Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
by Bloomsbury, 1999
of the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year
Potter is about to begin his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft
and Wizardry. After another unimaginably horrible Summer with the
Dursleys, he can’t wait to meet up with his friends Ron and
Marge’s arrival was just about the last straw. Strictly forbidden
to use his magic powers outside of Hogwarts, Harry simply cannot
help blowing her up like a balloon.
Expecting the usual easing back into first term Harry finds the
atmosphere on his return to Hogwarts is one of tension and apprehension,
Black, the mass murderer has escaped from Azkaban and is on the
loose. This has more serious implications for Harry than for anyone
else and his movements are greatly restricted by the Dementors,
the guards from Azkaban, whose job it is to look-out for Sirius
was once a friend of Harry's parents, turned follower of "You-Know-Who"
alias Voldemort, and he was involved in the murder of Harry’s
parents. Will he seek revenge against Harry for constantly getting
in the way of the plans of You-Know-Who?
Despite such serious issues Harry still has to deal with normal
day-to-day Hogwarts business and his determination to become the
Quidditch champion is as steadfast as ever.
worry, when faced with the follow-up to books as good as Harry
Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and
the Chamber of Secrets (both winners of the Nestlé Smarties
Prize Gold Award), is that it won't be as good. With J.K. Rowling's
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban any concerns are
banished from page one. This, the third in the series, continues
where the previous two left off and is a fantastic adventure of
mystery, magic and mayhem combined with liberal doses of humour
and plenty of suspense.”
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