Friday, August 10, 2007

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowlings
Bloomsbury, 1999

Earlier, looking back on the Harry Potter books I remember this one as a special favorite (along with part five) and it still is! In this part, there is no Voldemort and after serving as Bad Guy Supreme for two novels in a row it was time he had a break. Instead, we are thrown into the past and Harry gains, and looses, a family of sorts in Sirius Black, his legal guardian. Also, Snape plays a bigger role again. He may, in fact, be the most interesting character at Hogwarts. Despite all his bitter, small-minded acts, I can't help pitying him and I wouldn't be surprised if he is vindicated in the end although that remains to be seen. This part is also full of imaginative, fabulous wizardry in the shape of the animagi, the marauder's map and Hermione's remarkably full schedule...

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