What Sirius Readers thought of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’

Right. The Prisoner of Azkaban is where things get siriusly interesting. After a rather reluctant approach to Chamber of Secrets, the Sirius Readers were raring to go with Book 3. This book’s got all the key ingredients: terrifying Dementors, heart-warming Patronuses, Time-Turners, Butterbeer, the Marauders’ Map…

And, of course, this book has got Sirius.

The Prisoner of Azkaban held a rather special significance for some of the Sirius Readers…

…but I found it a little harder to deal with. (Stop playing with my emotions, J.K.)

It’s got some excellent new characters…

…(and not all of them human)…

…though I have to admit I found the much-loved Marauders a little off-putting.

As usual, J.K.’s turn of phrase is impeccable. We all found ourselves wanting to adopt her manner of speaking, because she just phrases everything so perfectly.

Talking of language: I had been wondering about how many of the English expressions were translated for the US versions of the books, until this “torch/flashlight” language barrier suggested that the versions aren’t too different after all. (The funny thing is, although I am English, I had also read it as a flaming torch at first—that just seems more Hogwartsian, doesn’t it?)

I had remembered particularly loving the time travel in Prisoner of Azkaban—but this time round, I just kept butting up against plot holes that didn’t make sense. (I know, I know: time travel never makes sense. But I always want it to!)

But I soon forgot my time travel disappointment when I discovered my new favourite thing about this book.

And anyway, I don’t know how I ever focused on the Time-Turner with this way more totally brilliant invention floating around…

You may now consider me well and truly stuck into Harry Potter fandom. I spend my free time reading Harry Potter fan theories on the Internet, and thinking way too hard about the Wizarding World. I think it’s a Sirius Readers thing…

So we’re now well and truly underway, and getting ready to tackle the significantly heftier books coming up. We’ve just started Goblet of Fire, so join in on Twitter with the hashtag #SiriusReaders (and catch up on all our thoughts so far right here)! I’m also Snapchatting my reading progress on eggplantvlog, so add me and send me your own Snap names to join in the conversation. Here’s the tweet that made me laugh the most this time round, and see you at the end of Goblet of Fire!