"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

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The third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, of the seven-part Harry Potter series proved to be a worthy sequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The most notable thing about the entire series is that most of the storylines are self contained. Readers need not have read any of the two previous books to enjoy it. Two years of continuity will not be a burden for first time readers and they need not bother themselves with such trivial matters. The author made sure that the book is easy to jump on and provides necessary flashbacks and recaps of events prior to the events in Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban. The book is 435 pages long, a bit thicker than the pervious two. Still, despite of its length, it provided enough time for readers to have a feel for the characters while slowly unraveling the mysteries without any unnecessary cliffhangers and spoilers.

The story began with Harry Potter finishing his homework for summer from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The topic was indeed amusing as to point out to readers that burning of witches during the medieval times where a complete sham. Magical folks as written in Harry's text book was useless, since fire had no effect on witches and wizards whatsoever. The accused would simply cast a freezing spell and would cry out as if he/she was in total agony, when in truth; a mere tickling sensation was felt. The young boy had to do his homework secretly at night since the Durseleys, Harry Potter's only known relatives are unjustly against the use of magic, particularly on its practitioners. The boy's parents too used magic. In fact just like their son, they have been students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...