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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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"D'you get the feeling Hermione's not telling us something?"
-- Ron Weasley


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the series. This book marks a turning point in the saga, as Harry for the first time confronts the darker side of his own past and the pasts of some of the people he loves and trusts. Harry is forced to grow up a lot in this book, but he forms some very strong relationships with people who will be immensely important in his life.

first British printing: July 8, 1999 (3:45 pm)
first American printing: October 1999
illustrations by Mary GrandPré, 1999


  • day by day calendar of events in the book
  • Reader’s Guide to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    a complete chapter-by chapter guide with notes and commentary

    • PA1 – Owl Post
    • PA2 – Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake
    • PA3 – The Knight Bus 
    • PA4 – The Leaky Cauldron
    • PA5 – The Dementor
    • PA6 – Talons and Tea Leaves 
    • PA7 – The Boggart in the Wardrobe
    • PA8 – Flight of the Fat Lady
    • PA9 – Grim Defeat 
    • PA10 – The Marauder’s Map
    • PA11 – The Firebolt 
    • PA12 – The Patronus
    • PA13 – Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw 
    • PA14 – Snape’s Grudge
    • PA15 – The Quidditch Final
    • PA16 – Professor Trelawney’s Prediction 
    • PA17 – Cat, Rat, and Dog 
    • PA18 – Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs
    • PA19 – The Servant of Lord Voldemort
    • PA20 – The Dementor’s Kiss 
    • PA21 – Hermione’s Secret
    • PA22 – Owl Post Again

Calendar and Dates

The events in the book take place from June 26, when Ron tries to call Harry on the telephone, through June 18, when the Hogwarts Express travels back to London.


To Jill Prewett and Aine Kiely, the Godmothers of Swing.

Jill Prewett and Aine Kiely were two of JKR's flatmates and good friends from her days in Porto. Swing does not refer to swing dancing, but rather to the name of a disco in Porto, where the three women spent many Saturday nights (SS_JKRB). Molly Weasley's maiden name was Prewett (WBD).

Interesting facts and notes

Bloomsbury (Britain) covers



Notes from the title pages:

First published in Great Britain in 1999
Copyright (c) Text J.K. Rowling 1999

Scholastic (U.S.) Edition covers



This cover of the US edition, by Mary GrandPré, shows Harry and Hermione riding Buckbeak. Both children seem to be having a really great time, which doesn't really fit with the mood of the actual event. Clearly, they are intent on rescuing Sirius, who appears in silhouette toward the bottom of the page. On the back, we see four Dementors prowling around the castle and the Whomping Willow in the distance. Crookshanks is waiting under the tree.

On the inside front flap, a small rat with a large shadow sits outside Sirius' window and watches the hippogriff go by. On the back flap, a silver stag stands in front of a small house with smoke rising from its chimney -- probably Hagrid's hut.

Interestingly, it is the ride on the hippogriff which appears on almost every cover all over the world.

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Table of Contents
The Harry Potter novels
Book 3 — Prisoner of Azkaban
Dimensions 107,253 words
UK Edition 1999 Bloomsbury
US Edition 1999 Scholastic
Abbreviation PA
Canonicity Primary Canon


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