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Hania Zia Class : 7th A Roll no. 31 Topic : Review of novels 1.

Harry potter and the prisoner of Azkaban 2. Harry potter and the Goblet of fire 3. Harry potter and the Order of Phoenix

Harry potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potters defeat of You-Know-Who was Blacks downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, Hes at Hogwarts Hes at Hogwarts. Harry Potter isnt safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst. This is probably the HP book that I know the best. For some reason, I believe Ive read it more than the other books as well as seen the movie a few times (and Im truthfully not a huge fan of the HP movies). For that reason, this book is a true comfort read for me I love going back to the familiar story and rediscovering Sirius Black and his contribution to Harrys history. The Prisoner of Azkaban has quite a bit of suspense and adventure definitely more than the first two books. First of all, there is the terror and uncertainty of Sirius Black being at large throughout the novel how did he escape? Where is he now? What does he plan to do once he finally gets to Harry at Hogwarts? Also, there is the fact that Harry keeps getting snippets of information about why Black is after him in particular although he has some knowledge, everything he hears confuses him (and the reader). I think that one thing I love so much about this book is how much Harry is forced to grow up. He learns a lot of new information about his parents past, about how exactly they were found by Voldemort and who in the wizarding world is truly on the dark side and out to get Harry. He becomes much more aware of the world around him, and how events that occurred many years ago can still have a great impact on his life. He still has plenty to learn about his past and about the wizarding world (which he absolutely will do in the next four books), but I think that this book is sort of a turning point where he really begins to grow up. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of the first three books in the series, not my favorite overall but my favorite of the first three. I also think that, when reading this series, if you get to this book you will definitely want to go on to read the rest. It begins to set off the more sinister tone of the last three books and gives you just a touch of whats to come with the rest of the series.

Harry potter and the order of the phoenix


Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix is the fifth book in the series, and the most anticipated after the last cliff hanger ending. The fourth book marked a turning point, as Lord Voldemort (think Darth Vader meets Hitler) returned to human form to rebuild his army and start a second uprise to power, determined to let only pure blood wizards remain. Compared to the first three books, the fourth was much darker, more compelling, and only led to the greatness of book five. Harry, who has never been flawless in the books, and never in all the previous four, has he been so flawed. The Order of the Phoenix gives us the account of a fifteen-year-old Harry, one who is highly hormonal, temperamental, and hysterically awkward around girls. He has normal teenage temper tantrums-in many of which he is blatantly in the wrong. As Harry's good friend and teacher Hagrid says, "the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters." The fact that Harry doesn't always do the right thing and that there isn't a cartoonish line between the "good guys" and "bad guys" only makes the books better. Many of the "good guys" are actually jerks, and Harry, well, he's a lot like us, which is why millions love rooting for him. By the way, "Death Eaters" are followers of Voldemort and The Order of the Phoenix is the name given to the group of wizards who are attempting to fight against them. The big problem, though, is that the rest of the world, helped mainly by a propaganda filled paper and an egotistical government ruler, is convinced Voldemort's claimed return was simply a publicity stunt by an attention seeking brat (Harry)-a product of a school run too freely (Hogwarts). Book Five is reminiscent of Orwell's1984 as "Big Brother," this time The Ministry of Magic, steps in and takes over the school, destroying all real learning with too many rules and constant censorship. Though writing a much more intense book than its predecessors, J.K. Rowling doesn't lose her sense of humor. The trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione is panned out to create a larger group of friends resulting in a lot of hysterical new interactions. The usually mild comic relief twins Fred and George play a much larger role, along with a talking Ginny (Ron's younger sister who finally got over her mute-inducing crush on Harry),a slightly more grown up accident prone friend named Neville, and a crazy Luna "Loony" Lovegood whose strange confidence in her father's Enquirer-style paper makes the plot all the more wonderful. There are friendly laughs, fights, and crushes on almost every page in proper teenage fashion. One thing is for sure, Rowling definitely never forgot what it was like to be fifteen, and definitely knows how to keep her audience glued to the pages. The first few chapters jump from character to character without so much as explaining their history or relevance. While veteran readers will find this welcoming, like returning to new friends without missing a beat, a new-comer

might be off-put by the confusion and give up. Rowling does explain the four previous books and the interweaving relationships of characters, but unlike before where the old stories were amateurly regurgitated in condensed form on the first few pages,she does this with more expertise now, slowly stretching the information beautifully between the new plot. If it was possible for Rowling to become an even better storyteller, this is just one of themany many signs encased in The Phoenix. As for old readers determined to find a flaw in the plot, a character misrepresented, or any sign that fame and fortune have lead to a weakening of J.K.'s devotion to the stories, they will be hard-pressed for evidence. Some have wondered whether the new weighty length was intended only for bragging rights, but after reading it, those same skeptics will probably wish it hadn't been edited at all.

Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire


The fourth book in the Potter series begins more than fifty years before the present day, with the strange death of the Riddle family, wealthy land owners and their older son, Tom. The familys groundskeeper, once suspected of murdering his employers, now looks after the abandoned house. One fateful night he notices a light within the house that has been abandoned for years; and goes to investigate assuming it is local youths. He is mistaken however and it is the last mistake poor Frank ever makes. Somewhere in Surrey, Harry Potter, a fourteen year old orphan who lives with his aunt and uncle, wakes with a throbbing pain in the scar on his forehead. The real story begins at the Quidditch World Cup, where wizards have gathered in their hundreds to support their various teams. However, in the middle of the night there is a disturbance when a group of Death Eaters, wizards who supported the dark wizard Lord Voldermort when he was in power fifteen years previously, attack the local muggles. This all culminates in someone inscribing the dark mark the symbol Lord Voldermort would always leave after committing a murder in the night sky. As ever Harry and his two best friends Ron and Hermione find themselves caught right in the middle of all the action. When they return to school they are greeted by their new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, All-star Mad-Eye Moody; a one-eyed ex-aura whose replacement eye has the ability to see through walls. They also learn that for the first time in several years Hogwarts will be hosting the Tri-Wizard Tournament; a competition between three of Europes biggest magical schools that involve a series of trials that must display both physical and magical ability. Only contestants over a certain age may compete in the tournament however, by some strange twist of fate Harrys name is chosen by the enchanted Goblet of Fire listing him as the fourth contestant in the tournament. Also taking part are the beautiful French student Fleur Delacour, the famous Quidditch player Viktor Krum and the handsome Hogwarts student Cedric Diggory, who readers will have met briefly in the previous book. Harry is truly put through his paces in the subsequent trials, however he eventually finds himself in the lead upon entering the maze that signifies the final task. Upon completion the winner must pick up the coveted Triwizard Cup, they will then be transported out of the maze and crowned winner. However, the cup has been tampered with and when Harry, accompanied by Cedric in an effort to ensure that they are both winners, touches the cup he is transported to a place that will change the wizarding world forever.

The Goblet of Fire is the first really long Harry Potter book, where there seems to be a constant stream of action and drama and the tension is almost permanently high, which really takes the edge off the books length. Rowling kicks the suspense off from the word go, with the murder of Frank Bryce and the revelation that Voldermort is already far more powerful than any one would have expected, thanks to his servant Wormtail, who has been disguised as the Weasleys pet rat for over a decade. The suspicion and tension stay high throughout the Quidditch World Cup and into the first term at Hogwarts, where tiny confusing incidents and the huge mystery of who put Harrys name in the Goblet of Fire, all entwine to help develop this surprisingly complex story. The Triwizard trials are interesting to read and a few are certainly very exciting, but personally I found the whole maze and Voldermort bit a little anti-climatic. Cedrics death is a swift and heartless incantation, the shock of which is more likely to catch you out than genuine grief is. Although this part of the book is of infinite importance, the ritual that raises Voldermort is skimmed over and it just seems as though Rowling could have made more of it: she doesnt utilize the setting and darkness of the ritual enough to truly demonstrate the terror that Voldermort is supposed to incite. The story of Barty Crouch Jr is the more intriguing story in my mind, and his deception and Rowlings construction of the All-star Moody character are both so well thought out and intricate that you will never see the revelation coming. The emergence of the Moody character allows Rowling the opportunity to bring together several separate and seemingly insignificant strings and begin the weave them into the story so that they become core parts of the construction of the story and the magical world. As with all the Potter books there are some brilliant comedy moments, including Hermiones new love of house elves and the Society for the Protection of Elfish Welfare (SPEW), which throws up excuse the pun loads of brilliant one liners from Ron and Harry, and in fact becomes notably important in the development of a certain relationship. Also, Rons sheer ignorance and jealousy surrounding the Yule Ball is one of the best parts of all the Potter books, as it is, as ever, the characters that carry Rowlings series. Otherwise her writing is adequate, and shows significant development in this book and the previous one, when compared to the first two, but it is still not the books best asset. The Goblet of Fire is when things really begin to heat up in Harrys story, his relationships with friends and peers become more complex, his sense of duty and courage become more defined and the plot line itself begins to move in a more certain and structured direction.