Harry's second summer break from Hogwarts is a bit better from the last. He doesn't have a house elf trying to "help" him, his owl has some freedom, and he took some of his school supplies up to his room while the others weren't looking. One day he receives a letter from school which has his supplies for the new school year and a permission slip to be signed by the parent/guardian. The permission slip would allow Harry to visit a wizarding village - and Uncle Vernon won't be of use unless. . .
Aunt Marge (Vernon's sister) is coming to visit them. Harry makes a deal with Uncle Vernon - he'll behave if Vernon signs the slip. Everything was going well until the last night when Aunt Marge over stepped the line by calling Harry's parents "good for nothings". Harry gets so infuriated that he unwittingly starts to blow Aunt Marge up. In a split second decision he grabs all his school supplies and leaves the house. He's running away, and doesn't care if he gets expelled from Hogwarts - anything was better than being stuck in that house.
Harry is picked up by the Knight Bus and asked to be taken to Diagon Alley. When Harry arrives at Diagon Alley he runs into Fudge, who is the last person he wants to see. But instead of being expelled from school Harry is shocked when Fudge tells Harry to rent a room and wait till the school year begins. Harry later catches up with his friends and they enjoy the last days of summer.
The school year begins and Harry is glad to be back, well not entirely. Siruis Black has escaped from prison and everyone thinks he's after Harry. This means that the teachers follow Harry's every move, and soul sucking dementors. As the school year progresses sightings of Siruis Black don't occur until one day when their painting has been torn to shred and the painting says it was Siruis. Harry wants to find Siruis and get revenge for the death of his parents.
I loved this book. I liked how it wasn't like the other two - in which Harry once again become the hero. In this story Harry wasn't the bright start doing what we expected - him to save the day. The one thing I keeping asking myself is why was Voldermort so hot to get them? It said in the third book that Voldermort was always 1 step behind them but what was the Potter family to him? I always hated how J.K. killed Siruis off.
Books in this series:
3) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (c) 1999 US (c) 1999