Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
Ok, I gotta be honest here. I wasn’t really excited to read the first two books because they are my least favorite of the series. So I was thrilled to start Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s a fan favorite for many people, and I can definitely see why. There’s a different tone to this one. It’s darker and a bit more mature. this is no longer child’s play. I liked that the focus wasn’t set on Voldemort, or sorry, he-who-must-not-be-named. Instead, Harry must worry about not one, but two new threats- dementors and Sirius Black- the murderer who escaped from Azkaban.
So much happened in this book and this time, I really got to see Harry grow up right before my eyes. He goes from having a particularly nasty spat with the Dursley’s (what else is new?) to learning what a Patronus is and what his means. He learns the truth about his parents death and some of the events that led up to it. He made new friends (some new enemies too) and of course had more adventures with Ron and Hermione.
Like with the previous two books, it was fun to see all the details the movies left out and there were many scenes and facts that should have been in the movies, because they are really important. For example, the book explains the wizards behind the Marauder’s Map- Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, and why they have such weird nicknames (which, by the way, TOTALLY blew my mind). I loved the extended scene in the shrieking shack, and also why it’s called that (again, mind=blown). Basically this book blasted my expectations to pieces and taught me so much. It is definitely my favorite so far.
“Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business.”
“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
What can I say? The more I read, the more I fall in love with these books. Again.
This is the third book of the series, and it was everything I remembered and so much more. Seriously, rereading a book gives you the opportunity to find new things you missed, and it also reminds you of the things you loved most about it. It’s like seeing a friend you’ve loved your whole life, but haven’t seen in a long time.
The Prisoner of Azkaban is completely different from what we’ve read in the previous books. In this one, Harry has grown up a little and he’s finding out about new things that happened on that dreadful day, and not only that, but he’s coming to terms with the fact that not everything that people say and/or believe is the truth. The truth can be manipulated and it has. Some secrets have been kept for way too long, and it’s time to release them, for they might help saving innocent lives. Anyone who reads this book can notice the changes the story and the characters are suffering. From this book forward, our beloved characters will no longer be the same and it’s one of the things I love most about it, because now, these three young wizards start understanding the importance of their existence. Each of them give something to the other, either moral support or strength. They now see that each of their actions have consequences and they understand that. This book gets darker. We have new creatures involved, like werewolves, dementors, animagus, and each of these new creatures play such an important role in the story. There are new dangers and so many explanations about the past that will help us understand the story and its background a lot more.
Even though I love this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about the movie. I couldn’t stop thinking how much they changed in the movie. They left so many things, important things, out of it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love every Harry Potter movie, I think they did an amazing job, but when you get back to the books, you notice these differences, ones that might give the movie-watchers a whole new perspective. I don’t think people fully understand what happens in the Shrieking Shack just by seeing the movie. They can’t because there’s a lot of Harry’s dad’s story, and his friend’s stories. In the book, you get to see how they were when they were younger, the risks they would take to help each other. You get to see where Harry comes from. You don’t see that in the movie, which is a shame, actually. I’m sorry for those who just won’t read the books. You’re the ones missing out ;).
I have to say that Sirius and Lupin won my heart in this book. I love their friendship, their loyalty to each other. They’re the kind of friends that with just one look, they know the truth about the other one. They know each other better than anyone, and that remains the same even after years of believing nothing but lies. Seeing them together gave me a sneak peak of how they were when James was alive, when they were all kids. And let me tell you, I’ve always wished I could’ve met James and Lily Potter.
In this book, Harry becomes braver, stronger, because he realizes that he’s not alone. He has a family, even if it’s not really related, because lets face it, the Dursley’s are NOT family material. Harry now realizes that he has a new opportunity to be truly happy, with people who really care about him.
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (One of my absolute favorite quotes)
Seriously. I love this book. I love this series. I love these characters with all my heart.