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Why The Prisoner Of Azkaban Is The Best In The Harry Potter Series

Why The Prisoner Of Azkaban Is The Best In The Harry Potter Series

People ask all the time – which is your favourite in the Harry Potter series? – and I’ve never been able to come up with an answer. I usually go for the Philosopher’s Stone or the Deathly Hallows because the beginning and ending moments are those that really stick with you. But recently I’ve been rewatching all the Harry Potter films and I’ve come to the realisation that The Prisoner of Azkaban is actually notch above the others. Here’s why The Prisoner Of Azkaban is the best Harry Potter book in the series –

NB this post is full of spoilers but if you haven’t seen the film or read the book then like why are you even reading this blog post GO CHECK THEM OUT NOW.

There are so many new magical concepts

I feel like in the first and second books, Harry and his friends are still very much coming to grips with all that is magic. However, from the third instalment onwards, school starts to get a little more serious and they’re no longer newbies to Hogwarts. This is appropriately marked by the huge difference between the main trio in film 2 and in film 3. They noticeably grow up between stories 2 and 3, in the books, on screen and in real life. Compare baby Harry from film two here to teenage Harry from film 3 here.

  • The Marauder’s Map

The Marauder’s Map plays such a crucial part in this film and, indeed, the rest of the series. Without this, Harry wouldn’t have been able to sneak out of the castle into Hogsmeade without a permission slip. More importantly, he wouldn’t have known that Peter Pettigrew was still alive and well (excluding the missing toe), proving Sirius’ innocence.

  • Time Travel

We all knew it was going to happen eventually. Hermione would have to find a way to spend even more time studying than we ever thought humanly possible. Luckily in the Prisoner of Azkaban she has the help of a time turner so she never misses a class. In the end we learn a bit more about just how powerful and dangerous this little tool is and, in exceptional circumstances, how it can be used to right a wrong.

  • Dementors

This is the first time we’re confronted by the terrifying creatures that are the dementors. These are probably one of the scariest types of creatures in the entire series and if you disagree then there’s something seriously wrong with you. I mean, they literally suck happiness from your life until you are left soul-less and empty. Is that not the most terrifying idea?!

  • The Knight Bus

The Knight Bus doesn’t appear anywhere as near as much in the series as I would like given how cool it is. It can move at incredible speed and squeeze between all the other cars on the road! Just imagine, if these beauties actually existed then TFL would be out of business pretty quickly and we would all be thankful for quick & efficient transport.

  • Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade is pretty high on my list of future travel destinations (no, I’m not mad, I mean the Hogsmeade in Orlando!) and it should be on yours too. Who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend hanging out with friends at the Three Broomsticks or Honeyduke’s!

There are some of the best moments in the series

  • “Turn to page 394.”

You know the scene.

  • Hermione punches Draco Malfoy in the face.

Draco on Hermione, 10 years later : “This one time, she punched me in the face. It was AWESOME”.

  • Dumbledore chimes in which one of my favourite quotes ever.

“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”

Here are more of the best Dumbledore quotes.

It was before shit got really Sirius 

This is the only instalment in the Harry Potter series that doesn’t really feature Lord Voldemort. In the first, we have Quirrel; in the second we have Riddle; and, of course, from the fourth instalment onwards we have the Dark Lord himself. I know a lot of people would disagree, but, because of this, I feel like the Prisoner of Azkaban is actually one of the most light-hearted and funny in the series. Here’s why:

  • Marge is blown up into a balloon.

Need I say more.

  • Ridikulus

“The spiders! They want me to tap dance! I don’t want to tap dance!”

  • Buckbeak tries to kill Draco

“Oh, oohhh! He’s killed me- he’s killed me!”

Once again, Draco stuns us all with his bravery.

  • We are introduced to Professor Trelawney and the “noble art” of Divination
Professor Trelawney: “You may be young in years, but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shrivelled as an old maid’s! Your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave.”
Hermione Granger: [Storms out]
Professor Trelawney: “Have I said something?”

Harry Finally Has a Family

In discovering the Marauders gang, Harry also discovered a loving family he never knew he had. Of course he is sort of adopted by the Weasleys from the get-go but Harry finally gets to meet people that were incredibly close to his dead parents, which is very touching.

  • Harry meets his Godfather, Sirius Black

“I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You’re not a bad person. You’re a very good person, who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

  • Harry finds a friend in Remus Lupin

“The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognised you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They’re your mother; Lily’s. Yes, I knew her. You mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumour has it, he passed onto you. You’re more like them then you know, Harry. In time you’ll come to see just how much.”

Plz. Pass the tissues.

So there are a couple of reasons why The Prisoner Of Azkaban is the best Harry Potter book in the series. Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

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22 Comments

  1. 11th December 2017 / 5:22 PM

    Although I’ve read all the books albeit a long time ago I don’t really remember what happens in each book x

  2. 11th December 2017 / 7:37 PM

    It is a tough one for me but if I had to pick a favourite Harry Potter book it would have to be the Deathly Hallows, mainly because that was actually the first time that I truly got stuck in to the series. I won it in a raffle and when I read it my mind was blown so I ended up reading the rest in the series x

  3. 11th December 2017 / 8:50 PM

    Emotional reading! It was quite late on before I read or watched any Harry Potter but the kids love it so I’ve got really into it to. I think I agree with you – POA is my fave too.

  4. 11th December 2017 / 9:00 PM

    Confession time … I have never read any of the harry potter books or watched any of the films! I feel like I should but there are so many now lol x

  5. Jinzo_2400
    11th December 2017 / 9:07 PM

    The most haunting moment in the movies is when Harry brings Cedric back and his father is crying “My boy,that is MY boy” I get tears every time I see it.

  6. Leah Shafik
    11th December 2017 / 9:43 PM

    I am just listening to the audio books and I have really enjoyed so far Prizoner of Azkaban the most. x

  7. 11th December 2017 / 10:31 PM

    Hands up I love the Prisoner of Azkaban, we have the illustrated version already but at £15 each I may just have to pick up the others as well.

  8. 11th December 2017 / 11:10 PM

    I totally agree, it’s when the stories really came in to their own for me.

  9. Jazmin Williams
    12th December 2017 / 2:15 AM

    Confession – I’ve not read all the books! I know, so bad. I really want to, though. I love the concept of Harry Potter and how magical it still is despite it coming to an end (not including fantastic beasts obviously which isnt the same)

  10. Melanie
    12th December 2017 / 8:16 AM

    I agreed with you on the title alone…it is the best one but after reading this even more so…there are so many valid points here x

  11. 12th December 2017 / 1:18 PM

    I am ones of the (few probably) people who didn’t read or seen all the series of Harry Potter. I guess it didn’t really got me but I know it is a life changing series for many children and adults out there.

  12. Baby Isabella
    12th December 2017 / 6:30 PM

    We agree and intact its one that we can read (or watch) over and over again and keep finding something new.

  13. Melissa Zia
    12th December 2017 / 6:56 PM

    I still need to read this book but I did like the film! i need to hurry up and read this book

  14. Nina Lawman
    12th December 2017 / 11:43 PM

    I have always loved this book and the film too. Gary Oldman and his fantastic acting are also a perk! I love the introduction of the map and that crazy knight bus! Great post, it’s made me want to do a Potter marathon!

  15. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    13th December 2017 / 10:26 AM

    Can you believe that I have never read or seen Harry Potter. Everyone is always shocked at that.

  16. Melanie Edjourian
    13th December 2017 / 2:56 PM

    I love the Harry Potter books and movies. There are so many great ideas between all of them. I did think Marge blowing up like a balloon was hilarious.

  17. Helen Clark
    13th December 2017 / 6:49 PM

    The Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favourites too. There are some really funny scenes in it. Although I really don’t like the film as much as the book! I felt like Harry and Sirus’ relationship wasn’t really shown properly in the films.

  18. 13th December 2017 / 7:49 PM

    I actually have never been into Harry Potter, but I know how big of a fandom there is! This sounds great!

  19. 14th December 2017 / 5:57 AM

    ive never read any of the books. or even watched the film *hides*

  20. Louise Smith
    14th December 2017 / 9:32 AM

    The Prisoner of Azkaban has always been my favourite Harry Potter book/film. I just think it’s so clever. I think it was the one that did worst of all of them though. People clearly don’t appreciate J.K.Rowling’s genius 😉

    Louise x

  21. Jennifer Gladwin
    18th December 2017 / 8:14 PM

    This was my favourite too! I loved the twists and turns throughout it all. I didn’t think it interpreted as well on screen,

  22. Diane Smith
    30th June 2018 / 1:37 PM

    I always knew Azkaban was my favorite! I just wasn’t sure WHY! Thank you so much for ‘spelling’ it out. Well said!

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