Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Here is the summary from the back:

“For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

“Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts… he’s at Hogwarts.”

“Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.”

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Reflection

*** Spoilers to Follow ***

This book was first given to me by my grandma and uncle for Christmas way back in the very early 2000’s (whichever year was the christmas of my seventh grade year). I had finished Chamber of Secrets and didn’t even know the third and fourth books were already out. I really had no idea just how far behind in the series I was, so I was super surprised to receive this along with the fourth book.

I finished reading this book in a matter of days during the Christmas break. My favorite part was learning about the Marauders who were sadly forgotten in the movie adaptation. I loved the time-turner and  how it felt like I had finished the book even though I was only in the middle. I remember checking the pages I had left and feeling confused that we were already at the end of the school year already. I wasn’t one of the bright ones who figured out that Hermione was traveling through time all year. In later ereadings, I picked up on the hints that something was going on with her, but as a kid, it was a total shock. I keep thinking that it should have been more subtle in the movie, but what can you do?

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