Thursday, October 14, 2010

Reader's Diary #656- J.K. Rowling: The Prisoner of Azkaban

With the reread (this time to my daughter) of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I've no rereads left to go in the series. The first time around I quit before beginning The Goblet of Fire. That book looked huge and while I enjoyed the first three, not enough to commit to something of that magnitude.

But The Prisoner of Azkaban was my favourite of those 3, both the first time around and with the rereads. The story telling felt tighter and the mystery component of who exactly is Sirius Black added a more complex angle.

It's still not a perfect book; the collection of magical tools (added to the Invisibility Cloak introduced from the previous volumes is the Marauder's Map and the Time Turner) is becoming a bit too convenient (though typical of fantasy books) and the Rowling-riffing-on-Murder-She-Wrote moment when one character basically explains everything in a single chapter, is getting a bit predictable and clumsy.

Despite the flaws, my daughter was once again entranced and her enthusiasm (she's going as Hermione for Halloween), might just convince me to tackle Goblet after all.


Megan said...

Prisoner of Azkaban was the best of the series. Plenty of action, a story that moved along at a reasonable pace, and a great twist.

Wanda said...

Too cute that your daughter is going as HG for Halloween ... bet you'll be reading the 4th book now. :)

Allison said...

Three and Six were my favourites of the series. I have however grown a slight distain for the books now that my boss plays the Stephen Fry audio books every. single. day.