When Harry and his best friends go back for their third year at Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped mass-murderer on the loose and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school. Lessons, however, must go on and there are lots of new subjects in third year - Care of Magical Creatures and Divination among others - to take Harry's mind off things!
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Publisher and industry reviews
'I can honestly say I can't remember the last time I encountered an author who has had this effect on me. For the first time in years the book lives up to the hype perfection' Daily Express 'Extraordinarily vivid and exceptionally well-imagined' Independent on Sunday 'Rowling deserves all the plaudits that are being heaped upon her. For once, the word phenomenon is an understatement' Scotland on Sunday 'The most remarkable publishing sensation for a generation the story is told with such momentum, imagination and irrepressible humour that it can captivate both adults and children' Sunday Express
UK Kirkus review
The adventures of Harry Potter in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are guaranteed to intrigue and entertain adults and children alike, a glorious blend of school caper (a trainee wizard's spells can misfire to bizarre effect) and Narnia-like battle between the forces of good and evil. This time a prisoner on the run appears to be after Harry - but is everyone what they seem? Editor's note: According to our 10-year-old reviewer, Isabel O'Toole: Harry Potter is a 13-year-old Wizard and lives at number 4 Pivet Drive with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and his huge cousin Dudley. They all treat him as if he was a bit of filth and the only real family he has are his best friends at Hogwarts. All the fuss starts when Aunt Marge (Uncle Vernon's sister) comes to 'visit' the family. She hates Harry and will do anything to upset him, but when she says something wrong she learns to suffer the consequences. So Harry goes on the run and his adventure begins. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is a very exciting year and Harry finds out that a convicted murderer is after him. Your imagination goes wild with this book and it can run away with you, your mind will get dizzy from all the riddles and puzzles and your hands will get tired for you won't be able to put the book down. Your eyes will ache and your legs will shake and I think this book deserves ten out of ten!' (Kirkus UK)
About the author
Since publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997, the Harry Potter novels have sold 350 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 64 languages. J.K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books across the generations in an unprecedented fashion: she was the first children's author to be voted the BA Author of the Year, and also to win the British Book Awards Author of the Year.
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