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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A whole new adventure with Harry Potter
The third book for Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling series I think is one of best books.
Harry once again has to escape from the Dursleys, because he accidentally lifted his fat aunt Marge who was staying for a visit into the air. Harry found himself traveling on a bus called the knight Bus. Harry stays at a hotel for a little while until he can return back to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban, May 10 2004
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Derrick (Westminster, CO) - See all my reviews
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the 5 Harry Potter tales published so far., April 10 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkban, March 11 2004
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel to Chamber of Secrets!, March 6 2004
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The trouble starts for Harry with a weeklong visit from cruel Aunt Marge who goads and torments Harry until he snaps! The visit ends with a bloated Aunt Marge floating near the ceiling and Harry fleeing from the Dursley's home. Fearing that he is in trouble for using magic outside of school and he will be reprimanded by the Ministry of Magic, Harry makes his way that night to Diagon Alley on the Knight Bus. At the Leaky Caldron, Harry accidentally runs into Cornelius Fudge and finds out that he isn't expelled from Hogwarts or even in trouble at all for the magic he used on Aunt Marge! Two weeks later, Harry meets up with his best friends, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Ron's family. However, the night before Harry returns to Hogwarts, he overhears Mr. and Mrs. Weasley talking about Sirius Black who is rumored to be a Servant of Lord Voldemort and who murdered thirteen people with one curse. Black escaped from Azkaban and the only hint he left behind were the words, "He's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts." The next day on the Hogwarts Express, several dementors enter the train and search for Black. One of the dementors severely affects Harry with its dark power until the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor R. J. Lupin, makes it leave. When the students arrive at Hogwarts, Dumbledore announces that Hagrid will be the new "Care of Magical Creatures" teacher. During Harry's first lesson with Hagrid, Hagrid warns the class that the hippogriffs they are working with (creatures half horse, half eagle) are proud and will attack if insulted. Harry successfully flies on the back of a hippogriff called Buckbeak but when Malfoy takes his turn, he insults the hippogriff and gets a deep slash down his arm. When the Gryffindors return to their tower after the Halloween Night feast, they find that the Fat Lady's portrait has been torn. The students and staff then learn from the school poltergeist, Peeves, that Black had tried to enter the tower but couldn't without the password so he attacked. During the first Quidditch match of the season, Harry sees a large black dog that he thinks is a Grim, an omen of death for anyone who sees it. Then dementors swarm the field and Harry falls from his broomstick. The broomstick is blown away and hits the Whomping Willow. At Christmas, while the other students third year and above are at Hogsmeade, Fred and George give Harry the Marauder's Map written by Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs which shows Harry a side of Hogwarts he has never seen before. Mysteriously, at Christmas, an anonymous person sends Harry the best broom in the world, a Firebolt! Right after Harry finishes his Divination exam, on the day that Buckbeak is to be executed, Professor Trelawney goes into a trance and predicts that Voldemort will return with his Servant's help. All your questions will be answered and mysteries solved, along with exciting plot twists and turns in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It's a must-read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A whole new adventure with Harry Potter, Oct. 21 2003
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The third book for Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling series I think is one of best books.
Harry once again has to escape from the Dursleys, because he accidentally lifted his fat aunt Marge who was staying for a visit into the air. Harry found himself traveling on a bus called the knight Bus. Harry stays at a hotel for a little while until he can return back to school. Harry is aware that there a man named black on the loose. He is said to have helped lord Voldemort. Harry is also aware that he could be after him.
When Harry gets to Hogwarts he goes though many adventures to try to find out who Sirius black is and why do many dementors were after him.
With a little help from Hagrid, Ron, Hermione, the new Dark arts professor Lupin, and the Hippogriff, which is a large mix between a horse and an eagle, named Buckbeak. Harry survives another adventure at Hogwarts and finds out more about his past. Like Harry's parents were not killed by Black, but Peter Pettigrew, who has been presumed dead but really hidden all these years disguised as Scabbers. Black is actually a good guy and ends up helping saving Harry in the end.
Another character who has a big influence on Harry (again) is Dumbledore, who has been helping Harry ever since he was born.
I think that the theme in this book is the same theme that J.K. Rowling has been writing since the first Harry Potter book. Appreciate what you have. Harry had to live with his evil aunt and Uncle, after the death of his parents who only wanted to protect Harry. Now he makes the best of his aunt and uncles house while he waits to go back to Hogwarts for another adventurous school year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry is in SIRRUS Trouble, Oct. 6 2003
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...It´¿s the Harry Potter books that everyone is raving about. These
magical books are so inspiring to everyone who reads them. These books by J.K.
Rowling take you into a world you´¿ve never been in before. I´¿m not just talking
about all the books I´¿m talking about one particular book of the great series. I´¿m
talking about book number 3, The Prisoner of Azkaban.
This is a great story. Its adventurous, mysterious, and so much
more. J.K. Rowling puts this story in a way that nobody else can. She shows you a
side of reality and a side of fantasy. Her accomplishments are amazing.
In this story Harry Potters life is threatened by the notorious Sirrus
Black. Black has escaped from Azkaban Prison after being there for twelve years
for killing 13 people with one curse. He is rumored to be the heir of the ´¿Evil Lord
Voldemort´¿. At night when Black was asleep in Azkaban Prison the guards would
hear him say, ´¿He´¿s at Hogwarts ´¿he´¿s at Hogwarts´¿. Harry Potters life is in great
danger but he can´¿t do anything about it.
This book has so many strengths. The story line, the adventure, and
everything else you can think of. For this book there is only 1 weakness. The only
weakness is that the book is 435 pages. Even though the book is long it captures you
attention from beginning to end.
Almost every person I know has at least read one of the Harry Potter
books. The author is an excellent author. The books are top notch and they have
won the *#1 New York Times Bestsellers*. This book is for any reader young and
old. This one particular book is the one I rave about and recommend it to anyone that
loves to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite one-a great book for all well-balanced people!, June 27 2003
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nadya "nadezhda76" (Washington, DC USA) - See all my reviews
Though this is widely known as the transitional book, I honestly found it to be the most thrilling. It had twists and surprising elements that kept it extremely interesting. Harry is facing harder issues, not just survival and making friends, but questions about what kind of person he is going to be. He has the power to so much and yet he is so young and lacks the parents to guide him or serve as a reference point for who he is. Harry does his best to figure out what his parents were like, but so much is a mystery that he really has to search within himself. His spunk, courage, and loyalty are some of his best natural qualities.
Many people don't like these books because of their magical content or because they feel Harry doesn't respect authority (indeed, that JK doesn't even present one "Authority" in her series). I'm sympathetic to the fears that prompt this concern. The important thing to focus on is that Harry is undoubtedly a good person and his morals are sound. Secondly, these books are getting reluctant readers to read all day long-happily. It is dreadful that some children are being drawn into black magic and voodoo and engaging in bloody rituals but these must be the minority and I cannot imagine that any child with involved parents would go this direction. There are clearly good and bad paths in HP and for the most part the right path is taken. If your child has a proclivity toward practicing dark magic (such that it is) after reading HP then he/she needs some attention. If it wasn't this series it would have been something else. The key is to be in touch with your kids not to shield them from the glut of garbage that is our "pop culture". That is a losing battle. In the end your child will have to be capable of discerning between right and wrong not just kept away from everything deemed evil (this does nothing for their free will anyway). If you see something you feel is wrong, discuss it don't eliminate it. If you know your child and feel they could be tempted into unhealthy activities by these books then by all means, give them something else to read or read them aloud and discuss them. They should not be required reading at a school for this reason but for the general reader they are fabulous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry's transitional third year at Hogwarts, June 21 2003
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban doesn't quite live up to the greatness of its predecessors, in my opinion, yet it is definitely another fabulous read. Azkaban, of course, is the prison in which convicted wizards are held, and it is nice to get our first information about the type of place it really is. This also serves to introduce what are perhaps the most sinister creatures encountered thus far in the continuing story of Harry's years at Hogwarts. Rogue wizards are a pretty devious and tricky lot, but the Dementors of Azkaban are more than up to the task of keeping them subdued. A Dementor, a cloaked, hooded, thoroughly spook-inducing creature, sucks the happiness out of everyone around it, and virtually all prisoners eventually go mad after enduring nothing but their most unhappiest memories at all times. No prisoner has ever escaped the prison - until now. Sirius Black, convicted of killing one wizard and a dozen Muggles twelve years earlier, has escaped, and every indication is that he is coming after Harry Potter to kill him. This threat looms over Harry throughout his third year at Hogwarts, as even the Ministry of Magic is working to keep young Potter safe from the hands of such a dire criminal. Naturally, there is much, much more to the story of Sirius Black than meets the eye, and a number of old secrets and missing pieces of Harry's history are brought to light.
There are a number of significant developments in this novel, beginning well before Harry gets to Hogwarts. Harry's thirteenth birthday brings him his first ever birthday cards and presents, but it also brings him a week's visit from Uncle Vernon's sister, who is much worse than even her equally portly brother. An unfortunate inflating incident with dear Aunt Marge leaves Harry out alone in the Muggle world of his own volition, but he does manage to catch the Hogwarts Express this year. Before reaching its destination, the train is stopped and searched by a group of Dementors, and Harry's first encounter with these grim specters is not a good one. At school, there are two new teachers, Professor Lupine filling the annually vacant job teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts, and a familiar name teaching the course on the care of magical beasts. The Potter-Malfoy rivalry runs hotter than ever, Professor Snapes seems to hate Potter more and more each day, and two of the most eventful, physical games of Quidditch ever seen take place as team captain Wood desperately seeks to win the Quidditch Cup for Gryffindor in his seventh and final year at Hogwarts. Disharmony also walks the halls of the school, threatening to dissolve the friendship Harry and Ron have long shared with Hermione. Of course, all of the action comes down to an inevitable yet fairly surprising meeting of Harry Potter and Sirius Black. The events that transpire threaten to unravel plot-wise in terms of their effectiveness, yet Rowling manages to pull everything together for a most important, thrilling conclusion (one that does fall short of the excitement of the first two books, however). Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban strikes me as bearing a transitional place in the Potter series of books, enriching the landscape with more involved sub plots and new, potentially important characters, enclosing all of this important information inside a story that is sure to delight and entertain all fans of Harry Potter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery in the Saga, June 17 2003
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is different from both of the books that come before it. This book is a sort of mystery/fantasy like the others, but this time Harry feels a stronger emnity towards the perpetratior because Sirius Black affected him personally. Voldermort had also done so, but he is the embodiment of all evil, and Harry's reaction is normal. But Sirus Black is different in a way that I can not explain.
In the third book in the "Harry Potter" saga, Harry is introduced to the evil dementors, who haunt him day in and day out. He is curious about Hermione's strange schedule, but that's the least of his troubles. The silly Divination teacher. Professer Trewlany, is predicting Harry's apparent death, which he finds incredibly boring and stupid. . . and he's not the only one! He finds out that an escaped convict is on the loose, and looking for him! In the end it all wraps up in an extrodinary climax.
New characters include the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Remus Lupin,who, though being the best DADA teacher Harry has ever had, might be a bit dangerous. You have Sirius Black, an escaped convict, who is said to be coming after Harry! And you have a character who in new in a sense, and yet not new. I won't reveal his name.
This book teaches the value of every human life, and shows how complex our choices really are.
Now, many Christians may accuse this book of supporting Divination. I am a Christian myself, and I say this. The Divination in this book is used only as a story device, just as C.S. Lewis (a Christian!) used astrology (the centaurs in "Prince Caspian") and spells (Lucy in "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader") in the "Chronicles of Narnia." Moreover, it is made fun of!
I hope you enjoy this excellent continuation of the "Harry Potter" saga, which raises more questions about the whole saga overall. When you are done, pick up "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and continue.
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