A brilliant new story featuring Harry and his friends, sequel to the award-winning Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry Potter is a very unusual boy. He can't wait to get back to school after the summer holidays! But that's not the only unusual thing about Harry; Harry's school is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and Harry is a wizard!
When Harry, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, go back for their third year at Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of the Azkaban have been called in to guard the school...
"Such a marriage of good writing, inventiveness, and sheer child-appeal has not been seen since Roald Dahl, perhaps even since Tolkien, Lewis, and Ransome. J.K. Rowling has woken a whole generation to reading."
Rowling proves that she has plenty of tricks left up her sleeve in this third Harry Potter adventure, set once again at the Hogwarts School for
Witchcraft and Wizardry. Right before the start of term, a supremely dangerous criminal breaks out of a supposedly impregnable wizards'
prison; it will come as no surprise to Potter fans that the villain, a henchman of Harry's old enemy Lord Voldemort, appears to have targeted
Harry. In many ways this installment seems to serve a transitional role in the seven-volume series: while many of the adventures are
breathlessly relayed, they appear to be laying groundwork for even more exciting adventures to come. The beauty here lies in the genius of
Rowling's plotting. Seemingly minor details established in books one and two unfold to take on unforeseen significance, and the finale, while not
airtight in its internal logic, is utterly thrilling.
B>From the Publisher
For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing 13 people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, ""He's at Hogwarts . . . he's at Hogwarts."" Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well
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