Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)” as Want to Read:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

(Harry Potter #3)

by
4.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,212,858 Ratings  ·  42,642 Reviews
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 dem ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 435 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Scholastic Inc. (first published July 8th 1999)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
De Wet Time travelling is always tricky to handle. For me it was perhaps the weakest spot in the book, but in an otherwise cracking read like this I'm happy…moreTime travelling is always tricky to handle. For me it was perhaps the weakest spot in the book, but in an otherwise cracking read like this I'm happy to just let things go without over analyzing them. Not much point spoiling my enjoyment of a book by trying to do science and logic on fictional magic.(less)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Cmarks14
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Lily C
Feb 03, 2018 added it
This one is definitely my favourite of the 3 i've read so far.. :)

(Watch my review here): http://youtu.be/gFZ99uPXiIU
Zoë
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Don't let the muggles get you down.”
Yup yup yup I love this book.
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re-read in February 2016
Harry is getting his sass on. I love it.

Re-Read in December 2014 for Harry Christmas to You

OH MAN. THIS BOOK IS SO MY FAVORITE.

The phone conversation at the beginning between Ron and Uncle Vernon was PRICELESS. I wish so much that that scene had been in the movie.

I was so into reading this book that I failed to take notes, so I don't have many specifics to add except that I love how Crookshanks was basically Sirius's secret agent spy cat friend and I LOVE THAT.

Also, this
...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies


I last read this book when I was 14 years old, given that I'm almost 32 now, I have a whole new perspective on it. Despite the fact that I gave this book 5 stars previously, I have to admit that it didn't grow on me until this, my second read.

Confession time: I didn't like Remus or Sirius.

*Khanh ducks as rotten fruit and eggs are thrown her way*

OK, OK, I'M SORRY! I've since changed my mind! Notice that I used the past tense.

Obviously, there will be spoilers for the book below, for the 1.5 of yo
...more
Wil Wheaton
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm beginning to wonder if there will ever be a Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher who is just a teacher.
Hannah
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I have so much more love for this one re-reading it as an adult.

Five stars of course.
Katerina
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It's a rainy Sunday. It's colder than it should be this time of the year, so I'm drinking a delicious cup of coffee and I'm browsing my Goodreads shelves only to realise that I haven't written a Harry Potter review. Not a single one. So, I decided to start with the first Harry Potter book I ever read, the one that took me to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and made me believe that magic is something tangible.
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

I was 16 years old, and I ha
...more
Jayson
(A) 85% | Extraordinary
Notes: Separating itself from its forebears, it’s a story of greater complexity, darker tones, and a vastly expanded mythology.
Luca Ambrosino
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) / ITALIANO

«Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of year. For another, he really wanted to do his homework but was forced to do it in secret, in the dead of night. And he also happened to be a wizard»

Sirius Black's escape from Azkaban prison is on every wizard's lips. Not even the dreaded guards of the prison, the Dementors, managed to keep in a cage the wicked wiz

...more
Navessa
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Still five stars. Love this so much. Can't review. Couldn't even take notes. Watched the movie immediately after finishing. Need next book. Wish I lived in this world. Damn you, Rowling.

Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I'm just going to add a few gifs and pictures from my book. Harry Potter books will always be 5 star no matter how many times they are read. (Hermione forever!)





I fell in love with S. Black in this book and I never looked back.



I'm going to add some pictures from my book, although now, I wish I would have added more but it is what it is. . . maybe later













I love these big illustrated coffee table editions of the books. It makes re-reading them an extremely fun experience. I just wish she would put t
...more
Raeleen Lemay
Oct 05, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, young-adult
JUST GOT MY COPY HECK YES I'll definitely start this soon.
Chris
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, harry-potter
Since pretty much everyone I know has read these books, I figure reviewing them is pretty pointless. But with the new book coming out in a couple of weeks, I have to go through them beginning to end. To make the reviews more entertaining, I will be doing them in a variety of unexpected formats. For this review, I will be writing as Crookshanks fan fiction.

Crookshanks swished his tail back and forth as he crept up the stairs to the boys' bedrooms. He knew the rat wasn't what it was pretending to
...more
Kai
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

When I finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for the first time, it immediately became my next favourite book. J. K. Rowling outdid herself, and wrote something even bigger and better than before. And she'll keep doing it for another 4 books.

There's just nothing to criticise about book 3. Compared to the other books there's not a single scene that makes me uncomfortable, that I'd prefer
...more
Adam Silvera
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved it, duh. It's my favorite in the series and I'm not sure I got anything NEW out of this reread except some reminders on what a dick Snape is + how Crookshanks was MVP in getting the passwords to Sirius Black.
Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
I don't know what to say other than I love this book. I loved learning more about Harry's parents. I loved Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, and everyone else. I loved the storyline and how every single seemingly pointless detail somehow ended up meaning something to the bigger story and how I was left completely in shock. I loved the introduction of divination and I loved Sirius. I love love love this series. Superb storytelling. I AM IN LOVE😍
Saniya
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of-course, this book was EPIC! =D
Its Harry Potter now. It has to be epic! *Rolling eyes but smiling widely* xD

Bookdragon Sean
This is my favourite book in the Harry Potter series!

It marks a distinct change in tone and a maturation of the writing. As the characters grew older, the challenges they faced became more dark and intense. The plot became murkier especially in regard to Sirius and his involvement (or lack thereof) in the murders of Potter’s parents. It all just got so much better. I think this is a large part of Rowling’s success. She could have fell into a trap and continuously wrote books like the first two,
...more
James Tivendale
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
That was awesome. I really should have read this about ten years ago when all the cool kids did. I'm enjoying this series so much and it's great I have no idea what happens next. No spoilers, please! :) x
Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️
Le sigh, so magical.

So Buckbeak.
So Hermione is a badass.

description

FAVORITE moment in ever, people.

But I digress.

I've said it in both my reviews for the first and second HP books, but I'll say it again here...In fact, lemme just copy/paste what I said in review #1 to save us all some time (typing for me and possible link clicking for you):

I have a confession to make.

*
*
*

I have never read Harry Potter.

description

Yes, yes, I know...this is akin to reader sacrilege.

But I just had no interest in these books when the
...more
Mohammed Arabey
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عندما بدأت هذا الجزء كنت متخوفا من أن اجد أحداث مشابهة للجزئين السابقين..ولكني كنت مخطئا
كلب اسود غريب يظهر لهاري وحده يسبب له الفزع، إنه نذير الشؤم

يبدأ هاري عامه الدراسي بأغرب الاحداث..ويقابله وزير السحر ويقدم إستثناء خاص لهاري غير متوقع

مجرم وقاتل هارب من ازبكان..له ماض سئ مع عائله هاري بوتر..ينجح في التسلل للمدرسة ويسبب فزعا كبيرا

لم يستطع احد الامساك به برغم حراسة المدرسة بحراس أفظع من المجرمين نفسهم..يبثون الرعب في التلاميذ..بالاخص هاري

مدرس الدفاع ضد السحر الأسود هذه المرة هو الأفضل..إلا إنه ي
...more
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
OKAY. This book was fantastic! I can't get over how everything just fell into place perfectly. Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of the series so far which is actually a surprise since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was my least favorite movie growing up.

But reading and watching the movie truly is a different experience. Even though I've seen the movies repeatedly year after year, I was still on my toes while I was turning the pages of my book. It was like I was seeing all of this for
...more
Brina
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-k-rowling, rereads
Harry Potter for me is like warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream. It is the ultimate comfort read. This must have been at least the 10th time I've read it but I have lost track. The theme I can take out of this particular book especially after reading it all these times is hope. Harry largely naive for most of the first three books, meets Sirius for the first time and his world changes. For ever so briefly he thinks he can leave the Dursleys for good and live entirely in the wizarding world. Of ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Sam (Clues and Reviews)
I guess you can tell from my rating that this wasn't my all-time favorite HP installment, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I remember thinking that the movie was about a 3/5 star rating for me when I first saw it, but now that I've experienced the novel version, I can see how the ending in the book is so much more detailed and excellent than how they chose to portray the ending in the movie. Obviously I live for any appearance of the Weasley twins, and I was so excited to get to the book that ...more
Beth
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Third buddy read with my OTP

My god, this was gooooooooooood!. Up until now I’ve definitely enjoyed the books, but this had a darker side to the story which I really really enjoyed. I loved the fact that we got SO much more in this book. We find out more about James Potter along with; Lupin, Serius and Peter while at the school and the Marauder’s Map GIRL I LOVE IT.

We get to see lots of magical aspe
...more
Kayla Dawn
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This is probably a very unpopular opinion, but I always disliked the 3rd movie the most and it's probably going to be the same for the books.

I do love all the new characters that were introduced but I really despise this goddamn time turner shit.
It doesn't make any sense! It's full of goddamn plot holes.

Plus: I'm not a big fan of quidditch and there was a lot of it in this one... Qudditch bores me a lot tbh.
Kiki
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literally one of the best books I've ever read. I was chained to it for two days. I cried and laughed and yelled SHIT when all of the action went down.

I'm such a peasant for judging this series before I had read it. I read the first two and half of this one when I was about 10, before reading was cool, before I had the attention span that reading requires (I know these are kids' books but I was a particularly distracted child). I did not know, Mother Rowling. Forgive my sin, and all the times wh
...more
Delee
Buddy-read with two of my Great Escape gal pals- Stepheny and Ivonne.

 photo 8c2dfbee-747b-4477-853c-86940b726771_zpsfet1adlx.jpg

Be on the look out for Stepheny Potthead aka The Book Pusher aka Quick Draw Stepheny aka The Nutty Professor. Last seen running along side the Knight Bus with Harry Potter's invisible cloak. Also Suspected in the kidnapping of fellow Goodreader Jeff and best-selling author Stephen King. Blonde Hair...big green doll eyes, has a frightening maniacal cackle and a tendency to whine when she doesn't get her way. LOUDLY. Considered a
...more
Nick
description

I don't understand why they use time travel in this one,and not in the other books.That would have made things a lot easier.



description
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Harry Potter Books RANKED 13 78 Nov 15, 2018 10:21AM  
Madison Mega-Mara...: #67 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 1 2 Nov 10, 2018 01:47PM  
Fantasy Buddy Reads: HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Oct 15, 2018] 115 33 Oct 26, 2018 01:11PM  
Which fictional character do you hate the most ? 21 100 Oct 20, 2018 08:13PM  
  • Conrad's Fate (Chrestomanci, #5)
  • The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)
  • Sign of the Unicorn (The Chronicles of Amber #3)
  • Lady Knight (Protector of the Small, #4)
  • The Riddle (The Books of Pellinor, #2)
  • The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3)
  • Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2)
  • Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles, #5)
  • The Artemis Fowl Files (Artemis Fowl, #0.5, #1.5)
  • Dinotopia: The World Beneath
  • The Farthest-Away Mountain
  • Abarat (Abarat, #1)
  • Tower of Thunder (Tennis Shoes, #9)
  • The Serpent Gift (The Shamer Chronicles, #3)
  • A Wizard Alone (Young Wizards, #6)
  • The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain
191,048 followers
See also: Robert Galbraith
Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she ch
...more

Other books in the series

Harry Potter (7 books)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” 36946 likes
“Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business.
Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git.
Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.
Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.”
10460 likes
More quotes…