Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

NIGHTS are getting colder and longer – which of course means that as exam pressure and holiday work stress piles on, it’s now the perfect time to kick back with a book.

We had our first bit of snow this week, so obviously Christmas is here. But between work, uni, family and (oh god) present shopping, how on earth are you supposed to pick the best books to read this winter?

This year, faced with the difficult decision to pick up a book from my currently-but-not-yet-to-actually-read pile or return to a classic, I found myself retreating to an old favourite. Some people might argue that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is hands down the best book to read over Christmas, given that it has a Yule Ball (fools, I tell you, fools).

But Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will forever remain my favourite magical book. And curling up with it is undoubtedly the best thing about the Christmas period. Besides mince pies obviously.

A who-dunnit mystery, lots of magic and a mischievous map should be enough to keep you engrossed in the third instalment in the tale of the Boy-Who-Lived. But sprinkle a little Professor Lupin goodness and an invisibility cloak and you won’t be able to put TPOA down (work and exams be damned).

Returning to this novel is like returning home after a trip, or snuggling up on a rainy day, or a pint of ice cream when you want to cry. It’s cathartic, it’s heartbreaking, but it’s also brimming with laughs and adventure. What’s not to love?

Hundreds of people have reviewed these books over the years. People are as addicted to them as they were when they first came out in the 90’s. And while Harry Potter may not have been my first book, or my last, it still has a special place in my life.

I’m still learning from it. I know you are too.

Have a winter read to suggest?  Let me know what you’re reading this season below!


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