Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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

I have shocking news. I have literally no comments to make about this book. No observations, positive or negative. I simply enjoyed reading it. This is a little unnerving for me. Although it is actually really hard to write/type the word Azkaban. Seriously, try it. It's hard. You'll get at least one letter in the wrong place. Well, two. I suppose you can't get one letter in the wrong place unless it's a letter that didn't belong there in the first place. And you put it on the end.

I'm babbling.

This book probably stands out to most people as the only one which doesn't actually involve Voldemort. He doesn't appear in the story and he doesn't really have any bearing on the events. The only link is that Pettigrew escapes, which is fundamental to his return, but that wasn't planned by Voldemort so he doesn't feature here at all. I don't know whether this makes it a better or a worse book, maybe it has no real bearing on it, but I think it's noteworthy. It introduces a lot of characters and ideas that become crucial as we progress through the series, but it doesn't actually advance the overall plot much. By the end of this instalment, very little has actually changed since the start. It's still enjoyable to read - though maybe a part of that comes from following Chamber of Secrets - but in terms of plot, it's kind of a filler book. 400 pages of info-dump. I guess it's a testament to the world Rowling has created that it manages to be entertaining as hell anyway.


  1. Is is hard typing Azkaban. That one took some effort. ;) I loved this book as much as the others, but I'm glad you liked this despite thinking it felt filler-ish. Your review makes me want to stop everything right now and just start on that re-read we talked about. I really miss this world.

    1. I told you it was! It must have been even harder for her to write it by hand about a thousand times. I'm assuming she writes everything by hand first, though I don't know why. Must have read something somewhere.

      It didn't really feel filler-ish, it was more that when I was thinking what to say about it I realised that nothing much has changed by the end of the book. It was a thought rather than a feeling, and an afterthought at that.

      And I would actively encourage a re-read. I'm really enjoying it. I've surprised myself by actually really enjoying the books, and - for the most part - being able to switch my brain off while reading them. I was so worried I'd go back to them and wonder what it was I loved about them so much. I hope you get a chance to do it soon!