Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 1999 (ebook)
Genre: YA Fantasy, MG Fantasy
We recently gained a new member who is our Spotlight for this book, Jordan @ TheBookishBakerBlog! She wasn’t a part of the group when we read book three, but heading forward, she will be joining us for future reads! Yay! Always nice to meet more Potter fans! We chose Jordan as she had actually just finished book three and we wanted to see how she would answer our questions! So stay tuned after the review…
I know…my covers are all over the place. I had flung copies of book one and two…and then I finally found epubs of the rest of the series…so my reading will start to match up from now on, lol. I honestly think the new editions of this series are gorgeous, but o can’t afford to buy HC versions of all the books right now…maybe someday!
Now…obviously there will be spoilers from one and two…but seriously, what do you expect? C’mon! No one can hide from Harry Potter forever! So I’ll do the best I can to skirt around the big reveals…but it’ll be harder and harder from now on.
(May I recommend watching the movies? At least then it’s not like you’ll never read the books! So much was left out, as I am now realizing!)
But I digress….
Harry always starts back at Privet drive with his non-wizard aunt, uncle, and cousin: the Dursley family. Harry is hanging in there, waiting to go back to Hogwart’s School and rejoin his friends. However, in an effort to keep Harry’s magical abilities a secret, the Dursley family have told the neighborhood that Harry goes to a school for criminal boys. Harry must agree to this lie when his Uncle’s sister Marge comes for a visit. As the family dotes on the bad seed Dudley, they treat Harry like a delinquent, and Marge says some, well, not nice things about Harry’s family.
Though Harry isn’t supposed to do magic in front of “muggles,” especially as an underage wizard, he loses his temper and Aunt Marge…well, you can see what happens to mean ol’ Aunt Marge:
The Weasley family comes to the rescue and Harry is able to stay until returning to school. However, there is also a dangerous criminal on the loose from Azkaban, the wizard prison, and they feel Harry should know about him. Especially since the wizard was a Voldemort supporter and was the one responsible for getting his parents killed. They think this wizard may try to kill Harry to take revenge for his former master.
The wizard criminal’s name is Sirius Black.
Posters are everywhere and people are scared. Dementors, the guardians of Azkaban prison, have been “let loose” to search for the dangerous wizard. Though they can catch Sirius, they are also a huge danger to Harry, and whenever they get close, he faints and is depleted of all the happiness inside him.
The new Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin, comes to Harry’s rescue a number of times, and he teaches Harry how to ward off the Dementors if they come too close. Harry plays Quidditch, goes to class, and tries to go on the field trip to Hogsmeade that only third years can attend…but with Sirius Black on the loose, everyone is watching out for Harry’s safety.
If his new Divination teacher would stop predicting his death…maybe Harry could forget his troubles for a semester.
Oh…no. That would be kinda boring, wouldn’t it?
Can Harry steer clear of Black? Can he finally win Quidditch? Will he have his soul sucked out by Dementors? What will happen to Harry this year? (Well, he can’t die because there are four more books, but you get my drift)…
BEWARE OF SIRIUS BLACK, HARRY POTTER!!
Cause he doesn’t look too happy to me…
Is It Classroom-Appropriate?
Yes, but as I said with book two, there’s really no reason to use the later books in lesson plans. Book two, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was close enough to the first book in explaining all the nuances and wizarding world atmosphere that it could be used effectively still. But from this book forward, all the rest of the Harry Potter books should be encouraged for outside reading. It would just be too confusing for those who haven’t read the rest of the series.
This is not to say that the books after one and two don’t have value…they do. I would encourage a classroom library with the whole series so that if or when you use Harry Potter in a lesson plan, the students could continue the series as outside reading. Once they are hooked, it’s good to encourage them to continue by allowing them access to the series. Once you find s book that a student can get into, supply the rest of the books to promote outside literacy. This will help bridge the gap between required reading and reading for fun.
Because of its lack of real use in a lesson plan, I would give Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ★★★☆☆ for classroom use.
Similar to the other books so far, Prisoner of Azkaban has a score of 880L and is recommended for ages 9-17. There is nothing inappropriate for younger readers and this is why most, if not all, the series is also considered middle grade (MG) reading material. The books do get longer as they go up in the series, which is a good way to ensure Reading stamina. For some reason book two is scored higher than book three, but it’s a minimal difference; this just means that if they had no problems getting through book two, they’ll definitely have no problem getting through book three. As Harry ages, so should the ages of the readers. Harry is 12 in this book, so I would recommend 12 and above, though younger ambitious readers will have no problem with any Harry Potter books thus far.
**Now, before the End Result, I would like to introduce to you this book’s Spotlight reader: our newest recruit to the #HPBlogateers, Jordan from TheBookishBakerBlog!!!**
We asked Jordan a question each, and she answered each one! So let’s showcase our Spotlight reader, Jordan!!
- ME: If you could be any Animagus (an Animagus is a person who can change into an animal that they choose, but only one), what would you choose?
“If I could be an Animagi, I think I would want to be a falcon, but according to Pottermore (the website of all thing HP), your Animagi usually is closely related or the same thing as your Patronus and if that’s the case then mine would be a Wolf.”
- TIFFANY: If you could visit any shop in Hogsmeade, which would it be?
“The shop I’d visit in Hogsmeade is a classic: The Three Boomsticks.” *
*The Three Broomsticks is a hangout for anyone and serves excellent Butterbeer.
- JODIE: Who is your favorite Maurader (the makers of a secret map that shows where everyone is at any time in and around Hogwarts) and why?
“My favorite Marauder is absolutely Remus Lupin. When I fist read the books I would have said Sirius, but not so much anymore. Lupin is genuinely a good person and he is so kind, he knows what it’s like to struggle, and he’ll do anything to protect those he loves.”
- BONUS QUESTION: If you had a time turner, would you use it for school?
“If I had a time turner I wouldn’t use it for school. I don’t think I would use it at all unless it was an emergency. I wouldn’t want to risk messing up any timelines.”
Thank you to Jordan, our newest recruit and second Spotlight reader…who will hopefully continue our journey with book four, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire! Who will be next? Might it be…yours truly? 🙀
Do you really think I can give a Harry Potter book less than five stars? We all (and I’m speaking to the readers of the series) may have our “favorite” book in the series, but as a whole, the series never wavers from quality entertainment. The writing is done well, the characters fleshed out, and the twists always a surprise. If I hadn’t seen the movies or read this book before, I would have been shocked at the turnout. This book also inspires one of the classic Harry Potter pieces of memorabilia: the Time Turner. So you can’t hate on Azkaban, which means simply that this book is a definite ★★★★★ read.
And really, are you surprised?
More stuff coming soon, so stay tuned. I leave you with this!