Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the Harry Potter series. In the book we reunite with the characters we love, Ron, Hermione, Harry, Hagrid and the professors at Hogwarts. It's Ron, Hermione and Harry's third year and this year is going to be a little different. This year they will be starting to take more classes that are geared to different studies. Harry and Ron are sticking together and taking classes that they chose on a whim while Hermione is taking everything. EVERYTHING. This is where we meet two new professors, Professor Lupin (Defense Against the Dark Arts) and Professor Trelawney (Divination).
What's special about this book is that it starts out with Harry blowing up his Aunt and catching the Knight Bus to Diagon Alley, where he inadvertently runs into Cornelius Fudge (who's head of the Ministry of Magic). In the meantime a murderous wizard has... you guessed it, escaped from Azkaban. At first Harry doesn't think anything of it, until one day he finds out his connection to this wizard (and no it's not 'You know who'). This connection could possibly change Harry's life forever. We also see the students leaving Hogwarts for trips to Hogsmeade, a little village near Hogwarts where witches and warlocks go for butterbeer, crazy trinkets and interesting sweets. Finally, the book comes to a point where Harry and Hermione must turn back time to save not one but two innocent lives before midnight. All the while trying to juggle exams and the Quidditch Cup. No big deal really. It seems simple enough, right?
What I love about this book is that we learn a little bit more about Harry's father, James, and his time at Hogwarts. We also learn a little more about Snape and why he dislikes Harry so much. I feel this book is all about revealing hidden truths and making wrongs right. Sometimes it's as simple as turning time back three times and doing it over and sometimes its a matter of taking fate into your hands and making your own destiny.
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