Series: Harry Potter #3
Published by Scholastic Inc. on May 1, 2004
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult
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Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.'
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss...
The series continues! I really enjoyed the great character/world-building that took place in the book. I wish I could ride the knight bus! Diagon Alley just seems so magical and would be so fun to explore. We explored more of the Hogwarts castle and the surrounding areas in this book, which I really enjoyed. Overall we learned about who the marauders era were/are and what truly happened with Sirius Black.
This book sort of hints that the series is beginning to turn darker. Between a mass murder, escaped prisoner, and extreme security measures at Hogwarts. Throughout the book, we are introduced to a lot of new characters/creatures and a new type of magical, which I thought was awesome.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban makes a great addition to the Harry Potter series. We see more world-building here along with extended character profiles. It was overall a fast-paced book and easy to read.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next one, Goblet of Fire.