Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.
This week, I am featuring:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by: J. K. Rowling
I love all of the Harry Potter novels, but #3 is my most favorite. Sirius Black is my all-time favorite character. Books 1 and 2 are good set-up, but they are very kiddish. I remember the first time I read books 1 and 2, I thought to myself that I probably wouldn’t continue the series because, while very well written, the books were too childish for me and I didn’t have time for that.
Man, am I glad I got to book 3. Things really take off in that book, and Harry grows up. He starts to have real feelings and reacts to things in a more grown-up manner. I was so impressed with book #3 that I teach it to my English 9 Honors students every year. It’s part of my Hero’s Journey unit, and the kids love it! I think this year will mark my like 10th read of this book. LOL!
About the Book
Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair.
Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem.
Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.
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