Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Book Summary and Study Guide

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    Harry Potter is 13 in the third addition to J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series.
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    After Harry's Aunt Marge comes to visit the Dursleys' house, she makes Harry so mad that he accidently blows her up like a balloon. Harry feels that he must run away, so after a sickening ride on the Knight Bus, he plans on going to the Leaky Cauldron. Instead, the Prime Minister of the Wizarding world (Cornelius Fudge) intercepts Harry. Fudge drops all charges on Harry and a short while later meets up with his friends, where he learns that a notorious murder named Sirius Black, wants him dead.
    Once at school, Harry and his classmates find dementors floating around the school. After getting close to Professor Lupin and learning a charm that will fend off the dementors, Harry finds out from a map that Fred and George Weasley give him, that Peter Pettigrue wasnt murdered by Sirius Black after all.
The review of this Book prepared by Katina

This is the third book in the Harry Potter series. As Harry begins a new year at Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he finds he has new problems to deal with. A wizard named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban, a horrible prison for witches and wizards. In addition to worrying about new classes and the fact that he can't go to Hogsmeade, a village with absolutely no Muggles (non-magical people), Harry has to worry about Sirius, who everybody thinks is going to try to kill him. As the book progresses, Harry learns new magical skills and discovers things about his father's past and his parents' deaths.
The review of this Book prepared by Melissa Cookson

In this third book Harry finaly gets away from the Dursleys on his own. He also learns there is a prisoner who escaped from Azkaban looking for him. When they finally meet up Harry learns more about his past and actually does have a living relative.
The review of this Book prepared by Sherrie L. Jones

Everyone around Harry Potter believes that Sirius Black wishes to kill him. In fact, Harry Potter thinks so too. However, as Harry, Ron, and Hermione are about to find out, Sirius is not the person who exposed Lilly and James Potter to Voldemort.
The review of this Book prepared by Maya

Harry is finally a teen. He returns to Hogwart's for his third year. A new teacher teaches Harry to fight off the Dementors, nasty creatures searching for Sirius Black, the escapee of the Prisons of Azkaban.
The review of this Book prepared by Rebecca

Harry Potter is in his third year of school. From the wizard prison a prisoner escapes and comes to the school of wizardry and witchcraft.
The review of this Book prepared by irina

Harry enters his teens and is back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there certainly is plenty of it about. Following the same plot as the first two books, Harry is harrassed, not so much by the Dark Lord Voldemort, as by the minions of the DLV. Practice makes perfect, so the third time out for this plot the pace is breathless and the action is fast and furious. I have to admit I laughed out loud at the scene where the invisible Harry 'haunts' his school rival, Malfoy, and splats him with the mud. However, the general atmosphere is getting rather darker as the series progresses, with the soul-sucking Dementors being the main agents of the Dark Side in this book. Harry is perturbed by all this, as well he might be.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

The third book in the Harry Potter series maintains the same level of quality as its predecessors. The wizard Sirius Black, imprisoned in Azkaban for 12 years after being convicted of killing 13 people with a single spell, has escaped and is said to be looking for Harry. We learn more about Harry's parents and the circumstances of their death. New characters are introduced, from the sickly but kind Professor Lupin, to yet another picture guard, Sir Cadogan. A magical map, an amazing hourglass, and a werewolf turn up, as well as a winged creature called a hippogriff. This one has less gross-out humor and more Darkness and mystery than its predecessors; at times it almost gets TOO tricky. But a great read all the same.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 45%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 15% Tone of book    -   very upbeat    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past    -   part earth & part fantasy world Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells    -    Invisibility


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment

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