Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have read this several times and it still is one of my favorite books in the series. Harry and friends are still involved in hair raising adventures, but this one is more complex. The horrible killer, Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban and he has been known to say, "He's at Hogwarts." It is obvious to the adults around Harry that Sirius wants to get to Hogwarts and kill him for Lord Voldemort.
Harry has other things to worry about. He finds out that seeing a "grim" means that he soon will die and Harry has seen the big black dog three separate times. As if he doesn't have enough to worry about, the Dementors have been sent to guard Hogwarts over Professor Dumbledore's wishes. They have a terrible effect on Harry and they nearly get him killed. Thanks to some high level magic taught to Harry by the latest Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin, Harry learns to defend himself somewhat, but he still hears his mother pleading for his life in the last moments of her life every time one comes near him.
Many of the characters in this book are not what they seem to be and Harry, Ron and Hermione are in much more danger in this third year at Hogwarts. They have to deal with injustice and treachery far beyond their years, making this book also one of the most exciting.
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