J.K. Rowling

English novelist

Joanne Kathleen Rowling, better known as J.K. Rowling, is a British novelist. She previously worked as a teacher, and is now one of the best-known authors in the world thanks to her famous book series about the adventures of Harry Potter. Now a multi-millionaire, she is also known for her humanitarian activities, particularly in the fight against child abuse.

She has written a number of other books linked to the world of Harry Potter, the profits from which have been donated to charity. In addition to the Harry Potter series and related books, she is also the author of the novel The Casual Vacancy (2012) and the Cormoran Strike series, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The series takes a darker turn

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the bestselling series and the one that took the least time to write, was published in the United Kingdom in 1999. By this time, the series was already a worldwide phenomenon.

This novel introduces the theme of destiny and centres on the fundamental values of courage and friendship. It also lays the groundwork for the events of the fourth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as many of the characters Harry encounters reappear in the course of his adventures.

Summary

Sirius Black

While Harry is staying with the Dursleys over the summer, an owl brings him a letter about his return to Hogwarts and a permission form to allow him to go to Hogsmeade, the only village in Britain where all the inhabitants are witches or wizards. An announcement on the television reveals that Sirius Black, a highly dangerous murderer, has escaped from prison. Later on, Harry learns that Black is a wizard who was sent to Azkaban, the wizarding prison, for killing 13 people after Lord Voldemort disappeared.

Harry’s family are as cruel to him as ever, and things only get worse when Aunt Marge comes to stay with them for a few days. She torments the young wizard so much that he casts a spell on her and runs away. He spends the remaining few weeks before the beginning of term in Diagon Alley, London. He then meets Hermione and Ron, who tells him that his rat, Scabbers, is ill. Hermione decides to buy a cat called Crookshanks, who soon develops a mutual enmity with Scabbers. However, this does not worry their owners, who are oblivious to their pets’ real identities.