Melody
ISBN-10: 0747546290
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 1999
317 pgs



Synopsis
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 ...

I have to admit I took a longer time to read this book, and the main reason being I got sidetracked by other books (i.e. books that need to be reviewed), or the fact that I had watched the film adaptation of this book a couple of times and I don't feel the rush to get into this book (boy, I was so wrong! How many times have I heard that saying about the books are always better?! Though I think the movie is pretty well done too). Anyway, it was a delight re-reading this book. So without further ado, here is my self-interview review of the book.

Q: Which is your favourite and least favourite scene? Why?
A: Where shall I start? There are so many things happening in this book and once again, I am in awe of the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created. Right from the beginning, I knew I would be in for a great reading journey the moment I read Harry received the mails/gifts from his friends and that he would be out of the Dursleys family soon the moment he starts his third year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The scenes about The Monster Book of Monsters and Harry's encounter with Buckbeak brought a huge grin to my face. I was not at all fascinated with the Dementors and think they are the creepiest thing besides ghosts and anything that goes bump in the night. Surprisingly, I enjoyed reading the part where they attended Professor Trelawney's classes as I was quite intrigued with the tea leaves reading (I googled and found out it is also known as tasseography, tasseomancy or tassology) as it gives me a refreshing outlook of another fortune telling method besides tarot cards, palmistry or any others.

I especially liked reading the relationships between Harry Potter, Professor Lupin and Sirius Black. I wish I could say more about Sirius Black but I won't because I think it is better off reading about him from the book than having me explaining here anyway (in addition there is one thing that is called 'spoilers' and I don't want to do that to anyone who has not read or watch the movie).

And oh, I also loved the part where Harry and Hermione travel back in time to remedy some of the things and I feel that is another highlight of the book besides Sirius Black.

As for my least favourite scene, I can't think of any at the moment. I guess the above summarize my feelings towards this book - I loved it.

Q: Name a trait which you think we all should learn from any of the characters in this book.
A: I think I had mentioned courage, determination and loyalty in my previous reviews of the first two installments so I won't bring those up again. In fact, after reading this installment I have found another trait in Harry Potter that I feel I should mention and that is - to believe in yourself. I would skip the part about what Harry has done in regards to this trait but I feel this is a great lesson to anyone who has a low self esteem or having no faith in themselves. However, believing in yourself by no means signify arrogance (which is a huge difference) and I think this applies not only to the younger readers but to everyone as well.

Q: Your overall thoughts on this book?
A: I know I have mentioned this but I am going to say it again anyway. I loved it! I just wish the movie has followed every details to the book!

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During my review for the previous installment, I had requested some questions from fellow bookbloggers for this review and Trish asked me this question:

Can I ask you a question that might lead to a spoiler for #3? Who did you think the giant wolf was following Harry around? Does that make sense? Trying to ask my question in a cryptic kind of way in case you haven't finished yet!

Spoiler Alert!
Certainly! I believe it is Sirius Black and he is watching over Harry Potter.
What do you think? Am I right or wrong? What's your opinion? I would love to hear them!

Note: Please feel free to ask me any questions for my next review of the fourth installment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on this post.

14 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    Great review, Melody! I'm please you enjoy the book as much as I did. And I probably delayed reading BK 3 for a long time, because of the same reason you mention. The one about having seen the movies already and felt like there no rush to read it. Beside, I knew what happen already. But yes, books are always way better than movies adaptation IMO :)

    Looking forward to read BK 4 with you next week!


  2. Alice Teh Says:

    Making a mental note to re-read my HP books. Great review, Melody!


  3. cutlex Says:

    I agree. Books are always better than the movie adaptations. There cut and added scenes which sometimes does not pass to my liking.

    I'm on my way to Book 6 for HP and IMO the adaptation for Book 3 has the most thrill and suspense compared to the others. I love the time traveling scene too. It's creepy to watch yourself do what you just did, hide from your own being, and makes things right!

    SO here's my question: Who was your FIRST suspect for putting Harry's name on the goblet?

    Thanks! Love the post! && oh. I loathe Pettigrew.


  4. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I know you know this, as I just posted my review on this book recently. It IS my favorite of them all, for all the reasons I listed in my post. Harry finds family, we love the big, furry biting book, we love the honorable Buckbeak, we love the time travel, and we love the big punch Hermione gives Malfoy.

    And to answer the question about the giant dog, that is Sirius' animagus.


  5. Beth F Says:

    I am planning on listening to these in 2010. I read each one as it came out, but so many years have gone by. Can't wait to revisit Harry.


  6. Anna Says:

    Love the Q&A format! I read all of the Harry Potter books before the movies and the books are definitely better. I think the movies are great, though.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric


  7. naida Says:

    This was one of my favorites in the series. Sirius and Lupin are among my fav characters too. Great review!
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  8. mariel Says:

    I love this book so much, by far my favourite of the series. Probably because of Lupin and Sirius, my favourite characters. Glad you enjoyed it again, I have read it a scary number of times now!


  9. Nymeth Says:

    This is my favourite in the series as well :D I'm so glad you had such fun with it!


  10. Melody Says:

    Julia - I hope you'll get Bk 4 soon! :)

    Alice - I'd re-read Bk 1 - 3 so I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series for the first time! :D

    Cutlex - Thanks for your comments! As I haven't read Bk 4 and the rest, I need to catch up on them soon! I'll answer your question when I post my review for the book. :)

    Sandy - Oh yes! I totally rooted for Hermione on that punch she gave Malfoy, LOL.

    Beth - I don't think I'd get tired of the HP series. They're always so fun to read!

    Anna - I really wish I read the series when they were first released!!

    Naida - I'm glad to see this book is a favourite of the series among fellow bookbloggers. There's so much about this book, isn't it?

    Mariel - Ah yes, Lupin and Sirius! They're the highlights in this book. Can't imagine where the story would go without them.

    Nymeth - Glad to hear this is your favourite as well! :D


  11. Dar Says:

    Great review Melody! Your review makes me want to go back and start over with all the books again. It's almost time to reread them again anyhow.


  12. Ladytink_534 Says:

    I think that this is one of the best books in the series. Sirius is my favorite secondary character too.


  13. Melody Says:

    Dar - I only re-read Bk 1-3 so starting from Bk 4 it'll be a great new reading experience for me! ;)

    Jen - I've noticed this book is a favourite by many fellow bookbloggers and for a good reason! ;)


  14. heidenkind Says:

    The black dog was definitely Sirius.

    This isn't my favorite Harry Potter, but it is really good. Actually, I just finished re-reading it, myself! :)