Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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.
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.