Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is undoubtedly my most favourite of the seven books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. A welcome change from the past two books which deal with something about Voldemort, this one enlightens us about Harry's past, his parents and a lot many more hidden facts.

The main plot of the story is that a convicted mass murderer, Sirius Black has escaped from the wizard prison, Azkaban and is supposed to be on a lookout for Harry. 

There is a shift from an ostentatious Gilderoy Lockhart as Defence against Dark Arts teacher to a humble warewolf Remus John Lupin as a rather powerful one. In one of the later books Lupin actually refers to himself as "too poor, too old and too dangerous"!! We surely come to understand that external factors like appearance, physical abilities and disabilities do not hold any direct or indirect relationship with the nature of person. The brain is no indicator of the heart. Lupin, amidst all the criticism, happens to be the DADA teacher under whom Harry learns the most and the best skills, including fighting off the dementors using the patronus charm or fighting against 'fear' in the form of boggarts and many other odd magical creatures.

One of the most interesting things that happens here is that Harry makes his team lift the Quidditch cup. Another is the introduction of something called the 'time-turners'. The way the book sees several turn of events, from grim to godfather, from rat to enemy, from cheers to tears and much more it a piece must read. 

Read on to find if Sirius Black is seriously 'black' or not...

Rating: 9.9/10

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