Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J. K. Rowling
Page Count/Review Word Count: 310
In my view, Azkaban is the first book in the Harry Potter series which really shows J. K. Rowling at her finest, and the time travel element towards the end of the book is particularly well-executed. It’s difficult to get it right, but Rowling absolutely nailed it. It’s also interesting to note that this is the only book in the series which doesn’t feature He Who Must Not Be Named as an antagonist, although there are plenty of bad guys for you to enjoy.
This book also features the first appearance of Sirius Black, a fan favourite. I don’t want to say too much about Black, because I don’t want to ruin the story line, but suffice to say that there’s plenty for you to look forward to, if you haven’t read this book before. Really, you should read the whole series in order, but Azkaban works pretty well as a standalone novel if you choose to read them like that.
The great thing about the Harry Potter series is that the characters are so three-dimensional, and the world feels three-dimensional too – in fact, in Azkaban, we start to see how the events of the wider wizarding world are related to the goings on at Hogwarts. It’s cool, because it gives us context, and that adds to the whole vibe of Rowling’s work. I might even go so far as to say that this is my favourite book in the series – it’s certainly one of my favourites.
So go out and get this – the entire Harry Potter series belongs on every true book lover’s bookcase, and this is one of the jewels in the collection. I might go re-read it.