Most young adult series find a means to their ending and reader's anticipation towards the release a third novel. Most movies suffer the wrath of uninterested audiences in a threequel. Not so with Harry Potter - the books were essentially just beginning.
In the main character's third journey, Potter is venturing once more to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The threat he faces this year comes in the form of an escaped prisoner Sirius Black who through the grapevine is coming after the young Gryffindor student. Alongside his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Potter tries to keep his head above water in his new school while the lurking danger of Black's search for the young boy grows closer and closer. The third year students of Hogwarts also meet with a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Remus Lupin, who easily captivates his classes' attention.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was originally released in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury publishing on July 8th, 1999. United States readers would continue their hero's adventure later in September 1999 published by Scholastic. Among the praise the third novel received, it and JK Rowling was honored with multiple awards including the 1999 Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the 2000 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.
- JK Rowling found the third novel much easier to write, which only took about a year to accomplish
- Prisoner of Azkaban is often cited as the favorite book among readers
- Ultimate villain Lord Voldemort does not appear once throughout the novel