“‘…The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed…’”
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling
As we move along in the iconic Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, we reach the third book, which, for me, starts to really kick things off as far as the overarching plot of the seven book series is concerned. Some people mark Book 4 of having the title; Book 4 is certainly when the books get noticeably larger, but Prisoner of Azkaban is getting a little more lengthy, too, and, for me, this is when Rowling’s wizarding world really starts to open up, and that, for me, is one of the most charming aspects of these books.
The threat of the Dark Lord’s return becomes stronger as one of the men imprisoned for dark deeds done in his support has escaped, leading many to believe that Harry Potter is in danger. He should be safe at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but not all is as it seems, especially with the creepy dementors prowling the grounds and sucking happiness out of life, and it’s very clear that something quite dastardly is brewing.
In Azkaban, we’re introduced to a lot, and, as I mentioned, the world of Harry Potter gets a little bigger. We get a deus ex machina, the introduction of a beloved character (one who I never really quite got the appeal of), and we get glimpses into the past regarding Harry’s parents. We get the fist visits into the village of Hogsmeade. Other than the establishment of more of the world and moving thing along with some very important events, though, Prisoner has always felt a little lackluster for me, though it makes me eager to move on to the next book to discover even more about this world. I do like some of the little twists Rowling has worked into this book as well, and how nicely it sets things up for the change in mood from the previous two books, which were more about adventures, and the next ones, which delve into some truly dark things.
Books read: 031/100.