Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

Among other books that fall in the category of fantasy literature for children, the Harry Potter series occupies a leading position. The huge popularity the seven fantasy novels of the British writer J.K. Rowling have is mostly due to the fact that they present the captivating adventures of a young wizard named Harry Potter, who uses his skills in casting spells in order to fight against the evil wizards. The novel series of Harry Potter adventures is mainly a fantasy story telling, yet it gathers elements of mystery, romance, adventure or thriller from other literature genres. All the novels are created to make readers enjoy and get captivated by every single page they read.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel of Harry Potter’s adventures, and the book was released in July 1999. In 2004, this novel was made into movie, just like the previous written stories that centered on presenting the fantastic adventures of this young wizard, embodied by the character of Harry Potter. The movies have made the novels even more popular among children, teens and adults as well.

The novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban follows the series of adventures Harry Potter has together with his close friends Ronald, or Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. All the three continue attending their classes at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where they are taught how to use magic and cast spells. Professor Lupin and Sirius Back play important roles as well in the plot of this novel. Harry Potter’s parents have been murdered when he was very little, and Harry wants to take revenge on Sirius Black, whom he thinks to be guilty of his parents’ death. However, in the events that take place, Harry finds out that Sirius Black is not the one who killed his parents, but Peter Pettigrew, who they thought to be dead, yet he has been living all the time disguised as Scrabbers. Under the spell of professor Lupin, Scrabbers is transformed back into Pettigrew, who finally admits in front of Henry, Ron, Hermione and Sirius Black that he is responsible for the death of Henry’s parents. When returning to Hogwarts, professor Lupin transforms into a werewolf and attacks Henry and his friends. Sirius Black protects the young wizards by turning into a large black dog that fights with the werewolf. To increase the magic of the story, the author enables the young wizards to travel back in time and change things that could cause their death.

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the main character also has to continue his fight against dark spirits called Dementors, who were capable of taking human souls.