This is the next title in the "Harry Potter" series. Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's always a relief after summer with the Dursleys, however, Harry doesn't realise that this year will be just as eventful as the last two! The atmosphere at Hogwarts is tense. There's an escaped mass murderer on the loose, even the Muggles have been warned. The sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school and Harry, Ron and Hermione rapidly discover why all witches and wizards live in fear of being sent to Azkaban. Lessons, however, must go on and there are lots of new subjects in third year - Care of Magical Creatures and Divination among others. Plus the delights of Hogsmeade, the only village in the UK entirely populated by the magical community. The Author: Jo Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her daughter Jessie. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was her first novel. She came up with the idea for Harry Potter when she was on a train. She is currently working on the fourth out of a potential series of seven Harry Potter books.
- ISBN10 0439136350
- ISBN13 9780439136358
- Publish Date 1 October 1999 (first published 28 June 1999)
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country US
- Imprint Scholastic US
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 448
- Language English
Don't let the muggles get you down.
12/18/2019: I loved every bit of this. Harry was on edge most of the time, Ron was happy for once and Hermoine finally admitted she took on more than she could handle.
Even though many people love this book and say that it's their favorite one for me it fell flat. In my opinion it's the best book for Harry as a character - he meets Sirius and finally gets to learn DADA from a good person and teacher, wins quidditch cup. But from the readers point of view I feel like nothing happens. Maybe there is no tension because I already know the plot, but honestly it was so boring that I couldn't finish it in months.
Also even though Hermione is forever and always in my heart, in this one she was so annoying.
I think my past self would be pretty disappointed if she saw this review but what can I say? Hype is real.
I was gonna actually read the entire series, but after experimenting the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry for the first time, I really wanna stick with audiobook format for now! He's so energetic and really makes the characters come to life. Definitely the best audiobook I've come across yet.
God, I'm excited for Goblet of Fire. It's my 2nd fav book.
Had to shift my reading TBR a bit to include this one since I’m participating in the One to Rule Them All Readathon, which is also my first ever attempt at one. I went to see Crime of Grindelwald in the weekend and immediately started reading this as soon as I came back home, and as always it doesn’t take way too long for me to finish one of these books from how much I absolutely adore them.
I believe that out of the three rereads so far, this book is the one where I sensed a difference to my mood in a way. Not that it was difficult to get into, it’s quite easy for this magical world to suck me in, but instead of how much there were things that I wish were adapted into the films alongside what was already adapted. While the previous two books were more on the lighter side with Harry’s exploration of this new world alongside the readers, this one is easily the one where it’s more noticeable to see the darker turn the series is going to be taking.
Because I already know the plot and how this book will eventually end, I subconsciously focused more on the characters and their interactions with each other. For example, Malfoy’s continued pettiness, Snape’s excessive bullying and McGonagall’s absolutely wonderful sassiness to name a few. I also noticed some foreshadowing for upcoming books that I don’t believe I got at all when I was younger, which once again makes me interested to see the difference through my now adult eyes.
The thing I enjoyed the most here though is to see how the friendship between the trio gets tested through their different point of views. Maybe that’s the wrong way to put it as the ones who really got on each other’s nerves were Hermione and Ron while Harry just moved along the flow around them. I really enjoyed this bit, on one hand it gives me a more of an inside look into their insecurities if you will and on the other hand I feel like some of my earlier opinions about both of them.
The classes side was fun to watch as always and although the film doesn’t always give us the biggest focus on classes given the time restrictions, it’s always interesting to see it from the side of the book. I liked seeing the different takes on Care of Magical Creatures and Divination, I did wish for more creatures to be seen in the end, but overall I’m not really complaining all that much.
Enjoyed it a lot and hopefully I’ll have all the series reread by the first few months of 2019 :)
Final rating: 4.5/5
Harry Potter returns for his third year at Hogwarts and with concentrating on new classes and winning the Quiddich cup must also be put on his guard with Sirius Black an escaped murderer for the wizard prison Azkaban and is supposedly after Harry. Although one must keep in mind that things do not always appear what they seem.
Part of this may have to do with Alan Rickman's delivery of the line but my favorite quote of all the Harry Potter books/movies is spoken by Professor Snape while substituting for the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Professor Lupin, "Turn to page 394." on page 394 is the chapter on werewolves and by setting this chapter hopes a student will recognize Remus Lupin for his true nature. I love this because it is portrayed so dry but at the same time with great authority.
Another thing I didn't realize before now is that however slightly has the underlining of prejudice in the plot. I believe this is shown through Professor Lupin, who's true nature is of a werewolf which is why he's been missing classes. Remus is described as having shabby dress with dark circles under his eyes. Somewhere in the book he is commented as saying that it is difficult for him to hold a job and after transforming, and putting students at risk, resigns from the post because "parents wouldn't want their children being taught by someone like me." Maybe I'm reading too much into this but I thought this was an interesting analogy towards racism or discrimination.
Reading HP is always like coming back home to me.