|Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban|
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter
Review by: CL6 MissMaul
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This is the third installment in the Harry Potter series.
It is the summer holidays and Harry's back with the Dursley's. He gets a letter from school that says, as a third year student, he can visit the wizard village Hogsmeade. Only, he needs permission from his caretakers. If he behaves when his Aunt Marge comes to visit them, he'll get permission. But it goes wrong and Harry runs away. He ends up in Diagon Alley where he stays for the rest of the summer.
There, he hears that there is a dangerous murderer escaped from Azkaban, the wizard prison. His nameis Sirius Black and he's after Harry. When he finally gets back to Hogwarts, there are Dementors to protect the school. They have a strange effect on Harry - tvery time one of them gets near him, he faints. The new teacher for Defense against the Dark Arts, Professor Lupin, helps him.
In spite of the circumstances, the lessons go on as normal. Harry has new subjects to learn: Divination and Care of Magical Creatures. The Divination teacher, Prof. Trelawney, is of course, a bit weird. She predicts Harry's death, so it's not much fun. Care of Magical Creatures, on the other hand, is fun! Hagrid is teaching it. He's allowed to do that now that his mane is cleared. Things go bad when Sirius turns up at school and escapes again. He's near. Will Harry survive?
Again, a very nice book, really worth reading. It has the same formula as the first two. Funny words, a great plot and thrilling events. There are new teachers and again, they are funny, nice,or just plain weird. Professor, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, is a really good one this time. They actually learn from him, he's friendly to everyone, and even makes Neville Longbottem, a not too bright student, do his assignments right.
Professor Trelawney, the Divination teacher, is a weird person. It's not clear if she can actually predict the future. Harry, Ron and Hermione think she can't. She predicts Harry's death at all occasions, which makes Harry pretty nervous. Of course, all the old teachers are there too, with all their homework. There's a new Quidditch season too - will they win this year?
A lot of people try to analyze why Harry Potter is such a success. But I think when you ask a child why he or she likes Harry Potter so much, you'll get the best and most logical answer there is: "Because its exciting - Adventuers and Magic. It's that simple."
Title: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban