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Thoroughly Enjoyable Read,
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) Paperback (Paperback)
Of the first three Harry Potter novels, I can honectly say that I enjoyed the Prinsoner of Azkaban the most. Perhaps this is due to the aging of Mr Potter et al. in the books. The first two seems very obvious and child like, but no. 3 went a little bit furthur.
The plot is well spun and revealed to the author in understandable chunks. What Rowling does very well, is turn nothing into something. There is always a surprise - if you have read the previous novels, then something established in those will feed into the next - it is a great technique. As an example, think of the snake in the Philosophers Stone, and Harrys talents in the Chamber of Secrets. In this case the Whomping Willow suddenly has greater purpose.
There have been comments about the possible inspirations for these novels, and this book is no exception. Azkaban's Dementors owe a lot to Tolkien's Ring Wraiths, and some times you get the feeling that even simple names have been listed from Tolkien - Butterbur and Butterbeer for example. There are also many Star Wars moments, the whole perversion of the Dark Side and so on. But then, in essence, perhaps these are just the great traits of fantasy.
In summary, I'd recommend this read to all, child and adult. I would also add, that you should endure the first two books to get here.