POTTERTHON DAY #3 !
Don’t let the muggles get you down.
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joanne Kathleen Rowling ( pen names-J.K Rowling, Robert Galbraith) is a British author who was born on 31 July, 1965 in Gloucestershire, England. Besides being an author, she is also well known as a philanthropist, producer and screenwriter. She is best known for the Harry Potter series which having sold more than 500 million copies, is the best selling book series in history. Her life as both an author and an individual is an inspiration and continues to be a beacon of hope for all. She is undoubtedly, my favourite author of all time.
Fantasy fiction, young adult fiction, drama, mystery, thriller, bildungsroman. [Courtesy of Google]
( According to Wikipedia, Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood in which character change is important.)
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:
So, today I’m going to be reviewing the third book from the Harry Potter series! You can find the first book’s review here and the second book’s review here! Given below are a few traits common to the 7 books(excluding Harry Potter And The Cursed Child):
➡Highly imaginative and vivid descriptions.
➡Sarcastic and casual language.
➡Suspenseful and captivating read.
➡In depth descriptions of each and every character.
➡Wise quotes and values making every book fit for adults and children.
➡ Every character is super sassy in their own way(or audacious, if you prefer a more formal word).
I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for.
Now moving onto a more detailed review, unlike the first two books, Harry potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban starts straightaway, from an exciting and dangerous point with news of Sirius Black’s(a convicted murderer) escape from prison being publicised in both the Muggle and the Wizarding World. The story begins at the start of Harry’s third year(he is 13 now) which means we see the Dursleys again. Thankfully, Harry gets to leave soon after he (accidentally) blows up his aunt(Vernon’s sister, she’s worse than the lot of them) and runs away from the Dursley residence. Soon after, he is picked up by the curious Knight Bus and dropped off at the Leaky Cauldron Inn. Here, we briefly meet Stan, the Knight Bus conductor, Tom, the innkeeper and Cornelius Fudge, The Minister for Magic (Yes, there’s a Ministry of Magic!).
Why, dear boy, we don’t send wizards to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts.
The story gets a lot more interesting as we see everyone being over protective of Harry and the general air of a well known secret is evident around Harry. As usual, we meet a new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher this year too. However, unlike Quirrell or Lockhart, Professor Lupin turns out to be the perfect teacher with most(except the Slytherins, obviously) of the students looking forward to his classes. It is soon understood that Lupin too has a sinister secret which is revealed towards the end of the story. In stark contrast to Lockhart, in Lupin, we see a proficient wizard with innate wisdom and deep knowledge which I suppose, could be attributed to his harsh experience with life. It can be seen that Lupin is fond of Harry(the reason for which we learn later) and is both a friend and teacher to him, not hesitating to be strict when necessary.
Your parents gave their lives to keep you alive, Harry. A poor way to repay them – gambling their sacrifice for a bag of magic tricks.
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban is an extremely crucial book to the whole Harry Potter franchise, in two ways; one because we are introduced to a lot of characters, objects and entities who remain prominent throughout the entire series, the first two characters being Sirius and Lupin. This is also the book where we come across the incredibly useful Marauder’s Map which is given to Harry by Fred and George. This map plays quite an unfortunate role in the coming book. ‘A bag of magic tricks’ in the above quote refers to this map that lets the holder(user? viewer? owner?) see real time positions of evryone in the castle. Made for pranksters and explorers, this map also shows hidden passages!
Messers Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs,
Purveyors of Aids to magical Mischief-Makers
are proud to present,
THE MARAUDER’S MAP.
After learning about Azkaban, we are soon introduced to the infamous dementors, guardians of Azkaban. Again, they too are important as we see a lot more of these foul creatures in the coming books. The second aspect that makes this book crucial to the series lies in the fact that the core of this book can be traced to the period before Harry’s birth and the tragic murder of his parents. There’s a lot more to Sirius and Lupin than meets the eye. Given below is a quote that describes dementors:
They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them.
And of course, brilliant quotes from Dumbledore (and Lupin too) and the twins’ hilarious attitude are ever present throughout the series. I don’t mean to give anything away, but for all you science fiction lovers out there, there’s a tiny time travel kind of part in the book (which was personally, my favourite part of the whole book). And we are also introduced to the concept of an ‘Animagus’. According to The Wizarding World, “An Animagus is a witch or wizard who can transform at will into an animal.”
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
I didn’t mean to forget but I forgot to mention the (ridiculous but also important) Professor Trelawney who keeps predicting Harry’s death. Hermione fans get to see quite a few amusing moments in Trelawney’s Divination class and after, in a little brawl with Draco. Divination classes add a brief period of humor all the time!!
I dreamed I was buying new shoes last night,” said Ron. “What d’ya think that’s gonna mean?”
“Probably that you’re going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something,” said Harry.
We also see Hagrid being appointed the Care of Magical Creatures teacher and are also introduced to Ron’s and Hermione’s pets; Scabber and Crookshanks respectively, (more important characters). Sounds like Dumbledore is being quite audacious in the quote below!
Professor Kettleburn, our Care of Magical Creatures teacher, retired at the end of last year in order to enjoy more time with his remaining limbs.
This was yet another brilliant book from the series where we see J.K Rowling dealing with and entwining multiple issues and scenarios flawlessly and masterfully. Hagrid’s pain at being told that a hippogriff will have to be executed(because of that idiot, Draco) will come as a heartbreaking moment to all animal lovers. The reader is in for a delightful journey as they are taken through the various changes in Harry’s feelings towards Sirius and Lupin who seem to be hiding a lot. The excitement and mystery coupled with the humour and sarcasm make for a spectacular read!