Thursday, January 13, 2011

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

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 Azkaban 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 the magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

Dun, dun, dun...! (And the plot thickens...)

I actually finished this on Monday... Please forgive me for the late review. My 3-year-old niece has been staying with me and she, along with my 3-year-old and 3-month-old sons, has been cutting in on my blogging time. My house has been chaotic!! (It's been a good thing though, until...) My 3-year-old son, Ben, broke his arm yesterday. That, combined with, well, all of the above, has left my blog in a sad state. Again, please forgive me and get ready for a stellar review... Or something suspiciously like it.

Harry Potter is now 13/14 years old. Practically an old man. PLUS, he has more tales to tell and more near death experiences than your average Grandpa. I'll be amazed if Harry lives to see the end of the seventh book. Seriously. Who ISN'T trying to kill him??

I LOVED this book. The first two were just okay for me. But, I stuck it out (this is a CHALLENGE, is it not?) and I'm so glad I did. Hello? Have you heard all the hype surrounding these books? It must be about something OTHER than the first two books. Right?

I can officially say that I remember absolutely nothing from this movie or any of the rest from here on out (except the people who die... Dun, dun, dun!) so they all get to be new experiences for me now. So, that said, this is my favorite book so far. I thought it was fantastic. It was a more exciting story, now that Harry is a bit older. It also seemed like Rowling came into her own finally and is really TELLING the story instead of just describing something that happened.

I've always loved Ron and Hermione. I think they are two of my favorite supporting characters ever written. I think their interactions with each other and with Harry are brilliant. I am excited to continue on in this series and find out how they all end up.

I've said this in my last two posts-- read these (Stacy)! Give in. And stick it out through the first two books. They were okay, but this book was really good. So worth picking up. (And Stacy, I bet your library in the middle of nowhere has THESE.)  :D

The month isn't even halfway through-- you still have time to do the Potter-Thon!!

Happy Reading!


Lori said...

I'm so excited that you are falling in love with the series! :D They only get more awesome from here (except for maybe, 5...I think its the weakest, but so important to the series!) I can't wait to see what you think of the rest!

MommyWantsToRead said...

Just stopping by from potterthon. First wanna say love the background of your blog! So sorry your son broke his arm. I have a 3 year old also so I can only imagine. My stepdaughter broke her arm when she was 7 but at least she was old enough to be more self-sufficient. Hope the tyke is doing ok. My first post for potterthon was all about how I refused to even try to read the books. Book #4 is probably my favorite. Well it is a toss up between #4 and #1. I think you'll really love the next one! Happy reading!