THERE ARE SMALL SPOILERS CONTAINED IN THIS REVIEW. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK, (WELL READ IT NOW BECAUSE IT'S AMAZING) BE WARNED. I WON'T COVER HUGE PLOT TWISTS, THIS IS JUST A SMALL INTRODUCTION TO THE PLOT. JUST SAYING
Harry Potter is a boy who lives with his horrible, regular-human family (his aunt, uncle, and cousin, due to an accident where his wizard parents died) and goes to a wizarding school called Hogwarts when he's not with them. I think that when he gets to Hogwarts (and not just in this book) he feels like he is invincible. To be honest, sometimes he can be kind of nasty to people who he doesn't like, but mostly he is a nice teenage wizard. His friend Ron is kind of afraid of everything, which makes me like him because I can relate, and his friend Hermione is extremely intelligent and makes sure they don't get in too much trouble.
Now that you know what I think of the characters, on to the review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban starts in a way different from the other Harry Potter books. In the beginning of this edition to the series, Harry accidentally inflates his aunt, who floats away, and gets thrown out of his aunt and uncle's house. He then takes a magical bus to a place where he can buy all his school supplies. From there, he goes to Hogwarts, but not before realizing that he may be targeted by a serial killer who has escaped from Azkaban, a wizard prison. There have been guards from Azkaban stationed at Hogwarts, but that doesn't make Harry feel any more safe--in fact they are pretty scary as well. Harry also starts seeing strange things, like a huge black dog that keeps appearing, which brings "omens of death."
What I learned from this book is that things start to get worse when you get older. Seriously, I used to love the lightheartedness of the Harry Potter books, and I think that it's about to end. He's a teenager now, and he is worried about things he shouldn't have to be. I also learned that Harry Potter's life isn't really perfect. I used to be super jealous of him, but I might not want a life where I would be hunted by dark wizards all the time.
I would definitely recommend this book! I mean, there's a reason I rated it five stars. The Harry Potter books are filled with action, laughter, and exciting magic, all the way through the book. J.K. Rowling did it again with this book, and I was hooked the whole time. This book really is hard to put down. I guarantee that anyone who enjoys fiction books will enjoy this.