Thursday, February 08, 2007

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabhan

Harry Potter Aur Azkaban Ka Qaidi (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

J.K. Rowling

Date: 30 June, 2004   —   $19.95   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy, Juvenile

This is considered one of the best books in the series, with some justification. The first two books were clearly children's books, while this one actually begins to deal with things on an adult level. Harry is thirteen, and certain assumptions need to be challenged, because he's at an age where the world gets more complex. You learn that Harry, the star Quidditch player, can lose a game. You learn that his parents' deaths were not as straightforward as they seemed (at least from a magical perspective.) You learn that villains are not necessarily villanous and seemingly harmless friends may be something much stranger.

And somebody's who has been paying attention will recognize the prisoner of the title; his name was mentioned in the first chapter of the first book. If you didn't catch it, however, that's okay, because Ms. Rowling helpfully plants a reminder. And more than ever, a background in word roots is helpful.

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