At 33 years old, I had never read Harry Potter. In a world full of Muggles and Witches and Wizards, and tens of thousands of memes dedicated to all things Potter, I was unknowing. Oh, I followed Voldemort on Twitter and giggled at some of the things he said….but I didn’t get it. You don’t truly get it until you’ve read the books, even in a world saturated with Potterisms. I didn’t know about dragons, or three-headed dogs that could be sung to sleep, or potions and spells, or Quidditch and the Snitch, or Gryffindor, or invisible cloaks, or Platform 9 ¾. I didn’t know the Hogwarts school song, and I hadn’t met the Weasley Twins yet…or Professor Snape and Dumbledore. I may just have been one of the last people on Earth to begin waiting on my own letter (which, I suspect my postman may have stolen…). Yes, at 33, I was a Harry Potter Virgin. These are my confessions of a Harry Potter virgin.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #3
Published by Scholastic Press on 9/8/1999
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously?
Possibly my favorite book so far in the Harry Potter series, The Prisoner of Azkaban is even darker than its two predecessors, The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. Finally, I am getting to really know the wizarding world and I am IN. LOVE. WITH. IT!
I loved the beginning of The Prisoner of Azkaban, what with Harry accidentally inflating Aunt Marge and pissing off the Dursleys – AGAIN. (And of course, Uncle Vernon didn’t sign his permission slip to go into Hogsmeade as a Third Year). As he runs off with his trunk, he gets picked up by the Knight Bus, and carted to Leaky Cauldron where he has an encounter with the Minister of Magic, who, it seems, is not mad that Harry practiced illegal magic on a muggle, but instead wants to protect Harry.
I think my favorite part of this book is Sirius Black. I was seriously scared for Harry, but at the same time, I was frightened of the Dementors, too! The more I learned about them, the more I understood Dumbledore’s insistence that they stay on the perimeter of the school and never enter. I don’t think they have allegiance to anyone. But Sirius Black…I never saw it coming, and I really enjoyed the twist that Rowling gave us, giving Harry a connection to his past, as well as setting him up for the future.
I am very fascinated by the growing relationship between Harry, Ron and Hermione. I already know two spoilers, but I don’t know the path, so I’m very excited to continue the journey with Harry and friends.
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