Friday, November 05, 1999

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

It's the third year at Hogwarts, but before school starts a prisoner named Sirius Black breaks out of Azkaban prison. Black was convicted of killing 13 people and linked to Voldemort. Now, he's after Harry.

A series of books has rarely captured my attention like this one has. After originally putting Harry Potter down as a passing fad, I'm now an addict.

Once again, Rowling has given us a delightful story with all the twists and turns of the first two. Snape and the Malfoys are particularly malicious in this volume and the new defense against the dark arts teacher, Professor Lupin, is quite a likeable sort for a change. Then there are the Dementors, foul things whose kiss means death.

I continue to be impressed with the way Rowling makes me root for Harry and his friends to win out. She also has a way of making you suspect everyone of being a "bad guy" in disguise. It makes for a wonderful read.

Another winner for Rowling.

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