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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry Potter, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Third Potter is darker, more complex, and fantastic.

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age 8+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 10+

You know, what I really want to know is why the heck Common Sense Media does not read the books they review. I mean, they cuss A LOT in this wonderful number 3 in the Potter series, but they say that the language is not an issue. Huh? Are they blind, or are they brainless? (No offense, but it's true.) Please, could you actually read the books you review and not give parents the wrong idea? I know that my mom gets mad whenever there's cussing in the books I read. Overall, though, I absolutely love this book, and that's all I have to say.
age 8+

Is It Any Good?

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This Potter sequel wows fans with its twisty plot, shocking reveals, and fantastic new characters. Prisoner of Azkaban takes a big turn toward more sophisticated storytelling starting with the introduction of Professor Lupin. He's not just the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, he has a storied past with Harry's dad, Professor Snape, and even the escaped prisoner that's desperate to storm Hogwarts castle. And Lupin has one big secret the vindictive Snape would just love to divulge. The drama hinges on the clash between Harry's dad's old school friends and enemies, and on a terrible betrayal to them all.

And of course, Harry and friends are caught in the middle, just trying to get through another Hogwarts school year without getting into too much trouble -- though thanks to the Weasley twins' gift of the Marauders Map, sometimes the temptation for trouble is too great. Harry is desperate to win the Quidditch Cup for Gryffindor and will do anything to get the nasty dementors guarding the castle from Sirius Black to leave him alone on the pitch. Lupin teaches Harry the complicated Patronus charm, which ends up saving more than his new broomstick. Much more. And Hermione's insistence on taking every class at Hogwarts gives the trio the cleverest life-saving tool of them all, but they MUST NOT BE SEEN as they race to the double-rescue. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban offers both a thrilling ending and a stellar setup for the rest of the series that from here on out is darker, more complex, and even more rewarding for fantasy fans of all ages.

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