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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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By J. K. Rowling
Like the woman needs more money. It’s still good, though. Amazon.com
Rating: Quality Comfort-zone.
Read: Dunno when the first time was (in HS, I know) but reread March 2005.

I decided it was time to reread all of these a long time ago (I’ve only read them through once, and that makes conversations with nutters rather tough) but it’s taken me until 2005 to actually do so. Pretty much everyone says PoA is their favorite, including me at one point (I’m leaning toward GoF now), and with good reason.

PoA is when Harry Potter really takes off. Everybody knows where they are, now. We all get the formula, we know who’s who, and what’s what, and now we can start to have some fun with it. Like delving into the darker aspects of Harry’s past. I won’t spoil anything for the three people in the English-speaking world who haven’t read it yet, but it’s definately a bit darker and more intricate than the first two. Much more enjoyeable, if you ask me. The first two were sort of light and a bit tough to get through, but this is really enjoyeable.

If you’re looking for something that you won’t have to struggle to like, don’t know what you want, or just want to know what those tweenies are waiting in line for, read ’em. And if you’re impatient, and want to commit canon heresy, start with PoA. Just don’t expect to be held by the hand through all the magical hoo-haw. Professor McGonagal doesn’t tolerate tardiness!

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Written by Shen

April 10, 2005 at 1:53 am

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