As you’ll already have heard, if you read my Chamber of Secrets Review, I have never read the whole Harry Potter series, and I thought it was about time I changed that, so recently I’ve been trying to power through the series and am back today with a review for the third instalment (The Prisoner of Azkaban).
If you were to ask me which movie I remember the most vividly, I would have hands down said The Prisoner of Azkaban. I love Sirius Black and Lupin and Buckbeak and everything else about this movie, so I was pipping to get to the book as soon as I finished Chamber of Secrets (hence why I ended up reading them back to back).
So far, I’ve found that the books and the movies are very similar, but I’m also aware that the rest of books in the series are significantly longer and so I’m hoping they’re going to get even more complex and in depth – it’s got me very excited!
However, despite the fact that the actual events of the novel are similar to that of the movie, I didn’t feel like this novel was just playing the movie over again in my head. Unlike with The Philosopher’s Stone, I felt that this book was a completely different experience. Now, that may just be because I haven’t seen the movie in a long time, but I think it’s primarily a tribute to Rowling’s writing style – she’s getting better and better with every book!
As a result of her writing improving, so far every book I’ve read has become my new favourite, and that’s really saying something. Normally I find that no sequel can beat the first installment, but that’s just not the case in this series.
In terms of the actual content of the book, can we just talk for a minute about the Hogwarts Divination classes… and how wonderful they are! I love that, even in a magical world, Rowling still doesn’t take fortune telling seriously. It provided a really nice sense of reality and allowed the amazing character of Mrs Trelawney to manifest, she’s definitely one of my favourites.
Overall, I gave this installment 5/5 stars – I absolutely loved it. That brings this series total up to 1 4/5 and 2 5/5 stars… that’s pretty good, very few series have gotten higher from me.
Let me know in the comments which book/movie was your favourite? Is the best still yet to come? See you down below!