Narrator: Stephen Fry
Publisher: Helen Nicoll Publishing
Length: 12 hours, 31 minutes
Release Date: March 27th, 2012
Series: Harry Potter #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays (who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?). But when Harry gets to 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…
Things are getting more complicated
There’s nothing wrong with simple story lines and characters, but my favourite books are always complex. Now that the characters are getting older and things are moving along, I’m finally getting more invested in these books. They were entertaining before but now the good stuff is starting. The plot is getting more complicated and less straight forward, the characters are facing some big moral decisions, and not everyone is simply good or evil.
There was no Voldemort confrontation
Harry had a showdown with Voldemort manifestations in the first two books, but not Azkaban. Such a confrontation isn’t necessary, but I was sort of thinking it might become a tradition of sorts. I was really looking forward to seeing how Voldemort might work into Azkaban and was kind of disappointed when he didn’t make an appearance.
The characters are growing up
This brings me joy but I’m also kind of scared. Teenage years are an interesting time. Some character get real attitude and from the looks of things Harry is going to be one. He’s already starting to sass the adults and show major attitude. I just hope the characters stay entertaining and don’t get on my nerves like my little sister did during her teenage years.
I understand the fandom’s Marauders obsession
I swear half the Harry Potter posts I see on Tumblr are about the Marauders. Which I thought was a strange obsession… until now. I totally get it now. We don’t get to see too much of the marauders in Azkaban, but the little glimpses and stories we do get left me wanting to know more about this previous generation of wizards. We really need a book or something about them.
Still waiting for some answers (or I missed something?)
There is a high possibility that I missed something while listening to the audiobook, but I feel like I’m missing some important information that is integral to the overarching pot. Mainly why was Voldemort going after the Potters in the first place? Like I said it’s more than likely that I missed the information we got about it or have forgotten it, but if not I really hope we find out soon. I’m getting impatient. I’d also like to know how Voldemort came to power and amassed such a following, and what terribly evil things did he do before killing the Potters?
As the story goes on I become more attached to this world and characters. The first two books were good, but Azkaban has begun to deliver what I’ve been waiting for: more complicated characters and complex plot lines. I’m still confused about some background aspects to the overarching plot, but I’m hoping those details are filled in during future novels.