Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

Hi Friends!

I’ve been working on reading the book Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow for the past 5 or so days and BOY-HOWDY is that book long and slow… First, it’s essentially like a very, very long magazine interview. Literally, Apatow meets with famous comedians and interviews them. 512 PAGES WORTH OF THAT. I’m about half way through, and had to take a break. Don’t get me wrong, the topics that are covered are amazing and enlightening, but it’s just so long. Once again, it seems I bought a book written by a comedian that just isn’t that funny- bummer.

The book I picked for break was the next HP novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Most people already know what was going on in this one, but to recap… This is HP’s 3rd year at Hogwarts, a school for Wizards and Witches to learn magic. During this 3rd year, the magic community (plus Muggle community) are on high alert due to the escape of Sirius Black. Sirius was a “close supporter” of You-Know-Who, and, when on the run 12 years prior, killed many people casting a spell. Naturally, everyone thinks he is after Harry once he gets out. After some crazy twists and turns, you learn the truth about that night 12 years ago and what exactly it means for Harry!

This book was, in my opinion, better than 2! It still had a lot of action packed happenings in the book! I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times, J.K. Rowling has such a talent to put together these brilliant stories!

My one complaint would be that I’m not so sure about Hermione’s attitude with Professor Trelawney. Even if Hermione was over whelmed with her course work, it was so unusual for her to be like that towards a teacher. Sure, I didn’t like have Trelawney ran her class, but I just didn’t see Hermione having the outburst that she did.

Talking about teachers, but on a different note- loved Remus! He was great. For a minute there (until it was explained) I really thought he was afraid of the Orbs that told the future! It all made sense in the end! Also, I’m so surprised at how Snape acted in the end. I’ve always thought he was, at least, a very professional person. He seemed to lose his marbles at the end in trying to prove everyone else wrong. Maybe I’m tainted because I already know where Snape is coming from, but I naturally like him already and was disappointed in him in this book.

All in all, this was a good one!! This one is my boyfriend’s favorite HP, I won’t know for sure if it’s the best until I’ve read them all, but it was very good! I will say I did have a favorite line from this book… page 302 right before a big Quidditch match Harry had a fitful night of sleep-

“Harry slept badly. First he dreamed that he had overslept, and that Wood was yelling, ‘Where were you? We had to use Neville instead!’

Poor Neville, even in Harry’s dreams he’s picked on. hahah.

Anyway- Happy Monday book bandits. Until next time!

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