Prisoner of Azkaban Guest Post by Veronica
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Harry Potter is one of those series that has defined a (my) generation. Everyone who has read the series, and loved it, probably has a favorite too. Out of all of the books, my favorite has to be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (on a side note, the Prisoner of Azkaban is also my LEAST favorite out of all of the movies).
There are many, many reasons why this book is my favorite out of the entire series. Honestly, I could probably write an entire essay, but I’m going to try to stick to some of my top reasons. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that it has been a couple of years since I have read any of the Harry Potter books, but I still remember why I love each and every one! Also, a warning, this post will contain spoilers for those of you who have not read the HP books (I know you’re out there because my sister is one of you and my boss was one of you up until last April).
One of the biggest reasons that Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite Harry Potter book is that Lord Voldemort does not directly cause all of the craziness. What I mean by that is, Voldy doesn’t pop up or order anyone to do anything in this book (he is indirectly responsible though a la Pettigrew’s betrayal). I don’t know why, but the fact that the evil actions of one person 12 years earlier had a snowball effect and caused all of the chaos in the third book really resonated with me.
Another reason I loved Prisoner of Azkaban is the introduction of several important ANIMALS!!! From the very beginning, animals have played an important role in Harry Potter. Hedwig, Fluffy, Norbert, Mrs. Norris, and Scabbers are all animals that have had an impact on the story. Crookshanks (Hermione’s Cat), Pigwidgeon (Ginny’s owl), and Buckbeak (the Hippogriff) were all introduced in Prisoner of Azkaban that recur throughout the series and play significant parts in the story overall. Crookshanks especially was fun to read about.
The main reason is that this is the first book where Sirius Black and Remus Lupin appear. These two are some of my favorites characters in the series too (they’re tied for top favorites with the Weasley twins). However, it isn’t just that they were introduced that makes me love them. I love the sense of history and depth they add to Harry’s character. Their addition to the series give us a startling glimpse at just how much Harry really lost the night his parents were murdered. I also like the more mischievous air they give to the series.
There are about a trillion more reasons why Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite book in the Harry Potter series, but I think I will leave you with the three that really solidified the choice for me. I urge anyone who liked the movies but hasn’t read the books to just go ahead and read or listen to them. You honestly have no idea how much you’re missing by only watching the videos.