Genre = Novel, Fantasy
This book reveals some history surrounding the death of Harry’s parents. The story starts as usual with the Dursleys mistreating Harry made worse by the visit of Aunt Marge. Marge enrages Harry to the point were Harry uses magic. In frustration, Harry leaves the Dursleys and ends up in the Leaky Cauldron hoping to find a room. Cornelius Fudge was waiting for Harry next to the Leaky Cauldron and explained the situation that Harry was in, without explaining why he was there. Harry learns later that the escaped prisoner from Azkaban was on the loose and with the aim to kill Harry.
Even before Hogwarts, Harry is guarded. The guards include dementors, Azkaban guards looking for the escaped prisoner. The year in Hogwarts is spent learning more than just the normal magic, but on the side learning dangerous powerful magic from the first Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who actually teaches. Ron spends a lot of time being mad at Hermione as Hermione’s new pet cat keeps trying to eat Ron’s pet rat. As the three friends had vindicated Hagrid from a prior crime, Hagrid was able to teach a course on magical creatures. Hagrid course takes a turn for the worse when a creature bites Malfoy, with the creature needing a legal defense.
Rowling makes the reader feel like a detective by frequently making passing hints at some sort of hidden secret. The way all the hints culminate into revealing truths is startling. The complexity of the situation is not lost in the eloquence in the writing of this book.
Pages to read: 547
1st Edition: 1999
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