Our Movie Reviews Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J. K. Rowling
Average Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Last Reviewed On: December 12, 2001 (by Scott)

Scott's Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars on December 12, 2001

So far this is the best book of the series. Harry's in his third year at Hogwarts, and the notorious criminal Sirus Black has escaped, apparently after Harry for some reason.

The book really was good. The plot is full of twists and turns, and unlike the other two books, it really didn't rely on any really big plot-solving devices. The final solution to the crisis might be seen a bit simplistic to some, but unlike the other books, the characters appeared to actually have to think to solve the crisis, and the denouement was not set in stone before it happened. This story was also the first to really question characters' motives and strengths. Basically, the people of the universe weren't quite as flat as they had been in the past, but some of the base characters surrounding Harry Potter still seemed to be stiff and stuck in their mold.

Rowling also seemed to rely less on cute little imageries, and instead introduced much darker images. Some of the imagery that gets used is still too simplistic for my taste, but nevertheless, there are scenes that do a good job of making one use their imagination.

-- Scott and Michelle