Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #3
Genre: Fantasy, Children, Young Adult
Publication: July 8th, 1999
Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it his imagination that is making him feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."
The storyline of this book was absolutely brilliant! I have to say that I didn't remember a lot of things from the movie and therefore was very curious/surprised/shocked and whatnot else by specific twists. I liked everything about Hogsmeade, the Marauder's Map, Buckbeak, the Quidditch match and all the other fantastic elements - it was so interesting to read about all of it!
Hermione is another important part of this book! While I liked Ron the most in the last one, I adored Hermione in this one! At times she seemed very lonely to me (mostly because of all the work and extra classes she had/wanted to do) and then there were these fights with Ron ... but well, she's always been there for them and supported her friends. I liked her loads and I'm sure that I'll like her even more in the next installments!
"We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are."
Sirius Black and Remus Lupin were my favorites though! I LOVED EVERY LITTLE SCENE WITH THEM! Seriously, I didn't remember a thing about Sirius (well, I remember that he wasn't bad in the movies), so I was super confused while reading about him. Remus was great and I liked him as teacher of Defence Against the Dark Arts ... he's one of the teachers where I'd actually enjoy going to classes because he makes them seem interesting and fun! They're unique and there's always something new to learn - especially in a not-so-boring way!
So, generally speaking, this was one absolutely brilliant book! I loved the ending and can't wait to continue with Goblet of Fire. I plan on reading it sometime soon ... wish me luck that I'll actually get to it then! :D