Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling | Book Review

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!

8 Comments

  1. Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite in the series. GoF was good but that’s when it starts getting long. After this one you will probably notice that the books differ quite a bit from the movies too. I’ll be curious what your thoughts are on the later books.

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  2. Prisoner of Azkaban is definitely my top favorite HP book! I just love Sirius and Remus Lupin so incredibly much. Lupin is probably my favorite Hogwarts professor, even one of my favorite characters overall.
    I think I like the book better than the movie, because books just have all the details!

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  3. I totally agree, I almost always read the books before I read the movies, the only time I don’t is when I have no interest in reading them. If you’d have asked me last year if I ever though I’d read the HP books, I would have said no – I watched the movies when I was younger and didn’t really enjoy them that much, but the mood took me recently and I’ve been pleasantly surprised that the books are far superior to the movies. The point I was making in this post was that the things I loved about the Prisoner of Azkaban movie were the characters rather than the plot, and so I was able to enjoy them afresh when I was reading.

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  4. Did you watch the movies before reading the books? If so, your expectations of the books may be based off of your experiences with the movies. I’ve re-read and re-watched the series multiple times and have come to the conclusion that the books are far superior to the movies and the movies leave out too many things in some cases.

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