Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

ISBN: 043965548X
ISBN 13: 9780439655484
By: J.K. Rowling Mary GrandPré

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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously?

Reader's Thoughts


Look. I know I'm probably the two millionth bleeding person to point this out, but if they have a bleeding time machine then why don't they bleeding use it in the later books? It would have been bleeding useful. It's things like this that make me seriously doubt her bleeding claim to have planned out the whole bleeding series from the beginning. Bleeding heck. Why I am writing this bleeding review? I must have something better to do. And excuse me for swearing.


Since everyone is probably already familiar with the Harry Potter series and with this book in particular, I'm not going to write any sort of summary. I am just going to say that of the three I have read so far, this is by far the best. I felt that this book had the best and well thought out story line of the series so far. But keep in mind, I have only gotten through book three. Rowling also left no stones unturned by revealing the secrets behind all of the wizardry items and people introduced in the book, unlike previous stories. I am thinking of The Marauder's Map and the Time Turner. She also tidily answered questions that were raised within the book as well such as the Shrieking Shack and the names Padfoot, Moony, Wormtail, and Prongs. The story ending of course was left open so as to move on to the next installment, but that was expected. For me though, the ending of the story was great. Once I got to Chapter 19, I couldn't put the book down. My favorite part of the book was when Remus, Sirus, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Snape are all in that Shrieking Shack, and you finally get to learn a lot of key information about Harry's past. I am usually judicious with my 5 star rating, but this book deserves more than just four stars. Since I can't give a 1/2 star I am going to give it the full 5. I thought the book suspenseful, mysterious and of course adventurous.

Miloš & Brontë

Pa: So we finally finished Prisoner of Azkaban, you turkeys, what did you think?Miloš: I thought that the time-turner was really cool.Pa: How come?Miloš: Because I liked how Harry and Hermione went to save Sirius and save Buckbeak, and how Ron woke up and said what happened.Pa: How about you, Te? Did you like that part?Brontë: Yeah, I liked it. I like how they were going back in time. And I love how Harry, at the end, didn't know it [the person who cast the Patronus] was him because he thought it was his dad and it couldn't be him and it's the wizard world, so his dad could have been a ghost there doing the spell even though he was a ghost, but it was actually Harry, but I thought that was an amazing part, and the other one that I liked was that they were going back just to save Harry's godfather, that was really awesome, and even the fact that he was being impatient with whats-his-name...?Pa: Snape?Milos: LupinBrontë: Yeah, Lupin. I loved that he was impatinet with Lupin, and then they went to save him even though they wanted to kill Peter Pettigrew. Two little kids saving Harry's godfather. It was awesome. I just think the whole book was amazing.Miloš: Me too. Pa: Wow. That's crazy. Ummm. Did you like the book better than the movie?Miloš: Yeah.Brontë: Of course we liked the book. Even though we haven't heard all the books we love them because the books are the real story, and the movies are just made up, or some parts are made up from the book, and the book is really the real story. Pa: Cool.Miloš: Next time we go to the movie theatre, if we take Prisoner of Azkaban, I going to take the book up the steps and put it in the theatre we're stiting in and then we can watch it. I mean, I know we won't be able to see all of it, but I will just imagine the parts I can't see and get it into my brain.Pa: Wow! That would be cool. Anything else?Miloš: No that's it, oh, but I love the book it's really cool.Brontë: There is one more thing for me to say, though. Even though I like, like one or two maybe of the Gryffindors, I mostly like the Slytherins. I don't know why, but you look in ghosts past, and you can see Harry's dad hurting and torturing Snape, and Snape has been good to Harry, and Harry still doesn't like him, and Snape was in Slytherin, so I just like Slytherin best. Oh, but I like Ginny from Gryffindor, and I love Luna Lovegood the most.Miloš: She's RavenclawBrontë: She wears a blue scarfMiloš: Yeah, Ravenclaw.Pa: So what should we read next? should we finish Pippi, or read Goblet of Fire or Beedle the Bard? What do you think?Miloš & Brontë: Beedle the BardPa: Beedle the Bard it is. Okay, go play.


Harry is a 13 year old boy, and is a young wizard. When he was 1 year old, his parents got killed by the most powerful dark wizard, Lord Voldemort. But when Voldemort tried to kill Harry as well, he failed and since than, Harry is very famous. He is a 3rd year student in Hogwarts, the school for Witchcraft and Wizardy. Harry wants to go to Hogsmeade with his friends. But he can not  because Uncle vernon obviously would not give him permission, and Harry does not have any other relatives. Even the Ministery of Magic would not sign it for famous Harry Potter because there is another reason. The reason is that the Minestery of Magic, Mr. Fudge, thinks that Sirius Black, a prizoner that killed 13 people in a curse is after Harry. Black worked under Voldemort, and hates Harry for making Voldemort lose his powers.So Fudge wants to keep Harry safe in Hogwarts.Also, Harry wants revenge. He hears that Black killed his parents; Black was Harry's dad's best friend, and was a spy for Voldemort. Black had betrayed Voldemort. But it was not Black that had killed his parents. It was Peter Pettigrew, who had been living 12 years as a rat, and no normal rat; Ron's pet Scabbers. He had powers to transform into a shape of an animal. When Harry, Hermoine, Ron, Professor Lupin, and Black had tried to hand him over to the dementors, he had escaped. So once more, Black had been captured. But Harry and Hermione rescued him by using the time warp charm. He escaped with Haqgrid's bird. And Harry had ended his 3rd year at Hogwarts.


The first of her series where Rowling really catches her stride. Though her plotting is always a forced joining of unnecessary moments smoothed over Lucas-style by action and magic, in this occasion, the emotional and character exploration of such moments helps to lend them a certain importance. There is an irony here: that Rowling seems to profit from the reader leaning on Chekhovian Realism in a story where the psychology and meaning are so contrived and poorly-executed that it cannot be considered with that genre.As ever, Rowlings adoption of characters, themes, and tropes from other British authors prove to be her best and most powerful elements. From Mr. D'arcy to Gandalf to Gaiman, she runs the gamut, arms outstretched and grasping gleefully.Of course, for those who argue 'there are only XX stories' (scientifically defined as somewhere between 1 and 77), Rowling's gentle lending is not much of a literary crime. Quite the opposite: she is not an author who could create from whole cloth, her strength lies in combination of elements and in romantic adventure.And though her disparate story elements are as hastily built as old Winchester Manor, and as unkind to see from afar, traveling interiorily--though sometimes needlessly confusing--provides a view of many well-constructed and beautiful rooms: a lovely little tour. At the risk of insulting someone who misses my intent, the greatest gift to her merry throngs may be that they cannot step back and look upon the whole picture. A house of cards is a pretty feat, after all.My Fantasy Book Suggestions

Mike (the Paladin)

The waters are getting deeper in this volume, and a little darker...but the first readers were growing up between volumes when this was first published. These are some of the most well written books around. Kudos To Ms. Rowling.This book stands out for a couple of reasons...not to give any spoilers, it stands out as introing us to a couple of important characters and also for the nonappearance of another. The characters stay true to themselves and we get to know them even better.The characters in this/these books will probably be as real to you as any fictional characters in any book ever were or will be. Very, very well written. I believe you will grow to care deeply for them.Here Harry's relationship with his aunt and uncle (not to mention Dudley) becomes even more strained (yes I agree it seemed impossible, but there you are). Rushing off into the night Harry will soon be faced with certain changes and new challenges. He'll learn more about himself and start to learn things that will set him in good stead later in the story. Excellent books.


***There may be some spoilers ahead, but can these books really be spoiled at this point?***So this time through Prisoner of Azkaban something struck me about our general pop cultural acceptance that Albus Dumbledore is the goodest of the good, the best of the best, the most heroic of the heroes in Rowling's world (trumping even Harry because his sacrifice is genuine).I am not interested in Rowling's intentions for the characters in this; I am interested only in what I see. And what I see tells me that only one character is good and great and heroic in the kind of goodness and greatness and heroism that interests me.I am not saying that Dumbledore's a bad guy. He's no Voldemort, obviously (although I am not entirely convinced that Voldemort is the embodiment of evil we often think of him as), and he leads the battle against Voldemort's fascist rise, which makes him the Churchillian leader of English myth. He does sacrifice himself. He does risk his health and welfare to destroy horcruxes. He does protect Harry (while moving the boy around like the chess piece that the boy is). But what strikes me is that everything Dumbledore accomplishes is accomplished to maintain the status quo, and the status quo I see is far from worthy of maintenance. It is a status quo with a classic English power structure, rich white guys at the top (Dumbledore anyone?) and everyone else beneath. It is a status quo with the usual class divides. It is a status quo with some pretty hefty racism (goblins and giants and other Others). It is a status quo with institutionalized slavery (and Dumbledore himself uses a small army of House Elves to run Hogwarts without a hint of distaste). It is a status quo with a prison system of torture. And Dumbledore does nothing to disrupt that status quo. In my opinion, the character who is the goodest of the good, the best of the best, the most heroic of the heroes is the one who rails against the status quo while simultaneously battling Voldemort, and she fights Mr. Riddle far more significantly than the rest of the wizarding world. And she fights the status quo in spite of being mocked for her beliefs by everyone at every turn. For me the paragon we should aspire to is Hermione Granger. Not Dumbledore and certainly not Harry Potter. So with that in mind, what's not to love about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It is the moment that Hermione comes into her own. She is the key to the resolution. She keeps them all alive. She's sceptical, she's smart, and she is potent. I love Hermione. Take that Hermione haters.

Lady Danielle

words cannot describe... so magical...


My mind is blown! This was so amazing <3


Not as tight as the second book in terms of pacing and the major plot twist(s) at the end, but still enjoyable. Because Camp NaNo has my brain fried, here are a few random tidbits that stood out.1) Professor Lupin, who I accidentally called Professor Lupus in the middle of a conversation with my friend. Love this guy, and he better come back into the series because awesome mentor figures are awesome.2) Loved the minor character development. Rowling knows how to keep each character in the fray; I definitely would not consider this a character-driven story, at least compared to other books outside of the science-fiction/fantasy genre, but she has a wide cast that she manages to develop with every installment. An example would be on page 149 when Professor McGonagall asks for the Hogsmeade permission forms and she informs Neville that his grandmother thought it would be safer if she sent it directly to the school.3) Ronmione. I sense I will ship them like no other in the future. The entire Crookshanks/Scabbers debacle as well as Ron's awkward pat on the head to Hermione has solidified my faith in this couple. Curious as to where the Harry/Cho Chang relationship will lead - maybe we'll finally see more of the houses other than Gryffindor.Looking forward to the fourth book! Also, here's an insanely intriguing blog post that determines your Harry Potter house based on your Myers-Briggs personality type. Where are my fellow Ravenclaw/Hufflepuffs?

Inés Izal

¡Cada libro que avanzo, va mejorando todo!Dios mío, ¡La de cosas que me he estado perdiendo!

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)

Still five stars. Love this so much. Can't review. Couldn't even take notes. Watched the movie immediately after finishing. Need next book. Wish I lived in this world. Damn you, Rowling. (view spoiler)[THE MAGIC OF THE MASSIVE GROUP READ CONTINUES DEC 2 - DEC 8. THE LIST:1. Me2. Amy3. Bonnie4. Grimlock5. Nine6. Mary7. Rose8. Angela9. Anna10. Aly11. Jgilles12. Noora13. Tandie14. Ally15. Gertiebee16. Christina17. Whitley18. Wart19. Tonina20. Scott21. Angie22. Abbe23. Jennifer24. Michelle25. Sarah26. Kaya27. Jo28. Summer29. Amanda30. Andrea31. Lily32. Erica33. Natalia34. Camila35. Julia36. Lane37. Johanna38. Sha39. Gitta40. Lyndi41. Moonlight Reader42. Aoife43. Cindy44. Amanda45. Silver Thistle46. Lisa47. Marianna48. Anna Janelle49. Autumn50. Sara51. Mary52. Rashika53. Readmore54. Drea55. Lady Danielle56. Hayley57. Jessica58. Michelle59. Shelby60. Flavia61. Lisa62. Synesthesia63. Catherine64. Kerri65. Kenzie66. Astrid67. Khanh68. Maru69. Liz70. Inga71. Asia72. Sophie73. Kathy74. Lau75. Jackson76. Shell77. JennyJen78. Jen79. Jordyn80. Kelly81. Loki82. Jackie83. Clio84. Brandi85. Ashley86. Sofihun87. Ingrid88. Zanahoria89. Haven90. Jo91. Mel92. Kitty93. Meltem94. Karli95. Ayla96. Nadia97. Elaine98. Donna99. Cornelia100. Barbara(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


It was September 1998; the third Harry Potter book had just been released. Pottermania? What's that? It was still unknown except to a vast population of younglings who'd read it... and I fell in love. Oh, how I fell in love. I fell in love with the poor, starved-for-affection, later known to be a twit Harry. I fell in love with the pretentious know-it-all Hermione. I fell in love with the awkward, grew-up-in-his-brother's-shadows Ron... and most of all? I fell in love with the snarky, unplatable, snarling, rude, hygienically-disinclined professor of potions, Severus Snape. Almost ten years later, I'm still obsessed with it in many ways. I think this is my favorite of all the Harry Potter books thus far. This is the one that introduces Sirius Black, who I sometimes loathe (only sometimes!) and Remus Lupin, who I will always, always love. And of course, this is the book that gave us one piece of Severus Snape's background. And that was the infamous Prank that may or may not have destroyed Snape's trust in Dumbledore. Would you have trusted someone who didn't at least suspend the one who'd tried to kill you? I don't think so. This is also the book where I found myself looking at Dumbledore with a new eye. He's a crafty old fella, I tell you that. He'll do anything to gain his means, regardless of how he may personally feel on the matter. Grandpa Albus, he ain't. And Severus Snape, my heart did bleed for thee.


(Read on the blog for better pictures.)Spoilers. Obviously.We are so behind. Sooo behind. Mimi’s on the 6th book, and we’re just reviewing the 3rd. The THIRD! And not even reviewing! I don’t think what we do is reviewing really, we just talk about it.No more nice doodles. No more! You get to see us like we really are. MIMI’S HAIR IS HARD TO DO IT MAKES ME ANGRY! AND HER EXPRESSIONS AND HER ROUND FACE. IT’S ALL HER FAULT.Well… I can’t deny that. Anyways. Hello, Mimi.Mimi: Hello. *speaks French*(She’s going to a French immersion school so she likes to show off to me.)Me: Don’t speak French. Thanks. Okay, tell me the things that made you most excited in this book.Mimi: When Ron was calling Harry.Me: Aha, I love that. But why do you like it?Mimi: Oh, because he didn’t know how to use a phone! He kept yelling. He did NOT know how to use a phone.Me: Okay, tell me about the Dursleys. You’ve known them for three books now–Mimi: Yeah and Harry hates them.Me: What do you think of them?Mimi: They’re sometimes funny, like when Uncle Vernon was on the phone… but they’re not in the book a lot.Me: But you’ve known them for three books now, and they’ve all started with Harry being with the Dursleys. You must have an opinion of them now.Mimi: Yeah, sometimes I don’t like them because they don’t believe Harry. They’re not nice to Harry, but they spoil Dudley a lot. Aunt Marge is a poo. She talks badly about people.Me: Did that make you angry? Do you think any of the things she said were true?Mimi: Pfft no.Me: Well, thank goodness you’re not a huge fan of Marge. If you were to ever come across this book again, and you just wanted to take it off the shelf and reread ONE part, what part would you read?Mimi: The Dememtors! And near the end, when we find out about Sirius.Me: Ahh, okay. But why do you like the Dementors?Mimi: Because they’re cool.Me: How?Mimi: They have hoodies. And they look like Death Eaters. And I want to know who is under there.Me: Don’t they scare you?Mimi: …ish.Me: Okay, little lady.Mimi: I like the part where Lupin is teaching Harry about the Dementors — Expecto Patronum! — and Harry hears James calling Lily. I like how he hears his parents.Me: So you do know that these moments that he hears are the moments where it’s JUST before Voldemort kills them? But you still like it? Why?Mimi: Because I get to see what his parents say. And get more information.Me: Ahhh, okay. I thought you liked it because Harry SUFFERS.Mimi: Oh yeah! That too. Yeah, yeah. I like the parts where Harry gets angry and frustrated — those are fun.Me: So really, you just like to see Harry in pain.Mimi: *laughs* It’s fun. It’s fun.You think she’s this innocent little girl, but no. No. Everytime she asks me for the next book, I see her carrying it off in her little hands, looking so so eager to read about Harry’s pain.Me: Tell me about your favourite characters in THIS book, so just this book.Mimi: Oh! Uh… uh… uh… *screams while flipping through book* I just read what Lee Jordan said. But I… I…. I… like Sirius. Dementors. And I like Aunt Marge… because she’s a poo. Well, I don’t really LIKE her, but I like her because of what she says. Ohhh, and I like the chapter, “Flight of the Fat Lady,” it’s a nice name. I like Lupin, because he’s cool. He’s an awesome teacher, he gave Harry chocolate, and he told him about the Dementors, and… *whispers* he’s Sirius’s friend. I also like the part where Ron thinks Crookshanks — Hermione’s cat — ate scabbers. Because there was blood! I like Lee Jordan — he said a whole bunch of bad words in this book to the Slytherin.Me: What about your favourite character in this book? Where was Malfoy in this book?Mimi: Uh, he doesn’t really do anything in this book? Snape is … ish… because he thought Sirius was a bad person. Oh, and I like Pettigrew–Me: WHY DO YOU LIKE PETTIGREW?Mimi: *sings* Because he’s on Voldemort’s side!Me: Good lord, help me. Okay, tell me about Sirius.Mimi: I like Sirius, because everyone thought he was a really bad guy — like he was on Voldemort’s side. I liked how he was hiding and how he broke into Hogwarts and ripped the Fat Lady’s Portrait, and Ron saw Sirius, and it looked like Sirius was gonna kill him, and Percy was being stupid, and I like how Sirius yelled at Pettigrew. Okay! You know why I don’t like Percy? He acts like he knows everything and he’s so important. He acts so mature, and he’s not. He’s stupid. You should never like Percy.Me: Ahah… ahaha… Well, you’ve already read the fifth so I know why you’re so mad about him. Tell me about Hermione.Mimi: Uhm, she’s actually smart.Me: So you thought she wasn’t smart?Mimi: No, she’s always smart. Unlike Ron and Harry. And she tells the truth, unlike Harry and Ron.Me: Does she always tell the truth?Mimi: No. No, she doesn’t. But she’s always right. You must listen to Hermione. And you must slap Harry and Ron across the face.Me: Is this about when Ron and Harry stopped talking to her? Is that why you’re mad?Mimi: Yeah. The only thing I didn’t like was that Hermione went to McGonagall about the broomstick. I didn’t like that. But it wasn’t fair that Ron and Harry they treated Hermione like that. Oh! I like Mrs. Weasley because she’s really nice and she gave Harry a sweater.Me: You’re completely random, but okay.Mimi: And I like when it was Mrs. Trel… Mrs. Tewerl… Mrs. Trelawny? Mrs. Trewalny’s class and Hermione didn’t like it so she just left. OH yeah! And I like it when Snape just came in — when they found Sirius — and he started yelling! “Be quiet you stupid girl!” “Silence! I will not be talked to like that!”Me: You like it when Snape’s mad.Mimi: YEAHH, it’s fun! Because you don’t know what he’s gonna do. Like in the first book. He’s scary! Like, he’s even scarier than Voldemort when he gets mad! With his slimy hair.Me: Oh my god.Mimi: I also liked the Dementor’s Kiss part. Because I thought Sirius was going to die. Okay, I give it ten stars! All of them!Me: Ah, of course. OKAY, TO THE NEXT BOOK! See you all later.Book One.Book Two.


this is the only harry potter book i'm going to comment on. simply, because this is the only one worth a damn. let's not lie. i started reading the harry potter books one summer in college when i couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. my little cousins wouldn't shut up, and fundamentalists across the nation were waving their arms around about witchcraft. and i do love seeing the evangelical nation in a huff. the first two went down smoothly, fun stories, simple reads, but very obviously children's fiction. this book, however, was the one that really got me hooked. it is notably darker than its predecessors, which i welcomed fully. and it introduced my favorite character by far in the series - sirius. his name is about as subtle as getting whacked in the head with a frying pan, but i guess it's a vehicle for kids to learn about astronomy. and the twisty turny elaborate climax of this book had me gasping and oooohing and made me finish the book in a day. the characters were sympathetic, the concise focus on the story-line was great, and it's the only one i'll willingly read over again. rock on, rowling!unfortunately, it's gone swiftly downhill from there. the later ones are still beach-readable, because even though they are painfully and uncompromisingly and bloatedly LONG, they do have some fun stuff happen. and the big bang last couple chapters are still somewhat gasp-worthy. but huge chunks of the middle should be ripped out at random by her editors, in the purest hope of making the books less tedious. and tedious and children's fiction should not be used in the same sentence.

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