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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban Children's Hardcover Hardcover – Jan 12 2011


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  • Hardcover: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Juvenile UK; Classic ed edition (Jan. 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856136175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856136174
  • ASIN: 0747542155
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,025 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Smith (the REAL Jane Smith) on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jia on Dec 21 2010
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It was surprisingly a good read. I enjoy it very much. Harry finally stood up on his own (against the Dursley) makes me smile. Ah, the joy of seeing them panic over magic... just like good old days in Book 1. The author is good in leaving her readers with several suspicions as to who Sirius really is. The answer is very satisfying. I also enjoy reading about all the exciting classes the students have at Hogwarts. (especially Professor Lupin's and the ever-so-useful Marauders' Map)
I recommand this wonderful book for anybody thrilling for an exciting read.
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Format: Paperback
This review may contain spoilers, read at your own risk.

Cover:
Buckbeak, Harry, and Hermione. This is my favorite cover. I like Buckbeak's spread wings with the moon in the background. Hermione looks pretty ridiculous though.

Writing:
(4/5) This book was surprisingly well written. It might be the best written of the entire series. The writing was probably so good because this one sounded like a fun book to write, it had a lot of great characters. The only thing that was annoying was the childish full caps yelling.

Setting:
(5/5) The fully occupied wizard village, Hogsmeade, sounded like it was a lot of fun. The setting was once again really fun. The animagi, boggart, and patronus ideas were really good.

Plot:
(4/5) This is my favourite book of the series. I think it's a lot of people's favourite and I can see why. People claim its the only one that's its own separate story. Although I think the first four are all really good books individually, at the end of the day, they did center around the conflict of Voldemort. This one didn't. The conflict was something else and it was way more interesting in a lot of ways.

The plot and revelations of this book were really good. You didn't quite know who the villain was and it wasn't heavily centered around a villain really, which is why I think it was so good. It was a good plot completely fueled by some really great characters. Those always tend to be the best of stories.

The only flaw was the whole time travel thing. It was thoughtless. Completely and utterly thoughtless. J.K. Rowling said she established early on that the dead can't be brought back by magic. That was a good rule, especially considering that one of this series' themes is death.
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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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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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