Review – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Cover of Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

Back to my Harry Potter reread! Woo. This was always my favourite of the four books I’ve read, and I was actually a little reluctant to finish it and move on to the next. I enjoyed Harry’s relationships with Lupin and the brief glimpse of his relationship with Sirius, and the way that their inclusion expands the world a little and gives us a hint of Harry’s parents’ lives, and also of the dark frightened world before Voldemort was defeated.

The Dementors, to me, are more frightening than Voldemort. At least as far as I’ve read in the books, he can’t take away your capacity for hope, even if he plunges you into despair. The Dementors… the moment when Sirius cringes in front of them, near the end, is horrible. They’re the first real signs of a darker touch to the wizarding world; something that can’t just kill you, but can steal your soul — Voldemort can’t do that.

The teenage drama of Ron and Hermione is… less fun. I gather it pretty much carries on as it is, and that maybe it’s meant to foreshadow their relationship being different to the relationship with Harry, and it’s not really an aspect I’m interested in. Honestly, I’m not particularly fond of the idea of any pairing up in these books — unless it’s Sirius and Lupin. Uh.

Enjoyed the reread, though I’m not sure I enjoyed it to the same extent I used to.

Rating: 4/5

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4 thoughts on “Review – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  1. I think the Harry-Ron-Hermione relationship is never as squabbly as in this part. That Scabbers business is just overblown but I was really mad with Harry for the Firebolt argument. Hello, she was trying to save your life!
    And yes, the dementors are freaky – Voldemort is one person (albeit a really strong one) and can be defeated, while dementors SWARM and suck happiness out of the air. Disgusting creatures.

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