Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry and his friends investigates the deadly Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from Azkaban who they believe is one of Lord Voldemort followers and the reason Harry’s parents died. Now the rumors are that he is coming for Harry as well.

There’s a distinct change in mood, style, and a maturation in the writing and scenes. As the characters grow older, the challenges they faced became more intense and grave. The schemes became shadier especially in relation to Sirius and his connection in the murders of Potter’s parents. It all just got so much better. The entire story felt less soft and less feel-good. For the first time it seemed like if Harry didn’t gather up his confidence he could actually die. He owed tons to Lupin here, a hugely essential one in the development of Harry. This one is my favorite so far and I would rate it 9/10.