Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowlings (Book three)
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, supernatural
My rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: Published 20th November, 2015 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
Format: Audiobook, 12 hours and 30 minutes
What did I think?
There is so much to love in book three. I enjoyed that this book was darker in tone. I think the dementors, which are horrid creatures, set that tone. Yet I find most of my favourite parts of Harry Potter stories, this one included, are the middle and lower level dramas and the day to day stuff. I love the world that Rowling created. It’s so interesting, and it’s also so funny at times.
An example – (SPOILER – Read on Goodreads)
Some great things in book three: The sweet shop in Hogsmeade (can’t recall its name but who wouldn’t want to go there for real), the time Harry gets to spend in Diagon Alley prior to the school year beginning again – and where in the book (as opposed to the film) we get to experience (SPOILER – Read on Goodreads). There was the Knight bus, the boggarts, plus: how was Hermoine doing so many clashing subjects that year? Read HP to find out. 🙂
I’m not saying that the higher level drama of Sirius Black etc wasn’t good stuff. It was, too (and it had me guessing, and worrying, at many points). I guess I’m saying it was all well written. One of my kids told me I would like the books more as they continue and they were right. That’s exactly how I feel so far.
I read this as an audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry who was a delight to listen to. I don’t normally read as many audiobooks as I have recently – my preference is for the printed page – but I’ve been sick and couldn’t open my eyes! I was so thankful for audio in the last two days.