are some strange things about Professor Lupin; why does he keep getting sick, and what is it about crystal balls that scare him so much?
The reader meets more amazing and fantastic creatures including hippogriffs, bogarts and the horrible Dementors that guard Azkaban.
The conclusion of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban leads to some fascinating discoveries about the Whomping Willow and the truth about the night Harry's parents were murdered, as well as the secret Professor Lupin has been hiding. Even Scabbers, Ron's rat, has an important role to play. Rowling's style is as enthralling as ever. No fan of Harry Potter should miss this book.
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By casey
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkban
Another five-star book by the fabulous J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkban, this is the third edition also Harry's third year at Hogwart. There are two others, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which is Harry's first year at Hogwart and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which is Harry's second year at Hogwarts. I gave this book five-stars because it is excellent and it is written very clearly and it can appeal to a large group of people. J.K. Rowling has written a remarkable book that allows your imagination to go wild. She sets the mood and tone then your mind will take off while reading.
Every one wants to be happy in life and Harry is at his happiest moments when he is at school with his friends. If you read this book you will be happy too. Does bring a smile to your face, because there are funny parts and parts where you are cheering for him. I recommend this but to any one from ages eight and older. I at first thought I would not like this book but once I started reading it I could not put it down. J.K Rowling is a fantastic writer. She makes it so clear, and the words are not hard to read at all. I give it five-stars because it has such a wide-range of an audience. It can appeal to an eight year old and then appeal to a thirty year old and they will both get the same enjoyment out of it. There is a reason why J.K Rowling is a ward-winning writer she knows what will appeal to more than one group of people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caitlyn from Ricjhview Middle School March 10 2004
By Caitlyn
Format:Audio CD
This story is about a prison called Azkaban whch held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. He was caught for supposedly killed thirteen people with one single curse. People said that he was the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now that he has escaped Harry Potter is in grave danger. On top of that Sirius Black could change into a dog. Lupin is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Hermoine and Ron try to figure out how to find a way to keep Harry safe. Come to find out that it was not Sirius instead it was his former friend Peter well known as "Wormtail." Wormtail disguised himself as a rat named Scabbers. Then Harry and Hermoine had to go back and restart the day in der to save Buckbeak, who was well known as a hippocrite. They had to save him in order to save Sirius, so he could get away. The most exciting part was when Sirius suggested that Harry could come live with him, when his name was cleared. Then during the end Harry threatened his Uncle Vernon. He said that he could tell his godfather, Sirius Black, that he was being mistreated and will be in touch with him.
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