During spring break I watched the first five Harry Potter movies as I read through J.K. Rowling’s third book: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” This is the story of a brave boy who tragically lost his parents as a baby and grew up being mistreated by his mom’s sister’s family. Harry is a loyal, friendly and brave boy who has a soft heart and works hard to be his very best as a friend, a seeker for his quidditch and a student. In these 435 pages we find out more details of his parent’s childhood as we get to know unexpected friends and we also learn more about the night they were murdered by Voldemort because of Harry’s interaction with horrible creatures called dementors, which suck all the happiness out of a person leaving him or her only with their darkest, saddest memories and thoughts. Throughout the school year, Harry manages to be a good friend despite some bumps, pass his classes and learn very useful spells.
“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly that ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him.” Dumbledore, p. 427.
I think that this book is really original and connects many details within the series seamlessly. Rowling does a wonderful job at making us feel invested in the story. I also thought that the unexpected turns were very impressive and also have a deep message: don’t assume you know everything, have an open mind.
My only negative comment about this book is that I think that Harry and Hermione could have done much more than just sit around once they were told they were allowed to use the time-turner in order to save innocent lives. Had they just performed a petrificus totalus on Petigrew at the Shack, the following four years would have been very different. At the same time, I think Rowling’s story development is very realistic. If we are completely honest, life just is not perfect and not everything can go our way no matter how hard we try. This doesn’t mean we should stop trying, it means the exact opposite.