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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K Rowling

Amie was the only entry in our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows competition. I think that you will agree with us here at Big Book Little Book when we say that while we didn’t receive the quantity of reviews we desired we certainly received quality.

For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who’s forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard “accidentally” causes the Dursleys’ dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.

As it turns out, Harry isn’t punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black–an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban–is on the loose. Not only that, but he’s after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry’s very heart when others are unaffected?

When deciding which Harry Potter book to review, it took me some time. I pondered over the The Philosophers Stone, because it’s the first one. Once Harry receives that very special letter, we discover a world with things such as Quidditch, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Gringotts Bank. And a world where magic is real.

Then I thought about the Deathly Hallows, because SO MUCH happens, so many hearts are broken and questions answered. With each turn of a page it really is like journeying on a roller-coaster. Although I knew, there’s always been one book that captured my heart most out of the seven.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

I remember exactly how I felt as I closed the book; I had fallen hook, line and sinker for Sirius Black, and my heart was aching for more.

In some ways I felt this took a (all be it slight) step back from the war with Voldemort. (Sorry – he-who-must-not-be-named.) I was able to get under the skin of lots of characters, find out lots of background information that effects present day relationships.

This book is the introduction of some great characters; Professor Lupin; the Hippogriff Buckbeak; Professor Trelawney; Cedric Diggory: Cho Chang: Sir Cadogan (Who guards the Gryffindor Tower entrance temporarily); the dementors (one of the scariest beings I’ve ever read about).

I also think this is a book where Harry changes a lot. He’s thirteen, which for me has always represented a turning age, you’re officially a teenager! Book three is where he realises how great of a wizard he is/can become, feelings stir ‘in the region of his stomach’ (Hello the beautiful Miss Chang), and Harry learns that even in the darkest times there is still hope, which we have to hold on to it even if it may break out hearts.

Prisoner of Azkaban also contains my favourite, LAUGH OUT LOUD line. Honestly, I just think of these words and I chuckle.

 “HARRY, THIS IS NO TIME TO BE A GENTLEMAN!’ Wood roared, as Harry swerved to avoid a collision. “KNOCK HER OFF HER BROOM IF YOU HAVE TO!”

Those two lines fill me with such happiness, it caught that atmosphere of that chapter perfectly.

There is so much more about this book that I could say, how it’s three-hundred-and-seventeen pages of thrilling teenage magical excitement. (And who honestly isn’t intrigued by the idea of a time turner?) It’s dark; it’s scary; it’s funny; it’s heart-warming; it’s heartbreaking.

I think that’s what I loved most about it, how it doesn’t disappoint you, it fills up, but makes sure to leave you wanting more.

Post by competition winner AmieSalmon

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: April 2000
Format: Paperback
Pages: 317
Genre: Magic, Adventure
Age: Middle Grade
Reviewer: Guest Reviewer
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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Win Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2: The Game

While the chosen few continue to explore Pottermore and iron out the creases, the rest of us mere Muggles will have to make do with immersing ourselves in the books, films and games. To help the time pass more quickly we are giving away a copy of The Deathly Hallows Part 2: The Video Game, to the individual whose Harry Potter book review sparks the most discussion and comment.
The Game
Manufacturer’s Description: Step into the roles of your favorite heroes in the epic finale of the entertainment event of the decade. Playing as harry and other key characters in the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-part 2 video game, you are on a dangerous and urgent quest to locate and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, and with them, Voldemort. Break in to the high security vaults of Gringotts Bank, escape Fiendfyre in the room of Requirement and battle Voldemort’s most powerful allies as you defend Hogwarts in this action-packed experience.
Featuring the most epic battles of any Harry Potter game gone before, this is the ultimate showdown against Voldemort and his Dark forces. The fate of the wizarding world rests in your hands in the final battle of Hogwarts.
The Competition
To enter simply write a review for one of the seven original Harry Potter books and email your review to [email protected]
Label your email: Harry Potter Competition
Please state how you would like to be addressed on the review and include details of your postal address and preferred game format (in case you win!).
The Big Book Little Book Team will select their favorite review for each book. These reviews will be posted over seven consecutive days (in order of book publication) on the Big Book Little Book blog.
The general public will be invited to comment on the reviews.The review which generates the most comments in the given time period will win the Game*
Closing date for review submissions: Saturday 12th November Addendum 12/11/2011: Due to the volume of entries we have moved the closing date for submissions to 08:00 on Friday 18th November.
The selected reviews will be posted from: Saturday 19th November
The winner will be announced: Sunday 4th December (comments posted until 23:59 GMT  on Friday 3rd Dec will be included)
The Small Print.
In keeping with the games recommendation applicants should be aged 12 and over.
One prize winner will receive a  single copy of HP and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for either  Xbox 360™, PLAYSTATION® 3, Windows PC, Wii™ or Nintendo DS™
No alternative prize will be offered.
UK postal addresses only. An address is required to ship the game to the winner and will not be used for any other purpose.
All emails will be deleted on completion of the competition.
Each individual can enter a max of 7 reviews (one for each book) however each review must be submitted/ emailed individually.
By entering the competition you are giving your permission for Big Book Little Book to post and archive your review on it’s blog.
In the event of a disagreement or a tie the decision of Big Book Little Book is final.
You do not have to be a follower of Big Book Little Book to enter this competition but it is a great way to show your appreciation!
*we welcome discussion, debate  and constructive criticism, therefore multiple comments from individuals will be  allowed as long as each comment expresses a valid point. Big Book Little Book reserves the right to discount/delete any comments which are intentionally offensive or spam like.
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