Category: 9-12 Fiction
Published: July 1999
Read (Again): August 2016
Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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?
Again you get the same type of story you are now used to for Harry Potter. Sirius the mass murderer is now out and of course after Harry. He’s back at Hogwarts and with his best friends and between studies and troubles with things like Malfoy and Quidditch Harry can’t seem to catch a break. Now he has to worry about a killer on the loose after him as well.
You get the usual magic, and wonder and action adventure. It’s a bit more scarier for kids than the other ones but not so much that the younger of this age group can’t read it. It’s the same wonderful writing and magic we have come to know from J.K. Rowling and goes along with the other stories we have known.
If you like the first two you are going to like this one as it leads up to the most scarier and intense of the books in the series. Of course I loved this book, and it will always be one of my favourites in the series. We meet Buckbeek who turns out to be amazing. Read for yourself and you’ll want a pet like him too.