Series: Harry Potter, #3
Publication date: September 8, 1999
Published by: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 435 (Hardcover)
Summary via book jacket:
For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.
Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts...he's at Hogwarts."
Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.
The first time I read this, few years ago, I was completely blown away and the effect was still the same, if anything I was much more amazed. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite Harry Potter books.
I guess the reason is because I got to know Harry in a (little) more personal level. As far as I could remember, I’ve always been intrigued by his parents’ history at Hogwarts. I secretly wished that (hopefully) JK Rowling would give us even just a short story or novella focusing on Lily and James’ as well as the Marauders’ time at Hogwarts because....duh, they’re simply amazing!
Anyway, moving on to the book, I was very happy to reminisce the part where Ron and Hermione were constantly arguing about their pets—Scabbers and Crookshanks, respectively. I had an amazing time laughing out loud on those parts! Apart from that, new characters were introduced into this installment such as Remus Lupin and Sirius Black, they’re like one of my all-time favorite literary characters and I could swear, after re-reading this book, I might’ve developed a crush on Sirius. Ha!
The history of Whomping Willow was absolutely incredible! This is why I genuinely worship JK Rowling, her books (all of her seven books which were written separately and in certain periods of time) are connected and she managed to explain certain and important parts of the novel astonishingly. Even when I think about it right now, it’d still give me goosebumps (in a very good way). Another thing I really, really, really love was the Time Turner. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that there’s a time-travelling concept in this story considering this is a fantasy novel. I guess it’s the way JK Rowling successfully and effectively blended the concept into her story. Amazing.
Overall, I’m absolutely inlove with this one, positively one of the best Harry Potter books. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I’d love to recommend this to those who loved the first two books and are craving for more and also to those people who still hasn’t read this epicsauce of a series.